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By Bob Bong A 24-year-old Chicago man has been charged with first-degree murder in the New Year’s Eve shooting of his stepfather in Evergreen Park. Brandon K. Kizer, 24, of the 8100 block of South Loomis in Chicago, was charged Sunday with first-degree murder in the death of Anthony Young, 52, on the morning of…

Sandburg’s Claire Callaghan dribbles during the opening round of the Eagles own holiday tournament on Dec. 27. The Eagles finished second in the tournament. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Girls Basketball: Sandburg falls to LW Central in champ game of Holiday Tournament

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Two years ago, a group of promising freshmen were bumped up to the varsity at Sandburg, joining an already stellar sophomore in Erin O’Connell. The team went through some growing pains in 2019-20 but flirted with 20 wins, finishing 19-12. Then there were some pains of playing an abbreviated schedule during…

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St. Rita takes 5th at Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic

By Steve Millar Correspondent St. Rita’s youth was evident in some mistakes the Mustangs made down the stretch in the fifth-place game of the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic. But the Mustangs’ talent won out in the end. Sophomore guard Jaedin Reyna went coast-to-coast and scored on a drive to the basket with 2.5 seconds left…

Lyons Township’s Tavari Johnson was an all-tournament player as he helped his team to a second-place finish in the Jack Tosh Tournament. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Lions take 2nd at Tosh Holiday Classic

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Glenbard West won the Jack Tosh Holiday Classic. That made sense. The Hilltoppers are ranked No. 1 in most state and Chicago-area polls. But not much else about this tournament made a lot of sense, especially when it came some of the seven area teams involved or, in two cases (Riverside-Brookfield…

Abbey Murphy, a Mother McAuley grad and University of Minnesota hockey player, was named to the Olympic team. University of Minnesota photo

Murphy joins Schofield on U.S. women’s hockey team

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Abbey Murphy lists Kendall Coyne Schofield as her sports role model. Now, she will be a teammate of Schofield on the biggest stage for women’s hockey. Team USA Hockey announced its Olympic roster over the weekend and two-time medal winner Schofield, a native of Palos Heights and a Sandburg graduate, will…

Richards High School Principal Dr. Mike Jacobson and several staff members at the high school, 10601 Central Ave., Oak Lawn, walked for 24 hours on a treadmill to raise money for student scholarships starting bright and early on New Year's Day. (Supplied photos)

Richards principal walks 24 hours for a cause

Raises $20,000 for student scholarships By Kelly White Most people spend New Year’s Day relaxing. Richards High School Principal Dr. Mike Jacobson spent it on the treadmill. For the second year in a row, Jacobson inspired generous donations of more than $20,000 on New Year’s Day by walking 24 hours on a treadmill without stopping.…

A crowd waits to enter a free COVID testing center in Brookfield. (Photo by Steve Metsch)

New county mandate to combat COVID surge

Restaurants, fitness centers, venues will be required to check vaccination status on Jan. 3 By Bob Bong The latest surge of COVID cases has people flocking to testing centers to see if they have the virus and those that definitely have it threatening to overwhelm local hospitals. The Illinois Department of Public Health last Friday…

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Minimum wage hike among new state laws taking effect Jan. 1

By Bob Bong and Peter Hancock Minimum wage workers in Illinois will see a boost in their hourly pay to $12 per hour starting Jan. 1, while tenants in affordable housing units will be allowed to keep pets. Those are just some of the more than 300 new laws that take effect in the new year. The…

Series consultants Rev. Wheeler Parker, Dr. Marvel Parker and Ollie Gordon pose with the cast of "Women of the Movement." (Supplied photo)

ABC series to focus on Mamie Till-Mobley, Summit connection

By Carol McGowan ABC’s “Women of the Movement” will premiere next week. The six-episode series chronicles the story of Mamie Till-Mobley seeking justice for her son, Emmett Till. It airs on Thursday, January 6, at 7 p.m. on ABC. “Women of the Movement” is produced by Kapital Entertainment and created by Marissa Jo Cerar, who…

Orland Park Police Chief Joseph Mitchell said his cops do not have time to enforce new vaccine mandates that the county has made. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Orland Park will not enforce Cook County vaccine mandates

By Jeff Vorva The Orland Park Board of Trustees gathered for a special meeting Tuesday night to voice their opposition to Cook County’s new mandates regarding COVID-19. The board voted 6-0, with trustee Brian Riordan absent, to oppose the county’s vaccination passport mandate, which was issued Dec. 23 and scheduled to begin Monday. The mandates,…

An Alsip teenager was killed and six people hospitalized after a horrific collision Monday night near Ridgeland Avenue and Route 83 in Palos Heights. (Photo courtesy of Palos Heights Police Department)

Teen dies, 6 hospitalized in Palos Heights car crash

By Bob Bong A 14-year-old girl from Alsip was killed Monday night in a two-vehicle crash in Palos Heights that sent six other people to the hospital, two in critical condition. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office identified Madison Harrison as the girl who was killed when she was ejected through the rear window of…

C.J. Brown left the Chicago House to become an assistant with the Fire. Photo by Chicago House

Pro Soccer Report: House lose coach to Fire, Red Stars gain young talent

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent There are three professional soccer teams that play in Chicago and all three will have new coaches in 2022. The Chicago Fire relieved coach Raphael Wicky of his duties toward the end of the season and replaced him with Ezra Hendrickson. The Chicago Red Stars are in the process of interviewing…

Members of the family of the late Theron Tobolski gathered for McCook’s tree lighting on December 6. (Photo by Steve Metsch)

Bittersweet tree lighting in McCook

By Steve Metsch The Christmas tree lighting in McCook last week was bittersweet for the family of Theron Tobolski. Tobolski, who was the village treasurer, died of a heart attack at age 45 on June 18. In recognition of his service to the village, Mayor Terry Carr invited his family – notably Tobolski’s two young…

After 40 years in the business, Carl Bonasera, owner of All American Comic Shop, 3576 W. 95th St., Evergreen Park, will be retiring and closing his much-loved business. (Supplied photos)

All American Comic Shop closing after 40 years

By Kelly White After 40 years as a beloved staple in the Evergreen Park community, All American Comic Shop is closing its doors. The store, 3576 W. 95th St., Evergreen Park, was opened on October 17, 1981, by Evergreen Park native and owner and operator, Carl Bonasera. “Between that time and 1993 we opened eight…

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New law ends parental notification in Illinois

New law ends parental notification in Illinois

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] Gov. JB Pritzker signed a law on Friday that ends parental notification, a requirement that doctors notify the parents of a minor seeking an abortion. “With reproductive rights under attack across the nation, Illinois is once again establishing itself as a leader in ensuring access to health care…

Illinois jobless rate falls to 5.7%

Illinois jobless rate falls to 5.7%

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The unemployment rate in Illinois fell three-tenths of a point in November to 5.7 percent as employers added 19,500 payroll jobs to the economy. Preliminary data released by the Department of Employment Security and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the biggest job gains during…

Illinois jobless rate falls to 5.7%

Illinois jobless rate falls to 5.7%

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The unemployment rate in Illinois fell three-tenths of a point in November to 5.7 percent as employers added 19,500 payroll jobs to the economy. Preliminary data released by the Department of Employment Security and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the biggest job gains during…

Potential buyer identified for James R. Thompson Center

Potential buyer identified for James R. Thompson Center

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Plans are moving ahead for the sale of the James R. Thompson Center at 100 West Randolph Street in Chicago. Gov. JB Pritzker announced on Wednesday plans to enter into exclusive negotiations with JRTC Holdings, LLC, for the purposes of acquiring and redeveloping the Thompson Center…

CAPITOL RECAP: JRTC Holdings will enter negotiations with state for $70 million purchase of Thompson Center

CAPITOL RECAP: JRTC Holdings will enter negotiations with state for $70 million purchase of Thompson Center

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS CHICAGO – Plans are moving ahead for the sale of the James R. Thompson Center at 100 West Randolph Street in Chicago. Gov. JB Pritzker announced on Wednesday, Dec. 15, plans to enter into exclusive negotiations with JRTC Holdings, LLC, for the purposes of acquiring and redeveloping the Thompson Center that…

Lawmakers push for nursing home reforms this spring

Lawmakers push for nursing home reforms this spring

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Several Illinois lawmakers said this week they are determined to pass a bill in the spring that would overhaul the way nursing homes are paid through the state’s Medicaid program to address critical staffing shortages, but the state’s largest nursing home industry group is still pushing…

New law provides for licensure path of certified professional midwives in Illinois

New law provides for licensure path of certified professional midwives in Illinois

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] Colleen Marotta has delivered hundreds of babies. Marotta, 43, of Arlington Heights, became a nurse in 2001. Ten years later, she became a certified professional midwife, or CPM. When Marotta was a CPM the law barred her from delivering babies in Illinois, forcing her to drive to Wisconsin…

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