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Rush hails move to protect black farmers

Wants Ag Dept. transparency  From staff reports Legislation designed to “lift the veil of secrecy regarding the race and gender of farm subsidy recipients and help ensure an end to decades…

Gianna Richy is ready to get mobbed by her teammates for a second time as the cracked two home runs to help her team earn a state semifinal berth. Photo by Jeff Vorva

High School Softball: ‘Princess’ helps bring Marist one step closer to crown

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Marist senior Abby Dunning was a beast on the mound Monday. Wait a minute. Scratch that. The softball star doesn’t like being referred to in that…

Chicago Red Stars’ defender Tierna Davidson helped the United States to a pair of shutout victories. Photo by Jeff Vorva

From break to busy, Red Stars to play three games in eight days

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent After two weeks away from competition, the Chicago Red Stars begin a three-game-in-eight-days stretch this weekend. The NWSL took time off because many of their players…

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High School Boys Volleyball: Brother Rice and St. Rita reach Sweet 16

    By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The four boys volleyball teams that battled it out on Saturday in the St. Rita Sectional all had major triumphs two days prior. All…

Marist’s boys track team won its first sectional since 1982. Photo courtesy of Marist High School

High School Track: Lyons’ Dickman medals at state; Marist boys enjoy big week

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Postseason track was hot and heavy in the Southwest Regional News area as girls completed the state competition and the boys were battling it out at…

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High School Softball: Ellie Giles’ gem lifts St. Ignatius over St. Laurence for sectional title

By Steve Millar Correspondent St. Laurence junior Abbey Pochie knew it was going to be a showdown of Division I-bound pitchers and that she would have to be on top…

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High School Boys Volleyball: Marist on the cusp of another trip to state

By Randy Whalen Correspondent Marist is one win away from another trip to the state tournament and the chance at a second consecutive title. But they will first have to…

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Oak Lawn’s 95th Street crossing closing June 16 

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that repairs to the Metra SouthWest Service Line crossing on 95th Street, east of 52nd Avenue, in Oak Lawn, will require a full closure, weather permitting,…

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Oak Lawn moves Independence Day parade to July 3 

The Village of Oak Lawn announced Tuesday it will move this year’s annual Fourth of July parade to Saturday, July 3, at 4 p.m. In addition to the change in…

Aurelio's Pizza brought along some cheer and comfort to children undergoing treatment and frontline essential workers at Advocate Children’s Hospital, 4400 95th St, Oak Lawn, by donating 500 personal-sized pizzas on a mobile pizza truck, along with custom-made cookies, to the hospital on National Pizza Party Day on Friday, May 21.

Aurelio’s holds pizza party for children and staff at Advocate Children’s Hospital

By Kelly White Every year on the third Friday in May, pizza lovers across the nation share their love of pizza on National Pizza Party Day. Celebrated this year on…

Palos Park Mayor John Mahoney makes a point protesting Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s idea of cutting funds for local budgets. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Pekau, Mahoney say state should leave local tax fund alone

By Jeff Vorva Two area mayors are speaking out against the state trying to take a bigger bite out of local government’s funding. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has proposed cuts to…

Orland Park Trustee Cynthia Nelson Katsenes talks with veteran Timothy Childers during Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony at the village. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Orland Park honors 55 during Memorial Day ceremony

By Jeff Vorva Every one of the 55 veterans who had their names engraved on the walls of the Ara Pace Memorial have a story to tell. Timothy Childers’ story…

Construction, such as this project taking place at 123rd Street and 73rd Avenue, will be prevalent through October, Palos Heights Alderman Jack Clifford said. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Oh boy, Palos Heights construction will make for a ‘summer of joy’

By Jeff Vorva Palos Heights’ Ald. Jack Clifford (2nd) could not have been more sarcastic when he called this the “summer of joy” after the June 1 city council meeting.…

Some of the fans attending the first Veterans’ Tuesday in the Park event listen to Peter Militec belt out Billy Joel’s ‘Piano Man’ on June 1. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Veterans event gets rolling in Orland Park

By Jeff Vorva The first Veterans’ Tuesday in the Park event at Orland Park’s Civic Center got rolling on June 1 and there was a sparse crowd at the beginning…

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Cook County Assessor’s Office re-opens for in-person appointments

 Online services are also available for property owners From staff reports The Cook County Assessor’s Office has announced the resumption of in-person visits by the public to its downtown and branch…

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FOID bill strengthening enforcement for revoked cards will head to Pritzker

FOID bill strengthening enforcement for revoked cards will head to Pritzker

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois house on Wednesday passed a Firearm Owner Identification card law change that would strengthen law enforcement’s ability to retrieve guns…

House OKs remote voting on bills to pass budget amendment

House OKs remote voting on bills to pass budget amendment

By SARAH MANSUR Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House changed its rules Wednesday to allow lawmakers to cast votes on legislation remotely, giving them enough votes to pass…

‘Juneteenth’ becomes official state holiday

‘Juneteenth’ becomes official state holiday

‘Juneteenth’ becomes official state holiday Day marks anniversary of last enslaved Americans learning of freedom By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The day that marks the anniversary of…

CAPITOL RECAP: No energy deal yet, but lawmakers say one could come 'this summer'

CAPITOL RECAP: No energy deal yet, but lawmakers say one could come ‘this summer’

By Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate adjourned Tuesday without calling a comprehensive energy regulatory reform package for a vote. After adjournment, Senate President Don Harmon, D-Oak Park,…

Pritzker issues amendatory veto on budget due to drafting errors, Senate accepts

Pritzker issues amendatory veto on budget due to drafting errors, Senate accepts

By SARAH MANSUR Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — The state Senate on Tuesday approved a change to next year’s budget at the request of Gov. JB Pritzker to correct drafting…

Senate adjourns with no energy deal, but Harmon ‘confident’ one is still near

Senate adjourns with no energy deal, but Harmon ‘confident’ one is still near

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate adjourned Tuesday without calling a comprehensive energy regulatory reform package for a vote. After adjournment, Senate President Don Harmon,…

Energy bill still not filed less than 24 hours before planned vote

Energy bill still not filed less than 24 hours before planned vote

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate is scheduled to return to the Capitol Tuesday to consider an energy regulatory overhaul bill that is years in…

Six Flags agrees to $36 million settlement over alleged BIPA violations

Six Flags agrees to $36 million settlement over alleged BIPA violations

By SARAH MANSUR Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — Six Flags Great America has agreed to a $36 million settlement to end a class-action lawsuit over the amusement park’s use…

Energy working group negotiations to continue through weekend as new bill surfaces

Energy working group negotiations to continue through weekend as new bill surfaces

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The latest draft of an energy regulatory overhaul bill that has been in negotiations for months was unveiled late Thursday ahead of…

Latino group sues to block new Illinois maps

Latino group sues to block new Illinois maps

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A second lawsuit has been filed in federal court in Illinois seeking to block the use of a redistricting plan that Democrats…