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Pet coke could be top issue in 10th Ward campaign

CHICAGO | Tenth Ward Alderman John Pope says the city's petroleum coke storage rules he supports are among "the most restrictive environmental regulations in the United States."

September 20, 2014 11:15 pm

South Holland trustees in favor of property tax breaks for 2 expanding businesses

SOUTH HOLLAND | The Village Board gave its support this week to a pair of Class 8 property tax breaks for a pair of businesses that want to expand their operations in the south suburb.

September 19, 2014 4:30 pm

Lansing man pleads guilty to theft from Trinity Lutheran Church

MARKHAM | The former volunteer athletic director for Trinity Lutheran School in Lansing pleaded guilty Friday to a single criminal charge in connection with missing funds from the church.

September 19, 2014 3:51 pm

Two men indicted in Harvey police standoff

MARKHAM | Two men learned Wednesday they have been indicted on various criminal charges for a two-day standoff with police in Harvey.

September 17, 2014 4:19 pm

Crete approves parking restrictions in industrial park

CRETE | The Village Board has approved the installation of “No Parking Anytime” signs in the Crete Park of Commerce industrial park located on the eastern edge of the suburb.

September 16, 2014 4:15 pm
Teachers union puts pressure on D206 board to give them a ‘fair’ contract

Teachers union puts pressure on D206 board to give them a ‘fair’ contract

CHICAGO HEIGHTS | About 100 members of the teachers union at Bloom and Bloom Trail high schools attended the District 206 school board meeting Monday to demand they be given a “fair” contract.

September 15, 2014 11:00 pm Photos


Grants to help Juvenile Court offenders

CHICAGO | Organizations throughout the city’s Southeast Side and surrounding suburbs will receive Cook County grants to support work with youths in the Juvenile Court system.

September 15, 2014 12:00 am

D.205 faces complications as it prepares to approve school year budget

DOLTON | A financial adviser helping Thornton Township High School District 205 prepare its budget for the current fiscal year said the district faces several complicating factors from Illinois state government in the near future.

September 14, 2014 12:00 am

Lynwood police accept help to get body armor for their officers and dog

LYNWOOD | The Village Board this week accepted a pair of donations that will help provide their Police Department with body armor to keep officers safe while on duty.

September 13, 2014 12:00 am

Sauk Village honors 30-year firefighter who is leaving south suburb

SAUK VILLAGE | The Village Board paid tribute to a three-decade veteran of the Fire Department who is planning to leave the south suburb.

September 13, 2014 12:00 am

Municipal League official says D.205 board can limit public comment

DOLTON | A parent of a student-athlete and a business representative tried using the "public participation" portion of a Thornton Township High School District 205 meeting Wednesday to address their concerns, only to be told they could not speak to the board.

September 13, 2014 12:00 am

Some D.205 new hires still in limbo

DOLTON | The attorney for Thornton Township High School District 205 says newly hired support staff to the district are not in jeopardy of losing their jobs because the board failed on Wednesday to approve payment of bills and personnel for the past year.

September 11, 2014 5:45 pm

County to help fund major road repair projects in Harvey, Flossmoor

CHICAGO | Center Avenue in Harvey and a Flossmoor Road viaduct that provides access to a Metra station will be improved under two measures approved Wednesday by the Cook County Board.

September 10, 2014 2:13 pm

Cook County Board pays tribute to JRW Little Leaguers

CHICAGO | The Cook County Board on Wednesday praised the Roseland neighborhood-based Jackie Robinson West Little League team that represented the United States last month in the Little League World Series.

September 10, 2014 1:20 pm Related

Ill. attorney general orders Sauk Village to comply with FOIA request

SAUK VILLAGE | The Illinois attorney general’s office this week ordered Sauk Village officials to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request regarding a conference Village Clerk Debbie Williams and other officials attended last year in Washington, D.C.

September 09, 2014 1:40 pm
Quinn says he favors south suburbs more than Rauner

Quinn says he favors south suburbs more than Rauner

TINLEY PARK, Ill. | Gov. Pat Quinn reached out to south suburban government and business interests Monday by reminding officials all the things state government has done for the area during his five years as governor.

September 08, 2014 2:45 pm

Rail Safety Week begins Sept. 14

Police will be on the lookout for unsafe driving around railroad crossings on Sept. 14 in Chicago Heights and surrounding communities.

September 08, 2014 12:00 am

Students get school supplies, parents to get answers at rally

SAUK VILLAGE | Residents on Monday can get some free school supplies and ask government and school officials any questions they might have about local public policy issues.

September 07, 2014 12:00 am
Governors State dedicates new science, health wing

Governors State dedicates new science, health wing

UNIVERSITY PARK | Governors State University on Friday dedicated new classrooms for the science and health programs after 21 years of planning.

September 05, 2014 12:55 pm Photos


Cal City may boost rates it charges residents for Lake Michigan water

CALUMET CITY | City officials expect a significant boost in the rate charged by Hammond for access to Lake Michigan water, so the City Council could consider a 73 percent hike in the rate residents pay for water.

September 04, 2014 10:45 pm

Marigliano wants Lynwood to pay his legal fees, back pay

LYNWOOD | Attorneys for Lynwood Police Officer Joseph Marigliano want the village to pay for about 18 months of legal fees.

September 03, 2014 7:30 pm

South Holland OKs expansion of two businesses

SOUTH HOLLAND | Two local businesses moved a step closer to expanding Tuesday night.

September 03, 2014 12:57 pm

Autopsy: Chicago Heights boy drowned in Kankakee River

AROMA PARK |  Kankakee County Coroner Robert Gessner said Tuesday that preliminary autopsy results showed a Chicago Heights boy drowned in the Kankakee River.

September 02, 2014 7:45 pm

South suburbs to benefit from pavement patching projects

Dolton, South Holland, Thornton and Chicago Heights are among communities that will benefit from pavement projects by the Illinois Department of Transportation beginning this week, weather permitting.

September 02, 2014 3:12 pm

Two more candidates get into aldermanic race

CHICAGO | A police officer and a community activist said they were gathering nominating petition signatures to try to get themselves on the ballot for 10th Ward alderman in the Feb. 24 municipal elections.

September 02, 2014 2:26 pm

Council awards contract for sidewalk, concrete repairs

CALUMET CITY | The City Council awarded a contract for the city's sidewalk and concrete program that will oversee repairs across the south suburban community.

September 02, 2014 12:00 am
Pullman commemorates Labor Day holiday's origins

Pullman commemorates Labor Day holiday's origins

CHICAGO | For Edward Seibling, a Monday spent at the remains of the one-time Pullman Palace Railcar Co. factory was a unique musical gig.

September 01, 2014 7:55 pm Photos


Calumet City may erect signs restricting loud music

CALUMET CITY | The City Council is considering installing new street signs advising motorists to avoid playing music loudly while passing through a particular part of town.

September 01, 2014 12:00 am

Jeffrey, Peterson avenue repairs in Sauk Village to be done by mid-September

SAUK VILLAGE | Village officials said Tuesday they are hopeful construction work being done on Jeffrey and Peterson avenues will be complete by mid-September.

September 01, 2014 12:00 am

Pullman National Park proposal could boost annual Labor Day celebration

CHICAGO | The surge of public attention to the idea of converting the one-time Pullman Palace Railcar Co. and its surrounding company town into a national park has organizers of this year's Pullman Labor Day celebration expecting larger-than-usual crowds.

August 30, 2014 12:00 am

KCBX: U.S. EPA analysis shows no pet coke traces

CHICAGO | The Environmental Protection Agency is conducting tests of furnace filters from the East Side and South Deering neighborhoods for pollutants in the air, and has yet to find any petroleum coke.

August 29, 2014 6:30 pm

Cal City fills department head roles

CALUMET CITY | The City Council approved a series of appointments and reappointments to municipal agencies Thursday, although a few objections were raised for certain posts.

August 28, 2014 9:45 pm

Sauk Village officials want federal status for future 223rd Street repairs

SAUK VILLAGE | Municipal officials said they want to get a U.S. Transportation Department designation for a stretch of 223rd Street so  future repairs could be covered by the federal government.

August 28, 2014 12:00 am

Village hopes to pay tribute to local player on Jackie Robinson champs

LYNWOOD | Village President Gene Williams said Tuesday he hopes to pay a proper tribute to the Jackie Robinson West Little League baseball team of Chicago that represented Illinois and ultimately, the United States in the recently-completed Little League World Series.

August 26, 2014 11:00 pm

Crete officials reluctant to pay cost of installing 'no parking' zone

CRETE | Village officials expressed a reluctance Monday to create "no parking" zones around the village's Park of Commerce on the eastern edge of town.

August 26, 2014 3:40 pm

Martinez tries third attempt at City Council seat

CHICAGO | A vocal activist from the East Side neighborhood on several environmental issues will begin Monday his third attempt at winning a seat in the City Council.

August 25, 2014 1:43 pm
Maimon: First freshmen making GSU a 'lively' place

Maimon: First freshmen making GSU a 'lively' place

UNIVERSITY PARK | This new academic year at Governors State University isn't quite like those of years past.

August 22, 2014 4:02 pm Photos


Kelly pays tribute to Freedom Summer

CHICAGO | It has been 50 years since Freedom Summer — the effort in Mississippi to ensure that the newly-enacted Civil Rights Act was properly implemented by authorities.

August 21, 2014 11:00 pm

Pullman park supporters want Obama's help

CHICAGO | U.S. presidents have the authority to create national parks without congressional approval, and backers of a proposal to turn the one-time Pullman Palace Railcar Co. and its surrounding company town into a national park said Thursday they are likely to ask President Barack Obama to…

August 21, 2014 10:00 pm

National Park Service to have hearing on Pullman historic site's future

CHICAGO | Federal and state officials will hold a public hearing Thursday to discuss options for turning the remains of the one-time Pullman Palace Railcar Co. and its surrounding company town into a part of the National Park Service.

August 20, 2014 9:00 pm

Two charged in Sauk Village teen's slaying

MARKHAM | A Steger woman and a Sauk Village man are charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a Sauk Village teenager last Thursday outside a strip mall on Sauk Trail, police said.

August 19, 2014 12:29 pm

Beemsterboer attorneys talking with Chicago about metcoke cease and desist order

CHICAGO | Attorneys for Beemsterboer Slag Co. are talking with city Public Health Department officials to try to reach a settlement regarding a "cease and desist order" against a site where 12,000 tons of metallurgical coke were allegedly stored in violation of a previous order.

August 18, 2014 2:46 pm

Clerical error postpones discussion over D.205's bills

SOUTH HOLLAND | A clerical error prevented the Thornton Township High School District 205 School Board from engaging in any discussion over its bills.

August 18, 2014 12:00 am

Village approves appointment of new municipal chaplain

SOUTH HOLLAND | The man who was the youngest pastor in his religious denomination when he first came to the village in 2008 was appointed Monday to be the village's new chaplain.

August 18, 2014 12:00 am

D.205 wants more people to take their survey

SOUTH HOLLAND | Thornton Township High School District 205 officials want more people to take part in a community survey posted on the district's website.

August 17, 2014 12:00 am

D.206 gets $2M grant to bolster college and career preparation

CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Bloom Township High School District 206 will receive $2 million in federal funds to pay for programs at Bloom High School that improve the school's focus on state standards and college and career readiness for its students.

August 16, 2014 12:00 am

D.205 School Board quarrels over custodial contract

SOUTH HOLLAND | The Chicago company that provided janitorial services to Thornton, Thornridge and Thornwood high schools worked the entire past school year without posting a performance bond indicating it was capable of fulfilling the contract.

August 14, 2014 6:30 pm

Official: Inspection of subdivision's fire hydrants finds they are in working condition

SAUK VILLAGE | Village President David Hanks insists that all the fire hydrants in the Carlisle Estates subdivision are in working order, despite problems that arose Saturday during a fire at a house and garage on Poplar Lane.

August 13, 2014 11:00 am

Sauk Village police searching for stolen manhole covers

SAUK VILLAGE | The Police Department is asking for community help in determining who stole eight manhole covers from streets in the industrial area of the village since the weekend.

August 13, 2014 9:34 am

Man who avoids traffic offenses gives Crete cops a $500 donation

CRETE | The Police Department received a $500 donation recently from an unexpected source — an elderly former village resident who was grateful local police did not issue him traffic tickets for a pair of incidents in which he exceeded the speed limit.

August 13, 2014 12:00 am
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