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VILLAGE OF PALOS PARK PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

By Lauren Zieman / June 23, 2021 /

The Zoning Board of Appeals of the Village of Palos Park, Cook County, IL has scheduled a public hearing on July 14, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Kaptur Administrative Center, 8999 W. 123rd St., Palos Park, IL to consider the following: ZBA 2021 – 05: An application has been filed…

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Softball 4A State Championship: Marist falls short in bid for repeat

By Randy Whalen Correspondent If someone would have told Emily Bojan that she would come up in the bottom of the seventh with an opportunity to tie or win the state championship game in her final high school at-bat, she’d love to be in that situation every time. But unfortunately, the Marist senior catcher hit…

Nazareth's Lucas Smith takes a tumble during the celebration pile Saturday after Nazareth Academy won the Class 3A state championship. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Young Roadrunners win first baseball title to cap a huge sports season at Naz

By Jeff Vorva Staff writer Nazareth’s athletic class of 2024 could go down as the best in school history. The Roadrunners’ girls volleyball team finished first in the state in the fall. Two sophomores were among the eight players who were on the court during the Class 3A state championship game. The girls basketball team…

Cook County Sheriff’s Police investigators are seeking information from the public to help identify one of the juveniles that vandalized the Homewood Acres Fire Station in southwest suburban Homewood. (Supplied photos)

Sheriff’s police seek help to identify juvenile involved in Homewood Acres vandalism

From staff reports Cook County Sheriff’s Police investigators are seeking information from the public to help identify one of the juveniles that vandalized the Homewood Acres Fire Station in southwest suburban Homewood. At approximately 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 30, Cook County Sheriff’s Police responded to a burglary call at the Homewood Acres Fire Department.…

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News from Springfield: Bill to stop catalytic converter theft becomes law

From staff reports Catalytic converter thieves will be unable to easily sell stolen parts for quick cash without creating a paper trail under a new law supported by state Rep. Fran Hurley (D-Chicago). “There has been a significant rise in catalytic converter thefts in recent years, which are a real safety risk for innocent vehicle…

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Worth Township Foundation hosts Double Treble Dueling Piano’s musical extravaganza

From staff reports Members of the Worth Township Foundation are looking for individuals who might be interested in a little “treble” for music and fun that is! The Foundation is hosting its inaugural Double Treble Dueling Piano’s Musical Extravaganza featuring the entertainment of Double Treble. The event will be on Wednesday, June 15, from 6-9…

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News from Springfield: New law makes reaching 911 easier

From staff reports Legislation sponsored by state Senator Bill Cunningham that makes it easier for callers to reach 911 during an emergency was signed into law Friday. “This new law helps children during times of an emergency,” said Cunningham, a Democrat who represents portions of Chicago and the southwest suburbs. “We are removing barriers that…

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New principal named for Oak Ridge School

From staff reports North Palos School District 117 announces that Stephanie Johnson will be the new principal at Oak Ridge School in Palos Hills beginning with the 2022-2023 school year. Johnson assumes the role of principal after spending the last two years as assistant principal at Glen Oaks School in Hickory Hills. She has been…

U.S. Navy JROTC instructors CPO (ret.) Dennis Reynolds (far left) and CDR (ret.) Doug Groters appear with the marksmanship team from Richards High School after winning the District 218 marksmanship competition. (Supplied photos)

Richards JROTC outshoots Shepard, Eisenhower teams

From staff reports The U.S. Navy JROTC program from Richards High School in Oak Lawn won the District 218 marksmanship championship. Richards freshman Kylie Schaefer won first place individually. The team from Bulldog Company defeated the U.S. Air Force JROTC team from Shepard and the U.S. Marine Corps team from Eisenhower. The competition featured the…

Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas and ABC 7 Chicago will host another Black and Latino Houses Matter phone bank on June 15 to help homeowners find refunds, apply for property tax exemptions and avoid the Tax Sale.

Pappas to host phone bank for black, Latino homeowners

Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas and ABC 7 Chicago will host another Black and Latino Houses Matter phone bank on June 15 to help homeowners find refunds, apply for property tax exemptions and avoid the Tax Sale. “Since I started Black and Latino Houses Matter we’ve returned nearly $200 million owed to these two minority…

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Softball: Marist returns to state to defend 2021 title

By Randy Whalen Correspondent The night before their biggest game of the season, Marist’s players absorbed some superpowers. From their bats. “We slept with our bats [the night before],” said junior left fielder Isabel Cunnea. “It was uncomfortable but it got us ready.” The RedHawks scored all their runs via the longball — five home…

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CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker to call special session after Roe v. Wade overturned

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker to call special session after Roe v. Wade overturned

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker will call a special session of the General Assembly in the coming weeks to focus on legislation to strengthen women’s access to abortion and other reproductive health services in Illinois. Pritzker made that announcement Friday, just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court released an opinion overturning…

6 Republicans vie to unseat Pritzker

6 Republicans vie to unseat Pritzker

By PETER HANCOCK & JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Republican voters in Illinois will choose from six candidates to challenge incumbent Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker in the upcoming June 28 primary. The field includes a conservative farmer and state lawmakers who is the recent polling frontrunner, the mayor of Illinois’ second largest…

Candidate interview: Alexi Giannoulias looking to reclaim statewide office

Candidate interview: Alexi Giannoulias looking to reclaim statewide office

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] Illinois voters might know Alexi Giannoulias as the state’s treasurer from 2007 to 2011, or they might know him as the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate who lost to Republican Mark Kirk in 2010. He’s now looking to get back into public life as he runs for secretary…

Pritzker to call special session on reproductive rights

Pritzker to call special session on reproductive rights

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker will call a special session of the General Assembly in the coming weeks to focus on legislation to strengthen women’s access to abortion and other reproductive health services in Illinois. Pritzker made that announcement Friday, just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court released…

Candidate interview: Anna Valencia running for secretary of state

Candidate interview: Anna Valencia running for secretary of state

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] This story is part of Capitol News Illinois’ coverage of the race for secretary of state ahead of the Tuesday, June 28 primary. We’re reaching out to the candidates this week to discuss their policy positions and plans for the office should they be elected. Chicago City Clerk…

Republicans see opening in secretary of state race

Republicans see opening in secretary of state race

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – For the first time in nearly a quarter century, there is an open race for the office of Illinois secretary of state as incumbent Democrat Jesse White prepares to retire, and Republicans hope that will give them an opportunity to pick up a statewide elected office.…

Candidate interview: Secretary of state hopeful David Moore

Candidate interview: Secretary of state hopeful David Moore

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected]itolnewsillinois.com This story is part of Capitol News Illinois’ coverage of the race for secretary of state ahead of the Tuesday, June 28 primary. We’re reaching out to all of the candidates this week to discuss their policy positions and plans for the office should they be elected. Chicago…

Tom Cullerton sentenced to 1 year in prison for embezzlement

Tom Cullerton sentenced to 1 year in prison for embezzlement

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A federal judge in Chicago handed down a one-year prison sentence Tuesday for a former state senator who once chaired the Senate Labor Committee. Tom Cullerton, a Villa Park Democrat, pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of embezzlement for receiving salary and benefits from…

CAPITOL RECAP: State Supreme Court again declines to rule on FOID Act

CAPITOL RECAP: State Supreme Court again declines to rule on FOID Act

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – In a 4-3 decision with a blistering dissent from the Republican minority, the Illinois Supreme Court declined to rule on a question of whether Illinois Firearm Owners Identification Act is unconstitutional. It was the second time the case of the People v. Vivian Brown came before the court and…

State audit finds billions in unemployment fraud

State audit finds billions in unemployment fraud

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A state audit released Thursday found nearly $2 billion in federal money intended to help unemployed Illinoisans during the pandemic was lost to fraudulent claims in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Employment Security blamed “insufficient and flawed federal guidance” and a lack of controls on a…

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