The Week In Review: Suburban News of the Past Week (1/1/17)



· 1. Niles Township contributes $46,500 toward Oakton Community College scholarships for local high-school students (Daily Herald)


· 2. Mount Prospect begins using new customer-response management system that makes reporting problems easier for residents, businesses (Daily Herald)


· 3. Alsip, Matteson men, convicted of robbery in Tinley Park, sue City of Chicago, police officer for failure to stop police chase that killed two of their accomplices (Chicago Sun-Times)


· 4. Man kicked out of girlfriend's family's Christmas party returns, shoots and wounds one member of the family (Chicago Sun-Times)

· 5. Man convicted of murderer of Nailah Franklin, whose body was discovered in woods near Calumet City, called a 'cold, calculating, coward of a con man' by Cook County judge (Chicago Tribune)


· 6. Republican state representative, recently chairman of House Public Policy Committee, plans to refile bill to eliminate gun licenses (Chicago Tribune)

· 7. New manager of Genesis Convention Center in Gary plans to address facility's identity, employee turnover, hotel space (Northwest Indiana Times)


· 8. New parking rates go into effect at O'Hare, Midway airports on Jan. 10 (Chicago Sun-Times)



· 9. Man found dead on ice-covered Deep Lake in Lake Villa (ABC 7)


· 10. Man critically injured, child hurt in ATV crash in North Barrington (NBC 5)

· 11. Northwest Suburban High School District 214 raises objections to Mount Prospect's Prospect and Main TIF district, as some buildings could be off limits tax-wise for a total of 55 years (Daily Herald)

· 12. Arlington Heights man charged with multiple misdemeanors, including DUI, after crashing stolen car into house in Arlington Heights (Daily Herald)


· 13. Naperville Christian Academy graduates first class ・of two students (Daily Herald)

· 14. 25th Avenue overpass, a $41 million project designed to eliminate a train/vehicle-traffic conflict point in Bellwood, opens (CBS 2)

· 15. Lyons man fatally struck by vehicle on Pershing Road in Lyons (FOX 32)

· 16. Man armed with a gun robs Willowbrook Walgreens, gets away with cash and narcotics (Chicago Sun-Times)

· 17. Cook County's fifth cold-related death confirmed at West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park (Chicago Sun-Times)

· 18. Wheaton's 'Dictionary Man' continues crusade to help DuPage County students learn spelling, good grammar (Daily Herald)

· 19. Hill Avenue bridge between Glen Ellyn and Lombard reopens to traffic (Daily Herald)


· 20. Man burned while trying to put out chimney fire in Orland Park home (Chicago Tribune/Daily Southtown)

· 21. Edward Hospital chief medical officer dies from heart attack at age 55 at Bolingbrook home (Daily Herald)


· 22. Markham police: Teen girl found dead in garage died from injuries sustained in an assault (ABC 7)

· 23. Body discovered in burning vehicle in Homewood (ABC 7)


· 24. 24-year-old man shot to death on Christmas Day in Gary (Chicago Sun-Times)

· 25. South Shore Line to continue allowing bicycles on trains after deeming program a success (Northwest Indiana Times)

· 26. Lake County commissioner gives original court records from John Dillinger's indictment for shooting at East Chicago's First National Bank (Northwest Indiana Times)

· 27. Lowell redefines tax-increment-finance district in order to capture all the funds expected (Northwest Indiana Times)

· 28. East Chicago man dies after being shot in his hometown (Chicago Sun-Times)

· 29. Michigan City police seek help identifying armed suspect who robbed convenience store (Northwest Indiana Times)

· 30. LaPorte police arrest man who had cocaine in his socks (Northwest Indiana Times)

· 31. St. John Town Council hires new building and planning director, opens bids for new fire truck (Northwest Indiana Times)

· 32. Housing development for low-income, homeless veterans proposed for Merrillville (Northwest Indiana Times)

· 33. Griffith plans to replace 50-year-old stretch of sewer line that connects to Hammond Sanitary District (Northwest Indiana Times)


· 34. School districts' decisions to give 'performance' bonuses to teachers, administrators, other workers raises questions about money, student achievement (Chicago Tribune)



· 35. Round Lake Beach man charged with murder in shooting death of man found in car in Libertyville (Chicago Sun-Times)

· 36. Waukegan gas station robbed at gunpoint on Dec. 24 (Chicago Sun-Times)

· 37. Developer buys former Hospira office building in Lake Forest for $9.7 million, intends to lease out space (Crain's Chicago Business)

· 38. Wilmette musician Robbie Fulks' latest album nominated for two Grammy Awards, named one of Rolling Stone's best of 2016 (ABC 7)


· 39. 18-year-old dies after being shot in Elgin (Chicago Sun-Times)

· 40. Palatine Township Elementary School District 15 undertakes testing water for lead all its schools during winter break (Daily Herald)

· 41. Palatine firefighter teams up with pastor to build soccer field for Jamaican community (CBS 2)


· 42. Twenty people displaced following apartment fire in Aurora (Chicago Tribune)

· 43. Chicago man admits to using heroin, smoking marijuana, taking Xanax while driving before crash in Riverside (Chicago Sun-Times)

· 44. Eight teens from Aurora, North Aurora charged as result of fights at Fox Valley Mall in Aurora (NBC 5)

· 45. Grassroots organization in Batavia trying to get referendum to repeal home-rule authority on the ballot (Daily Herald)

· 46. Foundation created in memory of Elmhurst girl who died from allergic reaction donates $40,000 toward EpiPens, training for DuPage County sheriff's officers (Daily Herald)

· 47. DuPage County Board of Elections to review challenge to West Chicago mayoral candidate's nominating petition (Daily Herald)


· 48. Wyoming man fatally struck by vehicle on Route 53 in Joliet (Chicago Sun-Times)

· 49. Montgomery police seek woman who stole lottery tickets from a gas station more than two weeks ago (Chicago Sun-Times)


· 50. City of Lansing to use Cook County no-cash-bid economic-development tool to acquire tax-delinquent properties (Northwest Indiana Times)

· 51. Calumet City lowers property-tax levy for third year in a row, but city has lost 45 percent of its equalized-assessed valuation following closings of major retailers (Northwest Indiana Times)

· 52. Victim found in burning car in Homewood identified as Flossmoor man (FOX 32)

· 53. Divers recover second body from car that crashed into Lynwood retention pond on Dec. 18 (WGN TV)

· 54. CSX Railroad re-proposes intermodal rail yard in Crete (Northwest Indiana Times)

· 55. Illinois officials make pitch to get investors to buy into plans for a south-suburban airport during meeting in Tinley Park (Northwest Indiana Times)


· 56. More charges filed against accused Chesterton child molester (Northwest Indiana Times)

· 57. Griffith renews refuse-collection contract with Republic Services of Indiana (Northwest Indiana Times)

· 58. Dec. 24 fire that killed three children in Gary ruled an arson (Chicago Tribune/Post-Tribune)

· 59. Riverdale, Ill., man arrested in two armed robberies of same computer store within one week in Valparaiso (Northwest Indiana Times)

· 60. Porter County assessor seeks to move tax hearing back to Valparaiso after Indiana Board of Tax Review schedules Hebron petition for Indianapolis (Northwest Indiana Times)

· 61. Plymouth man fatally shot by LaPorte police after ramming a squad car and attempting to run over an officer was wanted on warrants for parole violations, failure to appear in court (Northwest Indiana Times)



· 62. Chicago man arrested for allegedly robbing teenage poll worker in Evanston on Election Day; police say he used Divvy bike during robbery, but got away on foot (CBS 2)

· 63. Gurnee to handle emergency-dispatching services for Zion under five-year agreement (Daily Herald)

· 64. Woman who had gone on date with man found shot to death in Libertyville says she was being stalked by suspect (FOX 32)

· 65. Inventor of the Red Solo Cup, a former Northfield resident, passes away at 84 (FOX 32)


· 66. 17-year-old Elgin boy charged with two counts of first-degree murder in shooting death of 18-year-old in Elgin (CBS 2)

· 67. Former owner of Arlington Heights' Pineapple Shoppe donates Victorian-style dollhouse to AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Women's & Children's Hospital in Hoffman Estates (Daily Herald)

· 68. Bald eagles return to Fox River in Elgin area (Chicago Tribune/Elgin Courier-News)

· 69. Dundee Township building 'unstructured' nature park behind Dundee Library in East Dundee (Daily Herald)

· 70. Elgin residents, businesses may get lower electric bills once city switches energy supplier to ComEd in January (Daily Herald)


· 71. Chicago man believed to have committed at least 15 vehicle burglaries caught after stopping to smoke crack behind shed in Riverside (CBS 2)

· 72. Berwyn man, suspect in failed bank robbery who was shot to death in North Riverside, was known to FBI (CBS 2)

· 73. Man gets help from professional ice skaters to propose to his girlfriend at Woodridge ice arena (NBC 5)

· 74. Batavia Public School District 101 board to vote in January on eliminating class ranks at high school (Daily Herald)


· 75. Lockport residents sign online petition protesting proposed truck terminal off 143rd Street west of Interstate 355 (CBS 2)

· 76. Palos Park family facing eviction from home in which they care for paralyzed 28-year-old son (WGN TV)


· 77. Death of Flossmoor man in burning car at Homewood park ruled suicide (CBS 2)

· 78. 5-year-old son of slain Canadian Railway security guard fulfills father's dream of becoming a cop, as he's sworn in as an honorary police officer in Harvey (NBC 5)

· 79. Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox plans to roll out telemedicine service to allow some patients to be treated without going into the hospital (CBS 2)

· 80. TCF Bank in Alsip robbed (Chicago Sun-Times)


· 81. International House of Pancakes opens Hammond restaurant, the company's third location in Northwest Indiana (Northwest Indiana Times)

· 82. City of East Chicago gets state Office of Utility Consumer Counselor's permission to raise water rates from $12.05 to $18.66 per 5,000 gallons (Northwest Indiana Times)

· 83. Michigan City man in custody after robbing Michigan City bank (Northwest Indiana Times)

· 84. Teens from Gary, Hammond hospitalized after shooting in Hammond (Northwest Indiana Times)

· 85. Judge opts against jail time for Wheeler-area woman convicted of stealing $33,000 from Boys & Girls Club of Porter County while she was employed by the organization (Northwest Indiana Times)


· 86. New Illinois law requires hair-salon employees, cosmetologists to learn about symptoms of domestic abuse (CBS 2)



· 87. Coroner: Lake Villa man found on Deep Lake ice showed no signs of trauma (Daily Herald)

· 88. One person injured in vehicle crash with utility pole in Lakemoor (Daily Herald)

· 89. Warren Township reaches five-year contract deal with unionized Highway Department workers that will shelter taxpayers from expected 42-percent increase in insurance costs (Daily Herald)

· 90. Two people found dead in Morton Grove home died from natural causes (NBC 5)

· 91. Waukegan police investigating armed robbery of grocery store (FOX 32)

· 92. Wauconda resident's video highlighting village's recreational amenities, restaurants and schools goes viral on social media (Daily Herald)


· 93. Fox River Grove gears up for $250 million redevelopment of area surrounding old train station; project to include mix of apartments, commercial-office space, hotel, marina (Daily Herald)

· 94. Fund manager issues $200 million line of credit to keep Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings afloat; department store still in trouble (Crain's Chicago Business)

· 95. Chicago man charged in connection with Dec. 15 armed robbery of Park Ridge pharmacy (CBS 2)

· 96. Two armed people reportedly steal cash, two game consoles from Crystal Lake GameStop (NBC 5)

· 97. Woman sentenced to 30 years in prison for husband's 1979 murder in Inverness (Chicago Tribune)

· 98. Person in custody in shooting of 23-year-old man in Rolling Meadows (Chicago Sun-Times)

· 99. Bartlett police investigate armed home invasion (Daily Herald)

· 100. Roselle officials hope to attract developer for village-owned land around I-390 toll road (Daily Herald)


· 101. Family fighting City of Elmhurst over PVC-pipe greenhouse; city says zoning prohibits 'membrane structures' (CBS 2)

· 102. Maywood woman pleads guilty to DUI in crash that injured Illinois State Trooper along I-355 in Addison (Chicago Tribune)

· 103. Chicago construction worker arrested for allegedly stealing tools from Oak Brook house he'd once worked on (Chicago Tribune/The Doings)

· 104. Oak Brook-based Great Lakes Dredge & Dock appoints new CEO; hedge-fund manager also added to board (Crain's Chicago Business)


· 105. 64-year-old Yorkville man charged with identity theft after signing up for home-utilities services under someone else's name (FOX 32)

· 106. Kendall County Crimestoppers seeks information on theft of snowmobile in Newark (Chicago Sun-Times)


· 107. Chicago woman, Galesburg man charged with having sex with 13-year-old girl, forcing her into prostitution at Lansing hotel, making her dance at a strip club (Chicago Tribune/Daily Southtown)

· 108. U.S. Bank branch in Sauk Village robbed at gunpoint by two masked men (CBS 2)

· 109. Second victim of crash into Lynwood pond identified as Chicago Heights man (Chicago Tribune/Daily Southtown)


· 110. Gary man killed after his car swerved across all lanes of eastbound I-80, crashed off exit ramp to I-65 (Chicago Sun-Times)

· 111. Hammond man struck and killed by vehicle in Hammond (Chicago Sun-Times)

· 112. Indiana state income tax reduced to 3.23 percent as of Jan. 1 (Northwest Indiana Times)

· 113. Delta Restaurant in Merrillville shuts down suddenly; owners say they're trying to relocate (Northwest Indiana Times)

· 114. East Chicago water-rate agreement doesn't allow city to use ratepayer funds to replace privately owned lead pipes (Northwest Indiana Times)

· 115. President of WLOI-AM, WCOE-FM in LaPorte passes away at 78 (Northwest Indiana Times)

· 116. Armed man robs Gary store of 17 iPhones, valued at $9,200 (Northwest Indiana Times)

· 117. Portage woman involved in OWI car crash faces felony charges of intimidation after threatening to kill police officer's children (Northwest Indiana Times)



· 118. Solid Waste Agency of Lake County to keep e-waste-collection sites open throughout 2017 (CBS 2)

· 119. Libertyville police charge two Beach Park residents with possession of marijuana, cocaine and weapons after traffic stop (Daily Herald)

· 120. Veteran restaurateur buys Lincolnwood building that housed Kow Kow, plans to tear it down and build new Italian steakhouse (Chicago Tribune)

· 121. Two men sought in armed robbery of Waukegan liquor store (Chicago Sun-Times)

· 122. 85-year-old man dies more than a month after being involved in car-vs-bicycle crash in Skokie (Chicago Sun-Times)

· 123. Highland Park gas station robbed at gunpoint by three people (Chicago Sun-Times)

· 124. Beach Park man charged Dec. 23 with robbing Beach Park gas station now accused of Dec. 22 heist at Waukegan hotel (Daily Herald)

· 125. Hawthorn Community Consolidated School District 73, Vernon Hills Park District to have joint meetings on Jan. 3 and 10, exploring partnership for kindergarten center (Daily Herald)

· 126. Plan proposed to replace Hackney's in Lake Zurich with gas station, 58 townhouses (Daily Herald)


· 127. Arlington Heights Elementary School District 25 stepping up recruitment of substitute teachers, a problem districts nationwide face (Chicago Tribune/Arlington Heights Post)

· 128. Barrington to search for candidates for new department of communications, marketing and events (Daily Herald)

· 129. Rolling Meadows police investigate man getting shot in leg at apartment complex along Algonquin Road (Daily Herald)

· 130. Lake in the Hills police officer (also a Hebron village trustee) accused of driving drunk, striking a pedestrian in Lake Geneva, Wis. (Daily Herald)


· 131. Teen living in DuPage County shot multiple times while visiting family in Chicago (NBC 5)

· 132. Oak Brook-based McDonald's slapped with second 'Extra Value Meal' overcharge lawsuit (Chicago Tribune)

· 133. Aurora Township man in custody after Kane County sheriff's deputy bitten by pit bull when responding to call of robbery in progress (Daily Herald)

· 134. Fire breaks out at St. Charles' Wild Rose Elementary School (Daily Herald)

· 135. Petitions circulating to allow Naperville to annex Lisle, Warrenville; rumors say similar petition going around in Woodridge (Daily Herald)


· 136. Woman killed, man critically injured in head-on car crash along 123rd Street in Palos Park (Chicago Tribune)

· 137. Orland Park man charged with DUI in serious car crash along Illinois 7 in Palos Park (Chicago Sun-Times)

· 138. Chicago Ridge man died from exposure to cold in Oak Lawn (Chicago Sun-Times)

· 139. Lockport Township High School District 205 board awards diploma to World War II veteran who left school to serve in the U.S. Army (Northwest Indiana Times)


· 140. Owner of Will's Sports Bar in Burnham decides just before liquor-commission hearing to close its doors at end of year (FOX 32)

· 141. Chicago man charged with murdering 16-year-old girl he met through after trying to get free sex (Chicago Tribune/Daily Southtown)


· 142. Gary government critic plans to walk to Indianapolis to lobby for legalization of medical marijuana (Chicago Tribune/Post-Tribune)

· 143. Divided Griffith Public Schools board approves continuation of open enrollment after lengthy debate (Northwest Indiana Times)

· 144. Lowell, Indianapolis men charged with securities fraud in alleged investment scheme (Northwest Indiana Times)

· 145. LaPorte County, LaPorte, Michigan City, Indiana State police merge drug units for narcotics investigations (Northwest Indiana Times)

· 146. Chicago Cubs' World Series Trophy scheduled to appear in Whiting on Jan. 17 (Northwest Indiana Times)

· 147. LaPorte man charged in woman's overdose death (Northwest Indiana Times)

· 148. Traffic expected to be disrupted beginning Jan. 5 at Calumet Avenue and East 45th Street in Munster for movement of cable lines (Northwest Indiana Times)


· 149. Fines for going around lowered railroad gates in Illinois to double, to $100 for first offense and $200 for subsequent offenses, beginning Jan. 1 (NBC 5)

· 150. Skyway Concession Co. LLC raises tolls on Chicago Skyway; fees will be $5 for two-axle vehicles all day (NBC 5)



· 151. Northwestern University linebacker Anthony Walker announces he's entering NFL draft (WGN TV)


· 152. Fire at multi-family housing building in Hoffman Estates causes $75,000 damage (Daily Herald)

· 153. Funeral director at Friedichs Funeral Home in Mount Prospect retires after 42 years on the job (Daily Herald)

· 154. Two people taken to hospital for smoke-related injuries after fire at Des Plaines apartment building (Daily Herald)

· 155. Two men ticketed for shooting into the Fox River at West Dundee's South End Park (Chicago Tribune/Elgin Courier-News)


· 156. Brother of Aurora boy, shot to death in 1996, becomes police officer (Chicago Tribune/Aurora Beacon-News)

· 157. Hinsdale Central High School student making documentary film about abuse, control inside Oak Brook-based Institute in Basic Life Principal (Chicago Tribune/The Doings)

· 158. Naperville artist, left quadriplegic by shooting, creates masterpieces with her mouth (Chicago Tribune/Naperville Sun)


· 159. Will County sees a record 75 deaths due to heroin, fentanyl during 2016, a 42 percent increase over previous highs in 2012, 2015 (Chicago Tribune/Naperville Sun)

· 160. Family of man fatally struck by vehicle on Monday in Worth sues driver (Chicago Sun-Times)


· 161. Gary man with previous felony conviction for distributing drugs arrested for possession of crack cocaine, gun (Northwest Indiana Times)

· 162. Police seek man who wore a fur coat while robbing Lake Station general store (Northwest Indiana Times)


· 163. Longtime Cook County Democratic Central Committee strategist Tom Carey passes away at 62 (Chicago Sun-Times)


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