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Will County budget talks include possible tax hike

Budget battles have begun in Will County with Republicans and Democrats differing on how to fund capital improvement projects during a finance committee meeting Tuesday. In his recent budget address, County Executive Larry Walsh, a Democrat, proposed increasing the property tax levy by 1.5 percent, …

Chicago Heights’ Savoia T’Go to close after eight decades


After eight decades of serving Italian food cooked from scratch, Savoia T’Go in Chicago Heights is saying “arrivederci.”

Three generations later, the Bamonti family’s last day as restaurateurs will be Wednesday.

“My father is 78 years old and he is working seven days a week,” …

Lawyer: Park Forest cop’s trial not likely this year


The trial of a Park Forest police officer who’s charged in the July 2013 shooting death of a 95-year-old World War II veteran likely won’t take place until next year, the officer’s lawyer said.

Terry Ekl, who’s defending Craig Taylor on a felony charge of …

News Briefs for Oct. 1


Candidates forum

The Lincoln-Way Education Association will host a candidates forum featuring 37th House District candidates Margo McDermed, R, and Nichole Serbin, D, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Pipefitters 597 Union Hall, 10850 W. 187th St., Mokena.

Attendees will be able to …

Veterans memorial vandalized


An act being called a “slap in the face” to veterans, the New Lenox veterans memorial was vandalized Saturday, causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage.

Early Sunday morning, people walking the circle in the New Lenox Commons reported to police that four granite …

South Suburban Hospital, Illinois AG offer sex assault training to nurses


They measure bruises, swab for DNA and document a survivor’s story.

They take photographs, note the nature of injuries and administer rape kits.

And they do it all in a compassionate, emotionally supportive manner.

They are sexual assault nurse examiners — registered nurses who have …

IDOT gets Southland input on 2015-20 road improvements plan


Officials from at least three Southland towns were among those attending a public input meeting hosted Monday by the Illinois Department of Transportation regarding its 2015-2020 road improvement plan. The meeting was held at the offices of the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, 1906 …

Two Southland women sue Victoria’s Secret, claiming false theft accusation

Two south suburban shoppers are seeking $100,000 in damages from Victoria’s Secret in Orland Park, after they were falsely accused of stealing merchandise, according to a lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court in May.

According to their complaint, the two friends, Cherlonda Martin and …

Southland teacher’s new book spotlights Muslim discrimination


While Nevien Shaabneh’s new novel may be a work of fiction, it includes depictions of bigotry familiar to her and other Muslims in the Southland and the Chicago area.

“Some of the experiences in the book, being Palestinian, being of Muslim faith in the U.S. …

SXU officials enthused about Cupich becoming archbishop


When Blase Cupich becomes archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago in November, he may find that he is overseeing problems similar, although much smaller in scale, to those of Pope Francis.

That’s because, when it comes to the great problems of the day, …

Prosecutors: Motorist hit hydrant at 80 mph, killed passenger

A man who crashed a speeding car with so much force that his passenger was killed and the engine block was ripped free from the wreckage was ordered held without bail Sunday. Chiron A. Betts Jr., of the 11400 block of South Yale, was recovering …

Mighty ducks in Mount Greenwood: Derby raises funds for Special Olympics


On Sunday, racing rubber ducks helped make it possible for Special Olympics athletes such as Christine Kelly to compete in her favorite sport — power lifting.

At a fundraiser for Special Olympics held at Mount Greenwood Park, those little ducks helped buy equipment for athletes …

Petition drive in Orland Park seeks to switch school districts


There’s a break-up brewing in the far northern corner of Community Consolidated School District 146.

Residents of two Orland Park subdivisions want to extract themselves from the Tinley Park-based district and become part of Orland District 135. They’ve circulated a petition for the “detachment,” which …

Richton Park celebrates new library


Billed by its director as “the best library in the south suburbs,” Richton Park’s new facility is getting rave reviews.

Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon was among several elected officials who spoke at its grand opening celebration Saturday.

“No matter what a person’s background, a …

Mount Carmel establishes academic fraternity in honor of late coach


Mount Carmel High School has named a new scholarly fraternity to honor late teacher Curt Ehrenstrom.

The Oak Lawn man was an alumni who also taught and coached at the Chicago Catholic school before his death in May of pancreatic cancer.

The Ehrenstrom Scholars Fraternity …

Crete Park District welcomes new ‘destination’ park


The Crete Park District and the Crete Lions Club have planned a grand opening for their new park at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a press release from the park district.

Lions Park, on Bradford Place in Crete, was built in the Deer Meadows subdivision …