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Saint Xavier wide receiver Justin Pringle finds room ro run during a 16-15 loss to Indiana Wesleyan in the Cougars' home-opener on Sept. 16. Photo courtesy of Saint Xavier University Department of Athletics

Indiana Wesleyan scrapes by Saint Xavier after missed 2-pt conversion

By Mike Walsh Correspondent Life is about choices. Sometimes, the result is to our benefit; sometimes it is not. In Saint Xavier’s loss to visiting Indiana Wesleyan on Sept. 16 at George R. Deaton Field in Mount Greenwood, head coach Mike Feminis was presented with an important decision to make with his team down a…


High School Football Wrap: Week 4 | St. Laurence has Ball in win over Providence

By Mike Walsh Correspondent Providence has won 10 state championships and finished runner-up four times, including last season in Class 4A. So how did St. Laurence’s student body celebrate the Vikings’ second-ever victory over the Celtics, 31-24, last Friday night in Burbank? With an old-fashioned field-storming. St. Laurence senior Aaron Ball scored the go-ahead touchdown…


Chicago Bears honor Stagg’s Nero, Gilmore

By Mike Walsh Correspondent The Chicago Bears named Stagg head football coach Colt Nero and Chargers senior Lebarion Gilmore as the Chicago Bears Coach of the Week and the Chicago Bears High School All-Star for Week 3 of the 2023 season. The honors came after Stagg defeated visiting Belleville West 24-0 in a nonconference matchup…

Summit Police Chief Mel Ortiz (from left), Officer Alberto Valadez, and Officer Jihovanny Correa at the Summit Neighborhood Watch meeting last Thursday night. (Photo by Carol McGowan)

Man dies in Markham shootout after robbing Summit phone store

By Carol McGowan The man who robbed an AT&T store in Summit on Thursday morning was later found dead in a house in Markham after shots were exchanged between the man and police. The incident started when a man – identified as Jeremy Kelly, 28, of Markham – robbed the AT&T store at Archer and…

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26 hurt in Bedford Park tent collapse

From staff reports More than two dozen people at an event in Bedford Park last week were injured when the tent they were meeting in collapsed. Bedford Park Police said they responded to assist the Bedford Park Fire Department at 10:44 a.m. on Thursday, September 14, in the 5600 block of West 73rd Street with…

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Former McCook police chief pleads guilty to extortion

By Bob Bong Mario DePasquale, former police chief of McCook pleaded guilty last week to conspiring with the village’s former mayor to extort two businessmen out of tens of thousands of dollars. DePasquale, 49, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit extortion during a brief hearing before U.S. District Judge Elaine Bucklo. Bucklo…

AERO opened its new school last week in Burbank. (Supplied photos)

AERO opens new facility in Burbank

By Bob Bong When Queen of Peace High School in Burbank announced it was closing in 2018, the good folks at AERO special education co-op saw a golden opportunity. They purchased the school’s 13-acre site at 7659 S. Linder Ave. in August 2019 for $3.2 million. The plan was to retrofit the high school for…

Some Red Stars fans welcome the team's new owners Sept .17 by saying goodbye to some controversial figures in the previous regime. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report | New owners watch Red Stars tie in front of record-setting crowd

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer The Chicago Red Stars put on quite a show for their new bosses. It was fun. It was exciting. It had a big crowd and it felt like a big-time atmosphere. But in the grand scheme of trying to make it to the NWSL playoffs, it didn’t mean much. The…

The Trinity Christian College women's soccer team from 2005 will be inducted into the school's hall of fame in October. Photo courtesy of Trinity Christian College Athletics

Area Sports Roundup | Trinity soccer champs to be inducted into HOF

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer The first team in Trinity Christian College history to win a national championship will be honored in October. The Trinity Christian College Athletics Department announced the 2005 women’s soccer team as the newest member to its Athletics Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place on Oct. 21 as…

Helena Klooster of Marist and Orland Park could go deep into the IHSA state tennis tournament even though she is only a freshman. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Girls Tennis | Marist freshman Klooster a player to watch

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer When Helena Klooster was growing up, she tried a variety of sports and activities. Dancing and tennis were two of them. “I didn’t like dance at all,” Klooster said. “I would first have dance and I would head straight to tennis. “My mom said that I would look super sad…

Palos Park Mayor Nicole Milovich-Walters was happy to greet attendees as they entered the Village's Autumn in the Park festival on Friday, September 15, and Saturday, September 16. (Photos by Kelly White)

Palos Park celebrates fall with annual festival

By Kelly White Palos Park is ready to celebrate the changing leaves, chillier weather and start of autumn. The village welcomed the season in just a little early with its annual Autumn in the Park festival on Friday, September 15, and Saturday, September 16, on the Village Green at 8901 W. 123rd Street. “This is…

The Lyons Mustangs will hold the last fundraiser of the year on Saturday. (Photo by Steve Metsch)

Lyons Mustangs fundraiser is Saturday

By Steve Metsch The Lyons Mustangs Athletic Club is hosting its third annual September to Remember from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Live music will be provided by Da Good Times Band, starting at 3:30 p.m., said Mark Anderson, a lifetime member of the Mustangs. The Mustangs’ clubhouse is at 4047 Leland Avenue in Lyons.…

Kendall Coyne Schofield inked a three-year deal with Minnesota in a new women's hockey league. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Area sports report: Coyne Schofield signs three-year pro deal

By Jeff Vorva The new Professional Women’s Hockey League is forming, and Palos Heights native and Sandburg graduate Kendall Coyne Schofield will be a part of its historic first season. Schofield was one of the first three players to sign for the Minnesota franchise, a trio that also features fellow U.S. Olympians Kelly Pannek and…

Alyssa Naeher and the Chicago Red Stars will be back at SeatGeek Stadium on Sept. 17 for the first time since Aug. 5. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Red Stars return to SeatGeek but long-term future a question mark

By Jeff Vorva After a long absence, the Chicago Red Stars will finally be playing a game at SeatGeek Stadium again. The Red Stars host Angel City at 5 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Bridgeview facility for the first time since Aug. 5. International breaks and other scheduling quirks have kept the team away from…

Evergreen Park senior running back Antonio Clay-Jones breaks the plane for another touchdown in a 27-20 win over Reavis. Photo by Xavier Sanchez

Antonio Clay-Jones carries Evergreen Park past Reavis

By Xavier Sanchez Correspondent No deficit in sports is too great to overcome unless the double zeros on the clock are reached. Unfortunately for Reavis High School, that was the situation in their Week 3 matchup with Evergreen Park High School. Despite every Reavis Rams (1-2) effort to overcome their deficit, the Evergreen Park Mustangs…


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House passes bill to reclassify small-amount drug possession as misdemeanor

House passes bill to reclassify small-amount drug possession as misdemeanor

By SARAH MANSUR Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — A bill to lessen penalties for possessing and selling small amounts of drugs, including heroin and cocaine, narrowly passed out of the state House of Representatives Wednesday after a contentious debate. The discussion over House Bill 3447 provoked strong emotions on both sides of the aisle, passing…

CAPITOL RECAP: Lawmakers begin review of state monuments

CAPITOL RECAP: Lawmakers begin review of state monuments

By Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – A House committee tasked with reviewing statues and monuments on state property held its first meeting Wednesday, April 21, hearing from historians and state government associations on what steps are being in other states and what frameworks can be established to guide the review process. Rep. Tim Butler, a…

Bill allowing name changes for convicted individuals passes House

Bill allowing name changes for convicted individuals passes House

By RAYMON TRONCOSO Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A bill allowing a person who must register with a state agency due to a criminal conviction to change their name under specific circumstances passed the Illinois House on Thursday with bipartisan support. House Bill 2542, introduced by state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, amends several state statutes…

House passes leadership term limits, source of income protections for renters

House passes leadership term limits, source of income protections for renters

By TIM KIRSININKAS Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House advanced several bills Thursday, including one which would implement term limits on leadership positions in the General Assembly and another that would create additional protections for tenants’ sources of income. House Bill 642, introduced by Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights, would bar any individual…

Lawmakers question Exelon audit

Lawmakers question Exelon audit

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Members of a state Senate committee sharply criticized a recent audit of Exelon’s nuclear power plant operations that suggested ratepayers may need to subsidize two of those plants by as much as $350 million over the next five years. Gov. JB Pritzker’s office and the Illinois Environmental…

Illinois House OKs bill to license professional midwives

Illinois House OKs bill to license professional midwives

By SARAH MANSUR Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — The certified professional midwife profession in Illinois moved one step closer to becoming an officially licensed occupation on Thursday with the passage of House Bill 3401. HB 3401 creates the Licensed Certified Professional Midwife Practice Act, which would license individuals who perform out-of-hospital births and have…

Springfield Republican calls out Democrats for placing bill 'on review'

Springfield Republican calls out Democrats for placing bill ‘on review’

By SARAH MANSUR Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — Republican Rep. Tim Butler on Thursday accused the new Democratic leadership in the state House of Representatives of preserving practices from previous leadership which Republicans say unfairly benefits the majority party. “So, what the speaker said back in January about this place being different and running…

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