Latest news from The Southtown Star Online en-us Wed, 28 Jul 2010 14:10:16 PDT Southtown Star logo 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Variety aplenty at Will County Fair ]]> Lead story image

The Will County Fair, now in its 111th year, has grown into five days of nonstop activities. From antiques to zoology, the fair that runs from Wednesday to Sunday in Peotone has something for everyone. The fair is a great opportunity for urbanites to experience agriculture, said Mark Schneidewind, the Will County Farm Bureau manager. The bureau will have a large tent featuring numerous activities and a petting zoo. The fair typically draws about 75,000 to 80,000 people each year, spokeswoman Jackie Cain said. The fair kicks off Wednesday with Family Day, opening at 10 a.m. Carnival rides, which begin … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:14:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ Boy, 16, fatally crushed by brick wall in Alsip ]]> Lead story image

A 16-year-old boy died early Wednesday when he was crushed between two brick walls at a construction company in Alsip, police said. Authorities found the teen pinned between two pre-formed brick construction walls and not breathing about 2:35 a.m. at The Lombard Co., 4243 W. 123rd St., according to a statement from Alsip police. The teen was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Alsip police Lt. Jay Miller said the walls weigh about 34,000 pounds each. Miller said police got a call from a juvenile who said he was at the scene. Police aren’t sure whether there were more … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:43:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Man fatally shot by police in Chicago identified ]]> Lead story image

A man who was shot and killed by Chicago police on Tuesday night in the far Southeast Side Riverdale community has been identified. Darius Colegarrit, 21, of the 200 block of East 132nd, was pronounced dead at 11:45 p.m. in the 13200 block of South Forrestville, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Calumet District officers responding to a tip about an armed bicyclist in the area saw a male riding a bicycle in the 13300 block of South Forestville about 9:35 p.m., according to a statement from police News Affairs. The officers approached him to conduct a field … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:34:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Crestwood crowd strongly against planned strip club ]]> Lead story image

More than 150 people crammed into the Crestwood Civic Center on Tuesday evening, voicing their staunch opposition to a proposed strip club in the village. And they exploded in applause when Mayor Louis Presta, after hearing about a dozen residents speak against the club, vowed to fight in court any attempt to establish such a club in Crestwood. Earlier Tuesday, Jamie Marcanio, owner of the At The Office tavern, 4901 W. Calumet Sag Road, filed for a special use zoning permit and paid a $500 filing fee at village hall to open an “adult cabaret” in a vacant building at … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:29:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Police: Head-on crash kills one, injures another in Beecher ]]> Lead story image

One person died and another was hurt Tuesday afternoon in a head-on crash in Beecher, according to police. Just after 1 p.m., a car and a sport utility vehicle hauling a small trailer were southbound on Route 1 about a mile north of Eagle Lake Road, according to Illinois State Police. The car pulled into the northbound lane of Route 1, attempting to pass the SUV, but the driver realized the car would not be able to complete the pass with a semi truck approaching in the oncoming lane. The car then tried to cut back into the southbound lane … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:15:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Orland Park OKs property tax rebate ]]>

Orland Park residents again will be rebated a portion of the property tax they pay to the village, but how much they’ll get back remains to be determined. Village trustees Monday night approved an ordinance for the rebate, which would be paid to homeowners in March. Postcards with information about the rebate program will be sent to homeowners in late October or early November, and applications will be due sometime in December. They can be made by mail or online. A total of $2.2 million will be returned to taxpayers, and the rebate applies to only the 2013 village tax, … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:10:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Worth Days to run Thursday through Sunday ]]> Lead story image

With a different organization in charge of Worth Days, the village’s annual summer celebration, there’s bound to be some change. But Carlo Capalbo, director of parks and recreation for the Worth Park District, doesn’t expect any complaints from the changes visitors will see this weekend. The park district, which has taken over managing the event from the village, will have a larger food tent and has done away with a large tent that covered some of the audience for the main stage and made it difficult to see the bands. Capalbo said about 50 volunteers will help out this weekend. … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:10:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Park Forest man, 18, shot to death ]]>

An 18-year-old man died after he was shot Monday night in Chicago Heights. Erin C. Knox, 18, was shot in the 500 block of Minette Lane about 8:50 p.m. Monday, according to a statement from Chicago Heights police. Knox, of the 300 block of Winnebago Street in Park Forest, was airlifted to Stroger Hospital in Chicago, where he was pronounced dead at 3:47 a.m. Tuesday, according to police. The Cook County medical examiner’s office did not confirm the fatality. Chicago Heights police are investigating along with the South Suburban Major Crime Task Force and Illinois State Police. … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:10:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Man shot to death in Chicago Heights ]]>

A man was shot to death early Tuesday in Chicago Heights. Annanias Carter, 32, was found with multiple gunshot wounds in the 1500 block of Portland Avenue, according to Chicago Heights police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Carter, who lived on the block where he was shot, was taken to St. James Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 1:35 a.m., authorities said. An autopsy Tuesday found Carter died of multiple gunshot wounds and his death was ruled a homicide. … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:10:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Eight hurt in bus crash in Beverly ]]>

Eight people were injured in a bus crash Tuesday afternoon in Chicago’s Beverly community. The crash happened at 95th Street and Western Avenue at 2:15 p.m., according to Fire Media Affairs. Eight people in fair to serious condition were taken to MetroSouth, Little Company of Mary, Holy Cross and Roseland hospitals, according to Fire Media. Police could not immediately provide details on the crash. Sun-Times Media Wire … ]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:20:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ No Oz Fest this year in Tinley Park ]]> Lead story image

There’s no chance to see the wizard this year in Tinley Park. Dave De John, organizer of the Midwest Wizard of Oz Festival, said plans now are to shoot for bringing the festival to the village sometime next year. De John announced in the spring his plans to relocate the festival from Northwest Indiana to Centennial Park in Orland Park, but a few weeks ago said logistical issues and concerns about potential damage to sports fields at the park forced him to seek a new site. Tinley Park officials this month gave tentative approval to hosting the festival but told … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:15:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Orland Park Public Library  keeps Internet access policy ]]> Lead story image

Orland Park Public Library trustees on Monday night voted to continue to allow patrons 18 and older unfiltered Internet access, reaffirming a vote taken earlier this year. Before the 4-2 vote, some patrons asked the board to install a filter to prevent people from being able to view pornographic material while online, and two library trustees said they supported the use of filters. Trustee Dan Drew told his fellow trustees that a firewall or filter “protects us, protects our community,” and that visitors to the library “don’t need to be looking at nasty stuff.” He was supported by Trustee Julie … ]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:09:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ MetroSouth parent details attack on patient records ]]>

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Hospital operator Community Health Systems said a cyberattack took information on more than 4 million patients from its computer network earlier this year. The Franklin, Tennessee, company said Monday that no medical or credit card records were taken in the attack, which may have happened in April and June. But Community said the attack did bypass its security systems to take patient names, addresses, birthdates, and phone and Social Security numbers. The company’s hospitals include MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island and Vista Medical Center in Waukegan. The hospital operator said it believes the attack came from … ]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:09:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ Makeover underway for Park Forest school ]]> Lead story image

A groundbreaking ceremony for a new addition to Forest Trail Middle School in Park Forest took place Monday morning. The makeover will include six new classrooms, a gym, fitness center and a multipurpose room that the community can use as well. Park Forest Chicago Heights School District 163 Board President Walter Mosby said the groundbreaking is a step toward bringing the facility up to par with others in the district. “Today is a glorious occasion. We have an opportunity to add on to our school building,” Mosby said. “This gives our students a school they can proud of — a … ]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:09:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ Couple in proposed tollway’s path: ‘We thought we were safe’ ]]> Lead story image

Tony and Paula Basile proudly walk around their 10-acre site on Cedar Road in Wilton Center, which features the brick raised ranch and huge two-story barn built largely by Tony more than 20 years ago. There also is the concrete patio that Tony poured, the storybook gardens developed by Paula, along with the ornamental pear tree — a gift from her son that survived a recent tornado — and the raised vegetable garden Tony built for Paula as a Mother’s Day gift. Sure, the rabbits chew on a few plants, but it is easy to appreciate the meditation area with … ]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:08:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Orland Park man killed in Oregon hiking accident ]]> Lead story image

A 34-year-old Orland Park man hiking near Mount Hood died last week in the rain-swollen Sandy River in Oregon, authorities said. ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 02:15:07 -0500