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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.

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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…

16 hours ago

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

Village seeks construction bids for pair of projects

CRETE | Village officials will seek bids in coming weeks for a pair of construction projects they hope to start later this year.

August 11, 2014 9:57 pm

Will airport benefits outweigh property tax losses?

BEECHER | It has become a talking point for opponents of a new Chicago-area airport being built in rural Will County — the local school district will lose part of its property tax base.

August 09, 2014 10:00 pm

City: Calumet Transload tried to transport after cease and desist issued

CHICAGO | Chicago Public Health Department officials said Friday an East Side neighborhood-based company illegally stored 12,000 tons of metcoke in violation of a previously agreed-to order.

August 08, 2014 12:00 am
Quinn Sept. 23 forum will map airport plans, Quinn says

Quinn Sept. 23 forum will map airport plans, Quinn says

MONEE | A forum on Sept. 23 in Joliet will develop a businss plan for a long proposed airport, Gov. Pat Quinn said Thursday.

August 07, 2014 7:45 pm
Sept. 23 forum will map airport plans, Quinn says

Sept. 23 forum will map airport plans, Quinn says

MONEE | A forum Sept. 23 will develop a business plan for a long proposed airport, Gov. Pat Quinn said Thursday.

August 07, 2014 7:45 pm

City issues ‘cease and desist’ order against company for petcoke storage without permit

CHICAGO | An East Side neighborhood-based company was issued a cease and desist order this week for allegedly storing and handling petroleum coke and other petroleum-based substances at its facility without a required permit.

August 07, 2014 12:00 am

Police searching for man who shot Dolton resident to death on Chicago's South Side

CHICAGO | Police continued to search Wednesday for a man who shot a Dolton resident to death following a quarrel earlier this week at a Gresham neighborhood store.

August 06, 2014 3:23 pm

Lynwood stabbing victim won’t cooperate with police

LYNWOOD | Criminal charges will not be sought in the stabbing of an area resident because police said Wednesday the victim is refusing to cooperate with their investigation.

August 06, 2014 10:40 am

South Holland raises fines for parking violations, makes them consistent

SOUTH HOLLAND | Village officials approved increases in the fines for assorted traffic violations, including the fine for parking a car in a space reserved for disabled motorists.

August 05, 2014 10:50 am

New school in Lansing searching for students

LANSING | A new school plans to open Aug. 25 in the one-time Luther East High School building, although officials there are still searching for their students.

August 03, 2014 12:00 am
Alderman to pick new Hegewisch baseball board after old one resigns

Alderman to pick new Hegewisch baseball board after old one resigns

CHICAGO | 10th Ward Alderman John Pope will lead the process of appointing a board for Hegewisch's Babe Ruth League following the resignation Wednesday of its members.

July 31, 2014 6:00 pm
City to turn prairies near Lake Calumet into quality recreation site

City to turn prairies near Lake Calumet into quality recreation site

CHICAGO | Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday said the city plans to develop about 300 acres around 116th Street and Stony Island Avenue into a series of trails for hikers and mountain bikers — giving them a challenging, yet natural, terrain to ride.

July 31, 2014 1:38 pm
Convicted cop killer removed as coach from Hegewisch league

Convicted cop killer removed as coach from Hegewisch league

CHICAGO | The son of a Chicago police officer beaten to death in 1988 said one of the men convicted for the slaying had recently been coaching in the Hegewisch Babe Ruth League.

July 30, 2014 10:30 pm Photos

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Homewood police simulate school shooting

Homewood police simulate school shooting

HOMEWOOD | Police officers from Homewood and surrounding suburbs conducted a critical incident drill Tuesday simulating a school shooting with two armed men.

July 29, 2014 11:13 am Photos

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New Lincoln exhibit opens in South Holland

New Lincoln exhibit opens in South Holland

SOUTH HOLLAND | A new exhibit promoting the life of Abraham Lincoln and his Springfield-based museum and library opened Monday at the Chicago Southland Lincoln Oasis over Interstate 80/294.

July 28, 2014 8:30 pm Photos

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Cook County approves road projects for upcoming years

CHICAGO | Cook County officials said work will proceed in 2015 on a pair of projects meant to repair or build business-oriented roads in suburban Harvey and Lynwood.

July 27, 2014 12:00 am

Lynwood approves $9.21M appropriation ordinance

LYNWOOD | The Village Board on Tuesday approved an ordinance dictating how municipal government will spend its money for the current fiscal year.

July 26, 2014 12:00 am

$100K bond for Sauk Village man accused of stealing from military lockers at O'Hare

CHICAGO | Bond was set Friday at $100,000 for a Sauk Village resident who worked at O’Hare International Airport and is suspected of stealing items from a footlocker belonging to a military serviceman stationed overseas.

July 25, 2014 3:11 pm

Trustees approve Sauk Village budget over colleague's objections

SAUK VILLAGE | Village President David Hanks reversed the regular practice of examining a proposed budget page by page Thursday when he painstakingly reviewed a budget analysis compiled by Trustee Derrick Burgess questioning the transfer of village funds.

July 25, 2014 11:13 am

Cook County voters to be asked about firearms in November

CHICAGO | The Cook County Board approved a pair of referendum questions asking voters in the Nov. 4 general elections if the state should require tougher background checks in firearms transfers and if more money should be provided for mental health treatment.

July 23, 2014 3:22 pm

Attorneys begin battle over Marigliano's back pay

CHICAGO | With the Lynwood Fire and Police Board reinstating a fired police officer, attorneys on Wednesday began to fight over whether he is entitled to pay for the time he was off duty.

July 23, 2014 11:00 am

Village board postpones municipal budget approval

SAUK VILLAGE | The Village Board postponed giving its approval to a municipal budget for the current fiscal year.

July 22, 2014 10:30 pm

Village board recommends county property tax breaks

SOUTH HOLLAND | The Village Board gave its recommendations Monday to a pair of property tax breaks from Cook County government.

July 21, 2014 11:17 pm

Charge against mayor's son dismissed

MARKHAM | A Cook County judge dismissed a charge against the son of Calumet City Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush because the complaining witness did not show up in court for a hearing last week.

July 21, 2014 4:14 pm

Lobbyist says Sauk Village will get $385K in state grants

SAUK VILLAGE | Al Ronan, a former state legislator-turned-lobbyist, informed village officials Tuesday they will receive some $385,000 in grants that will pay for repairs to local roads and parks.

July 20, 2014 12:00 am

Sauk Village officials expected to vote on $14M spending plan on Tuesday

SAUK VILLAGE | Village officials expect to approve a municipal budget for the current fiscal year when they meet Tuesday, even though there are some strong disagreements between Village President David Hanks and his most outspoken board critic.

July 18, 2014 12:00 am
Comcast bringing Internet access to low-income families in Thornton Township

Comcast bringing Internet access to low-income families in Thornton Township

DOLTON | Comcast is expanding Internet access into Thornton Township for low-income families who might otherwise not be able to afford it.

July 17, 2014 12:35 pm

Crete OKs $15.52M appropriations ordinance for current fiscal year

CRETE | The Village Board approved an ordinance detailing how $15.52 million will be spent this year by municipal government.

July 17, 2014 12:00 am

TIF district tax collection info now online

The number of tax increment finance districts are on the rise, although the amount of money they are raising to permit local governments to bolster economic development declined slightly during 2013.

July 17, 2014 12:00 am

7 men charged with trafficking drugs, firearms from Harvey to Ohio

HARVEY | Seven men — two from Harvey and others with ties to the city — are in custody in Chicago and Columbus, Ohio, on federal charges contending they were trafficking firearms and narcotics between Harvey and central Ohio.

July 16, 2014 12:53 pm

Crete begins search for new administrator

CRETE | Village officials have begun their search for a new administrator to replace Tom Durkin, who left the village last week to take a similar position a few miles west in Channahon.

July 15, 2014 12:53 pm

Lynwood Fire and Police Board reinstates fired officer

LYNWOOD | The Village Fire and Police Board reinstated a police officer Monday who was fired last year after his squad car was stolen in December 2012 by a criminal suspect.

July 14, 2014 3:40 pm

D.205 School Board OKs bleacher repairs at 3 high schools

SOUTH HOLLAND | The Thornton Township High School District 205 School Board approved repairs to the athletic field bleachers at the district's three campuses.

July 14, 2014 12:00 am

Cal City, Lansing new economic development directors eye future growth

They may be competing with each other to draw business and bolster the economies of their respective communities.

July 13, 2014 12:00 am

Sauk Village budget proposal includes squad car leases*

SAUK VILLAGE | Village President David Hanks was expected to speak Friday with Police Chief Timothy Holevis about the potential purchase of six new squad cars for the Police Department.

July 11, 2014 12:05 pm

City officials honor Cal City police detective locally

CALUMET CITY | City officials presented honors Thursday to a local police detective who was one of 16 law enforcement officials to receive honors last month from the Illinois State Police.

July 10, 2014 12:00 am

Judge: Lynwood Fire and Police Board in contempt of court

CHICAGO | South suburban Lynwood's Fire and Police Board has until Monday night to reinstate a police officer fired last year, or else the village will face fines of $1,000 per day.

July 09, 2014 1:11 pm
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