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Top 5 news stories of 2013 in Brookfield, Riverside and Lyons

Published: Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 10:34 a.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 11:11 a.m. CST
(By Matthew Hendrickson – mhendrickson@shawmedia.com)
Goodrun Olson floats down West Avenue in Riverside with her dog, Mort, on April 18.
(By Matthew Hendrickson – mhendrickson@shawmedia.com)
Kids let out early from school due to flooding April 18, help out bagging sand in Riverside near Village Hall.

With 2013 at an end, we’re inviting readers to take a look back at some of the biggest stories we covered over the last year. From a mysterious earthquake to widespread flooding, 2013 saw its share of big events. 

1. Quarry earthquake rocks area, leaves everyone puzzled

What was eventually ruled a 3.2-magnitude earthquake rattled the Chicago area Nov. 4 and was felt as far as south suburban Milwaukee. The quake was preceded by a scheduled blast seven seconds earlier at McCook’s Federal Quarry, and scientists said the two events were almost positively linked.

Read more coverage at shawurl.com/vle and shawurl.com/xbm.

2. Former LT schools treasurer charged with stealing $1.5 million

Robert Healy, who managed more than $280 million in funds for 13 west suburban school districts as the Lyons Township Schools Treasurer, was charged Aug. 16 with stealing more than $1.5 million from the school over a 20-year period.

Read more coverage at shawurl.com/xbn and shawurl.com/xbo.

3. April flooding

Heavy storms April 18 caused flooding across the Chicago area, leaving residents’ basements filled with water and streets temporarily transformed into small rivers – with some Riverside residents needing a ride in a boat to get out of their homes.

Read more coverage at shawurl.com/xbp and shawurl.com/kx6.

4. Riverside board adopts CMAP plan for downtown

Riverside residents were largely supportive of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s suggestions for ways to update the look, feel and functionality of the village’s historic downtown. While preserving the village’s history, the plan also provides to new ways for both visitors and residents to enjoy the village.

Read more coverage at shawurl.com/xbu.

5. Lyons celebrates 125th anniversary

The village of Lyons celebrated it’s 125th anniversary nearly all year long with many events that brought neighbors and families together. In November, the village held the final event of it’s celebration: A fundraising gala to raise money to restore historic Hofmann Tower at Crystal Sky Banquets in McCook.

Read more coverage at shawurl.com/vld

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