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Heights police plan seat belt enforcement zones

The Palos Heights Police in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Transportation will be conducting both increased night-time patrols and seat belt enforcement zones to identify individuals who fail to wear their seat belts. The enforcement campaign will run from Nov. 12 through Nov. 28. It is the goal of the Palos Heights Police to…

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Man charged with DUI after one-car crash: police

Palos Heights police arrested Christopher D. Mikrut, 23, of Chicago Ridge, at 9:03 p.m. Oct. 30 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident after he was involved in a one-car accident in the 12600 block of South Ridgeland Avenue, police said. His…

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Driver charged with DUI after crash, Heights police say

Palos Heights police arrested William G. Peterson, 50, of Alsip, at 7:37 p.m. Oct. 20 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident after he was involved in a two-vehicle crash in the 6300 block of West 127th Street, police said. His court…

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Heights police issue crime alert of thefts

For the Public Safety From the Palos Heights Police Department The Palos Heights Police Department wants to remind residents to lock their car doors/ windows and set car alarms. Please be aware, the Palos Heights Police Department has received an increase of thefts from motor vehicles in town. The thefts have been occurring in the…

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Heights police probe leads to Rx forgery prison term

by Kevin Olsen staff reporter A 68-year-old Worth man was sentenced to 3½  years in prison last Thursday after he was convicted of fraudulently obtaining prescription drugs throughout the area earlier this year. James Valentine was arrested on June 16 following an investigation by Palos Heights police. After he was taken into custody, it was…

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Driver charged with DUI

Orland Park police arrested Erik M. Andersen, 34, of Orland Park, at 12:10 a.m. Oct. 4 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, speeding and driving without lights when required after he was stopped at 82nd Avenue and Wheeler Drive, police said. He was allegedly speeding before slamming on his brakes…

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Accused drunken driver charged

Palos Heights police arrested Jesus C. Lopez, 36, of Aurora, at 5:28 a.m. Oct. 17 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, no valid driver’s license, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle and improper lane usage after he was stopped in the 13900 block of South Harlem Avenue, police said. His…

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Palos Park now accepts credit card fee payments

by Kevin Olsen staff reporter Palos Park residents need no more than a credit card to make payments for most village fees after credit card machines were installed at Village Hall and the Police Department this week. Village Administrator Rick Boehm said training of village staff is completed and the machines were installed on Wednesday.…

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Palos Park police begin traffic enforcement crackdown

Palos Park Police Department announced its late-night plans for Labor Day, focusing on the deadliest time of day for motor vehicle fatalities. The intensified enforcement effort against the overwhelming number of late-night impaired drivers and safety belt violators underscores the disproportionate number of traffic deaths occurring during late-night hours. According to data from the Illinois…

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Two charged with burglary of home in Orland Park

by Jesse Marx staff reporter Orland Park police arrested two men and one juvenile in connection with a residential burglary last week. Moatz A. Jaber, 17, of Orland Park, and Donyae D. Mason, 17, of Orland Hills, were arrested around 7 p.m. last Thursday and charged with felony residential burglary. Police reportedly responded to a…

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Orland Park police plan events for the community

The Or land Park Police Department will host a number of community events during the summer months. “We look forward to our summer events because it lets our officers meet with residents in a comfortable, relaxed setting,” said Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy. Remaining events for the 2010 summer season include Trailers In The…

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Orland Park sues parents of park vandalism suspects

by Jesse Marx staff reporter Orland Park village officials have filed lawsuits against the parents of three of the five minors who were charged with torching park equipment and a portable toilet, on Aug. 9, 2008, at Grasslands Park, 171st Street and Steeplechase Parkway. Police said the vandals used an accelerant to set ablaze the…

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Palos Fire Dist. urges Palos Park require sprinklers in new homes

by Kevin Olsen staff reporter The Palos Park Village Council will decide in the coming months if it will adopt a new life-safety code that will require new construction of single- and two-family residences to have an interior sprinkler system. Palos Fire Protection District Chief Steve Carr on Jan. 11 outlined to the council the…

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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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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…

Changes to cash bail statute surface before Thursday’s planned adjournment

Changes to cash bail statute surface before Thursday’s planned adjournment

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Two days before lawmakers were scheduled to adjourn for the year, one of the lead negotiators of the SAFE-T Act criminal justice reform filed a long-awaited amendment detailing several changes to the landmark cash bail overhaul. Sen. Robert Peters, D-Chicago, filed a 308-page amendment to House…

CAPITOL RECAP: State announces deal to pay down remaining unemployment debt

CAPITOL RECAP: State announces deal to pay down remaining unemployment debt

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Lawmakers on Tuesday announced a bipartisan plan to use state revenues to pay down the remaining $1.4 billion in debt taken on by the state’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The unemployment trust fund is generally funded by the state’s businesses through insurance premiums collected via…

Lawmakers announce bipartisan plan to pay down remaining unemployment debt

Lawmakers announce bipartisan plan to pay down remaining unemployment debt

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Lawmakers on Tuesday announced a bipartisan plan to use state revenues to pay down the remaining $1.4 billion in debt taken on by the state’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Part of the agreement is expected to move through the General Assembly this…

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