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New Warsaw saga continues

. Neighbors to have a second say about banquet hall . By Dermot Connolly and Tim Hadac Several dozen Clearing residents interested in the future of the shuttered New Warsaw Restaurant & Banquets property, 6250 W. 63rd St., had their say last week. More than 50 people turned out on Feb. 14 at the Clearing…

Sandburg players celebrate their Class 4A regional championship after defeating Romeoville in overtime on Feb. 15. Photo by Xavier Sanchez

Girls Basketball | Sandburg outlasts Romeoville for first regional crown since 2016

By Xavier Sanchez Correspondent It was the Eagles’ game to win and no one was going to change the outcome. On its home floor against a Romeoville team that had not lost this year, Sandburg used overtime to defeat the Spartans, 62-58, on Feb. 15 for the Class 4A Sandburg Regional title. It is the…

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Girls Basketball | LW Central scrapes by Stagg for Andrew Regional crown

By Randy Whalen Correspondent Stagg was hoping the third time was the charm. For three quarters, it was. But the Chargers couldn’t convert in crunch time and saw Lincoln-Way Central rally for a 36-33 victory in the Class 4A Andrew Regional title game Feb. 16. It was Stagg’s third loss — by a total of…

Stagg senior Arianna Araujo, who did not qualify as an individual for the IHSA state tournament, nonetheless won the state title on Feb. 17. Photo by Randy Whalen

Girls Bowling State Finals | Stagg’s Arianna Araujo rolls to title

By Randy Whalen Correspondent Prior to the start of the IHSA girls bowling postseason, Stagg senior Arianna Araujo made a statement to her coach. “She told me that she was going to win state,” Chargers coach Rich Kowalczyk said. “I was like, ‘Let’s get through the regional first.’ But she had that much confidence in herself and…

Lyons won its third straight regional title on Feb. 15 with a 57-55 victory over Mother McAuley. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Girls Hoops Wrap | Lyons holds off McAuley rally, wins third straight regional

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The last time Lyons won three straight regionals was when it went on an 11-year run of titles from 1989 to 1999. After the Lions held off a furious Mother McAuley rally in a 57-55 win Feb. 15 in their own Class 4A regional, they celebrated their third title in three…

Red Stars midfielder Julia Bianchi is one of six players on the team to be called up for international duty. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Area Sports Roundup | Call of Duty: Six Red Stars tabbed for national teams

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Time will tell what kind of product the Chicago Red Stars will put on the field in 2024. The team is coming off a last-place finish in the NWSL, and there has been a revolving door of players and coaches this offseason. One positive for the team is that it has…

Mount Carmel wrestlers thrived at the individual state wrestling event in Champaign. Photo courtesy of Mount Carmel High School

Postseason Roundup | Two Mt. Carmel wrestlers win state titles, five others medal

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Two Mount Carmel wrestlers won Class 4A state championships, and both had to beat opponents from Marist to do it. Junior Seth Mendoza won his third straight state championship at 126 pounds, beating Marist’s Michael Esteban 13-5 in the title match on Feb. 17 at the State Farm Center in Champaign.…

Evergreen Park senior guard Nolan Sexton moves the ball up court against Providence on Feb. 14. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Boys Basketball | Stagg tops Bradley to clinch program’s first conference title

By Xavier Sanchez Correspondent Stagg came into this season looking for their first winning campaign since 2016.  The Chargers did better than that. In addition to being assured of finishing over .500 for the first time under coach Marty Strus, Stagg won the first conference championship in program history. The Chargers (19-11, 5-3 SouthWest Suburban…

The Soup and Bread Event held February 4 at Holiday Inn Countryside raised a record $110,000 for BEDS Plus. (Photo by Steve Metsch)

Soup and Bread event raises $110,000 for BEDS Plus

By Steve Metsch There’s a lot of money to be made in soup. Officials of BEDS Plus, had set a goal of raising $100,000 at its 12th Soup and Bread event at the Holiday Inn Countryside. They easily raced past that, Development Manager Erin Molek said. “We’re at about $110,000. Anyone who wants to keep…

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Man dies after shooting in McCook bar parking lot

By Bob Bong One man was killed and another wounded early Saturday morning in a shooting outside a bar in McCook. McCook police said they were responding to a call about a shooting in the parking lot of a bar and discovered the men about half-a-block south of the parking lot of All Star Bar,…

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In day 2 of trial, prosecutor’s detail former lawmaker’s alleged RV rental scheme

In day 2 of trial, prosecutor’s detail former lawmaker’s alleged RV rental scheme

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois hmeisel@capitolnewsillinois.com This story will be updated with further details from the trial. Former Republican State Sen. Sam McCann was back in federal court on Wednesday for day two of his trial for alleged misuse of campaign funds. Prosecutors delved into McCann’s alleged scheme to rent out a motor home…

Feds accuse ex-lawmaker of ‘greed, fraud and arrogance’ in misusing campaign funds

Feds accuse ex-lawmaker of ‘greed, fraud and arrogance’ in misusing campaign funds

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois hmeisel@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Bass pulled no punches in describing former Republican state Sen. Sam McCann on the first day of his federal corruption trial on Tuesday. “This case is about greed, fraud and arrogance,” Bass said. “Greed for a lifestyle far beyond his means…fraud in…

Ex-Madigan aide sentenced to 30 months in prison for obstruction of justice attempt, perjury

Ex-Madigan aide sentenced to 30 months in prison for obstruction of justice attempt, perjury

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois hmeisel@capitolnewsillinois.com CHICAGO – For most of his adult working life, Tim Mapes only had one boss: former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. And for the more than 25 years he served as Madigan’s chief of staff, Mapes was known for his extreme loyalty to the powerful speaker. His office…

Gun rights groups ask SCOTUS to review Illinois’ assault weapons ban

Gun rights groups ask SCOTUS to review Illinois’ assault weapons ban

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – In a long-expected move, national gun rights organizations are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Illinois’ ban on assault weapons and large capacity magazines. In separate petitions filed Monday, the Colorado-based National Association for Gun Rights and the Nevada-based Firearms Policy Coalition asked the nation’s…

McCann trial delayed another day as he cancels plan to represent himself

McCann trial delayed another day as he cancels plan to represent himself

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – The federal corruption trial of former Republican state Sen. Sam McCann was delayed again on Monday, but this time for only one day to allow a court-appointed standby attorney time to take over his defense. McCann’s trial has been delayed numerous times since his February 2021…

Former lawmaker taken into custody amid delays to his corruption trial after sudden hospitalization

Former lawmaker taken into custody amid delays to his corruption trial after sudden hospitalization

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois hmeisel@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Former Republican State Sen. Sam McCann, a onetime third-party candidate for governor, was taken into custody Friday morning ahead of his federal corruption trial on charges he misused campaign funds. The arrest caps a bizarre week that was supposed to have seen his corruption trial begin…

Misdeeds by Carlinville funeral home director spur legislative proposals

Misdeeds by Carlinville funeral home director spur legislative proposals

By BETH HUNDSDORFER   Capitol News Illinois  bhundsdorfer@capitolnewsillinois.com  The wrong cremains were buried in a national cemetery. Bodies cremated under the wrong name. The wrong ashes returned to families from coast to coast.  An investigation into the mishandling of human remains has affected at least 80 families so far and continues to ripple out from…

Capitol Briefs: IDOT workers authorize strike; attorney general warns of AI election scams

Capitol Briefs: IDOT workers authorize strike; attorney general warns of AI election scams

By ANDREW ADAMS & JENNIFER FULLER  Capitol News Illinois news@capitolnewsillinois.com Several Teamsters unions representing thousands of state highway workers have authorized strikes as contract negotiations between them and the state’s Department of Transportation continue.  The eight local unions that authorized strikes are spread throughout Illinois and represent around 3,800 employees, including drivers, highway maintainers and…

In crisis, she went to an Illinois facility. Two years later, she still isn’t able to leave

In crisis, she went to an Illinois facility. Two years later, she still isn’t able to leave

By MOLLY PARKER  & BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois mparker@capitolnewsillinois.com bhundsdorfer@capitolnewsillinois.com This article was produced for ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network in partnership with Capitol News Illinois.  Kaleigh Rogers was in crisis when she checked into a state-run institution on Illinois’ northern border two years ago. Rogers, who has cerebral palsy, had a mental health breakdown during…

Capitol Briefs: Tax credits for children, manufacturers among new legislative proposals

Capitol Briefs: Tax credits for children, manufacturers among new legislative proposals

By ANDREW ADAMS  COLE LONGCOR & ALEX ABBEDUTO Capitol News Illinois news@capitolnewsillinois.com After failing to pass a child tax credit last year, advocates returned to Springfield Wednesday to propose a scaled back version of the policy which they say would still reduce child poverty and spur economic growth.  The proposal, contained in House Bill 4917…