Sean Casten

Sean Casten

Casten to open satellite office in Oak Forest

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On Saturday, April 22, Congressman Sean Casten (D-6th) will host a town hall at noon at the Bremen Township Senior Complex, 15350 Oak Park Ave. in Oak Forest.

The town hall will be followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1:15 p.m. and an open house for constituents in a building across the parking lot from the senior complex.

Since coming to Congress, Casten has made it his top priority to be accessible and in constant communication with constituents—holding nearly 60 Town Halls and hundreds of online community roundtables.

As always, Casten looks forward to taking as many questions as possible from constituents

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Fine, community service for woman who killed man in fatal accident

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Spread the loveVictim’s family outraged over outcome By Steve Metsch Six months after the car she was driving hit and killed Murod Kurdi, Leanne Cusack had her day in court. On Tuesday, she was found guilty of failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident – the only charge against her – for the fatal…

Penelope Maka, 7, of Palos Heights, and her brother, Jacob, 10, met with Santa at the Palos Heights Kris Kringle Market on Friday night. (Photos by Kelly White)

Palos Heights celebrates holiday season at Kris Kringle Market

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Spread the loveBy Kelly White The Palos Heights community welcomed in the Christmas season by showcasing its small-town charm and holiday cheer this past weekend. Residents from Palos Heights, along with those from surrounding communities, came out to celebrate the Holidays in the Heights at the city’s Kris Kringle Market on December 1 and December…

Saint Xavier running back Amari Venerable tries to break a tackle in a loss to Northwestern (Iowa) in the NAIA quarterfinals. Photo courtesy of Saint Xavier University Department of Athletics

College Report | SXU football falls in quarterfinals

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Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Staff Writer For three quarters, Saint Xavier went nearly toe-to-toe with the No. 1-ranked football team in the nation. Justin Pringle had returned a kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown to bring the Cougars to within three points of Northwestern (Iowa), the top-seeded team in the NAIA playoffs and the…

Richards grad Sean Lewis is the new football coach at San Diego State. Photo courtesy of San Diego State University Athletics

Area Sports Roundup | Richards grad Sean Lewis ready to air it out in San Diego

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Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Staff Writer The rollercoaster ride continues for Sean Lewis. The Richards alum went from being the head coach at Kent State to the offensive coordinator at Colorado, one of the most talked about college football programs in the country this season because of Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders. He was…

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Girls Hoops | Sandburg and Oak Lawn to host holiday tournaments

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Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Staff Writer The field has been finalized for the third Sandburg Holiday Classic, which is the only girls basketball holiday tournament in the area to feature 16 teams. The host Eagles will be joined in the event, to be held Dec. 27-29, by area teams Oak Lawn, Richards, Argo and…

Oak Lawn Community High School students, Aiden Alarcon, 15, of Hometown and Sarah Abdallah, 14, of Oak Lawn, donating food to the high school's Student Council Food Drive. (Supplied photo)

OLCHS Student Council Thanksgiving Food Drive aids needy

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Spread the loveBy Kelly White Donating to those in need during the holiday season are students at Oak Lawn Community High School. The Student Council at the high school, 9400 Southwest Hwy. in Oak Lawn, recently hosted its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. “I like the Student Council Thanksgiving Food Drive because it’s an opportunity to…

A chart depicting future changes for Oak Lawn Community High School, including an additional parking lot, were provided during the Oak Lawn Village Board meeting Tuesday morning. (Photo by Joe Boyle)

Oak Lawn approves new parking lot, fieldhouse for OLCHS

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Spread the loveBy Joe Boyle An additional parking lot and an athletic fieldhouse has been approved for Oak Lawn Community High School. Joseph McCurdy, assistant superintendent for Oak Lawn Community High School District 229, gave a brief slide presentation detailing some of the plans for the parking lot and an athletic fieldhouse during the Oak Lawn Village Board meeting Tuesday morning.…

Games designed by Palos 118 ALPS students Shea Currran (from left), Carol Pack, and Marley McCall all took home awards from this year’s Young Inventor Challenge. (Supplied photos)

Palos 118 students win at 2023 Young Inventor Challenge

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Spread the loveFourth-grade students from Palos School District 118 took home three awards at the 2023 Young Inventor Challenge. Students from Palos East and West Elementaries participated in the event on November 4 and 5 in Chicago. The program gives students ages 6 to18 an opportunity to develop and pitch their original inventions to toy and game…

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Off-duty Chicago police officer dies in Oak Lawn crash

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Palos Park police cadets holiday food drive underway

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For at least 6 months, state failed to act on Carlinville funeral director that mishandled remains

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Dolly Parton Imagination Library officially launches statewide in Illinois

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State high court finds medical personnel exemption to biometric information privacy law

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Temporary staffing agencies seek to block new state labor law

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