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Sauk Village budget proposal altered to include 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.

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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

South Holland awards contract for police camera, recording equipment

SOUTH HOLLAND | The Village Board approved a contract to provide camera and recording equipment in the new police headquarters scheduled to open next year.

July 08, 2014 11:56 am

Harvey woman in jail, accused of repeatedly stabbing boyfriend

MARKHAM | A Harvey woman will appear in court on Tuesday on charges she repeatedly stabbed her boyfriend, a city spokesman said.

July 07, 2014 1:29 pm

Lansing robbery suspect in Lake County Jail on unrelated charges

LANSING | A south suburban man considered a suspect in the robbery of a Walgreens pharmacy last month is being held at the Lake County Jail on unrelated charges.

July 07, 2014 11:50 am

Construction begins Monday on Crete street, railroad crossing

CRETE | Motorists driving along Exchange Street or passing through the railroad crossing at Old Monee Road will have to adapt to alternate routes beginning Monday.

July 06, 2014 12:00 am

Lan-Oak Park District tries fifth time to raise funds for park improvements

LANSING | For the fifth time, Lan-Oak Park District offiicals are hoping local residents will support a property tax levy hike for park improvements.

July 05, 2014 11:00 am

Attorney subpoenas Lynwood president concerning dismissed police officer

LYNWOOD | An attorney for a former police officer who is suing the village to get his job back wants to force Village President Gene Williams to testify about why the village won't rehire the officer.

July 04, 2014 2:36 pm

Residents to get peek at proposed Sauk Village budget on Thursday

SAUK VILLAGE | Village residents can see the budget proposal under consideration starting Thursday.

July 03, 2014 12:00 am

Cal City Council delays approving 3rd Ward programs

CALUMET CITY | Aldermen postponed a contract to a company to operate two programs in Calumet City's 3rd Ward, saying there were questions about how those programs would be paid for.

July 02, 2014 12:00 am

Police Department ‘wish’ list includes more squad cars

SAUK VILLAGE | If Police Chief Timothy Holevis were to get his dream come true, there would be purchases of many new vehicles to serve as squad cars for his police department.

June 30, 2014 11:00 pm
Durbin tours south suburban facility that puts people to work in medical careers

Durbin tours south suburban facility that puts people to work in medical careers

MATTESON, Ill. | Crystal Hernandez was a single mother of four young children with no real plan for her future when, one day while on the Internet, she kept noticing the same pop-up ad cropping up.

June 30, 2014 2:36 pm Photos


Aldermen approve city's contribution to Freedom's Eve celebration

CALUMET CITY | The City Council approved a financial contribution to the Calumet Memorial Park District to help pay for the traditional Freedom's Eve celebration on July 3.

June 30, 2014 12:00 am

Road repair work near River Oaks mall to begin July 7

CALUMET CITY | Construction crews doing work to improve the intersection of River Oaks Drive and Torrence Avenue near River Oaks Shopping Center will begin July 7, with work running through mid-November.

June 29, 2014 12:00 am

Crete to renew electricity aggregation agreement

CRETE | The Village Board gave its approval this week to a measure extending the village's participation in a Will County Governmental League effort that tries to offer lower electric rates to county residents.

June 28, 2014 12:00 am

City Council backs new plan for Calumet City's future

CALUMET CITY | Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush said Thursday she, the city's aldermen, Economic Development Coordinator Bryan Swanson and Housing Director James Gigliotti will be spending coming months figuring out which parts of the city's new Comprehensive Plan will be the first impl…

June 26, 2014 12:00 am

Kelly cooperates with Durbin to continue fight for stricter gun laws

U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Matteson, who originally got elected to Congress on a platform of stricter gun laws, issued a report Wednesday detailing the level of gun-related violence across the United States.

June 25, 2014 1:28 pm

Mayor's son charged with violating order of protection

CHICAGO | The son of Calumet City Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush bonded out of the Cook County Jail on Tuesday after being arrested over the weekend on charges of violating an order of protection.

June 25, 2014 12:45 pm

Judge to decide next month if Lynwood Police Board members in contempt of court

CHICAGO | A Cook County judge may decide next month if members of Lynwood's Police and Fire Board are in contempt of court for their refusal to comply with several rulings saying they overreacted when they dismissed a police officer whose squad car was stolen by a criminal suspect.

June 25, 2014 12:20 pm

D.215 school board approves contract, pay hike for support staff

CALUMET CITY | The Thornton Fractional Township High School District 215 School Board gave its approval Tuesday to a new contract for its support staff at the campuses it oversees in Calumet City and Lansing.

June 24, 2014 8:15 pm

City Council reviews proposal offering plan for next three decades

CALUMET CITY | This south suburb, along with surrounding communities, has potential for significant population growth in coming decades, leading officials to consider how they can best accommodate the growth and develop into a more viable community.

June 23, 2014 8:25 pm

Fight over control of D.205 School Board now extends to Springfield

The fight for control of the Thornton Township High School District 205 School Board has gone from the high school boardrooms to the courtrooms of the Daley Center and now has worked its way to the Illinois appellate courts.

June 21, 2014 9:00 pm
Cal City detective receives state police honors

Cal City detective receives state police honors

CALUMET CITY | A detective with the Police Department was among 16 officers with law enforcement agencies across Illinois on Friday to receive the state police Medal of Honor.

June 20, 2014 4:13 pm

Dolton police seek Cal City help in finding sex attacker of 12-year-old

DOLTON | The Police Department is cooperating with its counterpart in neighboring Calumet City, trying to figure out if a man wanted for trying to rape a 12-year-old girl is the same one who tried raping a woman previously.

June 20, 2014 2:25 pm

Police searching for gunmen in separate Cal City shootings

CALUMET CITY | The Police Department searched Friday for suspects in a pair of unrelated shooting incidents that left two people wounded.

June 20, 2014 1:45 pm
FBI: Cal City bank among 5 hit by single suspect in past two weeks

FBI: Cal City bank among 5 hit by single suspect in past two weeks

CALUMET CITY | The FBI is searching for a man suspected in five bank robberies during the past two weeks, including the Charter One Bank on Torrence Avenue in Calumet City.

June 20, 2014 1:30 pm

Cook County thinks improving transportation boosts south suburban economy

EAST HAZEL CREST, Ill. | When Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle spoke before a gathering of south suburban municipal officials Thursday about improvements to the south suburban economy, she made sure to have Transportation and Highways Superintendent John Yonan with her.

June 19, 2014 12:00 am

South Holland changes retail hours on Sundays

SOUTH HOLLAND | There once was a time in South Holland when businesses of all types were closed on Sunday.

June 17, 2014 4:15 pm

South Holland recommends property tax breaks for meat plant expansion, new gas station

SOUTH HOLLAND | The Village Board gave its recommendations this week to significant property tax breaks for a pair of businesses.

June 17, 2014 1:20 pm

Manno wishes municipal money could pay for more police, rather than Village Hall parking

LANSING | The Village Board on Tuesday approved the purchase of land adjacent to the Village Hall for parking, despite objections by one trustee who said he wishes the money could have been used to pay salaries for more police officers.

June 17, 2014 12:00 am

Lansing to use ComEd for electricity this year

LANSING | Village officials said Monday they will accept the rates for electricity offered this year by Commonwealth Edison, rather than try to get a different rate from another company through the electricity aggregation process.

June 16, 2014 4:59 pm

Cal City OKs tax break for metal recycling company

CALUMET CITY | The City Council voted last week to recommend that Cook County grant a property tax break to A Pro Metal Recycling, which wants to take an abandoned site at 100 Riverside Drive and turn it into a plant for its metal recycling company.

June 16, 2014 12:00 am

Aldermen back roof repairs for City Hall/fire station

CALUMET CITY | The City Council approved a contract for repairs to the roof of City Hall and the adjacent fire station, despite objections of one alderman.

June 16, 2014 12:00 am

Dolton officials consider new management for Dorchester senior complex

DOLTON | Municipal officials heard a presentation Monday from a company that wants to take over the daily management of the Dorchester Senior Center.

June 16, 2014 12:00 am

Cook County working to create permit letting property encroachment to continue

Cook County officials are considering a plan to allow people whose property encroaches on Forest Preserve District land to buy a permit valid for 10 years.

June 15, 2014 12:00 am
Crete man returns home from Middle East tour of duty

Crete man returns home from Middle East tour of duty

CRETE | James McCaig, a sergeant in the Army who has done three tours of duty in the Middle East —  Kuwait, Iraq and most recently Afghanistan — returned to his hometown of Crete on Saturday, with nearly 100 family members on hand to greet him.

June 14, 2014 5:45 pm Photos


Judge gives Lynwood another chance to restore fired cop to his job

CHICAGO | A Cook County judge said Thursday she will give Lynwood Police and Fire Board officials one more chance to restore to the village payroll a police officer who lost his job last year.

June 12, 2014 2:27 pm

Public works employees showi unity as contract talks continue

CALUMET CITY | More than a half-dozen employees of the city’s Public Works Department attended Thursday’s City Council meeting to show their solidarity at a time when their union is negotiating with city officials for a new contract.

June 12, 2014 12:00 am

County may negotiate with people whose property encroaches on forest preserve

CALUMET CITY | Lawrence Smith is retired from the Calumet City Police Department for nine years and continues to live in the house he purchased in 1978 — one whose backyard abuts Cook County Forest Preserve District property.

June 11, 2014 11:30 pm
Madonia charged in alleged prank at T.F. South

Madonia charged in alleged prank at T.F. South

LANSING | The former band director for Thornton Fractional South High School will face a charge related to an incident at the high school last month that already has cost him his job.

June 11, 2014 3:12 pm
Lansing police searching for suspect in Walgreens robbery

Lansing police searching for suspect in Walgreens robbery

LANSING | Police are searching for a man who snatched a cash register drawer and its contents on Monday at a Walgreens pharmacy on Ridge Road.

June 11, 2014 11:55 am

Mayor: Cal City supports its businesses

CALUMET CITY | Mayor Michelle Markiewicz Qualkinbush told business owners Tuesday she believes local government is doing the best it can to offer them support.

June 10, 2014 3:42 pm

Crete to act by next month on electricity aggregation renewal

CRETE | Village trustees will have to act by mid-July if they wish to renew an electricity aggregation agreement without having to risk their residents’ temporary return to Commonwealth Edison for electricity service.

June 09, 2014 12:00 am

New Super Wal-Mart rises from old Sam's Club

LANSING | There are still traces of the old Sam’s Club warehouse store that existed on Torrence Avenue just south of Interstate 80, yet village officials said the beginnings of the new Super Wal-Mart structure that will replace it are now in place.

June 08, 2014 12:00 am

Lansing government watching how Pioneer Motel sale progresses

LANSING | Municipal officials said Friday they are taking special interest in the possible sale of the Pioneer Motel – whose iconic windmill is a sight people have seen for decades as they enter the south suburban village off Interstate 80.

June 06, 2014 3:30 pm

Harvey mayor shuts down local strip club

HARVEY | City officials said Friday that video from a television news report provided them the final bit of evidence they needed to justify closing a strip club that was licensed to be a sports bar.

June 06, 2014 12:34 pm

Attorney: Lynwood Police Board should be held in contempt of court

CHICAGO | An attorney for a former Lynwood police officer trying to regain his job said Thursday the village’s Police and Fire Board should be held in contempt of court for refusing to comply with court orders related to the case.

June 05, 2014 1:16 pm

Cal City to start booting cars this summer

CALUMET CITY | The Police Department issued a statement Wednesday saying “Operation Bootlock” is their new program by which anyone with three or more unpaid tickets can have their cars booted, and ultimately towed away.

June 05, 2014 12:00 am

Matteson looking for Lincoln Mall shopping center buyer

MATTESON | The village is looking for a company willing to buy the Lincoln Mall shopping center and make needed repairs to revitalize it into an economically sound retail business.

June 04, 2014 4:00 pm
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