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Homewood-Flossmoor School Board fires Anthony Smith as girls basketball coach

Homewood-Flossmoor High School’s embattled varsity girls basketball coach was fired Tuesday night as both coach and a teacher. The District 233 school board voted 4-3 to not renew the employment contract for Anthony Smith, who was suspended in February by the Illinois High School Association …

Worth Board officials again face angry crowd over girl’s death

Things got heated Tuesday night at the Worth Village Board meeting, where the police investigation into the death of Brittany Wawrzyniak again was questioned by her family members and others in a crowd that spilled out of the board room into a hallway,

Mayor Werner …

Judge to hold hearing on  evidence issue in murder case

A Will County judge on Tuesday said she would hold a hearing on whether to allow trial testimony about whether there was an abusive relationship between a Joliet man and his girlfriend before he allegedly shot and killed her in June 2002. The state wants …

Former Orland Park priest reinstated after sexual abuse allegation refuted

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The pastor of a Roman Catholic church in Chicago has been reinstated after an investigation refuted an allegation of sexual contact with a child nearly 20 years ago when he was assigned in Orland Park. The Rev. Michael W. O’Connell will resume his role as …

Schools could get vote for elections

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When the Homewood branch of US Bank was robbed on Election Day in November 2010, it forced nearby schools to go on lockdown while police searched for one of the three robbers. No one was allowed to enter or leave the schools for 45 minutes …

Palos Heights resident shot in home invasion

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When their neighbor banged on the front door of their Palos Heights home around 3:45 a.m. Tuesday, shouting that he had been shot, the military training of Vicki and Mike Finegan kicked into high gear. The couple met in the Marine Corps, where they served …

Tinley Park eyes medical pot ordinance

Tinley Park officials want to have a greater say on where medical marijuana is grown and sold in the village. As the state embarks on a pilot program allowing the cultivation and dispensing of marijuana for medicinal uses, communities are looking to enact their limits. …

Chicago Ridge hosts party of the century

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When you turn 100 years old, you’ve got to do something special.

The village of Chicago Ridge did just that Saturday night with a Centennial Gala at the Glendora House, 10225 S. Harlem Ave.

The village hoped to sell 300 tickets and wound up selling …

H-F Park District to present plans for Dolphin Lake Park

The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District will host a community meeting to present the plan for upcoming improvements to Dolphin Lake Park and Clubhouse at 7 p.m. April 22 at the Dolphin Lake Clubhouse, 183rd Street and Governors Highway.

The meeting is open to the public. Those …

Feuding couple leave young son home alone

A feuding Oak Forest couple left their 5-year-old home alone when each fled their apartment Saturday night after an argument, which they concluded hours later by causing a scene at a local bar, according to Oak Forest police.

The incident has been reported to the …

Christ Medical Center recognized for stroke care

Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn has been recognized for excellence in the treatment of stroke patients by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, according to a press release from the hospital.

Christ Medical Center has one of the largest stroke programs in the …

Man shot on I-57

A man was shot early Sunday while driving on Interstate 57 on the South Side. The 27-year-old man was shot in the thigh about 3:25 a.m. while he was in a vehicle traveling southbound on I-57 near Halsted Street, Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Stan …

Illinois man pleads guilty in 2012 home invasion

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VALPARAISO — A Peotone, Ill., man pleaded guilty Monday to involvement in an August 2012 incident in which three men invaded a Porter County home and forced a woman to open a safe at gunpoint before leading Hobart police on a chase that ended in …

SD 135 adopts action plan

School board members in Orland District 135 on Monday adopted a multi-year guide, laying out priorities for education, staff training and other areas. The goal is to quickly make the action plan available online, not just for teachers and educators but parents as well, District …

Son of Dolton ex-mayor accused of tax evasion

The son of former Dolton Mayor William Shaw has been charged with not filing federal income tax returns for six years, the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago announced Monday on the eve of the tax filing deadline. Victor Shaw, 53, of Dolton, is charged with …

Hillcrest girls basketball coach charged with DUI

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The head coach of the girls varsity basketball team at Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills has been charged with drunken driving in Frankfort, according to Frankfort police. John Maniatis, 46, of the 400 block of Pleasant Hill Road in Frankfort, was arrested about …