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Proud American Days on in New Lenox

What started out in 1984 as a couple of guys, a tent and a keg has turned into one of the largest summer festivals in the Southland. More than 30,000 people are expected this weekend for the annual Proud American Days in New Lenox. The …

Lawsuit filed over drowning death of Justice boy

The estate of a 6-year-old Justice boy who drowned while swimming at a Bridgeview swimming pool last month has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the villages of Bridgeview and Justice and their respective park districts.

The suit was filed Thursday in Cook County Circuit …

Despite disagreement, golf at Woodbine seems over

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Folks are not just hitting golf balls at Woodbine Golf Course, they’re tossing around political footballs, too. Seven months after the Homer Glen Village Board voted unanimously to purchase the 103-acre property and its banquet hall, some trustees still are trying to allow former owner …

Suit says tainted Crestwood water caused man’s cancer

The brother of a Crestwood man who died of cancer last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the village, claiming that hazardous chemicals in the village’s drinking water supply caused the illness.

Michael Wakeham filed the suit Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court …

8 Frankfort Square homes evacuated after severed gas line

A severed gas line on Wintergreen Drive in Frankfort Square Thursday evening caused the evacuation of eight homes. Frankfort Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Tim Campbell said the gas line was severed by workers who were planting parkway trees for the Frankfort Township program to …

Why a day of jazz is just what you need

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Take time to listen. In fact, take all day. That’s the vibe of the new South Suburban Jazz Society, formed by four musicians who want to make sure jazz maintains a place in today’s fast-paced, electronic society — and in the Southland. “The sound itself …

25th year of Ridge Fest to fill weekend with rock, country

The 25th edition of Ridge Fest will bring a mix of music and, Chicago Ridge Mayor Chuck Tokar is hoping, better weather Thursday through Sunday.

Last year, unseasonably cool weather hurt the festival when usually big draw Ted Nugent took the stage on a Saturday …

Harvey cop put on leave after alleged attack

Harvey police Detective Jeffrey Crocker said Thursday that he has been placed on administrative leave after being arrested Saturday for allegedly attacking the boyfriend of his former girlfriend. Crocker, 44, of Beecher, is charged with battery, domestic battery and assault in the incident at the …

Hostage hoax in Oak Lawn

Oak Lawn police are investigating whether an online gamer with a grudge against an Oak Lawn teen called in a false report of a hostage incident. A call came into the police department’s non-emergency number about 10:20 a.m. Thursday, and the caller said three residents …

“In My Brother’s Shoes,” Orland Park native gets role in upcoming short film

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While on a trip to Rome, Chicago native Lucia Mauro met a man in St. Peter’s square wearing a pair of ill-fitting shoes so worn out it “looked as if he’s walked around the world in them.” He told her they belonged to his brother, …

Chicago Heights man cleared in slaying

A Chicago Heights man who was granted a new trial for a slaying he was convicted of nearly two decades ago has been acquitted and set free. The Cook County state’s attorney’s office confirmed Wednesday that a jury found 49-year-old Rodell Sanders not guilty late …

Oak Lawn to start huge water improvement project

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Gov. Pat Quinn and Oak Lawn officials broke ground Wednesday at the village’s main pumping station, signaling the start of a major project to improve Oak Lawn’s water distribution system that also provides 12 other suburbs with drinking water. At the ceremony, Quinn also signed …

I-55 victims remembered, mourned

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Long journeys. Short jaunts. They were busy people, focused on their busy lives when tragedy came calling.

Three of the four victims of Monday’s horrific crash on Interstate 55 were enjoying their summer vacation. The fourth was en route to work.

One woman was headed …

Suspect in Joliet double-murder scheduled to go on trial Aug. 4

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A Will County judge set a new trial date Wednesday for one of the four people accused of participating in a grisly 2013 double homicide in Joliet. Bethany McKee, 20, is now expected to go on trial Aug. 4 for the January 2013 strangling deaths …

Vickroy: New hip surgery on cutting edge

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Throw a sledding accident onto the pile of typical aches that come with aging, and you can pretty much feel Sam Gardeakos’ pain. “I couldn’t walk more than 50 feet,” the Orland Park dental technician said. “I was uncomfortable sitting and lying down.” Cortisone shots …

Police: Nails in Oak Lawn slides not vandalism, but possible design flaw

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When screws and nails were found sticking out of sliding boards in an Oak Lawn park last month, residents and police were understandably concerned. When it happened again this week, park officials took a closer look and determined the possibly dangerous objects were not purposely …