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Wanted: ‘Nuns’ on the run from Heights bank robbery

by Kevin Olsen staff reporter More than a week after a Palos Heights TCF Bank branch was robbed by a couple costumed as nuns, police continue to follow leads, but no arrests have been made. Palos Heights Deputy Chief Dave Delaney said police are working with the FBI to follow up on leads, but that…

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Home break-in attempt reported to Heights police

Palos Heights police are looking for a person that attempted to enter a home in the 7400 block of West 125th Street at 11 p.m. June 5, police said. The intruder lifted a screen and attempted to open a bedroom window while residents were home, according to police. One resident heard the noise and threw…

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Man charged with DUI and possession of cocaine

Orland Park police arrested Aaron K. Dwyer, 24, of Evergreen Park, at 5:31 a.m. May 21 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and felony possession of a controlled substance. He was seen pulling up his pants while exiting his vehicle in a parking lot on Orland Square drive and “appeared…

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Cops on Top boosts Special Olympics

Palos Heights police officers and cadets were out at Dunkin’ Donuts on May 20 for the annual Cop on Top fundraiser to benefit the Illinois Special Olympics. More than $3,600 was raised as officers were on the roof and in the drive-thru collecting donations from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event has been growing…

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New Orland Fire majority makes changes

by Kevin Olsen staff reporter The new Orland Fire Protection District Board of Trustees is quickly making attempts at curbing spending and increasing transparency after taking action on a number of items at its meeting last week. The board voted 3-2 to postpone the hiring of 11 firefighters at its meeting Wednesday last week. Newly…

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Pair charged with painting graffiti on wall in Orland

Orland Park police arrested William J. Connelly, 20, and Michael J. McConville, 19, both of Orland Park, at 10 p.m. May 18 and charged them with felony criminal defacement after they allegedly spray painted gang graffiti on the retaining wall at Southwest Highway and Highwood Drive, police said. The graffiti was found by police at…

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Woman ticketed after crashes on Ridgeland Ave. at Westgate Valley Drive

Palos Heights police cited Gretchen Herbold, 28, of Tinley Park, with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle at 10:43 p.m. May 24 after she allegedly lost control of her vehicle and hit several public utilities in the area of Westgate Valley Drive and Ridgeland Avenue, police…

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Woman charged with DUI

Palos Heights police arrested Krystal L. Cieslak, 28, at 3:38 a.m. May 21 and charged her with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and speeding after she was stopped for driving 75 mph in a 35 mph zone in the 11900 block of South Harlem Avenue, police said. Her court date is June 27…

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Woman charged with DUI after crash

Orland Park police arrested Sara A. Murray, 33, of Oak Forest, at 4:58 a.m. April 30 and charged her with driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs, driving in wrong lane, driving with a suspended license and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. She allegedly crashed into two parked cars in the Nissan…

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Palos Park police step up enforcement this holiday weekend

The Palos Park Police Department will be out in full force during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, which for them begins this Friday morning and ends midnight, May 31. Chief Joe Miller said, “The Palos Park Police Department employs all available resources to enforce Illinois traffic laws and to remind drivers to slow down and…

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Accused drunken driver charged with open alcohol

Orland Park police arrested Jose L. Moto-Munez, 28, of Orland Park, at 1:51 a.m. May 1 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, felony possession of a controlled substance and illegal transportation of alcohol after police received a call about a driver all over the road in the 9500 block of…

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Driver charged with DUI after allegedly impeding traffic

Palos Heights police arrested Boguslaw A. Laba, 37, of Bur-bank, at 8:52 p.m. May 14 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, transportation of open alcohol and minimum speed regulation after he was stopped for stopping in the middle of the road and impeding traffic in the 6600 block of College…

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Driver allegedly in wrong lane arrested

Palos Heights police arrested Jennifer Easthope, 40, of Oak Forest, at 3 p.m. May 7 and charged her with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, open alcohol in vehicle and driving in wrong lane of traffic after she was stopped for driving the wrong way in the 7100 block of West 127th Street, police…

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Heights cops man seat-belt enforcement zones thru May

Palos Heights police will conduct both increased nighttime patrols and seat-belt enforcement zones to identify individuals who fail to wear their seat-belts. The enforcement campaign will run throughout the month of May. It is the goal of Palos Heights police to ensure the safety of all citizens in or traveling through the community. Police remind…

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Man charged with assault after allegedly striking trees

Orland Park police arrested Nicholas J. Piwowarski, 24, of Orland Park, at 3:34 a.m. April 23 and charged him with three counts of failure to give information after striking property, assault, no proof of insurance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was allegedly swearing at employees at a restaurant in the 14800 block of La…

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Illinois Supreme Court denies former lawmakers’ claim for back pay

Illinois Supreme Court denies former lawmakers’ claim for back pay

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a lawsuit filed by two former state legislators who sued for back pay they believed they were due for raises that they voted against while in office. Former Sen. Michael Noland, D-Elgin, and former Sen. James Clayborne, D-Belleville, argued…

Illinois takes Equal Rights Amendment to appeals court

Illinois takes Equal Rights Amendment to appeals court

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Attorneys for the state of Illinois joined their colleagues in Nevada and Virginia Wednesday in asking a federal appellate court to declare that the Equal Rights Amendment has been legally ratified as the 28th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. “I have a daughter who intends to…

CAPITOL RECAP: State announces further unemployment debt repayment

CAPITOL RECAP: State announces further unemployment debt repayment

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker announced a plan Tuesday, Sept. 27, to reduce a $1.8 billion Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund deficit by $450 million through an infusion of unemployment-related revenues. The trust fund is the pool of money paid into by employers to provide a social safety net for unemployed individuals. The employer’s insurance premiums…

State to reduce $1.8 billion federal unemployment debt by $450 million

State to reduce $1.8 billion federal unemployment debt by $450 million

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker announced a plan Tuesday to reduce a $1.8 billion Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund deficit by $450 million through an infusion of unemployment-related revenues. The trust fund is the pool of money paid into by employers to provide a social safety net for unemployed…

Capitol News Illinois to expand operations with $2 million McCormick Foundation grant

Capitol News Illinois to expand operations with $2 million McCormick Foundation grant

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Capitol News Illinois will significantly expand its operations as it enters the fifth year of operations in 2023 because of a significant grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. The McCormick Foundation has announced a three-year, $2 million investment in Capitol News Illinois, a nonprofit news organization that provides…

State Sen. Emil Jones III pleads not guilty in bribery case

State Sen. Emil Jones III pleads not guilty in bribery case

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Emil Jones III pleaded not guilty in federal court Friday to three felony counts stemming from an alleged bribery scheme involving a red light camera company. Jones, 44, is a Chicago Democrat who has served in the Senate since 2009. He is also the…

Pritzker urges two lawmakers to resign

Pritzker urges two lawmakers to resign

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker called on two Democratic state senators Thursday to resign their seats amid allegations of misconduct. Sen. Emil Jones III, D-Chicago, was charged in federal court earlier this week with soliciting a $5,000 bribe from a red light camera company. And Sen. Michael Hastings,…

Pritzker urges two lawmakers to resign

Pritzker urges two lawmakers to resign

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker called on two Democratic state senators Thursday to resign their seats amid allegations of misconduct. Sen. Emil Jones III, D-Chicago, was charged in federal court earlier this week with soliciting a $5,000 bribe from a red light camera company. And Sen. Michael Hastings,…

Illinois Supreme Court denies former lawmakers’ claim for back pay

Illinois Supreme Court denies former lawmakers’ claim for back pay

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a lawsuit filed by two former state legislators who sued for back pay they believed they were due for raises that they voted against while in office. Former Sen. Michael Noland, D-Elgin, and former Sen. James Clayborne, D-Belleville, argued…

CAPITOL RECAP: Another Democratic senator charged in bribery scheme

CAPITOL RECAP: Another Democratic senator charged in bribery scheme

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Emil Jones III has been charged in federal court with three criminal counts tied to his dealings with a red light camera company. Jones, a Chicago Democrat, is the son of former Senate President Emil Jones Jr. The younger Jones has served in the Senate since 2009…

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