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Orland businessman sentenced to 18 years in tax scheme

by Meg Sullivan staff reporter The founder and executive director of the Aegis Company, a now defunct Palos Hills-based business firm accused of a $60 million nationwide tax fraud conspiracy, has been sentenced to more than 18 years in federal prison. Michael A. Vallone, 49, of Orland Park, was sentenced Oct. 3 by U.S. District…

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Accused drunken driver arrested

Palos Park police arrested Kristene Marie Palermo, 19, of Bridgeview, at 2 a.m. Sept. 28 and charged her with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, improper right turn on red light and improper lane usage. She was stopped in the 13100 block of La Grange Road after police observed her weaving over the center…

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Driver charged with battery

Orland Park police arrested Richard Anderson, 31, of Lockport, at 11 a.m. Sept. 20 and charged him with battery and reckless driving after he allegedly grabbed a woman’s arm through his car window and dragged her down La Grange Road near 159th Street, police said. Anderson called police just prior to his arrest to report…

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Sandburg pair allegedly assault classmate at home

Orland Park police arrested Erin M. Eischen, 18, of Orland Park, at 5:17 p.m. and charged her with battery, aggravated assault and criminal trespass to a residence, police said. Mohammed R. Farhoud, 17, of Orland Park, was also arrested and charged with assault and criminal trespass to a residence, police said. Both students at Sandburg…

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Palos Park home burglarized

A residence was burglarized between 12 and 12:45 p.m. Sept. 2 in the 10000 block of 125th Street in Palos Park. There were pry marks on the front door, and the back doors were opened, according to the police report. The residents said a gray metal lock box containing coins was stolen as well as…

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Worth woman charged in Hickory carjacking

by William Jones From The Reporter A Worth woman is accused of using a blade to take a car from a woman outside a Hickory Hills drugstore. Kelly Skarnulis, 33, is charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking after she allegedly took the woman’s vehicle from her outside Walgreens, 95th Street and Roberts Road, at 5:05 p.m.…

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Women accused of car burglaries

by William Jones From The Reporter Two Chicago women have been charged with six felony counts each of burglary to a motor vehicle after they allegedly took stereos, purses, global positioning systems and other goods from several vehicles in Oak Lawn earlier this month. Shantelle Wise, 22, and Shatar Hart, 20, were arrested the morning…

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Forest preserve cops torch illicit crop

By Jason Maholy from The Reporter An estimated 3,000 pounds of pot were burned last week in Pioneer Woods near Palos Hills, and that was just what police set ablaze during what has become an annual tradition here in the southwest suburbs – the annual torching of cannabis plants found growing in the Cook County…

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Four arrested at Lake Katherine

Palos Heights police arrested four individuals who were drinking beer in the Lake Katherine Nature Preserve, west of the Harlem Avenue Bridge and south of the Calumet Sag Channel at 9:14 p.m. Aug. 15, police said. Further investigation found the four individuals had a small amount of cannabis and drug paraphernalia in their possession, according…

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Retail theft arrest leads to pot charge

Orland Park police arrested Renee M. Zagajowski, 19, of Tinley Park, at 5:48 p.m. Aug. 12 and charged her with retail theft, police said. Zagajowski allegedly removed sunglasses, bracelets, jeans and dresses valued at $308 from a department store in the Orland Square Mall without rendering payment, police said. While transferring Zagajowski to the Orland…

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Man charged with criminal trespass to neighbor’s vehicle

Orland Park police arrested Michael J. Galvin, 46, of Orland Park, at 4:51 a.m. Aug. 4 and charged him with criminal trespass to a vehicle, police said. Galvin allegedly entered a vehicle that belonged to a neighbor in the same apartment complex in which he lives in the 7400 block of Sycamore Court, police said.…

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Capitol News Illinois to expand operations with $2 million McCormick Foundation grant

Capitol News Illinois to expand operations with $2 million McCormick Foundation grant

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Capitol News Illinois will significantly expand its operations as it enters the fifth year of operations in 2023 because of a significant grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. The McCormick Foundation has announced a three-year, $2 million investment in Capitol News Illinois, a nonprofit news organization that provides…

State Sen. Emil Jones III pleads not guilty in bribery case

State Sen. Emil Jones III pleads not guilty in bribery case

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Emil Jones III pleaded not guilty in federal court Friday to three felony counts stemming from an alleged bribery scheme involving a red light camera company. Jones, 44, is a Chicago Democrat who has served in the Senate since 2009. He is also the…

Pritzker urges two lawmakers to resign

Pritzker urges two lawmakers to resign

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker called on two Democratic state senators Thursday to resign their seats amid allegations of misconduct. Sen. Emil Jones III, D-Chicago, was charged in federal court earlier this week with soliciting a $5,000 bribe from a red light camera company. And Sen. Michael Hastings,…

Pritzker urges two lawmakers to resign

Pritzker urges two lawmakers to resign

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker called on two Democratic state senators Thursday to resign their seats amid allegations of misconduct. Sen. Emil Jones III, D-Chicago, was charged in federal court earlier this week with soliciting a $5,000 bribe from a red light camera company. And Sen. Michael Hastings,…

Illinois Supreme Court denies former lawmakers’ claim for back pay

Illinois Supreme Court denies former lawmakers’ claim for back pay

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a lawsuit filed by two former state legislators who sued for back pay they believed they were due for raises that they voted against while in office. Former Sen. Michael Noland, D-Elgin, and former Sen. James Clayborne, D-Belleville, argued…

CAPITOL RECAP: Another Democratic senator charged in bribery scheme

CAPITOL RECAP: Another Democratic senator charged in bribery scheme

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Emil Jones III has been charged in federal court with three criminal counts tied to his dealings with a red light camera company. Jones, a Chicago Democrat, is the son of former Senate President Emil Jones Jr. The younger Jones has served in the Senate since 2009…

Treasurer’s Race: Frerichs touts investment gains, Demmer sees opportunity for GOP check

Treasurer’s Race: Frerichs touts investment gains, Demmer sees opportunity for GOP check

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – In Illinois, the role of state treasurer is that of chief investment officer. Treasurer Michael Frerichs has held that position for two full terms, winning by less than 10,000 votes in 2014 before cruising to an 18 percentage-point victory in 2018. He boasts that Illinois has…

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