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Mokena road named after Pfc. Aaron S. Toppen

A road that a fallen Mokena soldier grew up on has been renamed in his memory. Dozens of people attended a ceremony Saturday commemorating the naming of Townline Road to Pfc. Aaron S. Toppen Memorial Drive. Toppen, 19, was one of five American soldiers killed …

One hurt in shooting near Oak Forest; person in custody

One person was shot and suffered minor injuries and another was taken into custody Sunday night after an incident following a soccer game in a forest preserve near Oak Forest, police said.

The shooting happened about 5:15 p.m. after a soccer game at the Bachelor …

St. Linus students place flags on lawn for Labor Day

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One by one, students at St. Linus Catholic School in Oak Lawn placed tiny American flags on the lawn outside the building to celebrate Labor Day and our nation’s workforce. The idea came from teacher Jean Swiecicki, the student council faculty adviser, and Principal Mike …

Homer Harvest Days next weekend

Lessons in tomahawk throwing, an Abraham Lincoln impersonator and a living history presentation about 18th century medicine are among the new events at this year’s 7th annual Homer Harvest Days. The festival, which is co-sponsored by Homer Glen and Homer Township, will be held from …

Frankfort fest continues to balloon

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Ten-year-old Sydney Hooten was hoping the Frankfort Fall Festival would help her get a new smartphone.

She came up with the idea of turning the yard of the family’s house, just a couple of blocks from the fest, into a paid parking lot to raise …

New Lenox’s Sharefest helps the needy

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Of all the municipal events held throughout the year in the Southland, Sharefest is somewhat unique. It’s a festival of charity and giving — there are no carnival rides, craft booths, musical entertainment or elephant ears.

But there’s something for everyone at New Lenox-based Sharefest, …

1-year-old Tinley Park boy dies in accidental drowning

A 1-year-old boy drowned Friday afternoon in Tinley Park, an autopsy Saturday revealed.

About 3:30 p.m., emergency crews responded to a home in the 7600 block of Brookside Glen Drive for a report of a possible drowning, said Pat Carr, director of Emergency Management and …

Gov. Pat Quinn visits Robbins to push park funding initiative

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Gov. Pat Quinn visited the Robbins Park District on Saturday as part of a series of stops announcing a new plan to invest $14.4 million in south suburban parks.

“Investments in park development and recreation are investments in the health, well being and future of …

Person shot outside McDonald’s in Homewood

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A person was shot outside a McDonald’s restaurant Friday night in south suburban Homewood. The shooting happened about 11:30 p.m. at a McDonald’s parking lot in the 3100 block of 183rd Street, a Homewood Fire Department spokesman said. The person — whose age or gender …

‘Happy Birthday’ Worth celebrates 100 years

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Bill Conway chuckled when asked how Worth has changed since he was a boy. “Oh, a lot,” Conway, 89, said at the village hall.“I’m still in the house I was born in over on Worth Avenue. There was farmland here and only a couple of …

Skate park owner  unhappy with village

The owner of the Drop In skate park in New Lenox is angry about the village citing him for violating the park’s zoning permit by staying open later than allowed. Kevin McCullough called the village board “big government” and accused it of interfering with free …

Church marks ‘friendly village’s’ 100 years with family friendly event

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As part of celebrating Worth’s centennial, and as a way to let more people know about their church, the folks at St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church are inviting the community to what they’re calling an “old-time friendly fair” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. …

Chicago-area mattress chains being sold

Mattress Firm, a Texas-based retailer is paying about $60 million to acquire the Back to Bed and Bedding Experts stores in the Chicago area.

The deal includes more than 100 stores in the metro area, as well as locations in Indiana, Wisconsin and Florida, the …

Reckless homicide charges against trucker in fatal crash

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Charges have been upgraded to reckless homicide against an Indiana truck driver accused of causing a crash that left five people dead and three others injured last month on Interstate 55 near Channahon. Francisco Espinal-Quiroz, 51, of Leesburg, Indiana, has been indicted on 15 counts …

Quinn camp warns of funding losses under Rauner

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Southland school districts could lose millions of dollars in state education funding under a proposal by Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, according to Paul Vallas, Gov. Pat Quinn’s running mate. During a stop Thursday in Orland Park, Vallas detailed how deep the funding cuts could …

Village serving up birthday cake, cupcakes for centennial

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Anyone with a sweet tooth — or just a mind focused on local history — would be wise to swing by the Worth Village Hall, 7112 W. 111th St., at noon Friday. The village will be celebrating 100 years since the day it was incorporated …