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Caption: Memorial balloon launch on twelfth anniversary of Jennifer Boyd's murder last August. Jennifer Boyd, 27, of Alsip Former Oak Lawn resident Steven Podkulski, 40, who was charged with Boyd's murder It was a cold case that has haunted the southwest suburbs since the day it happened in 2002: the fatal stabbing of an employee at a Bedford Park Public Storage center.

 

Alsip Mayor Patrick Kitching fired village Treasurer Elizabeth Gonzalez last year because she had rejected his sexual advances over several years, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday in Chicago. Kitching's improper conduct included often leaving on Gonzalez's desk personal cards that contained "suggestive messages," the suit claims.

 

The Board of Zoning Appeals denied a variance Tuesday that would have allowed a strip club to open at 3201 E. Dunes Highway near Interstate 65. The business owners, Mike Scandura and Panicos Kaloghirou, of Alsip, Ill., say they will appeal the rejection to the city council. City plan director Dwayne Williams recommended the denial saying the proposed use wasn't consistent with city plans for the area.

 

Joseph Thomas Gatrell figured the time had come for a definitive historical book about Blue Island. After all, the previous book was published when FDR was in the White House.

 

Two state consortium groups, funded with federal dollars, are working to perfect testing under the Common Core State Standards. Students taking the assessments will be tested via computers, and many experts are expressing concern that the computer-based testing bears little resemblance to the actual mathematics work that will take place in the classroom.

 
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