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Man fends off men to thwart invasion of home in P. Hills

by Matthew Piechalak From The Reporter Two armed men who forcibly entered a Palos Hills home early last Friday morning likely followed the homeowner there from work, according to police. The owner of the home in the 10700 block of Olympia Circle was reportedly forced inside at gunpoint, but was able to break free during…

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Minor charged with alcohol and speeding

Palos Heights police arrested Patrick J. Messer, 19, of Palos Heights, at 3:06 a.m. May 14 and charged him with illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor and speeding after he was stopped for speeding in the 6300 block of West 127th Street, police said. His court date is June 12 at the Cook County…

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Ridge man hangs self near Oak Lawn High

by William Jones From The Reporter A 40-year-old Chicago Ridge man used an electrical cord to hang himself from a utility pole last Saturday morning near Oak Lawn Community High School, according to police. A school maintenance employee found the man’s body in a construction area on the school’s campus, north of the high school…

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Man charged with trespass at Palos Park residence

Palos Park police arrested Michael K. Magis, 57, of Lisle, at 9:02 p.m. May 2 and charged him with criminal trespass to real property and criminal damage to property after police responded to two calls at separate times to report a man in the vicinity of the 9000 block of West 123rd Street, police said.…

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Open bottle of vodka found in accused drunken driver’s car

Orland Park police arrested Theodore P. Manasses, 31, of Palos Heights, at 1:07 a.m. April 18 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, illegal transportation of liquor, speeding, and driving on the wrong side of the road, police said. Manasses allegedly drove 60 mph in a 35 mph zone, swerved his…

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Mom with child in vehicle charged with drunken driving

Orland Park police arrested Melissa J. Nelles, 35, of Orland Park, at 7:53 p.m. April 26 and charged her with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, endangering the life of a child, improper lane usage and failure to signal, police said. Police responded to a call about a possible drunken driver in the 9700…

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Men charged with theft of meat from food store

Palos Heights police arrested John J. Shea, 51, of Chicago, and Gerry W. Stein, 55, of Burbank, at 11:38 p.m. April 8 and charged them with felony retail theft, police said. The men allegedly removed 10 individually wrapped packages of meat products from a grocery store in the 7100 block of West 127th Street without…

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Youths charged with cannabis

Orland Park police arrested two men during a traffic stop at 12:46 a.m. on March 31 at 159th Street and La Grange Road, police said. Michael J. McConville, 17, of Orland Park was charged with underage consumption of alcohol and possession of cannabis with the intent to deliver, police said. The driver of the car,…

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Accused reckless driver violates order of protection, police say

Palos Heights police arrested Keith W. LaBelle, 42, of Worth, at 10:14 a.m. March 31 and charged him with violation of order of protection and reckless driving after he was stopped in the 12700 block of South Ridgeland Avenue, police said. LaBelle’s northbound vehicle crossed into southbound lanes and drove over a curb into the…

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Car windows broken in Heights parking lots

Palos Heights police are investigating the shattering of windows of two vehicles between 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. March 20 in the 6400 block of West 127th Street, police said. A backpack was stolen from a vehicle parked in the lot of Cardinal Fitness, in Indian Trails Shopping Center. Nothing was stolen from the other vehicle,…

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Broken glass from attack injures baby

Orland Park police arrested Eihab S. Hourani, 37, of Chicago Heights, at 7:05 p.m. March 3 and charged him with aggravated assault, reckless conduct and criminal damage to property, police said. Hourani allegedly struck a man’s car with a metal pipe, shattering a window. The flying shards of glass injured the victim’s infant son, who…

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Democrats deny racial gerrymandering in legislative maps

Democrats deny racial gerrymandering in legislative maps

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Lawyers for the General Assembly’s Democratic leaders filed documents in federal court Wednesday denying that newly drawn state legislative district maps amount to racial gerrymandering, instead accusing the plaintiffs in the three lawsuits of trying to use race to redraw districts for their own purposes. Wednesday’s…

House Democratic Leader Greg Harris announces retirement plans

House Democratic Leader Greg Harris announces retirement plans

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois House Democratic Leader Greg Harris said Monday he will not seek reelection in 2022 and will step down from the General Assembly after eight terms in office. Harris, 66, of Chicago, is the first openly LGBTQ legislative leader in Illinois history who spent much of…

Niemerg says he wants to ‘speak up’ for downstate Illinois

Niemerg says he wants to ‘speak up’ for downstate Illinois

By ANDREW ADAMS For Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Republican state Rep. Adam Niemerg grew up in a family that cared about politics, so it felt like a natural step for him when he ran his first campaign to get a seat in the House of Representatives in 2020. “There’s a lot of things that…

Niemerg says he wants to ‘speak up’ for downstate Illinois

Niemerg says he wants to ‘speak up’ for downstate Illinois

By ANDREW ADAMS For Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Republican state Rep. Adam Niemerg grew up in a family that cared about politics, so it felt like a natural step for him when he ran his first campaign to get a seat in the House of Representatives in 2020. “There’s a lot of things that…

Freshman legislator Pacione-Zayas focuses on ‘solutioning’

Freshman legislator Pacione-Zayas focuses on ‘solutioning’

By MARIA GARDNER For Capitol News Illinois State Sen. Cristina Pacione-Zayas’ friends tease her for changing the meaning of words. “Solution” becomes a verb when she says “I’m about solutioning.” Pacione-Zayas, 43, D-Chicago, has been actively “solutioning” since she took office in December when then-state Sen. Iris Martinez stepped down to become Clerk of the…

Freshman legislator Pacione-Zayas focuses on ‘solutioning’

Freshman legislator Pacione-Zayas focuses on ‘solutioning’

By MARIA GARDNER For Capitol News Illinois State Sen. Cristina Pacione-Zayas’ friends tease her for changing the meaning of words. “Solution” becomes a verb when she says “I’m about solutioning.” Pacione-Zayas, 43, D-Chicago, has been actively “solutioning” since she took office in December when then-state Sen. Iris Martinez stepped down to become Clerk of the…

State Rep. Dave Vella continues in grandfather’s footsteps

State Rep. Dave Vella continues in grandfather’s footsteps

By TAYLOR AVERY For Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Behind a window with a “Save the Byron Nuclear Plant” sign taped to the glass, Ricardo Montoya Picazo listened to a father of three wonder aloud if he would still be able to support his children in a few weeks. “If I lose this, the only…

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