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Lemont Police Chief Marc Maton, representing ILEAP, praised Orland Park's department during Monday's board meeting. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Orland cops honored by ILEAP

By Jeff Vorva Lemont’s police chief stopped by the Orland Park Board of Trustees meeting to brag a little about the Orland Park Police Department. Lemont Chief Marc Maton attended the Monday, March 6, meeting to make a presentation on behalf of the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program for Orland Park’s Tier II re-accreditation. “The…

Family members (from left), Eric, Monica and Janet Czajkowski pose with William Czajkowski, who was sworn in as chief at Tuesday's city council meeting. Photo by Jeff Vorva

New Palos Heights police chief sworn in

Water and sewer rates could skyrocket By Jeff Vorva For the first time in 20 years, a new Palos Heights police chief was sworn in. William Czajkowski, a 35-year member of the force, was sworn in as chief during the City Council meeting Tuesday, March 7. He replaced Larry Yott, who retired from the force…

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Oak Lawn police officer pleads not guilty to battering teen

By Joe Boyle Oak Lawn Police Officer Patrick O’Donnell had plenty of supporters with him on the morning of March 1. O’Donnell, 32, arrived at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago surrounded by members of the Oak Lawn Police Department and family to face charges of two counts of aggravated battery and two counts of…

Brother Rice senior Ahmad Henderson scored 34 points, 29 of them in the second half, to help the Crusaders defeat St. Rita in a Class 4A sectional semifinal on March 1. He sustained an injury that kept him largely off the court in the sectional final against Kenwood. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Boys Basketball | Kenwood tops Brother Rice in sectional final

By Steve Millar Correspondent First-year Brother Rice coach Conte Stamas only got to spend one season with Ahmad Henderson, but he found out pretty quickly how special of a player he had in the star senior guard. Henderson has a knack for playing his best in the biggest moments. “When the game is on the…

Dan Chiarito is the new football coach at Chicago Christian after serving as an assistant in various capacities since 2009. Chicago Christian photo

Area Sports Roundup | Longtime football assistant gets to run show at Chicago Christian

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Dan Chiarito has been with the Chicago Christian football program since 2009, and in that time has worked under head coaches Joe Hamstra, Eric Washington, Jim Bolhuis, Nick Cook and Tom O’Connor. Now, he gets to run the show. Last week, Chiarito was named head coach of the Knights. He…

Hounds and Warriors are lifted during a lineout in Utah's 14-10 win over the Chicago Hounds March 5 at SeatGeek Stadium. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Rugby Report | Hounds drop home debut to Utah

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Caleb Strum called it “electric.” The Chicago Hounds right wing scored the team’s first try in SeatGeek Stadium history at the 30-minute mark to help give the expansion team a 10-0 lead over visiting Utah. Hounds officials estimated the crowd at just under 4,000 and the fans were making all…

Morton College's Mia Simpson, shown in a game against McHenry earlier in the season, had 19 points and 20 rebounds on March 4 against Moraine Valley. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Hoops Wrap | Morton College taking aim at national title

By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Morton College’s women’s basketball team took its first postseason step in its quest for a national championship. The Panthers, who finished second in the nation in the National Junior College Association Division II Tournament last year, handily defeated Moraine Valley, 91-51, on March 4 in Rockford to head into the…

Forest View Fire Chief Mark Jones (right), holds a bell the department received back from Allen Kalas (left). Les Antos Jr. donated a strainer back that was used years ago. (Photos by Carol McGowan)

Forest View Fire Department reunites with original fire truck

By Carol McGowan Forest View not only has an old fire truck back in village hands, but it’s bell, and a strainer to go with it. At their last village board meeting, two former members of the Forest View Fire Department, who each provided many years of service to the community, were on hand to…

Colleen Ramicone is crowned by administrative clerk Liz Saucedo as queen of Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Countryside. Ald. John Finn (1st Ward) looks on. (Photos by Steve Metsch)

Queen and court named for Saturday’s Countryside’s St. Paddy Day Parade

By Steve Metsch When the seventh St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday in Countryside, Colleen Ramicone will have a great view. Ramicone, a junior at Nazareth Academy and a Countryside resident, will ride atop a float as queen of the parade. Her appointment was announced at the Countryside City Council meeting…

Seasonal positions are available in Brookfield Zoo's retail shops. (Photos courtesy of Brookfield Zoo)

Job Fair at Brookfield Zoo on Saturday, March 4

Looking for a fun and unique work environment, then head to Brookfield Zoo’s Job Fair on Saturday, March 4, from noon to 3 p.m. The zoo’s business partner, SSA Group, which oversees the concessions, retail, and catering, is hiring for the upcoming busy season. Seasonal positions for energetic and guest-service oriented individuals are available at…

Lake Katherine is getting some upgrades in the future including a boating area. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Straz boathouse and expanded parking are in Lake Katherine’s future

By Jeff Vorva Lake Katherine had a huge recovery year in 2022 and that is paving the way for some big plans for the future. Lake Katherine Director Gareth Blakesley gave the Palos Heights City Council an update on the state of the facility on Feb. 21 and the numbers from 2022 showed a recovery…


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Lawmakers advance measure to regulate ride-shares as ‘common carriers’

Lawmakers advance measure to regulate ride-shares as ‘common carriers’

By NIKA SCHOONOVER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Lawmakers are considering a bill that would treat ride-share companies such as Uber and Lyft as “common carriers,” opening them up to the same level of liability as other forms of public transportation. House Bill 2231 passed on the House floor this week with a 73-36…

Nuclear option: Illinois grapples with the future of nuclear power

Nuclear option: Illinois grapples with the future of nuclear power

By ANDREW ADAMS Capitol News Illinois [email protected] CHICAGO – A measure allowing the construction of new commercial nuclear power plants has bipartisan, bicameral support in the state legislature as the body considers its next steps in meeting carbon-free energy goals while maintaining grid reliability. Its advocates say the measure would open the door for the…

Wiretaps show Madigan, through McClain, forced ally out of legislature to protect himself

Wiretaps show Madigan, through McClain, forced ally out of legislature to protect himself

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois [email protected] CHICAGO – In fall 2018, longtime former State Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, received a phone call from Mike McClain, who had spent decades lobbying for electric utility Commonwealth Edison after 10 years in the General Assembly. McClain was delivering a message from House Speaker Michael Madigan, who was…

House panel debates ranked choice voting

House panel debates ranked choice voting

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers are debating whether the state should join a growing list of jurisdictions in the United States that allow voters to pick more than one candidate for an office, ranking them in order of preference rather than choosing just one. Ranked choice voting, or as…

Madigan looms large in trial of ex-ComEd lobbyists, exec

Madigan looms large in trial of ex-ComEd lobbyists, exec

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois [email protected] CHICAGO – Former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan isn’t set to go on trial for racketeering and corruption charges until next summer, but his decades of power in Illinois government and politics loomed large Wednesday as opening arguments got underway in a related case. Madigan’s name was uttered…

Transit agencies look to the state to help make up projected $730 million budget gap

Transit agencies look to the state to help make up projected $730 million budget gap

By ANDREW ADAMS Capitol News Illinois [email protected] CHICAGO – Officials with the state’s largest transit agencies met with lawmakers on Tuesday to sound the alarm for what Regional Transportation Authority Executive Director Leanne Redden called a “looming operational crisis.” “By 2026, the region will face an annual budget deficit of nearly $730 million per year,”…

Pritzker: Tax cuts on the table if state revenues continue to exceed expectations

Pritzker: Tax cuts on the table if state revenues continue to exceed expectations

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – With two months to go before the legislature adjourns and current-year revenues continuing to smash expectations, Gov. JB Pritzker said he and legislative leaders are considering tax cuts. His comments came one week after the legislature’s nonpartisan Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability, or COGFA, increased…

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