In the Rear View: Contract Marching and County Corruption

This week, you may have missed triathlon training, a four-car accident, breast cancer survival, haunted woods, the man who helped bring down George Ryan and sex crimes in court, in and near Orland Park.


Orland Park Woman 'Empowers' By Training Others for Triathlons

MJ Slikas owns Tri Smart Coaching and organizes group workout activities with the regional Team Tri Smart, to help people overcome obstacles to participate in and complete triathlons.

UPDATE: First I-80 Crash Caused Four Car Chain Reaction

All four westbound lanes on I-80 were closed this morning after five vehicles were involved in two crashes.


Union to Village: We Are Not Second Class Citizens

Orland Park employees expressed dissatisfaction with higher insurance premiums and a lack of retroactive pay proposed by the village in contract negotiations, now in its 17th month, but also the way the village manager spoke to them at a recent meeting.

Orland Park Man Accused of Sending Sexually Explicit Images Online Pleads Not Guilty

Kevin Skaritka, 35, has been charged with two felonies in relation to what police claim were sexual images sent over the Internet, and is still facing sexual assault charges from an unrelated case.


Sisterhood of South Suburban Breast Cancer Survivors: Share Your Story

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, we asked Southland women to share their breast-cancer experiences with us. We gathered their wisdom here. Share your story in the comments or upload a photo of an inspirational survivor in your life.

Enter to Win Patch’s Best Halloween Costume in America Contest

We're searching for the best Halloween Costume in America. Enter yourself or your kids for a chance to win $5,000.


Orland Park Man Among Five Accused in County Corruption Probe

A former Cook County Forest Preserve employee from Orland Park is accused of stealing country property, using a county vehicle to move it and pocketing the money after selling it off, in the latest string of government employee arrests in Cook County.

Drifter Accused of Sexually Assaulting Elderly Woman May Be Nearing Trial

A public defender for Dennis Dodson, the homeless man accused of sexually molesting an 83-year-old woman in 2011, said the evidence phase of the case is complete.


Orland Park Man Who Played Major Role in Bringing Down George Ryan Died

Those who knew Russell Sonneveld said he didn’t want people to remember him as a whistleblower, though his determination helped expose deeds that led to former Illinois Gov. George Ryan’s imprisonment, according to SunTimes Media.

Area Mayors Make Calls Supporting Peloquin for Congress

Heads of Tinley Park, Frankfort and Mokena endorsed Don Peloquin, the 1st Congressional District Republican candidate. Orland Park and New Lenox mayors aren’t endorsing Peloquin, but also haven’t gotten behind Democrat incumbent Bobby Rush either.


The Orland Park Lions Club expanded again on their Halloween Haunted Woods this year with a whole new theme and other creative ways to get people to scream.

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