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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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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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Woman charged with DUI and speeding

Palos Heights police arrested Myrna E. Gamino, 33, of Chicago, at 3:30 a.m. Nov. 21 and charged her with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and speeding after she was stopped for driving 68 mph in a 35 mph zone in the 12600 block of South Harlem Avenue, police said. Her court date is…

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Heights Fire uses federal grant for life-saving cardiac monitors

by Kevin Olsen staff reporter The Palos Heights Fire Protection District has new equipment that will improve the chance of survival of people in cardiac arrest. The district purchased four new cardiac monitors at the beginning of the month with funds from a federal grant. The total cost was $105,000; the grant money covered 95…

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Palos Heights home burglarized

A house was burglarized in the 200 block of Sawgrass Lane on Nov. 10 between 5 and 8:30 p.m., Palos Heights police said. The exterior telephone lines were cut to circumvent the alarm and entry was made by forcing open a basement door, according to the police report. The inside of the home was ransacked.…

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Woman charged with DUI

Palos Heights police arrested Elizabeth C. Hicks, 50, of Palos Park, at 2 p.m. Nov. 8 and charged her with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and improper lane usage after she was stopped in the 7500 block of West Route 83, police said. Her court date is Dec. 15 at the Cook County…

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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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Illinois’ biometric privacy law strengthened by latest high court ruling

Illinois’ biometric privacy law strengthened by latest high court ruling

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – People who’ve been subject to fingerprinting, face or retinal scans as either employees or customers of Illinois companies have five years to file lawsuits if they believe the business violated a stringent state privacy law, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled this week. It’s the latest in…

Pritzker seeks more info on AP African American Studies course

Pritzker seeks more info on AP African American Studies course

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker this week asked the College Board for more information about its reasoning for changing the final framework of a new Advanced Placement course in African American studies after it had been criticized by Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. “Although we are pleased to…

Report pushes for greater focus on teacher recruitment and retention amid shortages

Report pushes for greater focus on teacher recruitment and retention amid shortages

By NIKA SCHOONOVER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois schools are still grappling with a teacher shortage that seems to only be getting worse, a recent survey by the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools shows. This mirrors the state’s own data, which shows Illinois’ teacher shortage is at the highest level in…

Illinois’ COVID-19 disaster proclamation to end in May

Illinois’ COVID-19 disaster proclamation to end in May

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol news Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Exactly 38 months after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, Illinois will no longer be under a disaster proclamation as of May 11, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Tuesday. That’s the same day President Joe Biden will end the national public health emergency, which…

CAPITOL RECAP: Gun lawsuit restraining order remains in place

CAPITOL RECAP: Gun lawsuit restraining order remains in place

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD — A temporary restraining order that partially blocks Illinois’ new assault weapons ban from being enforced will remain in place after a divided state appellate court panel’s ruling Tuesday. The restraining order was issued Jan. 20 by Effingham County Circuit Judge Joshua Morrison, but it applies only to the 800…

Appellate court upholds restraining order on assault weapons ban

Appellate court upholds restraining order on assault weapons ban

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A temporary restraining order that partially blocks Illinois’ new assault weapons ban from being enforced will remain in place after a divided state appellate court panel’s ruling Tuesday. The restraining order was issued Jan. 20 by Effingham County Circuit Judge Joshua Morrison, but it applies only…

Tony Sanders to become state superintendent of education

Tony Sanders to become state superintendent of education

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education announced Tuesday that Elgin-based School District U-46 Superintendent Tony Sanders will become the next state superintendent of education. Sanders, 53, will succeed Carmen Ayala, who announced in November that she would retire effective Jan. 31. ISBE said Sanders will take…

Amid ‘unprecedented’ prolonged revenue boom, state finds budget breathing room

Amid ‘unprecedented’ prolonged revenue boom, state finds budget breathing room

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Sustained higher-than-predicted state tax revenues have in recent months given lawmakers a level of budgeting flexibility that is, at least in modern times, without precedent in a state with a reputation for perilous finances. For the current fiscal year and the one before it, that’s led…

‘Omnibus’ health care bill passed amid criticisms

‘Omnibus’ health care bill passed amid criticisms

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A law recently signed by Gov. JB Pritzker will extend the deadline for the state to transfer criminal defendants deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial from jail to a mental hospital. That same bill, House Bill 240, also gives nursing homes in Illinois two more years…

Veteran Statehouse reporter Hannah Meisel joins Capitol News Illinois reporting team

Veteran Statehouse reporter Hannah Meisel joins Capitol News Illinois reporting team

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS [email protected] Longtime Statehouse reporter Hannah Meisel has joined the Capitol News Illinois team as a full-time state government and politics reporter. She’s had a number of assignments covering the Statehouse and Illinois government since the 2014 legislative session, most recently serving as Statehouse editor for NPR Illinois from 2020 until after…

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