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Heights police probe leads to Rx forgery prison term

by Kevin Olsen staff reporter A 68-year-old Worth man was sentenced to 3½  years in prison last Thursday after he was convicted of fraudulently obtaining prescription drugs throughout the area earlier this year. James Valentine was arrested on June 16 following an investigation by Palos Heights police. After he was taken into custody, it was…

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Driver charged with DUI

Orland Park police arrested Erik M. Andersen, 34, of Orland Park, at 12:10 a.m. Oct. 4 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, speeding and driving without lights when required after he was stopped at 82nd Avenue and Wheeler Drive, police said. He was allegedly speeding before slamming on his brakes…

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Accused drunken driver charged

Palos Heights police arrested Jesus C. Lopez, 36, of Aurora, at 5:28 a.m. Oct. 17 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, no valid driver’s license, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle and improper lane usage after he was stopped in the 13900 block of South Harlem Avenue, police said. His…

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Palos Park now accepts credit card fee payments

by Kevin Olsen staff reporter Palos Park residents need no more than a credit card to make payments for most village fees after credit card machines were installed at Village Hall and the Police Department this week. Village Administrator Rick Boehm said training of village staff is completed and the machines were installed on Wednesday.…

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Palos Park police begin traffic enforcement crackdown

Palos Park Police Department announced its late-night plans for Labor Day, focusing on the deadliest time of day for motor vehicle fatalities. The intensified enforcement effort against the overwhelming number of late-night impaired drivers and safety belt violators underscores the disproportionate number of traffic deaths occurring during late-night hours. According to data from the Illinois…

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Two charged with burglary of home in Orland Park

by Jesse Marx staff reporter Orland Park police arrested two men and one juvenile in connection with a residential burglary last week. Moatz A. Jaber, 17, of Orland Park, and Donyae D. Mason, 17, of Orland Hills, were arrested around 7 p.m. last Thursday and charged with felony residential burglary. Police reportedly responded to a…

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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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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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