• Barbara Kutlik assembles a copper-foiled glass piece recently at Sheri Law Art Glass Ltd. Photos by Sharon Filkins/22nd Century Media I

    Studio crafts colorful, ornate pieces

    January 17, 2017 By Sharon Filkins, Freelance Reporter Life & Arts
    One never knows where life will lead, and this was certainly true for Homer Glen businesswoman Sheri Law, owner of Sheri Law Art Glass Ltd, located at 12551 W. 159th St. At the age of 27, she was a divorced single mom with two young children and working as a waitress to support them. Little did she know that her lifelong passion for art would lead her to become a prominent, award-winning artisan producing magnificent pieces of art glass in her own business.
  • Lockport’s Patrick Cooper sinks a three Friday, Jan. 13, in a conference game against Sandburg hosted at Lockport Township High School’s East Campus. Photos by Paul Bergstrom/22nd Century Media

    Boys Basketball: Porters dismantle conference rival Eagles

    January 16, 2017 By Randy Whalen, Freelance Reporter Sports, High School
    Matt Smietanski knows firsthand what the rivalry between Lockport Township and Sandburg is like. Not only has he played in basketball games involving the two schools, but the Lockport senior point guard has a family history when it comes to the rivalry. “My dad’s whole family is from Orland Park and went to Sandburg,” he said. “My mom’s family is from Lockport and went here.”
  • Big Run Wolf Ranch owner John Basile (left) airs his grievances about the proposed industrial park Jan. 10 at the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting in Lockport. Max Lapthorne/22nd Century Media

    Concept plan for controversial industrial park advances through Lockport Planning Commission

    January 11, 2017 By Max Lapthorne, Contributing Editor News
    Tension and indignation filled the third-floor board room at Lockport’s Central Square building Jan. 10 as the Lockport Planning and Zoning Commission discussed the concept plan for a proposed 1.97 million square foot industrial park impacting Lockport and Homer Township. The commission ultimately voted 5-1 to recommend the concept plan for the Prologis industrial park to Lockport’s City Council, with commission member Jim Bilotta as the lone dissenting vote.
  • Casey Krzeczkowski challenges herself during a workout Thursday, Jan. 5, at Megaplex Elite Fitness in Homer Glen. Photos by Erin Redmond/22nd Century Media

    Local gyms assist residents in achieving 2017 resolutions

    January 10, 2017 By Erin Redmond, Assistant Editor News
    “Oh my gosh, it’s burning,” Courtney Brownly said, lifting a weighted plate above her head while doing a pulse-up during an early morning fitness class Thursday, Jan. 5, at Challenge Fitness.
  • This BBQ Burger ($12) at Side Street American Tavern in Tinley Park features an antibiotic-free patty with cherrywood bacon, onion strings, cheddar cheese, lettuce and BBQ sauce, garnished with a pickle and seasoned fries. Photos by Brittany Kapa/22nd Century Media

    The Dish: Side Street combines unique flavors with entertainment

    January 10, 2017 By Brittany Kapa, Contributing Assistant Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out
    Side Street American Tavern offers more than just good food. Accurately named, Side Street American Tavern is nestled off 183rd Street and Harlem Avenue at 18401 North Creek Drive in Tinley Park. The restaurant not only offers a wide range of meal options on its menu but also seemingly can adjust to anyone’s entertainment needs.

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