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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…

Farewell parade pays tribute to St. Joseph School

By Carol McGowan It was a warm Saturday, but that didn’t stop parents, children, the community and employees of St. Joseph School in Summit from having a few hours full…

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Cook County Assessor’s Office re-opens for in-person appointments

 Online services are also available for property owners From staff reports The Cook County Assessor’s Office has announced the resumption of in-person visits by the public to its downtown and branch…

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Burbank Little League owes T-ball field makeover to Ball Park Buns

From Staff Reports Children 6 to 9 years were among the first to play on the newly renovated T-ball field in Narragansett Park on June 5. Ball Park Buns provided…

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2021 Desplaines Valley News Graduation issue now available!

The Desplaines Valley News 2021 Graduation issue is out! Copies are available for 25 cents at the Summit office, 7674 W. 63rd St. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 4…

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Pappas unveils new online tool to weigh government debt burden on individual property owners

From staff reports Property owners for the first time can find out what portion of local government debt falls on them, thanks to a new, groundbreaking online tool created by…

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High School Girls Track Sectional Roundup: Area has 10 individual and three relay champs

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent In her final official run on the Lyons track, Katie Dickman went out a winner. Anchoring the 1600-meter relay team that also consisted of Rebecca Phillips,…

Rachel Hill gets ready to take a shot for the Red Stars against North Carolina. Later the in the match, she scored the lone goal in Saturday’s 1-0 win in Bridgeview. Photo by Jeff Vorva

An en-Courage-ing result: Red Stars down North Carolina behind Naeher’s third shutout

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent North Carolina has been an NWSL power since coming into the league. The Courage debuted in 2017 and won the regular season title in its expansion…

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Burbank Little League field benefits from Ball Park Buns

From Staff Reports Children 6 to 9 years were among the first to play on the newly renovated tee-ball field in Narragansett Park on June 5. Ball Park Buns provided…

St. Laurence’s Kevin McCormick and his teammates picked up a top seed in a Class 3A baseball sectional. They finished second in the state in 2019. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Crowns are coming: Spring sport state finals to return in Illinois beginning June 10

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Boys volleyball and boys and girls lacrosse teams across the state celebrated in mid-May when the IHSA opened up the postseason to those sports, including state…

Vanessa DiBernardo gets fired up during a home match against Gotham FC on May 22. She and her teammates were fired up four days later after beating KC on the road, 2-0. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Red Stars Report: Pugh shines as Stars get first win; Dames fumes at refs

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The Chicago Red Stars will not be winless when they return to Bridgeview. The team pulled off its first victory of the NWSL season with a…

Sandburg’s 3200-meter relay team of, from left, Ava Giblin, Brielle Morris Katie Roche and Lily Molloy show their medals after winning the event at the SWSC Blue meet in Bolingbrook. Photo by Jeff Vorva.

High School Girls Track: Sandburg 3200 has steep climb for state

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent A trip to state would do a lot of good for Sandburg’s girls track 3200-meter relay team. Sectional competition opened this week, and Sandburg and Stagg…

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Football Class 7A State Championship: Caravan rolls past Roadrunners for 7A title

By Steve Metsch Mount Carmel head coach Jordan Lynch noted “defense wins championships” after the Caravan prevention corps shut down the high-powered Nazareth offense in the Class 7A state title…

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Energy working group negotiations to continue through weekend as new bill surfaces

Energy working group negotiations to continue through weekend as new bill surfaces

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The latest draft of an energy regulatory overhaul bill that has been in negotiations for months was unveiled late Thursday ahead of…

Latino group sues to block new Illinois maps

Latino group sues to block new Illinois maps

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A second lawsuit has been filed in federal court in Illinois seeking to block the use of a redistricting plan that Democrats…

Committee discusses state parks’ staffing issues, downstate tourism concerns

Committee discusses state parks’ staffing issues, downstate tourism concerns

By SARAH MANSUR Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — As Illinois begins its official reopening and residents flock to state parks this summer, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources faces a…

Illinois to enter Phase 5, full reopening

Illinois to enter Phase 5, full reopening

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Starting Friday, Illinois will be in Phase 5 of the COVID-19 reopening plan, meaning businesses and organizations can resume normal activity, although…

State task force considers redesigning, moving monument of MLK Jr.

State task force considers redesigning, moving monument of MLK Jr.

By SARAH MANSUR Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — Members of the state’s task force on statues and monuments discussed ways to relocate the statue of civil rights leader Dr. Martin…

GOP leaders sue over new district maps

GOP leaders sue over new district maps

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Republican leaders in the Illinois House and Senate filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging the constitutionality of the new legislative district maps…

CAPITOL RECAP: Lawmakers will return to Springfield next week to hear energy bill

CAPITOL RECAP: Lawmakers will return to Springfield next week to hear energy bill

By Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Lawmakers will be back in session next week to consider a sweeping energy overhaul bill and possibly other legislation. The Senate is planning to…