Orland Park will not enforce Cook County vaccine mandates


By Jeff Vorva The Orland Park Board of Trustees gathered for a special meeting Tuesday night to voice their opposition to Cook County’s new mandates regarding COVID-19. The board voted 6-0, with trustee Brian Riordan absent, to oppose the county’s vaccination passport mandate, which was issued Dec. 23 and scheduled to begin Monday. The mandates,…

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Teen dies, 6 hospitalized in Palos Heights car crash

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By Bob Bong A 14-year-old girl from Alsip was killed Monday night in a two-vehicle crash in Palos Heights that sent six other people to the hospital, two in critical condition. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office identified Madison Harrison as the girl who was killed when she was ejected through the rear window of…

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Bridgeview adds full-time police officer, two vehicles

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By Steve Metsch The village of Bridgeview has a new full-time police officer, and is buying two new vehicles for the department. That was among action taken by the village board at its matinee meeting on Dec. 15. The board approved all actions by a 5-0 vote. Trustee Michael Pticek did not attend the meeting.…

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Chicago Ridge police honor memory of Steven Smith with toy drive


By Kelly White Richards High School graduate Steven Smith joined the Marines and served in Afghanistan before coming home to join the Chicago Ridge Police Department as a part-time officer. He soon became a full-time officer, working a job he loved. “Steven was an amazing young man who loved life, believed in living it to…

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Oak Lawn police arrest 5th teen for making school threats

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By Bob Bong Oak Lawn police announced last week they had arrested a fifth teen for his role in a series of bomb threats made against schools in Oak Lawn and surrounding communities. The fifth teen, also a minor, was arrested November 30 and charged with three counts of disorderly conduct for bomb threats he…

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Missing Palos Heights man’s body found

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By Bob Bong The search for a missing Palos Heights man ended Tuesday when his body was found in the Cal-Sag Channel near the Harlem Avenue bridge. Palos Heights police said they received a tip, reportedly from a barge captain, of a body floating in the channel. It was subsequently identified as that of Robert…

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3 youths charged with recent school threats

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From staff reports Over the past several weeks, schools in Oak Lawn, Palos Hills and surrounding communities have received several threats of violence via text messages and social media. The Oak Lawn Police Department, with the assistance of the FBI, has identified and charged three minors for making the threats. One of the students attended…

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Orland Park goes Foxx hunting with new resolution


By Jeff Vorva Orland Park trustees and Mayor Keith Pekau continued to pile on complaints against Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. Board members say she is letting too many criminals run free and it is affecting their village. “I’ve been an attorney for 25 years and in law school before that and I’ve never…

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Chicago man nabbed for Jewel burglary while at jail

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A Chicago man was arrested last week on felony counts of commercial burglary and felony retail theft stemming from a case in June. Anthony Bass, 19, was charged October 20 after he was found already in custody at Cook County Jail and being held without bail. Palos Heights police were initially called to the Jewel…

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Missing Palos Park college student found safe

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Palos Park police officers Ross Chibe and Dan Nesis were able to locate missing college student Eva Pillado just a few hours after her family reported her missing at 1 a.m. Tuesday morning. Pillado, 20, was reported missing by her family in Palos Park when she did not return home from classes at Loyola University…

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