Metra to add SouthWest Service Line trains on Jan. 16

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Metra will upgrade the SouthWest Service Line schedule on Jan. 16, increasing the number of weekday trains on the line to 30 from the current 12 as part of a major service redesign pilot. “As we have done on other lines, we are adjusting the schedule on the SouthWest Service to meet increasing demand and…

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Palos Hills, Hickory Hills mayors optimistic about business growth

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By Joe Boyle The mayors of Palos Hills and Hickory Hills said the emergence of new businesses and programs are an indication that both communities are looking forward to better days. Palos Hills Mayor Gerald Bennett and Hickory Hills Mayor Mike Howley both presented their “State of the Cities” addresses Tuesday night at the Hickory…

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Reichman Jewelers to close Oak Lawn store

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July shooting of co-owner was deciding factor By Dermot Connolly Violent robberies at their own store and others in the area have led the longtime owners of Reichman Jewelers in Oak Lawn to close their business, which has been located at 4439 W. 95th St., since 1984. Reichman Jewelers dates back to 1908, and was at…

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Comings & Goings: Pizza Castle now open in Hickory Hills

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By Bob Bong After almost five decades of serving pizzas from a small storefront in Chicago’s Gage Park neighborhood, Pizza Castle co-owner Richard Jensen had an opportunity to move into a bigger space and he jumped at the chance. So, Jensen packed up the family business and made the move a few miles south to…

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Justice celebrates long-time business owners

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By Carol McGowan Longtime business owners were recognized earlier this month as part of Justice’s Milestone Recognition Program. Peggy Schillne, economic development coordinator for the village, said the awards are something the village hands out annually to recognize businesses that have been operating in the village for a long time. Trustee Stan Ogorek presented Gregory…

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New Palos Hills salon adds to Harlem Avenue rejuvenation

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By Joe Boyle The view of empty businesses along Harlem Avenue had frustrated Palos Hills Mayor Gerald Bennett over the years. But when it appeared the most bleak, Kalid Baste and a group of relatives entered stating that they can rejuvenate the area just south of 103rd and Harlem and make it a destination point. Baste and several…

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Comings & Goings: Perfumania now open at Orland Square Mall

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By Bob Bong Florida-based Perfumania has opened its second south suburban store at Orland Square Mall in Orland Park. The store opened in late September, held its grand opening last month, and was the fifth Perfumania store in Illinois. Other stores are in Chicago Ridge, North Riverside, Aurora, and Norridge. The chain was founded in…

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