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Palos Park Public Works Commissioner Nicole Milovich-Walters explains reasons for a water rate hike in the village. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Palos Park officials defend water rate hike

By Jeff Vorva  The price of water in Palos Park is going up and officials are bracing for some complaints. The Palos Park Village Council voted unanimously on Sept. 13 to approve an ordinance to increase water rates to $12.82 per 1,000 gallons of water supplied by the village, up from $12.76. The new rate…

An Orland firefighter checks out an apartment Thursday afternoon in the 9300 block of Hunter Drive. (Photo courtesy of Orland Fire District)

Fire in Orland Hills smokes out apartment building

The Orland Fire Protection District responded to a fire Thursday afternoon in an apartment building in the 9300 block of Hunter Drive in Orland Hills that spread to two apartments and caused smoke damage throughout the three-story, 12-unit apartment building. No one was injured. The cause of the fire is under investigation. A fire alarm…

Hugo Ciszek, 3, of Palos Hills, was astonished to see Monarch butterflies so up close during Lake Katherine's Monarch Celebration this past weekend at the nature center, 7402 Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights.

Lake Katherine monarch celebration returns

By Kelly White  Celebrating the start of the fall season with hundreds of monarch butterflies taking flight was Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanical Garden. After taking last year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lake Katherine, 7402 Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, held its 28th annual Monarch Butterfly Festival, renamed this year as a…

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Comings & Goings: Raising Cane’s opens in Orland Park 

By Bob Bong Raising Cane’s chicken restaurant opened the doors to its Orland Park location on Tuesday and it was an immediate hit. The restaurant was the first to open at 15011 S. LaGrange Road. It’s one of the restaurants going up on the former site of Toys R Us. It will feature indoor dining…

An overview of Saturday’s parade in Palos Park minutes before it started. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Palos Park’s Autumn in the Park caps a year all its events returned

By Jeff Vorva   Thousands came to Palos Park’s Autumn in the Park events last weekend after missing a year due to COVID-19 concerns. For the village, it meant a return to several spring and summer outdoor events it sponsored in 2021 that had to be waxed in 2020 including Chili in the Park and a…

– Palos Heights Alderman Jeffrey Key updates the council on the fireworks situation for next year. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Palos Heights locks in fireworks show for 2022

By Jeff Vorva On the final day of summer, the City of Palos Heights made arrangements for the fireworks show for next year’s Independence Day celebration. The city council voted unanimously to hire Central States Fireworks for the July 3 show at a cost of $18,000 for a 30-minute show. This year, the city increased…

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Harlem to be resurfaced from 62nd to 111th streets starting Sept. 27

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that a resurfacing of Harlem Avenue (Illinois 43), from 62nd Street, in Chicago and Summit, to 111th Street, in Worth, passing through Bedford Park, Bridgeview, Burbank, Chicago Ridge and Palos Hills, will require daytime and occasional overnight lane closures beginning, weather permitting, Monday, Sept. 27. The $5 million project,…

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Palos Park Police warn motorists it’s deer mating season

Palos Park Police are advising motorists to slow down after sundown and before sunrise to reduce their risk of having a close encounter with a deer. Deer collisions are an annual occurrence that will continue through Thanksgiving week. Deer aren’t paying close attention to what’s going on around them during the fall breeding season, commonly…

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Palos South Middle School to host vaccine clinics

The Illinois Department of Public Health will host two vaccine clinics in September and October at Palos South Middle School, 13100 S. 82nd Avenue in Palos Park. Both clinics are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on two Saturdays, September 25 and October 16. First and second dose appointments for both…

Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau pets the village’s new therapy dog, Leo, as officer Rich Miller looks on. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Orland Park officials have plenty to bark about with new comfort dog

By Jeff Vorva Well, someone was able to bark at the mayor without a gavel slamming down. Village of Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau and the board of trustees were introduced to the police department’s newest employee, a black Labrador comfort dog named Leo. Leo made the rounds and had his police badge pinned on…

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Master illusionist, Vitaly, to perform at Moraine Valley

The master illusionist and worldwide performer, Vitaly, will bring his entertaining show, “An Evening of Wonders,” to town on Saturday, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m., in the Dorothy Menker Theater at Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway in Palos Hills. Vitaly has mystified people around the world, including the famous magician duo of Penn…

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Hurley to host second annual art contest 

To promote creativity and artistic ideas, state Rep. Fran Hurley (D-Chicago) is hosting her second annual art contest for seventh- and eighth-grade students in the 35th District. “To honor and celebrate our first responders, I am hosting a first responder themed art contest for seventh- and eighth-graders in the district to show off their artistic…

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IDES to resume in-person service at Burbank office

The Illinois Department of Employment Security will begin to restore its in-person workforce and limited unemployment services at the American Job Center in Burbank, state Sen. Steve Landek (D-Bridgeview) announced this week. “The COVID-19 pandemic unfortunately robbed many people of in-person unemployment insurance service when they needed it most,” Landek said. “I am thrilled to…

Richards senior running back Jadon Wilson — seen here in Week 3 against Argo, a game in which he ran for three touchdowns — ran for 116 yards and four scores in the Bulldogs' 42-21 win over Shepard on Sept. 17. Photo by Jason Maholy

Southwest Football Roundup: Richards rolls, EP’s shutout streak ends, Chi. Christian forfeits

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent When Shepard beat Richards 42-8 in the spring season, it was the first time the Astros had beaten the Bulldogs since 1993. “That left a bad taste in our mouths,” Richards coach Tony Sheehan said. “We wanted to get rid of that taste.” Thanks in part to 116 yards rushing and…

Marist quarterback Dontrell Jackson, Jr., chased by Mount Carmel’s Charlie Fordon, had some big runs in the first half of a . Photo by Steve Metsch

High School Football: Big third quarter lifts Mount Carmel over Marist

By Steve Metsch Correspondent After waiting through a 90-minute lightning delay for the second half to begin, Mount Carmel wasted no time getting back to full speed. The Caravan scored three touchdowns in the third quarter and topped Marist, 28-16, on Sept. 17 in Mount Greenwood. The RedHawks, which led 10-7 after senior Conor Cooke’s…

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CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker signs new legislative maps

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker signs new legislative maps

By Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Despite opposition from Republicans as well as reform groups, Gov. JB Pritzker on Friday signed into law the revised state legislative district maps that lawmakers passed in August, opening the door to almost certain court challenges. “These legislative maps align with the landmark Voting Rights Act and will help…

Pritzker signs revised state legislative maps

Pritzker signs revised state legislative maps

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Despite opposition from Republicans as well as reform groups, Gov. JB Pritzker on Friday signed into law the revised state legislative district maps that lawmakers passed in August, opening the door to almost certain court challenges. “These legislative maps align with the landmark Voting Rights Act…

Illinois to invest over $40 million in workforce training

Illinois to invest over $40 million in workforce training

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker announced Thursday that the state will award more than $40 million in workforce training grants, focusing on communities hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and youth who are particularly at risk of violence. That includes $40 million in Workforce Recovery Grants that will…

CAPITOL RECAP: Eviction moratorium to end Oct. 3

CAPITOL RECAP: Eviction moratorium to end Oct. 3

By Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – The state’s moratorium on enforcement of residential evictions will expire on Oct. 3, according to Gov. JB Pritzker’s latest COVID-19 executive order issued Friday. Pritzker had extended the order each month with minor to substantial revisions since March 2020. The extensions have come in 30-day windows, coinciding with his…

Supreme Court to consider whether former Super Bowl MVP has right to know accuser’s identity

Supreme Court to consider whether former Super Bowl MVP has right to know accuser’s identity

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A case before the Illinois Supreme Court centers on whether a former Super Bowl MVP has a right to learn the identity of a woman who accused him of sexual harassment, allegedly leading to the termination of contracts between his energy services company and a subsidiary…

Southern Illinois town pins hopes on river port development

Southern Illinois town pins hopes on river port development

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] CAIRO – Anyone who has driven America’s Interstate highway system is familiar with those standard blue signs near major exits indicating the services available ahead – fuel, food and lodging. Driving south on Interstate 57 in Illinois, approaching the city of Cairo at the state’s southernmost tip, most…

Supreme Court eviction order extended to coincide with governor’s moratorium

Supreme Court eviction order extended to coincide with governor’s moratorium

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court on Tuesday extended its order limiting judgements in certain eviction cases to Oct. 3, putting it in line with the governor’s latest executive order. The only thing changed in the Supreme Court order was the date it is set to expire, from…

Illinois’ eviction moratorium set to expire Oct. 3

Illinois’ eviction moratorium set to expire Oct. 3

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The state’s moratorium on enforcement of residential evictions will expire on Oct. 3, according to Gov. JB Pritzker’s latest COVID-19 executive order issued Friday. Pritzker had extended the order each month with minor to substantial revisions since March 2020. The extensions have come in 30-day windows,…

California law, U.S. Constitution at center of FOID case before Illinois Supreme Court

California law, U.S. Constitution at center of FOID case before Illinois Supreme Court

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court is being asked to consider the laws of the state of California and the U.S. Constitution in ruling on one man’s eligibility to be issued a Firearm Owners Identification card by the Illinois State Police. The high court heard oral arguments Thursday…

CAPITOL RECAP: Energy bill signed into law

CAPITOL RECAP: Energy bill signed into law

By Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker on Wednesday, Sept. 15, signed into law a sweeping energy regulation overhaul that aims to phase out carbon emissions from the energy sector by 2045 while diversifying the renewable energy workforce. The governor mentioned Hurricane Ida’s destruction to the South and fires at the Boundary Waters…

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