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Stepson charged in Evergreen Park murder

By Bob Bong A 24-year-old Chicago man has been charged with first-degree murder in the New Year’s Eve shooting of his stepfather in Evergreen Park. Brandon K. Kizer, 24, of the 8100 block of South Loomis in Chicago, was charged Sunday with first-degree murder in the death of Anthony Young, 52, on the morning of…

Sandburg’s Claire Callaghan dribbles during the opening round of the Eagles own holiday tournament on Dec. 27. The Eagles finished second in the tournament. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Girls Basketball: Sandburg falls to LW Central in champ game of Holiday Tournament

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Two years ago, a group of promising freshmen were bumped up to the varsity at Sandburg, joining an already stellar sophomore in Erin O’Connell. The team went through some growing pains in 2019-20 but flirted with 20 wins, finishing 19-12. Then there were some pains of playing an abbreviated schedule during…

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St. Rita takes 5th at Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic

By Steve Millar Correspondent St. Rita’s youth was evident in some mistakes the Mustangs made down the stretch in the fifth-place game of the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic. But the Mustangs’ talent won out in the end. Sophomore guard Jaedin Reyna went coast-to-coast and scored on a drive to the basket with 2.5 seconds left…

Lyons Township’s Tavari Johnson was an all-tournament player as he helped his team to a second-place finish in the Jack Tosh Tournament. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Lions take 2nd at Tosh Holiday Classic

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Glenbard West won the Jack Tosh Holiday Classic. That made sense. The Hilltoppers are ranked No. 1 in most state and Chicago-area polls. But not much else about this tournament made a lot of sense, especially when it came some of the seven area teams involved or, in two cases (Riverside-Brookfield…

Abbey Murphy, a Mother McAuley grad and University of Minnesota hockey player, was named to the Olympic team. University of Minnesota photo

Murphy joins Schofield on U.S. women’s hockey team

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Abbey Murphy lists Kendall Coyne Schofield as her sports role model. Now, she will be a teammate of Schofield on the biggest stage for women’s hockey. Team USA Hockey announced its Olympic roster over the weekend and two-time medal winner Schofield, a native of Palos Heights and a Sandburg graduate, will…

Richards High School Principal Dr. Mike Jacobson and several staff members at the high school, 10601 Central Ave., Oak Lawn, walked for 24 hours on a treadmill to raise money for student scholarships starting bright and early on New Year's Day. (Supplied photos)

Richards principal walks 24 hours for a cause

Raises $20,000 for student scholarships By Kelly White Most people spend New Year’s Day relaxing. Richards High School Principal Dr. Mike Jacobson spent it on the treadmill. For the second year in a row, Jacobson inspired generous donations of more than $20,000 on New Year’s Day by walking 24 hours on a treadmill without stopping.…

A crowd waits to enter a free COVID testing center in Brookfield. (Photo by Steve Metsch)

New county mandate to combat COVID surge

Restaurants, fitness centers, venues will be required to check vaccination status on Jan. 3 By Bob Bong The latest surge of COVID cases has people flocking to testing centers to see if they have the virus and those that definitely have it threatening to overwhelm local hospitals. The Illinois Department of Public Health last Friday…

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Minimum wage hike among new state laws taking effect Jan. 1

By Bob Bong and Peter Hancock Minimum wage workers in Illinois will see a boost in their hourly pay to $12 per hour starting Jan. 1, while tenants in affordable housing units will be allowed to keep pets. Those are just some of the more than 300 new laws that take effect in the new year. The…

Some of the best for the money have come from the church’s youngest members, church officials said. Seen here is a Sunday school student purchasing supplies and toiletries to be distributed at a homeless shelter. (Supplied photos)

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd gives parishioners $100 to share

By Kelly White A local church is helping others during the financially difficult holiday season. Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 7800 W. McCarthy Road, Palos Heights, gave a $100 bill to every attendee at worship services and Sunday school on Sunday, December 12. The money came along with a letter asking that the money…

Palos Heights Mayor Bob Straz has some new warnings and mandates regarding COVID 19. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Straz back to relaying COVID concerns

By Jeff Vorva It’s been a while since Palos Heights Mayor Bob Straz used some of his reports at council meetings to warn about COVID-19. But a new variant is causing new concerns and on Jan. 3, Cook County will require vaccine proof for several indoor activities. The mayor read some of the mandates. “You…

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2 men rob Palos Heights Shell gas station

Two masked men robbed the Shell gas station at 12121 S. Ridgeland Ave. in Palos Heights early Tuesday morning. The men armed with a firearm entered the station at 2:11 a.m. and announced a robbery. During the robbery, cigarettes, lottery tickets, and approximately $200 cash was taken from the establishment. The cashier was forced to…

Orland Park Police Chief Joseph Mitchell said his cops do not have time to enforce new vaccine mandates that the county has made. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

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,…

An Alsip teenager was killed and six people hospitalized after a horrific collision Monday night near Ridgeland Avenue and Route 83 in Palos Heights. (Photo courtesy of Palos Heights Police Department)

Teen dies, 6 hospitalized in Palos Heights car crash

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…

Hickory Hills native Max Strus's hot streak to end 2021 is the Regional-Reporter's favorite story of the year in local sports. Photo by Miami Heat

The Year in Review: A look at our favorite local sports stories from 2021

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent OK, the top local sports story of 2021 is the same top story as it is for everybody. COVID-19. The virus, or more accurately, the pandemic caused by virus, changed the landscape of just about everything. Its effect on local sports was huge the first four or five months of the…

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New law ends parental notification in Illinois

New law ends parental notification in Illinois

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] Gov. JB Pritzker signed a law on Friday that ends parental notification, a requirement that doctors notify the parents of a minor seeking an abortion. “With reproductive rights under attack across the nation, Illinois is once again establishing itself as a leader in ensuring access to health care…

Illinois jobless rate falls to 5.7%

Illinois jobless rate falls to 5.7%

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The unemployment rate in Illinois fell three-tenths of a point in November to 5.7 percent as employers added 19,500 payroll jobs to the economy. Preliminary data released by the Department of Employment Security and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the biggest job gains during…

Illinois jobless rate falls to 5.7%

Illinois jobless rate falls to 5.7%

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The unemployment rate in Illinois fell three-tenths of a point in November to 5.7 percent as employers added 19,500 payroll jobs to the economy. Preliminary data released by the Department of Employment Security and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the biggest job gains during…

Potential buyer identified for James R. Thompson Center

Potential buyer identified for James R. Thompson Center

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Plans are moving ahead for the sale of the James R. Thompson Center at 100 West Randolph Street in Chicago. Gov. JB Pritzker announced on Wednesday plans to enter into exclusive negotiations with JRTC Holdings, LLC, for the purposes of acquiring and redeveloping the Thompson Center…

CAPITOL RECAP: JRTC Holdings will enter negotiations with state for $70 million purchase of Thompson Center

CAPITOL RECAP: JRTC Holdings will enter negotiations with state for $70 million purchase of Thompson Center

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS CHICAGO – Plans are moving ahead for the sale of the James R. Thompson Center at 100 West Randolph Street in Chicago. Gov. JB Pritzker announced on Wednesday, Dec. 15, plans to enter into exclusive negotiations with JRTC Holdings, LLC, for the purposes of acquiring and redeveloping the Thompson Center that…

Lawmakers push for nursing home reforms this spring

Lawmakers push for nursing home reforms this spring

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Several Illinois lawmakers said this week they are determined to pass a bill in the spring that would overhaul the way nursing homes are paid through the state’s Medicaid program to address critical staffing shortages, but the state’s largest nursing home industry group is still pushing…

New law provides for licensure path of certified professional midwives in Illinois

New law provides for licensure path of certified professional midwives in Illinois

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] Colleen Marotta has delivered hundreds of babies. Marotta, 43, of Arlington Heights, became a nurse in 2001. Ten years later, she became a certified professional midwife, or CPM. When Marotta was a CPM the law barred her from delivering babies in Illinois, forcing her to drive to Wisconsin…

Edwardsville chief on Amazon warehouse: ‘It was definitely one of our worst days’

Edwardsville chief on Amazon warehouse: ‘It was definitely one of our worst days’

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] In the wake of Friday night storms that left six dead at an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, a disaster proclamation was issued Monday for 28 counties in southern and central Illinois. The proclamation will bring personnel or equipment from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to assist with storm…

Reimagine Public Safety Act to drive violence intervention funds to state’s most dangerous areas

Reimagine Public Safety Act to drive violence intervention funds to state’s most dangerous areas

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A state program aiming to take a “comprehensive approach to ending Illinois’ firearm violence epidemic” will be expanded under a law signed Friday by Gov. JB Pritzker. The Reimagine Public Safety Act became law in June, but the expansion signed Friday clarifies guidelines in the original…

CAPITOL RECAP: Oral arguments begin in state redistricting challenges

CAPITOL RECAP: Oral arguments begin in state redistricting challenges

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS CHICAGO – Oral arguments began Tuesday, Dec. 7, in three lawsuits challenging the new legislative district maps that lawmakers passed earlier this year with three federal judges asking detailed questions of all the parties in the cases. Each case centers on the question of whether Democrats in the General Assembly violated…

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