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Established 1962

Published every Thursday in the neighborhood of Scottsdale, IL

March 26, 2020

Debt Collection, Ticketing and Towing Practices Temporarily Suspended

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot has announced that the City of Chicago will be temporarily suspending debt collection practices and non-safety related citations and impounds, as well as penalties for late payment. This penalty relief package directs a temporary suspension of late fees and defaults on payment plans, including city tickets, utility bills, parking and red-light citations, booting and other non-public safety relates violations. Additionally, there will be no new interest accumulated on current compliance plans.


These measures represent the first steps of the administration’s efforts to help reduce the financial impact of COVID-19 on city residents and take effect immediately today through April 30.


“This is a common sense way that we can help mitigate the burdens and pressures many are feeling. We know that these practices disproportionately impact the residents that are most in need during this crisis,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “We realize that many of our residents are strapped for cash right now as the effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus has created difficult economic circumstances for those who are unable to work. We don’t want to further impact people who can’t afford to pay these penalties today and want to provide some breathing room to help them prioritize how to address their financial obligations.”


Full story available in the Scottsdale Independent

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March 19, 2020

Robotics Team Participates at Midwest Regional First Robotics Competition

De La Salle congratulates the members of its Robotics Team on their efforts at the 2020 Midwest Regional First Robotics Competition that was held at Credit Union 1 Arena on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago on March 6-7.


In all, 23 young women and men from De La Salle participated with the Meteors finishing 40th in the 54-team field.


Full story available in the Scottsdale Independent

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March 12, 2020

Dog Reunites with Owner; Woman Charged with Animal Cruelty

Last month an emaciated pit bull was found in a trash bag, on the side of a road in Willow Springs. The dog was taken to the South Suburban Humane Society in Chicago Heights where they named him Vinny. 


The dog’s name is actually Max, the shelter revealed on a social media post last week. The owner, whose real name was not released, came to the shelter after the news broke about Max being found and family members were contacted about the dog possibly being Max.


The alleged defendant—Janiel Mixon, a 48-year-old woman, of Justice, who was arrested on February 28 and charged with animal cruelty—kicked the original dog owner out of the home. After being kicked out, the owner moved in with family, but couldn’t take Max with him. As he tried to get money together, working two jobs, Mixon demanded payment to get Max. 


Full story available in the Scottsdale Independent

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Vinny – whose real name is Max – was reunited with his owner.

March 5, 2020

De La Salle Student-Athletes Sign Letters of Intent

De La Salle proudly announces that student-athletes Nyiah and Nina Penny have signed letters of intent to attend Indiana Tech University in Fort Wayne, IN and become members of the Warriors’ women’s volleyball program.


Nyiah, an outside hitter, earned berths on the All-Girls Catholic Athletic Conference Red Division Team as a junior and a senior. She led De La Salle in kills this season with 224.


Nina, a setter and right-side player, also was a key contributor in the 2019 season as the Meteors finished with an overall record of 31-7 and advanced to the IHSA Class 3A Hinsdale South Supersectional.


Full story available in the Scottsdale Independent

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Pictured left to right: Nina Penny, Anna Marassa, Nyiah Penny