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Week in Review: Priest Accused of Sexual Misconduct and Library Board Hopefuls

Stories form the past week about repairing a veteran's house, honoring a teacher, running with purses, best lights, best bakery and more in Orland Park and nearby.

News

Former Orland Park Priest Accused of Sexual Misconduct with a Minor
Rev. Michael W. O'Connell served at Our Lady of the Woods Parish from 1997 until 2012, where the misconduct was claimed to take place.

Readers Speak Out in Support of Priest Accused of Sexual Misconduct
While several Patch readers offered their support for Rev. Michael W. O’Connell, a network of sexual abuse survivors say the Archdiocese of Chicago has not done enough on the case.

10 People Up for Orland Library’s Open Board Seat
Interviews haven’t started yet and people interested in being a part of the Orland Park Public Library’s Board of Trustees can still submit a letter of intent and resume to be considered.

A Lot of Helping Hands Repair War Vet's House
Facing code violations, Doug and Rosemary Estand didn’t know where to turn for much-needed house repairs. Then Homes4Heroes came to their rescue.

Entire School Gathers to Make Art Teacher Cry
Eryn Blaser, art teacher at Meadow Ridge Elementary in Orland Park, was named Illinois Elementary Art Teacher of the Year. Her entire school told her how great that is all at once.

Discovery Ongoing For Men Charged With Murdering Mother and Daughter
The latest court update on the pair of men charged with killing a mother and daughter and setting their bodies on fire in a Palos forest preserve.

100 Stories About Gun Violence Since Newtown
We looked at stories from across America in the year since the shootings at Sandy Hook School to try to illustrate the scale of the problem.

Judge Allows Psychiatrist to Evaluate Man Accused of Beating Elderly Dad
An Orland Park man charged with attempted murder will undergo a second mental health evaluation before a trial begins.

Vote for the Best Bakery in the Area
We asked for your bakery nominations in Orland Park, Mokena, Frankfort, New Lenox, Tinley Park and Oak Forest. Now it's time to pick a winner.

Who Has the Best Christmas Lights in Orland Park?

Tell us who you think puts on the best holiday light show around in our quick form


Men Run from Mall with About $1,000 in Purses: Blotter
Two Chicago men were arrested and charged with felony retail theft, after leading police on a foot chase from Orland Square Mall.

Cook County Dedicates Memorial to Forgotten Poor
Sheriff Tom Dart says the monument will help to rectify Homewood Memorial Garden's dark history of "horrific" burial practices.

Blogs

District 230 Students Honored by Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart

Village of Orland Park Public Works Shares Top Ten Snow List

State-of-the-art Care at Palos Community Hospital

The Second City Improv and Sketch Comedy in Orland Park IL

St. Michael School joins millions in promoting the teaching of Computer Science

St. Michael School Welcomes Mr. & Mrs. Claus for Breakfast

Meadow Ridge Student Wins Illinois Art Show

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