Countryside Police Chief Joe Ford to retire in May

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By Steve Metsch  After 10 years as Countryside Police Chief and 40 years in law enforcement, Joe Ford has decided it’s time to retire. Ford, 62, said his last day as chief will be May 13. Mayor Sean McDermott announced Ford’s plan to step down during the April 12 meeting of the city council. “Forty…

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Police put focus on distracted driving in April

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness month, and it won’t take you long to look around during your travels and see drivers distracted by all sorts of things. Most people immediately think of people being distracted by their mobile phones, but really the problem can come from any distraction either inside or outside the car. Palos…

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Oak Lawn trustee wants property transfer tax issue back on ballot

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By Joe Boyle Oak Lawn officials would like to revisit the property transfer tax question that residents voted down in the Nov. 8 election. Trustee Paul Mallo (3rd) said during the Oak Lawn Village Board meeting Tuesday night that he believes residents voted against the measure because they thought it would raise their taxes. Mayor Terry Vorderer…

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Shots fired at man in Palos Hills phone store

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Palos Hills police said shots were fire Saturday afternoon at the Elite Mobile store at 7233 W. 103rd Street. Police said they received a call at 1:55 p.m. of a disturbance at the store, which is in a shopping center across the street from Pete’s Fresh Market in Bridgeview. Police said a man entered the…

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Man arrested for robbing gas stations in Summit, Bridgeview

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By Bob Bong A 19-year-old Chicago man was charged last week with robbing a gas station in Summit shortly after robbing another gas station in neighboring Bridgeview, and he was also wanted for a series of convenience store robberies in Chicago. Terrance Thomas, 19, was charged with armed robberies for holding up the Thorntons gas…

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Oak Lawn Chamber honors Coloring Book Contest winners

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By Joe Boyle The Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce recognized a group of students whose works of arts make up the annual Fire and Public Safety Coloring Book. The chamber awarded local students for their artistic achievements during the Oak Lawn Village Board meeting on March 14. They recognized both the student artists whose illustrations…

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Woman’s club, cadets highlight cheerful Palos Park meeting


By Jeff Vorva The meeting before Tuesday’s election in Palos Park was free of controversy. After a few recent meetings were packed with people and featured some strife, the March 27 village council meeting was packed but full of joy and accomplishments. Many were on hand from the Palos Park Woman’s Club, an organization that…

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Chicago Ridge cops to get body cameras

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By Dermot Connolly The Chicago Ridge Police Department is moving ahead with plans to purchase body cameras for officers, something that has been under consideration for a few years. Police Chief Jim Jarolimek told the Village Board at its March 21 meeting that the police department received a quote that day from Motorola to supply…

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Evergreen Park receives IDOT approval for Independence Day Parade

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By Joe Boyle The Village of Evergreen Park has made it official by requesting the Illinois Department of Transportation to approve temporary street closings for the annual Independence Day Parade. The parade will be held Friday, June 30. The annual event will require the temporary closure of all lanes along 95th Street, from Pulaski Road…

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