New oil change center to open in Evergreen Park

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New trustee sworn in to replace Burke By Joe Boyle Concerns over noise and traffic congestion were addressed by officials affiliated with a new oil change center that will open in Evergreen Park. Take 5 Oil Change Center was initially approved by members of the Evergreen Park Zoning Board on July 13. The village board…

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Ridgefest returns after a one-year absence for pandemic

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By Bob Bong Chicago Ridge is bringing back its popular Ridgefest for three days starting Friday at 5 p.m. at Freedom Park, 6200 Birmingham St. “This was the fastest we ever put a fest together,” said Chicago Ridge Mayor Chuck Tokar. “At the beginning of the year, I didn’t even know if we’d have one…

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Hernandez, Zalewski host free community shred day Saturday

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State Rep. Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez will be hosting a free community shredding event this Saturday, July 24, with state Rep. Michael Zalewski (D-Riverside). “Theft of personal data has steadily increased in recent years with scammers using both old and new techniques to take sensitive material from families and individuals,” said Hernandez. “Ensuring that any expired…

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4 teens killed in Hickory Hills crash were Argo students

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Driver charged with reckless homicide By Bob Bong and Carol McGowan Four teenagers from Justice were killed Saturday in what Hickory Hills Police believe was an attempt to go airborne over the crest of a hill at 86th Avenue near 89th Street. Police said six teenagers, all younger than 18, were traveling in a 2008…

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Oak Lawn names Phelan new village manager

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By Joe Boyle Trustee Tom Phelan (6th) has been appointed the new village manager of Oak Lawn, replacing the retiring William “Randy” Palmer. The appointment was made following an executive session of the Oak Lawn Village Board meeting Tuesday morning. Mayor Terry Vorderer nominated Phelan, a financial advisor, for the post. The appointment was approved…

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Oak Lawn girl dies after being struck by car

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From staff reports Oak Lawn police said last week that a 3-year-old girl died after being struck by a vehicle driven by her father on Sunday. Police said the accident took place about 3:40 p.m. July 4 in the 9500 block of Meade Avenue. Police in a release said preliminary findings showed that the vehicle…

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Exclusive: Liz Gorman named to RTA board

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By Ray Hanania Special to the Regional News Former Cook County Commissioner Elizabeth “Lis” Doody-Gorman was appointed Wednesday to serve on the Regional Transportation Authority board of commissioners representing Cook County’s suburbs. “I am honored by the strong vote of support that I received to my nomination, and I am excited to be able to…

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New legislative maps may bring new faces to some voters


GOP, Hispanic group challenge remap in court By Bob Bong and Peter Hancock Illinois lawmakers gave quick approval last month to new maps for Illinois House and Senate districts that may change who will represent our local communities after the 2022 elections. Illinois lawmakers passed the measures May 28, less than 24 hours after the…

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