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Ex-McCook police chief sentenced to 27 months in extortion plot

By Bob Bong / February 28, 2024 /

By Bob Bong Mario DePasquale, the former police chief of McCook, was sentenced last week to more than two years in federal prison after pleading guilty last year to conspiring with the village’s former mayor to extort two businessmen out of tens of thousands of dollars. DePasquale, 50, was sentenced February 21 to 27 months…

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McCook police arrest Chicago man in fatal shooting

By Bob Bong / February 19, 2024 /

By Bob Bong A Chicago man has been charged with first-degree murder in Saturday’s early morning shooting outside All Star Bar, 7949 W. 47th St. in McCook, which left one man dead and a second man wounded. Sisto A. Brito, 32, was charged Monday with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted…

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Stop the Bleed lessons taught at Argo, Summit Library

By Carol Mcgowan / February 18, 2024 /

By Carol McGowan  Argo High School’s Student Resource Officers, Michael Snee and Wagner Antoine, have not only been busy with making sure the Summit school is safe, but have been training staff in how to Stop the Bleed. Snee has been with the Summit Police Department for approximately seven years, and at Argo High School…

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Summit adds surprise infrastructure fee to water bills

By Carol Mcgowan / February 17, 2024 /

By Carol McGowan A new fee that is showing up on water bills in Summit had residents questioning it at last week’s village board meeting. Summit Mayor Sergio Rodriguez addressed the crowded boardroom at the beginning of the meeting, knowing this was of concern and why many were there. Summit water bills are issued every…

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Man dies after shooting in McCook bar parking lot

By Bob Bong / February 17, 2024 /

By Bob Bong One man was killed and another wounded early Saturday morning in a shooting outside a bar in McCook. McCook police said they were responding to a call about a shooting in the parking lot of a bar and discovered the men about half-a-block south of the parking lot of All Star Bar,…

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Countryside buys two new police cars

By Steve Metsch / February 8, 2024 / Comments Off on Countryside buys two new police cars

By Steve Metsch The Countryside Police Department is getting two new squad cars. At the Jan. 24 city council meeting, Police Chief Paul Klimek received unanimous approval to purchase two Ford Interceptor utility squad cars from Westfield Ford, a dealership in Countryside. The amount will not exceed $105,000 and anticipated delivery of the cars is…

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ATM stolen from Summit’s Steak-n-Egger restaurant

By Bob Bong / January 25, 2024 /

By Carol McGowan An ATM machine was stolen from a Summit restaurant after a break-in by two men early Saturday morning. The cash machine was taken from the Steak-n-Egger breakfast, 5611 S. Archer Road, after the front door was smashed open and the business was robbed. Owner Terry Carr, who is mayor of nearby McCook,…

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Hodgkins appoints Haizlip to Civil Service Board

By Bob Bong / January 25, 2024 / Comments Off on Hodgkins appoints Haizlip to Civil Service Board

By Carol McGowan The Village of Hodgkins has a new member for their Civil Service Board. Resident Todd Haizlip was sworn in by Village Attorney, and Retired Judge Pat Rogers at the regular January Village Board meeting. The Civil Service Board presides over the hiring process and promotions of police officers. The board normally consists…

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Suspect in Bedford Park shooting charged in Oak Lawn, Worth robberies 

By Bob Bong / January 11, 2024 / Comments Off on Suspect in Bedford Park shooting charged in Oak Lawn, Worth robberies 

By Bob Bong  The man charged with shooting a Bedford Park police officer in November has been indicted for two gas station robberies in October in Oak Lawn and Worth. Oak Lawn police last week said Raul Perez, 24, of Blue Island, was indicted by a Cook County Grand Jury on December 18 for the…

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Hodgkins cites police officers for exceptional service

By Carol Mcgowan / January 7, 2024 /

From staff reports Hodgkins Police Chief Joseph Klotz presented awards to five police officers for exceptional commendations throughout the year at the December village board meeting. The five officers were Sgt. Natassia Miller, Officer Frank White, Officer Alan Garcia, Officer Desmond Handson, and Officer Ryan Johnson. In June, Miller and White were dispatched to a…

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Final days for Teehan’s Tavern — for now

By Bob Bong Teehan’s Tavern in Tinley Park will be closing at the end of the day on Sunday, March 3. The 171-year-old building that has been home to the iconic tavern for more than 100 years will be razed in March to make way for the village’s Harmony Square development. The plan is to…

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Hickory Hills considers buying license-plate readers

By Nuha Abdesallam Hickory Hills city officials are considering acquiring license plate reading cameras after a presentation by police at last week’s city council meeting. Flock Safety cameras are already in use by over 150 agencies in Illinois, helping to restrict crime by providing data about where and when vehicles have been tagged on its…

St. Patrick's Day Parade queen Bea Keenan is crowned by deputy city clerk Liz Cordova Wednesday night. (Photos by Steve Metsch)

‘So cool’ says newly crowned queen of Countryside’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

By Steve Metsch Bea Keenan said it’s “so cool, such an honor” having been selected queen of Countryside’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade at the Countryside City Council meeting Wednesday night. The parade, with a record 68 entries, steps off at 1 p.m. Saturday. Bea will ride on a float with her royal court of Dylan…

Steve Palmer, chairman of the Brew Moon Festival; Susanna Decker of Community Support Services; and McCook Mayor Terrance Carr pose with the oversized check donated from the festival. (Photos by Steve Metsch) 

Brew Moon raises $33,000 for two charitable organizations

By Steve Metsch Two local charitable organizations will benefit from the 12th annual Brew Moon Beer & Band Festival held in October at the MAX in McCook. The Kelli Joy O’Laughlin Memorial Foundation, based in Indian Head Park, and Community Support Services, based in Brookfield, each received $16,500. Checks were presented to representatives of each…

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Ex-McCook police chief sentenced to 27 months in extortion plot

By Bob Bong Mario DePasquale, the former police chief of McCook, was sentenced last week to more than two years in federal prison after pleading guilty last year to conspiring with the village’s former mayor to extort two businessmen out of tens of thousands of dollars. DePasquale, 50, was sentenced February 21 to 27 months…

Evergreen Park senior Nolan Sexton drives past a Thornton defender during the Wildcats' 77-47 win over the Mustangs in the Class 3A Thornton Sectional on Feb. 27. Photo by Xavier Sanchez

Boys Basketball Class 3A Sectionals | Evergreen Park’s historic ends with loss to Thornton

By Xavier Sanchez Correspondent The 2023-2024 Evergreen Park boys basketball team had one of the greatest seasons in program history. Unfortunately for the Mustangs, that season has come to an end with a 77-47 loss to Thornton in the semifinals of the Class 3A Thornton Sectional on Feb. 27. Evergreen Park was coming off its…

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Fournier resigns from TTO to become judge

From staff reports The Lyons Township Trustees of Schools is accepting applications for a vacancy on their board, after Trustee Koula A. Fournier resigned earlier this month after being sworn-in as a Judge of the Cook County Circuit Court. Fournier was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to fill the Maloney vacancy of the 4th…

Illinois News

Native tribe seeks return of ancestral land in Dekalb County

Native tribe seeks return of ancestral land in Dekalb County

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Illinois currently has no federally recognized tribal land within its borders, but that could change in the coming months. A bill pending in the General Assembly this year would give back roughly 1,500 acres of park land in DeKalb County to the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.…

His conviction was overturned after 35 years wrongfully served. State law caps his compensation at 14 years.

His conviction was overturned after 35 years wrongfully served. State law caps his compensation at 14 years.

By DILPREET RAJU Capitol News Illinois draju@capitolnewsillinois.com In December, 57-year-old Brian Beals spent Christmas with his sister Pattilyn for the first time 35 years. Beals was exonerated and freed from Robinson Correctional Center in southeastern Illinois on Dec. 13 after a Cook County circuit court judge vacated his conviction and dismissed charges against him. “In…

Cook County judge orders Trump removed from GOP ballot but holds decision pending appeal

Cook County judge orders Trump removed from GOP ballot but holds decision pending appeal

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – A Cook County judge on Wednesday ordered former President Donald Trump’s name to be removed from the March 19 Republican primary ballot but stayed her order until Friday to give time for an appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court. In a lengthy decision, Judge Tracie Porter…

Pritzker to mull tightening fiscal landscape in budget address this week

Pritzker to mull tightening fiscal landscape in budget address this week

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com Gov. JB Pritzker will give his sixth state budget address this week, laying out his plan for a fiscal year that government forecasters in November predicted is on pace for a near-$900 million deficit unless corrective action is taken.  Those same fiscal forecasters in the Governor’s Office of…

Ahead of Pritzker’s budget address, pressures that mounted last year intensify

Ahead of Pritzker’s budget address, pressures that mounted last year intensify

BY JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com Republicans in the Illinois Senate indicated Tuesday that their sticking point for budget negotiations this year will be the same as it was last year – state spending on programs for noncitizens and recent arrivals from the country’s southern border.  In what’s been a rarity over the past…

‘This place is horrific’: 10-week-old complaint details ‘filthy’ conditions at Centralia funeral home

‘This place is horrific’: 10-week-old complaint details ‘filthy’ conditions at Centralia funeral home

By BETH HUNDSDORFER  Capitol News Illinois news@capitolnewsillinois.com The pictures that are said to depict the condition of the embalming room of the Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home in Centralia are shocking. Eight photographs and one video taken late last year purported to show the conditions of the funeral home depict piles of dirty sheets, a dead…

Capitol Briefs: Pritzker touts manufacturing training funding, announces cultural districts

Capitol Briefs: Pritzker touts manufacturing training funding, announces cultural districts

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS news@capitolnewsillinois.com Gov. JB Pritzker was in Normal Tuesday to call attention to recent state funding for manufacturing training academies – including at Heartland Community College.  The governor and college officials celebrated the new 45,000-square-foot facility that opened in January. It includes remodeled space to support programs such as robotics, HVAC, welding…

New birth center to open on Chicago’s South Side as Pritzker touts proposed maternal health spending

New birth center to open on Chicago’s South Side as Pritzker touts proposed maternal health spending

By DILPREET RAJU Capitol News Illinois draju@capitolnewsillinois.com State and community leaders on Monday celebrated the planned opening of a new freestanding birth center on Chicago’s South Side while emphasizing proposed maternal health spending increases in Gov. JB Pritzker’s budget. The nonprofit Chicago South Side Birth Center will mark the city’s second active midwife-led birth center,…

New birth center to open on Chicago’s South Side as Pritzker touts proposed maternal health spending

New birth center to open on Chicago’s South Side as Pritzker touts proposed maternal health spending

By DILPREET RAJU Capitol News Illinois draju@capitolnewsillinois.com State and community leaders on Monday celebrated the planned opening of a new freestanding birth center on Chicago’s South Side while emphasizing proposed maternal health spending increases in Gov. JB Pritzker’s budget. The nonprofit Chicago South Side Birth Center will mark the city’s second active midwife-led birth center,…

New birth center to open on Chicago’s South Side as Pritzker touts proposed maternal health spending

New birth center to open on Chicago’s South Side as Pritzker touts proposed maternal health spending

By DILPREET RAJU Capitol News Illinois draju@capitolnewsillinois.com State and community leaders on Monday celebrated the planned opening of a new freestanding birth center on Chicago’s South Side while emphasizing proposed maternal health spending increases in Gov. JB Pritzker’s budget. The nonprofit Chicago South Side Birth Center will mark the city’s second active midwife-led birth center,…