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Notice of Public Hearing Village of Stickney

By Carol Mcgowan / June 16, 2024 /

Notice of Public Hearing Village of Stickney Notice is hereby given by the Board of Trustees for the Village of Stickney of a hearing to be held at 6:45 p.m. on July 2, 2024, concerning the Village’s intent to adopt an ordinance providing for the appropriations for the fiscal year beginning May 1, 2024 and…

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Notice of Public Hearing Before the Zoning Board of Appeals for the Village of Stickney

By Carol Mcgowan / June 6, 2024 /

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING BEFORE THE ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS FOR THE VILLAGE OF STICKNEY, COUNTY OF COOK, STATE OF ILLINOIS JUNE 27, 2024 at 7:00 PM   Notice is given that the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Village of Stickney will conduct a public hearing on June 27, 2023 at 7:00 p.m., at…

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Public Notice: Stickney Board of Fire and Police Commissioners will accept applications for lateral police candidates

By Carol Mcgowan / June 6, 2024 /

PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that the Stickney Board of Fire and Police Commissioners will accept applications for lateral police candidates beginning Monday. March 04, 2024. Applications may be obtained at the Stickney Police Department located at 6533 Pershing Road, Stickney, Illinois 60402 or the Village of Stickney website (https://www.villageofstickney.com). The Village of Stickney is…

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Village of Stickney Annual Treasurer’s Report For Period Ending 04/30/2023

By Carol Mcgowan / October 11, 2023 /

VILLAGE OF STICKNEY ANNUAL TREASURER’S REPORT FOR PERIOD ENDING 04/30/2023   REVENUE SUMMARY Property Tax $3,224,663.13; TIF Property Taxes $1,160,622.63; Personal Property Replacement Tax $447,786.70; State Income Tax $1,094,167.35; Local Use Tax $291,550.09; Cannabis Tax $10,955.37; State Sales Tax $714,888.77; Home Rule Sales Tax $495,313.24; Road & Bridge Tax $22,791.30; Municipal Utility Tax – Electric…

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PUBLIC NOTICE: Stickney Board of Fire and Police Commissioners accepting applications for lateral police candidates

By Carol Mcgowan / September 27, 2023 /

PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that the Stickney Board of Fire and Police Commissioners will accept applications for lateral police candidates beginning Monday. October 02, 2023. Applications may be obtained at the Stickney Police Department located at 6533 Pershing Road, Stickney, Illinois 60402 or the Village of Stickney website (https://www.villageofstickney.com). The Village of Stickney is…

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Budget Notice-Forest View Park District

By Carol Mcgowan / June 13, 2023 /

BUDGET NOTICE Notice is hereby given that the proposed Annual Budget and Appropriation Ordinance for the Forest View Park District, Cook County, Illinois, for the fiscal year beginning May 1st, 2022, and ending April 30th, 2023, is now available for public inspection at the Forest View Park District, located at 4621 Wenonah Ave., Forest View,…

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Notice of Public Hearing-Forest View

By Carol Mcgowan / June 13, 2023 /

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the President and Board of Trustees of the Village of Forest View, acting as the Hearing Board in the absence of a Planning and Zoning Board, will hold a public hearing at Village Hall, 7000 West 46th Street, on June 27th, 2023, at 6:30pm. The purpose…

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Request for Proposals for the Purchase and Development of Property Owned by the Village of Lyons

By Carol Mcgowan / June 13, 2023 /

Request for Proposals for the Purchase and Development Of Property Owned by the Village of Lyons             Please take notice that the Village of Lyons will receive sealed proposals for the purchase and development of the real property commonly known as 7847 43rd Street, Lyons, Illinois. Proposals will be accepted at the Lyons Village Hall,…

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Proposals received-opened-Bedford Park

By Carol Mcgowan / June 13, 2023 /

  NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS   Owner:                           Village of Bedford Park Township: Lyons, Stickney County:                                 Cook Project No.                                22500   TIME AND PLACE OF OPENING OF BIDS:   Sealed Proposals for the improvement described herein will be received at the office of the Village Clerk of the Village of Bedford Park, 6701 S.…

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Request for Bids – Bedford Park

By Carol Mcgowan / June 13, 2023 /

REQUEST FOR BIDS   The Village of Bedford Park Public Works Department is asking for bids to build a garage 40 feet by 40 feet with 1 man door and 1 over head door 12 feet high by 14 feet wide with concrete foundation. This building will be next to garage at 7649 W 64th…

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LeaderShop Alumni Association to host peaceful rally during Thursday board meeting

The LeaderShop Alumni Association, a group of volunteers, previous staff members, former board members, funders, donors, and stakeholders who are community minded and energized by the mission of The LeaderShop, will host a peaceful rally in support of change to current leadership for the nonprofit agency. The rally will be held during The LeaderShop Board…

The Mariano’s store in Frankfort would be among the stores transferred to a new owner if the Kroger-Albertson’s merger is approved. (Photo by Bob Bong)

Comings & Goings: Palos Jewel, Oak Lawn Mariano’s to be sold in merger deal

By Bob Bong Kroger and Albertson’s this week released the list of stores the companies plan to sell, should a merger between the grocery giants be approved by regulators. Jewel Food Stores in Alsip and Palos Heights are among the stores listed for sale as well as Mariano’s locations in Oak Lawn, Orland Park, and Frankfort. The…

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LeaderShop director faces more charges from former staffers

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…

Lyons Mayor Christopher Getty presents a copy of the proclamation honoring the Lyons Mustangs Athletic Club for 100 years to President Gary Benedik. (Photos by Steve Metsch)

Lyons Mustangs honored for 100 years of service

By Steve Metsch It’s not often a service organization hits 100 years. But there are not many service organizations like the Lyons Mustangs Athletic Club. “We don’t know of any other organization anywhere around here, maybe in the city of Chicago, but maybe around here that has made it 100 years. It’s quite a feat.…

Eddie Korosa will perform again at this year's Music in the Park series of concerts in Lyons. (file photo)

Lyons’ Music in the Park series starts July 10

By Steve Metsch The popular Music in the Park series will begin a six-week run on July 10 at Veterans Park in Lyons. Bands will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. each Wednesday through Aug. 14, said Ted Tale, director of parks and recreation for the village. Each night will “feature a vendor with food…

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McCook settles with former police officer

By Steve Metsch More than eight months after the process began, the village of McCook has reached a settlement with former police officer John Kosmowski Jr. “This will end this case for once and for all. Gets it out of our hair even though I don’t have hair,” Mayor Terrance Carr quipped during the McCook…

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Countryside police seek grants for tasers and solar-powered cameras

By Steve Metsch The Countryside Police Department is applying for two grants that are intended to help improve safety. Police Chief Paul Klimek told the city council at its June 12 meeting that he is seeking a grant from the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority for tasers. “The state is going to award tasers to…

Illinois News

Pritzker calls SCOTUS emergency abortion ruling ‘small respite’ as state protections await his signature

Pritzker calls SCOTUS emergency abortion ruling ‘small respite’ as state protections await his signature

By ANDREW ADAMS  Capitol News Illinois aadams@capitolnewsillinois.com Abortion remains legal as an emergency medical procedure in Idaho, for now, after a Thursday U.S. Supreme Court ruling, while a bill that would cement those protections in Illinois law awaits Gov. JB Pritzker’s signature.  The 6-3 decision saw the three liberal justices concur with the order. Three…

Pritzker signs election bill to increase party power in primary elections

Pritzker signs election bill to increase party power in primary elections

By ANDREW ADAMS  Capitol News Illinois aadams@capitolnewsillinois.com Changes to primary election fundraising, the electoral college and the state’s voter registration database are now law after Gov. JB Pritzker signed a wide-ranging bill on Monday. The legislation, containing several unrelated election measures, passed near the end of the legislature’s spring session on a vote of 68-38 in…

National Committeeman Richard Porter looks ahead to GOP convention as party names new state chair

National Committeeman Richard Porter looks ahead to GOP convention as party names new state chair

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Republicans will gather in Milwaukee next week for what promises to be a historic national convention. Former President Donald Trump will be nominated for the third consecutive time as the party’s presidential nominee, the first major party candidate to win nomination that many times since Franklin…

Speaker Welch rebuffs lawsuit from would-be staff union as ‘forum shopping’

Speaker Welch rebuffs lawsuit from would-be staff union as ‘forum shopping’

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois hmeisel@capitolnewsillinois.com Illinois House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch is urging a Cook County judge to dismiss a lawsuit members of his staff filed against him last month seeking to force recognition of their union. In a new filing Monday, attorneys for Welch argued the Illinois Legislative Staff Association has no…

The U.N. calls restraint chairs torture. Illinois jails use them every day.

The U.N. calls restraint chairs torture. Illinois jails use them every day.

by GRACE HAUCK ILLINOIS ANSWERS PROJECT Warning: The following article includes mentions of self-harm and profanity. This is the first in a series of stories. McHENRY, Ill. – Vernon L. Brooks Jr. was distraught. Forced into a chair in a jail cell with a black mesh hood over his head, he panicked as he felt…

Pritzker signs health insurance reform measures

Pritzker signs health insurance reform measures

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed legislation Wednesday that puts new controls on the state’s health insurance industry, including bans on certain practices companies have used to reduce costs by controlling the amount of health care services a patient receives. The Health Care Protection Act, House Bill 5395,…

Transit heads again ask state for funding help, reject proposals for oversight reform

Transit heads again ask state for funding help, reject proposals for oversight reform

By ANDREW ADAMS Capitol News Illinois aadams@capitolnewsillinois.com CHICAGO – It was standing room only in a downtown Chicago committee hearing Tuesday as activists, transit experts and lobbyists hung on the words of the region’s transit agency chiefs.  Public transit has become an increasingly contentious issue in Chicagoland as the Regional Transportation Authority – the funding…

SCOTUS ruling could upend federal corruption cases for Madigan, allies

SCOTUS ruling could upend federal corruption cases for Madigan, allies

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois hmeisel@capitolnewsillinois.com The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday narrowed the scope of a federal bribery law prosecutors have relied on in their cases against former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and several of his allies convicted of bribing him. A jury last spring found those allies – former lobbyists and…

Former GOP state lawmaker, candidate for governor sentenced to 42 months in prison

Former GOP state lawmaker, candidate for governor sentenced to 42 months in prison

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois hmeisel@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – Former Republican State Sen. Sam McCann on Tuesday was sentenced to 42 months in federal prison for stealing nearly $700,000 in campaign funds and attempting to conceal his theft with false reports to state election authorities. In February, McCann pleaded guilty to seven counts of wire…

Menard prison staff picket, citing unsafe working conditions

Menard prison staff picket, citing unsafe working conditions

By MOLLY PARKER Capitol News Illinois   mparker@capitolnewsillinois.com Hundreds of Menard Correctional Center employees and their supporters staged a rally alongside a busy street in Chester on Monday, highlighting what they described as perilous working conditions at the state’s largest maximum-security prison.   The problems at the southern Illinois facility stem from low staffing levels, said…