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GSU plans first family and friends weekend

Governors State University plans to hold its inaugural Family and Friends Weekend from Oct. 9 to 12, according to a press release from the school in University Park. Students, their families, alumni and friends of the university — which this semester began operating as a …

25 years later, a mother still pursues her daughter’s death

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It’s been 25 years, and Holly Dvorak’s bedroom in her family’s Mokena home remains largely unchanged. Her bed is neatly made, and her roller skates and teenage clothes wait for the young woman who would have turned 42 on Wednesday. Her parents still hang on …

Wife of CPD officer killed in crash suing Calumet Park over chase

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The family of a Chicago police officer killed in March when his vehicle was struck by a van being pursued by Calumet Park police has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the village.

David Harris, a 10-year Chicago police veteran, had just ended his shift …

Midlothian pulls out of lake water project

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Midlothian has become the third town to pull out of the South Suburban Joint Area Water Agency, another serious blow to what appears to be an increasingly unlikely effort to establish an independent system to deliver Lake Michigan water. Midlothian trustees voted unanimously last week …

Surprise cutathon helps boost longtime volunter facing cancer

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In a cruel twist of fate, cancer has come calling upon a woman who has spent much of her life helping others saddled by the disease. Marie Jarrell, a New Lenox resident who worked for 12 years as a coach for the fundraising arm of …

Charity softball game helps Chicago’s fire and police families

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For members of the Chicago Blackhawks Alumni Association, camaraderie and being charitable never get old. Especially when a worthwhile charity involves members of Chicago’s fire and police departments. Grant Mulvey, treasurer of the alumni association, loves being a part of events that help the families …

Oak Lawn’s senior center to move

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Oak Lawn wants to move its senior citizens center back downtown to share the Johnson-Phelps VFW Post 5220. The senior center would use the building mostly during daytime, freeing up the evenings for post activities, officials said. At the Sept. 9 village board meeting, Mayor …

Suit: Nurse had ‘unsolicited’ sex with man waiting for heart transplant at Christ Medical Center

While a man was lying in his bed at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, medicated and waiting for a heart transplant, a nurse entered his room and “initiated unsolicited sexual relations, including intercourse,” according to a lawsuit filed Monday.

The patient and his wife …

South Holland teen shot to death after fight at River Oaks Mall

A South Holland man was shot to death after a fight broke out Saturday afternoon outside the River Oaks Center mall in Calumet City, authorities said.

About 3:30 p.m., Ike King, 18, and another person exited the J.C. Penney store on the north side of …

Orland Park bans sales from ‘puppy mills’

Orland Park trustees on Monday night approved an ordinance that’s intended to better regulate the retail sale of puppies or other animals that come from commercial breeders. The ordinance would require pet stores that sell dogs and cats to get a separate pet shop license …

Dog boon: PAWS marks 40 years with parade

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Dogs had their day Sunday in Tinley Park as dozens of them marched down Oak Park Avenue in the village’s downtown while hundreds of spectators cheered them on.

The pet parade was organized by the People’s Animal Welfare Society, or PAWS, of Tinley Park, which …

It’s life in the fast lane for dogs at Woofstock

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The Woofstock event at Bailey’s Crossing, a dog park in Oak Lawn, was crowded Saturday with about 150 dogs and about 100 owners, organizers said. There were races, other contests, a fashion show and more.

Petco hosts grand opening in New Lenox

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Several New Lenox residents were among those waiting in line for an hour in the cold Saturday morning to welcome the new Petco store in New Lenox Town Center.

Part of the attraction was the free $10 gift cards offered to the first 100 customers …

Burbank man wins $250K from lottery

A Burbank man is $250,000 richer after buying a lottery scratch ticket Tuesday.

Christopher Bielecki bought a Black Diamond scratch ticket at Jewel-Osco, 21164 S. LaGrange Road, Frankfort, according to a statement from the Illinois Lottery.

“I usually buy a Monopoly ticket, and this was …

Lockport bans certain businesses downtown

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Liquor, auto parts and window-and-door stores, small-engine repair shops and fortune tellers are among the businesses that are no longer allowed in Lockport’s downtown historic district.

Aldermen last week unanimosuly approved changes to the city’s zoning ordinance that are designed to preserve the character and …

South Holland man shot to death in Sauk Village

A South Holland man was shot to death Saturday in Sauk Village, authorities said.

Dwayne McCray, 20, was shot in the 21000 block of Peterson Avenue, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:40 p.m., the …