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[ Local growers make the best of a rainy pumpkin season ]]> Lead story image

The pumpkin is the piece de resistance for many a gardener. After the tomatoes, peppers and zucchini have been enjoyed or put up, there is the grand crop of homegrown specialties — to be carved, baked or simply regaled. Two successful pumpkin gardeners in the Southland are George Rebersky, of Worth, and the Rev. Ken Fleck, pastor of St. George Catholic Church in Tinley Park. Rebersky learned the value of good soil decades ago. His dad, George Rebersky Sr., used to grow vegetables on the family’s 2.5-acre lot near 102nd Street and Harlem Avenue, before the area was developed, and … ]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:11:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Chicago man missing; last seen in forest preserve near Palos Park ]]> Lead story image

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding a Chicago man thought to be lost in a forest preserve near Palos Park. John Michael Cunningham, 27, was last seen about 10:45 a.m. Thursday in a forest preserve area near 104th Avenue and McCarthy Road, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office. He was wearing a gray T-shirt and black sweatpants. Anybody with information should call sheriff’s police at (708) 865-4896. Sun-Times Media Wire … ]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:52:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Snow, slushy rain offer chilling Halloween for Chicago area ]]>

The best Halloween outfit might be a heavy coat, gloves and a knit skull cap. About an “hour or two” of snow was slated for Friday morning in Chicago, and temperatures could dip as low as the 20s with wind gusts up to 60 mph. ]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:09:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ New school report cards can’t be compared with last year’s ]]>

It’s report card time for schools, and Friday debuts a new reporting system in Illinois, one that has been generally well received by school officials and promises to be easier for parents to understand. The new report card contains a lot more information, presented in colorful charts and graphs, providing a broader picture of each school and its trends over five and ten years. Besides test scores, the report shows how much academic progress the schools have made, how well high school freshmen are performing, how many high schoolers are college ready and where the performance gaps are. Southland school … ]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:11:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ Guts and gore line Mokena streets for Halloween house contest ]]> Lead story image

The Mokena park district has announced the winners of its Halloween house decorating contest and hopes residents will drive by to take a look. First place winners were Darren Grant, 19801 Scarth Lane, and Lisa Fabian, 19410 Sarkis Drive, said Erin Cortilet, spokesperson for the Mokena Community Park District. Grant won the master monsters category, which is exclusive to people who have won before. Second place in that category was Jim Triolo, 19783 Fiona Avenue. Fabian won the other category, amateur ogres, for people who have never won. Second place was Jeaneen Corridan, 11130 Granite Drive. Third place in the … ]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:11:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Four Southland students in the running for Tollway map cover art ]]> Lead story image

Four art students from the Southland were named semifinalists in the 2015 Tollway Map Art Contest. Nora Guerrero, Kevin McDonald and Klaudia Tryskuc, of Reavis High School in Burbank, along with Jessica L. Karlic, of Lincoln-Way West High School, were four of the 10 selected. The Illinois Tollway serves 12 counties. Students in those areas were invited to submit original works of art created to remind motorists of the dangers of tired, reckless drivers on Illinois roadways. Artwork created by the grand prize winner will be featured on the cover of the tollway’s 2015 map. The tollway received 66 entries … ]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:12:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Federal inspector general to audit transport of volatile crude by rail ]]>

A federal inspector general is launching an audit of whether hazardous materials are being carried safely over the nation’s rails — including highly volatile Bakken crude that travels through the Chicago area. “Due to the public safety risk posed by increases in the transportation of hazardous materials by rail, we are initiating an audit assessing the Federal Railroad Administration’s enforcement of hazardous materials regulations using inspections and other tools,” a memo on the website of the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Transportation said Wednesday. The memo specifically cited a fatal July 2013 Bakken oil train derailment … ]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:12:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ New Lenox proclaimed a Purple Heart community ]]> Lead story image

There seemed to be an extra snap in the wrists of three men as they saluted the flag Monday night at the New Lenox Village Board meeting. Dressed in purple shirts, purple satin jackets and purple Garrison caps, Bill Minnich, Art Schultz and John Domina — all Purple Heart recipients — stood proudly as the Pledge of Allegiance was said. New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann honored them and all recipients with a proclamation declaring the village a Purple Heart community. “He was shot, I was shot, and he got the worst of it,” Minnich, a Korean War veteran, said as … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:11:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Quinlan won’t run for third term on Oak Lawn Village Board ]]> Lead story image

Saying she’s grown weary of bickering at Oak Lawn Village Board meetings, Trustee Carol Quinlan has decided to not seek re-election in 2015. A lifelong Oak Lawn resident, Quinlan, 52, the 5th District trustee, is winding down her second four-year term on the board. She said she knew when re-elected in 2011 that this would her last term, and the political feuding at board meetings have worn her down. “Talking with and helping the residents is the best part,” she said. “... The meetings are not so much fun, not that village government always is fun. But it’s just very … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:12:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ Will County judge’s son pleads ‘not guilty’ to alleged abuse ]]>

The son of a Will County judge on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to attacking his girlfriend, the mother of his 1-year-old son, and has requested a jury trial. Louis Goode, 29, allegedly choked and pushed his girlfriend and briefly locked her in the trunk of a car on the night of Oct. 5 and the morning of Oct. 6 at their Joliet home. He is the son of Circuit Court Judge Alessio Policandriotes. Goode, in front of his mother, also threatened to kill his girlfriend, according to the woman’s Oct. 8 petition for an emergency order of protection that was … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:12:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Traffic issue stymies proposed New Lenox apartment complex ]]> Lead story image

Concern over traffic congestion on Monday stalled a proposed luxury apartment complex at U.S. 30 and Prairie Street in New Lenox. Village trustees said they didn’t want to add more traffic in that area, which now draws about 800 vehicles per day, mostly using Metra’s Rock Island Line station. They also noted that the area has only three access points, one of which is an exit only. Trustee Annette Bowden said the developers had described the project as a transit-oriented development, designed to attract tenants who would commute to work by train, but “this is not truly in my mind … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:17:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Orland Park art studio hosts BYOB painting parties ]]> Lead story image

At one Orland Park business, customers can raise a glass at the same time they raise a paint brush. Art a la Carte opened in late February and recently won approval from the village for a license allowing customers to bring in liquor. The studio, 11209 W. 159th St., offers art instruction for kids, but also has adult-only classes where wine, beer and liquor are allowed. The studio also plays host to private events, including bachelorette and birthday parties. Kathy Almeda started the studio — which also sells items such as scarves, jewelry and soaps made by local artisans — … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:48:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Will County board considering next year’s spending plan ]]>

Members of Will County board’s finance committee are finalizing figures on their proposed 2015 budget and are expected to act on it at the committee’s Nov. 6 meeting before presenting it to the full county board later this month. The total proposed budget is $466 million. As some department heads presented their cases to committee members at a Tuesday morning meeting, finance committee chairman Steve Wilhelmi, D-Joliet, noted that they have done a “good job” of reducing expenses while not reducing their workload. “It is time to start coming back to where we need to be,” he said. “That is … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:12:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ Three suffer minor injuries on hayride at Bengtson’s Farm ]]> Lead story image

Three people suffered minor injuries Monday when a tractor-pulled hayride wagon tipped slightly at Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm in Homer Glen, Homer Township Fire Protection District Chief Bob Tutko said. A father, daughter and grandmother were taken to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox for “bumps and bruises,” while six other people refused medical attention, Tutko said. Owner Dave Bengtson said in a prepared statement that “the safety of our guests has always been our No. 1 priority, so we have decided to discontinue the hayrack ride until the cause can be determined.” A sign at the farm says the attraction … ]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 02:09:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ Illiana impact: Is last call near for former Capone hangout? ]]> Lead story image

It’s a quiet weekday afternoon in the spring, and a few men have straggled in for a cold one after work. There’s a loyal customer base at Edwin’s bar ­— though it seems to sit in the middle of nowhere, the only building on the northeast corner of Route 50 and Kennedy Road on the outskirts of Peotone. That it is in the middle of nowhere may be exactly why Al Capone is rumored to have frequented this two-story brick establishment at 31851 S. Route 50 — known back then as Miami Gardens. With its underground garage and interior stairs … ]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 02:10:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ Harvey approves outside study of police department ]]>

By a 5-1 vote Monday night, Harvey aldermen voted to override Mayor Eric Kellogg’s veto and approve an ordinance allowing the Cook County Sheriff’s Department to conduct an evaluation of the city’s police department. The assessment will include interviews with all police employees, a complete review of all department records, policies and procedures and an examination of the city’s towing contract. The sheriff’s department will have 90 days to complete the study and will later issue a report to the city council. Aldermen emphasized that their approval of the ordinance does not mean that sheriff’s police will be patrolling Harvey’s … ]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 02:09:35 -0500