Worth police officers take a plunge for Special Olympics

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By Joe Boyle The Worth Police Department is paid to serve and protect its citizens. But on Saturday afternoon, they were called on for special duty — taking a plunge for a good cause. The Worth Fraternal Order of Police held its seventh annual Polar Plunge at Altman Park. The police department, along with the…

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Worth to dispose of old public works equipment

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By Joe Boyle With spring just around the corner, the Village of Worth is preparing to dispose of public works equipment that has become dated and no longer useful. Mayor Mary Werner has authorized through an ordinance the disposal of the equipment that has become old and obsolete. Trustee Brad Urban, who is the head…

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Oak Lawn police officer pleads not guilty to battering teen

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By Joe Boyle Oak Lawn Police Officer Patrick O’Donnell had plenty of supporters with him on the morning of March 1. O’Donnell, 32, arrived at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago surrounded by members of the Oak Lawn Police Department and family to face charges of two counts of aggravated battery and two counts of…

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Job Fair at Brookfield Zoo on Saturday, March 4

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Looking for a fun and unique work environment, then head to Brookfield Zoo’s Job Fair on Saturday, March 4, from noon to 3 p.m. The zoo’s business partner, SSA Group, which oversees the concessions, retail, and catering, is hiring for the upcoming busy season. Seasonal positions for energetic and guest-service oriented individuals are available at…

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Evergreen Chamber, Library host Community Job Fair

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Attention job seekers! Evergreen Park Public Library and the Evergreen Park Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to host a Community Job Fair, Sunday, March 5, from 1-3 p.m., at Evergreen Park Public Library, 9400 S. Troy Avenue. This event is free and open to the public. Job seekers of all ages are invited to…

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Orland Park police nab man for gas station heist

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A 62-year-old Chicago man suspected of robbing an Orland Park gas station on Feb. 19 was tracked down and arrested the following day in Chicago. Orland Park police responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Mobil gas station, 14300 S. LaGrange Road, at 5:42 p.m. Feb. 19. An employee said the man…

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Midwest Music Festival honors Shepard band director

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On a night when his students earned the highest scores possible, Shepard High School band director Chris Pitlik received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Midwest Music Festival. Pitlik has led the Shepard band program for three decades. Pitlik has been bringing Shepard students to perform and compete at the festival, hosted by Lemont High…

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News from Springfield: Cunningham advances measure to ban sweepstakes machines

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State Senator Bill Cunningham advanced a measure through the Senate Executive Committee to outlaw unregulated electronic sweepstakes machines. “Sweepstakes machines are not subject to the same licensing and regulation requirements as video gaming terminals, which can lead to illegal gambling activities and harm consumers,” said Cunningham, a Democrat who represents portions of Chicago and the…

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Worth FOP seeks sponsors, volunteers for Polar Plunge

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By Joe Boyle The Worth Fraternal Order of Police is asking the community to take a dip in cold waters for a good cause. The annual Worth FOP Polar Plunge will be held under the pavilion at Altman Park near 117th and Harlem on Saturday, March 4. The FOP is looking for sponsors for the…

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