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A memorial service was held Saturday for John George, who was a longtime teacher and coach at Evergreen Park Community High School. (Photos by Joe Boyle)

Late Evergreen Park teacher, coach preached character, family

By Joe Boyle Words of praise have never been scarce from the Evergreen Park community for John Elias “Coach” George. Relatives, friends, colleagues and former students were in attendance during a memorial service for George, a longtime teacher and coach at Evergreen Park Community High School. George died June 3, 2020, but a public memorial…

North Palos firefighters prepare Sunday morning to attack a blaze at the former L.W. Paul Supply Company. (Photos by Todd Sherman/Northern Illinois FireGround Photos)

Squatters may have started fire in Worth building

By Bob Bong A fire that heavily damaged a former plumbing supply company on 111th Street in Worth early Sunday morning may have been caused by homeless people living in the abandoned structure. “The fire started on the second floor, which used to be a beautiful and spacious apartment,” Worth Mayor Mary Werner said Monday.…

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3 juveniles arrested for setting off fireworks inside Chicago Ridge Mall

From staff reports Initial reports of gunshots inside Chicago Ridge Mall on Wednesday afternoon turned out to be fireworks set off by three juveniles who were later apprehended. Chicago Ridge police said they responded to reports at 3:50 p.m. of gunshots inside the shopping mall at 95th Street and Ridgeland Avenue. Several 911 callers stated…

Oak Lawn Police Chief Dan Vittorio (from left) presents Life Saving Awards to Sgt. Sean Heilig and Officer Matthew Atkinson for providing medical attention to a man who suffered gunshot wounds. The awards were presented during the Oak Lawn Village Board meeting Tuesday night. The actions of Heilig and Atkinson most likely saved the victim's life, according to hospital staff. (Photo by Joe Boyle)

Oak Lawn approves license plate readers at village entrances

Business license fees on hold for one year By Joe Boyle A series of cameras will be set up in Oak Lawn to monitor vehicles entering and exiting the village that may be involved in acts of crime. A resolution waiving the competitive bidding requirements awarding a services agreement with the Flock Camera Safety network…

The owner of Scissor Hands salon in Oak Lawn says reopening will be a long journey. (Supplied photo)

Oak Lawn salon owner vows to rebuild after car totals business

By Dermot Connolly The Scissor Hands hair salon, a longstanding business in Oak Lawn, sustained heavy damage Saturday night when a car careened out of control through the storefront at 10822 S. Cicero Ave., destroying the interior of the salon. Jayne Molony, the owner, said the salon had closed at 4 p.m., about three hours…

Former Bridgeview fire chief Michael Daly is the new chief of the Palos Heights Fire Department. (Photo by Isabella Schreck)

New Palos Heights fire chief passionate about firefighting, new community

By Isabella Schreck Even after more than 30 years in fire protection, Michael Daly said he was still excited to come to work. “I’m very lucky to have a career that I enjoy,” said Daly, who became fire chief for the Palos Heights Fire Protection District in March. “I still like to work. I enjoy…

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Angelo Luna put in the work and broke the St. Laurence record for RBIs in a season

By Steve Millar Correspondent Angelo Luna produced one of the greatest offensive seasons in St. Laurence history last season. Luna, an outfielder and an Illinois-Springfield recruit, broke the Vikings single-season RBI record with 56. He also finished with the second-best single-season totals in program history for hits (55), runs (50) and doubles (17). “Now that…

Giona Czochara scored 28 goals last season, breaking Marist's single-season record. Supplied photo

Marist soccer standout Gina Czochara fulfills goal of breaking program’s single-season goals record

By Steve Millar Correspondent Gina Czochara had no doubt what she wanted. After watching teammate CeCe Light break Marist’s school record for goals in a season with 27 in 2021, she was inspired. When the RedHawks coaching staff asked players to write down a goal of theirs on a sticky note before the 2022 season,…

Former Stagg basketball star Max Strus, now a starter with the Miami Heat, gives a talk to players at his camp on Monday. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Area Sports Roundup: Miami Heat’s Max Strus returns to roots as host of youth basketball camp

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer When Max Strus was in second grade, he walked through the doors of Stagg High School to attend a youth basketball camp. He did that year after year and summer after summer. On Monday, he walked through those same doors and headed to a basketball camp. This one was different.…

Red Stars defender Amanda Kowalski laughs as she adjusts her headband at the news conference minutes after scoring the final goal in an improbable tie over North Carolina. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report: Stoppage time goals one minute apart give Red Stars improbable draw

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer The Chicago Red Stars have reached the halfway point of their 22-game NWSL schedule and find themselves in second place, one point behind front-running San Diego. They had a chance to climb into first place, but their chances slipped away with wild 2-2 draw to last-place North Carolina on July…

The owner of Scissor Hands salon in Oak Lawn says reopening will be a long journey. (Supplied photo)

Car crashes into Oak Lawn hair salon

A burning car crashed into an Oak Lawn hair salon Saturday night and caused extensive damage to the business and the building. No injuries were reported. Firefighters received a call about 6:45 p.m. that a Nissan Altima with an engine on fire had crashed into Scissor Hands, 10822 S. Cicero Ave. The car reportedly was…

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Woman, child injured on Friendship Fest ride

A 40-year-old woman and a 6-year-old child suffered minor injuries Saturday night when a ride malfunctioned at Palos Hills Friendship Fest and they fell out of the ride onto the ground. Police said they were notified of the accident at about 8:30 p.m. The ride was not identified. Police said the victims were…

Diana Stuart, and her granddaugther, Skylar, 3, of Palos Hills, enjoy Palos Hill's Friendship Festival on Friday night. (Photos by Kelly White)

Palos Hills celebrates Friendship Fest 2022

By Kelly White The city of Palos Hills is bringing the community together this weekend with its annual Friendship Festival. “We always look forward to this great family weekend event,” Jerry Bennett, Palos Hills Mayor, said. “It’s one of the last free festivals around and it has been a tradition for the last 41 years…

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Worth considers buffer zone for tobacco stores

By Joe Boyle The Worth Village Board is considering creating a buffer zone in an effort to restrict where tobacco stores can be located near schools. While restrictions placed on tobacco stores do not have to be implemented until October, Mayor Mary Werner and the trustees discussed the issue in earnest at the Worth Board Meeting on Tuesday night. Deputy Police…

Madalyn Davison, 5, of Oak Lawn, had fun riding the Ferris Wheel at last year's Palos Hills Friendship Fest at Moraine Valley Campus, 107th and 88th Avenue in Palos Hills. (Photo by Kelly White)

Palos Hills Friendship Fest begins Thursday at Moraine Valley

By Bob Bong Palos Hills will kick off its annual Friendship Festival at 6 p.m. Thursday on the campus of Moraine Valley Community College. The annual summer festival has been around for 38 years and will run through Sunday, July 10. This event will include a car show, carnival, kids’ entertainment, face painting, pony rides,…

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Planned Parenthood announces Illinois-Wisconsin partnership in Waukegan

Planned Parenthood announces Illinois-Wisconsin partnership in Waukegan

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Planned Parenthood affiliates in Illinois and Wisconsin said Thursday they have formed a partnership to expand services at an abortion clinic in Waukegan to help serve residents of Wisconsin, where abortion services are now banned. That announcement came three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned…

DCFS yet to release timeline of involvement after death of southern Illinois 3-year-old

DCFS yet to release timeline of involvement after death of southern Illinois 3-year-old

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – I’Kera Hill, 3, died of malnutrition and dehydration at a Carbondale hospital on June 22, 2022, according to the child endangerment charges filed in Jackson County against her parents, Isaac Hill and Katrina Simelton Hill. Her obituary stated that I’Kera died after a bout with COVID-19,…

Pritzker announces new IDPH pick, further scales back COVID-19 orders

Pritzker announces new IDPH pick, further scales back COVID-19 orders

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois will soon have a new Department of Public Health director and its first electric vehicles coordinator after Gov. JB Pritzker announced those appointments in recent days. Dr. Sameer Vohra, a Springfield pediatrician, will still need approval from the state Senate to become the permanent replacement…

Pritzker pushes for assault weapons ban, federal action

Pritzker pushes for assault weapons ban, federal action

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – In the wake of a July 4 mass shooting in Highland Park that left seven people dead and dozens more injured, Gov. JB Pritzker is calling for a ban at both the state and national levels on military-style assault rifles and high-capacity magazines. The governor made…

Temporary tax relief measures to begin Friday in Illinois

Temporary tax relief measures to begin Friday in Illinois

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinoisans will receive some modest tax relief starting Friday when the state’s new fiscal year begins. That includes some income tax rebates, property tax rebates, a suspension of the state’s 1 percent tax on groceries, and a six-month pause on the scheduled inflationary increase in the…

FOID, red flags and restraining orders: How state laws regulate firearm purchases

FOID, red flags and restraining orders: How state laws regulate firearm purchases

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] A mass shooting in Highland Park at a Fourth of July parade prompted questions about how the suspect was able to obtain a gun in a state with some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. Law enforcement officials have said that the Highland Park shooting suspect,…

CAPITOL RECAP: Holder White seated to state Supreme Court in historic ceremony

CAPITOL RECAP: Holder White seated to state Supreme Court in historic ceremony

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Lisa Holder White was sworn in Thursday, July 7, as the first Black woman to serve on the Illinois Supreme Court. Holder White, who previously served on the 4th District Court of Appeals, was chosen to succeed one of her mentors in the legal profession, retiring Justice Rita B.…

Major fundraising underdogs among challengers to unseat incumbents

Major fundraising underdogs among challengers to unseat incumbents

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Four months before the general election, six incumbent state lawmakers appeared primed for an early rejection by voters based on unofficial tallies this week. The longest-serving of the incumbents to lose their primary election was Democratic Rep. Mike Zalewski, of Riverside, a founding member of the…

State general revenues top $50 billion for first time in FY 2022

State general revenues top $50 billion for first time in FY 2022

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – State tax revenues grew by $5.5 billion in the fiscal year that concluded on June 30, exceeding $50 billion for the first time in Illinois’ history, according to a new report from a state budgeting agency. The 12 percent base revenue growth in Fiscal Year 2022…

Holder White sworn in as first Black woman on state Supreme Court

Holder White sworn in as first Black woman on state Supreme Court

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Lisa Holder White was sworn in Thursday as the first Black woman to serve on the Illinois Supreme Court. Holder White, who previously served on the 4th District Court of Appeals, was chosen to succeed one of her mentors in the legal profession, retiring Justice Rita…

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