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‘Book Buddies’ help spread literacy to Evergreen Park first-graders

The tradition of Evergreen Park Community High School seniors teaming up with first graders at Evergreen Park elementary schools to promote literacy continued this month when a pair of Mustangs visited Southwest, Northwest, Southeast and Northeast elementary schools in Evergreen Park Elementary School District 124. EPCHS Service Club students Jonatthan Whiteside and Taylor Evans were…

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Orland Park prepares for the winter season

With the expected seasonal snowfall on the horizon, the Village of Orland Park Public Works Department shares its annual list of snow related reminders. “I know that all of the Village’s plowing crews appreciate residents’ cooperation as they work to keep Village streets safe and accessible,” said Mayor Keith Pekau. Parking is prohibited on Village…

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Moraine Valley president Sylvia Jenkins to retire

Dr. Sylvia M. Jenkins, president of Moraine Valley Community College, announced her retirement at the college’s Board of Trustees meeting on Dec. 20. Her retirement will be effective June 30, 2023. “The Board of Trustees appreciates the positive working relationship we have enjoyed with Dr. Jenkins. Her dedication to the students, faculty and staff of…

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Stickney Forest View Library names interim director

By Carol McGowan The Stickney Forest View Public Library District has a new interim executive director following the sudden departure of Leighton Shell. Details are unclear why Shell is no longer with the library, but Danielle Taylor has taken over the helm. Taylor has been the interim director since December 16, but has been with…

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Man charged in Oak Lawn ruse burglary

By Bob Bong A Chicago man has been charged with burglary in connection with a ruse theft at Reilly’s Daughter on December 19. Ronald Browning, 74, of the 7700 block of South Yates Avenue in Chicago, has been charged with burglary and one count of felony theft after he was apprehended thanks to a collaborative…

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Palos Heights Television Channel 4 December 29-January 4

On Comcast cable station Channel 4, December 29, 2022 through January 4, 2023 All shows can also be seen by going to Youtube.com/PHTV4 Palos Heights City Council Meeting Spotlight: Chicago Christian H. S. Boys Soccer Spotlight: Shepard H. S. Girls Basketball Spotlight: Shepard H. S. Boys Basketball Around Palos: the Center Winter Events, Programs and…

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Orland Park offers Christmas Tree, wreath and light recycling

Live Christmas tree and wreath collection in the Village of Orland Park will be offered by Waste Management, the Village’s waste collector. During the first two full weeks of January, the weeks of January 2 and January 9, Waste Management customers can place Christmas trees and wreaths at the curb on their regular garbage collection…

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Moraine Valley Board of Trustees seeks candidates for board vacancies

The Moraine Valley Community College Board of Trustees seeks qualified candidates to fill two vacancies on the board until April 2025. The vacancies were created by the resignations this month of Bernadette Barrett, who resigned Dec. 4, and Kimberly Hastings Cristelli, who resigned Dec. 16. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, a…

Four members of the Sandburg High School Symphony Orchestra volunteered at the Veterans' Home at Manteno spreading a bit of musical joy. (Supplied photos)

District 230 students volunteer as holiday helpers, spread holiday joy

At Consolidated High School District 230, students at Sandburg, Stagg and Andrew High Schools are required to perform 25 hours of service learning as part of their graduation requirements. For many students, volunteering is something they choose to do, regardless of whether it is a requirement or not. In fact, since July 1, District 230’s…

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Richards wins Marian Classic championship

The varsity speech team from Richards High School won first place at the Marian Classic last month. It’s the first tournament championship for Richards speech since 2018 and their first team victory at Marian Catholic ever. The Bulldogs produced a total team victory with so many students winning hardware: Champion – Stella Chinchilla, Dramatic Interpretation;…

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Hurley encourages donations for Ronald McDonald House

State Rep. Fran Hurley is asking residents to consider donating new and unused items for families of pediatric patients at Ronald McDonald House near Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn. “Our local Ronald McDonald House does great work supporting local families experiencing a difficult period in their lives,” Hurley said. “This donation drive is a…

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Scofflaws beware: Bridgeview’s newest full-time officer is watching

By Steve Metsch Paul DeSilva has worked as a full-time police officer for two other departments, so he brings plenty of experience to Bridgeview. And he brings a special flair for writing tickets. “Officer DeSilva has done a spectacular job. Last month he issued 212 tickets. We hope that trend continues,” Mayor Steve Landek said.…

Bill and Kim Goebel in the final days before closing La Petite for good after a 55-year run on the Southwest Side. --Photo by Cosmo Hadac

Bittersweet days on 63rd Street

La Petite Pastry Shop closing after 55 years By Tim Hadac For many in Clearing, Garfield Ridge and beyond, it was the worst news they had heard in a long time. After a 55-year run on the Southwest Side, La Petite Pastry Shop is closing at year’s end. Reaction was swift on the shop’s Facebook…

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‘He does an awesome job’

Tracy named Police Officer of the Year By Tim Hadac Officer Raymond Tracy was working overtime, on his day off, when he learned he is the Midway Chamber of Commerce’s 2022 Police Officer of the Year. That was no surprise to MCC board member Al Cacciottolo, who nominated him for the award. “Even when he’s…

Palos Heights Alderman Jack Clifford presents checks and gift cards to charities Tuesday night. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Frog gone but Clifford still brings money and cheer to charities

By Jeff Vorva For the second year in a row, Froggy was missing. Palos Heights Alderman Jack Clifford’s annual presenting of checks to worthwhile organizations during the final meeting of the year used to feature Clifford with a frog puppet to help him out but, alas, this year Froggy was misplaced. There may not have…

Orland Park Public Works Director Joel Van Essen said the village is ready to tackle the potential snowstorm that is forecast. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Orland Park bracing for the snow and cold

By Jeff Vorva There is a lot of snow and a lot of cold in the forecast for the holidays. But Orland Park is ready. Public Works Director Joel Van Essen said before Monday’s board of trustees meeting that the game plan is in place for whatever beating Mother Nature wants to dish out –…

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Palos 118 students win at 2022 Young Inventor Challenge

Fourth-grade students from Palos School District 118 took home three awards at the 2022 People of Play Young Inventor Challenge. Students from Palos East and West Elementaries participated in the event on November 19 at Radio Flyer Headquarters in Chicago. The program gives students ages 6 to18 an opportunity to develop and pitch their original…

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Small salesman, big results

By Joan Hadac Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge (708) 496-0265 • [email protected] I saw a cute photo the other day and had to share. In the picture, Victor Duque Jr., a preschooler at Our Lady of the Snows School, was accepting a five-pound World’s Finest chocolate bar from OLS Principal Christina Avis. Why such…

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District 230 donates more than 8,500 pairs of socks

This winter will be a bit warmer across the south suburbs for those in need thanks to the combined efforts of students and staff at Sandburg, Stagg and Andrew High Schools. A grand total of 8,652 pairs of socks were donated in the month of October to the Educational Support Professionals’ Association Socktober Sock Drive. Because…

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‘Omnibus’ health care bill passed amid criticisms

‘Omnibus’ health care bill passed amid criticisms

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A law recently signed by Gov. JB Pritzker will extend the deadline for the state to transfer criminal defendants deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial from jail to a mental hospital. That same bill, House Bill 240, also gives nursing homes in Illinois two more years…

Veteran Statehouse reporter Hannah Meisel joins Capitol News Illinois reporting team

Veteran Statehouse reporter Hannah Meisel joins Capitol News Illinois reporting team

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS [email protected] Longtime Statehouse reporter Hannah Meisel has joined the Capitol News Illinois team as a full-time state government and politics reporter. She’s had a number of assignments covering the Statehouse and Illinois government since the 2014 legislative session, most recently serving as Statehouse editor for NPR Illinois from 2020 until after…

Replacing Illinois institution as secretary of state, Giannoulias makes modernization push

Replacing Illinois institution as secretary of state, Giannoulias makes modernization push

By NIKA SCHOONOVER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – For newly sworn-in Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias, customer service is the central mission as he assumes the state’s second-largest constitutional office, replacing the man who had held it for nearly a quarter century. “Modernization and bringing new technology is going to be at the forefront…

UPDATED: State preparing further defense of assault weapons ban

UPDATED: State preparing further defense of assault weapons ban

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Attorney General Kwame Raoul on Monday filed a petition asking an appellate court to vacate a temporary restraining order that was issued late Friday afternoon blocking enforcement of the state’s recently-passed assault weapons ban. Raoul’s office filed the petition in the 5th District Appellate Court in…

State preparing further defense of assault weapons ban

State preparing further defense of assault weapons ban

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker and legislative leaders said they were disappointed but not surprised by a judge’s decision late Friday putting a temporary and limited halt to enforcement of the state’s recently-passed assault weapons ban. Effingham County Judge Joshua Morrison issued the temporary restraining order late Friday…

Rifle Association files federal suit against assault weapons ban

Rifle Association files federal suit against assault weapons ban

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Rifle Association has joined forces with other gun rights advocates in filing a federal lawsuit challenging the state’s new ban on the sale and manufacture of semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity magazines. It’s the latest legal challenge to the law, which went into effect…

DCFS, director face lawsuit filed on behalf of jailed wards

DCFS, director face lawsuit filed on behalf of jailed wards

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services on Thursday was named in a federal class-action lawsuit on behalf of children in state care who have been held in juvenile detention centers after a judge ordered their release. Cook County Public Guardian Charles Golbert is a…

At World Economic Forum, Pritzker plays role of Illinois’ ‘best chief marketing officer’

At World Economic Forum, Pritzker plays role of Illinois’ ‘best chief marketing officer’

By NIKA SCHOONOVER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – After his second-term inauguration amid a frenzied “lame duck” legislative session last week, Gov. JB Pritzker took the global stage this week at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. The governor and high-ranking members of his staff joined a bipartisan delegation of U.S.…

Watchdog seeks harsher penalties in wake of abuse at Choate

Watchdog seeks harsher penalties in wake of abuse at Choate

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois & MOLLY PARKER Lee Enterprises Midwest This article was produced for ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network in partnership with Lee Enterprises, along with Capitol News Illinois. The watchdog for the Illinois Department of Human Services is seeking harsher penalties against health care workers who obstruct abuse and neglect investigations. IDHS…

Rifle Association files federal suit against assault weapons ban

Rifle Association files federal suit against assault weapons ban

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Rifle Association has joined forces with other gun rights advocates in filing a federal lawsuit challenging the state’s new ban on the sale and manufacture of semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity magazines. It’s the latest legal challenge to the law, which went into effect…

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