Thursday, May 23, 2013
70 mph on rural interstates not a done deal yet, as bill has its opponents.
By Steven Jack A bill to increase the maximum speed limit in Illinois could hit Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk for signature soon. Whether Quinn will sign it remains to be seen. The bill, introduced by Republican State. Sen. Jim Oberweis, would raise the speed limit on rural Illinois highways to 70 mph. The bill, which has passed both chambers of the state legislature, has been met with opposition due to safety concerns by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, according to the Chicago Tribune. “The progression of this legislation is a good example of what can be accomplished when lawmakers work together in a bipartisan manner for the good of our state,” Oberweis said. “It …
Chicago Heights police reports, May 5-16.
THURSDAY, MAY 16 A fire started in the engine of a 2000 block of Buick LeSabre while it was at a mechanic, according to a report. Firefighters were called to put out the blaze in the in the 500 block of East 14th Street. The owner said he didn't know why the car caught fire and that he planned to sell it to the mechanic. TUESDAY, MAY 14 Police found a car fully engulfed in flames at about 2:44 a.m. in the 1500 block of Shields Avenue, according to a report. A driver noticed the car had a glow coming from inside and called 911. The owner of the car was woken up by a neighbor, who told him about the car fire. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. SUNDAY, MAY 5 A car parked at about 10:48 p.m. in the southbound side of Wentworth …
The Bloom Blazing Trojans football coaching staff is hosting current and future football players at two camps this season, beginning in early June. The camps will focus on the fundamentals of offense, defense and special teams.
It might be the off-season, but that doesn't mean the Blazing Trojans football team, and future Blazing Trojans, don't have an opportunity to work on their fundamentals, footwork and fitness under the guidance of head coach Tony Palombi and the rest of the coaching staff. Beginning June 3 for sophomores and varsity players and June 11 for 7th_8th graders and freshmen, the camps will run Monday through Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. The camps, which cost $25 per player for younger players and $60 for sophomore and varsity players, will take place at the Blazing Trojans' home field, at Bloom Trail High School. Included in the cost of the camp is a T-shirt for both age groups; older players will also receive game socks and a mouthpiece. …
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Patch readers, you're up! We need your wit, creativity and animal psychic abilities to craft the perfect caption for the next edition of our pet photo caption challenge! Suggest your caption in the Comments section below. Comments will close at 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 29. The winner will be announced Thursday, May 30. The author of the winning caption and pet owner can find a Patch-branded version of the photo, with the caption inserted included in the next week's edition. Congratulations to Bill Miller, who won last week's edition, Caption This: Dog in a Bow Tie: Now can I sit at the dinner table. Have a photo you'd like captioned in future editions? Add it to our collection and your pet will be featured in weeks to come! Remember:
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
One of the most popular Chicago Bears is now calling it quits, according to CBS Chicago.
Chicago Bears veteran of 13 years Brian Urlacher officially retired Wednesday morning, according to CBS Chicago. The 34-year-old linebacker says he has no regrets ending a professional career playing exclusively for the Chicago Bears. “Although I could continue playing, I’m not sure I would bring a level of performance or passion that’s up to my standards,” Urlacher told CBS news. "When considering this, along with the fact that I could retire after a 13 year career wearing only one jersey for such a storied franchise, my decision became pretty clear.” Urlacher recently made news in March when he couldn’t strike a new contract deal with the Bears—claiming the one-year, $2 million offer was “a slap in the face.” What's your reaction to …
You can use this gas price widget to always find the lowest price of the moment. Pro tip: Gas up early this week to save money.
Click here for a full-screen view of the gas price map. If you don't see a map of our local area, click the magnifying glass in the upper right to enter your address. Gas prices were predicted to be lower this summer compared to the past three years, but that won't translate into savings at the pump this Memorial Day weekend, experts said. "Motorists this year are facing rising gas prices heading into the Memorial Day holiday," said Michael Green, a AAA spokesman, adding that Memorial Day 2013 would probably be the most expensive since 2011. In past years, prices have declined heading into early summer as oil refineries produced more gasoline to meet expected summer driving demand. This year, though, Midwest refineries haven't been able to…
Danny Neal and his friends expected to find tennis-ball sized hail on the Oklahoma plains on Monday. Instead, they encountered, "the most terrifying roar I've ever heard."
Danny Neal can scratch seeing an EF5 tornado off his list. The Evergreen Park storm chaser came within a mile of the "finger of God" twister before it entered the western section of Moore, OK, on Monday afternoon. Connect with Patch: H-F / Chicago Heights “I’m seen many EF4s and but never an EF5. I guess I can cross it off my list,” Neal, 25, said via phone on the drive home back to Chicago on Tuesday afternoon. “It was definitely the strongest and the deadliest tornado that I've ever seen.” Neal and two storm-chasing buddies hit the road Friday night, after computer models indicated favorable conditions for tornadoes up and down the plains states throughout the weekend.
Elizabeth Nevarez, sister of Chicago Heights Mayor David Gonzalez, was appointed to the board of Chicago Heights School District 170, Sun-Times Media reports.
The newest member of Chicago Heights School District 170's board is the sister of Chicago Heights Mayor David Gonzalez, Sun-Times Media reports. The board voted May 13 to appoint Nevarez to the board. She replaced Norma Caratachea, who resigned in April, and whose seat is not up for reelection until April 2015, according to the report. Nevarez attended District 170 schools, followed by Bloom High School, Prairie State College and Governors State University. She has a master’s degree in nursing. Superintendent Tom Amadio stated he was not aware of Nevarez's relation to Gonzalez until media inquiry on the matter. Get the full story on Sun-Times Media.
Who’s NOT planning a BBQ this weekend? If the weather holds and you’ve got propane or charcoal, chances are you’re grilling something with your friends and family. Here, new ideas for keeping your costs down. Sponsored by Home Depot.
Here at Patch, we like to be thrifty, so we talked to two barbeque experts and uncovered some really good ideas to help you save money on your next outdoor party. 1. Start with a marinade. This means planning ahead -- say, Friday. But it’s worth it, says Rick Browne, host of Barbeque America on PBS, because you can pass up that well-marbled ribeye steak and buy a less tender and less expensive choice to grill like a flank steak or chuck steak. Just marinate it or brine for one or two days and then cook long and slow on the barbeque grill to break down tissues but maintain moisture. “You need to include an acid in the marinade, perhaps juice, vinegar or soy sauce, but avoid cola which is so acidic it can turn meat into a soggy mess.” Try …