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Palos 118 school board member honored for continued learning  

By Bob Bong / December 7, 2023 / Comments Off on Palos 118 school board member honored for continued learning  

Pam Paris, a member of the Palos School District 118 Board of Education, has been recognized by the Illinois Association of School Boards for her participation in a number of professional development and leadership activities during her service as a school board member. IASB recognizes school board members who show a dedication and desire to learn more about local school governance, adding to their leadership skills, knowledge of state and national educational issues, and commitment to serving in trust of their community and their students. Paris acquired 40 credits to earn IASB’s Board Leader Recognition status. Because of Paris’ ongoing commitment to…

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Chippewa School unveils new playground

By Kelly White / August 23, 2023 /

By Kelly White Students at Chippewa School returned to the classroom last week with an entirely new all-inclusive playground. The playground renovation was part of a planned facility upgrade to replace the aging equipment at the school, 12425 S. Austin Ave., Palos Heights. “This is a wonderful accomplishment,” Palos Heights Mayor Bob Straz, said. “The…

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SD230’s Nolting lauds seniors on advisory panel

By Jeff Vorva / July 8, 2023 / Comments Off on SD230’s Nolting lauds seniors on advisory panel

By Jeff Vorva District 230 Supt. Robert Nolting gave a shout out to the seniors on the Superintendent’s Advisory Committee. The committee is made of students from all three high schools – Sandburg, Stagg and Andrew – who serve their time meeting with Nolting and other district officials to talk about concerns from the student…

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Shepard awards graduating seniors

By Bob Bong / July 8, 2023 / Comments Off on Shepard awards graduating seniors

Families, friends, teachers, administrators, and community leaders gathered recently to celebrate the seniors from Shepard High School who received scholarship awards. Winners included: Alexa Ramirez, Academic Achievement Award for outstanding scholastic accomplishments; Piotr Maciorowski, Jessica Acevedo, Carlo Hernandez. Manny Orozco, Brianna Rolek , Dylan Cervantes, Raymond Hammerschmidt, Ryland Roberts, Miriam Cojocariu, and Delaney Doyle, District…

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District 230 students recognized for biliteracy and triliteracy

By Bob Bong / June 18, 2023 / Comments Off on District 230 students recognized for biliteracy and triliteracy

More than 200 Consolidated High School District 230 students from Amos Alonzo Stagg, Carl Sandburg and Victor J. Andrew High Schools recently received recognition for earning either a Seal of Biliteracy or a State Commendation Award. The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given in recognition of students who have attained proficiency in English and…

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Palos 118 foundation donates $30,000 for new classroom displays

By Bob Bong / June 7, 2023 / Comments Off on Palos 118 foundation donates $30,000 for new classroom displays

The Palos 118 Educational Foundation recently made a $30,000 donation to Palos School District 118 for classroom equipment upgrades. The donation will be used for the purchase and installation of new 70-inch interactive displays in all of the district’s third-grade elementary classrooms. “Our hope is that the new displays can be delivered and installed over…

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Despite concerns from Orland Hills mayor, Orland Park on board with new Fernway School

By Jeff Vorva / June 1, 2023 / Comments Off on Despite concerns from Orland Hills mayor, Orland Park on board with new Fernway School

By Jeff Vorva Village of Orland Park officials are giving thumbs-up to a plan to build a new school on the property of existing Fernway Park Elementary School. Fernway is located at 16600 S. 88th Avenue and is a part of the Kirby School District 140 group of schools, but is the only one in…

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Palos 118 students donate $3,100 to earthquake relief 

By Bob Bong / April 14, 2023 / Comments Off on Palos 118 students donate $3,100 to earthquake relief 

From staff reports  Members of all three Palos School District 118 student councils collected over $3,100 during a March fundraiser to benefit those impacted by the earthquakes in Syria and Turkey. In addition, students at Palos East and West elementary schools and Palos South Middle School also collected 25 boxes of essential supplies that will…

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Independence teacher Pamela Peters is a Golden Apple finalist 

By Kelly White / April 14, 2023 / Comments Off on Independence teacher Pamela Peters is a Golden Apple finalist 

By Kelly White  Independence Jr. High School teacher Pamela Peters has dedicated her educational career toward preparing tomorrow’s leaders.  “Pam’s commitment to ensuring all students in her classes learn and grow makes her stand out as an educator,” Principal Kevin Kirk said.  Peters teaches eighth-grade English/Language Arts at Independence Junior High School, 6610 W. Highland…

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$15 million expansion for Stagg approved

By Bob Bong / March 17, 2023 /

From staff reports  The Consolidated High School District 230 Board of Education last week approved a $15 million expansion at Amos Alonzo Stagg High School in Palos Hills. The expansion will include much-needed classroom space, several science labs, offices and teacher workspace, as well as a rooftop environmental learning space. The project is expected to…

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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…

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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…

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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,…