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String of burglaries probed

Cook County Sheriff’s police are investigating a string of daytime residential burglaries in unincorporated Palos Heights, Orland Park and the Equestrian Estates subdivision. Large homes were targeted and the offender cut phone and alarm lines, police said. The houses had forced entry. Police said the offender is a man driving a green SUV. He parked…

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Heights police conduct seat-belt crackdown

Palos Heights police in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Transportation will conduct both increased nighttime patrols and seat-belt enforcement zones to ticket individuals who fail to wear their seat belts from Dec. 17 through Jan. 2. Police also remind everyone that texting while driving is not only illegal but dangerous. It is the goal…

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Man charged with battery in Heights

Palos Heights police arrested Antonio P Fricano, 62, of Tin-ley Park, at 4 p.m. Dec. 1 and charged him with battery. He allegedly punched someone in the abdomen without justification in the 12200 block of South 80th Avenue, police said. His court date is Dec. 30 at the Cook County 5th District Municipal Courthouse in…

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Elderly Park woman dies after struck by minivan

by Kevin Olsen staff reporter Palos Park police are investigating an accident that left an elderly resident dead last Friday at the entrance of the Edelweiss on the Lake subdivision. Mary Infantino, 89, a resident of Edelweiss was struck by a minivan driven by an 80-year-old neighbor last Friday at 4:57 p.m. when she was…

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Heights man found guilty in drunken driving deaths

by Kevin Olsen staff reporter A Palos Heights man was convicted on Monday of four counts of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol in connection with a collision in 2006 that resulted in the death of two other men. Scott A. Rossow, 27, will be sentenced on Jan. 21 by Will County Associate Judge…

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Accused drunken driver also charged with speeding

Palos Heights police arrested Thomas A. Modunkwu, 55, of Bridgeview, at 12:39 a.m. Nov. 29 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, speeding and improper lane usage after he was stopped for driving 55 mph in a 35 mph zone in the 12800 block of South Harlem Avenue, police said. He…

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Woman charged with DUI and speeding

Palos Heights police arrested Myrna E. Gamino, 33, of Chicago, at 3:30 a.m. Nov. 21 and charged her with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and speeding after she was stopped for driving 68 mph in a 35 mph zone in the 12600 block of South Harlem Avenue, police said. Her court date is…

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Palos Heights home burglarized

A house was burglarized in the 200 block of Sawgrass Lane on Nov. 10 between 5 and 8:30 p.m., Palos Heights police said. The exterior telephone lines were cut to circumvent the alarm and entry was made by forcing open a basement door, according to the police report. The inside of the home was ransacked.…

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Heights Fire uses federal grant for life-saving cardiac monitors

by Kevin Olsen staff reporter The Palos Heights Fire Protection District has new equipment that will improve the chance of survival of people in cardiac arrest. The district purchased four new cardiac monitors at the beginning of the month with funds from a federal grant. The total cost was $105,000; the grant money covered 95…

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Woman charged with DUI

Palos Heights police arrested Elizabeth C. Hicks, 50, of Palos Park, at 2 p.m. Nov. 8 and charged her with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and improper lane usage after she was stopped in the 7500 block of West Route 83, police said. Her court date is Dec. 15 at the Cook County…

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Heights police plan seat belt enforcement zones

The Palos Heights Police in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Transportation will be conducting both increased night-time patrols and seat belt enforcement zones to identify individuals who fail to wear their seat belts. The enforcement campaign will run from Nov. 12 through Nov. 28. It is the goal of the Palos Heights Police to…

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Man charged with DUI after one-car crash: police

Palos Heights police arrested Christopher D. Mikrut, 23, of Chicago Ridge, at 9:03 p.m. Oct. 30 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident after he was involved in a one-car accident in the 12600 block of South Ridgeland Avenue, police said. His…

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Driver charged with DUI after crash, Heights police say

Palos Heights police arrested William G. Peterson, 50, of Alsip, at 7:37 p.m. Oct. 20 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident after he was involved in a two-vehicle crash in the 6300 block of West 127th Street, police said. His court…

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Heights police issue crime alert of thefts

For the Public Safety From the Palos Heights Police Department The Palos Heights Police Department wants to remind residents to lock their car doors/ windows and set car alarms. Please be aware, the Palos Heights Police Department has received an increase of thefts from motor vehicles in town. The thefts have been occurring in the…

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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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Longtime lawmaker reflects on time in General Assembly, calls it ‘honor of lifetime’

Longtime lawmaker reflects on time in General Assembly, calls it ‘honor of lifetime’

By GRACE KINNICUTT Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – House Majority Leader Greg Harris, the number two Democrat in the Illinois House of Representatives, never imagined landing the role of state representative – or that he would leave office feeling that he has been successful at it. The first openly LGTBQ leader in Illinois History,…

11th contempt citation filed against DCFS director

11th contempt citation filed against DCFS director

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – On Thursday afternoon, a Cook County judge found Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Director Marc Smith in contempt of court for the 11th time for violating court orders to move children to proper placements. The 11-year-old girl at the center of the case has…

Criminal case against senior staff at state-run hospital dismissed

Criminal case against senior staff at state-run hospital dismissed

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The official misconduct case against a Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center senior staff member was dismissed on Thursday. Union County State’s Attorney Tyler Tripp dropped the charges, related to a cover-up of abuse at the state-run facility, against Choate’s quality assurance manager Gary Goins. The…

ANALYSIS: Fuel retailers sue over ‘compelled speech’ at the gas pump

ANALYSIS: Fuel retailers sue over ‘compelled speech’ at the gas pump

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] “As of July 1, 2022, the State of Illinois has suspended the inflation adjustment to the motor fuel tax through December 31, 2022. The price on this pump should reflect the suspension of the tax increase.” Those two sentences may be coming to a gas pump near you…

CAPITOL RECAP: Survey: Illinois undercounted in 2020 census

CAPITOL RECAP: Survey: Illinois undercounted in 2020 census

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – The Census Bureau released new survey data Thursday, May 19, suggesting the population of Illinois may have been undercounted by nearly 2 percent in the 2020 headcount. That was one of the findings of the Census Bureau’s Post-Enumeration Survey, or PES, something the bureau does after each decennial census…

Census Bureau: Illinois may have been undercounted in 2020 census

Census Bureau: Illinois may have been undercounted in 2020 census

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Census Bureau released new survey data Thursday suggesting the population of Illinois may have been undercounted by nearly 2 percent in the 2020 headcount. That was one of the findings of the Census Bureau’s Post-Enumeration Survey, or PES, something the bureau does after each decennial…

Illinois rejoins federal Title X family planning program

Illinois rejoins federal Title X family planning program

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois has resumed participation in the federal Title X family planning program after refusing to take part for the past three years in protest over a Trump administration policy regarding abortion services. Gov. JB Pritzker announced this week that the state has been awarded $5.4 million…

Pritzker signs bill requiring serialization of unfinished ‘ghost guns’

Pritzker signs bill requiring serialization of unfinished ‘ghost guns’

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFILED – Owners of firearms that do not have serial numbers – referred to as ghost guns – will have 180 days to take them to a federal firearm dealer to have them serialized or they will risk being charged with a misdemeanor. Gov. JB Pritzker signed the…

What’s in the SAFE-T Act? A look at the 2021 criminal justice reform and how it has evolved

What’s in the SAFE-T Act? A look at the 2021 criminal justice reform and how it has evolved

By GRACE KINNICUTT Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Amid a campaign season in which every constitutional office and seat in the Illinois General Assembly will be up for vote, rising crime and a landmark criminal justice reform passed in 2021 have become dominant topics for Republicans trying to loosen Democrats’ hold on state government.…

Cost of Statehouse renovation higher than estimated but within state’s budget

Cost of Statehouse renovation higher than estimated but within state’s budget

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The cost of renovating the north wing of the Illinois Statehouse will be more expensive than officials initially estimated. Only one bid came in for the project, which is about to get underway. CORE Construction Services of Illinois Inc. priced the job at $243.5 million, well…

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