Oak Lawn man charged in son’s shooting

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By Bob Bong An Oak Lawn man has been charged with shooting his 19-year-old son during a fight last Friday morning inside their home. Mark Pillette, 57, of the 9500 block of Kenneth Avenue, was charged with one count of aggravated battery with a firearm. Police said they responded to a call of a person…

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Tollway, State Police bring Operation Kid to Oak Lawn


Continuing Operation Kid 2022, the Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police District 15 are hosting a Kids Identification and Safety Seat event on Saturday, August 27, at the Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn. The Tollway and District 15 have worked together to promote child safety for more than 15 years, holding popular events annually throughout…

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ILEAP to conduct assessment of Orland Park police

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An independent team from the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program representing the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police will conduct an on-site assessment of the Orland Park Police Department policies, procedures, management, operations and support services against the established criteria of professional excellence. The assessment is scheduled for August 29 through 31. During this time,…

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Meet First Responders on Sunday at Brookfield Zoo

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Join Brookfield Zoo in celebrating and showing appreciation for firefighters, EMS workers, police officers, and other first responders on Sunday, August 28, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those entering the zoo’s south gate will pass under an American flag displayed between ladder trucks from Brookfield and Riverside’s fire departments. At the zoo’s Roosevelt Fountain…

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2 charged in Sunday’s fatal crash in Oak Lawn

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By Bob Bong A Harvey man and a Chicago woman have been charged in Sunday’s four-vehicle fatal crash at 110th Street and Cicero Avenue in Oak Lawn. Steven Bradford, 39, of Harvey, and Joann McNary, 32, of Chicago, were each charged with one count of aggravated DUI involving death, and one count of reckless homicide.…

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Worth cops collect donations for Illinois Special Olympics

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By Kelly White The Worth Police Department prides itself with having close ties and staying active within the local community. For the 10th year, the department was happy to once again take part in Cop on a Rooftop. Police officers mingled with residents on Friday morning at Dunkin’ Donuts, 6707 W. 111th St. in Worth.…

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Police to hit Dunkin’ roofs for Special Olympics

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By Bob Bong Local police will all be hanging out at coffee shops across the south and southwest suburbs on Friday to raise money for the Illinois Special Olympics. The event, which is again being called Cop on a Rooftop after it was rebranded last year as Coffee for Champions, will take place at more…

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More Orland cops honored while Capone’s appeals suspension


By Jeff Vorva If it seems like every couple of months, the Village of Orland Park is honoring its cops, well, that’s because it is. Mayor Keith Pekau phased out the once-a-year presentation in favor of honoring the police quarterly. His reasoning is that an annual presentation could be lengthy for family members and children…

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Traffic shift coming Monday on Tri-State between 83rd Street and Mile-Long Bridge

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Beginning Monday, night, a traffic shift is scheduled on the northbound Central Tri-State Tollway between the 83rd Street Toll Plaza and the Mile Long Bridge, including removal of the current counterflow configuration. Four lanes will remain open. Overnight August 15, on northbound I-294 between the 83rd Street Toll Plaza and the Mile Long Bridge overnight lane closures will be scheduled, with traffic reduced to a single lane…

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Oak Lawn residents offer staunch support for police

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By Joe Boyle Oak Lawn residents came out in force to offer support for the village’s police department after a well-publicized arrest of a teen following a traffic stop last month. Residents jammed the Oak Lawn Village Hall for the board meeting Tuesday morning to provide testimony in support of officers after the arrest of…

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