Guilty plea in Flossmoor downtown shooting ends case against man

Nearly two years after a shooting in downtown Flossmoor electrified the community, an Indiana man has pleaded guilty to a hate crime and reckless discharge of a firearm, both felonies.
 
Bryan Oedzes made the guilty plea Thursday in the Markham courthouse, said Tandra Simonton, a spokeswoman for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.
 

Annual Trail Mix music festival on Saturday adds fine art to the mix

Trail Mix is back for its third year, and the annual outdoor concert, sponsored by the Theatre Arts Leadership Kouncil, will have more music and will add a new art show, according to organizers.
 

Homewood to host ice cream social to celebrate 125th anniversary

Homewood's year-long celebration of its 125th anniversary will include a special ice cream social from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 22, in front of the historic Gottschalk House, 18101 Martin Ave.

The event will feature ragtime music by King Music, and patrons can try their hand at traditional outdoor games of the time. 

Brownies, a dessert that made its first appearance in 1893, will be served in addition to ice cream and toppings. 

Rerouting of traffic patterns in downtown Flossmoor under way

Work has started on traffic improvements designed to make downtown Flossmoor safer for pedestrians and motorists. Concrete work was completed last week at the Sterling Avenue traffic island, Flossmoor Public Works Director John Brunke said Monday. Pedestrian ramps that comply with the Americans for Disability Act were also installed across the street from the island.

Pedestrian reportedly killed when struck by train at Homewood station

A 52-year-old woman was killed when struck by a Metra Electric Line train at Homewood station Tuesday evening, according to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times. 

Welsh family: Homewood DQ will rise from the rubble

  While DQ fans gather to watch, owner Kevin Welsh 
  and crew work into the evening to secure the 
  building after it was heavily damaged in an early 

Community House Fest to celebrate community with summer fun for all

Summer is the season for block parties, and Flossmoor Community Church is planning a big one — a "block party plus" — from 3 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 21. It will be a chance for everyone in the community to have fun and support the church's social justice missions, according to organizers.

Ridge Road closed early Tuesday after car crashes into DQ

  An SUV remains embedded in the Dairy Queen 
  restaurant at about 6 a.m. Tuesday. Police 
  are investigating the crash but have not yet 
  released information.
(Photo by Eric Crump/
  H-F Chronicle)

Picketers on Parker Junior High worksite

Work at Parker Junior High in Flossmoor is continuing despite picketers from Roofers & Waterproofers Local 11 arguing the district and the contractors are not following prevailing wage rules. But the district says paperwork shows the work is being done at a prevailing wage scale.

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