SD117 names Droba as new superintendent

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North Palos School District 117 has announced that Christine Droba will become the next North Palos School District 117 Superintendent of Schools beginning July 1, 2024. The Board of Education selected Droba to fill this position following Dr. Jeannie Stachowiak’s retirement at the end of the 2023-2024 school year. Stachowiak will be retiring after 21…

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Hodgkins appoints Haizlip to Civil Service Board

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By Carol McGowan The Village of Hodgkins has a new member for their Civil Service Board. Resident Todd Haizlip was sworn in by Village Attorney, and Retired Judge Pat Rogers at the regular January Village Board meeting. The Civil Service Board presides over the hiring process and promotions of police officers. The board normally consists…

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Teen beaten by Oak Lawn police charged in Orland robbery

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By Bob Bong A Bridgeview teen who was beaten by Oak Lawn police after he fled from a traffic stop in 2022 has been charged with robbing a man at a fitness center in Orland Park in December. Orland police said Hadi Abuatelah, 19, was one of three teens who assaulted the victim on December…

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2 charged in Von Maur burglary

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By Bob Bong Two Chicago men have been charged with a burglary in October at the Von Maur department store at Orland Square Mall. Clifford Fields, 32, and Jerrod Brim, 29, both of Chicago, were arrested this month in connection with the October 21 burglary, police said. Orland Park police said they responded to a…

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3 EPCHS music students named to All-State Chorus, Honors Chorus

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Evergreen Park Community High School students Suzy Summers and Diego Toledo were selected for All-State Chorus and Matthew Dever was named to the All-State Honors Chorus for the second consecutive year. It’s the first time since 2010 EPCHS has had three All-State selections. Statewide, more than 10,000 students from elementary, junior high and high schools…

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Woman charged with stealing bumper

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By Bob Bong  A Crete woman was charged last week with the theft of a bumper from a vehicle in Palos Heights. Police said they were notified on August 31 by an employee of a business in the 11900 block of South Harlem Avenue that the front bumper of his personal vehicle had been stolen.…

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Heafey receives Swallow Cliff Chapter community service award

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Swallow Cliff Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, presented Jack Heafey, of Palos Heights, the DAR Community Service Award for his outstanding volunteer activities at Northwestern Medicine Palos Hospital. The award was presented in December at the monthly luncheon. Each chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution can present two…

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Park Lawn Queen of Hearts jackpot now over $220K

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By Dermot Connolly The jackpot for the Park Lawn Queen of Hearts fundraiser grew to more than $220,000 this week following another rollover Wednesday at the weekly drawing held at the At the Office sports bar in Crestwood. People were buying tickets up until the last minute in hopes of winning the January 10 jackpot…

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Seniors-Only DMV Center moves into Bridgeview Community Center

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By Steve Metsch Anyone 65 and older can take advantage of a new Seniors-only DMV office located in the Bridgeview Community Center. Illinois Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias last week cut the ribbon opening the new senior-focused facility. “This is a very exciting day for seniors in Bridgeview and for seniors across the state,” he…

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Webb Chevrolet hosts SD218 auto tech students from Richards, Shepard

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Despite their busy schedules, general manager Tim Gehr and several other supervisors from Webb Chevrolet in Oak Lawn found time in December to show automotive technology students from Richards and Shepard high schools the career possibilities waiting for them. Teachers Keith Luszcak and Matt Krogh brought 29 students to tour Webb facilities, talk with various…

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