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No ruckus this time between Orland board, protesters

By Jeff Vorva / February 21, 2024 /

By Jeff Vorva More than 80 people crowded Orland Park’s Village Hall Monday night with many there to protest the village board’s decision not to draw up a resolution asking for a ceasefire in Gaza. Unlike a Feb. 5 meeting, in which there was yelling and chants and Mayor Keith Pekau having police clear the…

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Worth approves new parking, traffic regulations

By Bob Bong / February 21, 2024 /

By Joe Boyle Two ordinances were passed at the Worth Village Board meeting Tuesday night requiring changes for pedestrian crossings and vehicular traffic. Police Chief Tim Denton said one ordinance needed to be amended regarding pedestrian and vehicular traffic. It needed to be made clear that individuals should not be walking along main streets and…

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Palos Heights City Council rejects City Hall renovation

By Bob Bong / February 21, 2024 /

By Bob Bong Palos Heights aldermen rejected a $1.7 million renovation project for its aging City Hall building at a sometimes testy City Council meeting Tuesday night. Aldermen voted 5-3 to shoot down a plan that would have made some bathrooms compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, moved the Building Department back to the…

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Palos Heights aldermen split over renovations to City Hall

By Bob Bong / February 15, 2024 /

By Nuha Abdessalam Residents at last week’s city council meeting asked Palos Heights aldermen to scale back plans to renovate City Hall. Aldermen Michael McGrogan, Don Bylut, Jack Clifford and Robert Basso are seemingly at odds with Aldermen Heather Begley, Brent Lewandowski, Jeffery Key and Jerry McGovern over plans to renovate City Hall. At the…

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Fireworks fly at Orland Park meeting over Gaza conflict

By Jeff Vorva / February 9, 2024 /

By Jeff Vorva A packed Village Hall was filled with people strongly asking the Orland Park Village Board to draw up a resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. Mayor Keith Pekau and the board refused. In between the request and denial at the Feb. 5 meeting there was some chanting, a lot of shouting,…

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Orland Park Public Library goes digital

By Bob Bong / January 25, 2024 / Comments Off on Orland Park Public Library goes digital

By Kelly White Orland Park Public Library is riding the digital wave. As part of the library’s commitment to enhancing patron experience, the library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park, recently upgraded the reservation process to its available meeting rooms. The once paper-based Meeting Room Reservation Use & Agreement forms have been phased out and…

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JOB FAIR

Inaugural Southwest Job Fair draws 500

By Jeff Vorva / January 19, 2024 / Comments Off on Inaugural Southwest Job Fair draws 500

By Jeff Vorva Sean Morrison had some meetings to tend to, so he wasn’t at the first Southwest Job Fair when it opened at 11 a.m. But once he arrived at the Orland Park Civic Center on January 11, the Cook County commissioner from Palos Park liked what he saw. Activity. Plenty of activity. “I…

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Orland Park officially declares it is not a sanctuary city

By Jeff Vorva / January 19, 2024 /

By Jeff Vorva For years, Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau has been saying the village is a non-sanctuary municipality. On January 15, the board of trustees made it official. The board voted 6-0, with Joni Radaszewski absent, on an ordinance declaring that the village will not be a sanctuary city. In past meetings, Pekau said…

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Worth Township property tax review workshop

By Bob Bong / January 17, 2024 / Comments Off on Worth Township property tax review workshop

Worth Township Assessor Shaun Murphy, Worth Township Supervisor Patricia Joan Murphy, and Board of Review Commissioner George Cardenas will be hosting an in-person Board of Review Workshop on Monday, January 29, from 5-7 p.m. at Worth Township Hall, located at 11601 S. Pulaski Road in Alsip. The workshop is free.  Analysts will be on hand…

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Palos Park residents asked to Move with the Mayor

By Jeff Vorva / January 10, 2024 / Comments Off on Palos Park residents asked to Move with the Mayor

By Jeff Vorva  Palos Park residents are being encouraged to move with their mayor. No, first-year Mayor Nicole Milovich-Walters is not leaving the village. She is taking part in a fitness program in 2024 called Move with the Mayor. Each month, she is scheduled to do an activity with members of the community. The first…

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Teehan's Tavern will hold an Irish Wake on Saturday in preparation for the end of an era on Sunday. (Supplied photo)

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…

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Chicago Ridge may bring RidgeFest back at a later date

Village eyes Labor Day or Oktoberfest dates By Dermot Connolly Discussions are underway in Chicago Ridge about the future of RidgeFest, the annual village festival dating back to 1989, which was canceled last year due to security concerns. About 20 people, mainly representing local non-profit organizations, attended a workshop led by village trustees before the…

Orland Park Mayor Keither Pekau (left) and Police Chief Eric Rossi (right) take part in the police awards ceremony on Feb. 19. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Orland Park honors police performances

By Jeff Vorva The Orland Park Police Department honored several officers and a civilian at the Orland Park board meeting on Feb. 19 as a part of its biannual awards ceremony. Investigator John Folliard was named Officer of the Year for 2023. John Zurek was named the department’s Civilian of the Year. Nathan O’Connor, David…

As Curriculum Director for English Ronell Whitaker (standing) talks with a candidate, his colleagues conduct interviews at the SD218 Educator Career Fair on February 24. (Supplied photos)

SD218 hosts career fair for educators

By Kelly White Community High School District 218 is keeping its faculty informed on available positions in the educational world. District 218 and its partner districts hosted an Educator Career Fair on February 24 at the Administrative Center, 10701 S. Kilpatrick Avenue in Oak Lawn. “This was a great opportunity for educators to have direct…

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Palos Heights police bust mail theft ring

3 arrested for allegedly stealing mail in Palos Heights, Palos Park By Jeff Vorva The good news is that lost mail involving residents of Palos Park and Palos Heights has been found. The bad news is that it may be a while before they get that mail back. Three people were arrested for their alleged…

Shepard High School junior, Anastasia Kladis, has raised nearly $2,000 for Special Olympics Illinois and hopes to keep the amount growing before she takes the plunge at Shepard High School on March 7. (Supplied photos)

Shepard student to take the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

By Kelly White One Shepard High School student has been excelling in raising funds for this year’s Polar Plunge. Anastasia Kladis, a junior from Palos Heights, has raised nearly $2,000 for Special Olympics Illinois and hopes to keep the amount growing before she takes the plunge at school on March 7. “I have made a…

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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Boys Hoops Wrap | Curie, Rice and Marist among area regional champs

By Xavier Sanchez Correspondent The original March Madness got underway last week across Illinois, and several area teams were crowned regional champions. Teams still alive in Class 4A are Marist and Curie, and in Class 3A are Brother Rice, De La Salle, Evergreen Park and Mount Carmel.   CLASS 4A Marist (29-4) cruised to a…

Evergreen Park senior Tre Dowdell crosses over a Hillcrest defender during the Class 3A Evergreen Park Regional championship game on Feb. 23. Photo by Xavier Sanchez

Boys Basketball Class 3A Playoffs | Evergreen Park tops Hillcrest for first regional title since 1974

By Xavier Sanchez Correspondent Some Evergreen Park players have deep roots in the community, but it was a newcomer that carried the Mustangs to a monumental win. Senior guard Tre Dowdell put up a game-high 30 points and Mustangs rolled to a 74-60 win over Hillcrest in the Class 3A Evergreen Park Regional championship game…

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,…