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[ New Lenox eyes further development along U.S. 30 ]]> Lead story image

While new businesses continue to spring up near the New Lenox Wal-Mart on U.S. 30, village officials are exploring options to redevelop the rest of that corridor, west to Interstate 80. “Route 30 is our main drag. We want it to look good,” Mayor Tim Baldermann said. The village hired the Orland Park consulting firm Ginkgo Planning and Design, Inc. last fall to develop a master plan to tie its Commons into the surrounding area along Nelson Road and U.S. 30. “It may take years and years to come to fruition. We are looking at it in chunks and deciding … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:15:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Why an Evergreen Park boy is pretty sure Springsteen is a Hawks fan ]]> Lead story image

Maybe it was a case of that old “Blackhawk” magic? Ten-year-old Henry Hynes, of Evergreen Park, got the surprise of a lifetime Thursday night in Nashville, Tenn., when iconic rocker Bruce Springsteen plucked him out of the audience to share the stage during “Dancing in the Dark.” Henry’s mom is convinced it was the Blackhawks jersey that Henry was wearing that did the trick. “He had his Blackhawks jersey on and I really think that’s why he was picked,” said Jennifer Hynes, about her son’s adventure. The family — Henry, his mom, dad, two siblings and Henry’s aunt Maureen — … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:15:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Man, 25, faces armed robbery charges ]]> Lead story image

A 25-year-old man behind a string of armed robberies in and near Palos Hills was charged Friday after officers stopped him outside a pantry he allegedly robbed two weeks earlier, police said. Nicholas Koliopoulos, of Palos Hills, faces two counts of armed robbery, a Class X felony, one count of felony aggravated robbery and one count of felony reckless discharge of a firearm. Officers arrested Koliopoulos when Palos Hills Deputy Chief James Boie spotted him walking Thursday in the area of Palos Pantry, 8100 W. 111th St., police said. Koliopoulos matched the description of a man believed to have been … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:18:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Several major projects resume, planned for Southland roadways ]]> Lead story image

After contending with an extended and intense winter driving season, Southlanders can start girding themselves for a road construction season that will see a continuation of major projects that started last year and new work that will get underway in the coming months. Some multimillion-dollar projects are resuming in earnest, including widening LaGrange Road through Tinley Park and Orland Park and building and widening 143rd Street in Homer Glen. Later this year, work will start on a long-awaited overpass on U.S. 30 over the Canadian National Railway tracks in Lynwood and an interchange at Interstate 57 and Stuenkel Road. Along … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:15:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ Exotic animal shelter suffers setback ]]> Lead story image

For two decades, Aircolina “Pinky” Janota has been rescuing exotic animals from the dumb, naïve, heartless things that humans do. They see a camel in a TV commercial and order one over the Internet, only to learn right away that raising a camel is like raising a bull. They see a movie about kangaroos and immediately have to have one. It arrives and immediately they no longer want it. Or they simply get tired of taking care of their dog/horse/alpaca/fill in the blank. And some of the animals end up at Janota’s Settlers Pond in Beecher. As tough as it … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:22:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fans of Field’s share many a memory at SXU ]]> Lead story image

Historian Leslie Goddard’s presentation, “Remembering Marshall Field’s,” rekindled both distant and recent memories of the iconic Chicago department store recently at St. Xavier University. The Butler Reception Room at the school in Chicago’s Mount Greenwood community was filled to capacity for the hourlong lecture, one in the John T. Farrell, Sr. Forum series hosted by SXU’s Renaissance Academy. Participants quickly answered Goddard’s opening question: “When you hear the phrase ‘Marshall Field’s,’ what are some of the ideas or the images that immediately come to your head?” From a very engaged and vocal audience of former loyal Field’s patrons came “The … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:22:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ New task force hopes to grow as it fights rising water rates ]]> Lead story image

A new movement to have Water Allocated Through Equitable Rates — WATER — gained about a dozen foot soldiers Wednesday night to try to stop what the group calls “arbitrary and capricious” water rate increases from Chicago. Mokena Trustee Don Labriola, who is trying to create a suburban water task force to discuss and draw attention to this issue, said he does not intend to “lead a revolt, but to spread the word” to the other 170 towns that are served Lake Michigan water via Chicago that something has to be done. Hosting the hourlong meeting in Mokena with Labriola … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:15:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lockport lukewarm toward Salvation Army store ]]>

Lockport has four resale shops, and city officials aren’t keen on adding another one. At a city council committee meeting this past week, they discussed a plan to open a Salvation Army store. “Do we want Lockport to be the resale capital of Will County?” city administrator Ben Benson said. “It’s up for debate. I’m of the opinion it’s not something we want right now.” The Salvation Army store is proposed for a storefront that’s now occupied by Corwin Pharmacy, 954 E. 9th St. The pharmacy still is open, but Bob Hansen, who owns the shopping center, said the business … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:16:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Child porn found in man’s home ]]>

A Tinley Park man has been charged with child pornography after authorities recovered numerous videos involving children on a computer in his home, according to Cook County prosecutors. Felipe Macias, 53, was charged after an investigation by police and the state’s attorney’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, according to the state’s attorney’s office. It said police discovered that he had been downloading child pornography through a peer-to-peer file-sharing program. Macias was arrested Thursday after a search of his home discovered a laptop computer and external hard drive with numerous videos of child pornography, prosecutors said. Macias’ bail was set … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:18:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Peter Frampton returning to play in New Lenox ]]> Lead story image

Peter Frampton is returning this summer for New Lenox’s Triple Play concert series, having launched the annual event in 2009. Each concert will feature two bands this year — John Waite and Pat Benatar on July 11, 10,000 Maniacs and Peter Frampton on Aug. 2 and the Fabulous Thunderbirds and 38 Special on Aug. 30. All are staged at the performing arts pavilion in the Commons on Veterans Parkway. A ticket for admission to all three concerts is $50 for residents in the 60451 ZIP code and will go on sale May 5 at the village hall, 1 Veterans Parkway. … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:22:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ Boys missing from SW Side found safe ]]> Lead story image

Two boys who were taken from Chicago’s Southwest Side by their mother were found safe in Wisconsin on Thursday along with their mother and a pet dog, according to police and the boys’ uncle, Patrick Duignan. Speaking Thursday afternoon in front of the family’s home in the 2500 block of 107th Street in the West Beverly neighborhood, Duignan said he didn’t know exactly where or how the boys were found, but that he and the boys’ father, Mark Duignan, were going to Wisconsin to reunite with them. Police said Daniel Duignan, 11, and his brother Owen, 9, were taken about … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:16:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lincoln-Way area branch court moving ]]>

Beginning June 1, traffic violators in the Lincoln-Way area will have their cases heard at the former Frankfort Township Hall, 11008 W. U.S. 30 in Frankfort. The Will County Circuit Court branch, which handles minor traffic and ordinance violations, will be moved from CD&Me, 23320 LaGrange Road, a private banquet/entertainment venue. The court will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the first and second Monday, the second Tuesday and the second Thursday of each month. Will County will pay the township $700 per day to use its building, about 30 percent less than the county was paying … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:21:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ Matteson aiming to avoid layoffs in its new budget ]]>

Matteson trustees have backed away from a plan to have a balanced budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year, apparently deciding to approve a deficit budget to avoid layoffs. At a workshop session Wednesday night, the village board and Mayor André Ashmore discussed a revised budget from the one presented April 8 to the board. That earlier proposal called for laying off 22 employees, including an undisclosed number of police officers. Jenny Booth, a consultant with Theobald Associates, of Joliet who helped prepare the budget in the absence of a village finance director, said continuing shortages in the general fund, the … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:15:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Frankfort SD 157C has new teacher contract ]]>

The Frankfort School District 157C Board has approved a two-year agreement with the Frankfort Teachers’ Association, including pay raises of about 3 percent each year and more cost sharing regarding health insurance coverage. On April 9, 78 percent of teachers voting agreed to the contract, and the school board ratified it on Monday. Teachers will get a 3 percent raise for next school year and a raise for the 2015-16 school year based on the 2014 Consumer Price Index, or in the range of 2.5 percent to 3 percent. The contract also provides for “educational advancement” raises for hours earned … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:22:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Environmental groups sue to halt Illiana tollway ]]>

A pair of environmental groups are suing to halt development on the proposed Illiana Expressway, claiming state authorities haven’t received the necessary approval for the project they claim will expose the region to “environmental devastation.” The groups claim the Illinois Department of Transportation is illegally spending public funds without full board approval from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning on the 47-mile tollroad that would connect Interstate 55 in southwest suburban Wilmington to Interstate 65 near Lowell, Ind. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court by the Environmental Law & Policy Center on behalf of the Sierra … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:37:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Raises for Will County officials off the table ]]> Lead story image

Salaries of all elected Will County officials will remain frozen after the county board on Thursday failed to bring the issue to a vote. Raises had been discussed in the executive committee last week, but when board Speaker Herbert Brooks Jr. made the motion Thursday to raise salaries for the county clerk, sheriff, treasurer and all board members, the room fell silent and it failed for lack of a second. “In this economic climate, the public felt it was not a good idea,” Brooks said after the meeting. He personally would have voted for the measure, he said, but he … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:21:59 -0500