ILEAP to conduct assessment of Orland Park police

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An independent team from the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program representing the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police will conduct an on-site assessment of the Orland Park Police Department policies, procedures, management, operations and support services against the established criteria of professional excellence. The assessment is scheduled for August 29 through 31. During this time,…

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Meet First Responders on Sunday at Brookfield Zoo

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Join Brookfield Zoo in celebrating and showing appreciation for firefighters, EMS workers, police officers, and other first responders on Sunday, August 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those entering the zoo’s south gate will pass under an American flag displayed between ladder trucks from Brookfield and Riverside’s fire departments. At the zoo’s Roosevelt Fountain…

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2 charged in Sunday’s fatal crash in Oak Lawn

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By Bob Bong A Harvey man and a Chicago woman have been charged in Sunday’s four-vehicle fatal crash at 110th Street and Cicero Avenue in Oak Lawn. Steven Bradford, 39, of Harvey, and Joann McNary, 32, of Chicago, were each charged with one count of aggravated DUI involving death, and one count of reckless homicide.…

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Richards High School welcomes Blue Angels

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Despite a demanding schedule this coming weekend, members of the Blue Angels found time Friday morning to speak to a packed Performing Arts Center at Richards High School. After leaving Richards, the Blue Angels will prepare for their performance at the Chicago Air and Water Show, one of 32 festivals where they appear throughout the…

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Orland Park Library names Page Contest winner

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Orland Park resident Charles Leuver has won a Kindle ereader. He visited the library table at the Taste of Orland Park and entered the library’s challenge by guessing the number of pages in a stack of books. Charles’s guess was 2,450 pages. The correct number of pages was 2,451. Charles’s guess was the closest of…

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Palos Park Library events

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Imperial Oaks Brewing Tour Palos Park Library cardholders can take a guided tour of the Imperial Oaks Brewing in Willow Springs from noon to 12:40 p.m. Saturday, August 20. The tour includes samples of standard, sour beers, and barrel aged beers. At the end of the tour, participants will get a full pint pour and a…

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Police to hit Dunkin’ roofs for Special Olympics

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By Bob Bong Local police will all be hanging out at coffee shops across the south and southwest suburbs on Friday to raise money for the Illinois Special Olympics. The event, which is again being called Cop on a Rooftop after it was rebranded last year as Coffee for Champions, will take place at more…

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Palos Park free electronic recycling on Friday

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Palos Park will offer free recycling of electronics to residents on Friday, August 19, at the Kaptur Center parking lot from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until the container is full. Once the container is full, no additional electronics will be accepted. There is a limit of 2 items per household. You must have…

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Orland Township announces new pet photo contest

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A new pet contest has been created to get the community ready to “raise the woof” at Pet-Palooza. Orland Township residents can nominate their beloved pets to be Orland Township’s ‘SuPETvisor’ of The Year. Until Friday, Aug. 26, Orland Township residents can nominate their pet by messaging the Pet-Palooza Facebook page ( a photo. The…

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Worth questions but provides funding for park district

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By Joe Boyle The request by the Worth Park District for financial assistance was granted by village officials but not without some specific concerns being addressed first. Trustee Brad Urban believed that the initial request for $30,000 through intergovernmental sharing of American Rescue Plan Act funds to make up for deficits caused by COVID-19 was a…

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