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Heroes Honoring Heroes; Rosemont Public Service Officers Honored at Wizard World Comic Con

By Jen DeSalvo, WLS-AM 890

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(ROSEMONT) On Thursday, five officers of the Rosemont Public Safety Department were recognized in the Heroes Honoring Heroes hosted by Wizard World, Inc. at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

“I’ve been a sherriff for the past 12 years in LA,” said Incredible Hulk star, Lou Ferrigno. “And I’m very honored [to be] here for the Rosemont Public Safety Bureau of Fire Suppression.”

The Bureau of Fire Suppression provides emergency medical and fire related services for up to 100,000 visitors to the city each day. Duties include responding to firearm reports, rescue operations, fire, smoke and medical calls among others.

Ferrigno honored Commander John Ramirez with a Captain America shield award who later, when asked what he would do with the award said, “you will see the shield on the fire truck!”


The four other officers who were honored included, Officer Nick Koletsos, Lieutenant Michael O’Neill, Sergeant Blake Fiorito and Segeant Edward Karas, all Rosemont Public Safety workers.

Karate Kid Ralph Macchio was another presenter. “I’m proud to be able to say these words,” he started.

Macchio continued to give statistics and information saying that the “fire dept operates state of the art advanced life supports ambulances 24 hours per day.”

He then awarded Officer Nick Koletsos his “adamantium-vibranium alloy” replica shield.

Other presenters included Cerina Vincent of Not Another Teen Movie and Power Rangers; Jason Mewes, who is known for his role in Clerks and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back; and Ray Santiago from Ash vs Evil Dead.

Listen to Mewes deliver the award to Sergeant Blake Fiorito here:



Wizard World produces comic cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, television, cosplay, comics, graphic novels, toys, video gaming, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more.

Rosemont goes ahead on construction of new baseball stadium

By Adam Chappelle, WLS-AM 890 News

(CHICAGO)When the Cubs were fighting with the city of Chicago over renovations at Wrigley Field, the village of Rosemont had an idea- move to the suburbs.

While the Cubs- obviously- didn’t take the village up on the offer, Rosemont is going ahead with plans to build a baseball stadium. Construction will begin later this year on a $55M minor league baseball stadium in the town’s entertainment district.

When it’s done, the stadium expects to be the home of a new independent league team, creating a rivalry with the Gary South Shore RailCats.

Designs of the stadium call for a single level which will include club areas, luxury boxes, party decks and a 360 degree concourse. It’s expected to open in 2018.

Longtime Rosemont Public Servant, Son of Founder, Dies

By Nick Gale, WLS-AM 890

(ROSEMONT) The Village of Rosemont is mourning the death of a longtime public servant.
Donald E. Stephens II, who served the village for more than 43 years, died Saturday morning after a lengthy illness.
The 63-year-old, who spent years as the superintendent of public safety for the village, was the son of founding Rosemont Mayor Donald E. Stephens and was involved in the opening of the village’s convention center and the Rosemont Horizon, known today as the Allstate Arena. He retired in 2014 but was still active as the chairman of the Police and Fire Commission.
A statement from the village says he was surrounded by his family when he died.
Services are set for Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Hope Church in Rosemont.

Overnight lane closures begin for bridge painting near Tri-State, Jane Addams interchange

(ROSEMONT) Two weeks of overnight lane closures begin Tuesday on the Tri-State Tollway near Rosemont as crews prepare for a bridge painting project.

One southbound lane of the Tri-State (I-294) between at the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) and Touhy Avenue will close at 8 p.m. Tuesday, with a second lane closing at 9 p.m., the tollway said. A third lane will close at midnight.

All lanes will reopen by 5 a.m. Wednesday for the morning rush, the tollway said.

The lane closures will allow crews to install a platform system connected to the underside of a bridge that workers will be painting, the tollway said.

Similar closures will take place over the next two weeks between Lawrence Avenue and I-90.

The painting project will last about a month, and require another set of roadway closures to remove the platform system when crews have finished, the tollway said.