Cook County Board approve Aguilar’s proposal for a sheriff’s helicopter

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The Cook County Board of Commissioners voted overwhelmingly last week to approve Commissioner Frank J. Aguilar’s proposal to lease a helicopter to the Cook County Sheriff’s office. While Cook County is among the largest metropolitan areas in the nation, its helicopter fleet lags far behind other large urban areas. The Los Angeles metropolitan area has…

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Palos Park Police Cadet food drive underway

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The Palos Park Police Cadet program is in holiday season mode and the program’s annual Holiday Food Drive is well underway. Cadets are looking for donations of non-perishable foods such as canned goods or boxed goods. The cadets will accept donations at the Palos Park Police Department, 8999 W. 123rd Street. Collections will continue through…

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Police Reports for November 17

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COUNTRYSIDE Man arrested for waving gun at bar A Chicago man was arrested October 27 for allegedly threatening people with a gun at Time Out Sports Bar, 6025 S. LaGrange Road. Jose J. Mendoza, 45, of Chicago, was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Aggravated assault, battery and disorderly conduct. Police…

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Chicago Ridge police reports for November 17

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Cannabis possession Joseph S. Johanek, 22, of, Oak Lawn, was charged with possession of cannabis following a traffic stop at 10:53 p.m. Nov. 9, in the 10100 block of Ridgeland Avenue. Police said they detected a strong odor of cannabis and found a cannabis blunt and three grams of the drug being illegally transported in…

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Oak Lawn officials want drivers to slow down

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By Joe Boyle Oak Lawn officials are concerned about drivers who are refusing to slow down and are ignoring stop signs. “The number one complaint I have gotten over the years is the flow of traffic and speeding,” said Trustee Alex Olejniczak (2nd) at the Oak Lawn Village Board meeting on Nov. 8. “People want…

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Palos Park hands out police awards


By Jeff Vorva There were awards aplenty on Monday night in Palos Park. Police Commissioner Dan Polk handed out several awards at Monday night’s village council meeting at the Kaptur Administrative Center. Commander Chris Hughes and Sergeant Diana Campbell earned recognition for reviewing and revising the Palos Park Police Department’s policies under the Lexipol system.…

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Hodgkins police respond to report of armed person at UPS

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Hodgkins Police were dispatched to UPS this week after a call came in about a subject being seen with a handgun in the area of bus terminal 1 at the facility at 1 UPS Way. Responding officers did an extensive search of the area on Tuesday, November 15, including the wooded area near 75th Street…

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Woman dies after being hit by car in Oak Lawn

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Oak Lawn police said a woman crossing 95th Street was killed Tuesday afternoon when she was hit by a minivan and pinned under the vehicle. Police said in a statement that the woman, who was not identified pending notification to her family, was in the 4400 block of West 95th Street about 3:20 p.m. when…

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Owner of Bridgeview X’s and O’s shot

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By Bob Bong The owner of X’s and O’s sports bar in Bridgeview was shot in the leg Friday night by a disgruntled patron who had been ordered to leave the establishment, Bridgeview Police Chief Ricardo Mancha said Monday. According to Mancha, the man and his girlfriend were ordered to leave the bar at 7801…

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