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SD 103 boots two principals

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SD 103 boots two principals

SD 103 boots two principals One resigns under pressure, 14-year vet not renewed By Steve Metsch and Ray Hanania Two principals in Lyons School District 103 will be looking for new jobs. At Monday night’s committee of the whole meeting, the school board accepted a letter of resignation from Lincoln School Principal Tara Kristoff, and…

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No slowing down for Cummings

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No slowing down for Cummings

No slowing down for Cummings Hodgkins mayor, 91, prepares for 11th term in office By Steve Metsch Mayor Noel B. Cummings enjoyed a hearty laugh in his office at the Hodgkins Village Hall when asked if he is surprised nobody challenged him in the upcoming election. “Not really,” he said. “I’ve got a good record…

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Miracle in Lyons

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Miracle in Lyons

Miracle in Lyons No injuries although one car was cut in half By Steve Metsch Lyons Police Chief Thomas Herion has seen a lot during his career in law enforcement. But even he was surprised by what he saw early Sunday. A violent two-car wreck at the intersection of First and Ogden avenues left one…

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Principals under fire in SD 103

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Principals under fire in SD 103

Principals under fire in SD 103 Teachers have “no confidence” in Molina By Steve Metsch The jobs of two principals in Lyons School District 103 appear to be in jeopardy. Tara Kristoff, the Lincoln School Principal, has been on paid administrative leave since Feb. 14. Al Molina, in his 14th year as principal at Robinson…

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New name, new signage

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New name, new signage

New name, new signage Bridgeview approves contracts for signs at stadium By Steve Metsch The Bridgeview Village Board has approved plans for new signage at its soccer stadium. Formerly named Toyota Park, the stadium is now named SeatGeek Stadium. And the SeatGeek logo – a drawing of an empty seat above the words – will…

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SD 103 principal on paid leave

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SD 103 principal on paid leave

SD 103 principal on paid leave “Insubordinate conduct” blamed in leaked letter  By Steve Metsch The embattled Lyons School District 103 – which caught heat last year for hiring a teacher charged with attempted murder in a road rage incident – has another personnel issue broiling. This one involves a principal who, allegedly, had some…

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Lyons has the blues again

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Lyons has the blues again

Lyons has the blues again Windy City Blues Fest set for Sept. 6-8 By Steve Metsch Lyons once again has the blues. The Windy City Blues Fest, which proved very popular in Cermak Woods last September, is returning. On the web site www.windycitybluesfest.org, there is a listing of entertainers for the second annual event. This…

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Second time works at SD 103

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Second time works at SD 103

Second time works at SD 103 Hammond educator hired as new superintendent By Steve Metsch Kristopher Rivera, the newly hired superintendent of Lyons School District 103, has spent his entire career working in the larger Hammond, Ind., school district. Lyons, however, is going to be a good fit, he said. The school board obviously agrees,…

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Lyons Trustee Ramirez dies

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Lyons Trustee Ramirez dies

Lyons Trustee Ramirez dies Village Hall closed, garbage service halted Monday By Steve Metsch The Lyons Village Hall will be closed Monday in respect to village Trustee Greg Ramirez, who died earlier this week, Mayor Christopher Getty said in a news release Thursday. Garbage service in Lyons will also be suspended Monday, Getty said. “Greg…

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Summit loses a friend

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Summit loses a friend

Summit loses a friend Joseph Kurcz donated  land for firehouse By Steve Metsch Joseph Kurcz never forgot his roots. He was born in Summit, attended school in Summit, met his childhood sweetheart in Summit, raised their six children in Summit, worked his way from janitor to owner of a successful business in Summit and even…

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Step ahead of the state

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Step ahead of the state

Step ahead of the state Gun shops, led by Lyons, mirror new state law By Steve Metsch Local gun shops are, as one employee said, “one step ahead of the state” when it comes to new legislation. Last week, Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law the Combating Illegal Gun Trafficking Act. The act will: ·Require…

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MVCC election challenges denied

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MVCC election challenges denied

MVCC election challenges denied Five candidates remain on the ballot for April By Steve Metsch The five people whose candidacies for the Moraine Valley Community College board were challenged, are staying on the ballot. The college’s three-person electoral board on Friday, Jan. 18, ruled that the signatures on their petitions were legitimate and the panel…

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