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Cubs’ Chris Coghlan brightens kids’ day at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn

After he visited Tuesday with sick children at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, Chicago Cubs outfielder Chris Coghlan said he felt like the day may have meant more to him than the kids. “We have a tendency to complain and think we don’t have …

Who’s the Ribmaster? BBQ-rib throwdown this weekend

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Frankfort is the place for ribs – at least it will be Saturday. About 20 contestants will be cooking up some baby back ribs at the Sixth Annual Amateur Rib Cook Off. The public tasting is from 1 to 3 p.m., according to Mary Canino, …

Lawsuit alleges illegal plot by SW Side dress shop

A Chicago-based prom dress store is being accused of anti-competitive practices and controlling the Chicago market in violation of antitrust law, according to a federal lawsuit filed in Chicago. Peaches Boutique, 5915 S. Archer Ave., and owners Barbara Ann Surdej, Roy Surdej and Jeffrey Surdej …

Mock drill prepares for school crisis

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The Homewood police and fire departments and Homewood School District 153 cooperated on a critical-incident drill Tuesday morning — a mock school shooting and would-be bombing at Winston Churchill Elementary School. The drill focused on coordinating response and communication between Homewood’s police, fire and public …

Rumble strips, extra cops added around I-55 crash site

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One week after two accidents in the Interstate 55 construction zone claimed five lives near Channahon, Gov. Pat Quinn directed state transportation officials and police to explore extra safety measures and urged motorists to be more attentive. “I was deeply saddened and alarmed by the …

Hot-tub tryst at adults-only club turns violent

A planned sexual tryst at a private, adults-only club in Midlothian turned violent when two men realized one of their presumed female companions was a man, police said.

Taste of Orland Park set for this weekend

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Orland Park’s annual festival showcasing local restaurants returns this weekend. The Taste of Orland Park is scheduled for Friday through Sunday at the Orland Park Village Center, 14700 S. Ravinia Ave. The event combines culinary treats from Orland Park restaurants with live music and fun …

Silver Cross to host stroke symposium for medical professionals

The Silver Cross Neuroscience Institute will host a free Stroke from the Heart symposium from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 6 for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, paramedics and allied health professionals who are interested in increasing their knowledge of the management and treatment of …

Family outreach program looks to help fight drug use

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Serenity Family Outreach is hosting a different type of a back-to-school event for families — one that doesn’t include list of school supplies, but one, they believe, should be at the top of the list.

The event — “Talking Smack: The truth about drug use …

Owner of slain dog happy cop got fired

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Nicole Echlin, the owner of a dog shot to death by a Hometown police officer, says “we got justice” because the officer has been fired. And she’s reconsidering the protest rally that’s planned for Sunday outside the police station because she has hired a lawyer …

New Lenox looks to establish rail quiet zones

New Lenox is taking measures to add more railroad quiet zones in the village. Trustees have approved a $15,000 contract with Christopher B. Burke Engineering to do a feasibility study on establishing quiet zones, areas where trains cannot sound their horns, near crossings on Metra’s …

Plan to simplify health renewals may backfire

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WASHINGTON (AP) — If you have health insurance through your job, you probably don’t give much thought to each year’s renewal. But take the same approach with one of the new health law plans, and it could lead to costly surprises.

Insurance exchange customers who …

Oak Lawn Children’s Museum addressing disabilities with new exhibits

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The Oak Lawn Children’s Museum recently opened phase one of the ground-breaking “What If?” exhibits, which will focus on a variety of children’s disabilities. “What if … I had hearing impairment or loss?” offers children hands-on activities, including “drawing a sound,” and touch screen activities …

Michelle Sopko’s case continued until Sept. 22

An Oak Forest woman accused with her husband of embezzling about $350,000 from the Palos Heights Fire Protection District is next due in court Sept. 22 after her case was continued Monday. Michelle Sopko, who is charged with felony theft, conducting a financial crimes enterprise …

Man with concealed-carry permit fires twice in Crestwood armed robbery, teen charged: Cops

A 17-year-old Chicago youth is facing a felony charge after gunfire erupted during an armed robbery Saturday at an AT&T store in Crestwood, according to police. A customer with a concealed-carry permit fired twice at the teenager after the teen fled the store, 4756 Cal …