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High School Football: O’Connor is back in the saddle at Chicago Christian

By Steve Metsch Correspondent The new head football coach at Chicago Christian is a familiar face to Knights fans. Tom O’Connor served the past five seasons as special teams coordinator…

The Allman Betts Band featuring three sons of the founding members of the Allman Brothers Band will headline Friday night. (Supplied photo)

Ridgefest returns after a one-year absence for pandemic

By Bob Bong Chicago Ridge is bringing back its popular Ridgefest for three days starting Friday at 5 p.m. at Freedom Park, 6200 Birmingham St. “This was the fastest we…

Peter Wilt tells a UBAM audience about plans for another pro soccer team in Chicago. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Another pro soccer team in Chicago is in the House

By Jeff Vorva Peter Wilt is at it again. The man who was a huge influence in bringing the Chicago Fire and Chicago Red Stars to the area and helped…

New Sandburg coach Troy McAllister talks to his troops on the first day of summer camp on Tuesday, July 5. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Troy McAllister has taken an interesting journey to Sandburg

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Yes, new Sandburg football coach Troy McAllister had an interesting tenure at Phillips as he led the program to two state championships – the first and…

In the middle of the mob is Orland Park native and Chicago Red Stars defender Tatumn Milazzo, who may have tapped in a goal that was ruled an own-goal in her team’s 3-1 victory over the OL Reign. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Two more own-goals help vault Red Stars into second place

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent For a few hours on July 18, the Chicago Red Stars were in first place. After a 3-1 victory over the OL Reign in front of…

Richards receiver Travis Garmon lets out a yell while the Bulldogs defense makes a stop against Sandburg during 7 on 7 drills. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Richards team under construction, Sandburg finds dual threat in Evans

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The new playing surface at Korhonen Field is shaping up. Periodic Twitter updates show the progress of the new turf field, which is expected to be…

Gov. JB Pritzker steps off a bus Friday afternoon with a group of dignitaries who toured the CSX facility in Bedford Park. (Photos By Jeff Vorva)

Buttigieg touts Biden infrastructure plan in visit to Bedford Park

By Jeff Vorva When it comes to President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “I am going to fight [it] every step of the way,” in…

Madalyn Davison, 5, of Oak Lawn, had fun riding the Ferris Wheel on Saturday afternoon at the Palos Hills Friendship Fest at Moraine Valley Campus, 107th and 88th Avenue in Palos Hills. (Photos by Kelly White)

Family fun returns at Palos Hills Friendship Fest

By Kelly White The Palos Hills Friendship Festival was back at it again this summer, celebrating the season with fun and entertainment for the entire family. “It’s such a fun…

Palos Heights officials hope that within the next year the vacant corner on Harlem Avenue and College Drive will have a tenant. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Wait til’ next year? Vacant corner in Palos Heights remains empty

By Jeff Vorva So, what’s going to happen at the vacant northeast corner of Harlem Avenue and College Drive? The City of Palos Heights City Council isn’t sure. GW Properties,…

ACE members at the 2020 awards presentation at Argo Community High School. (file photo)

ACE to hold Annual Gigantic Garage Sale

The Argo Coalition for Education will hold its annual garage sale fundraiser on Saturday, July 17, at 7600 W. 64th St. in Summit. The sale will take place from 9…

Brian Badke will finish out his career with one more season as Brother Rice’s football coach. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Quick turnaround on tap for football

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The high school football season is off to a goofy start and the first kickoff is two months away. This is about the time of year…

Houston’s Jasmyne Spencer (left) and the Red Stars’ Arin Wright battle for the ball in Sunday’s NWSL showdown at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview. Photo by Jeff Vorva

OG is MVP for Red Stars in bizarre win over Houston

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The most valuable player for the Chicago Red Stars the past few weeks has been Own Goal. Well, that’s not really a player. In soccer stat…

The banner for Orland Park’s Harvey Manning at West Street and Ravinia Avenue was a gathering place for family and friends on July 3 during the Hometown Heroes event. (Photos by Jeff Vorva)

Banner year continues for Orland Park veterans

By Jeff Vorva It’s a banner year for Orland Park veterans. Literally. The village put up 53 banners honoring local vets along Ravinia Avenue and held a special ceremony for…

Palos Heights Ald. Jeff Key, shown at a past meeting, was full of good news on Tuesday night regarding the return of events to the city. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Kris Kringle Market and other events returning to Palos Heights

By Jeff Vorva Palos Heights Ald. Jeff Key (1st) was not playing the role of Santa Claus on Tuesday night. But Key, who oversees recreation in the city, played the…

Pending a vote by the Orland Park Board of Trustees on June 19, many buildings at Boley Farm will be demolished. (Photos by Jeff Vorva)

(Torn) down on the farm

Some buildings at Boley Farm likely to be demolished By Jeff Vorva The future of many dilapidated buildings at the Glenn Boley Farm is dire. At the Orland Park Committee…

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CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker launches second-term campaign with media tour

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker launches second-term campaign with media tour

By Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker isn’t considering using federal American Rescue Plan Act funding to pay down a multi-billion-dollar Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund deficit, he told…

WITH PODCAST: Pritzker talks plans for Unemployment Trust Fund, pandemic response

WITH PODCAST: Pritzker talks plans for Unemployment Trust Fund, pandemic response

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker isn’t considering using federal American Rescue Plan Act funding to pay down a multi-billion-dollar Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund…

Democratic leaders seek to dismiss redistricting lawsuits

Democratic leaders seek to dismiss redistricting lawsuits

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Lawyers for Illinois’ Democratic legislative leaders last week filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit from Republicans and a Mexican American…

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker will seek a second term

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker will seek a second term

By Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker announced Monday he will seek a second term, joined once again by Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton as a running mate.…

State ‘strongly encourages’ public, private colleges to require students to get COVID-19 vaccine

State ‘strongly encourages’ public, private colleges to require students to get COVID-19 vaccine

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The state’s higher education agencies released updated COVID-19 guidance Monday encouraging all public and private higher education institutions in Illinois to…

Pritzker, Stratton announce reelection bid

Pritzker, Stratton announce reelection bid

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker announced Monday he will seek a second term, joined once again by Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton as…

Pritzker has ‘no plans’ for added mitigations; ‘local control’ is focus of new school guidelines

Pritzker has ‘no plans’ for added mitigations; ‘local control’ is focus of new school guidelines

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The wide availability of COVID-19 vaccines has changed the state’s approach for mitigating the virus’ spread statewide and in schools. For…

CAPITOL RECAP: Illinois is first state to ban deceptive police interrogation of minors

CAPITOL RECAP: Illinois is first state to ban deceptive police interrogation of minors

By Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – On Thursday, July 15, Gov. JB Pritzker signed a bill banning deceptive police interrogation of minors. The measure, Senate Bill 2122, was unanimously approved…

Pritzker signs ban on deceptive interrogation of minors, other criminal justice reforms

Pritzker signs ban on deceptive interrogation of minors, other criminal justice reforms

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Terrill Swift spent 15 years in prison, convicted of a rape and murder which DNA evidence later proved he did not…

Illinois Supreme Court to ‘triage’ eviction cases

Illinois Supreme Court to ‘triage’ eviction cases

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – With the state-imposed moratorium on residential evictions set to expire Aug. 1, the Illinois Supreme Court announced a plan Thursday that…

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