My name is Amy Richards, president of Regional Publishing, and I would like to welcome you to my ninth annual report.
Greetings from maternity leave! I hope all of you have had a great 2012. Each year in January, I take a look at what we accomplished in the previous year here at Regional Publishing. Very similar to last year we were able to achieve a modest profit in 2012 by maintain our spending cuts put in place a few years ago and producing slight increases in revenue over last year.
I am very glad that despite these challenging times, our readers have continued to value their subscriptions to The Regional News and The Reporter. I believe that is a testament to our hardworking staff and contributing writers. I am truly thankful for the support the members of this community have shown The Regional News and The Reporter Newspaper. We will continue to provide you with the news that matters most to you - what is going on in your own backyard.
For me, the most exciting news of 2012 was the birth of my son Sullivan Elliot Chamberlain on December 13. He was 8 pounds 4 ounces and he has been a wonderful addition to our family. We are so excited he is finally here! His arrival gave my husband and I a new appreciation for the holiday season and I hope all of you had a good one.
Top News Stories of 2012
Former Chicago Ridge resident H. Richard Landis, who founded Landis Plastics with his father, Henry, was inducted into the National Plastic Hall of Fame. Landis, who now lives in Burr Ridge, is recognized as an innovator in the plastics industry. The company revolutionized injection molding, made the first Cool Whip containers, and patented the tear-strip 5-gallon bucket.
Students in Evergreen Park School District 124 missed eight days of school in October after teachers went on strike. The Evergreen Park Federation of Teachers struck after contract negotiations with the district stalled. Classes were cancelled between Oct. 2 and 12, and resumed after the teachers' union and the district reached a compromise at an all-night negotiation session.
Construction begins on development of former Evergreen Country Club property. The retail portion of the development will be anchored by Meijer and Menard's, while the recreation portion will feature a dog park, sled hill and disc golf course.
Evergreen Park High School's football team advanced to state semifinals for first time in school history.
The North Palos School District 117 board of education began looking into the possibility of expanding or renovation Conrady Junior High School. The district held an open house at Conrady attended by several hundred residents, many of who expressed their preferences of rebuilding the school. The district is considering placing a referendum for a property tax increase - the money from which would go toward the project - on the spring election ballot.
The reconstruction of 88th Avenue between 87th and 111th streets began in March and was completed Dec. 7. The project required 88th to be reduced to a one-way street for nearly the duration of the project. Work included the addition of curbs and sidewalks, the installation of new storm sewers, and the excavation of a storm-water detention area at 99th Street.
The Metra station, 9525 S. Tulley Ave., was named Patriot Station in honor of the firstresponders and civilians who died in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. A first-responders memorial sculpture had previously been erected at the station.
Adrian Kois of Worth was the second baby born in Cook County in 2012. Adrian was born to Celina and Slawomir Kois one-tenth of a second after midnight on Jan 1. He entered the world after another baby born 1/100 of a second after midnight.
Worth banned using well water for drinking, cooking or bathing because of two separate petroleum spills that occurred in 1993 and 2003. The Illinois EPA has determined water flowing beneath the village is contaminated and cannot be used as a potable water source.
Orland Park village Trustee Brad O'Halloran was named chairman of the Metra commuter rail service in October. He is also a candidate for e-election to his seat on the Village Board on a slate led by Mayor Daniel McLaughlin, who announced his candidacy for a sixth term as mayor in late November.
Baumann's Bakery closed shop for the last time on the last day of June after creating fine baked goods in Palos Heights for nearly 29 years. Owner Cathy Baumann's decision to close the beloved bakery, 12248 S. Harlem Ave., came a few weeks after an auto, driven by an 84-year-old Orland Park woman, crashed through its front plate-glass window.
Corrosion caused a pipeline burst on Aug. 27 that shut down a section of Route 83 in Palos Park for five days. It spilled 32,000 gallons of jet fuel in the soil and ditch west of Highwood Drive and 250 to 500 gallons into the Calumet-Sag Channel.
The Regional News won an award for editorial excellence in 2012. This brings the total amount of awards on The Regional's "Wall of Fame" to 689.
Sports Editor Ken Karrson's work was honored with a first place award in the category of Headline Writing from the Illinois Press Association.
Bob Jaderberg, earned a second place award for The Reporter from the Illinois Press Association in the category of Single News story. He received the award for this story "Girl fails to arrive home from first day of school."
New Equipment Purchased
In 2012 we updated some of our older computers and also made a significant investment into new software systems for circulation management.
My parents, Charles and Gerri Richards, still live in Palos Heights and enjoy several summer visits to their home in Iron River, Wis.
Q: Why have we been making this annual progress report every year for the past 47 years, since Regional Publishing is a private family-owned corporation?
A: The success of our company, like few other businesses is dependent upon the support of the majority of the families in each of the communities we serve. You have placed your trust in us and we promise to bring you a comprehensive progress report each year.