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[ Crestwood resolves state’s lawsuit over use of tainted water ]]> Lead story image

The Illinois attorney general’s lawsuit against Crestwood over the use of polluted well water is “history” Mayor Lou Presta declared Thursday after village trustees approved an out-of-court settlement in the case. The village will pay $50,000 — Presta said a check will be delivered Friday — but won’t to admit to any wrongdoing. Had the suit gone to trial, Crestwood faced the possibility of fines of $1 million or perhaps more, according to village attorney David Sosin. But the village’s legal woes stemming from the use of the bad well water are far from over, with dozens of lawsuits filed … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:35:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ Federal judge says Joliet  can acquire housing complex ]]> Lead story image

Joliet on Thursday cleared a major legal hurdle in its effort to acquire and demolish the Evergreen Terrace apartments when a federal judge ruled in favor of the city in its lawsuit against the owners of the public housing complex. The decision by U.S. District Court Judge Charles Norgle clears the way for Joliet to proceed with its effort to purchase via eminent domain the 356-unit complex in the 300 block of Broadway Street, according to JolietPatch. The power of eminent domain allows a government to acquire private property for the public good. The city has been trying to acquire … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:37:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ As Palos Park celebrates centennial, centenarian reflects on village’s history ]]> Lead story image

The third Saturday of September always has been flavored with the scent of chili in Palos Park — but this year, the scent of nostalgia hangs heavy. The annual chili fest — to be held Saturday — evolved into a two-day Autumn in the Park Festival that includes ribs and live music. This year’s fest is extra special with the celebration of Palos Park’s 100th year as a village. A parade is set for 11 a.m. Saturday down 123rd Street with longtime families as the grand marshals. The marshals include Bob Busch, whose relatives settled in the area in 1859; … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:43:11 -0500 <![CDATA[ Walsh proposes $466 million Will County budget ]]> Lead story image

Will County Executive Larry Walsh has laid out a $466 million budget plan that focuses on capital projects and improved roads. He developed a five-year plan to address those needs and identified revenue sources for them. “Once we finalize the five-year capital plan, we must act to fund these agreed upon projects or else we will lose the momentum that we have worked so hard for,” he said during his budget address at Thursday’s county board meeting. “These funds are critical to advancing our jointly agreed-to priorities.” The county board will hammer out the details over the next couple of … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:19:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lockport hopes for boost from reality show on local wrestling promoters ]]> Lead story image

Two Lockport brothers told officials Wednesday night that they should prepare to take advantage of the city getting more attention and visitors once a television show on their professional wrestling business begins airing early next year on the AMC cable channel. Former pro wrestlers Jacques and Gabriel Baron are partners with Smashing Pumpkins star Billy Corgan in Resistance Pro Wrestling, which has been selected by AMC as the subject of a reality TV show. The cable network is home to some of the country’s most popular shows, including “The Walking Dead,” “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men.” The TV series will … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:19:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lockport seeks to ease residents’ concerns about potential industry near homes ]]>

Lockport officials tried to reassure some residents that the city will protect their home values in approving an annexation and light-industrial development near their homes. During a city council committee meeting Wednesday night, city attorney Ronald Caneva read some of the terms of a proposed annexation agreement with Lockport Investments, which seeks to bring a 64.5-acre site into the city, adjacent to the Creekside Estates subdivision, and have it zoned for light-industrial use. Dozens of residents from that subdivision and from an unincorporated area also adjacent to the site voiced concern at a recent council meeting about possible industrial use … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:28:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ ComEd to pay $46 million in refunds to Illinois customers ]]> Lead story image

ComEd will pay more than $46 million in customer refunds to settle two lawsuits, the Illinois Attorney General’s office announced Thursday. The $46.2 million in refunds will be paid to customers in the form of credits to their accounts on their November electric bills, according to a statement from the AG’s office. Amounts will vary, but the average refund is $8 per account. Former ComEd customers who received service between October 2010 and December 2012 will be eligible for refunds after demonstrating they were customers during that time period. The AG’s office and Citizens Utility Board brought two lawsuits against … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:37:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Suit: Shop class saw severely injured student’s fingers ]]>

A high school student whose fingers were severely injured by a table saw during a shop class in 2012 is suing a Southland school district. Taron Steele filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court against Bloom Township High School District 206 and the teacher of the class. On Sept. 24, 2012, Steele was in shop class, cutting a piece of wood on a table saw when the wood bound up and jerked his hand into the blade, the lawsuit stated. According to the law firm representing Steele, three of his fingers were severed. The lawsuit claims the then-17-year-old … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:36:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Park Forest Art Fair: Fine at 59 ]]> Lead story image

Food, music and activities for kids are ingredients for the makings of a good fest. That they are just the sidelights for this weekend’s Park Forest Art Fair says much about the rich history of the artistic side of the event, which has been nationally recognized as one of the country’s best juried fine arts fairs. Featuring a wealth of gifted artists, the fair celebrates its 59th year this weekend, running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the Village Green in downtown Park Forest, according to a press release from its sponsor, the Tall Grass Arts … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:42:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fundraising effort for Orland Park burn victim ]]> Lead story image

Family and friends of an Orland Park woman severely burned when a fire broke out in her home Saturday have launched an online fundraising effort. It was organized by a niece of Beth Tooth, who is being treated for her injuries at Loyola University Medical Center. So far, a bit more than $3,000 has been raised, with a goal of gathering $20,000 in donations, Chris Fryzek, a longtime friend of the Tooth family, said Wednesday. The 56-year-old Tooth was rescued by firefighters from her single-level home in the 14500 block of Aspen Street. She was in the rear bedroom of … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:49:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Munster man to get 11 years for fatal 2011 crash ]]> Lead story image

A Munster man admitted in court Thursday that he was drunk and speeding before a fatal 2011 car crash that killed a Lansing, Illinois, grandfather. Michael Temores, 27, who pleaded guilty to causing the death of Fred Skafgaard, 61, while operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol level of at least 0.15 percent, will be sentenced to 11 years in prison under terms of the plea agreement that Lake Superior Court Judge Clarence Murray accepted. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 16. Temores, who has an extensive driving record, including a prior drunken driving conviction, admitted Thursday he was … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:54:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ GSU plans first family and friends weekend ]]> Lead story image

Governors State University plans to hold its inaugural Family and Friends Weekend from Oct. 9 to 12, according to a press release from the school in University Park. Students, their families, alumni and friends of the university — which this semester began operating as a four-year school — are invited to a weekend of family-oriented events and entertainment, the release said. The first-ever men’s basketball game (against Trinity International University) tips off at 6 p.m. Oct. 9. A performance by hypnotist Jim Wand is slated for 7 p.m. Oct. 10 in the GSU Center for Performing Arts. Activities ranging from … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:15:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ SUV rams into Worth office; no one hurt ]]> Lead story image

No one was hurt Wednesday afternoon when a sport utility vehicle crashed through the front doors of a business on 111th Street in Worth, police said. They said the driver of the Jeep Grand Cherokee lost control about 4:20 p.m. and rammed into Premier Mortgage Services, 7059 W. 111th St. “My co-worker and I were in the building working, and then we heard this huge crash of noise and we looked and the car was inside the building,” employee Michelle Moriarty said. The business will reopen Thursday, Moriarty said. Police could not say Wednesday what caused the crash or if … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:21:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ex-convict has advice on deterring burglars ]]> Lead story image

Marcus Williams likes to give a stern warning to the groups that he speaks to about burglary. “I come in peace. Some things I say might ruffles your feathers. I mean no harm. I’m here to change your mind about what you think a criminal is,” he says. Williams, a convicted burglar, spoke Monday night at a community meeting at the Evergreen Park Public Library hosted by state Sen. Bill Cunningham, D-Chicago, and state Rep. Kelly Burke, D-Chicago, to increase awareness of burglaries and how to minimize the risk of being a victim. Williams, 50, who was imprisoned three different … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:14:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Heritage Fest recalls Will County’s pioneer era ]]> Lead story image

The simplicity of life on the frontier shaped America’s history, and remembering life before four-wheel drive and iPads was the focus of Heritage Fest last weekend. The annual festival is sponsored by Lockport and the Will County Historical Society and serves as a fundraiser for Heritage Village, a popular tourist attraction formerly known as the Pioneer Settlement, which is operated by the historical society. Heritage Village consists of several buildings that are historic themselves or were built with historic themes in mind. Steve Helis, of Joliet, demonstrated blacksmithing at the festival, which was held in a parking lot at the … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:20:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lawyers group shares food, work advice ]]> Lead story image

They may spend their time at work in court or devouring legal briefs, but that doesn’t mean lawyers don’t like to get out and consume good food, too. For Chicago attorney Dana Zivkocich, what started as a monthly dinner for two of her colleagues, aimed at addressing each other’s work issues and concerns, has evolved into something much more. Think “Check, Please!” but with networking. “I had called a couple of my friends to meet with me over some drinks and to talk casually about running a law practice,” Zivkovich said. “Between the three of us, we thought if we … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:21:26 -0500