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Why an Evergreen Park boy is pretty sure Springsteen is a Hawks fan

Maybe it was a case of that old “Blackhawk” magic? Ten-year-old Henry Hynes, of Evergreen Park, got the surprise of a lifetime Thursday night in Nashville, Tenn., when iconic rocker Bruce Springsteen plucked him out of the audience to share the stage during “Dancing in …

Several major projects resume, planned for Southland roadways

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After contending with an extended and intense winter driving season, Southlanders can start girding themselves for a road construction season that will see a continuation of major projects that started last year and new work that will get underway in the coming months. Some multimillion-dollar …

Exotic animal shelter suffers setback

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For two decades, Aircolina “Pinky” Janota has been rescuing exotic animals from the dumb, naïve, heartless things that humans do. They see a camel in a TV commercial and order one over the Internet, only to learn right away that raising a camel is like …

New Lenox eyes further development along U.S. 30

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While new businesses continue to spring up near the New Lenox Wal-Mart on U.S. 30, village officials are exploring options to redevelop the rest of that corridor, west to Interstate 80.

“Route 30 is our main drag. We want it to look good,” Mayor Tim …

Fans of Field’s share many a memory at SXU

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Historian Leslie Goddard’s presentation, “Remembering Marshall Field’s,” rekindled both distant and recent memories of the iconic Chicago department store recently at St. Xavier University.

The Butler Reception Room at the school in Chicago’s Mount Greenwood community was filled to capacity for the hourlong lecture, one …

New task force hopes to grow as it fights rising water rates

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A new movement to have Water Allocated Through Equitable Rates — WATER — gained about a dozen foot soldiers Wednesday night to try to stop what the group calls “arbitrary and capricious” water rate increases from Chicago.

Mokena Trustee Don Labriola, who is trying to …

Lockport lukewarm toward Salvation Army store

Lockport has four resale shops, and city officials aren’t keen on adding another one. At a city council committee meeting this past week, they discussed a plan to open a Salvation Army store. “Do we want Lockport to be the resale capital of Will County?” …

Child porn found in Tinley Park man’s home

A Tinley Park man has been charged with child pornography after authorities recovered numerous videos involving children on a computer in his home, according to Cook County prosecutors. Felipe Macias, 53, was charged after an investigation by police and the state’s attorney’s Internet Crimes Against …

Peter Frampton returning to play in New Lenox

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Peter Frampton is returning this summer for New Lenox’s Triple Play concert series, having launched the annual event in 2009. Each concert will feature two bands this year — John Waite and Pat Benatar on July 11, 10,000 Maniacs and Peter Frampton on Aug. 2 …

Boys missing from SW Side found safe

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Two boys who were taken from Chicago’s Southwest Side by their mother were found safe in Wisconsin on Thursday along with their mother and a pet dog, according to police and the boys’ uncle, Patrick Duignan. Speaking Thursday afternoon in front of the family’s home …

Lincoln-Way area branch court moving

Beginning June 1, traffic violators in the Lincoln-Way area will have their cases heard at the former Frankfort Township Hall, 11008 W. U.S. 30 in Frankfort. The Will County Circuit Court branch, which handles minor traffic and ordinance violations, will be moved from CD&Me, 23320 …

Matteson aiming to avoid layoffs in its new budget

Matteson trustees have backed away from a plan to have a balanced budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, apparently deciding to approve a deficit budget to avoid layoffs. At a workshop session Wednesday night, the village board and Mayor André Ashmore discussed a revised budget …

Frankfort SD 157C has new teacher contract

The Frankfort School District 157C Board has approved a two-year agreement with the Frankfort Teachers’ Association, including pay raises of about 3 percent each year and more cost sharing regarding health insurance coverage. On April 9, 78 percent of teachers voting agreed to the contract, …

Environmental groups sue to halt Illiana tollway

A pair of environmental groups are suing to halt development on the proposed Illiana Expressway, claiming state authorities haven’t received the necessary approval for the project they claim will expose the region to “environmental devastation.” The groups claim the Illinois Department of Transportation is illegally …

Raises for Will County officials off the table

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Salaries of all elected Will County officials will remain frozen after the county board on Thursday failed to bring the issue to a vote.

Raises had been discussed in the executive committee last week, but when board Speaker Herbert Brooks Jr. made the motion Thursday …

SD 157C names director of  special services

Jennifer Bajda has been hired as director of special services in Frankfort School District 157C, effective July 1. She was chosen from more than 60 applicants and six finalists and replaces Carrie Clodi, who was placed on administrative leave with former Supt. Thomas Hurlburt in …