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Sutera, Leahy sworn onto Justice Park Board

By Carol Mcgowan / June 11, 2021 /

By Carol McGowan A new era is underway for the Justice Park District. Commissioners Tabatha Sutera and Mark Leahy were sworn in as full-time commissioners of the park board May 24…

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Obituaries for May 9

By News Desk / May 26, 2021 / Comments Off on Obituaries for May 9

NICK G. BACUROS Nick Bacuros, age 89, lifelong resident of Chicago’s Garfield Ridge community, passed away April 29. He was a Navy veteran. Throughout his life, Mr. Bacuros worked in…

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Obituaries for Oct. 25

By News Desk / May 26, 2021 / Comments Off on Obituaries for Oct. 25

ABIGAIL BARRIENTOS    Abigail Barrientos (nee Rodarte), age 85, of Chicago’s  Brighton Park community, passed away October 17 at home. Beloved wife of Guadalupe Barrientos; devoted mother of  Maria (Raul)…

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Community Calendar

By News Desk / May 26, 2021 / Comments Off on Community Calendar

AREA WIDE      ¥ Aging Care Connections’ 14th annual Sports Ball benefit gala will  be held Friday, Sept. 25, at 6 p.m. at Pinstripes in Oak Brook. Comedian Pat …

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Comings & Goings: Indian Springs School District to demolish building

By News Desk / May 26, 2021 / Comments Off on Comings & Goings: Indian Springs School District to demolish building

Big things are coming to Indian Springs School District 109. The school district is seeking bids to tear down a building the district acquired last year at 8000 S. Roberts…

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Death notices

By Bob Bong / May 20, 2021 / Comments Off on Death notices

BRIAN L. BAKALICH Brian Bakalich, 58, of La Grange Park, passed away May 5. He was an Army veteran. Beloved husband of Sandra Bakalich (nee Joyce); devoted father of Alexandra…

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Comings & Goings: BETA wrestling academy opens in Justice

By News Desk / April 22, 2021 / Comments Off on Comings & Goings: BETA wrestling academy opens in Justice

By Bob Bong Joe Phelan has been coaching wrestling in the southwest suburbs for about 30 years. He started with the Badgers Wrestling Club at Argo High School and has…

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Hodgkins gives COVID aid to Buck’s Pit Stop and new brewery

By News Desk / April 22, 2021 / Comments Off on Hodgkins gives COVID aid to Buck’s Pit Stop and new brewery

By Allison Templin The Village of Hodgkins has allocated money to help two businesses in town recover from the toll the pandemic has taken on businesses. The village’s COVID-19 Restaurant/…

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Obituaries for April 22

By News Desk / April 22, 2021 / Comments Off on Obituaries for April 22

FRANCIS ‘FRANKIE’ BLANDA Francis “Frankie” Blanda, 57, of Justice, passed away April 10. Devoted son of Lydia (nee Volmer) and the late Daniel A. Blanda Sr.; dearest brother of Julie…

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Lyons Township holds annual meeting at SeatGeek Stadium

By News Desk / April 22, 2021 / Comments Off on Lyons Township holds annual meeting at SeatGeek Stadium

By Steve MetschÊ With social distancing practiced in a spacious suite at SeatGeek Stadium, the Township of Lyons resumed a tradition that last year was derailed by the coronavirus pandemic.Ê…

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High School Boys Volleyball: Brother Rice and St. Rita reach Sweet 16

    By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The four boys volleyball teams that battled it out on Saturday in the St. Rita Sectional all had major triumphs two days prior. All…

Marist’s boys track team won its first sectional since 1982. Photo courtesy of Marist High School

High School Track: Lyons’ Dickman medals at state; Marist boys enjoy big week

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Postseason track was hot and heavy in the Southwest Regional News area as girls completed the state competition and the boys were battling it out at…

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High School Softball: Ellie Giles’ gem lifts St. Ignatius over St. Laurence for sectional title

By Steve Millar Correspondent St. Laurence junior Abbey Pochie knew it was going to be a showdown of Division I-bound pitchers and that she would have to be on top…

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High School Boys Volleyball: Marist on the cusp of another trip to state

By Randy Whalen Correspondent Marist is one win away from another trip to the state tournament and the chance at a second consecutive title. But they will first have to…

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Oak Lawn’s 95th Street crossing closing June 16 

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that repairs to the Metra SouthWest Service Line crossing on 95th Street, east of 52nd Avenue, in Oak Lawn, will require a full closure, weather permitting,…

Ideal School, Countryside cut ribbon on Sensory Meditation Garden

By Carol McGowan Countryside Mayor Sean McDermott, School District 105 officials and others that brought the school’s new sensory meditation garden to life  were on hand May 207 for the…

Justice Park District Commissioner Mark Leahy (left), Judge Ed King (center), and Justice Park District Commissioner Tabatha Sutera. (Photos by Carol McGowan)

Sutera, Leahy sworn onto Justice Park Board

By Carol McGowan A new era is underway for the Justice Park District. Commissioners Tabatha Sutera and Mark Leahy were sworn in as full-time commissioners of the park board May 24…

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CAPITOL RECAP: No energy deal yet, but lawmakers say one could come 'this summer'

CAPITOL RECAP: No energy deal yet, but lawmakers say one could come ‘this summer’

By Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate adjourned Tuesday without calling a comprehensive energy regulatory reform package for a vote. After adjournment, Senate President Don Harmon, D-Oak Park,…

Two-day session ends with major legislation, but no energy bill

Two-day session ends with major legislation, but no energy bill

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers finished a two-day special session Thursday by passing some important legislation but without reaching agreement on the one issue…

Vaccinated Illinoisans automatically entered into $10 million lottery

Vaccinated Illinoisans automatically entered into $10 million lottery

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Any vaccinated Illinoisan will be automatically entered into a lottery for $10 million in prizes without having to take any extra…

Six Flags agrees to $36 million settlement over alleged BIPA violations

Six Flags agrees to $36 million settlement over alleged BIPA violations

By SARAH MANSUR Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — Six Flags Great America has agreed to a $36 million settlement to end a class-action lawsuit over the amusement park’s use…

Energy bill still not filed less than 24 hours before planned vote

Energy bill still not filed less than 24 hours before planned vote

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate is scheduled to return to the Capitol Tuesday to consider an energy regulatory overhaul bill that is years…

Pritzker issues amendatory veto on budget due to drafting errors, Senate accepts

Pritzker issues amendatory veto on budget due to drafting errors, Senate accepts

By SARAH MANSUR Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — The state Senate on Tuesday approved a change to next year’s budget at the request of Gov. JB Pritzker to correct…

Senate adjourns with no energy deal, but Harmon ‘confident’ one is still near

Senate adjourns with no energy deal, but Harmon ‘confident’ one is still near

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate adjourned Tuesday without calling a comprehensive energy regulatory reform package for a vote. After adjournment, Senate President Don…

‘Juneteenth’ becomes official state holiday

‘Juneteenth’ becomes official state holiday

‘Juneteenth’ becomes official state holiday Day marks anniversary of last enslaved Americans learning of freedom By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The day that marks the anniversary…

House OKs remote voting on bills to pass budget amendment

House OKs remote voting on bills to pass budget amendment

By SARAH MANSUR Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House changed its rules Wednesday to allow lawmakers to cast votes on legislation remotely, giving them enough votes to…

FOID bill strengthening enforcement for revoked cards will head to Pritzker

FOID bill strengthening enforcement for revoked cards will head to Pritzker

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House on Wednesday passed a Firearm Owner Identification card law change that would strengthen law enforcement’s ability to retrieve…