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Past articles by Mike:

Drones, metal detectors among precautions as Southland communities prep for July Fourth security

Drones in Mokena, metal detectors in South Holland and teen supervision in Tinely Park are among security measures in place this Fourth of July. → Read More

Customers of Oak Forest bowling alley destroyed in fire say they are in shock; cause still being probed

Oak Forest fire Chief Gary Kasper said a preliminary investigation shows the fire may have started on an exterior wall of the building, but that “we do not believe this was an intentional fire.” → Read More

Water rates going up in Lansing after negotiations with Hammond, but it’s still ‘the best deal in town,’ official says

The City of Hammond increased its water rate for Lansing residents and businesses, but Lansing city officials were able to negotiate an incremental increase through January 2024. → Read More

Dolton trustee candidates backed by Mayor Tiffany Henyard lead primary pack

Dolton trustee candidates supported by Mayor Tiffany Henyard - Andrew Holmes and Stanley “Stan” Brown - appeared to be leading in the Democratic primary. → Read More

Tinley Park brewpub under construction in historic building expects summer opening

The brewpub Banging Gavel is being built in the Vogt Building in Tinley Park, west of the Oak Park Avenue Metra station. → Read More

Orland Park maps out strategic plan with eye toward constraining cost increases

Orland Park officials say a goal is to keep the annual village operational cost including wages and benefits for village employees at 3% or less. → Read More

Tinley Park nonprofit hobbled by fire in line for a $250,000 state grant to help restore services

Together We Copy in Tinley Park is in line for a state grant of $250,000 as it works to recover from a November fire, and received $27,000 from donations to an Avon Lane Christmas display. → Read More

Merrionette Park looking at options for police staffing via two advisory referendums on April 4 ballot

Merrionette Park, population 2,000, will ask voters in April whether to move to hire full-time police or contract with the Cook County sheriff's office for increased patrols. → Read More

South Holland business owner used pandemic relief money to buy a boat, designer handbags, indictment alleges

A South Holland business owner bought boats, designer bags with more than $440,000 in COVID-19 relief funds, a federal indictment alleges → Read More

Orland Park to ask voters whether village should abandon long-standing form of municipal government

Orland Park's elected officials say they should have greater responsibility in day-to-day management of village functions, and will ask voters in April to do away with the village's managerial form of government. → Read More

Shots fired outside Chicago Ridge Mall

Chicago Ridge police say that several shots were fired Thursday night outside of Chicago Ridge Mall and that investigators are interviewing several people. → Read More

Faculty, staff at Governors State University ask for mediator after six months of contract talks

Chris Tweddle, an associate professor of mathematics at Governors State University, said issues such as salaries and caseloads for faculty advising students are major sticking points in contract talks. → Read More

2 people dead following crash Sunday on La Grange Road near Palos Park

2 people were killed and four taken to hospitals Sunday following an accident on La Grange Road near Palos Park. → Read More

Homewood brewpub ‘a work of love,’ mother of late rapper Juice Wrld says at groundbreaking

Carmela Wallace, mother of the late Jarad Higgins, known as Juice Wrld, envisions her Homewood brewpub featuring art work and musical performances. → Read More

Matteson man who allegedly used social media to groom teen girls in Chicago area and Texas charged

Brendon Brown, 27, of Matteson, is alleged to have used social media to “groom” two teen girls, one in the Chicago area and one in Texas, over a span of multiple years. → Read More

A Matteson Dollar Tree faces a federal fine for allegedly endangering workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposes a fine of more than $364,000 against a Matteson Dollar Tree store. → Read More

Harvey primary election to see 3 candidates for mayor, several facing off in some aldermanic contests

Former Harvey Park Board President Anthony McCaskill and 2nd Ward Ald. Marshun Tolbert will challenge incumbent Christopher Clark for Harvey mayor. → Read More

Hazel Crest donates ambulance to city in Ecuador, part of Chicago nonprofit effort to aid overseas fire departments

Hazel Crest's donation of an ambulance to Naranjito, Ecuador is the first south suburban contribution arranged by Chicago firefighter Patrick McDermott. → Read More

Tinley Park’s park district shows interest in buying former mental health center, property long coveted by the village

A land grab pitting Tinley Park against the village's park district possible over the 280-acre former mental health center property. → Read More

Oak Lawn police seek delay of federal lawsuit by teen whose violent arrest sparked protests

Oak Lawn police officers Brandon Collins, Mark Hollingsworth and Patrick O’Donnell say they shouldn't be forced to testify in a civil lawsuit while their conduct remains under investigation. → Read More