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Worth Police Chief, Tim Denton, and Worth Mayor, Mary Werner, enjoyed coffee together during last year's Cop on a Rooftop in Worth. (File photo)

Police to hit the roof at Dunkin’ Donuts for Special Olympics

By Bob Bong Police departments across the south suburbs are gearing up for another high-flying fundraiser for Special Olympics Illinois. Police will be hanging out at more than 325 Dunkin’ Donut coffee shops across Illinois starting at 5 a.m. Friday, May 19, for another edition of Cop on a Rooftop. They will be collecting donations…

Gage Park native Renee Lehocky, director of strategic initiatives for Lawrence Hall, spoke to prospective foster parents at the Foster Care Recruitment Picnic in 2022. (Supplied photos)

Prospective foster parents receive advice, support

By Dermot Connolly Prospective foster parents can meet agency representatives and young adults who have gone through the system during a Foster Care Recruitment Picnic being held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the Thatcher Woods Pavilion in River Forest. Eight social service agencies that make up the Chicagoland Foster Care Recruitment…

Cook County Judge Joanne Rosado administers the oath of office to new Indian Head Park Mayor Amy Jo Wittenburg. (Supplied photo)

A familiar face takes the reins in Indian Head Park

By Steve Metsch A new chapter in the history of Indian Head Park began at last week’s village board meeting. Amy Jo Wittenberg – who served two terms as a village trustee – was sworn in as the new mayor. Wittenberg, 59, who works in marketing for a printing company, lost re-election as a trustee…

Kalid Baste is congratulated by Mayor Steve Landek after being sworn in as Bridgeview’s first Arab American village trustee. (Photos by Steve Metsch)

Baste becomes first Arab American on Bridgeview Village Board

By Steve Metsch In the newly decorated board room at the Bridgeview Village Hall, in front a standing room only crowd of family and friends, Kalid Baste became part of history. He was sworn in as the first Arab American to serve as a village trustee in Bridgeview. Baste was given the oath of office…

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North Palos asks Worth for help enforcing fire regulations on businesses

By Joe Boyle The North Palos Fire Protection District would like to see businesses that have numerous violations in Worth suffer the consequences. The fire department does not give out the citations specifically. They require an official from the village to give the offending businesses the citations. “North Palos Fire Protection District has been serving…

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Chicago Hounds will host Dawg Town Block Party in Bridgeview

Shaquille O’Neal will perform at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview this summer. DJ Diesel, who is also known as former basketball star Shaquille O’Neal, and American Celtic band Dropkick Murphys are set to perform at the 2023 MLR Championship Final at SeatGeek Stadium, 7000 S. Harlem Ave., on Saturday, July 8. The Chicago Hounds rugby team…

Lyons Mayor Christopher Getty wields scissors for the pizza dough cutting ceremony May 13 at Slice Factory. (Photos by Steve Metsch)

Slice Factory makes a big debut in Lyons

By Steve Metsch Norberto Cisneros Jr., smiled after tasting the pepperoni pizza at the new Slice Factory in Lyons. “I like it,” he said. “It’s a big bang for your buck.” Cisneros, an administrative aide in the Lyons Village Hall, wasn’t kidding. “Each slice,” restaurant owner Domenico DiDiana said, “is about the length of a grown man’s forearm.”…

The Lyons boys gymnastics team took second in the state on May 14. Photo courtesy of Lyons Township Athletics

Postseason Roundup | Lyons boys gymnasts add to state trophy collection

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer Another year, another trophy. The Lyons boys gymnastics team finished second at the IHSA state meet, held May 13 at Palatine High School. This is the Lions seventh state trophy in program history. They placed first in 2021, took second in 2017, and finished third in 2002, 2014, 2018 and…

Chicago fire midfielder Maren Haile-Selassie reacts after scoring a goal in the third minute of his team's 2-1 victory over St. Louis in the Open Cup on May 9 in Bridgeview. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Sports Report | Another Klopas era begins in Bridgeview

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer The third Frank Klopas era opened with a bang in Bridgeview. Klopas was promoted May 8 after the Chicago Fire axed Ezra Hendrickson and the next night the team beat St. Louis, 2-1, in the Round of 32 of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in front of an announced…

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Baseball and Softball Wrap | Saint Xavier baseball and softball headed to national tourneys

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer The Saint Xavier baseball team began the season in early February by losing its first five games. The Cougars, however, finished the regular season 5-0 and are heading to the national tournament. Saint Xavier roller-coastered through the regular season and dug themselves a hole in the double-elimination Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic…

Ryan Doubek, a Marist graduate, leads Benedictine in runs and stolen bases, and is second on the team in batting average, hits, on-base percentage and doubles. Photo courtesy of Bendictine University Athletics

College Notebook | Benedictine infielder Doubek earns Player of Week

By Mike Walsh Correspondent Ryan Doubek of Benedictine University has been named the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference’s Baseball Position Player of the Week for the week ending April 30. Doubek, a senior infielder, hit .522 (12-of-23) while batting leadoff as Benedictine went 4-1 during the timeframe. The Marist graduate scored six runs, doubled twice, stole…


Girls Soccer | Oak Lawn building toward success with marked improvement in 2023

By Steve Millar Correspondent After helping Oak Lawn improve from three regular-season wins in 2022 to 10 wins this year, Sinead Conroy is excited to see where things go from here. “I think our team chemistry and our team building really helps,” said Conroy, a sophomore midfielder. “We’re still a young team. We’ve got good…


Baseball | Nick Bestrick fires one-hitter as Sandburg tops Mount Carmel

By Steve Millar Correspondent Some extra sleep did Nick Bestrick quite well. With Sandburg’s game against Mount Carmel postponed on May 12 because of rain, the Eagles had an unconventional two-site, two-opponent doubleheader — going to Plainfield East for a regularly scheduled game the morning of May 13 before coming home to host the Caravan…


Boys Volleyball | Reavis on cusp of 1st conference crown since 2018

By Randy Whalen Correspondent Reavis is having such a good season it’s scary. “It’s terrifying trying to win the conference,” Reavis sophomore outside hitter Joey Walus said. “Every team wants to beat us but we’re not going to allow it.” Walus walloped the match-winning kill as Reavis held off visiting Richards 25-19, 25-23 to move…

Judge Iris Chavira, with newly sworn-in Summit Village trustees (from left) Lorena Manriquez, Sonia Ponce, Aurora O. Rodriguez. (Photos by Carol McGowan)

New Summit trustees take their seats

By Carol McGowan Three new trustees were sworn-in at last week’s Village of Summit board meeting. Lorena Manriquez, Sonia Ponce, and Aurora Rodriguez took the oath of office at the beginning of the meeting, then took their seats in the board room with other village officials. Judge Iris Chavira did the honor of swearing them…


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Top Democrats announce budget ‘deal,’ but details are scant as last-minute negotiations continue

Top Democrats announce budget ‘deal,’ but details are scant as last-minute negotiations continue

By JERRY NOWICKI, HANNAH MEISEL & PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] UPDATE: The budget was filed as a 3,409-page amendment to Senate Bill 250 late Wednesday evening. This story has been updated to reflect the latest developments as of Wednesday night. SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker and Democratic leaders announced Wednesday they’ve agreed…

Legislature approves bill to tighten restrictions on red-light camera industry

Legislature approves bill to tighten restrictions on red-light camera industry

By ANDREW ADAMS Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — Lawmakers in Springfield have unanimously approved a measure that would place new restrictions on the red-light and speed camera industry’s involvement in state and local elections and government. House Bill 3903 would ban automatic traffic enforcement companies or their officers from donating to candidates for public…

State board of education looking for new providers in preschool ‘deserts’

State board of education looking for new providers in preschool ‘deserts’

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Even though Gov. JB Pritzker has yet to sign the budget bill lawmakers just passed, the Illinois State Board of Education is seeking applicants for some of the new money contained in that bill. ISBE is looking for new providers to offer preschool programs in areas…

Pritzker touts new budget’s higher education spending

Pritzker touts new budget’s higher education spending

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker began a tour of the state to tout the new state budget that lawmakers passed last week, stopping at two university campuses Wednesday to highlight the spending plan’s increased funding for higher education. “With this new budget, we’re making it possible for nearly…

Cannabis regulatory reform bill fails to advance in spring legislative session

Cannabis regulatory reform bill fails to advance in spring legislative session

By NIKA SCHOONOVER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A proposed cannabis reform bill won’t get further consideration until at least the General Assembly’s fall veto session after stakeholders failed to come to an agreement during the spring session’s final stretch. Rep. La Shawn Ford, a Chicago Democrat and the bill’s sponsor, told Capitol News…

Native American history, ride-share regulation measures clear General Assembly

Native American history, ride-share regulation measures clear General Assembly

By NIKA SCHOONOVER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Even though it became clear this week that the General Assembly’s spring legislative session would go longer than scheduled as lawmakers finalize a budget, several measures cleared the legislature by its original Friday adjournment date. Those include a requirement that schools teach a unit of Native…

Lawmakers approve measure giving utilities control over new downstate transmission lines

Lawmakers approve measure giving utilities control over new downstate transmission lines

By ANDREW ADAMS Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — In the final hours of their spring session last week, lawmakers approved a controversial measure that would give existing power companies in downstate Illinois, notably Ameren Illinois, the first crack at installing new transmission lines. The measure applies to companies that already own or operate electric…

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