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West Nile virus confirmed in Oak Lawn

As the first human case of West Nile virus in the suburbs has been confirmed, the Cook County Health Department has launched an information campaign featuring a Southland mayor who battled the virus. The department said Wednesday that an Oak Lawn woman in her 40s …

Court fee to help finance new Will Co. courthouse

A proposed new Will County Courthouse got its first source of funding Wednesday when Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law allowing the county to adopt a “judicial facilities fee.” The legislation was the idea of Circuit Court Chief Judge Richard Schoenstedt, who called it a …

Justice woman bilked senior out of $95K with fake cancer story

A Justice woman convicted of swindling $95,000 from an elderly man by pretending to have cancer was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday. Pebbles Miller, 28, first met the 80-year-old victim at a gas station in June 2012. Shortly after, she told the man …

Judge Murray remembered as caring father, and for fairness on bench

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Judge Michael Murray was a fair man who was a good father, a devoted husband, and an apolitical, independent-minded judge who seldom brought his work home with him, two of his sons said Tuesday.

Murray, 79, of Orland Park, and formerly a longtime resident of …

Protest calls for top-level trauma unit at U of C

About a dozen protesters gathered Tuesday at the University of Chicago Medicine building to call on the hospital to offer a Level I trauma center for adults instead of moving forward with plans to build an outpatient clinic in Orland Park. The U of C …

Frankfort Fall Fest opens Wednesday night

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The 46th annual Frankfort Fall Festival is expected to draw roughly 300,000 people, including some superheroes, over the Labor Day weekend. The theme this year acknowledges the sacrifices made by “everyday superheroes” such as the volunteers who make their communities a better place and the …

Bands to jam for cancer research

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Dennis and Karen Suglich, owners of Cuzin’s Bar and Pizza in Tinley Park, are hoping that music can help in the battle against brain cancer. They’ve organized an outdoor music fest, “Jammin’ for a Cure,” to be held from noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 7 …

Brother Rice student loses fight with cancer

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Cameron M. Fahey was a popular student at Brother Rice High School, where he was a straight-A student preparing to enter his senior year, Principal Jim Antos said. Cameron’s father, Brian Fahey, said his only child was a diligent student — scoring a 34 on …

Woman killed in South Holland crash

An elderly woman died early Friday after a crash last week in South Holland. About 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, 88-year-old Louise Cary was driving a 2010 Chevrolet sedan, making a left-hand turn from eastbound 162nd Street onto northbound South Park Avenue, according to South Holland …

Three charged in home invasion in Oak Lawn

Two men and a woman were charged with home invasion after an incident Wednesday in the 9200 block of South Central Avenue in Oak Lawn, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s Department. Bail was set at $400,000 for both Jesus Delgado, 24, and Juan Delgado, …

Man, woman dead in Willow Springs murder-suicide

A man and woman were killed in a murder-suicide Saturday morning in Willow Springs, authorities said. Luis Zapata, 35, and Samantha Zapata, 26, were both shot to death in the 8300 block of South Archer Avenue, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. Samantha …

Prosecutor: Harvey hostages threatened during 21-hour ordeal

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The women and children held hostage in a Harvey home last week were threatened “with having their heads blown off” over the course of the 21-hour ordeal, and one of the two women was sexually assaulted multiple times, a prosecutor said Friday. At a bond …

Fair finale in Will County

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Just as Will County Fair officials thought they caught a break from heavy rains, another break occurred. On Sunday, a water main break between the carnival and the beer tent forced a water shutdown on the south end of the fairgrounds, according to fair spokesman …

Communities celebrate Illinois & Michigan Canal 30th anniversary

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It was a day for reminiscing and rediscovering the history of their own communities as a group explored several historical sites along the Illinois & Michigan Canal this weekend to celebrate the 30th anniversary of its designation as a National Heritage Corridor.

Cari Szczesniak and …

What’s really going on here?

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Last week’s winner

They told me there were hazards on this hole, but I never expected this. — Joseph A. Vaccaro, Tinley Park

Runners-up

Whoa! When you said you have to work on a bad slice I thought you meant golf. — Evert E. Kooyman, …

Quarry plans, info uncertain for Robbins residents

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Two months after Robbins trustees essentially voided a contract with a developer planning a controversial limestone quarry and mine in the village, residents say they’re uncertain where those plans now stand. A trustee said no new talks have been held with ALM Resources since the …