Robbins quarry developer says it must overcome ‘stigma’ in village

SouthTownStar Newspaper - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 03:11

The developer trying to enforce a controversial, and possibly doomed, contract to create a limestone quarry and mine in Robbins is trying to restore its damaged reputation there after residents and the Cook County sheriff’s department have questioned the company’s tactics, a company spokesman said. ALM Resources, based in Riverside, entered into a contract in 2013 with a previous Robbins administration to develop a 60-acre quarry and 169-acre mine — projects that would consume about a third of the village’s land and mean acquiring about 50 houses and about 100 other properties. The small, impoverished village has struggled for decades …

Orland Park business closed after alleged sex offers

SouthTownStar Newspaper - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 03:11

An Orland Park massage parlor was shut down by police Wednesday because a masseuse offered to perform sex acts with clients, one of whom was an undercover police officer, according to police. Police received a complaint about the HM Spa, 9955 W. 151st St., from a customer who said he was offered sex during a massage, police reported. The complainant has had massages at a number of different establishments, but at HM Spa “the attendant inappropriately touched him and offered a sex act,” a police statement says. It says an undercover officer went to the spa on Wednesday and during …

Providence Catholic cheerleaders support peanut butter and jelly drive

Orland Hills Home Inspector News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 07:15

NEW LENOX – They may be rivals, but cheerleaders from Providence Catholic High School and Bishop McNamara High School recently teamed up for charity. The two cheerleading squads collected peanut butter and jelly from fans at the Oct. 10 home game at Bishop Kaffer Stadium, according to a press release from Providence High School. They collected 282 jars — the peanut butter from Providence fans and the jelly from Bishop McNamara fans. The Northern Illinois Food Bank’s Joliet office, which serves Will County food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and programs for youth and seniors in need, was the beneficiary, according …

Orland Park townhouse plan sparks complaints

SouthTownStar Newspaper - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 03:15

Plans for a townhouse development in Orland Park are getting a chilly reception from residents near the proposed project. Builder Tom Cachey’s Park Boulevard Townhouses plan, which this month received support from the village plan commission, would put 71 townhouses on nearly four acres in the 15600 block of Park Station Boulevard. The 31/2-story townhouses would be built south of 153rd Street and east of 108th Avenue in the Colette Highlands subdivision, which includes a mix of single-family homes as well as condominiums and townhouses. Centennial Park West is to the east of the property that Cachey wants to build …

Tinley Park trustees approve medical pot growing business

SouthTownStar Newspaper - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 03:09

Tinley Park trustees have approved a medical marijuana growing center, but there’s a question of whether it will open its doors. Illinois Compassionate Care plans to use 35,000 square feet of a building at 18504 West Creek Drive for its operations and employ about 50 people, but the cultivation center still would need state approval. The state received 14 applications for the one growing center allowed under the new state law in Grundy, Kendall and Will counties. David Weisser, Illinois Compassionate Care’s operator, expects to hear from the state in early January on whether his planned Tinley Park indoor farm …

Cops: Man who killed self after Matteson bank robbery former police lieutenant

SouthTownStar Newspaper - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 03:09

The man who robbed a Matteson bank of $4,200 last week and then fatally shot himself during a high-speed chase was a former Atlanta Police Department lieutenant, Matteson police said Wednesday. Maurice Chester Dodd, 44, was fired from the Atlanta Police Department on Jan. 22 after being charged with drunken driving, Officer Ralph Woolfolk of the department’s media relations department confirmed Wednesday in an email to the SouthtownStar. Dodd had been with the department for 12 years, Woolfolk said. Matteson Police Deputy Chief Rob Debeikis said police were surprised when the suspect was identified as a former police official. “It …

Cross concedes defeat in Illinois treasurer race

SouthTownStar Newspaper - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 03:08

Republican Tom Cross conceded defeat to Democrat Mike Frerichs in the Illinois treasurer’s race Wednesday in one of the closest general election contests in decades. Cross’ campaign issued a statement. “With the final votes counted, this election now has a conclusive outcome and I have congratulated Sen. Frerichs on a hard-fought victory. Sen. Frerichs has demonstrated time and time again his commitment to our state and that will serve all of us well as he becomes Illinois’ next state treasurer.” With some mailed-in ballots and verified provisionally cast votes being counted late Tuesday, including late returns from Chicago, Frerichs held …

SB 16: Southland’s winners, losers

SouthTownStar Newspaper - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 03:17

How Southland school districts would fare under the redistribution of state education dollars as proposed in Senate Bill 16 in its current form: Homer 33C: lose $2.9 million Will 92: lose $1.2 million Lemont-Bromberek 113: lose $1.2 million Manhattan 114: lose $333,000 North Palos 117: lose $2.6 million Palos 118: lose $1.4 million New Lenox 122: lose $2.3 million Oak Lawn-Hometown 123: lose $2 million Evergreen Park 124: lose $872,000 Alsip-Hazelgreen-Oak Lawn 126: lose $1.5 million Chicago Ridge 1271/2: lose $358,000 Palos Heights 128: lose $574,000 Cook County 130: gain $7.17 million Calumet Park 132: gain $402,000 Orland 135: lose …

SD 142 official to pay his contract buyout

SouthTownStar Newspaper - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 22:30

The new technology director in Forest Ridge School District 142, Brian Skibinski, has decided to personally pay for the buyout of his prior contract with Palos Heights District 128, according to District 142 school board president Judith Schramm. A standing-room-only crowd showed up at Tuesday night’s District 142 school board meeting, angered by revelations that the board was prepared to pay the buyout and Skibinski’s legal fees when the district was not in danger of being sued. Before his decision, Skibinski faced a breach-of-contract lawsuit from District 128 for not paying the buyout. Schramm blamed a “miscommunication” for the controversy …

Tribute race for fallen soldier continues to grow

SouthTownStar Newspaper - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 03:09

As cold as it was Saturday, it was with warm thoughts that many in the Homer Glen community gathered for the fourth annual Mike Hike 5k. Through community collaboration, this was the most successful year for the event, with a record 400 participants and 40 local sponsors. The race took place at the village of Homer Glen Heroes trail, which was dedicated to Army Pfc. Michael C. Olivieri in 2011. Olivieri was killed in June 2011 while serving his country in Iraq. The race pays tribute to him and all American heroes, as proceeds and donations go toward commemorative plaques …

Orland Township holds its first drive-through flu clinic

Orland Hills Home Inspector News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 08:40

Orland Township held its first drive-through shot clinic this month, bringing convenience to an annual ritual that sometimes can be a hassle. The event was Oct. 4 at the township office’s parking lot, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave. Drivers pulled into the parking lot and, within minutes, got their flu shots and were on their way, according to a news release. Registered nurses were stationed in the parking lot. “Influenza can be a very serious disease, especially in infants and children and people ages 65 and older,” Supervisor Paul O’Grady said in a news release. “It’s important for people to protect …


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