In the Rear View: Dreams Chased and Veterans Honored

We look back at a week of balanced budgets, saying deserved thank yous, running, comic tweaks, education standards and bad texting judgment.


Orland Park man chose the wrong time to send one last message.

The school district is above state averages in a number of categories, but is technically not meeting federal standards. Patch talks with district staff about No Child Left Behind's goals that are eluding nearly all Illinois schools.


From where veterans reside to how many are disabled, the U.S Census Bureau provides a data-driven look before the upcoming honor day. We bet there are items you didn’t know of.


With a majority of school districts not making Adequate Yearly Progress – including District 230 – the state board looks for a more realistic approach.

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Lukas Verzbicas, a two-time cross country state champion at Sandburg, is leaving the University of Oregon at the midway point of his freshman year. He wants to train full-time for a spot on the U.S. Olympic triathlon team.

Among the planned new hires are two more police officers.


It can be found at the fire district administration center and includes money for three new firefighters.

Flossmoor man has spent 22 years collecting signatures of those Marines who fought on the Pacific island.


Fourteen new names added to Orland Park’s Veterans Memorial during Friday’s Veterans Day ceremony.


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