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Auto mechanics (above) were on the picket line Monday morning at Hawk Ford of Oak Lawn. Members of Automobile Mechanics Local 701 walked off the job at midnight Monday. Union officials said that the group of more than 130 dealerships have refused to pay the workers a fair wage and provide a fair work schedule. More than 800 mechanics represented by the union walked off the job. (Photo by Joe Boyle)

Auto mechanics strike area car dealerships

By Bob Bong Vehicle owners needing service at a local dealership may find it hard to make an appointment as members of Automobile Mechanics Union Local 701 went on strike…

The Evergreen Park Public Library, 9400 S. Troy Ave., Evergreen Park, is happy to welcome Frank Murray as the library's new director. (Supplied photo)

Evergreen Park Library welcomes Frank Murray as new director

By Kelly White The Evergreen Park Public Library recently welcomed a new director who is no stranger to the local community. As an Evergreen Park resident with a love of…

The Disney Store at Chicago Ridge Mall will be closing by mid-August. (Supplied photo)

Disney Store closing at Chicago Ridge Mall 

By Bob Bong Walt Disney Co. will be closing its Disney Store inside Chicago Ridge Mall on or before August 18. The company announced in March it would be closing…

 Saint Xavier University hosted its sixth annual Southside Summer Jazz Camp this summer. The camp that was open to students in sixth grade through 12th grade took place at the college campus, 3700 W 103rd St, Chicago, July 12 through July 16. (Suppplied photos)

SXU holds annual Southside Summer Jazz Camp

By Kelly White Saint Xavier University hosted its sixth annual Southside Summer Jazz Camp last month. The camp was open to students in sixth-grade through 12th-grade and took place at…

Emmett Till historical marker at 7526 W. 64th St. in Summit. (Photo by Carol McGowan)

Civil Rights Icon Emmett Till honored

Historical marker placed at site of his boyhood home in Summit on 80th birthday weekend By Carol McGowan Last weekend was filled with events in Summit, Alsip and Chicago to…

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Charge Evergreen Park man with attempted murder

From staff reports An 18-year-old Evergreen Park man was charged with attempted first-degree murder in connection with a March shooting in the Gage Park neighborhood. Christopher Solis-Govea, of the 2600…

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High School Football: O’Connor is back in the saddle at Chicago Christian

By Steve Metsch Correspondent The new head football coach at Chicago Christian is a familiar face to Knights fans. Tom O’Connor served the past five seasons as special teams coordinator…

New Oak Lawn football coach Ryan Pattison is hoping to turn the Spartan program around. Photo by Jeff Vorva

High School Football: New coach Pattison looks to turn Oak Lawn around

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent When Ryan Pattison was hired as the head football coach at Guerin, he was looking forward to leading the 2020 squad and rebuilding a program. He…

Jeannie Olson (left) takes the oath of office from Mayor Kelly Burke to become the newest trustee during the Evergreen Park Village Board meeting Monday night. Olson will fill the unexpired term of Burke after she became mayor in April. (Photo by Joe Boyle)

New oil change center to open in Evergreen Park

New trustee sworn in to replace Burke By Joe Boyle Concerns over noise and traffic congestion were addressed by officials affiliated with a new oil change center that will open…

The Allman Betts Band featuring three sons of the founding members of the Allman Brothers Band will headline Friday night. (Supplied photo)

Ridgefest returns after a one-year absence for pandemic

By Bob Bong Chicago Ridge is bringing back its popular Ridgefest for three days starting Friday at 5 p.m. at Freedom Park, 6200 Birmingham St. “This was the fastest we…

Peter Wilt tells a UBAM audience about plans for another pro soccer team in Chicago. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Another pro soccer team in Chicago is in the House

By Jeff Vorva Peter Wilt is at it again. The man who was a huge influence in bringing the Chicago Fire and Chicago Red Stars to the area and helped…

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Masks mandated at schools, day cares, long-term care facilities

Masks mandated at schools, day cares, long-term care facilities

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Masks will be required at all Illinois long-term care facilities, day cares and Pre-K-12 schools, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Wednesday amid…

CAPITOL RECAP: has signed more than 200 bills received from General Assembly

CAPITOL RECAP: has signed more than 200 bills received from General Assembly

By Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed a wide-ranging bill reforming the state’s gun laws Monday, Aug. 2, at the Aurora Police Department. Advocates for the new…

Statewide COVID-19 ICU bed usage jumps 15 percent overnight

Statewide COVID-19 ICU bed usage jumps 15 percent overnight

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Hospitalizations for COVID-19 jumped by more than 13 percent from Sunday to Monday night while intensive care bed usage jumped 15…

CAPITOL RECAP: has signed more than 200 bills received from General Assembly

CAPITOL RECAP: has signed more than 200 bills received from General Assembly

By Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed a wide-ranging bill reforming the state’s gun laws Monday, Aug. 2, at the Aurora Police Department. Advocates for the new…

Miles from 2019 Aurora shooting, Pritzker signs gun law overhaul into law

Miles from 2019 Aurora shooting, Pritzker signs gun law overhaul into law

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Within five miles of the scene of a 2019 workplace mass shooting that left six people dead and five law enforcement…

Pritzker signs immigrant protection bills

Pritzker signs immigrant protection bills

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed four bills into law Monday aimed at protecting the state’s immigrant and refugee populations, saying they will…

CAPITOL RECAP: Masks returning at driver's license facilities

CAPITOL RECAP: Masks returning at driver’s license facilities

By Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Masks will be required at driver’s license facilities in Illinois starting Monday, Secretary of State Jesse White announced Wednesday, and Gov. JB Pritzker said…

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