Former McAuley basketball coach seeks chance to become a judge

Lauren Brougham GlennonLauren Brougham Glennon announced her candidacy for Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County as a Democrat, 3rd Sub Circuit, in the primary election being held on Mar. 18.

Glennon was born and raised in the Beverly community, located on the south side of Chicago.

She is the daughter of a Chicago Policeman and the wife of a Chicago Fireman. Lauren attended Christ the King Grammar School and St. Ignatius College Prep High School.

She graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor concentration in Sociology from Winona State University in Minnesota. Lauren returned to Chicago where she attended and graduated from DePaul University College of Law. While in law school, Glennon was the Student Bar Association elected liaison to the Chicago Bar Association, assisted in the creation of the DePaul University College of Law’s Externship Program for the City of Chicago Law Department’s Building and Land Use Litigation Division and obtained a 7-11 license as a law clerk.

Going away for the winter? Tips to halt home burglary

  • Written by Tim Hadac

A young couple recently used cameras linked to a cell phone app to thwart burglars breaking into their Palos Heights townhome, even though they were more than 4,000 miles away at the time, on vacation in Hawaii.

The lesson was clear: 21st century technology can be used successfully to fight crime and protect property.

But what about people who don’t have the time, talent or financial wherewithal to purchase and utilize such gadgetry?

As many people know, returning from vacation to find a ransacked home can be a disturbing and even traumatic experience.

“We were on vacation [when the crime occurred], and I’ll tell you, I’ve never felt so violated or insecure. It’s a crazy feeling. You’ve got rage, but you know you can’t do anything,” said Palos Heights resident Raymond Strack at a City council meeting last year, as he voiced concern about police resources.

Local law enforcement officials offered a wealth of advice to The Regional News this week, especially to senior citizen snowbirds headed off for prolonged, January and February vacations in warm-weather destinations.

Michael Barrett is slated by Dems in 15th Subcircuit judge primary race

Michae B. BarrettMichael B. Barrett Michael B. Barrett is announcing his candidacy for judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County as a Democrat, 15th Subcircuit, in the March 18 primary election.

Candidate Barrett received the endorsement of the majority of Democratic township committeemen in the 15th Subcircuit.

A graduate of Marist High School, Barrett received his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Iowa. He then earned his juris doctor degree from the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, where he was on the dean’s list and was the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award.

Upon becoming a lawyer, Barrett was appointed and served as an active member of the Cook County Committee on the Courts in the 21st Century. He was also appointed by former Cook County Chief Judge Donald O’Connell and served as an active member of the Circuit Court of Cook County Expanded Jurisdiction Committee.

An active member of St. Elizabeth Seton Parish, Barrett finds himself involved in many community activities. A resident of Orland Park, Barrett was elected and currently serves as the Illinois Referee in Chief and Supervisor of Officials for the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois and USA Hockey. He is the past president of the Southwest (Cook County) Bar Association.

Barrett has been married for more than 22 years to Bernadette Garrison Barrett and they have two children, Michael and Monika.

Both Michael Barrett and his wife Bernadette have been lawyers for more than 22 years and both of their children are honor students and outstanding hockey players. Their son, Michael, attends Holy Cross College in Massachusetts and plays NCAA Division 1 Hockey and their daughter, Monika, is a star in her own right as a hockey player.


Forest Preserve District reports 10% picnic permit sales increase

 New online system debuts

The Forest Preserves of Cook County sold 993 picnic permits on Jan. 2, “Permits Opening Day.”

This represents a nearly 10 percent increase over the 905 permits booked on Opening Day last year.

Due to inclement weather and the debut of a new online system, ActiveNet, a higher percentage of permits were purchased online this year, rather than in person.

A picnic permit must be obtained by groups of 25 or more. Only two picnic permits per person or organization are allowed per year.

Permit prices vary based on the size of the group and the amenities brought into the groves.

Picnic permits are available online at 24 hours a day and in person Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Returning this year are extended peak hours. From May through August, hours will be Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Requests for permits for groups larger than 399 people will now be available online as of Jan. 13, and may still also be purchased in-person at the River Forest General Headquarters location.

Community Briefs 01-09-2014


‘BAC to Broadway’ Debuts

  The Beverly Arts Center’s 2014 Professional Theater Series opens Jan. 11 with “BAC to Broadway,” a cabaret show featuring music from Broadway shows. The two shows are available at 7:30 and 10 p.m. The three-show series continues with “Songs for a New World” in March and “Ain’t Misbehavin’” in June.

All productions will be performed at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago. Tickets to “BAC to Broadway” are $20 and proceeds from the show will benefit the BAC Professional Theatre Series. Tickets for “Songs for a New World” and “Ain’t Misbehavin’” are $22 each, $20 for Beverly Arts Center members. Patrons buying tickets to all three shows will pay $60, and the price is $54 for BAC members. For tickets and more information, call 773-445-3838, or visit

“BAC to Broadway” will feature Michael Mejia, Ryan Westwood, Megan Kearney, Don Abbott, Ricky Harris, Tim Stompanato, Warren Jackson and Frazee. These professional actors are connected to the BAC by having performed or taught there. They are bringing their talents to raise funds for the upcoming shows in the BAC Professional Theater Series.

Written and composed by Jason Robert Brown, “Songs for a New World” is a musical without a plot that features songs focused on one theme: the transformative changes that occur when something momentous happens. The show will be staged at the BAC March 28 through 30.

Named for a song by Fats Waller and paying tribute to the black musicians of the 1920s and 30s, “Ain’t Misbehavin’” is filled with terrific music from the heyday of the Cotton Club and the Savoy Ballroom. The BAC performances will be June 13 through 15.


Chicago Ridge

Park District Seeks Yoga Teacher

  The Chicago Ridge Park District is looking for a Yoga teacher for the upcoming months. The applicant must be available Monday through Thursday in the evenings, but does not need to be present every day. Those interested in the position, contact Dominic Malito at (708) 636-4900, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Hickory Hills

Blood Drive Coming to Hickory Hills

  The Hickory Hills Community Center, 7800 W. 89th Pl., will host blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26. Walk-ins are welcome. There will be free food and a free raffle available to donors. For more information, call LifeSource at 877-543-3768.


Oak Lawn

Embroiderers Guild to Meet Day and Night

  The Beverly Hills Embroiderers’ Guild will hold its regular monthly day meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 at the Oak View Center, 4625 W. 110th St. The meeting will feature “Bayeux Tapestry” presented by Jeanne McDonald. The evening group meeting will be held at 7 p.m. and will be featuring an original ornament “Let’s go sledding!” design on perforated paper. Individuals are urged to attend a meeting at no charge or obligation if they are interested in sharing their hand-stitching skills. The meetings run from September through April. For more information, call 425-6793.



Legion hosts three events

  Marrs-Meyer American Legion Post 991 of Worth will sponsor a Texas Hold ’Em from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 at Toyota Park, 7000 W. Harlem Ave., Bridgeview. Live cash games and “Sit N Go” tournaments will begin promptly at 2 p.m. and run throughout the event. There will be a variety of cash games at different monetary levels offered. For more information, call 448-6699, or visit

  • The post’s Friday Night Fish Fry will begin March 7 and end April 18 at the post, 11001 S. Depot St.
  • A corned beef and cabbage dinner will be held Saturday, March 8, also at the post.Orland Park

Crisis Center annual gala plans underway; raffle sales begin

  Plans are underway for the Crisis Center for South Suburbia’s Heart to Heart Dinner Dance, to be held on Saturday Feb. 22, at Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park.

The annual fundraiser will include cocktails and dinner, silent and live auctions, live entertainment by The Jimmy O and Rhonda Lee Duo, and raffle drawing with seven cash prizes ranging from $500 to $5,000.

Raffle tickets are now on sale, priced at just $50 each, and can be divided among several purchasers. Tickets may be purchased on the Crisis Center’s website at Once the order is complete, a raffle ticket will be mailed to the purchaser. A ticket order form (also available online) can be downloaded and mailed with payment to the Crisis Center, P.O. Box 39, Tinley Park, IL 60477. Only 500 tickets will be sold and raffle tickets make great holiday gifts.

Ad book advertising space and sponsorship opportunities are also available. Several CCSS supporters have already signed up for sponsorships, including Advocate Christ Medical Center, Sheet Metal Werks (Diamond Sponsors) and Thornton Township, All Seasons Pools and Spas, Inc., Judge John T. and Janet Doody, and St. Nicholas Ladies Philoptochos Society, Oak Lawn (Bronze Sponsors).

Event tickets will be available soon. Contact Christopher Beele at 429-7255, Ext. 118 for reservations, sponsorships, and additional information.

The Crisis Center for South Suburbia’s mission is to provide emergency shelter and other essential services for individuals and families victimized by domestic violence and address the societal issues that contribute to domestic violence.

Visit for more information on the Crisis Center for South Suburbia, ways to support its mission, and the services it provides.