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Cubs’ Chris Coghlan brightens kids’ day at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn

After he visited Tuesday with sick children at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, Chicago Cubs outfielder Chris Coghlan said he felt like the day may have meant more to him than the kids. “We have a tendency to complain and think we don’t have …

Posen novelist publishes third book

Five years after the release of his first book, “Tandem Tryst,” Posen resident Ralph E. Horner has completed its sequel, his third novel, entitled “Midnight Mist.” “Tandem Tryst,” a romantic science-fiction adventure follows the journey of Jeff, a widower who discovers a magical ring that …

Ground breaking for Evergreen Park’s new park Thursday

A grand opening celebration of Evergreen Park’s new 50-acre park at the southeast corner of 91st Street and California Avenue will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The park is on land that formerly was part of the Evergreen Country Club. The other …

Lawn equipment stolen from baseball complex

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Burglars made off with heavy-duty lawn equipment from a Hickory Hills baseball complex over the weekend, according to police. About $20,000 worth of lawn mowers and motorized vehicles were taken from a storage trailer at the fields in the 9900 block of 76th Avenue, said …

Fire at Tinley Park food mart quickly extinguished

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A small fire broke out Wednesday in a rooftop air conditioning unit of TP Food Mart convenience store in Tinley park, assistant fire chief Kris Dunn said. One person, believed to be an employee of the air conditioning company that was servicing the unit, was …

Throwback fair on tap in Tinley Park

Old Tinley doesn’t always refer to the pub or downtown. On Aug. 17, it’ll mean the late 1800s as the Tinley Park Historical Society hosts an Old Settlers Day Fair. The fair will feature demonstrations of historical arts like quilting, weaving, canning, carpentry and woodworking …

Who’s the Ribmaster? BBQ-rib throwdown this weekend

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Frankfort is the place for ribs — at least it will be Saturday. About 20 contestants will be cooking up some baby back ribs at the Sixth Annual Amateur Rib Cook Off. The public tasting is from 1 to 3 p.m., according to Mary Canino, …

Lawsuit alleges illegal plot by SW Side dress shop

A Chicago-based prom dress store is being accused of anti-competitive practices and controlling the Chicago market in violation of antitrust law, according to a federal lawsuit filed in Chicago. Peaches Boutique, 5915 S. Archer Ave., and owners Barbara Ann Surdej, Roy Surdej and Jeffrey Surdej …

Mock drill prepares for school crisis

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The Homewood police and fire departments and Homewood School District 153 cooperated on a critical-incident drill Tuesday morning — a mock school shooting and would-be bombing at Winston Churchill Elementary School. The drill focused on coordinating response and communication between Homewood’s police, fire and public …

Rumble strips, extra cops added around I-55 crash site

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One week after two accidents in the Interstate 55 construction zone claimed five lives near Channahon, Gov. Pat Quinn directed state transportation officials and police to explore extra safety measures and urged motorists to be more attentive. “I was deeply saddened and alarmed by the …

Hot-tub tryst at adults-only club turns violent

A planned sexual tryst at a private, adults-only club in Midlothian turned violent when two men realized one of their presumed female companions was a man, police said.

Taste of Orland Park set for this weekend

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Orland Park’s annual festival showcasing local restaurants returns this weekend. The Taste of Orland Park is scheduled for Friday through Sunday at the Orland Park Village Center, 14700 S. Ravinia Ave. The event combines culinary treats from Orland Park restaurants with live music and fun …

Silver Cross to host stroke symposium for medical professionals

The Silver Cross Neuroscience Institute will host a free Stroke from the Heart symposium from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 6 for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, paramedics and allied health professionals who are interested in increasing their knowledge of the management and treatment of …

Family outreach program looks to help fight drug use

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Serenity Family Outreach is hosting a different type of a back-to-school event for families — one that doesn’t include list of school supplies, but one, they believe, should be at the top of the list.

The event — “Talking Smack: The truth about drug use …

Owner of slain dog happy cop got fired

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Nicole Echlin, the owner of a dog shot to death by a Hometown police officer, says “we got justice” because the officer has been fired. And she’s reconsidering the protest rally that’s planned for Sunday outside the police station because she has hired a lawyer …

New Lenox looks to establish rail quiet zones

New Lenox is taking measures to add more railroad quiet zones in the village. Trustees have approved a $15,000 contract with Christopher B. Burke Engineering to do a feasibility study on establishing quiet zones, areas where trains cannot sound their horns, near crossings on Metra’s …