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Southland interchange’s time finally arrives

The time finally came Saturday for “the interchange that time forgot.” The first ramps linking Interstates 57 and 294 opened to traffic Saturday afternoon, completing the first phase of a full interchange project that’s been talked about for years and which, local officials said, will …

Empty homes in Markham searched for possible victims

Cook County sheriff’s investigators and state police spent two days in Markham last week searching empty homes for possible victims of suspected serial killer Darren Vann, that village’s mayor said Saturday.

Investigators on Wednesday and Thursday searched “three or four” empty houses on the village’s …

Parolee charged with Bedford Park cold case murder


A recent parolee with a long criminal history has been charged with the 2002 cold case murder of a woman in Bedford Park.

Steven Podkulski, 40, was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder for the death of 27-year-old Jennifer Boyd, according to court records. He was …

Fund to fix veterans memorial in New Lenox gets a boost


Efforts to repair a damaged veterans memorial in New Lenox got a boost Friday, when officials with LincolnWay Community Bank presented a check for nearly $2,700 to VFW Post 9545.

Customers of the New Lenox bank joined forces, contributing toward the $2,694.50 check to help …

How cops tracked a suspected serial killer to the south suburbs


As the search for other possible victims of suspected serial killer Darren D. Vann continues, Cook County sheriff’s investigators have been using his phone records to narrow their search, sources say. Vann traveled from Indiana to the Illinois south suburbs of Harvey, Markham and Hazel …

Woman sues Trinity Services over mom’s death

The Trinity Services mental health care agency is being sued by a woman who claims Trinity was negligent in allowing her mother to leave a group home in Lockport last year, resulting in the patient being killed in a hit-and-run accident.

Joanna L. Mullis, of …

Police investigating murder of Lockport Township teen

A Lockport Township teen was killed in a drive-by shooting Thursday as he walked near his home along Princeton Avenue.

Latray Wright, 16, was shot about 4 p.m. and taken to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox and later died after being airlifted to another …

Police: Golf club thief arrested in Palos Hills

A Burbank man has been charged with stealing more than $6,000 worth of golf clubs in the west and southwest suburbs, police said.

Officers were called to a home in the 11200 block of Southwest Highway in Palos Hills at 11:25 a.m. Monday to investigate …

Educators decry proposed school funding plan


Legislation that proposes a shift in state funding for school districts could result in teacher cuts, larger class sizes and higher property tax bills in some local districts, officials with those districts said Thursday.

Consolidated High School District 230 and its six feeder school districts …

Ex-Alsip treasurer sues mayor; says she was fired for rejecting his sexual advances


Alsip Mayor Patrick Kitching fired village Treasurer Elizabeth Gonzalez last year because she had rejected his sexual advances over several years, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday in Chicago.

Kitching’s improper conduct included often leaving on Gonzalez’s desk personal cards that contained “suggestive messages,” …

Wolf’s Bakery owner remembered for community support


When you make your living in the bakery business, it’s probably hard to choose a favorite treat.

Not for Jeffrey Lyon.

“Hands down, it was the lemon fluff,” said Joe Boehm, general manager of Wolf’s Bakery, which Lyon bought from the original owner 23 years …

New bridge to end bottleneck on Metra’s Rock Island Line


A bridge on Chicago’s South Side that’s designed to end frustrating delays for riders on Metra’s Rock Island Line was formally dedicated Thursday.

The Englewood flyover — a $142 million project at 63rd and State streets funded largely with federal money — was finished last …

In Brief: Hiring event in South Holland

Southland job seekers can take part in a hiring event from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the South Suburban College gymnasium, 15800 State St., South Holland.

U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, D-2nd. is hosting the event, according to a press release. More than 60 employers …

Businesses accused of selling booze to minors

The Illinois Liquor Control Commission cited six Hickory Hills businesses for allegedly selling alcohol to minors during a sting conducted in conjunction with the Hickory Hills police department.

The following businesses failed the compliance check: American Drug Stores, 9534 S. Roberts Road; Vito & Nicks …

Homer Glen approves Big R store but nixes electronic sign

The Homer Glen Village Board on Wednesday night approved plans for a Big R home-and-farm store to fill a vacant building but rejected the store’s request for an electronic sign.

Big R plans to take over the 92,000-square-foot former Kmart store, 15830 Bell Road, which …

Hickory Street murder suspect’s hearing scheduled for November


Accused murderer Adam Landerman was scheduled to have a pretrial hearing in Will County Court on Thursday, but that hearing now will be Nov. 5.

Judge Gerald Kinney, who has been presiding over the case, was not in court Thursday.

Landerman, who’s the son of …