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[ Cubs’ Chris Coghlan brightens kids’ day at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn ]]> Lead story image

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 it good. When you see the kids, your heart breaks for them because of their innocence and what they’re going through,” Coghlan said. “And it gives you encouragement because you watch a kid who is so young to have that much courage to fight for their life. Originally, you come because you want to give … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:15:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ ]]>

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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, village spokesperson. Awards will be announced at 3 p.m. The event will be held downtown Frankfort in the parking lot on Kansas and Oak Streets, adjacent to the Breidert Green. Blind judging will be a 1-to-10 scale based on appearance, tenderness and taste. Rules are based on Kansas City BBQ Association. “The primary difference is … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:08:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 conspired to monopolize the women’s prom and homecoming dress market through a campaign of pressuring and threatening top designers not to sell to other outlets, the lawsuit alleges. The suit was filed by attorneys for Palos Park-based Hannah’s Boutique, which allegedly was targeted by Peaches’ owners. The lawsuit claims that high-end designers Allue, Blush, House … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:45:11 -0500 <![CDATA[ Mock drill prepares for school crisis ]]> Lead story image

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 works departments along with other south suburban emergency departments. The streets surrounding the school, 1300 W. 159th St., were closed during the drill. “Anytime there’s a major incident, we look at what happened and how we, the police, responded,” Homewood Deputy Police Chief Denise McGrath said. “We can we learn from it ... moving forward.” … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:10:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rumble strips, extra cops added around I-55 crash site ]]> Lead story image

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 senseless tragedy on I-55 last week,” Quinn said in a press release on Monday. “I am directing the state’s agencies to take any additional steps necessary to further improve the extensive safety measures that are in place so that inattentive or reckless drivers do not cause more harm.” In the one accident that resulted in … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:10:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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. ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:10:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ Taste of Orland Park set for this weekend ]]> Lead story image

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 activities. Foodies will be able to buy samples from nearly 20 Orland Park restaurants that will set up booths at the fest. New to the Taste’s food scene this year are Q Restaurant, which serves Asian fusion fare; and Granite City Food & Brewery. A highlight among returnees is Sunday night’s show, featuring American English. … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:09:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 acute stroke, according to a release from Silver Cross Hospital. The event will be at the Tinley Park Convention Center. Advance registration is required by Aug. 29, the release said. Participants will learn about the latest medical, interventional options and clinical trials available to prevent and manage acute ischemic stroke and stroke caused by cardiac … ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:30:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ Family outreach program looks to help fight drug use ]]> Lead story image

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 and high school” — will be a two-part educational series to help youths, parents and school staff prevent drug use. It’s free and open to the public. Since Serenity Family Outreach was launched earlier this year, its mission has focused on helping families who struggle with the disease of addiction, and erasing the stigma of … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:11:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Owner of slain dog happy cop got fired ]]> Lead story image

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 for a possible lawsuit. The part-time officer, who has not been named, was fired Monday, after shooting the 16-month-old German Shepherd/pit bull mix Friday afternoon in the front yard of Echlin’s home in the 8700 block of Beck Place, according to Police Chief Charles Forsyth. The dog died Saturday. Police said in a news release … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:10:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 Rock Island and SouthWest Service commuter lines. The study will prepare preliminary cost estimates for adding safety measures at the crossings that would prevent vehicles from going around lowered gates and qualify the crossings for inclusion within a quiet zone, according to the Burke proposal. The areas impacted by the SouthWest Service Line include the … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:44:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ Plan to simplify health renewals may backfire ]]> Lead story image

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 opt for convenience by automatically renewing their coverage for 2015 are likely to receive dated and inaccurate financial aid amounts from the government, say industry officials, advocates and other experts. If those amounts are too low, consumers could get sticker shock over their new premiums. Too high, and they’ll owe the tax man later. Automatic … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:15:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ Oak Lawn Children’s Museum addressing disabilities with new exhibits ]]> Lead story image

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 which teach the science of sound. The exhibit also features a “Time to Sign” video station which teaches sign language through song and activity. Yet another station allows children to adjust the sound while speaking through a microphone to simulate hearing loss. “This is exciting and something that hasn’t been done before,” said Becky Lindsay, … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:11:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 and forgery, appeared at a status hearing before Cook County Circuit Court Judge John Hynes at the Bridgeview courthouse. The case was continued per the request of her attorney, Louis Caprio. Sopko has been considering pleading guilty since at least May in an agreement with Cook County prosecutors. Assistant State’s Attorney Michael O’Malley previously said … ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:12:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 Sag Road, because he was concerned for the safety of a Crestwood police officer who was chasing the teen, police said. Nobody was shot during the incident. The officer ended the chase when shots were fired, and the teen got away, but he was caught later when Crestwood and Palos Heights officers spotted him fleeing … ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:16:57 -0500