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Boys Basketball | Brother Rice tops Mount Carmel in CCL Blue battle

By Xavier Sanchez Correspondent No game seems too big for Brother Rice. Looking to make a statement against Mount Carmel, the Crusaders used a fourth-quarter surge to open up a close game en route to a 69-59 win in front of a capacity crowd in Mount Greenwood on Feb. 9. The loss was the Caravan’s…

Shepard High School senior, Ryan Sprandel, 17, of Worth, at A Little Bit of Germany. (Photos by Kelly White)

A Little Bit of Germany at Shepard High School

By Kelly White German culture and cuisine made its way in to one local area high school cafeteria last weekend. Alan B. Shepard High School, 13049 S. Ridgeland Avenue in Palos Heights, hosted its annual A Little Bit of Germany event on February 3 bringing oversees traditions right to the south suburbs. “I like the…

Palos Park Mayor Nicole Milovich-Walters worked out with the Senior Wellness Club as part of the Move with the Mayor Program. (Photos by Kelly White)

On the move with the mayor in Palos Park

By Kelly White Move with the Mayor is a collaboration with the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention. It is a national initiative that works with mayors across the country to challenge their communities to promote healthy living and is also a way to encourage residents to be more physically active. Palos Park…

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Palos South Middle School cheer places 2nd at Spartan Showdown 

The Palos South Cheer squad recently placed second in the Spartan Showdown cheer competition hosted at Marian Catholic High School in January. The team, coached by Palos South teacher Ashley Partin, competed in the Large Junior High Division. Partin said that the squad, made up of sixth, seventh, and eighth- grade students, are driven to achieve…

Audience members interrupt a speech from Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau and start chanting on Feb. 5. (Photos by Jeff Vorva)

Fireworks fly at Orland Park meeting over Gaza conflict

By Jeff Vorva A packed Village Hall was filled with people strongly asking the Orland Park Village Board to draw up a resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. Mayor Keith Pekau and the board refused. In between the request and denial at the Feb. 5 meeting there was some chanting, a lot of shouting,…

Orland Fire Protection District Chief Michael Schofield talks about new technology saving lives at a news conference Jan. 31 in Hazel Crest. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Orland Fire heads up new system that will be a ‘lifesaver’

By Jeff Vorva Ask any firefighter and they will say that seconds count when it comes to responding to an emergency. So, when minutes can be shaved off of response times, that’s a reason to be overjoyed. Orland Fire Protection District Chief Michael Schofield had a big smile on his face Jan. 31 at the…

A new-look Panda Express will open next week at 4801 W. 87th St. in Oak Lawn. (Supplied photo)

Panda Express opening new concept location next week in Oak Lawn

By Bob Bong Panda Express will be celebrating the grand opening of its newest location at 4801 W. 87th St. in Oak Lawn with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony with members of the Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, February 15, beginning at 9 a.m. The first lucky 88 guests to receive a free Panda Express branded T-shirt.…

The Marist competitive cheerleading team won the IHSA state title in the large-team division. Photo courtesy of Marist High School

Postseason Roundup | Marist breaks through with first state cheerleading title

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent For years, Marist’s competitive cheerleading team was knocking on the door of a state championship. On Feb. 3, the RedHawks were like cops on television busting down the door. Marist won the IHSA state championship in the large-team division at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington with a score of 96.32, ahead…

Marist senior guard Darshan Thomas makes a move toward the basket during the RedHawks’ 65-64 win over Benet on Feb. 2. Photo by Xavier Sanchez

Boys Basketball | Darshan Thomas scores late to lift Marist over Benet

By Xavier Sanchez Correspondent A life lesson can be learned anywhere and at any time. “Sometimes it is hard and it does not work out, but you have to keep fighting and he did,” Marist coach Brian Hynes said after the RedHawks defeated Benet on Feb. 2. The “he” Hynes was referring to was Marist…

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Area Sports Roundup | Larry Rothschild joins Windy City ThunderBolts

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent First Bobby Jenks. Now Larry Rothschild. The Windy City ThunderBolts are stacking their staff with some familiar names from the Chicago baseball scene. They hired Jenks, a former White Sox closer and member of the 2005 World Series-winning team, as manager earlier in the offseason and recently hired Rothschild to be…

Shepard is having its best season in 20 years. Photo courtesy of Shepard High School

Girls Hoops Wrap | Nazareth gets top seed at Class 4A Mother McAuley sectional

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent How about a dream Nazareth vs. Homewood-Flossmoor matchup, with the winner going to state and the loser staying home? If the girls basketball coaches’ seedings come true, that’s exactly what will happen in Class 4A. But there is a lot of basketball to be played — and a lot of upsets…

Khalil Jones of St. Laurence lines up a shot against St. Rita in a CCL battle on Jan. 30. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Boys Hoops Wrap | Riverside-Brookfield’s Stefan Cicic hits 1,000 career points

By Xavier Sanchez Correspondent Riverside-Brookfield senior Stefan Cicic had a memorable week, scoring 28 points — surpassing 1,000 career points in the process — while leading the Bulldogs to a 55-47 conference win over Westmont on Feb. 2. Cicic also grabbed 15 rebounds and had five blocks in the win, one of R-B’s (22-4, 5-0…

Southern Belle's in Bedford Park closed last weekend. (Supplied photo)

Bedford Park buys Southern Belle restaurant

By Bob Bong Southern Belle’s restaurant in Bedford Park closed for the last time last Sunday after more than two decades at 6737 S. Archer Ave. The village has a contract to purchase the site for $2.5 million. Closing is expected in the first quarter. Bedford Park Mayor Dave Brady said a plan to move…

Carol Trzcinski (left), of Palos Park, is the new Executive Director of McCord Gallery & Cultural Center, taking over for former director, Linda Buchanan. (Supplied photos)

McCord Gallery welcomes new executive director

By Kelly White With a passion for the arts and a sparking personality, Linda Buchanan found her second home at McCord Gallery & Cultural Center. Buchanan, of Palos Park, served on the Board of Directors at the gallery, 9602 W. Creek Road, Palos Park, before becoming the Executive Director of the gallery in 2021. She…

Palos South Middle School’s girls basketball team recently won the Southwest Interscholastic Conference Championship. Pictured: Front row, from left: Dorian Urquizo, Sofia Wilson, Raliyah Bruce, Makaleigh Terry, Katy Zumerchik, Maggie Purtill, and Grace Roe. Back row, front left:  Coach Randy Buvala, Olisa Sobczak, Tessa Mitchell, Evelyn Carlan, Sahaara Ayers, Sofia Ortega, Olivia Byrne, Brooklyn Parr, Annika Hock, Coach Nicholas Shein, and Coach Scott Adams. (Photo Credit: Palos 118)

Palos South Girls go undefeated in the SWIC Conference

Palos South’s eighth-grade girls’ basketball team recently won the Southwest Interscholastic Conference Championship. The Cardinals were undefeated in conference play with a record of 11 wins and 0 losses. The team won the SWIC post-season tournament, defeating Orland Jr. High, Tinley Central Middle School, and Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School. Palos South players Brooklyn Parr,…

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With budget proposal and fiery address, Pritzker paints himself as progressive pragmatist

With budget proposal and fiery address, Pritzker paints himself as progressive pragmatist

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois hmeisel@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – In delivering his annual State of the State and budget address on Wednesday, Gov. JB Pritzker cast his administration as both progressive and pragmatic – a balance he’s worked to strike as his national profile has grown. Some elements of the governor’s proposed spending plan, like…

Budget reaction: Retailers, municipalities critical of Pritzker’s proposed tax changes

Budget reaction: Retailers, municipalities critical of Pritzker’s proposed tax changes

By ALEX ABBEDUTO, COLE LONGCOR  & JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois news@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – The annual process of negotiating the state budget kicked off Wednesday with Gov. JB Pritzker proposing a $52.7 billion spending plan that includes hundreds of millions of dollars in new spending and tax increases, particularly for businesses.  The governor’s proposal to…

Pritzker proposes over $2B in spending growth, backed by tax increases for corporations, sportsbooks

Pritzker proposes over $2B in spending growth, backed by tax increases for corporations, sportsbooks

By JERRY NOWICKI  Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com Editor’s note: This story will be updated with more information on the budget and reaction from lawmakers.  SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker on Wednesday proposed growing state spending by over $2 billion in the upcoming fiscal year while making a handful of corporate, sports wagering and other tax…

Pritzker proposes $1.8B in spending growth, backed by tax increases for corporations, sportsbooks

Pritzker proposes $1.8B in spending growth, backed by tax increases for corporations, sportsbooks

By JERRY NOWICKI  Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com Editor’s note: This story will be updated with more information on the budget and reaction from lawmakers.  SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker on Wednesday proposed growing state spending by about $1.8 billion in the upcoming fiscal year while making a handful of corporate, sports wagering and other tax…

Customers pay for utilities' lawyers and corporate donations. Advocates want to change that.

Customers pay for utilities’ lawyers and corporate donations. Advocates want to change that.

By ANDREW ADAMS Capitol News Illinois aadams@capitolnewsillinois.com Illinoisans pay tens of millions of dollars each year to utilities to cover costs they accrue for lawyers, belonging to trade groups, making charitable contributions and purchasing advertisements meant to boost utilities’ public image.  Consumer advocates are pushing for a change to state law that would bar utilities…

Pritzker to call for health insurance reforms in State of the State address

Pritzker to call for health insurance reforms in State of the State address

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker plans to take on the state’s health insurance industry this year by calling for legislation to curb many of the standard practices they use to hold down costs and boost profits. He plans to outline those reforms in his State of the State…

Judge denies McCann’s request for home confinement, orders him held in custody

Judge denies McCann’s request for home confinement, orders him held in custody

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois hmeisel@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – After suddenly pleading guilty as his federal corruption trial was wrapping up this week, former state Sen. Sam McCann won’t be released to await sentencing, U.S. District Judge Colleen Lawless ruled Friday. McCann has been held at Macon County Jail since last Friday, when Lawless ordered…

Transmission line monopoly back on agenda at Statehouse after Pritzker’s veto

Transmission line monopoly back on agenda at Statehouse after Pritzker’s veto

By ANDREW ADAMS Capitol News Illinois aadams@capitolnewsillinois.com A controversial proposal that would grant electric utilities more control over the construction of transmission lines is being revived in Springfield.  Rep. Larry Walsh, D-Elwood, who chairs the Public Utilities Committee in the Illinois House, was behind a push last year that would have granted a temporary “right…

Ahead of Pritzker’s budget address, pressures that mounted last year intensify

Ahead of Pritzker’s budget address, pressures that mounted last year intensify

BY JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com Republicans in the Illinois Senate indicated Tuesday that their sticking point for budget negotiations this year will be the same as it was last year – state spending on programs for noncitizens and recent arrivals from the country’s southern border.  In what’s been a rarity over the past…

Pritzker to mull tightening fiscal landscape in budget address this week

Pritzker to mull tightening fiscal landscape in budget address this week

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com Gov. JB Pritzker will give his sixth state budget address this week, laying out his plan for a fiscal year that government forecasters in November predicted is on pace for a near-$900 million deficit unless corrective action is taken.  Those same fiscal forecasters in the Governor’s Office of…