The varsity cheerleaders from Shepard High School took second place at the IHSA Sectional at Hinsdale South to qualify for the IHSA state finals. (supplied photos)

The varsity cheerleaders from Shepard High School took second place at the IHSA Sectional at Hinsdale South to qualify for the IHSA state finals. (supplied photos)

Shepard, Richards cheerleaders earn highest sectional scores

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The varsity cheerleaders from Richards High School took fifth place at the IHSA Sectional at Hinsdale South to qualify for the IHSA state finals.

The varsity cheerleaders from Shepard High School in Palos Heights on second place on Saturday at the IHSA Sectional tournament at Hinsdale South High School.  The team advanced to the IHSA state finals as a result.

Coached by Shepard graduate Felicia Marr, the Astros earned their highest score ever at a sectional tournament.   The team has enjoyed another tremendous season, winning first place in the Co-Ed Division at both the Andrew and Lincoln-Way East invitationals.  ​

The varsity cheerleaders from Richards High School in Oak Lawn won fifth place on Saturday at the IHSA Sectional tournament at Hinsdale South High School in the Large Varsity Division.  The team advanced to the IHSA state finals next weekend as a result.

Coached by Richards graduate Jessica Gall, the Bulldogs have produced a stellar season.  Her team took first place at the Andrew Invitational, second at the South Suburban Conference meet, and third at Joliet West.

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Worth narrowly approves COVID testing and medical services site

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Spread the loveBy Joe Boyle With COVID-19 positivity rates declining in Illinois, some members of the Worth Village Board wondered why a business emphasizing testing is necessary? Trustees Rich Dziedzic and Brad Urban brought the issue up during the Worth Village Board meeting Tuesday night, questioning if Free COVID Drive Thru Testing Inc. should be operating with…

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Get the scoop on college life at Lyons Township High School

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Spread the loveFrom staff reports Lyons Township High School students will have an opportunity to get a glimpse of college life at the annual College Fair Wednesday, April 6, from 6:30-8  p.m., at the North Campus Fieldhouse/Vaughan Gym, 100 S. Brainard Ave., LaGrange. State schools, private colleges, community colleges, special interest schools, and the armed…

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Justice officials express support for Ukraine

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Spread the loveBy Carol McGowan The regular meeting of the Justice Village Board on February 28 started with Mayor Kris Wasowicz expressing his support for the Ukrainian people in their fight against Russian aggression. “I hope all people of good will do the same,” he said. “We should express our condemnation to the unjust attack…

Lyons Village Trustee Paul Marchiori (right) voiced concerns about drivers’ safety on Ogden Avenue near a car wash that the board approved. Trustee James Veselsky is to the left. (Photo by Steve Metsch)

Buddy Bear Car Wash approved for Lyons

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Spread the loveBy Steve Metsch If all goes as planned, in early 2023 you will be able to visit the brand-new Buddy Bear Car Wash on Ogden Avenue in Lyons. The village board on March 15 voted 6-0 in favor of a unanimous zoning board of appeals recommendation that a special-use permit be approved for…

Park Commissioner Tom Bosworth (from left), Commissioner Tabatha Sutera, Commissioner Carrie Bernardoni, Commissioner Larry Noyes, Executive Director Jennifer Bonbrake, Commissioner Mark Leahy break ground last week on improvements to Commissioners Park in Justice. (Supplied photo)

Commissioners Park in Justice to get face-lift

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Spread the loveBy Carol McGowan The Justice Park District broke ground last week on a new playground and re-vamp of Commissioners Park. For the next four to six weeks, park workers will be installing new playground equipment to replace outdated equipment that’s been there for at least 15 years. The new and improved playground will…

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Kurinec takes reins as Indian Head Park police chief

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Spread the loveBy Carol McGowan Michael Kurinec is the new Chief of Police in Indian Head Park. He recently moved into the position when Steven Stelter accepted the Chief of Police Position in Forest View. Kurinec isn’t new to the village as he was the first officer hired by the newly formed Indian Head Park…

Richards’ Christian Rosales delivers a pitch in a huge come-from-behind victory over Stagg on March 16. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Batter Up: Richards and Stagg show resilience in baseball’s opening week

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Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Staff Writer If the infancy of the high school baseball season has proved anything, it’s that Stagg and Richards are two resilient teams. Just when they look down and out … Let’s look at Richards first. The Bulldogs opened the season on March 14 with a 4-0, five-inning road loss…

Catalyst Maria graduate Jonathan Brundidge (left) and St. Rita alum Cameron Bartmann pose with the NJCAA National Championship trophy on Sunday as South Suburban College won the title the night before. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Area Sports Roundup: South Suburban College wins national title

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Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Staff writer Now for some March Madness that was not as heavily publicized over the weekend … Area athletes participated in three national championship basketball games on Saturday, and a couple of them can lay claim to being national champs. St. Rita grad Cameron Bartmann and Catalyst Maria alum Jonathan…

The Chicago Red Stars, shown celebrating a goal during the 2021 season at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, hope there will be more celebrations in 2022. They play their first home Challenge Cup game at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Photo by Jeff Vorva

Pro Soccer Report: Red Stars seek title after back-to-back runner-up finishes

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Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Staff writer It’s an obvious goal. Win it all. The Chicago Red Stars, who make their 2022 home debut in the Challenge Cup at 7:30 p.m. Friday against Kansas City at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, finished runner-up in each of the past two NWSL seasons in 2019 and 2021. There…

Father Nemanja Tesic hopes to celebrate Christmas with the St. Nikola Serbian Orthodox Church congregation in the former St. Hugh. (Photos by Steve Metsch)

Serbian Orthodox Church in Brookfield buys St. Hugh in Lyons

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Spread the loveBy Steve Metsch  St. Hugh Roman Catholic Church in Lyons, closed by the Archdiocese of Chicago in June 2021, will again be a house of worship. St. Nikola Serbian Orthodox Church, based in Brookfield, purchased the property on March 10. Father Nemanja Tesic, 38, who leads the estimated 500-member congregation, hopes to have…

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A security camera caught an employee beating a patient. It took 11 days for anyone to take action.

A security camera caught an employee beating a patient. It took 11 days for anyone to take action.

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois bhundsdorfer@capitolnewsillinois.com This article was produced for ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network in partnership with Capitol News Illinois.  Cameras in the common areas of Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center were supposed to make the troubled southern Illinois facility safer for the approximately 200 people with developmental disabilities who live there.  But…

Lawmakers move to pause – then further regulate – carbon dioxide pipeline development

Lawmakers move to pause – then further regulate – carbon dioxide pipeline development

By ANDREW ADAMS Capitol News Illinois aadams@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – After state regulators rebuffed several proposed carbon transport projects over the past year, lawmakers have moved to formally ban new projects until the federal government sets forth new safety rules. The technology is used to take carbon dioxide – a powerful greenhouse gas – and move…

Senate Democrats send $53.1B spending plan to House

Senate Democrats send $53.1B spending plan to House

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois jnowicki@capitolnewsillinois.com Two days after the General Assembly was scheduled to adjourn its spring session, Democrats in the Illinois Senate advanced a $53.1 billion budget to the House Sunday night, where leaders expect it to pass without changes. The fiscal year 2025 spending plan, which came together over a stretch…

Prairie Band Potawatomi land deal clears Senate, will head back to House

Prairie Band Potawatomi land deal clears Senate, will head back to House

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation is a step closer to acquiring a 1,500-acre state park in DeKalb County, much of which was once part of a reservation that was illegally seized from the tribe in the mid-19 th century. As the Senate worked through its last…

Budget negotiations will extend into next week as House leaves Springfield

Budget negotiations will extend into next week as House leaves Springfield

By JERRY NOWICKI & HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois news@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Democrats in the General Assembly will go at least three more days past their self-imposed adjournment deadline after failing to pass a budget bill Saturday, although the spending and revenue framework were made public for the first time. “The House and Senate are…

Maternal health, abortion protection measures advance as session nears end

Maternal health, abortion protection measures advance as session nears end

By ALEX ABBEDUTO Capitol News Illinois abbeduto@capitolnewsillinois.com In the final days of their spring legislative session, Democrats in the General Assembly advanced measures aimed at expanding and protecting aspects of maternal and women’s health care. If signed into law, the measures would expand insurance coverage of pregnancy and postpartum services, maintain abortion as a viable…

Health insurance changes targeting ‘utilization management,’ more will head to governor

Health insurance changes targeting ‘utilization management,’ more will head to governor

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – A package of health insurance reform measures that Gov. JB Pritzker called for at the beginning of the legislative session will soon be headed to his desk for his signature. The Illinois House gave final approval Saturday to a pair of bills that limit the ability…

Capitol Briefs: Republicans sue over law banning legislative candidate slating

Capitol Briefs: Republicans sue over law banning legislative candidate slating

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois hmeisel@capitolnewsillinois.com One week after Gov. JB Pritzker signed an elections-related measure that his fellow Democrats quickly muscled through the General Assembly, Republicans sued over the new law, alleging the majority party is blocking ballot access to would-be legislative candidates. The law , passed early this month as the legislature’s…

Illinois Supreme Court considers expectation of privacy in hospitals

Illinois Supreme Court considers expectation of privacy in hospitals

By DILPREET RAJU  & ANDREW ADAMS Capitol News Illinois news@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – While Cortez Turner was in a hospital room being treated for a gunshot wound to his leg in 2016, police took his clothes. Now, the Illinois Supreme Court is weighing whether that action violated Turner’s expectation of privacy under the Fourth Amendment. The…

Capitol Briefs: Measure targets ‘legacy’ admission at public universities

Capitol Briefs: Measure targets ‘legacy’ admission at public universities

By DILPREET RAJU, COLE LONGCOR & ALEX ABBEDUTO Capitol News Illinois news@capitolnewsillinois.com Illinois lawmakers missed a self-imposed Friday deadline for passing a budget, but they had approved more than 250 bills this week as of Friday afternoon. Amid the flurry of legislation was a measure prohibiting state universities from admitting students based on familial and…