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Teen Arrested For Online Threats Of Violence At Rich East  Chicago Heights, IL Patch

PARK FOREST, IL - A teenager was arrested this week on a disorderly conduct charge after police say threats to carry out acts of violence at Rich East High ...

South, southwest suburbs see flood-related road closings  Chicago Tribune

Heavy rains force road closings in south, southwest suburbs and prompt closing of Rich East High School in Park Forest.

Rich East Teacher Suspended For Alleged Inappropriate Contact With Student  CBS2 Chicago

PARK FOREST, Ill. (STMW) — A male math teacher at Rich East High School has been put on paid leave and is facing further disciplinary action for allegedly ...

Changing abortion rights: How Illinois' new law compares with what other states are doing  Chicago Tribune

Crossing a state line often means crossing a deep divide in abortion laws and policies. We're tracking which states are aiming for more regulation of abortion ...

HF Superintendent Mansfield chooses education for career of a lifetime  The Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle

Homewood-Flossmoor High School Superintendent Von Mansfield knows his five years in the National Football League stand out on his résumé, but it's his 30 ...

Illinois income tax calculator: How would Gov. J.B. Pritzker's proposed graduated income tax affect you?  Chicago Tribune

How would proposed graduated income tax change affect your taxes?

Girls soccer: Super sophomores help lift Lemont past Providence  The Herald-News

A trio of Lemont sophomores rose to the occasion in the team's biggest game of the season.

2 FBI Agents Shot During Attempted Arrest of Gang Leader

Chicago Heights, IL - The FBI was in Park Forest Tuesday morning to serve a warrant when 2 FBI agents were wounded. A man inside the home is dead.

Slowik: Many famous athletes, entertainers have called the Southland their home  Chicago Tribune

Jane Lynch, Dwyane Wade, Gary Sinese and Dick Butkus are among famous athletes and entertainers with connections to the south suburbs.

Knowles: Two south suburban women’s message for November — vote  Chicago Tribune

Diane Hodges, of Matteson, and Barbara Koger Hayes, of Flossmoor, are trying to make a difference in the Southland. They are both south suburban leaders ...

What's known — and not known — about the police shooting of security guard Jemel Roberson  Chicago Tribune

A lot remains in dispute about the shooting of security guard Jemel Roberson by a Midlothian police officer outside a Robbins bar on Sunday.

Veterans key to history of Park Forest  Chicago Tribune

Veterans Day always holds a special meaning in Park Forest, the "GI Town" built in the late 1940s to provide good housing for *service* personnel returning to ...

Diaz' 2 goals lift Angels to supersectional  The Herald-News

PARK FOREST – Joliet Catholic Academy freshman Emy Diaz had never scored two goals in a varsity game coming into Friday's Rich East Class 2A Sectional ...

Comcast NBCUniversal Awards nearly $175K in Scholarships to High School Seniors  NBC Chicago

Comcast announced that it has awarded $1000 “Leaders and Achievers Scholarships” to 174 graduating high school seniors in its Greater Chicago Region ...

Vigil held for 15-year-old Park Forest girl whose 1984 killing remains unsolved  Chicago Tribune

A small, but dedicated group committed to bringing their childhood friend's killer to justice held a vigil at the site of the old Marshall Field's in Park Forest where ...

Two from H-F's early days are remembered in named spaces  The Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle

Long before naming rights for buildings and facilities were a thing, Homewood-Flossmoor High School dedicated spaces in the South Building to two special ...

Police Investigating Somonauk Park Shooting  eNews Park Forest

The Park Forest Police Department is investigating a shooting which occurred at Somonauk Park on Monday, June 12, 2017, at approximately 9:30 p.m..

Police Investigate Shabbona Drive Shooting  eNews Park Forest

Park Forest police are investigating a Shabbona Drive shooting that happened in the "late morning hours" of Monday, July 31, 2017.

Illinois man's life sentence to be vacated in Park Forest teen's 1984 death  Northwest Herald

CHICAGO — A man who spent nearly 30 years in prison for the 1984 sexual assault and slaying of a 15-year-old suburban Chicago girl left prison a free man ...

Explore: Shootings by CCL holders including homeowners, security guards, store clerks  Chicago Tribune

The Chicago Tribune compiled a list of shootings by concealed carry license holder in Illinois.

Girls volleyball: JCA advances to Class 3A semifinals  The Herald-News

PARK FOREST – Joliet Catholic Academy not only guaranteed its return to the state finals Friday, but did so in less time than it took it to reach the host school of ...

Slowik: Crisis hits Harvey, but money pressures squeeze many towns  Chicago Tribune

Harvey laid off dozens of public safety workers amid a financial crisis, though many Southland towns struggle to meet rising costs of providing services.

Race for Governor: Mapping Pritzker's dominant night and Rauner's close call  Chicago Tribune

Billionaire Democratic candidate for governor J.B. Pritzker declared victory before 9 p.m. Tuesday, the outlines of a dominant night already set. Billionaire ...

Slowik: Sims, Smith tapped to fill legislative vacancies triggered by Trotter retirement  Chicago Tribune

Democrats have selected Nicholas Smith as state representative for the 34th District to replace Elgie Sims, who was sworn in as 17th District state senator.

Slowik: Amid family affairs, taxpayers foot bills for Matteson school lawsuits  Chicago Tribune

As education leaders in and around Matteson argue in court lawsuits, taxpayers get stuck paying the bills, columnist Ted Slowik says.

Slowik: Running for office should be easy. So why were candidates tossed from ballots all across the Southland  Chicago Tribune

Running for public office should be easy. A qualified candidate who gathers sufficient numbers of valid signatures from registered voters and properly submits ...

After 65 years, diploma for woman who left high school to marry  Chicago Tribune

A woman's family gets a diploma she didn't receive because she left high school to marry her sweetheart.

An end to 30 years of hell  Illinois Times

Feature,The case,Seeking justice,A free man,Reopening the case,Contact Patrick Yeagle at pyeagle@illinoistimes.c.

NBA star's former home offers study in appealing property tax assessments  Chicago Tribune

Dwyane Wade's former South Holland home and its $58000 tax bill illustrate a big problem in the south suburbs: high property taxes and the difficulty of ...

Slowik: Statewide property tax would be bad deal for Southland residents  Chicago Tribune

Economists suggesting a statewide property tax to pay for unfunded pension liabilities show a lack of understanding of financial pressures facing the Southland.

Panozzo Bros. Obituaries  eNews Park Forest

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Park Forest's Financial Whiz Mary Dankowski Set To Retire  eNews Park Forest

Park Forest's financial whiz is set to retire. With the Village for 22 years, come July 14, 2017, Mary Dankowski will no longer show up for work.

Suspected human remains found near where Woodstock woman disappeared 7 years ago  Chicago Tribune

Seven years after a Woodstock woman went missing in southern Illinois, authorities say they have discovered suspected human remains nearby where she was ...

Girls volleyball: Joliet Catholic set for rematch with Sterling in Class 3A state semifinals  The Herald-News

Of the 16 teams that have advanced to this weekend's girls volleyball state finals at Illinois State University's Redbird Arena in Normal, Joliet Catholic Academy ...

Vice President Pence to speak in Rosemont Friday, when Gov. Rauner will introduce him  Chicago Tribune

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is scheduled to introduce Vice President Mike Pence at a forum promoting federal tax cuts in Rosemont on Friday, the closest ...

Slowik: For most Markham officials, ex-mayor's corruption charges the elephant in the room  Chicago Tribune

At the first City Council meeting since bribery and corruption charges were announced, elected officials made no public mention of former Mayor David Webb Jr.

Column: Park Forest undeservedly named 'most toxic' city nationwide for online trolls  Chicago Tribune

Wired magazine calls Park Forest "the most toxic city in the U.S." because of the large volume of hostile online comments made by two people.

Vickroy: Short & Sweet candy shop owner reminds it's important to treat yourself  Chicago Tribune

To get to the heart of Maria Zientara's reason for opening a new candy shop in Frankfort, you have to look beyond the flying saucers, candy buttons, handmade ...

Illini legends, lists and lore: Walter Young | Football  Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

Mike Pearson tells the tale of Walter Young, who excelled at the UI as a wide receiver despite being recruited as a quarterback.

Chicago's winter parking ban: Where you can and can't park  Chicago Tribune

Chicago's winter, on-street parking ban begins Dec. 1, 2017, and continues through April 1, 2018. Check our map to avoid having your car towed overnight.

The day after his funeral, investigator's final case ends with conviction in 15-year-old Joliet murder  Chicago Tribune

James Stewart's dogged persistence as a criminal investigator led to a murder conviction in a 15-year-old case, but Stewart died days before the verdict.

Man gets life for murder conviction, as victim's mother praises diligent detective who died  Chicago Tribune

A Will County judge on Tuesday sentenced Eric Glover, 45, to natural life in prison for the 2002 murder of Velma Franklin, 29, of Joliet.

Slowik: Flossmoor residents witness ‘democracy in action’ at electoral board objection hearings  Chicago Tribune

Flossmoor resident Rob Rose captured the essence of candidate petition challenges when he addressed the Flossmoor Electoral Board Wednesday during ...

Slowik: Township workers admit roles in campaign to target youth agency  Chicago Tribune

A foreman with the Bremen Township Highway Department admits to writing and sending letters to funding sources for Bremen Youth Services in an effort to ...

Mighty oak's legacy could depend on statewide efforts to save it  Chicago Tribune

Coalition of organizations focuses statewide effort on increasing dwindling numbers of oak trees.

Chicago's history as a sanctuary city  Chicago Tribune

Chicago's path to being a sanctuary city began more than 30 years ago. What follows is a look back at the leaders and laws that have shaped Chicago's ...

In struggling Ford Heights, new youth baseball field offers hope  Chicago Tribune

George "Kirby" Green remembers that as a kid growing up in Ford Heights, Excell Walker coached sports and served as a mentor and role model for a ...

Cicero Residents Demand Town President Larry Dominick Affirm 2008 Commitment and Sign Welcoming Cicero Ordinance  eNews Park Forest

The Town of Cicero responded to the group and at the press conference. They claim that undocumented residents are “living in fear” in Cicero. That's just not ...

Bears invite Eastern Illinois’ Nick Horne to their April 13th local pro day  Windy City Gridiron

Chicago's local workout day will take place on Friday, April 13th, and here's another name to add to the list.

Engineer takes Frankfort clerk post  Chicago Tribune

An engineer with experience volunteering for the village is Frankfort's new clerk. Adam Borrelli, 36, was appointed Monday to a term that runs through spring ...

A suburban mayor runs some meetings by phone from Arizona. That's legal, but vague town attendance records may  Chicago Tribune

For at least a year, Merrionette Park Mayor Dennis Magee has run some village board meetings via telephone from a second home in Arizona.

Column: How a fatal shooting at Orland Park mall played out on social media  Chicago Tribune

Some people reacting on social media to a fatal shooting at a crowded mall in Orland Park engaged in combative exchanges about race and gun violence.

Hinderman: Kids can enjoy aquatic center, Lake Sedgewick during summer  Chicago Tribune

Orland Park offers a variety of activities for children to enjoy during the summer.

What's up with all the spiders? Plus common types you'll see around  Chicago Tribune

This time of year, it seems spiders are everywhere. Common Chicago spiders are more visible during the fall.

Chicago residential parking zones map  Chicago Tribune

City Clerk Susana Mendoza says Chicago's complex network of 1,429 active residential parking zones, many carved into smaller areas with unique restrictions, ...

Final Rio tally: How more than 50 Olympians connected to Illinois did in the games  Chicago Tribune

The Tribune tracked more than 50 Olympic athletes with Illinois connections who competed in Rio. The great majority, 67 percent, competed for Team USA, with ...

Berg: These Illinois Halloween laws might scare you  Chicago Tribune

How old is too old to trick-or-treat? And what time should Halloween festivities begin and end? Growing up in central Illinois and the western suburbs of Chicago, ...

Lingering lights are tacky, but no need to legislate outdoor decorations  Chicago Tribune

South Holland, Orland, Aurora, Christmas, lights, decorations.

NBA freedom fighter Craig Hodges still delivering his message  Chicago Daily Herald

Craig Hodges, the former two-time NBA champ with the Chicago Bulls, was known for speaking out and helping fight injustice when he was a player. He's still ...

'I was told to stay in the closet': Gay man persists in faith on journey to Park Forest ministry  Chicago Tribune

For 10 years, Chris Wogaman never got a call from a congregation for an interview. The openly gay man found a home at Trinity Lutheran Church in Park Forest.

Want solar panels, but can't afford them? Cook County's working to set up co-ops  Chicago Tribune

A Cook County project is helping set up new solar energy co-ops that would let people who can't install their own solar panels tap into a shared pool of power.

Slowik: Towns are right to opt out of Cook County minimum wage law  Chicago Tribune

I encourage village boards and city councils in communities that have not already done so to opt out of Cook County's minimum wage and sick leave ...

Slowik: President Trump, declare a national emergency to fix our roads and bridges  Chicago Tribune

An open letter asking President Donald Trump to declare a national emergency for infrastructure in order to replace roads and bridges.

Driver hit by 'shamed' girl who jumped from bridge: I could have died, too  Chicago Tribune

It is the hair that haunts her. More than a week after the accident, after seeing the tiny girl plummet from the highway overpass, after feeling the girl land on the ...

Steger Memorial Chapel  eNews Park Forest

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ISU playing career in 1960s started Fisher on road to success  Bloomington Pantagraph

It has been a long time, Steve Fisher says, since he has been back on Illinois State's campus. In fact, he has never been inside Redbird Arena.

Comings & Goings: Salvadoran restaurant opens in Summit  Chicago Tribune

Comings and Goings is a column about business in the Southland.

Slowik: Stop feeding coyotes, authorities tell Southland residents  Chicago Tribune

Authorities with the village of Orland Park and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County are warning residents to stop leaving food out for coyotes.

Slowik: Should you support keeping Illinois flat tax? It depends on your income.  Chicago Tribune

Opponents of a concept to change Illinois to a progressive income tax from a flat rate say it's a terrible idea but offer few workable solutions.

Slowik: South suburbs reaped $7 million in video gaming taxes in past year  Chicago Tribune

Forty-five south-suburban municipalities have collected nearly $7 million in local taxes from video gaming over the past year, with local receipts ranging from ...

Tinley's mental health center campus needs a plan  Chicago Tribune

Heading into 2017, here's hoping for a solution to the Tinley Park Mental Health Center campus quandary.

Lemont woman seeks solitude on 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail trek  Chicago Tribune

Sue Murphy, 50, plans to spend about six months this year backpacking 2190 miles of the Appalachian Trail between Maine and Georgia.

Tinley Park's costly housing development settlement leaves unanswered questions  Chicago Tribune

Settling this housing dispute is going to cost Tinley Park taxpayers a nice chunk of change, but presumably it could have cost the village a lot more if the village ...

Country Club Hills mother pleads for help in finding son's killer  Chicago Tribune

The mother of 41-year-old dialysis technician gunned down in a drive-by shooting is pleading with the County Club Hills community for anyone with information ...

Residents hope new trustees help University Park get back on track  Chicago Tribune

Over the past five years, the village board has split into factions. The conflict has apparently led to bickering and a lack of civility among board members.

Acorn sculptures showcased in Oak Lawn  Chicago Tribune

Gigantic colorfully decorated acorns are scattered in Oak Lawn as part of the Acorns on Parade.

Republicans blame Dems for allowing Holocaust denier with Nazi affiliations to get 20K GOP votes  Chicago Tribune

GOP officials blamed gerrymandering by Illinois Democrats for creating uncompetitive districts that allowed for a candidate with Nazi affiliations.

Illinois contract with SEIU should have you seeing red  Chicago Tribune

The major public employee union, SEIU, has one sweet deal with Illinois — at a cost of $35 million per year to taxpayers.

Slowik: New Planned Parenthood increases abortion access in south suburbs  Chicago Tribune

Before the new Flossmoor center, the nearest Planned Parenthoods offering abortions were in Chicago, Aurora and Merrillville, Ind.

Illinois property taxes are crushing homeowners  Chicago Tribune

Ten years ago, Bonita Hatchett built her dream home in Flossmoor. A lawyer by trade, she moved to the south Chicago suburb to join a diverse community that ...

A new era as historic Evergreen Plaza is demolished  Chicago Tribune

The first enclosed mall in the Chicago area, built by well-known developer Arthur Rubloff, to be razed.

Illinois death tax hits family farms where it hurts  Chicago Tribune

Passing a farm down from one generation to the next isn't easy. And Illinois makes it even harder. In the Land of Lincoln, that moment comes with a hefty "death ...

As rates double, Ford Heights residents wonder where water bill money went  Chicago Tribune

Residents of Ford Heights have every right to be upset. Their water rates are nearly doubling, and they don't understand why.

McCarthy Farms stand opens  Chicago Tribune

Located toward the west end of town, McCarthy Farms stand at 9700 W. 167th St. in Orland Park is now open! *Fresh* fruits, vegetables, and other produce are ...

An inexplicable lifetime love of fishing  Chicago Tribune

Columnist David McGrath on the lure of April and the beginning of fishing season.

Slowik: Celebrities help grade school classmates celebrate 50th reunion  Chicago Tribune

Several child stars from TV shows popular during the 1950s and 1960s recently helped a group of baby boomers who grew up in the south suburbs celebrate ...

Victims of crime hurt by crime-free laws  Chicago Tribune

Victims of domestic violence face eviction from their apartments under crime-free housing laws for repeatedly calling police to report abusive spouses, according ...

The summer the Deadheads came Truckin' into town  Chicago Tribune

It's been 25 years since fans of the Grateful Dead camped out in Tinley Park.

It takes a mall  Chicago Tribune

Evergreen Park Plaza was a great place to hang out growing up, columnist David McGrath recalls.

Soundgarden The Ups and Downs of Screaming Life  Exclaim!

Kim Thayil never expected he would play with Soundgarden again after the group's on-stage meltdown in Honolulu in early 1997. "I think every...

Slowik: Police, driver differ over how girl's ashes were handled during traffic stop  Chicago Tribune

Will County sheriff's police are responding to a Facebook post about how an urn containing the remains of a man's child were spilled following a traffic stop.

If Macy's goes, might River Oaks follow?  Chicago Tribune

Nasser Kay has every right to think he's jinxed. After all, the 60-year-old Mokena resident owned Mr. Kay's Fashions in Evergreen Plaza and Lincoln Mall.

Linder Avenue 'one of the worst stretches of road in Illinois,' resident says  Chicago Tribune

Residents say a two-block stretch of road in unincorporated Bremen Township has been neglected for years, and politicians refuse to do anything about it.

Election to decide whether voters want new leadership in Hazel Crest  Chicago Tribune

Voters in Hazel Crest will decide April 4 whether they want new leadership in the village of 14200.

Slowik: Halfway house operations squeezed by state budget impasse  Chicago Tribune

The Guildhaus halfway house is being squeezed because of the state budget impasse.

Catholic parish in Orland Park to celebrate 150th anniversary  Chicago Tribune

St. Michael Roman Catholic Church in Orland Park is gearing up for a big finish to a yearlong celebration marking the 150th anniversary of its founding in 1867.

Feds devote more funds to soundproof homes from Midway noise  Chicago Tribune

Two people from south suburban Burbank are apparently so unhappy about noise from planes around Midway International Airport, they're complaining about it ...

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