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Heights charges Worth woman with speeding, DUI

Palos Heights police arrested Margaret E. Hrebic, 20, of Worth, at 2:30 a.m. March 13 and charged her with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and speeding after she was stopped for driving 57 mph in a 40 mph zone in the 6500 block of Route 83, police said. Her court date is scheduled…

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Alleged thief falls into cops’ hands

by Matthew Piechalak From The Reporter A Midlothian man who allegedly took merchandise from a store in Westfield Mall literally fell into police officers’ hands when, while trying to elude them, he crashed through the ceiling of a nearby office building. Laroy N. Getz, 29, was arrested at 1:07 p.m. March 4 and charged with…

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Drunken driver crashes into squad car: police

Palos Heights police arrested Stephen P. Kottra, 52, of Chicago, at 3:20 a.m. Feb. 22 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle after his vehicle struck a Palos Heights squad car, police said. The squad was…

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Accused drunken driver does 80 mph through red light: cops

Palos Heights police arrested Krystian B. Bryniarski, 25, of Tinley Park, at 2:08 a.m. Feb. 15 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, speeding and red light violation after he was stopped for driving 80 to 90 mph while driving south on Ridgeland Avenue through the red light at 135th Street,…

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Accused drunken driver allegedly backs into squad

Orland Park police arrested Paul A. Peskys, 26, of Orland Park, at 4:11 a.m. Feb. 1 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol after he allegedly backed into a police squad car in the parking lot of a convenience store, police said. Police had observed Peskys’s car parked in the store’s…

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Driver with revoked license charged with drunken driving

Palos Heights police arrested Javier Lopez, 21, of Burbank, at 1:41 a.m. Feb. 1 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and transportation of open alcohol after he was stopped in the 12500 block of South Ridgeland Avenue for driving northbound in the southbound lanes on Ridgeland Avenue, police said. An…

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Orland Park man indicted for alleged stabbing in Oak Lawn

by William Jones From The Reporter An Orland Park man was indicted earlier this month on five felony counts of aggravated battery for allegedly stabbing another man during a street fight in December. Bahaeddin A. Hourani, 25, was surrendered by his attorney to Oak Lawn police Jan. 7. Hourani is accused of stabbing a 22-year-old…

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Killer husband faces 60 years in prison

Murdered wife with butcher’s knife in 2005 by Matthew Piechalak From The Reporter A Chicago Ridge man faces up to 60 years in prison after a judge found him guilty last week of killing his wife with a butcher’s knife. Peter D. Golesteanu, 30, was convicted last Thursday at the Cook County 5th Municipal District…

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Retail theft suspect allegedly batters security guard at mall

Orland Park police arrested Ashia S. Lockett, 22, of Chicago, and charged her with battery, obstructing a peace officer and retail theft at 3:44 p.m. Dec. 19, police said. Lockett allegedly removed denim jeans priced at $253 from a department store in the Orland Square Mall without rendering payment. She pushed a security guard who…

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Man accused of battery

Palos Heights police arrested Rey A. Zavala, 61, of Alsip, at 10:55 p.m. Nov. 28 and charged him with battery after he struck a man with a large dowel rod outside of Limestone City Grill, 13415 S. Ridgeland Ave., police said. Zavala was reportedly involved in an argument with a man when it escalated and…

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Suspect in ruse talks way into woman’s home

Palos Heights police responded to a report of a suspected attempted ruse to victimize an elderly woman in her home Wednesday last week in the 12500 block of South Nashville Avenue. Neighbors reported that a man purporting to work for a landscaping company visited the woman at about 1:45 p.m. He reportedly told her he…

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Former lawmaker sentenced in bribery scheme

Former lawmaker sentenced in bribery scheme

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Former state Rep. Luis Arroyo was sentenced this week to nearly five years in prison for his role in a bribery scheme involving a state senator and one of Arroyo’s private lobbying clients who sought favorable legislation for the sweepstakes gambling industry. Arroyo, 67, is a…

Republican governor candidates on the issues

Republican governor candidates on the issues

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Abortion, January 6, Donald Trump, Critical Race Theory and whether Joe Biden is rightfully the president of the United States were the basis of questions asked to a field of six Republican candidates for Illinois governor Tuesday. A pair of debates took place on two stages…

CAPITOL RECAP: Republican candidates debate

CAPITOL RECAP: Republican candidates debate

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – The six Republican candidates for Illinois governor faced off Tuesday night in Chicago, albeit on two separate debate stages, hours after a shooting at a Texas elementary school that dominated a large portion of the debates. A scheduling conflict between two TV networks – WGN and NBC 5 –…

ANALYSIS: Illinois’ official U.S. census numbers have not changed

ANALYSIS: Illinois’ official U.S. census numbers have not changed

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker said Tuesday that he is asking President Joe Biden and the federal government to increase Illinois’ share of federal funding to reflect the results of a recent Census Bureau study showing the state was very likely undercounted in the 2020 census. The news…

GOP debate: Candidates address rising crime, Texas school shooting

GOP debate: Candidates address rising crime, Texas school shooting

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The six Republican candidates for Illinois governor faced off Tuesday night in Chicago, albeit on two separate debate stages, hours after a shooting at a Texas elementary school that dominated a large portion of the debates. A scheduling conflict between two TV networks – WGN and…

GOP Floor Leader Batinick ready to ‘pass the baton’

GOP Floor Leader Batinick ready to ‘pass the baton’

By GRACE KINNICUTT Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois House Republican Floor Leader Mark Batinick, a self-described “policy guy,” came to Springfield with the goal of pushing good policy. A father of five who resides in Plainfield with his wife, Batinick said after eight years in the General Assembly, it was either time to…

Longtime lawmaker reflects on time in General Assembly, calls it ‘honor of lifetime’

Longtime lawmaker reflects on time in General Assembly, calls it ‘honor of lifetime’

By GRACE KINNICUTT Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – House Majority Leader Greg Harris, the number two Democrat in the Illinois House of Representatives, never imagined landing the role of state representative – or that he would leave office feeling that he has been successful at it. The first openly LGTBQ leader in Illinois History,…

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