Tag: Melrose Park

Melrose Park Bank Robbed Dec. 11

Monday, December 11, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: A suspect in a Dec. 11 bank robbery that took place at a Fifth Third in Melrose Park. | FBI

A Fifth Third bank, located at 2501 North Ave. in Melrose Park, was robbed on Dec. 11, at around 9:10 a.m., according to an FBI alert. The robbery was a non-takeover.

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Melrose Park Store Is Among Top Sellers of ‘Crime Guns’ in Chicago Area

Sunday, October 29, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Suburban Sporting Goods in Melrose Park, which is among the top 10 dealers of “crime guns” in the Chicago area. | Google Earth

During last month’s Taste of Melrose Park, police in that village sold $10 raffle tickets for the chance to win a semiautomatic rifle alongside $3 artichoke casserole. The police, who also raffled off a handgun, said that the raffle was a fundraiser for their union, according to a Chicago Sun-Times report released at the time.

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Broadview Taking Donations for Hurricane Harvey Victims

Wednesday, August 30 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Feature image: Soldiers with the Texas Army National Guard move through flooded Houston streets as floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey continue to rise. | Wikipedia

The Broadview Fire Department will be taking donations for Hurricane Harvey victims from now until Friday, and perhaps later, according to village officials.

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Taking Cue from State, Melrose Park Passes Trust Code

Friday, August 25, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Feature photo: Proponents of a Melrose Park welcoming ordinance during a village board meeting in February. 

Last month, the Melrose Park village council unanimously approved an ordinance called the Trust Code, which mirrors Senate Bill 31 — also called the Illinois Trust Act — that Gov. Bruce Rauner is expected to sign on Aug. 28.

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How Melrose Park Became the Inspiration for the Melrose Pepper

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews

Feature photo: Melrose Peppers “sautéed in olive oil with a little red sauce.” | Photo and recipe: Proud Italian Cook

The Chicago Tribune recently published an eye-opening story about Joseph and Lucia Napolitano, a couple who traveled to Ellis Island from Italy in 1903 before settling in Melrose Park.

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New Flagship Used Truck Center Opens in Melrose Park


The Navistar plant in Melrose Park. | David Wilson/Flickr

Friday, May 26, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

On May 17, International Truck held a grand opening of a new flagship Used Truck Center in Melrose Park.

“While the current Used Truck Center is also located in Melrose Park, the four block move will bring it in the same building as Navistar’s Melrose Park Plant; occupying previously unused space on the land,” according to a statement released by company officials and published on Automotive World last week.

The move is the culmination of efforts by Navistar to consolidate its engine testing operations, Used Truck Reconditioning Center, certified technicians and used truck sales into one location, the statement read.

According to Jeff Heichel, vice president for used truck operations, the new center “provides an opportunity to create our most comprehensive used truck facility yet.”

“On one side of the building, we will be selling our used trucks; and on the other, we have certified technicians working on reconditioning them,” he said. “It creates a great environment that promotes sales and customer service.”

The new 5,500 sq. ft. truck center is more than twice as large as the 2,500 sq. ft. facility it will replace and is located on a 150,000 sq. ft. lot, which company officials say they could potentially expand to 206,000 sq. ft.

Last year, Navistar, an internatinoal truck and engine corporation based in Lisle, closed a reconditioning center that was in Indianapolis and relocated those operations to the Melrose Park location.

In 2014, according to a Crain’s Chicago Business article, Navistar shifted the production of its midrange enging to its Melrose Park facility from Huntsville, Alabama.

The consolidation was reported at the time to result in 75 new jobs, which included recalled employees and temporary workers.

To read the full statement posted on Automotive World, click here. The grand opening announcement was also covered by Trucking Industry News. VFP

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Search Back On for Teenager Missing in the Des Plaines River

Police LightsSunday, May 14, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews

The search for a teenager who jumped into the Des Plaines River near Melrose Park last night and did not return to the surface has resumed this morning, according to an ABC 7 news report.

“The teenager was with about a dozen other teenagers Saturday afternoon hanging out on the railroads by the river, near the 8300-block of West North Avenue in unincorporated Cook County,” ABC reported.

After three of the teens jumped into the water, witnesses saw the victim fighting to stay afloat before. When the victim failed to resurface, the teenagers called 911.

The search, which is being led by railroad police, was described by authorities as a “recovery mission,” ABC reports.

This is the second recovery effort that has taken place in the Des Plaines River since Friday, when work crews who were cleaning the river discovered a dead body in the water near Maywood.

Read the full ABC report here. VFP

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