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Oak Lawn’s Memorial Park to have grand reopening

The Oak Lawn Park District will hold a grand reopening of Memorial Park, also known as Rocket Ship Park, located at 102nd Street and Major Avenue, on Wednesday. The ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by a judo demonstration and the Rec-Mobile …

New assistant principal in Frankfort 157-C

Frankfort School District 157-C Board of Education has named a new assistant principal for Chelsea Intermediate School. Doriane Woods, of McLean County Unit 5 Fairview Elementary School in Normal, will assume her new role Aug. 1 at an annual salary of $60,000. She replaces Dan …

Will County officials urge Metra for more lines

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When Metra’s board of directors took its show on the road last week to Will County, local officials seized the moment to make a plea for improved service in this region. John Grueling, CEO of the Will County Center for Economic Development told the board …

Suit: Police pointed gun at mother’s head

A woman is suing Evergreen Park and several of its police officers, claiming they used excessive force and arrested her without cause when she reported that one of her children was “threatening to kill everybody.” In June 2013, Sharon Norwood came home to her mother …

Final Intrust payout still uncertain

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A Cook County judge has approved a plan to return almost $6 million owed to customers of a former Orland Park-based trust company, but account holders who have waited years for the money will need an assist from Illinois legislators. PricewaterhouseCoopers, the state-appointed receiver for …

More senior housing planned

Plans for an assisted-living center and memory care unit have received preliminary approval from Orland Park trustees. Heritage Enterprises would operate a three-story, 72,300-square-foot center, called Parkview Senior Living, and a 33,800-square-foot memory care unit at 10758 W. 183rd St., east of Parkview Christian Church. …

JAWA takes another hit; bank bails out

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The South Suburban Joint Area Water Agency suffered another setback last week, when its bank informed it to find another lender. PNC Bank, which held the letter of credit to back up the $5.5 million bonds that the agency issued in 2012, told JAWA that …

CC Hills cop accused of firing gun while drunk and off duty

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A Country Club Hills police officer was drinking at a friend’s house in March when he started firing his gun, sending bullets into a neighboring house and vehicle, and then tried to hide evidence of the shooting, Cook County prosecutors said Tuesday. Officer John Silas …

Trucker in fatal crash held on $1 million bail

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The driver of a semi-truck that was involved in a chain collision Monday on Interstate 55 that killed four people, including an 11-year-old girl, is being held on $1 million bail. Francisco Espinal-Quiroz, 51, of Leesburg, Indiana, appeared in Will County Circuit Court Tuesday afternoon …

Frankfort police warn of flasher, fraud

Frankfort police are alerting residents to recent incidents of indecent exposure and telephone fraud. During the weekend of July 12-13, a man exposed himself to two girls near Franklin and Hamilton Avenue. Because the girls filed a delayed report, police were unable to locate the …

Trial date could be set this week for defendant in Joliet double-killing

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Attorneys continued to prepare Monday for the murder trial of one of four people accused of a grisly 2013 double­ homicide in Joliet. Bethany McKee, 20, has been charged in connection with the January 2013 strangling deaths of Eric Glover and Terrance Rankins, both 22. …

Driver charged in I-55 crash that killed 4

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(CHANNAHON) A semi-truck driver has been charged in connection with one of two crashes that happened minutes apart on Interstate 55 near southwest suburban Channahon, leaving five people dead--including an 11-year-old girl--and five others injured Monday afternoon. A semi-truck driver was speeding northbound about 2:15 …

No bond for Orland Park man charged with masturbating in front of girls

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A man charged after Harvey residents caught him masturbating in front of two girls was ordered held without bail Sunday. Sometime on July 14, residents of the 15000 block of Loomis Avenue in Harvey told police they saw Guas Sweiss park his SUV in an …

Fire, village officials  feud over heroin issue

Orland Park village and school leaders are concerned about comments made at a recent fire district meeting that they believe implied that there’s a heroin problem among students in Orland District 135. Meanwhile, Orland Fire Protection District officials say they’re surprised that Mayor Dan McLaughlin …

Will County Thresherman’s show about family ­— and farming

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Tractors, like a favorite hot rod or grandma’s brooch, can be passed down and treasured through the generations. Taking their grandfather’s 1949 International H to the Will County Thresherman’s show last week was especially moving for the Shepherd family. Originally from Lockport, now living in …

Fire chiefs drub mayors in 2nd ‘Battle of the Burbs’ softball game

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Crestwood Mayor Lou Presta thought it would be great for his community to see elected officials and public servants working together for a great cause.

Softball and charity were the two things he used to make this possible.

“I thought it would be kind of …