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[ Veterans memorial vandalized ]]> Lead story image

An act being called a “slap in the face” to veterans, the New Lenox veterans memorial was vandalized Saturday, causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Early Sunday morning, people walking the circle in the New Lenox Commons reported to police that four granite monuments had been pushed over, leaving only one standing. There are five monuments, one for each branch of the military. “These stones probably weigh a ton a piece, and they were set with stainless steel rods, so somebody really had to work to push them over,” said Larry Paveza, the quarter master at the Veterans … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:13:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Will County budget talks include possible tax hike ]]>

Budget battles have begun in Will County with Republicans and Democrats differing on how to fund capital improvement projects during a finance committee meeting Tuesday. In his recent budget address, County Executive Larry Walsh, a Democrat, proposed increasing the property tax levy by 1.5 percent, the rate of inflation, which with new property would generate $2.9 million annually, $2.4 million of which would be earmarked for capital projects such as remodeling the sheriff’s office, building a new courthouse and improving the health department. The county’s total proposed budget is $466 million. Board member Margo McDermed, R-Frankfort, said it was “completely … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:17:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ South Suburban Hospital, Illinois AG offer sex assault training to nurses ]]> Lead story image

They measure bruises, swab for DNA and document a survivor’s story. They take photographs, note the nature of injuries and administer rape kits. And they do it all in a compassionate, emotionally supportive manner. They are sexual assault nurse examiners — registered nurses who have taken 40 hours of additional training specific to caring for victims of sexual assault. They are dedicated to meticulously gathering evidence while preserving patient dignity and also provide access to crisis intervention and victim services. Though SANEs are a valuable asset to the health care industry — given that 1 in 4 women and 1 … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:02:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ News Briefs for Oct. 1 ]]> Lead story image

Candidates forum The Lincoln-Way Education Association will host a candidates forum featuring 37th House District candidates Margo McDermed, R, and Nichole Serbin, D, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Pipefitters 597 Union Hall, 10850 W. 187th St., Mokena. Attendees will be able to ask the candidates questions at the end of the forum. Drive-through flu shots Orland Township will host a drive-through flu shot clinic from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the township office, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. Flu shots are free for children ages 6 months to 18 years who do not have … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:58:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lawyer: Park Forest cop’s trial not likely this year ]]> Lead story image

The trial of a Park Forest police officer who’s charged in the July 2013 shooting death of a 95-year-old World War II veteran likely won’t take place until next year, the officer’s lawyer said. Terry Ekl, who’s defending Craig Taylor on a felony charge of misconduct, also filed a motion, demanding a speedy trial within 160 days, during a hearing Tuesday at the Cook County courthouse in Markham. But after the hearing, Ekl said he didn’t see a trial date being set before Christmas. He said the case “should be tried rapidly so everyone can move on, move on with … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:23:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Chicago Heights’ Savoia T’Go to close after eight decades ]]> Lead story image

After eight decades of serving Italian food cooked from scratch, Savoia T’Go in Chicago Heights is saying “arrivederci.” Three generations later, the Bamonti family’s last day as restaurateurs will be Wednesday. “My father is 78 years old and he is working seven days a week,” said Julia Gore, whose grandparents started in the business in 1934. “The business climate in Illinois has really been difficult in the restaurant business.” State regulations have gotten tougher for small-business owners, Gore said. When her grandparents, Grace and August Bamonti Sr., opened the restaurant, most of the employees were family members. Others have worked … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:34:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ IDOT gets Southland input on 2015-20 road improvements plan ]]> Lead story image

Officials from at least three Southland towns were among those attending a public input meeting hosted Monday by the Illinois Department of Transportation regarding its 2015-2020 road improvement plan. The meeting was held at the offices of the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, 1906 W. 174th St., East Hazel Crest. Worth Mayor Mary Werner was there. So was Tinley Park public works director Dale Schepers, and Jerry Townsend, a public works consultant for University Park. Under IDOT’s 2015-2020 plan for the Chicago area, the agency expects to spend $8.6 billion on road and highway projects and create about 112,000 … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:13:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Two Southland women sue Victoria’s Secret, claiming false theft accusation ]]>

Two south suburban shoppers are seeking $100,000 in damages from Victoria’s Secret in Orland Park, after they were falsely accused of stealing merchandise, according to a lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court in May. According to their complaint, the two friends, Cherlonda Martin and Sherlean Lewis, once enjoyed shopping together as a social activity, but now it causes them fear and anxiety. Last week, attorneys for Victoria’s Secret, a lingerie retailer, requested that the matter be moved to federal court, noting that the women are seeking more than $75,000. While shopping at the store in Orland Square Mall on … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:10:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Southland teacher’s new book spotlights Muslim discrimination ]]> Lead story image

While Nevien Shaabneh’s new novel may be a work of fiction, it includes depictions of bigotry familiar to her and other Muslims in the Southland and the Chicago area. “Some of the experiences in the book, being Palestinian, being of Muslim faith in the U.S. and the discrimination they face — those are real,” she said. “Secrets Under the Olive Tree” is the debut novel for Shaabneh, 35, of Tinley Park, who teaches English at Stagg High School in Palos Hills. The novel, published Aug. 19, tells the story of young Layla Anwar, who was born in Palestine during a … ]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 02:17:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ SXU officials enthused about Cupich becoming archbishop ]]> Lead story image

When Blase Cupich becomes archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago in November, he may find that he is overseeing problems similar, although much smaller in scale, to those of Pope Francis. That’s because, when it comes to the great problems of the day, the South Side of Chicago is a microcosm of the world as a whole. “There is racial divide, violence, disunity,“ said Avis Clendenen, professor emeritus of religious studies and special assistant to the president at St. Xavier University. “It’s a scary world. People are hungry for community — a community of meaning that can hold … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:09:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Prosecutors: Motorist hit hydrant at 80 mph, killed passenger ]]>

A man who crashed a speeding car with so much force that his passenger was killed and the engine block was ripped free from the wreckage was ordered held without bail Sunday. Chiron A. Betts Jr., of the 11400 block of South Yale, was recovering at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn and did not appear in Cook County court. But Judge Peggy Chiampas ordered him held without bail. Prosecutors allege Betts was driving in excess of 80 mph on a Markham street when he drove through a partially flooded section of Park, near 162nd Street. He lost control of … ]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 21:10:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Mighty ducks in Mount Greenwood: Derby raises funds for Special Olympics ]]> Lead story image

On Sunday, racing rubber ducks helped make it possible for Special Olympics athletes such as Christine Kelly to compete in her favorite sport — power lifting. At a fundraiser for Special Olympics held at Mount Greenwood Park, those little ducks helped buy equipment for athletes and provide transportation to various competitions. It was sponsored by Advanced Eyecare Professionals in Oak Lawn. The practice is owned by Dr. Casey Hogan, and in March the optometrist was named president of Special Olympics Chicago as well as president of its fundraising organization, Special Children’s Charities. She has been on Special Olympics’ board of … ]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:01:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ Petition drive in Orland Park seeks to switch school districts ]]> Lead story image

There’s a break-up brewing in the far northern corner of Community Consolidated School District 146. Residents of two Orland Park subdivisions want to extract themselves from the Tinley Park-based district and become part of Orland District 135. They’ve circulated a petition for the “detachment,” which is scheduled to be considered by the District 146 board at its Oct. 6 meeting. Lower property tax bills and shorter bus rides for their children are among the key reasons for the change, according to two parents who organized the petition drive this summer. Monica Randle lives in the Cascade Ridge subdivision, south of … ]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 02:07:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Richton Park celebrates new library ]]> Lead story image

Billed by its director as “the best library in the south suburbs,” Richton Park’s new facility is getting rave reviews. Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon was among several elected officials who spoke at its grand opening celebration Saturday. “No matter what a person’s background, a library is available to everyone,” Simon said. “And that opens up the world.” She said she took a break from the campaign trail because libraries are important to her. Several residents told Simon how much they revered her father, the late Sen. Paul Simon. But she said it was her mother, Jeanne Simon, who instilled … ]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 02:07:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Mount Carmel establishes academic fraternity in honor of late coach ]]> Lead story image

Mount Carmel High School has named a new scholarly fraternity to honor late teacher Curt Ehrenstrom. The Oak Lawn man was an alumni who also taught and coached at the Chicago Catholic school before his death in May of pancreatic cancer. The Ehrenstrom Scholars Fraternity is designed to elevate the academic and cultural experience of the school’s highest-achieving students. Honors program students will go through a thorough application and interview process before being named a member of the selective fraternity. “The fraternity is designed to recognize exceptional academic achievement, offer opportunities for scholastic and cultural enrichment, and encourage advancement of … ]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 02:08:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ Crete Park District welcomes new ‘destination’ park ]]> Lead story image

The Crete Park District and the Crete Lions Club have planned a grand opening for their new park at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a press release from the park district. Lions Park, on Bradford Place in Crete, was built in the Deer Meadows subdivision in accordance with the park district’s master plan, providing a neighborhood park within walking distance so residents do not have to cross major streets, the release said. The subdivision was built more than 15 years ago and features the start and end of a bike trail through a wooded area, the release said. The park … ]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 02:08:17 -0500