Countryside resident seeks help with late-night noise

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By Steve Metsch  At least one Countryside resident is tired of hearing odd noises that wake him in the middle of the night.  With that in mind, Nico Sutkus spoke on the topic at the Sept. 27 meeting of the Countryside City Council.  Sutkus, 22, who resides in the 9500 block of 56th Street, said…

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Bridgeview resident organizes event to help the police department

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By Steve Metsch  Bridgeview Police Chief Ricardo Mancha took time at the latest village board meeting to thank resident Mary Bilek. Bilek, 47, put together a special dinner on Oct. 1 at Nikos, 7600 S. Harlem Ave., to support the police department. The event raised $2,100 for the police department. Gift baskets were raffled off.…

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Lyons police break open a huge crime organization

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By Steve Metsch It would have been easy for Lyons Police Officer Dever Kelly to simply report a truck had been broken into and nothing was stolen. But Kelly, in his second year with the department, went the extra mile. He took photos of what he saw inside the truck, of boxes that were broken…

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Lyons Mustangs fundraiser is Saturday

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By Steve Metsch The Lyons Mustangs Athletic Club is hosting its third annual September to Remember from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Live music will be provided by Da Good Times Band, starting at 3:30 p.m., said Mark Anderson, a lifetime member of the Mustangs. The Mustangs’ clubhouse is at 4047 Leland Avenue in Lyons.…

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Bridgeview tweaks special meetings ordinance

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By Steve Metsch With a light agenda on Aug. 2, the Bridgeview Village Board approved ordinances that dealt with zoning and economic development and also tweaked a meetings ordinance. The board unanimously approved an ordinance granting a variation for a drive-thru stacking lane setback on the property at 7200 S. Harlem Ave. The setback changes…

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Air Force veteran joins McCook Police Department

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By Steve Metsch  After spending 14 years in the Air Force, including the last 12 as a paralegal, Jenna Calderone is ready for a new challenge. She found one in McCook. On Aug.21, the McCook Village Board unanimously approved hiring Calderone as a police officer. She was sworn in by Ken Lyons, a McCook police…

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Speeding issue resolved on White Avenue in Lyons

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By Steve Metsch Speeding motorists are no match for Lyons resident Kyle Comstock and the police. About one month after alerting the village board about his concerns regarding motorists speeding down his street, Comstock, who lives with his family in the 8000 block of White Avenue, reports that things are much better. Comstock, 32, spoke during…

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Southpaw slides into Lyons, visits kids at public library

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By Steve Metsch  A tall, furry and green creature who loves baseball visited the Lyons Public Library the morning of July 18. Southpaw, the mascot of the Chicago White Sox, received a hero’s welcome from about 45 children gathered on the patio south of the building. It was a fun way to spend a summer…

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Rodriguez takes charge of Lyons Public Works 

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By Steve Metsch  After 18 months, Tito Rodriguez can remove “interim” from his job title. Rodriguez, 60, was sworn in as Lyons Public Works Director at the July 18 meeting of the village board. He had held the job of interim director since January 2022. That’s when former public works director Ryan Grace left Lyons…

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