Longtime Lyons Trustee Pat Alonzi resigns for health reasons

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By Steve Metsch Longtime Lyons Village Trustee Pat Alonzi has decided to resign as she faces mounting health issues. Mayor Christopher Getty read her letter of resignation, dated Jan. 3, into the record when the village board met on Feb. 7. Alonzi, 85, had been a trustee for 12 years, Getty said. Her letter to…

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Countryside’s 342 water valves to be inspected

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By Steve Metsch Water valves and fire hydrants were on the agenda when the Countryside City Council’s Infrastructure Committee met on Jan. 25. With 342 valves in the Countryside water system, the City Council’s Infrastructure Committee wants to make sure there are no surprise problems. That’s why every other year, the city pays a company…

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Record turnout for BEDS Plus Soup & Bread fundraiser

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By Steve Metsch Thousands of cups of soup were savored during the Soup & Bread event hosted by BEDS Plus, which organizers called a smashing success. Attendance was 700, which exceeded the 600 who attended in 2020, just before the pandemic broke loose. “It’s our biggest ever,” BEDS Plus Community Relations Manager Erin Molek said.…

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Bridgeview hires four part-time police officers

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By Steve Metsch The Bridgeview Village Board hired four part-time police officer – each with backgrounds in law enforcement – at its most recent meeting. “We’re adding to our staff, a way to help the community,” Police Chief Ricardo Mancha told the board on Feb. 1. The four new part-timers are Joseph D. Keeter, John…

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Longtime Bridgeview Trustee Mary Sutton, 88, dies

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By Steve Metsch Bridgeview Village Trustee Mary Sutton, who had served on the board since 1999, died early Wednesday, Mayor Steve Landek announced at the board’s matinee meeting. Sutton “was dedicated to our community,” Landek said before the board paused for a moment of silence. Sutton, who turned 88 in December, died of cancer, Trustee…

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Countryside plans summer concert series, bluegrass festival

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By Steve Metsch It might be winter, but it’s never too soon to talk about summertime music. Such was the case Jan. 11 when the Countryside City Council’s Special Events Committee heard from promoter Katie Goggin regarding the city’s annual Summer Concert Series. The committee also heard about the second annual Bluegrass and Brews Festival from Sharon…

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Porfirio resigns township post to take Senate seat

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By Steve Metsch Mike Porfirio is now a state senator and the Township of Lyons Board of Trustees has a vacancy. Porfirio submitted his resignation as a trustee, which was accepted by the board at its Jan. 10 meeting. Porfirio was elected to the Illinois Senate in November, and was sworn in as a state…

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Drone takes McCook crime fighting to new level

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By Steve Metsch The McCook Police Department has a new weapon to fight crime. A new drone equipped with an infrared camera and the ability to zoom in 200 times was at the village’s latest board meeting on Jan. 17. The village used part of a $50,000 grant from the Secretary of State’s office to…

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