A memorial service was held Saturday for John George, who was a longtime teacher and coach at Evergreen Park Community High School. (Photos by Joe Boyle)

Late Evergreen Park teacher, coach preached character, family

By Joe Boyle Words of praise have never been scarce from the Evergreen Park community for John Elias “Coach” George. Relatives, friends, colleagues and former students were in attendance during a memorial service for George, a longtime teacher and coach at Evergreen Park Community High School. George died June 3, 2020, but a public memorial…

North Palos firefighters prepare Sunday morning to attack a blaze at the former L.W. Paul Supply Company. (Photos by Todd Sherman/Northern Illinois FireGround Photos)

Squatters may have started fire in Worth building

By Bob Bong A fire that heavily damaged a former plumbing supply company on 111th Street in Worth early Sunday morning may have been caused by homeless people living in the abandoned structure. “The fire started on the second floor, which used to be a beautiful and spacious apartment,” Worth Mayor Mary Werner said Monday.…

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3 juveniles arrested for setting off fireworks inside Chicago Ridge Mall

From staff reports Initial reports of gunshots inside Chicago Ridge Mall on Wednesday afternoon turned out to be fireworks set off by three juveniles who were later apprehended. Chicago Ridge police said they responded to reports at 3:50 p.m. of gunshots inside the shopping mall at 95th Street and Ridgeland Avenue. Several 911 callers stated…

Oak Lawn Police Chief Dan Vittorio (from left) presents Life Saving Awards to Sgt. Sean Heilig and Officer Matthew Atkinson for providing medical attention to a man who suffered gunshot wounds. The awards were presented during the Oak Lawn Village Board meeting Tuesday night. The actions of Heilig and Atkinson most likely saved the victim's life, according to hospital staff. (Photo by Joe Boyle)

Oak Lawn approves license plate readers at village entrances

Business license fees on hold for one year By Joe Boyle A series of cameras will be set up in Oak Lawn to monitor vehicles entering and exiting the village that may be involved in acts of crime. A resolution waiving the competitive bidding requirements awarding a services agreement with the Flock Camera Safety network…

The owner of Scissor Hands salon in Oak Lawn says reopening will be a long journey. (Supplied photo)

Oak Lawn salon owner vows to rebuild after car totals business

By Dermot Connolly The Scissor Hands hair salon, a longstanding business in Oak Lawn, sustained heavy damage Saturday night when a car careened out of control through the storefront at 10822 S. Cicero Ave., destroying the interior of the salon. Jayne Molony, the owner, said the salon had closed at 4 p.m., about three hours…

Former Bridgeview fire chief Michael Daly is the new chief of the Palos Heights Fire Department. (Photo by Isabella Schreck)

New Palos Heights fire chief passionate about firefighting, new community

By Isabella Schreck Even after more than 30 years in fire protection, Michael Daly said he was still excited to come to work. “I’m very lucky to have a career that I enjoy,” said Daly, who became fire chief for the Palos Heights Fire Protection District in March. “I still like to work. I enjoy…

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From ‘disgraceful’ to hopeful

Crews get busy at Archer Park By Tim Hadac A situation that looked sour is starting to look sweet, thanks to a quick response by new leadership at the Chicago Park District. Two weeks ago, no fewer than 17 complaints about conditions at Archer Park, 4901 S. Kilbourn, were made by the Archer Heights Civic…