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Enthusiastic “welcome back” greets Tony Rezko

More than 250 friends, family and government officials celebrated the release of Tony Rezko from Federal custody recently in Chicago. Rezko said he has no regrets but maintained his innocence of charges  By Ray Hanania More than 250 friends, family, political activists, and government officials attended a special “Welcome Home” celebration on May 12 to honor Antoine “Tony” Rezko who was released from Federal custody…


OFPD Chiefs receive Chief Fire Officer certifications

OFPD Battalion Chiefs receive Chief Fire Officer certifications On May 26, 2016, Orland Fire Protection District (OFPD) Fire Chief/Administrator Mike Schofield (far right), Battalion Chief Bill Bonnar (2nd from right), Jr, Battalion Chief Nick Cinquepalmi (center) and Battalion Chief Greg Ferro (far left) received their Chief Fire Officer certification. This is the highest certification that the Office of the State Fire Marshall recognizes and the Orland…


Rockford area’s biggest garage sale Saturday May 21 at Candlewick Lake

One of the Rockford area’s biggest community-wide garage sale will be held Saturday, May 21 from 9 am until 4 pm in the gated community of Candlewick Lake just north of Belvidere. Not only will it be fun to sift through the unwanted collectibles of boat owners and lakefront residents, but you’ll also get a chance to come in a see Candlewick’s amenities for yourself…


Olympic hopeful Griskenas wins All-Around Senior National Qualifier

Olympic hopeful Griskenas wins All-Around Senior National Qualifier. Orland Park high school freshman will compete in Nationals for Olympic gymnast spot Orland Park, IL — Sandburg High school freshman and honors student Evita Griskenas, 15, won All-Around Senior National Qualifier Sunday (May 15, 2016) at the Olympic Training Center at Lake Placid, New York. Griskenas, a freshman student at Sandburg High school in Orland Park in…


DiversityInc ranks utilities Ameren Corp 1st in nation

DiversityInc ranks Ameren Corporation first among all utilities in the nation for the second consecutive year For the second consecutive year, DiversityInc has ranked Ameren Corporation first in the United States on its 2016 listing of the nation’s Top 7 Utilities. Since 2010, Ameren has been recognized among DiversityInc’s top utilities for creating an inclusive workplace, supporting the diverse communities it serves and developing strong…


Graduated state income tax for Illinois makes sense

State Rep. Lou Lang has proposed a brilliant and fair plan to help the state of Illinois dig itself out of its multi-billion dollar debt. Change the state’s fixed income tax rate for everyone and replace it with a scaled tax that actually reduces the state tax for most taxpayers, those earning under $200,000, and slightly raising it for everyone else. Lang says the plan…


Cicero readies for Cinco de Mayo weekend celebrations

Cicero readies for Cinco de Mayo weekend celebrations Town President Larry Dominick and Cicero Town officials are excited to announce a weekend full of celebrations in honor of Cinco de Mayo, Mexican Independence, to begin Friday May 6 through May 8. The celebrations, conducted in collaboration with the Cicero Mexican Cultural Committee, will be held at Community Park at 34th and Laramie Avenue, and at special…


Red light cameras would be good, if they were fair

The problem with red light cameras is not the camera or the concept of nabbing speeders who race down streets far above the speed limit, or fail to stop for the red light at intersections. The problem is the governments that install these cameras and their true intent, which is not to keep motorists safe, but to make money the easy way: theft By Ray Hanania If…


Sprinkler minimizes fire damage at Orland Park retirement home, saves lives

Sprinkler minimizes fire damage at Orland Park retirement home, saves lives A sprinkler system installed at the Lexington Health Care assisted and independent living retirement home, 14601 John Humphrey Drive, is being credited with saving lives and helping to significantly minimize damage caused by a small fire there this morning. The fire started in the basement maintenance area of the assisted living home just after…


Schofield sworn in as OFPD Fire Chief at official ceremony

A formal ceremony was held at the Orland Fire Protection District to swear-in Michael Schofield as the official Fire Chief and Administrator for the district. Schofield had been appointed interim Fire Chief in August 2015 and was appointed Chief by the board in February, effective March 1, 2016. Michael Schofield, 55, was sworn in as the Fire Chief and Chief Administrator for the Orland Fire…