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In the Rear View: Half Ton of Pills and Police Layoffs

We look back at a week of overcoming major obstacles, helping when in need, pensions woes, crash-heavy intersections and thoughts on the Secret Service prostitution scandal.

MONDAY

Two Orland Park drop off points for the National Take Back Initiative on Saturday collected over a half-ton of unused medicine for disposal over the course of four hours.

The state's pretrial investigation continues against a man charged with 14 counts related to sexual abuse following a joint effort last year by Orland Park and Palos Hills police.

TUESDAY

Staff who oversees Illinois teacher pensions spoke to about 1,000 teachers at Carl Sandburg High School Thursday night about how the state might change retirements, Sun Times Media reports.

Junctions at Cicero and 127th in Alsip and Lincoln Highway in Matteson are in the Top 10, according to IDOT's 2010 crash figures.

WEDNESDAY

If not for benevolent spirits like that of Tinley business owner James Garner, who grew up in Orland Park, a Hobart, Ind. traveling baseball team may not have a season this year. The team's coach scammed parents for nearly $8,000 before flying the coop.

Amidst growing pension funding concerns, school district officials approved a motion last week to borrow $7.1 million in bonds. Interest rates are low, they said.

THURSDAY

Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy, who took a bullet for President Ronald Reagan as a Secret Service agent, describes the recent Colombia scandal as "stupid" and "pathetic," but praises the agency's swift efforts to move forward.

A Metropolitan Alliance of Police board member doesn’t think the Village of Orland Hills’ financial reasons for letting go three full-time and 20 part time police officers is legitimate.

FRIDAY

Sylvia Kemp’s attitude about multiple sclerosis is summed up in the necklace she wears that reads: “I Have MS. It Doesn’t Have Me.” She's raised over $16,000 for the Walk MS in Orland Park on Sunday.

The district released their official summary of the last year, presented here in digital form.

SATURDAY

Defense evidence in the Allan Kustok murder case may finally be presented in June. A new judge will preside over an animal cruelty and neglect case out of Tinley Park. And more from the courts.

On the first day of construction, the Aqua Pools team arrives with heavy-duty equipment and begins the excavating process. Twenty loads of dirt were hauled from the Hufnagls’ yard in New Lenox. They're putting in a 20x44 in-ground pool.

Jerome O'Connor May 06, 2012 at 12:07 PM
You need to be more specific about eliminating public employee pensions, police layoffs and shrinking the size of the fire department, so that we can all feel better about ourselves. Cutting taxes and government spending is one of my top priorities.
Jerome O'Connor May 06, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Regarding the above eliminating the pensions of elected officials should be voter’s number one focus.

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