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Another pandemic victim

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Another pandemic victim

Another pandemic victim Only three new laws for Illinois as 2021 starts By Steve Metsch The making of laws appears to be yet another victim of the coronavirus pandemic in Illinois. Normally, we see dozens of new laws taking effect on a wide range of topics each New Year’s Day. But as 2021 begins Friday,…

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All in the family

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All in the family

All in the family Niego roots run deep for Lyons boys basketball By Steve Metsch The unofficial first family of Lyons Township High School boys basketball is having an unusual winter. With the high school season in Illinois on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, no games are being played in the Lyons Township fieldhouse….

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‘Violent domestic terrorists’

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‘Violent domestic terrorists’

‘Violent domestic terrorists’ U.S. Rep. Newman recounts ‘tense’ ‘ attack on Capitol By Steve Metsch U.S. Rep. Marie Newman (D-3rd) was on the Capitol campus, in a safe place, when the riot broke out Jan. 6, but she’ll never forget that day. “It was very tense,” she said in a phone interview Jan. 12 from…

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SD 103 trio opts out

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SD 103 trio opts out

SD 103 trio opts out Board members will not seek re-election By Steve Metsch When voters cast ballots for the Lyons School District 103 board of education, they will not see three familiar names. Longtime board members Sharon Anderson, Marge Hubacek and Shannon Johnson have decided to not seek re-election. The three represent the board…

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Alleged kidnapper caught

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Alleged kidnapper caught

Alleged kidnapper caught Lyons, McCook police apprehend him at motel By Steve Metsch Lyons police found a woman hiding in a McCook hotel room closet after they were tipped off by friends of a man who allegedly kidnapped her in Texas three days prior Erika Rios Valdez, 32, of Liberty County, Texas, was found at…

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Bridgeview OKs budget

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Bridgeview OKs budget

Bridgeview OKs budget Board also focuses on vacant properties By Steve Metsch The Bridgeview Village Board has approved a balanced budget for 2021. The board unanimously approved the $30.6 million budget at its meeting held at noon on Dec. 16. “The budget is done on time and balanced this year,” Mayor Steve Landek said. No…

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Lyons passes balanced budget

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Lyons passes balanced budget

Lyons passes balanced budget Like many villages, pandemic took a toll By Steve Metsch The village of Lyons faces a deficit after the pandemic hit revenues hard, but trustees have passed a balanced budget for 2021. And finance department officials think the village can weather the storm. The village will have a $240,000 deficit with…

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High-tech Santa

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High-tech Santa

High-tech Santa Jolly elf visited via Zoom with Lyons kids By Steve Metsch Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Lyons parks and recreation department was unable to have Santa visit in person with kids this year. Thanks to modern technology, all was not lost. Kids were able to visit with the jolly old elf on…

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Garbage truck dazzles

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Garbage truck dazzles Trustees get look at Lyons’ new addition  By Steve Metsch Lyons trustees got their first look at the village’s new garbage truck, painted a gleaming white with an illustration of Hoffman Tower on each side, before their recent meeting. The truck has room for 25 yards of garbage, Public Works Director Ryan…

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Bridgeview adds defibrillators

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Bridgeview adds defibrillators

Bridgeview adds defibrillators Grant eases financial burden of purchase By Steve Metsch Bridgeview is acquiring three defibrillators for use in ambulances. And thanks to grant money, the price tag is not too large, officials said. The price is $91,000, but $79,000 comes from federal grant, Fire Chief Michael Daly said. The village is out $12,000…

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Guitars are silenced

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Guitars are silenced

Guitars are silenced Stonegrove shuttered by “hostile economy” By Steve Metsch The jamming guitars and pounding drums have been silenced at Stonegrove Guitar, 821 W. Hillgrove Ave., in La Grange. The place where for the past 18 years kids and adults learned how to play guitar and drum closed its doors on Halloween, another victim…

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New trash hauler in Bridgeview

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New trash hauler in Bridgeview

New trash hauler in Bridgeview Officials: SBC Waste Solutions offered best deal By Steve Metsch The Bridgeview Village Board has approved a contract with a new scavenger company that will increase fees for homeowners by just 30 to 40 cents a year, officials said. The new scavenger company for the village is SBC Waste Solutions….

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