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Oak Lawn resident loses fight against taller tower

It’s a done deal, but Pat Macke says that won’t stop her from her mission to oppose larger cellular towers in Oak Lawn. The cell tower next to Macke’s bi-level house in Oak Lawn is going to be replaced with a taller version, and a …

Pot-growing center proposed for Wilton Township

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Three New York investors have bought a 35-acre site near Manhattan and hope to get a marijuana cultivation license from the state of Illinois. Calling themselves White Oak Growers, they are inviting local residents to a public meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at Manhattan Village …

Kustok lawyers still waiting test results on pillow case

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A request for a new trial for former Orland Park resident Allan Kustok was back in court Tuesday. And, once again, the request was continued, this time until Sept. 17 at the Bridgeview Courthouse. At that time, it’s expected that a hearing date will be …

Roadwork on tap throughout Southland this week

Motorists in the Southland can look expect some traffic delays starting this week, weather permitting, as the Illinois Department of Transportation begins work on pavement patching projects. Repairs consist of intermittent pavement repairs at each location for several days at a time, according to an …

Man charged in forest preserve shooting

A 33-year-old Chicago man has been charged in a shooting at a Cook County Forest Preserve soccer field that left one man with minor injuries, the Cook County Sheriff’s office said in a news release late Monday. Luis Gonzalez, of the 5500 block of South …

Chicago Heights teen drowns playing in Kankakee River

A 15-year-old boy from Chicago Heights drowned while playing in a river with friends Sunday in Kankakee County. Jaden Irby went under the water in the Kankakee River near the village of Aroma Park about 2 p.m., according to Illinois State Police and the Kankakee …

Elderly woman dies after Glenwood crash

An elderly woman died Sunday afternoon after she was involved in a crash in south suburban Glenwood. Isabell Foster, 86, died at St. James Health in Chicago Heights at 3:05 p.m. Sunday, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Foster was involved in a …

Teen doesn’t let cerebral palsy keep her from modeling

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Cortney Kovack is an active 19-year-old, who enjoys cheerleading, singing in the choir and swimming. But her sparkling blue eyes and captivating smile are really what define this young lady from Evergreen Park. Never mind that she is physically and mentally challenged by Cerebral Palsy. …

Tollway makes it easier to get I-PASS transponders

The Illinois Tollway is making it cheaper to obtain and fund an I-PASS transponder and account in advance of the new, cash-free interchange linking the Tri-State Tollway with Interstate 57 that is scheduled to open in October, according to a news release. The new I-294/I-57 …

SXU opens center for student-veterans

A new office at St. Xavier University’s Chicago campus is designed to help veterans who are returning to school. The Student Veteran Resource Center had its grand opening Aug. 25, with more than 50 attending the ceremony in the Warde Academic Center on the campus, …

One hurt in shooting near Oak Forest; person in custody

One person was shot and suffered minor injuries and another was taken into custody Sunday night after an incident following a soccer game in a forest preserve near Oak Forest, police said.

The shooting happened about 5:15 p.m. after a soccer game at the Bachelor …

St. Linus students place flags on lawn for Labor Day

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One by one, students at St. Linus Catholic School in Oak Lawn placed tiny American flags on the lawn outside the building to celebrate Labor Day and our nation’s workforce. The idea came from teacher Jean Swiecicki, the student council faculty adviser, and Principal Mike …

Homer Harvest Days next weekend

Lessons in tomahawk throwing, an Abraham Lincoln impersonator and a living history presentation about 18th century medicine are among the new events at this year’s 7th annual Homer Harvest Days. The festival, which is co-sponsored by Homer Glen and Homer Township, will be held from …

Frankfort fest continues to balloon

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Ten-year-old Sydney Hooten was hoping the Frankfort Fall Festival would help her get a new smartphone.

She came up with the idea of turning the yard of the family’s house, just a couple of blocks from the fest, into a paid parking lot to raise …

New Lenox’s Sharefest helps the needy

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Of all the municipal events held throughout the year in the Southland, Sharefest is somewhat unique. It’s a festival of charity and giving — there are no carnival rides, craft booths, musical entertainment or elephant ears.

But there’s something for everyone at New Lenox-based Sharefest, …

Mokena road named after Pfc. Aaron S. Toppen

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A road that a fallen Mokena soldier grew up on has been renamed in his memory.

Dozens of people attended a ceremony Saturday commemorating the naming of Townline Road to Pfc. Aaron S. Toppen Memorial Drive.

Toppen, 19, was one of five American soldiers killed …