Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The Roseland Pumping Station briefly shut down Wednesday morning resulting in five water main breaks throughout the 19th Ward.
Some 19th Ward residents may be faced with flooded streets or basements after a pumping station malfunction resulted in five water main breaks in Beverly and Morgan Park. The Roseland Pumping Station, located about two miles outside of the ward, briefly shut down Wednesday morning, said Ald. Matt O'Shea. When it was restarted existing weak spots in the water system were pressured, causing five water mains to break Wednesday morning. "Some of these are 80 to 100 years old," O'Shea said. Crews are currently working on all five breaks and some repairs are moving quickly. Depending on the severity of the break, some repairs may require substantial digging, O'Shea said. The broken water mains are located on the 8800 block of South Longwood …
One of the most popular Chicago Bears is now calling it quits, according to CBS Chicago.
Chicago Bears veteran of 13 years Brian Urlacher officially retired Wednesday morning, according to CBS Chicago. The 34-year-old linebacker says he has no regrets ending a professional career playing exclusively for the Chicago Bears. “Although I could continue playing, I’m not sure I would bring a level of performance or passion that’s up to my standards,” Urlacher told CBS news. "When considering this, along with the fact that I could retire after a 13 year career wearing only one jersey for such a storied franchise, my decision became pretty clear.” Urlacher recently made news in March when he couldn’t strike a new contract deal with the Bears—claiming the one-year, $2 million offer was “a slap in the face.” What's your reaction to …
You can use this gas price widget to always find the lowest price of the moment. Pro tip: Gas up early this week to save money.
Click here for a full-screen view of the gas price map. If you don't see a map of our local area, click the magnifying glass in the upper right to enter your address. Gas prices were predicted to be lower this summer compared to the past three years, but that won't translate into savings at the pump this Memorial Day weekend, experts said. "Motorists this year are facing rising gas prices heading into the Memorial Day holiday," said Michael Green, a AAA spokesman, adding that Memorial Day 2013 would probably be the most expensive since 2011. In past years, prices have declined heading into early summer as oil refineries produced more gasoline to meet expected summer driving demand. This year, though, Midwest refineries haven't been able to…
Who’s NOT planning a BBQ this weekend? If the weather holds and you’ve got propane or charcoal, chances are you’re grilling something with your friends and family. Here, new ideas for keeping your costs down. Sponsored by Home Depot.
Here at Patch, we like to be thrifty, so we talked to two barbeque experts and uncovered some really good ideas to help you save money on your next outdoor party. 1. Start with a marinade. This means planning ahead -- say, Friday. But it’s worth it, says Rick Browne, host of Barbeque America on PBS, because you can pass up that well-marbled ribeye steak and buy a less tender and less expensive choice to grill like a flank steak or chuck steak. Just marinate it or brine for one or two days and then cook long and slow on the barbeque grill to break down tissues but maintain moisture. “You need to include an acid in the marinade, perhaps juice, vinegar or soy sauce, but avoid cola which is so acidic it can turn meat into a soggy mess.” Try …
Danny Neal and his friends expected to find tennis-ball sized hail on the Oklahoma plains on Monday. Instead, they saw the finger of God.
Danny Neal can scratch seeing an EF5 tornado off his list. The Evergreen Park storm chaser came within a mile of the "finger of God" twister before it entered the western section of Moore, OK, on Monday afternoon. Connect with Patch: Evergreen Park / Beverly-Mt. Greenwood / Oak Lawn “I’m seen many EF4s and but never an EF5. I guess I can cross it off my list,” Neal said via phone, on the drive home back to Chicago on Tuesday afternoon. “It was definitely the strongest and the deadliest tornado that I've ever seen.” Neal and two storm-chasing buddies hit the road Friday night, after computer models indicated favorable conditions for tornadoes up and down the plains states throughout the weekend. After driving through the night, Neal and his…
19th Ward crime incidents, May 8 - 14.
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If you've got wit, add your punchline to Patch's weekly comic and win a personalized print.
Are you blessed with insight and good humor? Or just bored today? Share your wit with your south suburban neighbors by entering Patch's comic caption challenge. Just add your dialogue for today's comic in the comment section of this post. Our only requirement is that you keep it clean! At week's end, we'll pick the winning punchline based on how many of us here at Patch giggle and smile at your contribution. The user who produces the winning punchline will get a personalized proof of the comic, with the winning words and a credit line, from cartoonist Chuck Ingwersen and Patch. Congratulations to Tobias Cichon with the winning caption to last week's UFO cartoon: So, does that make THESE the "illegal" kind?
Saint Rita plays in the baseball regional finals Wednesday, May 22 at 4:30 p.m. Watch the gave live on Patch.
The baseball playoffs march on as the Saint Rita Mustangs play in the regional semifinals. The Mustangs are taking on Kennedy at home starting at 4:30 p.m. Watch the game live on Patch. If you miss it, come back to watch a full replay.
Even if you can't find a job this summer, there are lots of local volunteer opportunities available for teens to get work experience and find something they enjoy doing this summer.
Teens between the ages of 16 and 19 have been hardest hit by the Great Recession and weak economy, which has made finding a summer job difficult over the past five years. Just because you can’t find a summer job doesn’t mean teens can’t acquire valuable work skills and maybe even find something they enjoy doing. Whether you’re looking to earn community service hours for school, build up your college application resume or simply get out of the house this summer – there are plenty of local volunteer opportunities for teens. Patch put the call out to our Facebook fans asking for suggestions of places where teens ages 14-19 can volunteer. We listed a few of them here: Summer Employment
We put together a map of tick encounters from across the Southland so that you and poochie can stay aware and safe outdoors.
Without a doubt, ticks are out. And many Patch readers have already reported local encounters. Human and canine alike are subject to these pestilent parasites—often times during a casual walk or trip to the park. We put together a map of user-submitted tick spottings. Hopefully, it'll serve as a reminder to stay vigilant, especially when out in natural areas. And for anybody who's starting to feel a little itchy after looking at this, here are some friendly tips for dog owners to protect your pooch.