Palos Heights approves controversial gas station project

By Dermot Connolly The Palos Heights City Council voted 5-3 Tuesday night to allow a controversial Mobil gas station and 7-Eleven convenience store be built at the corner of Harlem Avenue and College Drive. The development by GW Properties will be on the northeast corner of the intersection adjacent to the Spectrum Palos Heights Senior…

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Children’s Farm Rummage Sale this weekend

The 19th annual rummage sale will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Children’s Farm at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park. Sunday is bargain day. The Rummage Sale will follow all CDC and Illinois stage guidelines for safety and for social distancing. Masks are required.

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Police say area residents are receiving fraudulent unemployment benefits

By Bob Bong Police in Palos Heights and Palos Park say residents are reporting receiving unsolicited unemployment benefit debit cards in the mail. More than 40 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in mid-March. In Illinois alone, an estimated 1.45 million residents have filed unemployment claims due…

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Police Blotter

PALOS HEIGHTS Theft Three pieces of lawncare equipment were reported stolen from an open landscaping truck parked in the 12900 block of South Oak Park Avenue, at 10 a.m. Friday. The landscaper who reported the equipment missing was working nearby at the time of the theft. Police are investing a report of theft from Jewel-Osco,…

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District 230 superintendent to retire at end of school year

By Dermot Connolly District 230 Supt. Dr. James M. Gay informed staff on Aug.10 that he plans to retire at the end of this school year, his 15th as superintendent. The District 230 School Board plans to discuss the next steps regarding the search for his successor at their Aug. 27 meeting, “Today, I share with…

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Palos Heights delays vote on gas station, store development

By Dermot Connolly A controversial gas station/convenience store development proposal was sent back to the Palos Heights Planning and Zoning Commission for consideration Tuesday night after the developers made substantial changes to the aesthetics of the plan. After being reviewed there by the commission and the city attorney, the proposal is expected to come up…

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Comings & Goings: Mona Lisa owners closing brick and mortar store

  By Bob Bong Sisters Wendy Lundberg and Jill Evans opened Mona Lisa Boutique in Palos Heights in October 1991 and patterned it after a Parisian boutique. At first, the sisters presented women’s clothing, accessories and jewelry. The boutique quickly expanded to include home decor, furniture, gifts, Christmas decorations and a complete baby boutique. It…

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Second lawsuit filed against priest in fatal hit-and-run

By Dermot Connolly The retired priest charged with the hit-and-run death of a teacher after a Christmas party in Orland Park has been named in a second lawsuit, which also names the restaurant as a defendant. Elizabeth Kosteck, a teacher at the same Orland Park Catholic school as Margaret Leja, who was killed in the…

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Illinois Appellate Court denies new trial for Granat

Convicted in 2017 of murdering parents in unincorporated Palos Park By Dermot Connolly The Illinois Appellate Court has denied a request for a new trial filed by former Stagg High School student John Granat, who was convicted in 2017 of killing his parents in their home in unincorporated Palos Park. Granat was 17 when prosecutors…

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