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Jennifer Johnson

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Maine Township, IL, United States

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News briefs: Park Ridge Country Club to offer COVID-19 antibody testing; District 207 provides student support services

The Park Ridge Country Club will be a site for COVID-19 antibody testing. → Read More

Park Ridge churches, Action Ridge host vigil for racial justice in Uptown

Five Park Ridge churches and Action Ridge, a social justice group, will host "A Call to Peaceful Prayer and Action for Racial Justice" on Tuesday, June 2 from 6 to 7 p.m. outside Park Ridge Community Church, 100 Courtland Ave. → Read More

Suburban police quash false social media posts about looting, urge citizens to be vigilant

The stories spread rapidly on social media Sunday: Local malls looted and vandalized. A Niles fast food restaurant set ablaze. Stores threatened and forced to shut their doors in the middle of the day. → Read More

Park Ridge reopens for outdoor dining: ‘The street has a good European vibe’

Some Park Ridge restaurants reopened Friday, May 29 as Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker allowed it as the region reached phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan. → Read More

Hairstylists find ways to shampoo, snip despite face masks

Hair salons are reopening but stylists and customers are wearing face masks and doing considerable sanitizing. → Read More

Leaning Tower YMCA in Niles, Lattof YMCA in Des Plaines to close permanently

The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago is permanently closing the Leaning Tower YMCA in Niles as well as the Lattof YMCA in Des Plaines and a YMCA in Naperville. → Read More

’There’s still that family bond’: Notre Dame College Prep grads share school memories, future plans

Like high school seniors throughout the area, Notre Dame College Prep’s Class of 2020 isn’t the getting graduation send-off they had envisioned, but some are hoping a more traditional ceremony can be pulled off later this summer. → Read More

Outdoor concerts silenced in Park Ridge: Fine Arts Society cancels 60th anniversary season

For the first time in 60 years, the Park Ridge Fine Arts Symphony Orchestra will not be performing a series of free outdoor summer concerts. → Read More

Mayor fast-tracks outdoor dining in Park Ridge, but two aldermen object to process

Members of the Park Ridge City Council agreed to measures allowing restaurants in the city to extend outdoor operations as the state prepares to enter a new phase in the governor’s Restore Illinois plan, but the support was not unanimous. → Read More

‘Unusual’ group fight breaks out at Niles cemetery; police identify gang member, suspected illegal drugs

A report of a fight inside a Niles cemetery drew a large police response last week, but yielded no arrests as officers were unable to locate victims interested in pursuing criminal charges, a police official said. → Read More

Niles continues to see most COVID-19 deaths among Cook County suburbs; check your town’s count

Deaths related to COVID-19 continued to rise this week in Niles, which has the highest number of COVID-19 deaths among Cook County suburbs, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. → Read More

Park Ridge considering expansion of outdoor dining areas for restaurants, bars

With restaurants looking ahead to providing al fresco dining under the governor’s Restore Illinois reopening plan, Park Ridge elected officials this week were expected to consider options that will give some businesses added space for diners. → Read More

New marijuana dispensary, Rise, opening in Niles near Golf Mill

A new recreational marijuana business is opening its doors this week in Niles. → Read More

Area eighth-graders get in on graduation parades, ‘drive-in movies’

A number of elementary, middle and parochial schools have pre-recorded graduation ceremonies for eighth-graders and their families, and some are allowing students to receive their diplomas in person as part of car processions. → Read More

Park Ridge scouts, American Legion continue Memorial Day tradition of planting flags at cemetery

The COVID-19 pandemic may have shelved annual Memorial Day parades, but members of Park Ridge’s American Legion post were able to continue two traditional tributes this year. → Read More

Two Morton Grove gas stations robbed at gunpoint, clerks beaten

Morton Grove police are investigating a set of armed robberies that occurred within minutes of each other at two Dempster Street gas stations and involved the beating of employees. → Read More

Local libraries to launch to ‘contact-free’ pickup of reserved books, other materials

After more than two months of providing only online services and programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some local libraries are preparing to make books and other materials available to the public again. → Read More

Morton Grove Park Board approves designs for new $11 million Harrer Park Pool

Two months after voters approved a referendum allowing for the construction of a new Harrer Park Pool, designs for an $11 million aquatic center were approved by the park board on May 20. → Read More

Senior profiles: Maine East graduates share high school memories, what pandemic has taught them

They are now officially high school graduates, but before the big day, three Maine East High School seniors answered a few questions about themselves and ending their high school careers during a pandemic. → Read More

Niles, Morton Grove close pools, Park Ridge and Skokie delay openings, Norridge, Lincolnwood mulling

The Niles Park District announced Wednesday May 20 that the aquatic center, located at 7877 N. MIlwaukee Ave., will not reopen for the summer season due to COVID-19-related concerns. → Read More