Hundreds of parents, students rally to put kids back in the classroom

  By Dermot Connolly Hundreds of people from throughout the southwest suburbs attended an Orland Park rally last Thursday to reopen schools and sports that was organized by parents of students at Sandburg High School and other local high schools and elementary schools. District 230 announced on Monday that the three high schools it oversees…

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Bridgeview man charged in fatal Orland Park accident

By Bob Bong A Bridgeview man was charged Thursday with reckless homicide and additional charges in the January 23 crash in Orland Park that claimed the life of a 5-year-old girl. Orland Park police arrested Ahmad Alzobi, 56, of 7758 W. 79th St., after a lengthy investigation into the crash at 151st Street and Harlem…

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Father and son carry on family tradition at Palos Fire District

By Bob Bong It’s not unusual for a son to follow in his father’s footprints. That is definitely the case for the Mathias family whose tradition of fighting fires for the Palos Fire Protection District stretches back to the earliest days of the fire district when Glenn Mathias Sr. was a volunteer. Today, his son,…

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Family holds going away party for Palos Heights soldier heading to Kuwait

By Dermot Connolly Family and friends celebrated Sunday with Palos Heights resident Chloe Van Witzenburg at a “drive-by” farewell party outside her house on 69th Court. She’s an Army sergeant who is being deployed to Kuwait on Sept. 19. Chloe and her twin sister, Hanna, 22, both 2016 graduates of Shepard High School, enlisted in the…

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Firefighters respond to Orland home fire they saw from their firehouse

From staff reports Firefighters at the Orland Fire Protection District’s Station 5 at 8851 W. 143rd St. did not have far to go when responding to a house fire on Saturday. The firefighters were conducting their afternoon exercises inside the firehouse about 2:50 p.m. Saturday when they smelled something burning outside. The firefighters rushed outside…

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Woman charged with stealing from seniors at Palos Heights nursing home

From staff reports A Franklin Park woman has been charged by Palos Heights police with assuming the identities of nursing home residents and stealing more than $25,000 from those residents. Anna Zur, 39, was charged last week with multiple felonies related to wire fraud and continuing a financial crimes enterprise after an extensive criminal investigation…

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