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State to help Crete with local road safety, repair projects

CRETE | The Village Board recently approved a resolution to receive about $250,000 in Motor Fuel Tax funds to help pay the cost of maintaining local streets.

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Crete officials, police union begin contract negotiations

CRETE | Negotiations have begun between municipal government and the police department’s union to try to reach agreement on a new contract for police officers, and village officials said Monday they hope they can reach agreement soon on a deal.

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Cal City plans tribute of its own to long-serving mayor Stefaniak

CALUMET CITY | Municipal officials have their own tribute planned for Robert Stefaniak, who served as mayor of the south suburb for 20 years, longer than any other person to hold that office.

April 17, 2014 4:02 pm

Crete makes fund transfers to keep spending balanced

CRETE | The Village Board on Monday OK'd the transfer of about $100,000 to two separate funds impacting road repairs and police pensions to ensure those funds remain financially stable.

April 17, 2014 12:00 am

Aldermen approve revenue-sharing payment to River Oaks West developer

CALUMET CITY | The City Council gave its approval to a payment of just over $42,000 to the developer who rehabilitated stores in the River Oaks West retail complex nearly a decade ago.

April 16, 2014 12:00 am

Horse racing industry wants more out of casino expansion legislation

CHICAGO | Horse racing tracks across Illinois, including the Balmoral Race Course near Crete, are among the opponents of a bill pending before the Illinois General Assembly to create new casinos – including one in the south suburbs.

April 16, 2014 12:00 am

Bandstra named Lansing's economic development director

LANSING | A former alumni relations director for Trinity Christian College will take over next month as the new economic development director for municipal government.

April 15, 2014 10:51 pm

Activists still pushing for no petcoke in their SE Side neighborhoods

CHICAGO | While the City Council and the Illinois General Assembly both have pending measures on how to regulate the storage of petroleum coke within the city limits, activists said Tuesday they’re still pushing the idea the substance should be banned altogether.

April 15, 2014 3:50 pm

Illinois projects include Cal-Sag hiking, Cal City and University Park bike paths

The Riverdale portion of a proposed hiking trail along the Cal-Sag Channel, along with construction of new bicycle paths in Calumet City and University Park, are among the state's $52.7 million in local transportation improvement project this year.

April 14, 2014 5:30 pm

Jones: Students should apply for Black Caucus scholarships

CALUMET CITY | State Rep. Thaddeus Jones, D-Calumet City, said he wants area college students to consider applying for a scholarship program maintained by the General Assembly’s Black Caucus.

April 14, 2014 12:00 am
Volunteers want to show how to live a 'Christian lifestyle'

Volunteers want to show how to live a 'Christian lifestyle'

SOUTH HOLLAND | For Diane Hart, Saturday could have been an easygoing day with nice springtime weather at her home in Elkhart, Ind.

April 12, 2014 10:00 pm Photos


Burger King, nail salon and funeral parlor to locate in South Holland

SOUTH HOLLAND | The Village Board granted a pair of conditional use permits this week that will permit a pair of businesses to locate within the village.

April 12, 2014 12:00 am

State to fund extra road repairs in Illinois

More than $1.2 million will be provided by the state to area municipalities to help them cover the cost of repairs needed on local streets.

April 11, 2014 7:00 pm

Calumet City hires firm for Sears/athletic complex study

CALUMET CITY | The City Council approved the hiring of a consulting firm to study whether the one-time Sears store at River Oaks Shopping Center could be turned into an indoor athletic complex.

April 10, 2014 10:27 pm

Homewood resident faces fed embezzlement charges

CHICAGO | Federal prosecutors say a clerk for the Chicago Department of Transportation is charged with stealing more than $741,000 in permit fee money.

April 10, 2014 12:00 am

District 205 School Board bickers over bills

HARVEY | It depends on whom one wants to believe as to whether bills are being paid to operate the three high schools in Thornton Township High School District 205.

April 09, 2014 9:15 pm

Cook County Board requires pet stores to get animals they sell from shelters, rescues

CHICAGO | The Cook County Board gave its approval Wednesday to a measure regulating where suburban pet stores obtain the animals they sell to the public as pets.

April 09, 2014 2:25 pm

Ex-Markham deputy chief gets 5 years for sexual assault of woman in police custody

CHICAGO | A one-time Harvey Police Department officer who went on to become deputy chief in Markham was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison on charges he sexually assaulted a woman in police custody in 2010.

April 09, 2014 2:15 pm

Lynwood cop may have to wait until month’s end to be reinstated to job

LYNWOOD | A Lynwood officer ordered reinstated to the ranks remains off the job, and attorneys say it may not be until the end of April before he returns.

April 07, 2014 2:33 pm

Was Open Meetings Act violated in choosing D.205 board member?

SOUTH HOLLAND | A judge ruled recently a Chicago Heights-based entity did not properly pick a replacement for a Thornton Township High School District 205 School Board vacancy.

April 06, 2014 12:00 am

Lansing awards contract for first phase of levee maintenance

LANSING | The Village Board awarded a contract to a Bridgeview-based firm to do the first phase of maintenance and repairs to the levee that keeps the Little Calumet River from overflowing into Lansing.

April 06, 2014 12:00 am

Police back Park Forest cop facing charge in death

PARK FOREST | Village officials said they support a police officer who faces a criminal charge in connection with the death of a 95-year-old man who was a longtime resident of Glenwood.

April 04, 2014 9:03 pm

Lansing trustee wants permanent Santa House

LANSING | Some village residents dislike the idea of a mobile Santa House, feeling it would detract from the village’s annual Christmas holiday celebrations.

April 04, 2014 12:00 am

Cal City Council unable to agree in private meeting

CALUMET CITY | The City Council met privately for several hours Thursday to discuss development of a possible sports complex and garbage pickup in winter.

April 03, 2014 10:00 pm

Park Forest cop faces charge in death of longtime Glenwood resident

CHICAGO | A Park Forest police officer has been charged with reckless conduct for his behavior in July 2013 that resulted in the death of a 95-year-old former Glenwood man who was living at a senior citizen facility.

April 02, 2014 2:21 pm

Demolition of old Sam's Club store in Lansing to start in May

LANSING | Village officials say they expect the one-time Sam’s Club warehouse store to be demolished in May to make way for a proposed Super Walmart that officials hope to be complete before Thanksgiving.

April 02, 2014 11:45 am
Attorneys dismiss lawsuit against HF girls basketball program

Attorneys dismiss lawsuit against HF girls basketball program

A lawsuit filed against Homewood-Flossmoor High School District 233 on behalf of an anonymous girls basketball player has been dropped because the team already had suffered a penalty harsher than his client had wanted, the attorney who filed the suit said Tuesday.

April 01, 2014 5:20 pm

Judge: D.205 board replacement improperly chosen

CHICAGO | Cook County Judge Moshe Jacobius has said for months he thinks the students of Thornton Township High School District 205 suffer because the School Board has a vacancy, leaving the board in a partisan split that keeps school business from being accomplished.

April 01, 2014 3:15 pm

Chamber of Commerce officials to raise funds for new Santa House

LANSING | The Chamber of Commerce is beginning efforts to raise money for the construction of a new Santa House for the village’s Christmas celebrations.

April 01, 2014 12:00 am
Proponents of southeast Metra line say project still on track

Proponents of southeast Metra line say project still on track

CRETE | Supporters of the proposed southeast Metra line linking Chicago with the south suburbs have taken notice of recent developments to extend the South Shore line to Dyer.

March 29, 2014 8:30 pm
Snow may be gone, but budgets show winter's impact

Snow may be gone, but budgets show winter's impact

South Holland village President Don DeGraff said he thinks this winter was the worst he has experienced.

March 29, 2014 7:00 pm

Cal City officials skeptical about investors seeking TIF benefits

CALUMET CITY | Some City Council members were upset last week with a group of investors seeking financial help from the city for the demolition of an aging structure.

March 29, 2014 6:30 pm

T.F. high school student fees to remain the same

CALUMET CITY | The Thornton Fractional Township High School District 215 board approved student fees for the upcoming academic year, with Superintendent Creg Williams saying he was pleased the fees will not increase.

March 28, 2014 12:00 am

Cal City makes required revenue-sharing payments to area businesses

CALUMET CITY | The City Council gave its approval Thursday to payments totaling about $370,000 to four area businesses as part of agreements negotiated years ago to attract those businesses to Calumet City.

March 27, 2014 11:45 pm

Sears site to become a Cal City community sports complex?

CALUMET CITY | City officials met earlier this month with a group of investors who envision turning at least part of the one-time Sears store at River Oaks Shopping Center into a sports complex for community events.

March 25, 2014 10:24 pm

Crete president says amendments have clouded gaming picture

CRETE | Village President Michael Einhorn has been trying to follow the debate over expanding gambling, but said amendments to the proposal that might come before the General Assembly have complicated the matter.

March 25, 2014 4:54 pm

Lutheran school volunteer pleads not guilty to forgery, theft

MARKHAM | A longtime volunteer at Lansing’s Trinity Lutheran School pleaded not guilty Tuesday to allegations of misappropriated funds.

March 25, 2014 3:30 pm

Crete approves new police contract that’s on the verge of expiring

CRETE | The Village Board gave its approval Monday to a new two-year contract with its police officers. But that gives the village little relief, since the contract is backdated to 2012 and will expire at the end of April.

March 24, 2014 10:00 pm

Judge may decide fate of D205 school board next week

CHICAGO | A Cook County judge scheduled a hearing next week over a disputed appointment to the Thornton Township High School District 205 Board of Education, and said he may rule on the case at that time.

March 24, 2014 2:25 pm
Lansing residents mourn 2-year-old's death

Lansing residents mourn 2-year-old's death

LANSING | Although most of the 100 or so residents who gathered in front of a home Sunday in the 17900 block of Wildwood Avenue never knew 2-year-old Jakariah Patterson, they felt the need to mourn her death.

March 23, 2014 9:10 pm Photos


Lansing discussing improvements to Little Calumet River levee

LANSING | Municipal officials are reviewing what improvements they need to make to the Little Calumet River levee.

March 23, 2014 12:00 am

Cal City mayor’s son arrested in Chicago

CHICAGO | The son of Calumet City Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush is facing a criminal charge after being arrested this week in an alleged domestic abuse incident.

March 22, 2014 12:00 am

South Holland, Lansing to rebid electric power rates under aggregation

Village boards for South Holland and Lansing approved this week to rebid contracts that set rates charged to local customers for their electricity.

March 22, 2014 12:00 am

Williams wants School Board post back, says felony is expunged

MARKHAM | Kenneth Williams, the former Thornton Township High School District 205 president who was removed from office because of a 29-year-old felony conviction, said Wednesday he wants to be reappointed to the School Board.

March 19, 2014 11:00 pm

Former Lansing man posts bond in sex abuse case

CHICAGO | A former Lansing resident who now faces two criminal cases with charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse will remain free while those cases are pending in Cook County Circuit Court.

March 19, 2014 10:25 am
Jones defeats Williams for a second time

Jones defeats Williams for a second time

CALUMET CITY | Thaddeus Jones, the 3rd Ward alderman who also serves as a state legislator from the south suburbs, is likely headed back to his post at the Illinois Statehouse in Springfield.

March 18, 2014 9:16 pm Photos


Bond set at $150K* for former Lansing resident charged with sexual abuse

Bond set at $150K* for former Lansing resident charged with sexual abuse

MARKHAM | A Cook County judge on Tuesday set bond at $150,000* for a former Lansing resident who faces two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse related to a now-defunct at-home child day care.

March 18, 2014 4:00 pm

Clerk: Early voting in Republican primary on the rise in suburban Cook County

The southeast suburbs of Cook County maintained a strong preference for Democratic Party candidates among those who cast ballots at early voting centers in anticipation of Tuesday's primary elections.

March 17, 2014 12:51 pm

Cal City state reps come up with $2.5 million for local road repairs

CALUMET CITY | The three members of the Illinois House of Representatives who represent this suburb confirmed to Calumet City officials they will receive $2.5 million in state funds this year for repairs to State Street and River Oaks Drive.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am

Crete renews agreements with public safety intergovernmental groups

CRETE | The Village Board gave its approval to a pair of intergovernmental agreements that will have its police and fire departments continue to cooperate with other public safety agencies in and near Will County.

March 15, 2014 12:00 am
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