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Area residents charged in alleged counterfeit clothing ring

An Orland Park man is among nine people charged by Cook County Sheriff’s Police in connection with an alleged counterfeit clothing and apparel ring. Ali Shaheen, 27, and Said Aljuba, 30, both of Chicago Ridge, have been charged withthree and two counts, respectively, of felony counterfeiting, according to the sheriff’s police. Both men are scheduled…

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Heights teen accused of burglary of GPS from auto

Palos Heights police arrested Eric J. Bauer, 18, of Palos Heights, at 11:42 p.m. April 9 and charged him with felony burglary to motor vehicle after he was found in possession of a stolen GPS unit in the 12100 block of South Flambeau Drive, police said. He had a bond hearing April 11. In other…

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Orland man, 18, charged with felony burglary of autos

Orland Park police arrested John J. Krause, 18, of Orland Park, at 11:11 p.m. March 28 and charged him with two counts of felony burglary after he was reportedly seen by witnesses pulling on car door handles and entering vehicles in the 11800 block of Boyne Court, police said. An officer saw Krause get out…

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Passenger allegedly calls police to distract them from DUI arrest

by Kevin Olsen staff reporter A Tinley Park man was charged with felony disorderly conduct for making a false police report in an alleged attempt to lure Orland Park police officers away from a DUI stop in which he was a passenger in the vehicle, police said. Stephen J. Fratto, 24, was arrested at 3:05…

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Crisis Center sponsors crime victims’ series

The Crisis Center for South Suburbia has made the following events available to the public in an effort to increase awareness of available resources to victims of crime and their families. Monday, April 11, 10 a.m., press conference/kick-off, Tinley Park Village Hall, Kallsen Center. Tuesday, April 12, 7 p.m., FBI’s Victim Assistance Program, Tinley Park…

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Woman charged with DUI

Palos Heights police arrested Yesenia Barraza, 24, of Cicero, at 2 a.m. April 2 and charged her with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, disobeying a traffic control signal and driving without lights when required after she was stopped in the 7100 block of West 127th Street for running a red light without her…

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Man charged with stalking

by Kevin Olsen staff reporter A Park Forest man was charged with stalking last month after he tried to lure two girls into his vehicle near an Orland Park elementary school, police said. Jim Shaver, 56, was arrested on March 21 for an incident on March 16 around 4 p.m. when he stopped two girls…

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Driver charged with heroin

Orland Park police arrested Stephen J. Tuminello, 29, of Orland Park, at 8:07 p.m. Feb. 26 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs, possession of a controlled substance, improper stopping on roadway and no insurance. Police found his car in the Countryside Bank parking lot, 16250 La Grange Road after a…

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Teen charged with cannabis

Palos Park police arrested Frank J. Ritacco Jr., 17, of Alsip, at 7:12 a.m. March 19 and charged him with possession of cannabis and driver’s view obstructed after he was stopped for having several objects hanging from his mirror at 131st Street and La Grange Road, police said. A passenger in the vehicle, Ahmad F.…

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Orland Dist. 135 candidates air views at forum

by Melody Gordon Regional correspondent Orland Park School District 135 held a candidates forum to give the district’s residents, parents of students and school staff a chance to meet the candidates who are running for school board vacancies. The forum, moderated by the League of Women Voters of the Palos-Orland Area, gave audience members the…

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Accused drunken driver charged with paraphernalia

Palos Heights police arrested Ahmed S. Aziz, 38, of Oak Park, at 5:18 a.m. March 27 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, speeding, no proof of valid insurance and possession of drug paraphernalia after he was stopped for speeding in the 12600 block of South Harlem Avenue, police said. His…

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Man charged with drunken driving after vehicle found in ditch

Orland Park police arrested Jeffrey J. Dziwulski, 28, of Orland Park, at 3 a.m. Feb. 26 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, driving too fast for conditions and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident after his vehicle was found in a ditch in the 9700 block of 151st…

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Woman charged with DUI

Palos Heights police arrested Jessica Lynn Moss, 22, of Palos Heights, at 3:56 a.m. March 18 and charged her with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, improper lane usage and expired registration after she was stopped for a lane violation in the 6400 block of West 127th Street, police said. Her court date is…

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Heights woman charged with felony theft from her employer

Bond has been set at $200,000 for a Palos Heights woman who is charged with stealing funds from a women’s health care facility where she was employed as a bookkeeper, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez. Elizabeth Dillon, 55, of Palos Heights, has been charged with felony theft and identity…

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Woman charged after crash

Palos Park police arrested Soteria Gonos, 20, of Orland Park, at 10:56 a.m. March 1 and charged her with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, driving with a suspended license and no valid insurance after she was involved in a three-vehicle accident in the 11900 block of Southwest Highway, police said. She was…

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State lays out $34.6B multi-year spending plan for roads, bridges, ports, airports, rail and transit

State lays out $34.6B multi-year spending plan for roads, bridges, ports, airports, rail and transit

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation on Friday laid out a $34.6 billion six-year spending plan for road, bridge, transit, rail, airport and port upkeep. It’s the latest multi-year plan backed by the state’s 2019 Rebuild Illinois bipartisan infrastructure law, which doubled the state’s motor fuel tax…

2022 Illinois State Fair officially opens

2022 Illinois State Fair officially opens

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The 2022 Illinois State Fair officially got underway Thursday when Gov. JB Pritzker and Secretary of State Jesse White cut the ceremonial ribbon in front of the main entrance to the fairgrounds. “As many of you know, the Illinois State Fair, one of my favorite events…

CAPITOL RECAP: State Fair begins in Springfield

CAPITOL RECAP: State Fair begins in Springfield

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker and Illinois State Fair organizers unveiled the 101st State Fair butter cow Wednesday, an unofficial kickoff of the fair which began Thursday, Aug. 11, and runs through Aug. 21. The sculpture – by Iowan Sarah Pratt – consists of more than 800 pounds of recycled butter…

‘Grow with Us’ State Fair, butter cow theme a nod to agriculture, infrastructure

‘Grow with Us’ State Fair, butter cow theme a nod to agriculture, infrastructure

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker and Illinois State Fair organizers unveiled the 101st State Fair butter cow Wednesday, an unofficial kickoff of the fair which begins Thursday and runs through Aug. 21. The sculpture – by Iowan Sarah Pratt – consists of more than 800 pounds of recycled…

Pritzker eying Indiana firms after abortion law signed

Pritzker eying Indiana firms after abortion law signed

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker said this week that he is actively reaching out to businesses in Indiana and other states that have recently passed restrictive abortion laws in hopes of luring those companies to Illinois. “Well, already I’ve reached out to companies that are affected in…

Regulatory work behind 1 million EV push in full swing in Illinois

Regulatory work behind 1 million EV push in full swing in Illinois

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Ten months after Illinois lawmakers passed the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act which set a goal of putting 1 million electric vehicles on state roads by the end of the decade, state agencies are engaged in a flurry of regulatory planning aimed at meeting those goals.…

10-day sales tax reduction on clothing, school supplies begins Friday

10-day sales tax reduction on clothing, school supplies begins Friday

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Beginning Friday and lasting through Aug. 14, the state will reduce its sales tax rate from 6.25 percent to 1.25 percent for certain clothing items costing less than $125 and school supplies. The “tax holiday” was included in Gov. JB Pritzker’s “family relief plan,” one prong…

Pritzker highlights Rebuild Illinois funding for Cahokia Heights sewers, Rend Lake Resort

Pritzker highlights Rebuild Illinois funding for Cahokia Heights sewers, Rend Lake Resort

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinoi [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – When state lawmakers voted on bipartisan lines in 2019 to double Illinois’ motor fuel tax and raise several driving-related fees, it laid the groundwork for a $45 billion infrastructure plan, the largest in Illinois’ history and the first in nearly a decade. The plan, spanning six…

CAPITOL RECAP: Democrats choose Hernandez as new party chair

CAPITOL RECAP: Democrats choose Hernandez as new party chair

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – The vote for state Rep. Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez as the Democratic Party of Illinois’ first Latino chairwoman was unanimous and uneventful Saturday morning – the drama had occurred in the days prior in a power struggle of some of the state’s most prominent Democrats. Hernandez was backed Gov. JB…

Pritzker: Monkeypox disaster declaration will aid in vaccine distribution

Pritzker: Monkeypox disaster declaration will aid in vaccine distribution

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker issued a public health emergency declaration and declared Illinois a disaster area in response to the monkeypox virus Monday, a move his office said would help mobilize resources. The governor’s office said the proclamation will aid in moving vaccines to the most impacted…

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