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History in Willow Springs: Neddermeyer sworn in as first woman mayor

By Carol McGowan It was a packed house, in fact, standing room only, May 13 in the Willow Springs Village Hall. Melissa N. Neddermeyer was about to be sworn in…

From left, Greg Kotsiviras, Carter Schott, coach Jim Corcoran, Connor Richards, and Leo Glynn are on Sandburg’s unified bass fishing team, which qualified for this weekend’s state meet. Photo provided by Jim Corcoran

State Finals Roundup: Bass fishermen ready to give state title a Schott

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The Illinois High School Association bass fishing state tournament rolls this weekend, and not only will Sandburg and Stagg send teams, the Sandburg unified team will…

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High School Softball: Riverside-Brookfield’s Hannah Smith sparkles on mound, rakes at the plate

By Steve Millar Correspondent   Riverside-Brookfield senior Hannah Smith showed off her arm and her swing, and even had others speculating about her potential abilities in another sport. Smith threw…

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BRIAN L. BAKALICH Brian Bakalich, 58, of La Grange Park, passed away May 5. He was an Army veteran. Beloved husband of Sandra Bakalich (nee Joyce); devoted father of Alexandra…

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Lyons Mayor Christopher Getty sworn in for fourth term

By Carol McGowan Lyons Village President Christopher Getty was given the oath of office as mayor for the fourth time Tuesday evening, May 18. Three members of the village board…

The Lyons boys gymnastics team won the first state title in program history on May 15. Photo courtesy of the Illinois High School Association

Pride of Lyons: Boys gymnastics takes home first state title

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent In its ninth trip to the state meet, the Lyons boys gymnastics program won a state championship. The Lions, who have brought home one second-place and…

Red Stars standout Julie Ertz, shown trying to get by a KC player earlier this year, was injured in a 5-0 loss to Portland on May 16. Photo by Jeff Vorva

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…

Chicago Red Stars forward Mallory Pugh, shown in a game against Kansas City, scored her first goal with the team in a 3-2 loss against the OL Reign to close the NWSL Challenge Cup. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Red Stars Report: Dames confident despite winless Challenge Cup

By Jeff Vorva, Correspondent The Chicago Red Stars went winless in the Challenge Cup. But there is no panic. They have a little time to regroup from their 0-2-2 Cup-runneth-under…

Lyons senior George Taylor (left) blocks a shot as junior Markas Venclovas provides support during their April 27 win over Proviso West. Photo by Steve Metsch

Boy Volleyball: Lyons rebounds with rout of Proviso West

By Steve Metsch, Correspondent It would have been easy for Lyons to take its foot off the gas during its match last week against Proviso West. The Lions jumped to…

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Argo and Reavis keepers combine for seven saves in scoreless draw

By Steve Millar, Correspondent Coming into the season, a big question surrounding the Argo girls soccer team was who would play goalie?   With the Argonauts lacking a goalkeeper on…

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Pleasantdale School District 107 Board President Kristin Violante to Retire

Pleasantdale School District 107 announced today that Board President Kristin Violante will be retiring at the end of this year as a new board will be slated for next school…

Shepard coach John Rone and sophomore Elijah Tyson have fun posing with the team for postgame photos after the Astros beat Reavis on Saturday to earn their first league title since 1993. Photo by Jeff Vorva 
 

High School Football: Astros land at top of SSC Red for first league title since 1993

By Jeff Vorva, Correspondent The last time Shepard had won a conference championship in football, Rudy Bajorek was patrolling the sidelines as an assistant coach. Fittingly, the Astros won the…

Mallory Pugh (right) goes flying as she makes her Red Stars debut on Wednesday night against Kansas City NWSC and Michella Maemone (left). Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pugh makes debut but Johnson gets goal in Red Stars’ draw

By Jeff Vorva, Correspondent Forward Mallory Pugh made her highly anticipated debut with the Chicago Red Stars on Wednesday night but it was her replacement who stole the show. Pugh,…

Vikings slot back Aaron Woofford gets ready to follow the leads of locker Matt Ochoa in a loss to Providence on Friday night. Photo by Jeff Vorva

A few smiles for St. Laurence after loss to Providence

By Jeff Vorva, Correspondent There were smiles from some St. Laurence football players at Kavanaugh Field on Friday night after their game with Providence Catholic. But they may have been…

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Mother McAuley’s Elizabeth McNicholas is a water polo player and swimmer who is one of 26 athletes from the state named to the Illinois High School Association’s All-Academic team this year. Photo by Jeff Vorva




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McNicholas does swimmingly in pool and in the classroom

By Jeff Vorva, Correspondent Mother McAuley senior Elizabeth McNicholas admits that the process she uses to keep track of her busy schedule could be a little better. “I have some…

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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…