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Driver charged with cannabis and hallucinogenic mushroom

Orland Park police arrested Adam J. Radz, 23, of Tinley Park, at 12:27 a.m. Aug. 9 and charged him with possession of a controlled substance, possession of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, no valid registration and failure to transfer the title, police said. Police stopped Radz in the 9400 block…

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Man charged with heroin

Orland Park police arrested Zachery T. Barrett, 21, of Oak Forest, at 1:17 a.m. Aug. 1 and charged him with possession of a controlled substance, police said. Police stopped the car in which Barrett was a passenger in the 14600 block of Wolf Road for allegedly swerving in the lane. Police found in the car…

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Worth man reportedly beaten, slashed at eatery

by Matthew Piechalak From The Reporter Two Chicago Ridge men were arrested last month after they attacked a Worth man who was dining with his girlfriend and their respective children at a fast food restaurant, police said. Raymond E. Lukas, 25, and Jeremy T. Benevice, 26, were arrested at 12:30 p.m. July 23, minutes after…

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Woman charged with DUI

Palos Heights police arrested Jessica Pantoja, 25, of Palos Hills, at 2:25 a.m. Aug. 11 and charged her with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and improper lane usage after she was stopped in the 12800 block of South Harlem Avenue, police said. Her court date is Sept. 18 at the Cook County 5th…

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Woman allegedly leaves scene after crash into gas station

Palos Park police arrested Deborah J. Burucki, 58, of Palos Park, at 7:40 p.m. July 23 and charged her with failure to give information after striking property, operation in violation of restricted driving permit and operation of uninsured vehicle, police said. Burucki allegedly crashed her vehicle into the Citgo gas station, 12301 S. 80th Ave.,…

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Ridge man charged with beating toddler

Throws child across room, breaking his leg, police say by Matthew Piechalak From The Reporter A Chicago Ridge man who allegedly threw a crying toddler across a room, breaking the child’s leg, has been charged with felony aggravated battery of a child. Michael K. Healy, 28, reportedly turned himself in to police last Friday Healy…

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Worth man stabbed after argument at bar

by Matthew Piechalak From The Reporter A Chicago man was charged with aggravated battery last week after he allegedly stabbed another man following an argument inside a Chicago Ridge bar. Marc E. Lambotte, 36, was arrested around 9:10 p.m. July 28 after he allegedly stabbed a Worth man three times in the abdomen with a…

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Man charged with battery

Orland Park police arrested Jimmy D. Poole, 25, of Morris, at 6:42 p.m. July 24 and charged him with misdemeanor battery, police said. Poole allegedly left Fat Sam’s bar, 15896 S. La Grange Road, with a beer bottle in his hand. As a manager stopped him, he allegedly threw the bottle at him, according to…

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Woman charged with DUI

Palos Heights police arrested Angie D. Selmer, 38, of Oak Lawn, at 3:35 a.m. July 29 and charged her with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and improper lane usage after she was stopped for weaving in and out of her traffic lane in the 12500 block of South Harlem Avenue, police said. Her…

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Woman charged with DUI

Speeding at 72 mph on Harlem, police say Palos Heights police arrested Dawn R. Henry-Gaston, 43, of University Park, at 3:11 a.m. July 25 and charged her with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and speeding after she was stopped for driving 72 mph in a 35 mph zone in the 12100 block of…

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Accused drunken driver charged also with speeding

Orland Park police arrested Natalie G. Hudson, 20, of Oak Forest, at 2:37 a.m. July 17 and charged her with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, speeding and improper lane usage after she was stopped for swerving and driving 80 mph in a 45 mph zone at 159th Street and La Grange Road, police…

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GOP rallies at State Fair to ‘Restore Illinois’

GOP rallies at State Fair to ‘Restore Illinois’

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Republicans gathered for their annual day at the State Fair on Thursday to showcase their candidates in the Nov. 8 election, vowing that the party will “restore Illinois.” But as the party faithful celebrated amid the sunshine, barbeque sandwiches, corn dogs and other fair staples,…

‘Democrats deliver’ is party’s rallying cry at State Fair festivities

‘Democrats deliver’ is party’s rallying cry at State Fair festivities

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – In one of the largest annual gatherings of Illinois Democrats on Wednesday, the party had a message for its faithful that attended a pair of Illinois State Fair week events: “Democrats deliver.” This year’s gathering of the Illinois Democratic County Chairs Association had 19 speakers,…

State Police questioned over handling of report on alleged Highland Park shooter

State Police questioned over handling of report on alleged Highland Park shooter

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Officials from the Illinois State Police faced questioning Wednesday from Republican lawmakers who said the agency had authority to reject a gun permit application from a man who later allegedly carried out a mass shooting at a July 4 parade in Highland Park. The alleged gunman,…

Pritzker talks session timeline, highlights infrastructure spending

Pritzker talks session timeline, highlights infrastructure spending

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – In a series of downstate news conferences coinciding with the Illinois State Fair, Gov. JB Pritzker this week gave an update on the possibility of a special session, outlined new state infrastructure investments and announced a new program for some Illinoisans over age 55. While the…

10-day sales tax reduction on clothing, school supplies begins Friday

10-day sales tax reduction on clothing, school supplies begins Friday

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Beginning Friday and lasting through Aug. 14, the state will reduce its sales tax rate from 6.25 percent to 1.25 percent for certain clothing items costing less than $125 and school supplies. The “tax holiday” was included in Gov. JB Pritzker’s “family relief plan,” one prong…

State lays out $34.6B multi-year spending plan for roads, bridges, ports, airports, rail and transit

State lays out $34.6B multi-year spending plan for roads, bridges, ports, airports, rail and transit

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation on Friday laid out a $34.6 billion six-year spending plan for road, bridge, transit, rail, airport and port upkeep. It’s the latest multi-year plan backed by the state’s 2019 Rebuild Illinois bipartisan infrastructure law, which doubled the state’s motor fuel tax…

2022 Illinois State Fair officially opens

2022 Illinois State Fair officially opens

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The 2022 Illinois State Fair officially got underway Thursday when Gov. JB Pritzker and Secretary of State Jesse White cut the ceremonial ribbon in front of the main entrance to the fairgrounds. “As many of you know, the Illinois State Fair, one of my favorite events…

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