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Oak Lawn restricts electronic recycling to residents only

Too much of a good thing has Oak Lawn scaling back its electronic recycling program. Starting Nov. 1, only vehicles with an Oak Lawn village sticker will be allowed to drop off items such as TVs, DVD players, radios and desktop, laptop and tablet computers …

One dead, one wounded in Richton Park shooting

One man was killed and another wounded Wednesday night in Richton Park, police said.

Officers responding to a call of shots fired about 7 p.m. near an Auto Zone at 3650 Sauk Trail found a man shot to death on the sidewalk, according to police. …

NTSB initial report on plane crash has little new information


The National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary report on its investigation into the Oct. 12 crash of a small plane in Palos Hills contains little information not previously known.

The report does not reveal the cause of the crash, which killed three doctors from Kansas when …

Nine charged in Oak Lawn vehicle burglaries

Oak Lawn police announced Wednesday that they have made several arrests in connection with vehicle burglaries this month and they also have issued a community alert regarding several recent home burglaries that occurred mostly during daytime hours.

On Oct. 8, three adults and a juvenile …

Missing Midlothian man found dead at Oak Forest park


An elderly Midlothian resident who had been missing since November was found dead this month in a pile of tree branches at an Oak Forest park, authorities said.

An Oak Forest Park District employee was spraying for weeds Oct. 10 along a small creek next …

Reprising The Beatles’ sound: Event set at GSU


A special one-night event for fans of classic rock is set for Saturday night at the Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University in University Park.

The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album will be performed by musicians from Classic Albums Live, with an accompanying music …

Cell tower proposals dropped in Tinley Park

Plans have been withdrawn to install cellular antenna towers at two Tinley Park schools.

Residents who live near Christa McAuliffe and Helen Keller schools, where the 121-foot-tall antennas were to be erected, had vigorously opposed the plans, but it’s unclear whether that opposition contributed to …

First community college to win energy award inspires stories of second chances


The Interstate Renewable Energy Council named Kankakee Community College its 2014 Accredited Clean Energy Training Provider of the Year, making the institution the first community college in the country to win this award, said the council’s Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Larry Sherwood.

The …

Square Celt Ale House & Grill opens in Orland Park


Kevin Vaughan and his siblings grew up in the bar and restaurant business.

His parents emigrated from Ireland, where they owned a pub and dance hall, to the United States in 1984 with seven children in tow. Three years later, they opened Vaughan’s Pub on …

Advice of Matteson woman, 104: ‘Be crazy’


Martha Spajer turns 104 years old Wednesday. Her advice to people is to “do right and live a long time.”

As for how to achieve that second part, Spajer said the secret is to “be crazy.” She said it with crystal-clear eyes and a modest …

Cops: Teen arrested after armed carjacking at Orland Square Mall

A teenager has been charged with using a pellet gun to hijack a man’s vehicle Friday night in the parking lot at Orland Square Mall.

The man was leaving his job at the mall, 428 Orland Square Drive, Orland Park, about 10:15 p.m. when a …

Richton Park man indicted for running major heroin ring


Nine people have been indicted in Northwest Indiana for running a major heroin ring, including a Richton Park man whom federal authorities identified as the leader of the ring that they said operated from Chicago to Michigan City.

“It’s certainly one of the bigger indictments …

Community Oven Days offers fast-track baking for holidays


Christmas is the one time of year when we all wish we were professional bakers. Fear not, intrepid spritzers, there’s a way to get all of your holiday baking done in a timely professional manner, while chatting up recipes with newfound friends. For the third …

SXU gets $2.2M from state for science building renovations


St. Xavier University is getting nearly $2.3 million in state funding to help pay for construction of more chemistry and biology labs, according to a press release from the university.

The money also will be used for “innovative learning environments designed to foster creativity and …

Train buffs keep coming back to Southland Model Railroad Show


Santa may need a bigger sleigh when he packs for a Christmas Eve visit to Kolton Smith’s home. The 4-year-old boy from Chicago Ridge was asked his thoughts after seeing Jeff Viens’ sprawling train layout at the 12th annual Southland Model Railroad Show at Richards …

Appraiser from PBS’s ‘Antiques Roadshow’ appears at Beverly retirement home


Independent appraiser Gary Piattoni often cautions anyone who gets theirs antiques appraised.

“Folks are here for my opinion. I’ve been doing this for over 20 years,” Piattoni said. “Folks would have a different opinion than I would because they have high expectations from the numbers …