Midwest Music Festival honors Shepard band director

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On a night when his students earned the highest scores possible, Shepard High School band director Chris Pitlik received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Midwest Music Festival. Pitlik has led the Shepard band program for three decades.   Pitlik has been bringing Shepard students to perform and compete at the festival, hosted by Lemont High…

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Mother McAuley gives new life to prom, graduation dresses 

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By Kelly White  Finding the perfect prom dress can be costly and stressful. The task was made a little easier for students this year thanks to the Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School Mother’s Club’s Graduation and Prom Dress Resale. The event took place February 18-19 at the high school located at 3737 W. 99th…

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Oak Park man charged in Forest View woman’s murder

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By Carol McGowan and Bob Bong A 24-year-old Oak Park man has been arrested and charged in the strangulation death last month of 20-year-old Charisma Ehresman, of Forest View. Richard Chavez, of the 600 block of South Maple Street in Oak Park, was arrested on February 18 at Cook County Jail where he was already…

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