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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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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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Driver allegedly asleep behind wheel in dry pond arrested

Palos Heights police arrested Antoine Garrett, 36, of Chicago, at 6:51 a.m. March 12 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol after he was allegedly found asleep at the wheel while his vehicle was stopped in a dry retention pond in the 6400 block of West 127th Street, police said. His…

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Buckle up!

Heights police plan crackdown starting Friday The Palos Heights Police will increase patrols from March 11 through 17 to apprehend impaired drivers and to strictly enforce the use of seat belts and child restraints. The extra patrols are being funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) through a traffic safety grant. “It is our…

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Theft suspects sought

An elderly woman’s wallet was stolen from her purse while shopping at the Palos Park Jewel-Osco on Feb. 24. Shortly after, the two above suspects depicted on security camera video used her Visa credit card at the Palos Heights BP Amoco, Palos Heights Jewel and then the Crestwood Target. Anyone who can identify the suspects…

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Woman charged with DUI

Palos Heights police arrested Brianca J. Waites, 21, of Chicago Ridge, at 4:04 a.m. Feb. 25 and charged her with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and speeding after she was stopped for driving 54 mph in a 35 mph zone in the 11900 block of South Harlem Avenue, police said. A passenger in…

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Bogus Marine Corps vet accused of bilking student

by Kevin Olsen staff reporter A Matteson man posing as a Marine Corps veteran was charged with felony theft in Orland Park last week after deceiving a local college student into giving him $1,000, police said. Daniel J. Robinson, 35, was arrested and charged Wednesday last week after he allegedly solicited funds from a student…

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Accused drunken driver charged

Palos Heights police arrested Matthew R. Marzilli, 21, of Oak Forest, at 11:50 p.m. Feb. 19 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and improper lane usage after he was stopped in the 13600 block of South Harlem Avenue, police said. His court date is April 12 at the Cook County…

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Palos Park resident charged with unlawful possession of firearms

Palos Park police arrested Robert S. Phillips, 49, of Palos Park, at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 5 and charged him with unlawful possession of firearms without valid FOID card after eight firearms and several boxes of ammunition were discovered in his garage in the 8800 block of 120th Place, police said. His wife found an unloaded…

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Driver charged with loaded gun in vehicle’s glove box

Palos Heights police arrested Odeh S. Tadros, 54, of Lemont, at 3:03 a.m. Feb. 13 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, unlawful use of a weapon and speeding after he was stopped in the 7600 block of West College Drive, police said. A loaded handgun was found in the glove…

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Woman charged with DUI

Palos Heights police arrested Jessica M. Bautista, 18, of Chicago, at 3:57 a.m. Jan. 27 and charged her with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, speeding and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle after she was stopped in the 13000 block of South Harlem Avenue, police said. Her court date is Feb. 17 at…

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Driver charged with DUI

Palos Park police arrested Mi-lankumar J. Patel, 25, of Justice, at 11:40 p.m. Jan. 15 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and improper lane usage and he was stopped in the 11100 block of South La Grange Road for crossing the center line and nearly striking other vehicles, police said.…

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Driver charged with DUI

Palos Heights police arrested Saher Z. Salem, 25, of Tinley Park, at 1:34 a.m. Jan. 25 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, transportation of open alcohol and improper lane usage after he was stopped for speeding in the 13000 block of South Harlem Avenue, police said. Open alcohol was found…

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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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Pritzker signs changes to SAFE-T Act’s cash bail provisions

Pritzker signs changes to SAFE-T Act’s cash bail provisions

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker on Tuesday signed a follow-up measure to the SAFE-T Act criminal justice reform, the third such amendment since the law’s initial passage in January 2021. The changes approved by lawmakers last week in the fall veto session center on the law’s provisions which…

State elections board certifies 2022 results

State elections board certifies 2022 results

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Elections certified its election results Monday, putting the final stamp on another Democratic sweep of statewide offices. The board reported that 4,142,642 out of 8,115,751 registered voters cast ballots in the election, a turnout of roughly 51 percent. That’s down from…

Holiday displays – including the Satanic Temple’s – return to Illinois Capitol

Holiday displays – including the Satanic Temple’s – return to Illinois Capitol

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Satanic Temple of Illinois debuted a new display in the Illinois Capitol rotunda Tuesday, taking its place next to the annual Christmas and Hanukkah displays. For Christmas, that means the Springfield Nativity Committee has once again placed a manger scene featuring Mary, Joseph and Jesus.…

State elections board certifies 2022 results

State elections board certifies 2022 results

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Elections certified its election results Monday, putting the final stamp on another Democratic sweep of statewide offices. The board reported that 4,142,642 out of 8,115,751 registered voters cast ballots in the election, a turnout of roughly 51 percent. That’s down from…

Tax credits, prison reform pass in veto session

Tax credits, prison reform pass in veto session

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers last week passed significant legislation dealing with electric vehicle manufacturing incentives and the availability of hygiene products for prisoners in the state’s correctional system. But some weightier issues, including a possible assault weapons ban, will wait until a lame duck session scheduled for early…

CAPITOL RECAP: SAFE-T Act changes head to Pritzker; unemployment debt deal advances

CAPITOL RECAP: SAFE-T Act changes head to Pritzker; unemployment debt deal advances

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Lawmakers on Thursday passed a long-awaited amendment to the SAFE-T Act criminal justice reform’s provisions that will eliminate cash bail when the calendar hits 2023. The measure expands the list of crimes for which a judge can order pretrial detention, adds to what a judge can consider when determining…

Lawmakers advance $1.8 billion unemployment fund bailout

Lawmakers advance $1.8 billion unemployment fund bailout

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – On the final day of their fall veto session, Illinois lawmakers on Thursday advanced a pair of bills that would infuse $1.8 billion into the state’s unemployment trust fund, which was depleted during the economic shutdown brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The bipartisan agreement came…

Pretrial detention changes to SAFE-T Act will head to governor

Pretrial detention changes to SAFE-T Act will head to governor

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Lawmakers on Thursday passed a long-awaited amendment to the SAFE-T Act criminal justice reform’s provisions that will eliminate cash bail when the calendar hits 2023. The measure expands the list of crimes for which a judge can order pretrial detention, adds to what a judge can…

Contempt citations against DCFS director reversed by appellate court

Contempt citations against DCFS director reversed by appellate court

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] An appellate court on Wednesday reversed several contempt of court citations that were filed in recent months against Department of Children and Family Services Director Marc Smith for failing to comply with court orders to place state wards in appropriate settings. The court found that Smith did not…

State lawmakers pass measure limiting state investment in Russian assets

State lawmakers pass measure limiting state investment in Russian assets

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House gave final passage Wednesday to a bill aimed at prohibiting state investment in assets tied to Russia and Belarus in retaliation for their participation in the war in Ukraine. House Bill 1293, by Rep. Lindsey LaPointe, D-Chicago, urges the state’s five retirement systems…

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