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Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau announces his intention to run for the 6th Congressional District. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Pekau joins crowded Republican field in 6th Congressional District

By Jeff Vorva In what could be one of the most interesting and heated congressional races in the state in 2022, Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau announced Monday he is planning on running in the new 6th Congressional District. He will be running as a Republican and, so far, will battle energy consultant Niki Conforti in the…

Palos Park's Denise Cowan is one of four citizens to object to the village considering video gaming. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Palos Park delays gaming vote again

By Jeff Vorva Someone should send the mayor of Palos Park some Alka-Seltzer. For the third meeting in a row, the Palos Park Village Council did not take any action on bringing gaming machines to town. Mayor John Mahoney and Commissioner Dan Polk are leaning in favor of it to help out the local businesses…

More than 800 runners competed in this year’s Turkey Trot. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Record number of runners come out for 33rd Turkey Trot

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent In 2019, Patrick Foster won the Orland Park Turkey Trot for his first top finish in a competitive race. This year, he was back in the winner’s circle. Foster, an Orland Park native who now lives and works in Madison, Wisconsin, finished the 2 1/2-mile race in 14 minutes, 19.9 seconds…

Madelyn and Zachary Rodrigues are proud to hold an annual toy drive benefiting patients at Comer Children's Hospital at the University of Chicago. (Supplied photos)

Teen helps others despite brittle bone disease

Family toy drive benefits Comer Children’s Hospital By Kelly White Early on in her life, Madelyn Rodrigues was diagnosed with Osteogeneis Imperfects, a brittle bone disease that has already resulted in more than 70 bone fractures in her 14 years of life. As a freshman at Illinois Lutheran High School in Crete, Madelyn’s inner strength…

Chicago Christian freshman Charity Love moves up court against Eisenhower in the Bobby Bolton Classic. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Girls Basketball: Shepard, Knights among four area teams to open season at Bobby Bolton Classic

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent Four area teams competed in the eight-team Bobby Bolton Classic at Richards, and each showed some bright spots and had some sloppy moments. That was to be expected. Richards, Oak Lawn, Chicago Christian and Shepard were all opening the season with young teams. According to their rosters, 15 of 54 players…

Rory Dames, shown during the NWSL semifinals in Portland, resigned at the Chicago Red Stars coach a day after the team played in the league’s championship game. Photo by IMI

Pro soccer report: Red Stars lose Dames after losing in NWSL title game

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent After a bizarre season that saw many of their best players injured for much of the time, a 5-0 loss to open the season and the thrill of making it to the NWSL championship game, Chicago Red Stars coach Rory Dames announced late Sunday night he was resigning. “For 11 years,…

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St. Rita tops Prospect, advances to second straight state title game

By Steve Millar Correspondent After entering the season with huge expectations, St. Rita lost two of its first three games and star senior running back/receiver Kaleb Brown to injury. While some may have written the Mustangs off, they still believed they had a team that could win a state championship. “We’ve been able to stick…

Brian Badke gives his last postgame speech to Brother Rice’s football team after a loss to Wheaton North on Saturday. He is retiring after this season. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Crusaders playoff run ends with semifinal loss to Wheaton North

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent At age 47, Brian Badke has a lot of good coaching years left in him. But for now, he is stepping away and putting the whistle in storage. He has a lot of good spectating years ahead of him that he wants to take care of, first. The Brother Rice football…

PETA graciously donated a 3-foot-tall fiberglass duck to the Oak Lawn Children's Museum, 5100 Museum Dr., Oak Lawn. (Supplied photos)

PETA donates duck to Oak Lawn Children’s Museum

By Kelly White A staple in community, the Oak Lawn Children’s Museum recently received a donation to make them stand out even more. Thanks to PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the museum, 5100 Museum Dr., Oak Lawn, now has a 3-foot-tall fiberglass duck that displays plenty of duck facts. “Whenever we have…

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Richards student latest one charged in school threats

From staff reports A fourth student has been charged by Oak Lawn police for his role in a series of threats of violence made against local schools on social media and in text messages. Division Chief of Investigations Gerald Vetter said in a release that a 16-year-old student at Richards High School in Oak Lawn…

The Misericordia Best Baker Crew gets in the holiday spirit while preparing for the Christmas Pop-Up Show at the Beverly Arts Center on Friday, November 19-Sunday November 21. (Supplied photo)

Misericordia’s Christmas pop-up shop returns to Beverly Arts Center

From staff reports During the weekend before Thanksgiving, South Siders can shop early for Christmas treats or add something special to the Thanksgiving feast thanks to 19th Ward Alderman Matt O’Shea, who is hosting Misericordia’s Christmas pop-up shop at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. in Chicago. This year, women in St. Cajetan…

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3 youths charged with recent school threats

From staff reports Over the past several weeks, schools in Oak Lawn, Palos Hills and surrounding communities have received several threats of violence via text messages and social media. The Oak Lawn Police Department, with the assistance of the FBI, has identified and charged three minors for making the threats. One of the students attended…

Frank Brzezeck, a World War II veteran who lives in Evergreen Park, views the EPCHS Military Wall that was completed last year in honor of all veterans who attended Evergreen Park Community High School. (Supplied photos)

EPCHS hosts local veterans for free breakfast

From staff reports Dozens of Evergreen Park veterans and relatives of current Evergreen Park Community High School students were treated to a free breakfast in the school cafeteria last Friday morning. Members of the EPCHS’ National Honor Society and Ben Nesler, the NHS faculty sponsor, organized the yearly event that returned to an in-person format…

Preschoolers at Koraes Elementary School in Palos Hills salute veterans on Veterans Day. (Supplied photos)

Preschoolers honor veterans at Koraes School

From staff reports Preschoolers in the 4-year-old classroom at Koraes Elementary School in Palos Hills did an art project last week in honor of Veterans Day. The teacher, Mrs. Sonia, started the lesson with, “Today is Veterans Day and we are going to do an art project to honor the veterans.” Before she could get…

Thanks to Stagg’s Student Council Veterans Luncheon on Friday afternoon at the school, 8015 W. 111th St., Palos Hills, students and veterans alike were able to enjoy an afternoon filled with good food, heartfelt stories, and each other’s company. (Supplied photos)

Stagg welcomes 19 veterans for luncheon

By Kelly White In honor of Veterans Day, local area teens took time to reflect on our nation’s heroes. Thanks to Stagg’s Student Council Veterans Luncheon on Friday afternoon at the school, 8015 W. 111th St., Palos Hills, students and veterans alike were able to enjoy an afternoon filled with good food, heartfelt stories, and…

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Catholic Church opposes governor’s proposed change to scholarship tax credits

Catholic Church opposes governor’s proposed change to scholarship tax credits

By RAYMON TRONCOSO Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Catholic Conference of Illinois is lobbying against proposed tax changes for the 2022 fiscal year that would reduce an income tax credit gained for donations to private scholarships. In a letter released Tuesday, Cardinal Blase Cupich of the Archdiocese of Chicago joined bishops representing the state’s…

Report into LaSalle home deaths raises questions about criminal probe

Report into LaSalle home deaths raises questions about criminal probe

By SARAH MANSUR Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — Some Republicans in the General Assembly, including House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, are calling for a criminal investigation into the COVID-19 related deaths at the state-run LaSalle Veterans’ Home. The push for a criminal probe comes after a state investigative report was released Friday that found there…

Illinois economy shrinks 4% in 2020 despite 4th quarter growth

Illinois economy shrinks 4% in 2020 despite 4th quarter growth

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois economy shrank by 4 percent in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on many of its sectors, although there were signs of a recovery taking place late in the year. Those preliminary numbers, released last week by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of…

Pritzker says state ‘in decent shape’ to further reopening as vaccination pace slows

Pritzker says state ‘in decent shape’ to further reopening as vaccination pace slows

By TIM KIRSININKAS Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker said Monday the state could enter the “bridge” phase to greater reopening as soon as next week, while the state’s vaccination rate continues to drop. Speaking at a news conference at Providence Hospital in Chicago, Pritzker said Illinois is nearing the necessary metrics to…

Emergency housing assistance bill will head to governor

Emergency housing assistance bill will head to governor

By TIM KIRSININKAS Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate voted Thursday to pass House Bill 2877, which aims to extend emergency protections to renters and homeowners financially impacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It needs only a signature from Gov. JB Pritzker to become law after passing the House last week.…

Delivery service rules, limits on governor’s authority over unions advance

Delivery service rules, limits on governor’s authority over unions advance

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate worked through a long list of bills Thursday as lawmakers prepared to enter the final stretch of the 2021 session. Those bills included new restrictions on third-party delivery services such as DoorDash, limits on the governor’s authority to interfere with collective bargaining agreements and…

Watchdog report documents widespread failures at LaSalle Veterans' Home

Watchdog report documents widespread failures at LaSalle Veterans’ Home

By SARAH MANSUR Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD — A state watchdog report into the deadly COVID-19 outbreak at the LaSalle Veterans’ Home found multiple failures that contributed to 36 veterans deaths, stemming primarily from the home’s complete lack of infection prevention plans or policies. The report also found deficiencies in communication and staff training at…

Breach reported by attorney general confirmed to be ransomware attack

Breach reported by attorney general confirmed to be ransomware attack

By TIM KIRSININKAS Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A data breach reported by Attorney General Kwame Raoul’s office nearly three weeks ago was a ransomware attack, according to a Thursday news release. Raoul’s office has launched a new hotline to provide information to residents following the data breach first reported on April 10. A Thursday…

Maternal mortality report finds Black, rural, Medicaid mothers more likely to die after childbirth

Maternal mortality report finds Black, rural, Medicaid mothers more likely to die after childbirth

By RAYMON TRONCOSO Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health on Thursday issued its second report on maternal mortality rates in the state, which found there were 103 pregnancy-associated deaths in Illinois in 2017 – the highest number of any year in that decade. The report looked at deaths during or…

Maternal mortality report finds Black, rural, Medicaid mothers likelier to die after childbirth

Maternal mortality report finds Black, rural, Medicaid mothers likelier to die after childbirth

By RAYMON TRONCOSO Capitol News [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health on Thursday issued its second report on maternal mortality rates in the state, which found there were 103 pregnancy-associated deaths in Illinois in 2017 – the highest number of any year in that decade. The report looked at deaths during or…

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