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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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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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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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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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State elections board certifies 2022 results

State elections board certifies 2022 results

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Elections certified its election results Monday, putting the final stamp on another Democratic sweep of statewide offices. The board reported that 4,142,642 out of 8,115,751 registered voters cast ballots in the election, a turnout of roughly 51 percent. That’s down from…

Holiday displays – including the Satanic Temple’s – return to Illinois Capitol

Holiday displays – including the Satanic Temple’s – return to Illinois Capitol

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected]nois.com SPRINGFIELD – The Satanic Temple of Illinois debuted a new display in the Illinois Capitol rotunda Tuesday, taking its place next to the annual Christmas and Hanukkah displays. For Christmas, that means the Springfield Nativity Committee has once again placed a manger scene featuring Mary, Joseph and Jesus.…

State elections board certifies 2022 results

State elections board certifies 2022 results

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Elections certified its election results Monday, putting the final stamp on another Democratic sweep of statewide offices. The board reported that 4,142,642 out of 8,115,751 registered voters cast ballots in the election, a turnout of roughly 51 percent. That’s down from…

Tax credits, prison reform pass in veto session

Tax credits, prison reform pass in veto session

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers last week passed significant legislation dealing with electric vehicle manufacturing incentives and the availability of hygiene products for prisoners in the state’s correctional system. But some weightier issues, including a possible assault weapons ban, will wait until a lame duck session scheduled for early…

CAPITOL RECAP: SAFE-T Act changes head to Pritzker; unemployment debt deal advances

CAPITOL RECAP: SAFE-T Act changes head to Pritzker; unemployment debt deal advances

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD – Lawmakers on Thursday passed a long-awaited amendment to the SAFE-T Act criminal justice reform’s provisions that will eliminate cash bail when the calendar hits 2023. The measure expands the list of crimes for which a judge can order pretrial detention, adds to what a judge can consider when determining…

Lawmakers advance $1.8 billion unemployment fund bailout

Lawmakers advance $1.8 billion unemployment fund bailout

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – On the final day of their fall veto session, Illinois lawmakers on Thursday advanced a pair of bills that would infuse $1.8 billion into the state’s unemployment trust fund, which was depleted during the economic shutdown brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The bipartisan agreement came…

Pretrial detention changes to SAFE-T Act will head to governor

Pretrial detention changes to SAFE-T Act will head to governor

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Lawmakers on Thursday passed a long-awaited amendment to the SAFE-T Act criminal justice reform’s provisions that will eliminate cash bail when the calendar hits 2023. The measure expands the list of crimes for which a judge can order pretrial detention, adds to what a judge can…

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