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Palos Heights Mayor Bob Straz welcomes Victress into the Palos Heights community during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at their location in Palos Heights on October 6. (Photos by Kelly White)

Women’s wellness center opens in Palos Heights

By Kelly White A new facility has opened in the Palos Heights community that tailors to the needs of women. Victress, a women’s wellness center at 7120 W. 127th St. in Palos Heights, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 6. “We have so many strong females in this area who are students, professionals, wives, mothers,…

Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School hosted a Not-So-Haunted House on October 27 at the high school, 3737 W. 99th St., Chicago. (Supplied photos)

Mother McAuley hosts a Not-So-Haunted House

By Kelly White Keeping the spookiness to a minimum, Mother McAuley students hosted a Not-So-Haunted House for local area youngsters. The free event was held on October 27 at the high school, 3737 W. 99th St., Chicago, and was open to children of all ages with a parent and/or caregiver. “McAuley opens their hearts and doors and welcomes…

Governor J.B. Pritzker meets AERO special needs student Yasmine Abazze at Monday’s groundbreaking for the AERO Therapeutic Center in Burbank. (Photos by Jeff Vorva)

AERO, governor break ground on new campus on old Queen of Peace site

By Jeff Vorva The groundbreaking for the Aero special education cooperative’s Therapeutic Center building on the site of the former Queen of Peace campus in Burbank was an event that celebrated the State of Illinois’ willingness to kick in $25 million for the project. Because Gov. J.B. Pritzker made an appearance, a group of noisy…

 Shepard High School seniors Saniah Calvin, Laila Todd and Arianna Esquivel created a community garden at Christ United Methodist Church in Alsip. (Supplied photo)

3 Shepard seniors create community garden

Community contribution Aware that people in their community either cannot afford or find fresh produce, three seniors from Shepard High School in Palos Heights developed a community garden at Christ United Methodist Church in Alsip. “We first came up with the community garden project in the beginning of the summer. I’ve always been passionate about…

Principals (from left) Derrick Smith (Sandburg), Abir Othman (Andrew) and Eric Olsen (Stagg) were honored at the District 230 board meeting October 28. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

District 230 gearing up for Legacy Hall event

​By Jeff Vorva The Legacy Hall Class of 2021 will be inducted on Nov. 12 and eight new members will be honored. The list includes a couple of principals, a cop, an actor and a heart surgeon. District Supt. Robert Nolting said at the Oct. 28 Consolidated High School District 230 board meeting that he…

Palos Park Mayor John Mahoney announced the village has 4,899 residents, according to the 2020 census. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Palos Park sees small population increase from 2010

By Jeff Vorva Palos Park had a small uptick in population growth in the past decade. But it still broke a record. Mayor John Mahoney announced at the Oct. 25 village council meeting that it reached a record population of 4,899, according to the 2020 census. He said that it was 52 more than the…

Fabio Viviani, a chef from "Top Chef" is bringing a Chuck Lager American Tavern to Orland Park. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Chuck Lager restaurant coming to Orland Park

By Jeff Vorva Fabio showed up to the Village of Orland Park Board of Trustees meeting Monday night. No, not the famous model and actor with the long hair. But this Fabio has a little bit of celebrity status. Fabio Viviani, representing Chuck Lager American Tavern restaurant, was on hand to talk about a proposed…

Palos Heights Ald. Jerry McGovern has drawn up an ordinance for the rest of the city council to peruse regarding video gaming in the city. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

McGovern not giving up on video gaming in Palos Heights

By Jeff Vorva Alderman Jerry McGovern is not giving up. The Palos Heights Ward 4 representative passed around a seven-page potential ordinance to allow video gaming at the Tuesday city council meeting. He told Mayor Bob Straz and the other aldermen to read it over in the coming days and make suggestions, but he wasn’t…

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Girls Volleyball: Logan Grevengoed’s 1,001th career kill sends Chicago Christian to supersectional

By Steve Millar Correspondent Senior outside hitter Logan Grevengoed set off a raucous celebration at Chicago Christian on Wednesday night when she put down her 1,000th career kill. No. 1,001 was pretty special, too. That’s the one that clinched a Class 2A sectional championship for the host Knights, who beat Beecher 25-19, 25-13. Chicago Christian (33-6)…

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Newman to challenge Casten in new 6th District

By Bob Bong and Capitol News Illinois When the dust settled on congressional redistricting last week in Springfield, the old 3rd District was no more. Southwest Side city neighborhoods and southwestern suburbs that made up the 3rd District for the past 10 years were divvied up into at least three districts. Parts or all of Chicago’s Clearing…

Sandburg senior Nate Gibbons gets ready to swat away a Billy Cernugel pass Saturday in Hinsdale Central’s 41-15 victory over the Eagles. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Eagles have hard time running with the Devils, but eye a bright future

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent It was hard for a strong contingency of Sandburg football fans who were at Hinsdale Central on Saturday afternoon to feel good. After a weird 0-0 first quarter in the first-round game of the IHSA Class 8A playoffs, in which the host Red Devils were called for false-start penalties on three…

Sandburg’s boys cross country team, ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 3A by two ranking services, poses after winning the Hinsdale Central Sectional Saturday. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Sandburg boys eye state title as area sends army to state XC meet

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Sandburg’s boys team and Marist’s Jake Phillips earned sectional championships on sloppy-but-manageable courses on Saturday. A weeklong rain turned many Chicago-area courses to mush, but the Eagles and Phillips soldiered through and are heading with some momentum to this Saturday’s state cross country meet at Detweiller Park in Peoria. Sandburg, which…

Kaleb Brown, right, and Djabril McNabb talk before St. Rita’s playoff game against Rolling Meadows. Brown was ready to play after missing most of the season with an injury but sat out because of the rain and the Mustangs took a large lead early. Photo by Jeff Vorva

High School Football Class 7A Playoffs: Sophomore RBs, Ulatowski lead St. Rita in romp over Rolling Meadows

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Kaleb Brown was all dressed up and ready to go. But he will have to wait another week before his return. The St. Rita senior star running back/wide receiver suited up for the first time since injuring a kneecap early in a loss to Mount Carmel the first game of the…

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High School Football Class 7A Playoffs: Brother Rice edges Wheaton Warrenville South

By Steve Millar Correspondent Brother Rice’s offense has been virtually unstoppable all season, rolling to at least 40 points in every game it played. It’s the Crusaders’ defense, however, that is the biggest reason they survived the first round of the Class 7A playoffs. On a night when the offense struggled, the defense made…

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IHSA Football Playoffs: Brother Rice, Marist, Mount Carmel, St. Rita, Richards, Nazareth advance to second round

By Bob Bong Brother Rice was the only area team to advance to this weekend’s second round of the IHSA state football tournament after Saturday’s slate of games. They join five teams that advanced after Friday night’s action. The Crusaders moved on thanks to a 27-26 squeaker over Wheaton-Warrenville South on Saturday. No. 9 seeded…

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Redistricting lawsuit to be heard in early December

Redistricting lawsuit to be heard in early December

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A three-judge federal court panel on Friday set the week of Dec. 6 as the time it will hear three consolidated cases challenging the new legislative district maps that were drawn by Democrats and signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker earlier this year. During a…

Latest school report card shows impact of COVID-19 on learning

Latest school report card shows impact of COVID-19 on learning

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in significant drops in enrollment, academic performance and the likelihood of graduating high school on time, according to the latest school report card released recently by the Illinois State Board of Education. The report card is an annual report that tracks how…

CAPITOL RECAP: Gun violence a 'public health crisis,' governor says

CAPITOL RECAP: Gun violence a ‘public health crisis,’ governor says

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed an executive order Monday, Nov. 1, classifying ongoing gun violence in Illinois as a public health crisis and announced his intent to include greater funding for violence-prevention initiatives in upcoming budgets. At a news conference in Chicago, Pritzker touted the Reimagine Public Safety Act which…

Saying her district is at stake, Democratic lawmaker seeks to intervene in redistricting suit

Saying her district is at stake, Democratic lawmaker seeks to intervene in redistricting suit

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A Democratic member of the Illinois House has filed a motion in federal court to intervene as a separate defendant in a pair of lawsuits challenging the legislative redistricting plan that was signed into law in September. Rep. Angelica Guerrero-Cuellar, who represents the largely Latino 22nd…

CAPITOL RECAP: Gun violence a 'public health crisis,' governor says

CAPITOL RECAP: Gun violence a ‘public health crisis,’ governor says

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed an executive order Monday, Nov. 1, classifying ongoing gun violence in Illinois as a public health crisis and announced his intent to include greater funding for violence-prevention initiatives in upcoming budgets. At a news conference in Chicago, Pritzker touted the Reimagine Public Safety Act which…

State adopts federal guidance recommending Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11

State adopts federal guidance recommending Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – One day after the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that children between the ages of 5 and 11 receive the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Pfizer and BioNTech, the Illinois Department of Public Health adopted the same recommendations Wednesday. That vaccine had previously been…

Pritzker gets COVID-19 vaccine booster ahead of international trip

Pritzker gets COVID-19 vaccine booster ahead of international trip

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker became one of the 800,000-plus Illinoisans who have received a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot Tuesday ahead of his first overseas trip as governor. Pritzker and his top staff planned to depart to London on Tuesday to meet with business leaders on economic development…

Pritzker order calls gun violence a public health crisis, lays out prevention approach

Pritzker order calls gun violence a public health crisis, lays out prevention approach

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed an executive order Monday classifying ongoing gun violence in Illinois as a public health crisis and announced his intent to include greater funding for violence-prevention initiatives in upcoming budgets. At a news conference in Chicago, Pritzker touted the Reimagine Public Safety Act…

Capitol Cast: Veto session in review

Capitol Cast: Veto session in review

Peter Hancock and Jerry Nowicki discuss passage of new congressional district maps and other legislation during the recently-completed fall veto session. Capitol News Illinois · Fall Veto Session

CAPITOL RECAP: Passage of congressional maps caps busy fall session

CAPITOL RECAP: Passage of congressional maps caps busy fall session

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers gave final approval in the early hours of Friday morning to a new congressional redistricting plan that divides the state into 17 districts, one fewer than it currently has due to its loss of population since the 2010 U.S. Census. It was the fourth draft plan that…

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