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Driver charged with DUI, operating uninsured auto

Palos Heights police arrested Bryan P. Carroll, 26, of Palos Heights, and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol/drugs, avoidance of a traffic control signal and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle after he was stopped in the 12700 block of South Ridgeland Avenue, police said. His court date is April 30…

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Accused drunken driver nearly hits squad: police

Orland Park police arrested Kristi J. Williams, 24, of Midlothian, and charged her with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, improper lane usage and driving on the wrong side of the road after she allegedly drove northbound in the southbound lanes of La Grange Road around 12:45 a.m. March 6, police said. Williams nearly…

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Man robbed at gunpoint in Hills

by Kevin Olsen From The Reporter Palos Hills police are seeking four people believed to be involved in an armed robbery in which $30,000 was reported taken from a man outside a business on Roberts Road. The victim told police a white van pulled up behind his vehicle when he arrived to work at 10…

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Woman charged with DUI

Palos Park police arrested Bekime Zupani, 29, of Orland Park, at 2:06 a.m. March 4 and charged her with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and improper lane usage after she was seen crossing the center line several times in the 10400 block of West 123rd Street, police said. Her court date is April…

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Accused speeder charged with drug paraphernalia

Patrick B. Cotter, 25, of Chicago Ridge, was cited with possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding at 7:48 p.m. March 3 after police stopped him for driving 36 mph in a 20 mph zone in the 7600 block of Wheeler Drive according to the police report. Police said he had a “hitter-pipe” in his possession.…

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Accused drunken driver charged also with speeding

Palos Heights police arrested Gene J. Szymanski, 25, of Tinley Park, at 4:22 a.m. March 7 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, speeding and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle after he was stopped in the 13700 block of South Harlem Avenue, police said. His court date is April 30…

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Man charged with DUI, speeding, reckless driving

Palos Park police arrested Matt A. Pipikios, 21, of Palos Hills, at 11:56 p.m. Feb. 13 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, reckless driving and driving with an expired license after he was stopped for reportedly driving 80 mph in a 45 mph zone in the 11900 block of South…

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War vet charged with killing wife

Joseph Jesk accused of shooting her in forehead by Bob Jaderberg From The Reporter “I’ve just killed the only person in the world that I love.” Those were reportedly Joseph Jesk’s words to Oak Lawn police officers who arrested him shortly before midnight last Saturday. Jesk, 23, of Oak Lawn, is charged with first-degree murder…

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Driver charged with DUI

Palos Heights police arrested John M. Dalla Costa, 37, of Oak Lawn, at 11:02 a.m. Feb. 23 and charged him with driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs, reckless driving, disobeying a police officer and uninsured motor vehicle, police said. He was found allegedly passed out in his vehicle in the 7300 block of West…

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Woman charged with DUI

Palos Heights police arrested Sandra L. Rizzo, 23, of Orland Park, at 2:03 a.m. Feb. 17 and charged her with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol, no driver’s license of person, no insurance and improper lane usage after she was stopped in the 13300 block of South Harlem Avenue, police said. Her court date…

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Accused bank robbers nabbed

by Kevin Olsen staff reporter Three men are in custody after they allegedly robbed a TCF Bank branch in Palos Heights Wednesday last week, police said. Entering the bank at around 5 p.m., the armed robbers, each wearing a bulletproof vest, ordered employees and customers to the ground. One of the robbers led two employees…

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Pritzker announces $40 million grant program to promote development-ready ‘megasites’

Pritzker announces $40 million grant program to promote development-ready ‘megasites’

By NIKA SCHOONOVER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Monday announced the creation of a $40 million grant program to incentivize the creation of large development-ready areas known as “megasites” across the state. Megasites are large swaths of land, developed to attract businesses such as manufacturing plants, warehouses and distribution centers.…

Illinois’ biometric privacy law strengthened by latest high court ruling

Illinois’ biometric privacy law strengthened by latest high court ruling

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – People who’ve been subject to fingerprinting, face or retinal scans as either employees or customers of Illinois companies have five years to file lawsuits if they believe the business violated a stringent state privacy law, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled this week. It’s the latest in…

Pritzker seeks more info on AP African American Studies course

Pritzker seeks more info on AP African American Studies course

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker this week asked the College Board for more information about its reasoning for changing the final framework of a new Advanced Placement course in African American studies after it had been criticized by Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. “Although we are pleased to…

Report pushes for greater focus on teacher recruitment and retention amid shortages

Report pushes for greater focus on teacher recruitment and retention amid shortages

By NIKA SCHOONOVER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois schools are still grappling with a teacher shortage that seems to only be getting worse, a recent survey by the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools shows. This mirrors the state’s own data, which shows Illinois’ teacher shortage is at the highest level in…

Illinois’ COVID-19 disaster proclamation to end in May

Illinois’ COVID-19 disaster proclamation to end in May

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol news Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Exactly 38 months after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, Illinois will no longer be under a disaster proclamation as of May 11, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Tuesday. That’s the same day President Joe Biden will end the national public health emergency, which…

CAPITOL RECAP: Gun lawsuit restraining order remains in place

CAPITOL RECAP: Gun lawsuit restraining order remains in place

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD — A temporary restraining order that partially blocks Illinois’ new assault weapons ban from being enforced will remain in place after a divided state appellate court panel’s ruling Tuesday. The restraining order was issued Jan. 20 by Effingham County Circuit Judge Joshua Morrison, but it applies only to the 800…

Appellate court upholds restraining order on assault weapons ban

Appellate court upholds restraining order on assault weapons ban

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A temporary restraining order that partially blocks Illinois’ new assault weapons ban from being enforced will remain in place after a divided state appellate court panel’s ruling Tuesday. The restraining order was issued Jan. 20 by Effingham County Circuit Judge Joshua Morrison, but it applies only…

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