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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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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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Push for state child tax credit begins, could face uphill battle

Push for state child tax credit begins, could face uphill battle

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A group of Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday called for creating a state-level child tax credit that would give low- and middle income families up to $700 per child each year in tax relief. But whether Gov. JB Pritzker includes such a plan in his budget proposal,…

What to know ahead of Pritzker’s budget proposal to lawmakers

What to know ahead of Pritzker’s budget proposal to lawmakers

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker’s second-term legislative agenda will kick off in earnest next week as he proposes his fifth annual state budget to lawmakers in the General Assembly. But while a governor’s proposal usually provides the framework for the state’s annual spending plan, it rarely makes it…

CAPITOL RECAP: Supreme Court ruling strengthens internet privacy law

CAPITOL RECAP: Supreme Court ruling strengthens internet privacy law

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS 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 a handful of…

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…

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