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Pekau, Mahoney say state should leave local tax fund alone

By Jeff Vorva / June 11, 2021 /

By Jeff Vorva Two area mayors are speaking out against the state trying to take a bigger bite out of local government’s funding. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has proposed cuts to…

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Orland Park honors 55 during Memorial Day ceremony

By Jeff Vorva / June 11, 2021 /

By Jeff Vorva Every one of the 55 veterans who had their names engraved on the walls of the Ara Pace Memorial have a story to tell. Timothy Childers’ story…

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Veterans event gets rolling in Orland Park

By Jeff Vorva / June 11, 2021 /

By Jeff Vorva The first Veterans’ Tuesday in the Park event at Orland Park’s Civic Center got rolling on June 1 and there was a sparse crowd at the beginning…

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123rd Street project gameplan offers clarity but little relief

By Jeff Vorva / June 10, 2021 /

By Jeff Vorva Traffic in parts of Palos Heights will still be a nightmare this summer and fall, but at least there is a little more clarity as to what…

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Pekau blasts state and thanks Newman and Cook County

By Jeff Vorva / June 10, 2021 /

By Jeff Vorva When Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau has an issue with someone, he comes out with guns-a-blazing. He did not hold back about his opinions of the state…

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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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Orland Park board talks up law and order

By Jeff Vorva / May 20, 2021 / Comments Off on Orland Park board talks up law and order

By Jeff Vorva Cops and crooks. Those two items were topics of conversation that took up a good chunk of time during Monday night’s Village of Orland Park Committee of…

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Thorns bury Red Stars with four goals in first 30 minutes

By Jason Maholy / May 17, 2021 / Comments Off on Thorns bury Red Stars with four goals in first 30 minutes

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The good news for the Chicago Red Stars is they’ll be playing in in front of fans in Bridgeview for the first time since 2019. But…

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Boys Volleyball: Jeremiah Burden helps Sandburg top Bolingbrook

By Jason Maholy / May 14, 2021 / Comments Off on Boys Volleyball: Jeremiah Burden helps Sandburg top Bolingbrook

By Jason Maholy, Sports Editor Sandburg senior Jeremiah Burden spent the first three years of his high school volleyball career playing libero. This season, out of necessity because of a…

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Pekau defends blowing up Open Lands Funds Commission

By Jeff Vorva / April 24, 2021 / Comments Off on Pekau defends blowing up Open Lands Funds Commission

By Jeff Vorva Mayor Keith Pekau responded to what outgoing Village of Orland Park Trustee Kathleen Fenton called “the most despicable and disrespectful motion I’ve ever seen on my 28…

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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,…

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Oak Lawn moves Independence Day parade to July 3 

The Village of Oak Lawn announced Tuesday it will move this year’s annual Fourth of July parade to Saturday, July 3, at 4 p.m. In addition to the change in…

Aurelio's Pizza brought along some cheer and comfort to children undergoing treatment and frontline essential workers at Advocate Children’s Hospital, 4400 95th St, Oak Lawn, by donating 500 personal-sized pizzas on a mobile pizza truck, along with custom-made cookies, to the hospital on National Pizza Party Day on Friday, May 21.

Aurelio’s holds pizza party for children and staff at Advocate Children’s Hospital

By Kelly White Every year on the third Friday in May, pizza lovers across the nation share their love of pizza on National Pizza Party Day. Celebrated this year on…

Palos Park Mayor John Mahoney makes a point protesting Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s idea of cutting funds for local budgets. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Pekau, Mahoney say state should leave local tax fund alone

By Jeff Vorva Two area mayors are speaking out against the state trying to take a bigger bite out of local government’s funding. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has proposed cuts to…

Orland Park Trustee Cynthia Nelson Katsenes talks with veteran Timothy Childers during Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony at the village. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Orland Park honors 55 during Memorial Day ceremony

By Jeff Vorva Every one of the 55 veterans who had their names engraved on the walls of the Ara Pace Memorial have a story to tell. Timothy Childers’ story…

Construction, such as this project taking place at 123rd Street and 73rd Avenue, will be prevalent through October, Palos Heights Alderman Jack Clifford said. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Oh boy, Palos Heights construction will make for a ‘summer of joy’

By Jeff Vorva Palos Heights’ Ald. Jack Clifford (2nd) could not have been more sarcastic when he called this the “summer of joy” after the June 1 city council meeting.…

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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…