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Men charged with weapons

Palos Heights police arrested three men at 2:30 a.m. Aug. 13 and charged them each with unlawful use of weapon after the vehicle they were in was stopped for crossing the lane dividers in the 13100 block of South Harlem Avenue, police said. A search of the vehicle found a loaded semiautomatic handgun, a stun…

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Man charged with battery of mall security guard

Orland Park police arrested Antonine M. Hopkins, 19, of Lynwood, at 6:30 p.m. July 30 and charged him with battery and assault after he punched a mall security officer twice in the stomach in a retail store in Orland Square Mall, police said. Cortez R. McElrath-Bey 18, of Lynwood, was arrested and charged with battery…

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Men charged with hate crime for alleged attack in Hickory

by Jesse Marx From The Reporter Two area men have been charged with hate crimes for their alleged attack of a woman in June outside a Hickory Hills restaurant. Mohammad Shaban, 35, of Hickory Hills, and Akram Alshoweat, 22, of Oak Lawn, have been charged with felony hate crimes. Alshoweat has also been charged with…

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Palos seniors-home ruse suspect charged

Alleged accomplice wanted in Calif. by Kevin Olsen staff reporter Cook County Sheriff’s Police have arrested one man and are looking for his alleged accomplice in connection with three crimes at a Palos Park seniors’ assisted-living center in June, police said. Jay Taylor, 21, of Carol Stream, was charged with two felony counts of forgery…

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Accused drunken driver charged also with cannabis

Palos Heights police arrested Nicholas W. Huntington, 23, of Worth, at 9:40 p.m. July 26 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, illegal transportation of alcoholic liquor, possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia and disobeying a traffic signal, police said. He was stopped in the 12700 block of South Harlem…

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Registered offender charged with failure to report address

Orland Park police arrested a registered sex offender who went missing last week and charged him with unlawful failure to report change of address. Orland Park police tactical officers located Bryan Meyer, 30, at a home in the 6100 block of Marshall Avenue in Chicago Ridge on July 27 and arrested him without incident. Meyer…

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Driver charged with DUI

Palos Park police arrested Charles J. Cygnar, 56, of Palos Hills, at 5:01 a.m. July 18 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and improper lane usage after he was stopped for crossing the center line and briefly driving in the middle of the road at Route 83 and South La…

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Orland police charge man with taunting police dog

Orland Park police arrested Michael J. McConville, 19, of Orland Park, at 11:49 p.m. July 13 and charged him with taunting a police dog. McConville barked at the canine as he waited for his friend’s vehicle to get searched, police said. His court date is Aug. 17 at the Cook County 5th Municipal Courthouse in…

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Woman charged with drunken driving

Palos Heights police arrested Andrea F Dunker, 22, of Chicago Ridge, at 3:36 a.m. July 21 and charged her with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and improper lane usage after she was stopped in the 12100 block of South Ridgeland Avenue, police said. Her court date is Sept. 3 at the Cook County…

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Felony retail theft suspect allegedly tries to steal liquor

Palos Park police arrested Eugene Dent, 50, of Chicago, at 6:46 a.m. July 11 and charged him with felony retail theft after he tried to leave a grocery store in the 9600 block of West 131st Street with a cart full of liquor without rendering payment, police said. Dent, described by police as “a known…

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Driver charged with DUI

Palos Heights police arrested Thomas J. Gray, 46, of Boling-brook, at 12:36 a.m. July 15 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol after he was stopped in the 12100 block of South Harlem Avenue for speeding, police said. He was also charged with improper lane usage, no insurance and speeding, according…

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Burglary hits Orland home

Orland Park police are investigating the burglary of a home in the 13700 block of 83rd Avenue that took place on July 13 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. A gray Sentry safe was stolen from the master bedroom, police said. The safe reportedly contained several rolls of 1930s and 1940s silver quarters; blank checks…

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Pair charged with assault

Orland Park police arrested Marcelino Rojas, 22, of Orland Park, at 11:35 p.m. June 23 and Cleo Romero, 31, of Oak Forest, and charged them each with two counts of aggravated assault and pedestrian influence of alcohol. Rojas pulled an unloaded replica BB gun out of his pocket and threatened two persons in the 9100…

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Worth girl among three youths charged in paintball shooting

by Bob Jaderberg From The Reporter Charges have been filed against three youths, including a Worth girl, who were allegedly involved in a paintball shooting spree that resulted in a boy being shot in the eye. Samantha Buglio, of Worth, and Jeff Brewer, of Robbins, both 17, are each charged with four counts of misdemeanor…

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Accused drunken driver charged

Palos Heights police arrested Adam C. Schurch, 24, of Chicago Heights, at 2:38 a.m. July 11 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol after he was stopped in the 12000 block of South Harlem Avenue, police said. His court date is Aug. 20 at the Cook County 5th District Municipal Courthouse…

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Regulatory work behind 1 million EV push in full swing in Illinois

Regulatory work behind 1 million EV push in full swing in Illinois

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Ten months after Illinois lawmakers passed the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act which set a goal of putting 1 million electric vehicles on state roads by the end of the decade, state agencies are engaged in a flurry of regulatory planning aimed at meeting those goals.…

10-day sales tax reduction on clothing, school supplies begins Friday

10-day sales tax reduction on clothing, school supplies begins Friday

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Beginning Friday and lasting through Aug. 14, the state will reduce its sales tax rate from 6.25 percent to 1.25 percent for certain clothing items costing less than $125 and school supplies. The “tax holiday” was included in Gov. JB Pritzker’s “family relief plan,” one prong…

Pritzker highlights Rebuild Illinois funding for Cahokia Heights sewers, Rend Lake Resort

Pritzker highlights Rebuild Illinois funding for Cahokia Heights sewers, Rend Lake Resort

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinoi [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – When state lawmakers voted on bipartisan lines in 2019 to double Illinois’ motor fuel tax and raise several driving-related fees, it laid the groundwork for a $45 billion infrastructure plan, the largest in Illinois’ history and the first in nearly a decade. The plan, spanning six…

CAPITOL RECAP: Democrats choose Hernandez as new party chair

CAPITOL RECAP: Democrats choose Hernandez as new party chair

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – The vote for state Rep. Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez as the Democratic Party of Illinois’ first Latino chairwoman was unanimous and uneventful Saturday morning – the drama had occurred in the days prior in a power struggle of some of the state’s most prominent Democrats. Hernandez was backed Gov. JB…

Pritzker: Monkeypox disaster declaration will aid in vaccine distribution

Pritzker: Monkeypox disaster declaration will aid in vaccine distribution

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker issued a public health emergency declaration and declared Illinois a disaster area in response to the monkeypox virus Monday, a move his office said would help mobilize resources. The governor’s office said the proclamation will aid in moving vaccines to the most impacted…

Dems seek unity as new, former chair take no questions from media after party vote

Dems seek unity as new, former chair take no questions from media after party vote

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The vote for state Rep. Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez as the Democratic Party of Illinois’ first Latino chairwoman was unanimous and uneventful Saturday morning – the drama had occurred in the days prior in a power struggle of some of the state’s most prominent Democrats. Hernandez was…

Democratic Party chair bows out in re-election bid, paving way for state Rep. Lisa Hernandez

Democratic Party chair bows out in re-election bid, paving way for state Rep. Lisa Hernandez

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A contentious race for leadership of the state’s Democratic Party appears to be down to a single candidate ahead of a Saturday morning vote after the party’s current chair pulled herself from the running Friday. State Rep. Lisa Hernandez, backed by Gov. JB Pritzker and House…

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