LeaderShop director faces more charges from former staffers

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From staff reports The LaGrange-based LeaderShop, a social service agency that recently lost $300,000 in funding, is facing new charges of a toxic work environment, bullying, and inappropriate behavior by Executive Director Alan Morales. Since the story was first published in the Desplaines Valley News on June 24, at least six women have documented their…

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Comings & Goings: U-Haul buys Saunoris Frankfort location

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By Bob Bong Two years after closing its Chicago Ridge location, Saunoris has closed its garden center in Frankfort. U-Haul has acquired the former garden center at 19600 S. Harlem Avenue. No price was announced, but the property had been listed for $2.5 million on real estate websites. The 6.88-acre property, now called U-Haul Moving…

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Orland Park once had a great mayor

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How do you assess the failures of Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau? Compare him to his predecessor when it comes to helping people. In July 1996, when Dan McLaughlin was mayor, a dozen areas of Orland Park had been slammed by heavy rainstorms and extensive flooding that caused massive property damage. The Village of Orland…

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Paisans Pizzeria has impressive grand opening in Oak Lawn

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Local officials ecstatic about new restaurant By Joe Boyle The origins of Paisans Pizzeria were humble as immigrant Luigi Fejzuloski created the business in a small corner store in Cicero. He was making pizzas in 1985 out of a household kitchen. Soon after that, Luigi was joined by his son, Pete. They both responded to…

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Large gathering attends final St. Bernadette Mass

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Emotional parishioners say their final goodbyes By Joe Boyle They arrived from the nearby neighborhood and from communities far away to attend Mass for the final time Sunday morning at St. Bernadette Church in Evergreen Park. The closing of St. Bernadette Church, 9343 S. Francisco Ave., was announced in January of 2022 as part of…

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Woman charged in Palos Heights robbery

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From staff reports A Chicago woman was charged last month with robbery in connection with an incident in May in the parking lot of the Jewel-Osco at 12803 S. Harlem Ave. Police said Janae Banks, 26, was taken into custody on June 22 at a home in the 8800 block of South Indiana Avenue in…

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Worth limits number of signs on businesses

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By Joe Boyle Signs that are attached to businesses in Worth will undergo a makeover. A lengthy discussion took place during the Worth Village Board meeting Tuesday night addressing a dilemma that trustees said had to be addressed. An ordinance was drawn amending previous sign regulations of businesses in the village. Trustees had been complaining…

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Palos Park police charge Burbank man for false fire alarms

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From staff reports A Burbank man was charged Monday with six counts of felony disorderly conduct for his role in allegedly setting off false fire alarms dating back to March. Palos Park police said they initiated an investigation on March 18 after they were contacted by the Palos Fire Protection District regarding numerous reports of…

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