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[ Kadner: Judge says election board can’t hear term-limits challenge ]]> Lead story image

Mayors, aldermen and other locally elected officials cannot rule on challenges to referendums that are placed on the ballot by a vote of a city council or village board. That was the ruling of Cook County Circuit Court Judge Mary Mikva last week in a case involving a term-limits referendum in Country Club Hills. Two residents filed objections to the Nov. 4 referendum, which could result in the ouster of Mayor Dwight Welch if voters passed the measure. The referendum was placed on the ballot by three of the five city council members (all three are opponents of Welch). Under … ]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:21:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ Country Club Hills police blotter ]]>

COUNTRY CLUB HILLS THEFT: A wallet was stolen Aug. 11 from a car in the 17600 block of Maple Avenue. HOME BURGLARY: Jewelry and a handgun were stolen Aug. 15 or 16 from a home in the 4700 block of 184th Place. WINDOWS SHATTERED: Someone on Aug. 16 threw rocks through the front window of a house in the 18300 block of John Avenue. CAR BURGLARY: An iPod was taken Aug. 18 from a car in a driveway in the 4700 block of 175th Place. VANDALISM: Someone shattered a glass door, possibly with a BB gun, on Aug. 20 at … ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:10:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Firefighter recalled as being ‘bigger than life’ ]]> Lead story image

An Orland Fire Protection District firefighter killed in a crash on his way to work was described as “bigger than life” and a “perfect” husband during a funeral service Friday in Orland Park. Wes Peak “adored” the fire service and “embodied every aspect of it,” Ken Brucki, the district’s chief, told mourners at Parkview Christian Church. “He has helped to make our organization stronger,” Brucki said. Peak, 36, of Manteno, had been with the district for seven years. He was killed in a single-vehicle crash Sept. 7 while driving north on Interstate 57. He started his career with the fire … ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 02:16:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ 2 Southland schools renamed for First Family ]]> Lead story image

The President and Mrs. Obama are coming to Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 — at least in a manner of speaking. As part of a realignment of district schools, which took effect with the start of this school year, the former Beacon Hill school has been renamed the Barack Obama School of Leadership and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), the district said Friday in a news release. Forest Trail school is now the Michelle Obama School of Technology and the Arts, the district said. Students in fourth through eighth grades attend the two schools. “The Obama name was … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:13:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ Making the indoors safer for allergy sufferers ]]> Lead story image

Although the thought of sleeping with millions of dust mites — microscopic arachnids that feast on flakes of skin — is just plain gross, it’s something most people can handle without worry. After all, our bodies are inhabited by multitudes of bacteria, to which we seldom give a thought. For the many who suffer from allergies, though, the allergens in dust-mite feces and body parts can lead to chronic sinus problems and coughing, among other symptoms. If gone untreated, the problem can escalate to eczema and asthma, particularly in children, according to James Sublett, president-elect of the American College of … ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:15:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hillcrest alum graduates from basic training ]]>

Army Pfc. Kilieyn Booker recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C., according to a press release. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values; and physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, the military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises, the release said. Booker is the daughter of Amber Booker, of Hazel Crest. She is … ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 02:25:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ H-F theatre ensemble to stage ‘44 Plays for 44 Presidents’ ]]> Lead story image

Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School Leaders in Theatre Ensemble will present “​44 Plays for 44 Presidents” in August. ​The play is a chronological, biographical survey of the lives and presidencies of each of the 44 men who have held the United States’ highest office, according to a press release from Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School District 233. Their mistakes and successes — from George Washington to Barack Obama — are celebrated by a company of actors — some of H-F’s most seasoned student-performers — who take turns donning a star-spangled coat that symbolizes the presidency, according to the release. Performances are scheduled … ]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 06:14:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Country Club Hills police blotter ]]>

COUNTRY CLUB HILLS CAR BURGLARY: A wallet was stolen June 27 or 28 from an unlocked car in the 3800 block of 167th Place. CAR BURGLARY: A LINK card and an ID card were stolen between June 28 and 30 from a car in the 2200 block of Windsor Lane. THEFT: All four hubcaps were stolen June 30 from a car in the parking lot of Wal-Mart, 4005 W. 168th Place. PURLOINED PURSE: A purse was stolen June 30 from a shopping cart at Wal-Mart, 4005 W. 168th Place. CAR BURGLARY: A CD player was taken June 30 or July … ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:04:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ In Homewood, kids summer reading program is one to dye for ]]> Lead story image

As part of the “Paws to Read” summer reading program at the Homewood Public Library, kids from preschoolers through sixth-graders keep track of how many minutes they read and get the chance to win some great prizes, according to a release from the library. This year, head librarian Amy Crump offered a challenge to Homewood’s youngest readers, according to the release: If they can log 6,000 hours by July 27, she will dye her hair purple. The youth services division of the library really wants that to happen, the release said, and Sarah Gearhart, one of the youth librarians, is … ]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:59:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ H-F Summer Theatre presents ‘The Wizard of Oz’ ]]> Lead story image

Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School Summer Theatre will present “The Wizard of Oz” on July 17 and 18, according to a press release from the school. The classic tale of Dorothy Gale’s adventures in Oz is geared toward elementary students and middle schoolers but will appeal to audiences of all ages, the release said. Performances of this stage adaptation are scheduled for 7 p.m. July 17 and 2 and 7 p.m. July 18 at the school’s Mall Auditorium. The school’s campus is at 999 Kedzie Ave., Flossmoor. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students, children and senior citizens. They … ]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:19:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Country Club Hills police blotter ]]>

COUNTRY CLUB HILLS WINDOW SHATTERED: A Country Club Hills woman told police she was sleeping June 2 in her bedroom in the 4100 block of 192nd Place when she heard a loud noise, went downstairs and discovered that her glass patio door had been shattered. THEFT: A lawn mower was stolen June 2 from a trailer parked in a driveway in the 3600 block of 176th Street. BURGLARY: A barber’s chair and several pairs of clippers were stolen June 2 or 3 from a shop in the 4000 block of 183rd Street. THEFT: A diamond ring and a pearl diamond … ]]> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:54:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Homewood woman celebrates 100th birthday ]]> Lead story image

The South Suburban Rehabilitation Center in Homewood recently celebrated a resident’s milestone. Mayor Richard Hofeld presented Marie Nicholson with a certificate from the city honoring her for her 100th birthday, according to a release about the event. Nicholson has lived at South Suburban since 2008 but lived in Chicago most of her life, the release said. She married William Nicholson before the United States went to war with Japan during World War II, and they raised two children and she now has several grandchildren, the release said. Her early life included working as a librarian and working many years for … ]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 14:13:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Country Club Hills police blotter ]]>

COUNTRY CLUB HILLS BURGLARY: Tools were stolen between April 11 and 25 from a work trailer in the 4900 block of 173rd Street. THEFT: A catalytic converter was stolen between April 12 and 25 from a vehicle in the 4900 block of West 175th Street. THEFT: A washer, dryer, mirror and fire pit were stolen between April 19 and 26 from a rental home in the 4000 block of 185th Place. DOMESTIC BATTERY: Demetrius Spates, 23, 18115 Fountainbleau, Hazel Crest, was charged with domestic battery after an April 23 incident at 167th Street and Pulaski Road, police said. BURGLARY: A … ]]> Tue, 20 May 2014 21:10:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ South Suburban Hospital gets ‘A’ for safety ]]>

Advocate South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest recently was honored with an A as its Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, according to a press release from the hospital. The Safety Score is designed to rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections, the release said. The Leapfrog Group is a voluntary program designed to recognize and reward leaps in health care safety, quality and customer value, according to the group’s website. The Hospital Safety Score — A, B, C, D or F — is calculated using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and … ]]> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:16:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ H-F students take part in international DECA event ]]> Lead story image

Homewood-Flossmoor ​Community High School students recently returned from DECA’s Annual International Career Development Conference, held from May 2 to 7 in Atlanta, according to a press release from the school. More than 17,000 DECA members, advisors, alumni and affiliated businesspeople attended, the release said. During the school year, 220,000 high school students took part in the organization’s co-curricular Competitive Events Program, where they compete with one another at local and state competitions built around real-life situations in marketing, management and entrepreneurship to win awards and recognition, according to the release. The top state finishers then put their talents to the … ]]> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:15:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ingalls offers lineup of events, tours ]]>

Ingalls Health System will hold a series of health programs in the coming weeks, according to a press release from the organization. They include the following: Babypalooza The staff of Ingalls Maternity Suites will hold this free, fun-filled family event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 24 at Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey. Ingalls childbirth experts will offer hourly educational sessions on healthy pregnancies and healthy babies, the release said. Giveaways, hourly education talks, snacks, car-seat checks and much more also will be offered, all for free, the release said. Reservations are not required, but for more information, call … ]]> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:15:48 -0500