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  • Cook County Clerk's Office Hold Special Purse Collection Drive During Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    Updated Oct 29, 2023

    In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, employees of the Cook County Clerk's Office collected more than 150 "LovePurse" donations filled with personal supplies and notes of inspiration that are being distributed to women receiving services at area domestic violence agencies. Cook County Clerk Karen A. Yarbrough organized the drive, in partnership with the #LovePurse organization, which works to collect donations of purses to agencies that provide services for... Full story

  • Morton Grove Police File Charges for Bomb and Violence Threats from Joint Investigation

    Updated Oct 12, 2023

    Morton Grove, IL – The Morton Grove Police Department charged Jacob Spiro as a result of a joint multi-jurisdictional, bomb and violence, threat investigation. The Morton Grove Department received 12 bomb and violence threats from September to October of this year targeting the Village of Morton Grove, the Morton Grove Public Library, and local businesses. Additionally, Skokie, Niles, Wilmette, Glenview, and Northbrook Police Departments had bomb and violence threats during t...

  • Legendary Actor Chevy Chase, Raising Cane's Founder 'Light Up' Raising Cane's Restaurant in Chicago Suburb

    Updated Aug 27, 2023

    Legendary actor Chevy Chase joined Raising Cane's Founder and Co-CEO Todd Graves to light up Morton Grove's Raising Cane's on Tuesday night, creating a massive holiday display that had everyone recalling their favorite moment from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Chase – better known as Clark Griswold from the beloved holiday classic – joined Graves to unofficially kickoff the Christmas season by "plugging in" the holiday lights display at the Raising Cane's located at... Full story

  • Cook County Receives Statewide Recycling Award

    Updated Jul 29, 2023

    The Cook County Department of Environment and Sustainability (DES) recently received the Outstanding Public Sector Award from the Illinois Recycling Foundation acknowledging the County's first-ever Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM Center). This award recognizes a community, county or publicly funded institution for a recycling or composting effort, program or event that successfully achieves or promotes diversion. The award was presented to Cook County Government... Full story


    Updated Jan 21, 2023

    On Friday, December 16 and Saturday, December 17 Niles Family Services (NFS) hosted its first "Winter Wonderland" event. Instead of NFS's traditional Adopt-A-Family initiative-in which Village Departments or members of the community would purchase toys, gift cards and other gifts to give to a specific family-this year a festive marketplace was set up on the second floor of the Human Services building in celebration of the holidays. Over 145 kids and their families were... Full story

  • Oakton Community College hosts Art Kleinman's exhibition Dec. 8 - Jan. 20

    Updated Nov 29, 2022

    Des Plaines, Ill. (Nov. 28, 2022) – The public is invited to view Chicago-based painter Art Kleinman's recent work during an upcoming exhibit at Oakton Community College. The exhibition will feature Kleinman's geometric paintings and explore the relationship between structural balance and the desire to "break out" into a freer form of expression. The free exhibit, "Break Out," runs from Dec. 8 to Jan. 20 at Oakton's Koehnline Museum of Art, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines, Ill. A public reception for the artist will be held a... Full story

  • Niles-Maine District Library Staff Came Together to Participate in Annual Community Thanksgiving Donation

    Updated Nov 26, 2022

    The Niles-Maine District Library staff members gave back to the community with their 11th annual Thanksgiving donation to Niles Family Services on Tuesday, November 15. Staff members donated over 200 non-perishable goods to help Niles area families enjoy a Thanksgiving meal this year. Non-perishable goods including stuffing, bread mix, mixed vegetables, sweet potatoes, and other Thanksgiving favorites were donated. All goods were donated by library staff members. "We are... Full story

  • Helicopter Funding Approved for Sheriff's Office to Improve Public Safety

    Updated Nov 26, 2022

    Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart thanked the Cook County Board of Commissioners today for authorizing funding to acquire a police helicopter to combat the violent crime plaguing our community, assist in large-scale emergency situations, and help locate missing people. “Helicopters are a game changer, particularly in tracking carjackers and coordinating emergency response to major incidents,” Sheriff Dart said. “Having a helicopter monitor carjacking offenders from the sky increases the chances of the offender being caugh... Full story

  • President Preckwinkle and Cook County Bureau of Asset Management Announce Energy Savings Measures in Partnership with Peoples Gas

    Updated Oct 10, 2022

    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and the Cook County Bureau of Asset Management, in partnership with Peoples Gas, held a press conference this morning to announce a recent successful effort in natural gas saving measures. Across several buildings in the county portfolio, the Bureau of Asset Management partnered with Peoples Gas to implement important changes that will result in a significant reduction in natural gas usage. The skilled tradespeople at the Department of Facilities Management and the Cook County... Full story

  • Maine Township Property Values Released

    Updated Sep 19, 2022

    Cook County – Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi released the initial assessments of residential and commercial properties in Maine Township on September 7, 2022. Property owners can expect to receive their Reassessment Notice in the mail within the week. “Values of residential and commercial property in Maine Township increased since the last reassessment in 2019, said Assessor Kaegi. “Real estate market trends saw residential home prices rise while rent collections have resumed since the early days of the pandemic.” The Ass... Full story

  • Gun rights group sues Highland Park

    Updated Sep 19, 2022

    SPRINGFIELD – A gun rights group is challenging the city of Highland Park’s ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines like the ones used in a mass shooting there on July 4. The National Association for Gun Rights, based in Loveland, Colorado, filed the lawsuit Wednesday in federal district court in Chicago at the same time it filed lawsuits challenging a similar ordinance in Naperville as well as state laws in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Hawaii. The cases were filed in district courts that are part of five dif... Full story

  • Sheriff Dart Warns Public of Ruse Burglaries, Provides Photos of Offenders

    Updated Sep 18, 2022

    Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart is releasing images of several ruse burglary offenders and warning the public about the scheme following an incident in unincorporated New Trier Township. Sheriff's Police responded to a ruse burglary on Sept. 1 in the 0-100 block of North Indian Hill Road. Upon arrival, officers learned that a man approached the 81-year-old victim's door and told her he was a construction worker. He said he needed to show her something outside and directed... Full story

  • First Human West Nile Virus Death in Cook County and Illinois for 2022

    Updated Sep 4, 2022

    FOREST PARK, Ill. – Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) has confirmed the first human West Nile virus-related death in suburban Cook County this year. A Cook County resident in his late 70s became ill during the first part of August and subsequently died. WNV was a contributing factor in the death. Laboratory testing at CDC has confirmed the diagnosis of WNV. “The kids may be going back to school, but the mosquitoes are still out,” said CCDPH Chief Operating Officer Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck. “West Nile virus is a ri... Full story

  • Oakton to offer free cannabis training

    Updated Jun 3, 2022

    Budding entrepreneurs interested in pursuing careers in the emerging cannabis industry can enroll in one of Oakton Community College's cutting-edge cannabis training programs this spring - tuition-free - thanks to a renewed grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). The grant will allow up to 45 individuals who meet Illinois' Social Equity Applicant (SEA) criteria and plan to apply for an Illinois cannabis business license or who have... Full story

  • Obama breaks ground on presidential center

    Peter Hancock, Capitol News Illinois|Updated Nov 14, 2021

    Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama returned to their old neighborhood on Chicago's South Side on Tuesday to officially break ground on the Obama Presidential Center, a project they hope will become a hub for the development of new leadership and an economic boost to a long-neglected part of the city. "Chicago is where almost everything that is most precious to me began," the former president said. "It's where I found a home." The center is being... Full story

  • Entries for 'Bad@ssery: Women Creating a Just Environment and World' due by Aug. 13

    Updated Jul 27, 2021

    Professional artists who self-identify as women are invited to submit entries in all media to Oakton Community College for the virtual exhibition “Bad@ssery: Women Creating a Just Environment and World” by Friday, Aug. 13. Artists are encouraged to submit a single work that provides social commentary and inspiration on how women create courageous spaces, empower each other and change the world. Submissions may focus on women in the United States or globally, have a contemporary or historical context and focus on women in eit... Full story

  • Niles lifts executive directive on face coverings

    Updated May 25, 2021

    Mayor George D. Alpogianis has issued an Executive Order (2021-01) lifting the Village of Niles mask-wearing mandate. This change comes in light of new mask guidance issued last Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and this Monday by Illinois Governor Pritzker. The Village's change was issued on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 and takes effect on Thursday, May 20, 2021. The original Executive Directive requiring masks in Niles took effect on April 17,... Full story

  • Village of Niles confirms internal investigations underway within the Niles Police Department

    Updated Apr 27, 2021

    The Village of Niles can confirm that there are several internal investigations underway within the Niles Police Department, including one formal investigation that was opened in late March at the direction of the Chief of Police after he learned that a "whistleblower" expressed concern about how a February 2021 well-being call was handled. There are also several personnel-related issues that are being investigated for various reasons, including some that date back to before... Full story

  • Chicago Woman Charged with First Degree Murder Following a March Shooting in Unincorporated Proviso Township

    Updated Apr 25, 2021

    A Chicago woman who allegedly shot and killed a 28-year-old man in an incident outside an Elmhurst bar last month is slated to have a bond court hearing today on charges of first-degree murder, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today. Shortly after 2:00 a.m. on Friday, March 26, Cook County Sheriff's Police were called to Galway Bar and Grill in Unincorporated Proviso Township after being notified a person was shot in the parking lot. The victim, Dominique Bynum,... Full story

  • Public's help needed to locate a missing teen from unincorporated Maine Township

    Updated Apr 17, 2021

    Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart is asking for the public's help in locating a missing teen from unincorporated Maine Township. Kianna Smith, 19, was last seen leaving her residence, the Harbour House Group Home, in unincorporated Maine Township on Tuesday, April 6 at approximately 8:30 p.m. and did not return home for curfew later that night. Smith is described as 5-foot, 7-inches and approximately 150 pounds with black hair, and brown eyes, medium complexion and a tattoo... Full story

  • Going once... Going twice... sold! Virtual auction to benefit Oakton Community College students

    Updated Apr 8, 2021

    Art enthusiasts can bid on original pieces created by Oakton Community College students, faculty and local artists from the comfort of their homes while supporting students in their academic endeavors. The Oakton Educational Foundation's annual "Art & More for Education's Sake"– a benefit silent and live auction event – is open to all and will be live-streamed through Vimeo starting at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 22. Register for free at oakton.edu/auctionevent. Alt... Full story

  • Niles PD investigates threat to Emerson Middle School

    Updated Apr 5, 2021

    The Niles Police Department is investigating an electronic email threat that was sent to Emerson Middle School administration on April 2. The email included a threat to "shoot up the school." Niles PD School Resource Officer and detectives are working closely with Emerson School administration and staff on this investigation. Niles PD has partnered with Emerson administration to ensure the safety of students and staff. This is an active and ongoing investig... Full story

  • CityXones finds your early voting place wherever you are in Cook County

    Updated Nov 4, 2020

    CityXones, LLC, a software company that provides hyperlocal and community information has launched an easy online early voting product. It uses your real-time location, anywhere in Cook County, to let you immediately find a polling place or official ballot drop-off location near you at any time. Now, you don't need to plan to vote early. You can vote whenever it is convenient for you by simply using the CityXones tool on your computer, tablet or mobile phone. CityXones brings... Full story

  • Niles-Maine District Library trustee resigns

    Updated Aug 20, 2020

    Library Board President Tim Spadoni has resigned from his position effective immediately after more than five years on the Library Board. Mr. Spadoni served as Board Treasurer for four years and Board President for the past year and a half. Mr. Spadoni's term would have expired in 2021. Library Trustee terms are 6 years. "I have enjoyed my time on the Library Board and hope that I have made a positive impact on its proceedings. It has been an honor to work with such a... Full story

  • Niles Police Sgt. Joseph Lazo hospitalized after crash in Texas

    Mark Gregory, Editorial Director|Updated Aug 11, 2020

    The Niles Police Department was devastated last week when three men affiliated with the department were struck when an alleged drunk driver going in the opposite direction swerved into their lane and hit them head-on. The crash occurred about 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 12 on a highway in Kerrville, Texas, about 65 miles northwest of San Antonio. The men were members of the Chicago chapter of the Thin Blue Line Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, which is comprised of active and... Full story

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