Charge West Lawn man in hostage standoff

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Was disgruntled man demanding pay, police say By Bob Bong A West Lawn man has been charged after holding two employees at gunpoint last week at Redline Towing in Chicago Ridge. Police said officers were dispatched at 10:50 a.m. Monday, Aug. 8 to Redline Towing, 10103 S. Kitty Ave., for an employee threatening his co-workers.…

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Peck students pumped up

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It’s not every day that boys and girls are eager to end summer vacation and go back to class, but that was the vibe last week at Peck Elementary School. One student (right) showed that spirit as he high-fived 23rd Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares, who joined longtime Principal Okab Hassan (center), faculty, staff and parent…

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County funds gun violence work

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‘Safe and thriving communities’ the goal, Preckwinkle says From staff reports Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was joined last week by Cook County Commissioners Brandon Johnson, Dennis Deer, Frank Aguilar, Alma Anaya and Bridget Degnen and Avik Das, Executive Director of the Justice Advisory Council, to announce the recipients of the County’s Gun Violence…

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Flood relief project starts in Gage Park

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In providing flood relief to the Gage Park neighborhood, the Chicgo Department of Water Management last week began making a major tie end into the underground sewer system at 53rd and California. The work will require California to be closed through Thursday, Aug. 25. Motorists are advised to travel with caution, as 53rd Street (from…

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Police make gun bust

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A 20-year-old man was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon after he was arrested in front of 5930 S. Kedzie by CPD Unit 862A at 3:19 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6. David Banda was reportedly observed walking south on Kedzie while clutching onto his waistband area, a CPD spokesman said. As police officers approached,…

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Dart warns seniors about ruse burglaries

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From staff reports Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart is warning the public about ruse burglaries following an incident that occurred last week. At approximately 5:15 p.m. on Aug. 8, Sheriff’s Police responded to a call of a residential burglary in unincorporated Norwood Township. Upon arrival, they learned that one of the five unidentified offenders…

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Bailey needs a bailout, quickly

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By Rich Miller The two days of partisan political events during the Illinois State Fair are like miniature, stripped-down, informal versions of national political conventions. They serve as a sort of kickoff to our fall campaign season, so they are usually closely watched by reporters who cover campaigns and by insiders. The speeches and organized…

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Blue Angels were most impressive

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By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327 I went to a North Side beach last Friday with some family members. We forgot that the Blue Angels were in Chicago, performing that weekend. What a nice surprise! Their precision is wonderful to watch. They are a great example of teamwork. We watched the sky…

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Chicago Lawn’s ‘story’ on display at library

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By Kathy Headley Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor 6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778 At the Chicago Public Library this summer, the theme has been City of Stories. In keeping with that theme, the Chicago Lawn Branch Library has a bulletin board with the story entitled Chicago Lawn Chapter One. It includes…

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More schools, more traffic

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By Mary Stanek Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon 3808 W. 57th Place • (773) 284-7394 Another school year is well underway. That means more traffic concerns for everyone, especially for those of us who live close to any of our area schools. Please remember to drive safely, there are children everywhere, and…

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