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Citgo ordered to investigate October refinery fire in Lemont

Sun, 11/10/2013 - 08:11

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow have obtained a court order that requires Citgo to investigate last month’s fire at its Lemont refinery and are seeking at least $150,000 in damages from the company. In a Friday news release, Madigan’s office said the Oct. 23 fire created a “significant threat to public safety and the surrounding environment” and that the company violated air pollution laws. A company spokesman issued a news release saying that the company “has taken all necessary and appropriate steps to respond to this incident and will implement the appropriate corrective …

Inaugural class at Southland College Prep preparing to graduate in spring

Sun, 11/10/2013 - 08:09

As a member of Southland College Prep Charter High School’s inaugural class, Marcell Vanarsdale didn’t know what to make of it when he enrolled three years ago. After all, Southland College Prep was unlike most high schools. There were no seniors strutting about the hallways or rivalry football games to attend Friday nights. The school day lasted nine hours, and all of his classes were held in an empty wing of a Matteson middle school. Now, Vanarsdale is a senior, a big man on campus who puffs up with pride when he wears his burgundy Southland College Prep suitcoat. Like …

Kadner: ‘No loitering’ outside quarry office

Sun, 11/10/2013 - 08:09

You might think a fellow behind a controversial, multimillion-dollar plan to build a limestone quarry and mine in suburban Robbins would do his best to alleviate public concerns about the project. But that doesn’t seem to be the case with Jim Louthen, managing partner of ALM Resources. ALM Resources, the development company behind a plan to acquire more than 20 percent of the land in Robbins, is at 50 Forest Ave. in Riverside. To get there you make a turn off First Avenue (best known as the street that leads to Brookfield Zoo) and a few blocks east of Riverside …

Man dies after September Crete crash

Sun, 11/10/2013 - 03:57

A man died Friday after a crash in Crete in September. The crash occurred at Western Avenue and West Crete-Monee Road on Sept. 29, according to the Cook County medical eExaminer’s office. Russell Herlin, 79, of the 25000 block of Shoal Creek Drive in Monee, was pronounced dead at 2:43 p.m. Friday at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, the medical examiner’s office said. An autopsy Saturday revealed Herlin died of multiple injuries from a motor vehicle crash, the medical examiner’s office said. His death was ruled an accident. The Will County Sheriff’s office could not provide further details about …

Vallas tapped to be Quinn’s running mate

Sat, 11/09/2013 - 18:20

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn named former Chicago Public Schools chief Paul Vallas as his running mate Friday in a political stunner that mystified African-American politicians and angered union leaders who derided Vallas as the “wrong” choice for the job.

Southland communities receive conservation grants

Sat, 11/09/2013 - 05:17

Four Southland communities have been awarded grants to help fund conservation and environmental projects as part of a collaboration between ComEd and the nonprofit Openlands. Homewood, Orland Park, Palos Heights and Park Forest were named recipients of Green Region grants, aimed at helping cities and villages pay for conservation projects in a time of strained municipal budgets, ComEd and Openlands, which promotes land conservation, said. It was the first year for the grant program, with applicants eligible for a maximum grant of $10,000. Openlands will monitor progress on the projects being funded. Orland Park’s grant of $10,000 will help fund …

Frankfort looks to attract new industrial developers

Sat, 11/09/2013 - 02:50

Frankfort has added another incentive into its economic development trick bag – one designed to attract industrial users to the village. The village has successfully employed a low-interest loan program and a retail grant program in its historic downtown area, and on Monday, trustees approved offer grants up to $25,000 to encourage industrial developers. Frankfort is not known for its industrial base, and has had “zero” industrial permits in the last few years, village administrator Jerry Ducay said in a recent economic development committee meeting. “When you look at balancing the tax base, we are falling behind on industrial property,” …

Author discusses origins of Judaism

Sat, 11/09/2013 - 00:41

JOLIET — While conducting a simple Internet search, Sheldon Lebold found that entries about the interpretation of Jewish subjects were mostly from Christian, Muslim or even neo-Nazi sources. “I was appalled because the Jewish (sourced) entries were mere recitations of what the books (Torah and Talmud) said but no analysis,” said Lebold, 75, who is Jewish. The Frankfort resident, who owns a business and real estate law firm in Orland Hills, got the idea to put together a book that tells Jewish history from a Jewish perspective. He will give a presentation about his book, “The Legacy of Moses and …

Kadner: Local firm hopes to land military pact

Fri, 11/08/2013 - 21:46

Ranked 63rd among the best small companies in America by Forbes in 2012, Landauer Inc., of Glenwood, produces millions of radiation monitoring devices worn by medical, dental, laboratory and nuclear power plant employees throughout the world. But I had never heard of the company, founded in the basement of a Park Forest home in 1954, until I saw a news release stating that U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-2nd) was going to visit the place. Kelly stopped by Landauer on Wednesday as part of an economic development tour she’s promoting in her district “to foster business growth, job creation and hear …

Another donation made in memory of  Lane Bryant victims

Fri, 11/08/2013 - 08:17

As T.J. Maxx opened a store Thursday in the former Lane Bryant space at Tinley Park’s Brookside Marketplace, the shopping center’s owner said it would donate $10,000 to Together We Cope, a village-based charity. Five women were slain inside the Lane Bryant in February 2008, and DDR Corp.’s matches what T.J. Maxx gave to Together We Cope in memory of the victims — Jennifer Bishop, Carrie Hudek Chiuso, Rhoda McFarland, Sarah Szafranski and Connie Woolfolk. DDR said its donation is also being given “in memory of the families who were affected by this tragedy.” The murders remain unsolved, and Tinley …

Will Board launches airport committee

Fri, 11/08/2013 - 08:13

The Will County Board’s new airport committee met for the first time Thursday and elected Don Moran, a Romeoville Democrat, as chairman. Moran, a business representative for Sheet Metal Workers Local 265, was elected to the board in November 2012. Lee Ann Goodson (R-Plainfield) will serve as vice chair. She has been on the board since 2002 and is county government coordinator for House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs). The committee plans to meet at 8:30 a.m. on the first Thursday of the month when there is business to handle regarding the proposed South Suburban Airport near Peotone. Moran …

Veterans event features Sullivan descendant

Fri, 11/08/2013 - 08:13

Kelly Sullivan Loughren is the granddaughter of Albert Sullivan, one of the famed five brothers from Waterloo, Iowa, who died after their ship was sunk during World War II, a legacy that has not been forgotten. Loughren, 41, talked about that famous tragedy to a large crowd Thursday at St. Linus Church in Oak Lawn during the ninth annual veterans ceremony. She shared her admiration for veterans and took the time to read from a letter written by her great-grandmother, Alleta Sullivan, in January 1943, asking the Navy if indeed the rumors were true that her five sons were dead. …

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