Girls Basketball | Big day for Reavis, Lopez

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By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer It was a big day for the Reavis girls basketball team. It was an even bigger day for Isabel Lopez. The Rams crushed Bremen, 51-29, on Nov. 18 to claim the title of the inaugural Chicago Christian Thanksgiving Tournament in Palos Heights. Lopez, Lilly Hernandez and Ella Frixen were named…

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Orland Park police station named in McCarthy’s honor


By Jeff Vorva Tim McCarthy will always be a part of American history for taking a bullet for President Ronald Reagan in 1981 as a member of the Secret Service. Less known to the rest of the nation was his service to Orland Park as police chief for 26 years. On Oct. 23, he was…

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Living Palos Park mayors honor 100-year-old Lager


By Jeff Vorva History was made at the Palos Park Village Council meeting when six of the living mayors in town gathered at the Kaptur Center. This moment may not happen again. It was the first time all six where together and they were at the Oct. 23 meeting to honor former mayor Willard Lager,…

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Red Stars Review | Swanson injury hurt season


By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Was the Chicago Red Stars season doomed on April 8 in Austin, Texas? In a game they didn’t even play in? That’s when and where super-scorer Mallory Swanson, playing for the U.S. national team in a friendly against Ireland, was carried off the pitch on a stretcher after suffering a…

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Students ‘comfy’ in mock city council meeting


By Jeff Vorva Sometimes mayors are on the hot seat. But for Palos Heights Mayor for a Day Ethan Bernsee? He liked the seat just fine. “The chairs are comfy,” he said. “And it (the meeting room at City Hall) looks fancy.” The Independence Junior High School eighth-grader was the mayor in the city’s annual…

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Bedford Park named Municipal Leader of the Year 


By Jeff Vorva  Bedford Park is having a huge year, and the Chicago Southland Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has taken notice. During the organization’s awards ceremony on Oct. 4 at the DoubleTree Alsip, the Village of Bedford Park was named the Municipal Leader of the Year. There are more than 60 municipalities encompassing the bureau.…

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Area Sports Roundup | SouthWest Suburban and DuPage Valley merging for football

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By Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Taking a page out of the Chicago Catholic League-East Suburban Catholic Conference playbook, the SouthWest Suburban Conference and DuPage Valley Conference are forming a football alliance that will begin play next season. Lockport Township High School Superintendent Robert McBride confirmed the merger in a statement. Nine of the 10 current…

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