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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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Palos Park man dies after crash

by Maura Vizza From The Reporter A 75-year-old Palos Park man died last week from injuries he sustained when he crashed a car into a tree on his birthday, according to Oak Lawn police. Louis Semedalas was pronounced dead at 6:10 a.m. Oct. 13, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The cause of…

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Palos Heights police to heighten traffic patrol

The Palos Heights Police Department in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Transportation will conduct increased police patrols from this Friday, Aug. 18 through Sept. 4. These patrols will focus on all alcohol-related offenses, seat belt and child-restraint enforcement. The goal is

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Palos Park police offer free bicycle helmets

Palos Park police offer free bicycle safety helmets to children of Palos Park. This is the fifth year that the Police Department will provide the free bicycle helmets. Chief Joe Miller said,

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CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker to call special session after Roe v. Wade overturned

CAPITOL RECAP: Pritzker to call special session after Roe v. Wade overturned

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker will call a special session of the General Assembly in the coming weeks to focus on legislation to strengthen women’s access to abortion and other reproductive health services in Illinois. Pritzker made that announcement Friday, just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court released an opinion overturning…

6 Republicans vie to unseat Pritzker

6 Republicans vie to unseat Pritzker

By PETER HANCOCK & JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Republican voters in Illinois will choose from six candidates to challenge incumbent Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker in the upcoming June 28 primary. The field includes a conservative farmer and state lawmakers who is the recent polling frontrunner, the mayor of Illinois’ second largest…

Candidate interview: Alexi Giannoulias looking to reclaim statewide office

Candidate interview: Alexi Giannoulias looking to reclaim statewide office

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] Illinois voters might know Alexi Giannoulias as the state’s treasurer from 2007 to 2011, or they might know him as the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate who lost to Republican Mark Kirk in 2010. He’s now looking to get back into public life as he runs for secretary…

Pritzker to call special session on reproductive rights

Pritzker to call special session on reproductive rights

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker will call a special session of the General Assembly in the coming weeks to focus on legislation to strengthen women’s access to abortion and other reproductive health services in Illinois. Pritzker made that announcement Friday, just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court released…

Candidate interview: Anna Valencia running for secretary of state

Candidate interview: Anna Valencia running for secretary of state

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] This story is part of Capitol News Illinois’ coverage of the race for secretary of state ahead of the Tuesday, June 28 primary. We’re reaching out to the candidates this week to discuss their policy positions and plans for the office should they be elected. Chicago City Clerk…

Republicans see opening in secretary of state race

Republicans see opening in secretary of state race

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – For the first time in nearly a quarter century, there is an open race for the office of Illinois secretary of state as incumbent Democrat Jesse White prepares to retire, and Republicans hope that will give them an opportunity to pick up a statewide elected office.…

Candidate interview: Secretary of state hopeful David Moore

Candidate interview: Secretary of state hopeful David Moore

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] This story is part of Capitol News Illinois’ coverage of the race for secretary of state ahead of the Tuesday, June 28 primary. We’re reaching out to all of the candidates this week to discuss their policy positions and plans for the office should they be elected. Chicago…

Tom Cullerton sentenced to 1 year in prison for embezzlement

Tom Cullerton sentenced to 1 year in prison for embezzlement

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A federal judge in Chicago handed down a one-year prison sentence Tuesday for a former state senator who once chaired the Senate Labor Committee. Tom Cullerton, a Villa Park Democrat, pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of embezzlement for receiving salary and benefits from…

CAPITOL RECAP: State Supreme Court again declines to rule on FOID Act

CAPITOL RECAP: State Supreme Court again declines to rule on FOID Act

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – In a 4-3 decision with a blistering dissent from the Republican minority, the Illinois Supreme Court declined to rule on a question of whether Illinois Firearm Owners Identification Act is unconstitutional. It was the second time the case of the People v. Vivian Brown came before the court and…

State audit finds billions in unemployment fraud

State audit finds billions in unemployment fraud

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A state audit released Thursday found nearly $2 billion in federal money intended to help unemployed Illinoisans during the pandemic was lost to fraudulent claims in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Employment Security blamed “insufficient and flawed federal guidance” and a lack of controls on a…

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