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Cruise the Creek more than a bike ride

The sixth annual Cruise the Creek family bike ride and festival is scheduled for Saturday at Hickory Creek Barrens, on Schoolhouse Road, a quarter-mile north of U.S. 30 in New Lenox Township. The free bike ride covers a six-mile loop. It is open to all …

Illinois PIRG report bashes planned Illiana Tollway

A new report by the Illinois Public Interest Research Group Education Fund lists the proposed Illiana Tollway as one of 11 “questionable” projects in the country.

The Illinois PIRG report, entitled “Highway Boondoggles,” comes shortly before the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) meets Oct. …

Man charged in 2009 death of woman found in Little Calumet River


More than five years after a Chicago woman was found dead in the Little Calumet River, her boyfriend has been charged with first-degree murder, Illinois State Police said.

Arika Sims, 37, was reported missing to the Dolton Police Department on April 4, 2009, according to …

Carving out a place in Tinley Park history


Some 30 years ago, after completing a marathon, Don Goesel told his wife he’d been inspired by something he saw while running through Joliet’s Pilcher Park. The route had taken him past a large, wooden totem pole, and he decided he wanted to carve one …

Cook Co. judge says term-limits issue can be on ballot in CC Hills


A Cook County judge ruled Wednesday that a term-limits referendum in Country Club Hills, which could prevent Mayor Dwight Welch from seeking re-election next spring, can appear on the Nov. 4 ballot.

The referendum measure, if approved by voters, would limit the terms of the …

Orland Park businessman sentenced to two years for tax fraud

A Tinley Park resident has been sentenced to two years in prison for not paying more than $1 million in state sales tax on tobacco products. Mohammad Aburish, 38, pleaded guilty this week in Cook County Circuit Court to failing to report $5.6 million in …


Madigan was touring the hospital during a training session for sexual assault nurse examiners but also addressed theft involving …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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. …