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Driver charged with cannabis

Palos Heights police arrested Jakob W. Buck, 26, of Orland Park, at 3:11 a.m. Jan. 18 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, possession of cannabis, speeding and no insurance after he was stopped in the 12100 block of South Harlem Avenue, police said. His court date is March 4 at…

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Teen charged with reckless driving after injurious crash

Palos Heights police arrested Kyle S. Trokey 17, of Orland Park, at 12:06 a.m. Jan. 9 and charged him with reckless driving, driving without headlights when required and failure to give information and render aid after he was involved in an accident in the 12700 block of South Harlem Avenue, police said. He allegedly lost…

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Intruders rob elderly Heights woman

by Kevin Olsen staff reporter An elderly Palos Heights resident became the latest victim of a ruse home-invasion last week, police said. The 94-year-old woman was robbed of jewelry and cash at 3 p.m. Dec. 31 by three men after one man told her he needed to check the circuit board in the basement of…

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Driver charged with cannabis

Palos Heights police arrested Thomas Murphy, 23, of Alsip, at 1:08 a.m. Dec. 31 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs, possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia, improper lane usage and operation of uninsured motor vehicle. He was stopped in the 13100 block of South Harlem Avenue for crossing the…

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Woman charged with DUI, possession of cannabis

Palos Heights police arrested Caitlin C. Schied, 27, of Oak Forest, at 2:46 a.m. Dec. 27 and charged her with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding after she was stopped at College Drive and Harlem Avenue, police said. She had a small amount of cannabis…

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Safe rides home again offered

Five south suburbs have again joined forces to reduce the number of drunk drivers traveling on New Year’s Eve. The village of Orland Park has offered the Safe Ride Home Program for nearly 20 years, with Palos Heights, Mokena, Tinley Park and New Lenox all coming on board. The program is funded by each of…

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Police/fire pension reform awaits Gov. Quinn’s OK

by Kevin Olsen staff reporter Public safety pension reform is sitting on Gov. Quinn’s desk awaiting his signature after the General Assembly approved changes relating to new hires earlier this month. Reform for police and fire pensions is expected to save billions in the long term for municipalities throughout the state. Public safety pensions are…

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Accused drunken driver allegedly drives wrong way

Palos Heights police arrested Dennis M. Walsh, 25, of Crestwood, at 2:07 a.m. Dec. 18 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and driving in the wrong lane after he was stopped for driving southbound in the 13100 block of Ridgeland Avenue in the far east northbound lane, police said. A…

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Phony grandson scams elderly Heights woman

Caller bilks victim out of $3,000 savings An elderly Palos Heights woman was bilked out of $3,000 this week by a con artist who phoned her claiming to be her grandson arrested in Montreal Canada, police said. Police received the report on Monday from the resident who said she was the victim of a telephone…

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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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GOP rallies at State Fair to ‘Restore Illinois’

GOP rallies at State Fair to ‘Restore Illinois’

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Republicans gathered for their annual day at the State Fair on Thursday to showcase their candidates in the Nov. 8 election, vowing that the party will “restore Illinois.” But as the party faithful celebrated amid the sunshine, barbeque sandwiches, corn dogs and other fair staples,…

‘Democrats deliver’ is party’s rallying cry at State Fair festivities

‘Democrats deliver’ is party’s rallying cry at State Fair festivities

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – In one of the largest annual gatherings of Illinois Democrats on Wednesday, the party had a message for its faithful that attended a pair of Illinois State Fair week events: “Democrats deliver.” This year’s gathering of the Illinois Democratic County Chairs Association had 19 speakers,…

State Police questioned over handling of report on alleged Highland Park shooter

State Police questioned over handling of report on alleged Highland Park shooter

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Officials from the Illinois State Police faced questioning Wednesday from Republican lawmakers who said the agency had authority to reject a gun permit application from a man who later allegedly carried out a mass shooting at a July 4 parade in Highland Park. The alleged gunman,…

Pritzker talks session timeline, highlights infrastructure spending

Pritzker talks session timeline, highlights infrastructure spending

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – In a series of downstate news conferences coinciding with the Illinois State Fair, Gov. JB Pritzker this week gave an update on the possibility of a special session, outlined new state infrastructure investments and announced a new program for some Illinoisans over age 55. While the…

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…

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…

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