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Fire chiefs drub mayors in 2nd ‘Battle of the Burbs’ softball game

July 22, 2014 – 3:35 pm | 3 views

1898158_293612447453051_1516453040_nCrestwood Mayor Lou Presta thought it would be great for his community to see elected officials and public servants working together for a great cause.

Softball and charity were the two things he used to make this possible…Please click here to read  Evan F. Moore’s story in the Southtown Star.

Employment opportunity: Olympia Fields Public Works Director

July 22, 2014 – 2:31 pm | 7 views
Employment opportunity: Olympia Fields Public Works Director

From the Village of Olympia Fields:
The Village Olympia Fields, a non-home rural community in the Chicago Southland, population 5,000, has an opening and is seeking application for a “Hands On” Director of Public Works position which reports …

Aug. 5: Wood Street/Ashland Avenue Public Hearing

July 21, 2014 – 6:56 pm | 12 views

From the Illinois Department of Transportation:
The open house public hearing is scheduled to present the preferred alternative, a proposed detour route, and obtain public input. The details of the hearing is below. Please click here for …

When I-294/I-57 link opens, drivers to get 30 days to pay missed tolls

July 21, 2014 – 3:06 pm | 6 views
When I-294/I-57 link opens, drivers to get 30 days to pay missed tolls

When the Illinois Tollway opens the new Tri-State-Interstate 57 interchange this fall, cash-only drivers will get a temporary grace period of 30 days to pay missed tolls through the end of the year, officials said …

Lobbyist says Sauk Village will get $385K in state grants

July 21, 2014 – 2:45 pm | 15 views
Lobbyist says Sauk Village will get $385K in state grants

Al Ronan, a former state legislator-turned-lobbyist, informed village officials Tuesday they will receive some $385,000 in grants that will pay for repairs to local roads and parks.
Ronan, whose lobbying firm is used by Sauk Village …

Comcast bringing Internet access to low-income families in Thornton Township

July 21, 2014 – 2:29 pm | 5 views

Comcast is expanding Internet access into Thornton Township for low-income families who might otherwise not be able to afford it.
Officials on Thursday said they have declared the township, which has 17 municipalities, an Internet Enterprise …

Chicago’s Southland rises from industrial ashes

July 17, 2014 – 8:51 pm | 27 views

F. Scott Fitzgerald was dead by the time this line appeared in his unfinished novel, The Last Tycoon: “There are no second acts in American lives.”
His posthumous book was published in 1941, a year that …

Monee Village Board Formally Approves Grocery-Specific Study

July 17, 2014 – 2:39 pm | 36 views
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Plans for a grocery-specific market study were re-affirmed by the Monee Village Board in a 4-1 vote on July 9.
The issue initially was discussed by the Village Board on June 25, but because it was …

Work to begin this month on U.S. 30 overpass in Lynwood

July 17, 2014 – 2:27 pm | 21 views
Work to begin this month on U.S. 30 overpass in Lynwood

Construction is to begin later this month on a $33 million overpass along U.S. 30 in Lynwood.
Motorists shouldn’t expect significant traffic delays during the yearlong project, officials said.
The Illinois Department of Transportation’s plans call for …