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Orland Park police plan events for the community

The Or land Park Police Department will host a number of community events during the summer months. “We look forward to our summer events because it lets our officers meet with residents in a comfortable, relaxed setting,” said Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy. Remaining events for the 2010 summer season include Trailers In The…

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Orland Park sues parents of park vandalism suspects

by Jesse Marx staff reporter Orland Park village officials have filed lawsuits against the parents of three of the five minors who were charged with torching park equipment and a portable toilet, on Aug. 9, 2008, at Grasslands Park, 171st Street and Steeplechase Parkway. Police said the vandals used an accelerant to set ablaze the…

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Palos Fire Dist. urges Palos Park require sprinklers in new homes

by Kevin Olsen staff reporter The Palos Park Village Council will decide in the coming months if it will adopt a new life-safety code that will require new construction of single- and two-family residences to have an interior sprinkler system. Palos Fire Protection District Chief Steve Carr on Jan. 11 outlined to the council the…

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Palos Park man, 21, dies after overturning his SUV

by Kevin Olsen staff reporter A 21-year-old Palos Park man died after his vehicle crashed in Blue Island early on Sunday. Andre Reed, who was training to be a medic in the navy, lost control of his vehicle at 12:10 a.m. while traveling westbound on 127th Street near Homan Avenue, said Lisa Gordon, spokesperson for…

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Palos Park COPS group earns Crime Stoppers Award

by Kevin Olsen staff reporter A group of Palos Park volunteers that take time out of their lives to ensure the safety of the village were recognized for their efforts last week. The Citizen on Patrol Service (COPS) won the 2009 Cook County Crime Stoppers Award for their proactive work with crime prevention. COPS will…

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Man charged with trespass at Palos Park residence

Palos Park police arrested Michael K. Magis, 57, of Lisle, at 9:02 p.m. May 2 and charged him with criminal trespass to real property and criminal damage to property after police responded to two calls at separate times to report a man in the vicinity of the 9000 block of West 123rd Street, police said.…

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Masonry planters stolen from home in Palos Park

Palos Park police are investigating the theft of four masonry planters from a residence in the 9100 block of Hillcrest Lane, police said. The 3-foot high planters, estimated to be worth $200 each, were stolen from underneath the back porch of the house between 6 a.m. April 4 and 6 p.m. April 5, according to…

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Auto burglaries string reported in Palos Park

Palos Park police are investigating a string of attempted burglaries from vehicles that occurred during the night of Feb. 21 on Park Lane and in the 12600 block of 100th Avenue, police said. A resident who lives on Park Lane called the police at 6:41 a.m. Feb. 22 to report suspicious footprints in the snow…

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Orland Park man indicted for alleged stabbing in Oak Lawn

by William Jones From The Reporter An Orland Park man was indicted earlier this month on five felony counts of aggravated battery for allegedly stabbing another man during a street fight in December. Bahaeddin A. Hourani, 25, was surrendered by his attorney to Oak Lawn police Jan. 7. Hourani is accused of stabbing a 22-year-old…

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Phone scam fails to fool Palos Park woman; calls cops

Phony “officer” claimed her grandson needed Moneygram Palos Park police are investigating a telephone scam that targeted an elderly Palos Park woman Wednesday afternoon last week. Police said the woman received a phone call at about 1 p.m. from a man who claimed that her grandson was being held by Canadian authorities, just north of…

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Burglaries hit two homes in Palos Park

A townhouse was burglarized last Thursday on Creek Road, Palos Park police said. The homeowner returned home to see the front door had been pried open. Some cash and jewelry were stolen from the house, according to the police report. Police had no estimate of the amount of property loss. In other Palos Park police…

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Palos Park home burglarized

A residence was burglarized between 12 and 12:45 p.m. Sept. 2 in the 10000 block of 125th Street in Palos Park. There were pry marks on the front door, and the back doors were opened, according to the police report. The residents said a gray metal lock box containing coins was stolen as well as…

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Palos Park to introduce speed cameras

by Kevin Olsen staff reporter Red light violations will be soon be caught on camera in Palos Park. At the Palos Park Village Council meeting on Monday, the council passed Commissioner Dan Polk’s motion to approve agreement between RedSpeed Illinois LLC and the village for a traffic law enforcement system after a presentation of the…

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Unlocked cars in Palos Park make easy work of burglary

by Kevin Olsen staff reporter A string of recent burglaries of vehicles in Palos Park may have been preventable by the car owners. Police and Public Safety Commissioner Dan Polk told the Village Council Monday that four vehicles were broken into on the night of July 18, but that all four vehicles were reportedly unlocked.…

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TCF Bank in Palos Heights robbed by two armed men

by Jack Murray editor TCF Bank in Palos Heights was robbed last week for the second time since March 5 in the third bank robbery to take place in Palos Heights this year. Two armed men entered the bank at about 6:35 p.m. on May 6 and ordered employees to fill with cash a bag…

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Oral arguments to begin Tuesday in redistricting cases

Oral arguments to begin Tuesday in redistricting cases

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A three-judge federal court panel in Chicago will begin hearing oral arguments Tuesday in three cases that could determine the makeup of state legislative maps in the Chicago area and Metro East region for the next 10 years. The panel announced during a status hearing Friday…

Millions of dollars of stolen goods recovered in ‘organized retail crime’ bust, AG says

Millions of dollars of stolen goods recovered in ‘organized retail crime’ bust, AG says

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – An unrelated arrest by the Chicago Police Department on Sunday led to a state task force this week seizing millions of dollars’ worth of goods stolen from retailers in what Attorney General Kwame Raoul described as an organized retail crime operation. Raoul announced the raid in…

Cahokia Mounds historic site offers augmented reality tours

Cahokia Mounds historic site offers augmented reality tours

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] There’s a new way to explore an ancient place in Illinois. Visitors of Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site can try experiencing it in “augmented reality,” or AR, to see the Grand Plaza as it appeared 1,000 years ago, the Palisade as it once stood and the exterior and…

CAPITOL RECAP: Governor announces $94 million in airport grants

CAPITOL RECAP: Governor announces $94 million in airport grants

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Nearly 100 airports across Illinois will receive state funding in the coming months for projects ranging from new runways and road relocations to the purchase of mowers and snow removal equipment. The money comes from the $45 billion Rebuild Illinois capital infrastructure plan which passed the General Assembly and…

State to distribute $94 million to 96 airports through Rebuild Illinois plan

State to distribute $94 million to 96 airports through Rebuild Illinois plan

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Nearly 100 airports across Illinois will receive state funding in the coming months for projects ranging from new runways and road relocations to the purchase of mowers and snow removal equipment. The money comes from the $45 billion Rebuild Illinois capital infrastructure plan which passed the…

Hundsdorfer brings investigative experience to Capitol News Illinois reporting team

Hundsdorfer brings investigative experience to Capitol News Illinois reporting team

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Capitol News Illinois on Monday welcomed Beth Hundsdorfer to its full-time reporting staff. Hundsdorfer is a veteran investigative reporter who spent nearly 20 years at the Belleville News-Democrat, 13 of which were spent on the investigative beat. She also covered cops and courts. Her investigative journalism included work on…

Democrats deny racial gerrymandering in legislative maps

Democrats deny racial gerrymandering in legislative maps

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Lawyers for the General Assembly’s Democratic leaders filed documents in federal court Wednesday denying that newly drawn state legislative district maps amount to racial gerrymandering, instead accusing the plaintiffs in the three lawsuits of trying to use race to redraw districts for their own purposes. Wednesday’s…

House Democratic Leader Greg Harris announces retirement plans

House Democratic Leader Greg Harris announces retirement plans

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois House Democratic Leader Greg Harris said Monday he will not seek reelection in 2022 and will step down from the General Assembly after eight terms in office. Harris, 66, of Chicago, is the first openly LGBTQ legislative leader in Illinois history who spent much of…

Niemerg says he wants to ‘speak up’ for downstate Illinois

Niemerg says he wants to ‘speak up’ for downstate Illinois

By ANDREW ADAMS For Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Republican state Rep. Adam Niemerg grew up in a family that cared about politics, so it felt like a natural step for him when he ran his first campaign to get a seat in the House of Representatives in 2020. “There’s a lot of things that…

Niemerg says he wants to ‘speak up’ for downstate Illinois

Niemerg says he wants to ‘speak up’ for downstate Illinois

By ANDREW ADAMS For Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Republican state Rep. Adam Niemerg grew up in a family that cared about politics, so it felt like a natural step for him when he ran his first campaign to get a seat in the House of Representatives in 2020. “There’s a lot of things that…

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