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  • Naperville Ribfest likely headed to Romeoville in 2020

    NAPERVILLE, Ill. — This summer marks Ribfest’s final year in Naperville — and it looks like the popular festival has found a new home in Romeoville. The Exchange Club of Naperville is entering into final discussions on a contract with Romeoville to begin holding Ribfest there, starting in 2020. Romeoville Mayor John Noak said Ribfest 2020 would be held in an area on Romeo Road just east of Weber Road that includes fields and a recreation campus. Ribfest has been […]

  • Bond denied for Cicero woman charged in forced labor investigation

    CICERO, Ill. — A federal judge has ordered no bond for a Cicero woman who’s facing forced labor charges. Concepcion Malinek, 49, a dual citizen of the United States and Guatemala, was arrested Tuesday after federal authorities raided her home and found 19 adults and 14 children in the basement of the 1,900 square foot house in Cicero. According to court records, some of the people are from the same family and some are her relatives.  All are from Guatemala. […]

  • Lake County’s K9 Boomer to receive body armor

    WAUKEGAN, Ill. — K9 Boomer, a four-footed officer with the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, will be receiving new body armor. His new vest will protect K9 Boomer from bullets and stabbing. It’s expected to arrive within 8 to 10 weeks. The new vest is thanks to a donation from the Massachusetts-based non-profit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Boomer’s vest is sponsored by Yorkville Paws and Claws. Lake County Sheriff John Idelburg says it will help keep both K9 […]

  • Mount Prospect changes vehicle sticker after backlash

    MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. — Northwest suburban Mount Prospect has redesigned its new vehicle sticker after complaints from some residents. The sticker that went on sale Feb. 1 was intended as a tribute to local law enforcement. But some resident say one of the images on the sticker — an American flag with black and white stripes and one blue stripe — has appeared in white nationalist imagery and events, including the violent marches in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017. Officials say […]

  • Democrat Michael Madigan re-elected speaker of Illinois House as lawmakers get sworn in

    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois’ 101st General Assembly is now on the job, with Democrats holding big majorities in the House and Senate, and set to take the governor’s mansion next week. About a third of the members are new, the leaders are not. In the House, Michael Madigan was once again elected speaker, and Jim Durkin was elected as Republican Leader. “It’s déjà vu all over again,” Durkin said. In brief remarks, Madigan seemed to relish the surviving four years of fierce […]

  • Durbin: TSA workers in Chicago hit hard by government shutdown

    CHICAGO — Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) joined Transportation Safety Administraton workers Tuesday to talk about how the partial government shutdown is affecting TSA employees who are currently working without pay. “We’re being hit hard by the government shutdown right at this airport,” Durbin told reporters at a press conference at O’Hare Airport. “1,600 TSA workers here at O’Hare, another 400 at Midway, are considered essential personnel. And what does that mean? They have to show up for work even though […]

  • Race for Mayor: Wilson attacks Preckwinkle; Several candidates knocked off ballot

    CHICAGO – Candidates for Chicago mayor are not taking a holiday break. The candidates are their teams are tying up loose ends before the campaign intensifies in the new year. Thursday morning, candidate Willie Wilson accused rival Toni Preckwinkle, the Cook County Board President, of not following a law intended to make sure poor people who commit minor offenses don’t stay stuck in jail. Wilson said during a Christmas Day visit to the jail with Rev. Jesse Jackson, he found […]

  • Preckwinkle drops challenge to Lightfoot’s mayoral petitions

    CHICAGO — Cook County Board President and candidate for Mayor Toni Preckwinkle has dropped her challenge to the mayoral petition signatures of candidate Lori Lightfoot. Lightfoot’s name will appear on the Chicago mayoral ballot in the February election. Preckwinkle challenged Lightfoot’s nominating petitions earlier this month, alleging that some of the signatures were duplicates, forgeries, or from unregistered voters or non-residents of Chicago. This morning the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners confirmed there were more than 24,000 valid signatures, more […]

  • Teachers’ strike averted in suburban District 211, one of the state’s largest

    PALATINE, Ill. — An agreement reached between teachers and Township High School District 211 will avert a strike in one of the state’s largest high school districts, officials said Monday. “We are pleased to announce that the Board of Education and the Teachers’ Union have reached a resolution to the contract negotiation impasse,” the district’s Board of Education said in a statement. A teacher strike was looming as students prepare to take their final exams, but class will resume as scheduled […]

  • Illinois’ highest paid school superintendent fired

    CALUMET CITY, Ill. — The highest paid school superintendent in Illinois has been fired following an investigation into alleged misconduct. Troy Paraday is accused of padding his own pay without authorization, destroying or altering documents involving when he worked, and misrepresenting the financial status of Calumet City District 155. Paraday made more than $430,000 this past year as District 155 Superintendent. He was fired last Friday following a school board investigation. Records show Paraday had been on paid leave since Oct. 6, […]

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