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  • Joliet District 86 Students to Expand Learning

    Nov 29, 2023
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    Fifth-grade students throughout Joliet Public Schools District 86 read the book Thunder Rolling in the Mountains by Scott O'Dell and Elizabeth Hall in their Wit and Wisdom English Language Arts unit about the history of Nez Perce tribe. Students in Maida Cornelio-Sauseda's classroom at A.O. Marshall Elementary School also had chance to meet with Joyce McFarland, the Education Manager for the Nez Perce Tribal Nation in Idaho, via Zoom, to learn the history about the Nez Perce...

  • Hummingbird Pediatric Therapies Delivers Donations to Almost Home Kids

    Nov 25, 2023

    Woodridge, IL – Ahead of Thanksgiving, the Hummingbird Pediatric Therapies community today delivered brand new toys, diapers, a stroller and other supplies to Almost Home Kids (AHK) in Naperville. Families and team members of Hummingbird donated to the drive, which ran for about two weeks with the goal of showing gratitude to the staff of AHK as well as bringing some joy to the children and families AHK serves. "Almost Home Kids is a truly special organization right here in...

  • Coat Donation Takes Sting Out of Winter

    Nov 25, 2023
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    Tinley Park, IL – Thanks to a donation of winter coats, subzero temperatures will be a lot easier to tolerate this year for a number of developmentally disabled individuals at St. Coletta's of Illinois. On Nov. 16, Knights of Columbus St. Mary of Mokena Council 6993 delivered 36 new coats to the non-profit social service agency, which provides educational, residential and vocational training services to children and adults from the south and southwest suburbs. The coats...

  • Goodwill Opens First Outlet In Metropolitan Chicago

    Nov 16, 2023

    Romeoville, Ill. – Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin and Metropolitan Chicago opens first outlet in metropolitan Chicago within Will County, located at 1343 Enterprise Drive in Romeoville, Illinois. "The opening of our first Goodwill Outlet in the metropolitan Chicago area and the addition of a second affordable shopping option in Romeoville is our commitment in action to deepen our impact in the communities we serve," said Dan Michael, vice president, retail...

  • Joliet Public Schools District 86 Recognizes Illinois School Board Members Day

    Nov 16, 2023

    Joliet Public Schools District 86 celebrated Illinois School Board Members Day on November 15, 2023. The day was an opportunity to honor citizens across the state of Illinois who volunteer their time and energy for the successful education of children. The Joliet Public Schools District 86 Board of School Inspectors include President Elvis Madison, Jr., Vice President Jesse Smith, Gwendolyn Ulmer, R. Emil Standfield, Matthew Pritz, Sandra Aguirre, and Delia Ulloa-Jimenez. "We...

  • Joliet Selects New City Manager

    Nov 9, 2023

    Joliet Mayor Terry D'Arcy announced today Beth Beatty has been selected as the new City Manager of Joliet, making her the first woman to serve in this role in the city's history. The City Council made this decision during a special council meeting held Monday evening. Beatty brings a strong background in municipal government and law to her new position. "Ms. Beatty's qualifications include a law degree and extensive experience in municipal government," explained Joliet Mayor...

  • Three District 86 Students Win First Place in Joliet Fire Department Poster Contest

    Nov 9, 2023

    Congratulations to Joliet Public Schools District 86 students Jorge Aguilera, Emma Millett-Swan, and Mason Polanco who each received first place honors in the 2023 Joliet Fire Department Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest. The students were recognized with their parents at the Exchange Club Firefighter of the Year Banquet and the Joliet Public Schools District 86 Board of School Inspectors October school board meeting. Mason Polanco, a student at Lynne Thigpen Elementary...

  • Cook County Clerk's Office Hold Special Purse Collection Drive During Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    Oct 29, 2023
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    In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, employees of the Cook County Clerk's Office collected more than 150 "LovePurse" donations filled with personal supplies and notes of inspiration that are being distributed to women receiving services at area domestic violence agencies. Cook County Clerk Karen A. Yarbrough organized the drive, in partnership with the #LovePurse organization, which works to collect donations of purses to agencies that provide services for...

  • Three Boys, Three Years, One Goal

    Oct 22, 2023

    In early August 2021 Jane Addams coaches Adam Thas and Mark Setchell were beginning their 18th season as cross country coaches. "We had no idea what to expect, Covid killed any momentum we had. We couldn't really recruit, we sent out some letters but had no idea how many kids would come out for the team." Said Thas about the beginning of the 2021 season. On that first day in August, three 6th grade boys would come to practice and change the trajectory for Jane Addams over the...

  • Minooka Community High School Teacher Named Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction

    Oct 22, 2023

    Minooka Community High School (MCHS) mathematics teacher Scott Tanaka has been selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). A role model to pupils, Mr. Tanaka was nominated by a student for outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in the profession. Each year student members of NSHSS are invited to nominate the educator who has made the most significant contribution to their academic career for the Claes...

  • Rep. Grant Hosts Law Enforcement Roundtable to Discuss SAFE-T Act Fallout

    Oct 22, 2023
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    On Thursday October 12th, nearly one month after the SAFE-T Act took effect, State Representative Amy Grant, now in her third term in the General Assembly, hosted a law enforcement roundtable with local police chiefs and law enforcement officers from the 47th District. The discussion centered around the current status of public safety in DuPage County and the State of Illinois at large. "Every family in our state deserves to feel safe in their homes and in their...

  • Glen Ellyn native serves aboard Navy warship in Norfolk

    Oct 12, 2023

    NORFOLK, Va. - Petty Officer 3rd Class Jeffrey Parker, a native of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, serves aboard a U.S. Navy warship operating out of Norfolk, Virginia. Parker graduated in 2013 from Glenbard West High School. The skills and values needed to succeed in the Navy are similar to those found in Glen Ellyn. "The biggest thing I learned in my hometown is to never be satisfied with where I'm at and to always strive for the next big thing," said Parker. Parker joined the Navy...

  • Morton Grove Police File Charges for Bomb and Violence Threats from Joint Investigation

    Oct 12, 2023

    Morton Grove, IL – The Morton Grove Police Department charged Jacob Spiro as a result of a joint multi-jurisdictional, bomb and violence, threat investigation. The Morton Grove Department received 12 bomb and violence threats from September to October of this year targeting the Village of Morton Grove, the Morton Grove Public Library, and local businesses. Additionally, Skokie, Niles, Wilmette, Glenview, and Northbrook Police Departments had bomb and violence threats during...

  • Have a smashing good time composting pumpkins

    Oct 12, 2023

    AURORA, Ill. – Jack-o'-lanterns live a short, scary life. That is unless they are catapulted, hurled, or whacked into a compost pile after the spooky season is over! "Green your Halloween" by recycling pumpkins after the holiday at one of more than a dozen University of Illinois Extension Pumpkin Smash community composting events in early November, including Friday afternoon, Nov. 3, in Kane County at McCleery Elementary School in Aurora. Why smash and not trash? Illinois...

  • FEMA is Hiring for the Illinois Disaster Recovery Team

    Oct 12, 2023
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    CHICAGO – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has an immediate need to employ residents to work as temporary local hires to assist with disaster response and recovery efforts. Local hire employees are local residents who aid in the recovery of the community and help their fellow citizens in the recovery process. Apply for this exciting opportunity! Currently we are hiring for the following local hire positions. Job Announcements will begin to expire as soon as on...

  • Will County detective receives FOP Award for thwarting robberies while he was off duty

    Oct 12, 2023
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    A Will County Sheriff's Detective has been presented with Illinois Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Meritorious Service Award for his off-duty actions in July that stopped the attempted robberies of a neighbor and a local business. "Detective Shaun Moran didn't care whether he was on or off duty, he saw fellow citizens in danger and he stepped in to stop potentially dangerous crimes from happening," said Illinois FOP State Lodge President Chris Southwood. "Citizens are safe...

  • Romeoville Fire Department is the Feature of New Ornament

    Oct 12, 2023

    The 2023 Romeoville Village Ornament has been revealed: a replica of the fire department's first fire engine, a 1960 Seagrave. Details abound on this 3-D piece, showcasing hoses in the back, pump piping and a ladder on the sides, and a silver bell on the front. Engine 1 served Romeoville from 1960-1986. Finished in rhodium silver, this brass ornament measures 3" long, 0.75" wide, and 1.25" high with a 1.25" long name oval suspended between the truck and cord. It comes in a...

  • Joliet Public Schools District 86 Celebrates National Principals Month

    Oct 12, 2023

    Joliet Public Schools District 86, in coordination with the Illinois Principals Association (IPA), National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), recognize October as National Principals Month. The month is an opportunity for us to thank our school principals for their dedication, leadership, and commitment in providing a safe and supportive...

  • Olympic Swimmer Finds Gold at Local Business

    Dylan Budd | Oct 1, 2023
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    The statement "it happens to the best of us" couldn't be any more true for Cullen Jones. The four-time Olympic medalist and first African-American to hold a swimming world record, nearly drowned at a water park when he was five. Now, after an accomplished career, he's using his platform to promote water safety around the USA, and Goldfish Swim School was his most recent stop. Jones visited the school's Plainfield and Naperville locations on Sept. 23 to help celebrate the...

  • 2023 Governor's Hometown Award Finalist – Plainfield Emergency Management Agency (PEMA)

    Aug 27, 2023

    Plainfield Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) was nominated for The Governor's Hometown Award by Commander Zach Zigterman in the project category of "Disaster Services/Public Safety." They were chosen as one (1) of four (4) finalists to compete for Governor's Cup and received honorable mention for their project described below: Plainfield Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) is made up of 25 volunteers who train for and support the Plainfield Community in matters of disasters...

  • 2023 Governor's Hometown Award Finalist – Plant the Gem

    Aug 27, 2023

    Plant the Gem was nominated for The Governor's Hometown Award by Stephanie Wright in the project category of "Environmental Stewardship." They were chosen as one (1) of four (4) finalists to compete for the Governor's Cup and received honorable mention for their project described below: The Village of Flossmoor led the Plant the Gem Project in partnership with the Hidden Gem Half Marathon, the Chicago Region Tree Initiative and Open Lands. The Village coordinated the planting...

  • 2023 Governor's Hometown Award Finalist – Community Risk Reduction (CRR)

    Aug 27, 2023
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    Community Risk Reduction (CRR) was nominated for The Governor's Hometown Award by Kristi McNichol in the project category of "Violence Prevention, Intervention, or Interruption." They were chosen as one (1) of four (4) finalists to compete for the Governor's Cup and received honorable mention for their project described below: Joliet Fire Department implemented the Community Risk Reduction (CRR) program in 2022. CRR connects Joliet residents with mental health providers free...

  • 2023 Governor's Hometown Award Winner – Village of Pleasant Hill (Summer Food Program)

    Aug 27, 2023
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    The winner of The Governor's Hometown Award was chosen by a panel of six (6) judges who were given 45-minute presentations by each of the finalists. After much consideration by the judges, the winner of the 2023 Governor's Hometown Award was The Village of Pleasant Hill's Summer Food Program. For the next year, The Governor's cup will be displayed at the Village of Pleasant Hill and will have their name engraved on it as the 2023 winner. The Summer Food Program was nominated...

  • LCC Kare 9 Military Ministry Nigel brings calming influence to St. Coletta's of Illinois Visits students at Kennedy School

    Aug 27, 2023

    Tinley Park, IL – Kennedy School welcomed a special guest recently – Kare 9 Nigel, an 80-pound comfort dog from Lutheran Church Charities (LCC). "Sit down and give him some love," Sarah Peirce, the school's behavior specialist and CPI trainer, told students as they cautiously approached the specially trained golden retriever. "He doesn't get upset," assured veteran handler Jim Morrison. "Only during thunderstorms." Once a year, Kennedy School arranges for Kare 9 Nigel or...

  • Fountaindale Library Seeking Trustee

    Aug 27, 2023

    Fountaindale Public Library District is seeking residents interested in filling the remainder of a term on the Board of Trustees until the next election in April 2025. The vacancy was created by the resignation of Bob Kalnicky. "We would like to thank Bob for his 14 years of service on the library board," said Fountaindale Library Board Vice President Celeste Bermejo. "Bob served in leadership roles as our Board Vice President and President, and we wish him well as he moves...

  • Will County deputy receives FOP award for action that averted potential harm to school children

    Aug 14, 2023

    Will County Sheriff's Deputy David Frederick has received an award from the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) State Lodge for his quick thinking and actions that averted potential harm to area school children who were on a field trip. "Even though he was off duty that day, David Frederick was looking out for the safety of students who were on an outing to the zoo," said Illinois FOP State Lodge President Chris Southwood. "David's vigilance kept a known sex offender...

  • Village of Woodridge & Woodridge Public Library Team Up for Woodridge Warhol Food Drive Benefiting the West Suburban Community Pantry

    Aug 14, 2023

    The Village of Woodridge, Woodridge Public Library, and the West Suburban Community Pantry are teaming up to bring a community food drive to the citizens of Woodridge. The food drive will run from August 7, 2023, through September 10, 2023, and the donation barrels will feature Andy Warhol-inspired soup can art as a part of the DuPage WARHOL Pop Art Challenge. The challenge kicked off in June when the Warhol 2023 art exhibit opened at the Cleve Carney Museum of Art, featuring...

  • Glendale Heights Village President Charged with Disorderly Conduct

    Aug 7, 2023

    August 4, 2023 - DuPage County State's Attorney Bob Berlin and Glendale Heights Chief of Police George Pappas announced today that a DuPage County Grand Jury has indicted the Glendale Heights Village President on two counts of Disorderly Conduct, a Class 4 Felony, for allegedly filing a false police report on two separate occasions. Yesterday afternoon, Judge Demetrios Panoushis issued a personal recognizance arrest warrant for Chodri Ma Khokhar, 66 (d.o.b. 9/5/1956) of the...

  • Manley's Legislation Creating "Grandparents Raising Grandchildren" Support Program Signed into Law

    Aug 3, 2023

    ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – As part of her efforts to ensure that older adults have the resources they need, state Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, passed legislation creating the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Pilot Program, which was signed into law by Gov. JB Pritzker on Wednesday, Aug. 2. The program will begin on Jan. 1, 2024 and will connect Will County grandparents who are raising their grandchildren with relevant state-provided resources and services to ensure they are...

  • Joliet VA Clinic to host mobile food pantry on August 7

    Aug 3, 2023

    Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital's Joliet Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) will host a mobile food pantry on Aug. 7, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Joliet CBOC parking lot and is open to all community members in need. No proof of military service, residency or income is required. Participants will receive basic food staples, including dry goods, meat, dairy and fresh produce. "One person going hungry is still one too many," said Elizabeth Thrun,...

  • Illinois STAR Announces Start of 2023 Enrollment After Strong 2022 Season

    Jul 29, 2023

    Illinois STAR (Saving Tomorrow's Agriculture Resources) is excited to announce open enrollment for farmers for the 2023 crop year. As summer settles in and crops are growing throughout the Midwest, it's time for farmers and landowners to reap the results of investing in conservation practices on their fields. By participating in STAR, farmers receive a clear conservation roadmap, gain public recognition for their environmental stewardship, create a market signal for supply...

  • Cook County Receives Statewide Recycling Award

    Jul 29, 2023

    The Cook County Department of Environment and Sustainability (DES) recently received the Outstanding Public Sector Award from the Illinois Recycling Foundation acknowledging the County's first-ever Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM Center). This award recognizes a community, county or publicly funded institution for a recycling or composting effort, program or event that successfully achieves or promotes diversion. The award was presented to Cook County Government...

  • 16-Year Old Local Boxer Honored by City of Joliet

    Jul 27, 2023

    Joseph Awinongya Jr., better known as JoJo, was honored in a proclamation ceremony on July 18 at Joliet City Hall to celebrate his extraordinary achievements. JoJo, a boxer at just 16 years old, has won 19 national championships, is the top rank in his age group and weight class for the country, is on the Team USA's junior Olympic boxing team, began college when he was 13, has his GED and associates degree, and recently received a full ride scholarship to the University of...

  • Support DuPage Forest Preserve Habitat Restoration and Wildlife Through A Night for Nature Sept. 14

    Jul 24, 2023

    Help the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County provide healthy habitats for native plants and animals and inspiring places for visitors by participating in “A Night for Nature” on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at St. James Farm in Warrenville. Hosted by the Forest Preserve District and its nonprofit partner the Friends of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, the fundraiser’s goal is to raise $25,000 for habitat restoration and native wildlife in forest preserves where people connect to nature....

  • Edward Hosts Share Wings of Hope Angel Garden Blessing

    Jul 8, 2023

    Nearly 150 people attended and the names of 50 babies were read at the SHARE Wings of Hope Angel Garden Blessing & Butterfly Release on June 20 at Edward Hospital in Naperville. The guest speaker at this year's event was Kevin Madsen, MD, a specialist in maternal-fetal medicine and independent physician on the medical staff of Edward-Elmhurst Health. SHARE, now in its 34th year, is a support group provided by Edward-Elmhurst Health for those who have experienced a...

  • Dive In, Get Dirty, and Make a Mess at DuPage Children's Museum

    Jun 21, 2023

    (Naperville, IL)... Families are invited to experience DuPage Children's Museum (DCM) ooey-er, gooey-er, and sloppy-er than ever before during Mess Fest on Saturday, June 24, from 9:00am–2:00pm. This event is included with Museum admission or membership. Mess Fest offers opportunities for all levels of messy fun. From sensory experiments that begin with just dipping in a finger to full-on, foam-covered exploration, each guest can choose the level of mess that makes them...

  • Romeoville, Lockport, Forest Preserve, and CITGO Break Ground on Trail Connection

    Jun 14, 2023

    A groundbreaking ceremony for the upgraded trail connection that will link the 3.26 mile Centennial Trail and the 11 mile I&M Canal Trail took place this week. The project was made possible by a generous grant from CITGO. Announced back in November, this new connection will effectively create a link of 14.5 miles of continuous, scenic pathway, allowing someone to travel from Lemont to Joliet. While the project itself is in Romeoville, the grant money donated by CITGO will...

  • Oswego museum announces busy July program schedule

    Jun 14, 2023

    The Little White School Museum, 72 Polk Street, Oswego, will host a busy July program schedule designed to entertain and inform area residents. July's museum programming kicks off with the fascinating-and free!- "Hidden Messages in Negro Spirituals on the Underground Railroad," on Saturday, July 1, at 12:30 p.m. Come to the museum and find out how powerful, sacred songs that derived from the heart of antebellum enslaved Africans were melodic outflowing of religious...

  • Ribbon-Cutting Celebrates Improved Access at Hidden Lake

    Aug 27, 2023

    Forest Preserve District of DuPage County officials and guests gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the reinstallation of two bridges at Hidden Lake Forest Preserve in Downers Grove. The event, which was held on National Trails Day, marked the successful completion of another 2019 certified master plan project and enhanced trail access at the preserve. Forest Preserve District elected officials, including President Daniel Hebreard, District 2 commissioner...

  • Midland States Bank Named as Illinois' Best Small Bank

    May 30, 2023

    May 30, 2023 – Midland States Bank is pleased to announce that it has been named to Newsweek magazine's ranking of America's Best Banks. This national listing denoted Midland as Best Small Bank in Illinois. "This acknowledgement emphasizes our mission of serving our customers where, when and how they want," commented Jeffrey G. Ludwig, CEO of Midland States Bank. "We thank our customers and communities for placing trust in us to handle their financial needs in a responsible...

  • Nicor Gas employees commit more than 600 service hours during company's Volunteer Week

    May 30, 2023

    For nearly three decades, Nicor Gas employees and their families have rolled up their sleeves to donate their time and resources during their annual Volunteer Week every May. This year, employees donated more than 600 hours of service at nearly a dozen projects across Northern and Central Illinois. "At Nicor Gas, we are committed to giving our time, skills and resources to the more than 650 communities we serve every day," said Wendell Dallas, president and CEO of Nicor Gas....

  • World War II Airman Returns Home to Illinois After 80 Years

    May 23, 2023

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Eighty years ago American service members were engrossed in a great conflict pitting the United States and its Allies against Nazi-controlled Germany and the Axis powers. On August 1, 1943; a smalltown southern Illinoisian, 32-year-old Tech. Sgt. Harold Kretzer, was fighting in the skies over Ploiești, Romania, to starve the Nazi war machine of the fuel it needed to continue to terrorize the world. The "Wing Dinger" B-24 Liberator, would not return...

  • Sheriff Dart Calls on State to Properly Fund FOID Revocation Enforcement

    May 23, 2023

    COOK COUNTY, IL – Drawing attention to a critical public safety issue, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart called on state lawmakers today to properly fund police efforts to keep firearms out of the hands of individuals who are prohibited by law from possessing them. More than 27,000 people in Cook County have had their Firearm Owner's Identification (FOID) card revoked, often for felony convictions or mental health concerns, but they have not turned over their firearms and...

  • Fountaindale Public Library Launches a Brand-New Look

    May 1, 2023

    Bolingbrook, Ill. – Fountaindale Public Library District unveiled a new look on Monday, April 24, to coincide with National Library Week, which runs April 23–29. The rebrand included the debut of a sleek, new logo that focuses on the architecture of the library. "During our strategic planning process, we asked our patrons, "What is the greatest value the public library provides to you and your family," said Robert Kalnicky, President of Fountaindale Public Library's Board...

  • Romeoville Passes Balanced Budget for FY 23/24

    May 1, 2023

    The Village Board has passed a balanced budget for fiscal year 2023. Among the highlights for the coming year are several capital projects and a reduction in the Village's portion of the property tax rate for the 8th straight year. Some of the capital projects included in the budget are street resurfacing, playground and path renovations, LED lighting upgrades, engineering and infrastructure upgrades to prepare for Lake Michigan water, completion of the Romeoville Aquatic...

  • Troy Heritage Trail Students Read to Comfort Dogs

    Aug 27, 2023

    Troy Heritage Trail Elementary School second-graders delighted in reading books to comfort dogs Nigel and Brutus this month. The students took turns reading and petting and hugging the friendly golden retrievers as their handlers sat nearand answered questions the students had. Teacher Melissa Lundy has hosted the program for several years, beginning when she taught first grade at H.T. She then brought it to second graders when she transferred grade levels this year. The dogs...

  • Joliet Voters Approve $99.5 Million Joliet Public Schools District 86 Referendum

    Apr 6, 2023
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    JOLIET, April 5, 2023 – The Joliet community unofficially approved Joliet Public Schools District 86's referendum proposition to issue $99.5 million school building bonds to improve 21 school facilities. With 100% of precincts reporting, unofficial results posted on the Will County Clerk's website show 71.6% of voters in favor and 28.4% against the measure. The results will be certified by the Will County Clerk's office on April 25, 2023. "On behalf of District 86, I truly...

  • Providence Catholic Music Students Earn 45 Superior Awards and Three Perfect Scores

    Apr 6, 2023
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    Providence Catholic music students earned 45 Superior Awards (1st place medals) and three perfect scores for 18 performances at this year's IHSA Solo and Ensemble Competition in March. "This is an exceptional accomplishment for our student musicians," says Dr. Stacy Eckert, Director of Choirs, Liturgical Music and Theatre at Providence Catholic. "I am so very proud of their work ethic and performance abilities. They did a wonderful job and represented Providence Catholic...

  • Providence Catholic Sophomore Wins 2023 August Wilson New Voices Regional Competition

    Mar 29, 2023
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    Providence Catholic sophomore Sophia Leverett won the 2023 August Wilson New Voices Regional Competition on Monday, March 27, 2023, held at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. "August Wilson is an African American Playright," says Dr. Stacy Eckert, Director of Choirs, Liturgical Music and Theatre at Providence Catholic. "Sophia chose a monologue, and then competed against high school and college aged students at the finals. Now, she will compete at the national finals in May. We...

  • Dirksen Junior High Students Win at State Wrestling Meet

    Mar 16, 2023
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    Congratulations to Dirksen Junior High School student athletes Jasper Harper and Kayden Miller who competed and placed at the 42nd annual Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) State Final Wrestling Tournament at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. (From left to right) Seventh-grade student Jasper Harper won the first place medal in the 135-pound weight class and sixth-grade student Kayden Miller came in fourth place in the 65-pound class. "We are so very...

  • Bill aims to guarantee youth sentenced to life in prison a chance at parole after 40 years

    Mar 16, 2023

    SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers advanced a bill last week that would effectively abolish life sentences for any incarcerated individual who was under the age of 21 when they received their sentence. In January, Gov. JB Pritzker signed a law that makes any individual who was under the age of 21 when sentenced to life in prison eligible for parole review after they served 40 years or more of their sentence. But the measure only applied to those sentenced on or after June 1, 2019. Senate Bill 2073, carried by Republican...

  • Joliet District 86 Teachers Named Great Teachers

    Aug 27, 2023
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    Congratulations to the four Joliet Public Schools District 86 teachers who were named 2023 Joliet Area Great Teachers by the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Overall, 22 local teachers were recognized at a banquet at the Jacob Henry Mansion Estate. The teachers were nominated by students, parents, colleagues, administrators, or community members. This year's District 86 winning teachers were (front row, from left to right) Julie Bark, Special Education Teacher:...

  • Joliet District 86 School Hosts Wax Museums

    Mar 4, 2023

    In honor of Black History Month, students at T.E. Culbertson Elementary School hosted an African American Wax Museum for families and classmates, complete with an Underground Railroad. Each fourth-grade student selected an influential African American man or woman to portray. In preparation of the event, the students researched, created a display, and wrote a narrative about their notable person. The students even dressed up like the person for the presentations. The famous...

  • District 202 Students Donate to Bags of Hope

    Feb 23, 2023

    Two District 202 elementary schools recently donated money and food to the Bags of Hope program. Bags of Hope donates food to students in Bolingbrook, Crest Hill, Lockport, Joliet, and Plainfield schools. Crystal Lawns Elementary School second graders collectedmore than $400 inchange for the nonprofit. The second graders in Amanda Cariveau and Tina Hinchliffe's classes used their math skills tocount the change. Eagle Pointe Elementary School students in Scott Samek and Lisa...

  • COOK COUNTY SHERIFF TOM DART LAUNCHES VOLUNTEER PARTNERSHIP WITH PAWS CHICAGO

    Aug 27, 2023

    PAWS Chicago, the Midwest's largest comprehensive No Kill animal welfare organization, and Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart today announced a volunteer program that supports the need for more PAWS animal-handling volunteers while serving as a wellness initiative for Sheriff's Office staff. Through the program, Sheriff's Office employees will walk dogs and participate in cat enrichment activities at the PAWS Chicago Medical Center, the largest homeless pet hospital in the United...

  • Sheriff's Office Provides Anti-Carjacking Information at Chicago Auto Show

    Feb 16, 2023

    In an ongoing effort to combat carjacking in the Chicago region, the Cook County Sheriff's Office will be on hand at this year's Chicago Auto Show to help drivers instantly sign an online consent form to help law enforcement recover their vehicles if they are unlawfully taken. The Sheriff's Office online consent form will be available at a community policing booth hosted alongside the Chicago Police Department. Most vehicles manufactured since 2015 have tracking capability...

  • Mayor Noak Appointed to 2023 National League of Cities Committees

    Feb 11, 2023

    Mayor Noak has once again been appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) Transportation and Infrastructure Services Federal Advocacy Committee as well as the University Communities Council. The Transportation and Infrastructure Services Federal Advocacy Committee advocates for federal funding opportunities for cities and towns, improving safety and connectivity, and leveraging innovation for all types of transportation. Members include local elected officials and city...

  • Driver's Seat up for Grabs!!!

    Aug 27, 2023

    PALM BAY, Florida – Heading into the 2023 racing season current rookie Larsen Motorsports (LMS) driver Zach Costello will be primary driver for the Florida Tech jet racing team. When the position became vacant, Zach Costello was at the right place at the right time. The move was solidified this week and will mean a paradigm shift for LMS. This shift at LMS is the first time that a 'Larsen' will not be primary driver at the helm of their fire breathing dragsters. In April...

  • Romeoville Receives Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

    Feb 5, 2023

    The Village of Romeoville has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget from Government Finance Officers Association. The award represents a significant achievement by Romeoville. It reflects the commitment of the Village and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, Romeoville had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed...

  • Appellate Court Upholds Restraining Order on Assault Weapons Ban

    Feb 5, 2023

    SPRINGFIELD – A temporary restraining order that partially blocks Illinois’ new assault weapons ban from going into effect will remain in place after a divided state appellate court panel’s ruling Tuesday. The restraining order was issued Jan. 20 by Effingham County Circuit Judge Joshua Morrison, but it applies only to the 800 or so gun owners and firearms dealers named as plaintiffs in the suit. The case was filed by southern Illinois attorney Thomas DeVore, the unsuccessful Republican candidate for attorney general...

  • Refurbished Electronics Put To Good Use At St. Coletta's of Illinois

    Jan 24, 2023

    Tinley Park, IL – Students at the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. School for Exceptional Children are able to spend a little more time researching careers, creating resumes and participating in interactive lessons with teachers on Smart Boards, thanks to a donation from the Orland Township Highway Department. The highway department routinely donates refurbished tablets and iPads to St. Coletta's of Illinois through its E-Works recycling program, putting more technology in the...

  • Rifle Association Files Federal Suit Against Assault Weapons Ban

    Jan 21, 2023

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Rifle Association has joined forces with other gun rights advocates in filing a federal lawsuit challenging the state’s new ban on the sale and manufacture of semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity magazines. It’s the latest legal challenge to the law, which went into effect upon Gov. JB Pritzker’s signature on Jan. 10, and the first filed in federal court. The case, which will be heard in the Southern District of Illinois, was filed within a week of a similar case being filed in...

  • INAUGURAL "WINTER WONDERLAND": NILES FAMILY SERVICES BRIGHTENED THE SEASON IN NEW WAYS IN 2022

    Jan 21, 2023

    On Friday, December 16 and Saturday, December 17 Niles Family Services (NFS) hosted its first "Winter Wonderland" event. Instead of NFS's traditional Adopt-A-Family initiative-in which Village Departments or members of the community would purchase toys, gift cards and other gifts to give to a specific family-this year a festive marketplace was set up on the second floor of the Human Services building in celebration of the holidays. Over 145 kids and their families were...

  • JOLIET PUBLIC SCHOOLS DISTRICT 86 SCHOOLS ASK VOTERS TO APPROVE $99.5 MILLION REFERENDUM

    Jan 21, 2023

    After many months of discussions and presentations at school board meetings that began last summer, the Joliet Public Schools District 86 Board of School Inspectors approved a resolution at their January 11, 2023 to submit a proposition to place a $99,500,000 bond referendum on the April 4, 2023 ballot. The debt issuance that Joliet Public Schools District 86 is considering requires voter approval. The following question will be on the April 4, 2023 ballot. A referendum question needs 50% approval, plus one additional...

  • Pritzker Signs Reproductive Rights Expansion

    Jan 21, 2023

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed a bill into law Friday expanding access to abortion and other reproductive health care services. House Bill 4664, passed Tuesday during the General Assembly's "lame duck" session, came in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in June overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision and declaring that the federal constitution does not protect a woman's right to abortion. That decision triggered the reinstatement of long-dormant laws in...

  • Plainfield South's Crowe is Coach of the Year

    Aug 3, 2023

    Plainfield South High School Boys Cross Country Coach Jason Crowe led his team to its first Illinois HighSchool Association Class 3A state title in November. He was named the 2022 Class 3A Coach of the Year by the 2022 Illinois Track & Cross Country Coaches Association (ITCCCA) earlier this month. Crowe also won Coach of the Year in 2012. Crowe shrugs credit for these accomplishments onto his team andassistant coach, Ryan Thompsen. "I was happy and excited for theseguys,...

  • Nicor Gas customers may be eligible for a $250 bill assistance grant

    Jan 12, 2023

    Beginning Monday, Jan. 16, income-eligible Nicor Gas residential customers can apply for a grant of up to $250 a year through The Salvation Army’s Shield of Caring program. The program is dedicated to assisting families that are past-due on their monthly natural gas bill and have a financial hardship such as a job loss, illness, military deployment, disability or other circumstance. Last month, Nicor Gas announced an additional commitment of $5 million to the program to support customers struggling to pay their monthly...

  • North High School to Induct Three New Members Into Athletic Hall of Fame

    Jan 6, 2023

    North High School in Downers Grove will induct three new members into the Athletic Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place Saturday, January 7, 2023. The induction ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. in the Purple Gym ahead of the Boy's Varsity Basketball game. The 2023 North High Athletic Hall of Fame inductees include: David Edwards, Jr. - Class of 2015 All Conference Football – Quarterback - 2014 Three Star recruit by 247Sport, ESPN, Rival, and Scout – Football All Area...

  • Wheeling Man Charged With Hate Crime for Allegedly Painting Swastikas on Elmhurst Church

    Jan 4, 2023

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Elmhurst Chief of Police Michael McLean announced today that bond has been set for a Wheeling man charged with painting multiple swastikas on an Elmhurst Church. Josef Stumpfoll, 35 (d.o.b. 11/27/1987), of the 900 block of Elizabeth Court, appeared in Bond Court this morning where Judge Robert Miller set bond at $100,000 with 10% to apply. Stumpfoll has been charged with one count of Hate Crime (Class 3 Felony) and one count of Institutional Vandalism – Church (Class3...

  • Forest Preserve's Eagle Watch swoops in to Four Rivers on Jan. 14

    Jan 4, 2023

    The Forest Preserve District of Will County's annual Eagle Watch will feature many ways to celebrate a species that was once on the verge of extinction but is now thriving. The free event is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center, located at 25055 W. Walnut Lane in Channahon. Hike the trails to see bald eagles fishing and hunting for waterfowl on the open waters of the Des Plaines River. Warm up inside Four Rivers by a...

  • Forest preserve permits go on sale Jan. 3

    Jan 4, 2023

    The Forest Preserve District of Will County will begin selling 2023 picnic and camping permits at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, both online at ReconnectWithnature.org and at the Sugar Creek Administration- tion Center in Joliet. Permits will be available at the other visitor centers starting at 10 a.m. Jan. 3, or, in the case of Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Bolingbrook, Jan. 4. Forest Preserve programs high- light winter rec, woodpeckers and more What can you do in the Forest...

  • Joliet West Speech Team Wins Three Tournaments in a Row – Achieves New Record

    Dec 26, 2022

    The Joliet West High School Speech Team has achieved a new record by winning three consecutive tournaments in a row. On November 19, Joliet West placed 1st at Reavis High School in the "Burbank Cinematic Universe" tournament, which included two tournament champions, Caitlyn Murdock-Schey in Informative Speaking and Daniel Sanchez in Original Comedy. On December 3, Joliet West placed 1st as a team at Andrew High School in the "D230 T-Bolt Invitational" tournament. The win...

  • Mistwood Golf Club Producing Food and Honey in Their Own Backyard

    Dec 26, 2022

    This year, Mistwood Golf Club started The Farm, a project that not only sees them grow their own vegetables, herbs, and flowers, but also keeping their own bees for pollination and honey harvesting. Less than a year in, it is already garnering awards. The FairWays Foundation, which awards grants for sustainability on golf courses internationally, awarded Mistwood a grant to cover infrastructural startup costs for the entire farm to table program. What makes this program...

  • Lifeline Theatre Seeks Writers For 2nd Annual Adaptation Development Workshop

    Dec 12, 2022

    Lifeline Theatre is seeking writers to submit their work to their adaptation workshop designed to apply Lifeline’s organizational knowledge about new adaptation development to specifically support BIPOC playwrights/writers who are adapting works for the stage. This will culminate in a final reading for an audience and the potential to be included in future Lifeline seasons. SUBMISSIONS Lifeline seeks submissions from writers of color outlining their intent to develop a stage adaptation of a book or other literary work...

  • Blue Seas Med Spa raises $5,000 for Edward Foundation's Breast Program Fund

    Apr 20, 2023

    (Naperville, IL – Dec. 12, 2022) – Blue Seas Med Spa in Naperville has donated $5,000 to the Edward Foundation's Breast Program Fund. The team spent the month of October raising awareness of breast cancer and entered customers who donated into raffles. Blue Seas Med Spa offers medical aesthetics and skin enrichment services. Learn more at www.blueseasmedspa.com. Since it was established in 1990, the Edward Foundation has raised more than $54 million to support Edward...

  • Local Red Cross Volunteers Help 85 People Affected by Home Fires in the Past Week

    Dec 12, 2022

    December 12, 2022 – American Red Cross volunteers responded to 20 home fires in Chicago, Brookfield, Broadview, Sauk Village, Harvey, Joliet, Dolton, Manteno, and University Park in the past week and provided assistance to 85 individuals including 43 children, through supplying them with basic items to meet immediate needs after a fire, and additional support in the form of health and mental health services and one-on-one support. If you or someone you know needs assistance after a home fire or local disaster,...

  • Downers Grove Residents Run as Slate for District 99 Board of Education

    Apr 20, 2023

    December 12, 2022 – Downers Grove, Illinois - Downers Grove residents Kara Casten, Ken Dawson and Don Renner have announced their candidacies for the upcoming District 99 Board of Education election. The election will be held on April 4, 2023 to fill three openings for the seven-member volunteer school board. No current board members are seeking re-election. As professionals, volunteers and parents of former, current and future District 99 students, the three candidates are...

  • Illinois American Water and American Water Charitable Foundation Announce $25,000 in STEAM Grants

    Dec 12, 2022

    Woodridge, Ill. – (Dec. 8, 2022) – The American Water Charitable Foundation (AWCF), a 501(c)(3) organization established by American Water, the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, partnered with Illinois American Water to provide five State Strategic Impact Grants focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) initiatives. Five organizations within Illinois American Water's service area will receive a $5,000 grant....

  • Volunteer work inspires career path

    Dec 12, 2022

    Tinley Park, IL: When Stephanie Wingo signed up to be a Special Olympics volunteer in middle school, little did she know this would inspire her career path. "I've always had a passion for helping others," she said, and the experience of working with the Special Olympians with intellectual disabilities stuck with her. Even while pursuing a nursing degree at Middle Tennessee State University in the early 2000s, Wingo felt the pull to help those with disabilities. The pull...

  • Chicago Juveniles Charged with Stealing Car from Villa Park Auto Repair Shop

    Dec 7, 2022

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Villa Park Chief of Police Michael Rivas announced today that Judge Anthony Coco has ordered that two Chicago juveniles accused of stealing a vehicle from a Villa Park auto repair shop will be released to the custody of their parent or guardian. The juveniles have each been charged with one count of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle (Class 2 Felony). On December 3, 2022, a Patrol Officer with the Villa Park Police Department observed a crashed vehicle in the parking lot...

  • Joliet Central Spanish Teacher Rocio Flores Selected to Participate in American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Conference in Boston

    Dec 5, 2022

    Joliet Central Spanish Teacher Rocio Flores was selected to participate in American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Conference in Boston. On November 20, Rocio presented “Using Testimonio Pedagogy in the Spanish as a Heritage Language Classroom” alongside three of her colleagues from the Chicagoland area, Nancy Dominguez-Fret from the University of Illinois Chicago; Melissa Aponte from West Aurora High School; and Jacquelin Camacho from Wheeling High...

  • Joliet District 86 School Board Members Recognized

    Dec 5, 2022

    Congratulations to Joliet Public Schools District 86 Board of School Inspectors Gwendolyn Ulmer and Deborah Ziech for receiving the Distinguished Board Leader award from the Illinois Association of School Boards. The award is given to school board members throughout Illinois in recognition for the time and effort devoted to leadership activities and service to the public education community. Gwendolyn Ulmer has served on the Joliet District 86 Board of School Inspectors since...

  • Legendary Actor Chevy Chase, Raising Cane's Founder 'Light Up' Raising Cane's Restaurant in Chicago Suburb

    Aug 27, 2023

    Legendary actor Chevy Chase joined Raising Cane's Founder and Co-CEO Todd Graves to light up Morton Grove's Raising Cane's on Tuesday night, creating a massive holiday display that had everyone recalling their favorite moment from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Chase – better known as Clark Griswold from the beloved holiday classic – joined Graves to unofficially kickoff the Christmas season by "plugging in" the holiday lights display at the Raising Cane's located...

  • Oakton Community College hosts Art Kleinman's exhibition Dec. 8 - Jan. 20

    Nov 29, 2022

    Des Plaines, Ill. (Nov. 28, 2022) – The public is invited to view Chicago-based painter Art Kleinman's recent work during an upcoming exhibit at Oakton Community College. The exhibition will feature Kleinman's geometric paintings and explore the relationship between structural balance and the desire to "break out" into a freer form of expression. The free exhibit, "Break Out," runs from Dec. 8 to Jan. 20 at Oakton's Koehnline Museum of Art, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines, Ill. A public reception for the artist will be...

  • Holiday-themed Painting Class with Jyllian Ossola at the Starved Rock Country Welcome Center

    Nov 26, 2022

    The Starved Rock Country Welcome Center is hosting a "Holiday Pick Up Truck" sign painting class on Thursday, December 1st, from 5:00pm-7:00pm. Jyllian Ossola, local artist and experienced instructor, will direct attendees as they complete their 7" x 48" vertical porch sign. "This single-sided sign will be done with step-by-step instruction and as much help as needed so that each artist will go home with their own original piece of art to proudly display or give away," said...

  • Niles-Maine District Library Staff Came Together to Participate in Annual Community Thanksgiving Donation

    Nov 26, 2022

    The Niles-Maine District Library staff members gave back to the community with their 11th annual Thanksgiving donation to Niles Family Services on Tuesday, November 15. Staff members donated over 200 non-perishable goods to help Niles area families enjoy a Thanksgiving meal this year. Non-perishable goods including stuffing, bread mix, mixed vegetables, sweet potatoes, and other Thanksgiving favorites were donated. All goods were donated by library staff members. "We are...

  • Helicopter Funding Approved for Sheriff's Office to Improve Public Safety

    Nov 26, 2022

    Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart thanked the Cook County Board of Commissioners today for authorizing funding to acquire a police helicopter to combat the violent crime plaguing our community, assist in large-scale emergency situations, and help locate missing people. “Helicopters are a game changer, particularly in tracking carjackers and coordinating emergency response to major incidents,” Sheriff Dart said. “Having a helicopter monitor carjacking offenders from the sky increases the chances of the offender being...

  • Young Artists Show Off Their Work At Museum Gallery Opening

    Feb 20, 2023

    On Friday, November 11, DuPage Children's Museum (DCM) opened a new Good Show! Gallery featuring the artwork of five, second grade classrooms from Steeple Run Elementary School in Naperville. 108 students worked with DCM's Arts & Maker Specialist Dustin Thacker and local artist, Benjamin Calvert, to create their very own print. More than 125 children and adults attended the opening night ribbon cutting where the young artists were eager to show off their creations. "Working...

  • Elmhurst Hospital maintains straight-A record in Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

    Feb 20, 2023

    The Leapfrog Group has awarded Elmhurst Hospital with an "A" Hospital Safety Grade for the 22nd consecutive time, recognizing it as one of the only 22 hospitals in the country and three in Illinois to be awarded an "A" in every Hospital Safety Grade cycle since 2012. "We're proud of our straight-A streak, but we're also humbled because we realize we have to concentrate even more and work harder to maintain the high level of safety and quality of care we provide every day,"...

  • Bond Denied for Man Accused of Opening Fire at Yorktown Mall

    Nov 18, 2022

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Lombard Chief of Police Roy Newton announced today that bond has been denied for a man accused of opening fire at the Yorktown Mall last weekend. Ronald Grundy, 22 (d.o.b. 2/18/2000) of Louisville, Kentucky, appeared at a bond hearing this morning where Judge John Kinsella granted the State’s motion to deny bond. On November 14, 2022, Grundy’s alleged accomplice, Jakobi Kinsey 24, (d.o.b. 8/11/1998) of the 3200 block of W. Douglas Boulevard, Chicago, appeared at a bond...

  • DuPage County Launches 211

    Nov 18, 2022

    On Nov. 15, DuPage County launched 211 – a free, confidential information and referral service that will provide a central access point to local health and human services 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. Beginning Nov. 15, the 211 line will enable DuPage County residents to use an easy three-digit number to access help by phone – or via the new 211 web address, 211dupage.gov. Anyone will be able to obtain immediate referrals to mental health services, addiction support and rehabilitation, crisis counseling, supplemental...

  • Oakton Community College Empty Bowls event, Dec. 3, to support local food pantries

    Nov 18, 2022

    Community members are invited to enjoy a delicious meal and take home beautifully handcrafted bowls while supporting local food pantries at Oakton Community College’s upcoming Empty Bowls event. This year’s Empty Bowls event takes place Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Oakton’s Des Plaines campus, 1600 E. Golf Road, in rooms 1606-1610. More than 1,200 handcrafted soup bowls will be available for purchase, many of which will make a great holiday gift while supporting a great cause. Sponsored by Oakton’s...

  • Bond Set at $100,000 for Postal Carrier Charged with Stealing Checks Intended for Others on His Route

    Nov 14, 2022

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Elmhurst Chief of Police Michael McLean announced today that a postal carrier has been charged with Identity Theft for allegedly stealing more than one hundred checks intended for others from his mail route. Keevon Dockery, 22 (d.o.b. 3/14/2000) of the 7500 block of S. Wolcott Avenue, Chicago, appeared at a bond hearing this morning where Judge Ann Celine O’Hallaren Walsh set bond at $100,000 with 10% to apply. Dockery has been charged with five counts of Identity Theft...

  • "Gifts for Guardians" Program Seeks Donations of Gifts for Children to Provide Their Parents, Guardians During Holidays

    Nov 7, 2022

    JOLIET-"Gifts for Guardians," a program that gives children the opportunity to select gifts for their parents and other guardians during the holiday season, is seeking donations of new items for the youngsters to give their caregivers. The shopping event allows children to shop from donated items for their parent or guardian, so they may experience the joy of giving at Christmas. It also recognizes and encourages struggling parents during this time of year that often go...

  • Worth Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of Child Pornography

    Nov 7, 2022

    COOK COUNTY, IL – A Worth man is heading to prison and must register as a sex offender as a result of an investigation by the Cook County Sheriff's Police Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today. Juan Carlos Alvarado-Platero, 44, of the 6700 block of West 113th Street, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of Possession of Child Pornography of Children Under 13, a Class 2 Felony. In August 2021, investigators received a tip...

  • Romeoville Officially Opens New Look Lake Strini

    Dec 12, 2022

    A quarry strike, pandemic, and supply chain issues may have delayed the completion of renovations to Lake Strini, but the results were worth the wait. The official ribbon cutting of the lake, which is located within the bounds of Conservation Park (524 W. Belmont), was held this week on an unseasonably warm November day. Even those simply driving by the lake will notice the new wood boardwalk that spans the east side of the water. Aside from looking nice, the boardwalk...

  • Joliet Public Schools District 86 Students Invited to Illinois Music Education Association Junior High Music Festival

    Nov 7, 2022
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    Congratulations to Hufford Junior High students: Daniel Cruz, Esbayde Gonzalez, and Washington Junior High students: Andelise Carlson and Rocco Jones who were selected to represent Joliet Public Schools District 86 at the Illinois Music Association District 1 Junior Festival taking place on November 5, 2022. Daniel Cruz plays violin in the Hufford Junior High Orchestra, Esbayde Gonzalez plays alto saxophone in the Hufford Junior High Band, Andelise Carlson plays oboe in the...

  • Joliet Public Schools District 86 Announces New School Board Member

    Nov 7, 2022

    JOLIET, November 3, 2022 –The Joliet Public Schools District 86 Board of School Inspectors appointed Jesse Smith to fill the vacant school board east side seat. Mr. Smith was one of six applicants who applied for the opening. Mr. Smith took the Oath of Office at the Board of School Inspectors meeting in October that was held at Hufford Junior High School. The east side seat was vacant after former board member Antione Edwards resigned on August 11, 2022. Mr. Smith will fill...

  • "The Music of World War I" webinar set for Nov. 12

    Nov 7, 2022

    As part of their recognition of Oswego area veterans with their annual "Remembering Our Veterans" exhibit, the Little White School Museum will host a special webinar on "The Music of World War I" from 2-3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12. According to Oswegoland Heritage Association Program Chair Tina Beaird, for their $5 registration fee, participants will connect with presenter Andrew Bullen for a lively discussion of how World War I and music affected each other. The interactive...

  • Illinois Dentists Provide Veteran Care Statewide in November

    Nov 7, 2022

    SPRINGFIELD – Dozens of Illinois dentists are showing veterans they care about their smiles in November by providing free treatment throughout the month. Members of the Illinois State Dental Society statewide are opening their offices to free veteran care in November as part of the Illinois Dentists Salute initiative. Illinois veterans are eligible to receive no-cost treatment at participating dental offices, where the dentist determines priority treatment for the veteran patient. Military veterans have made a great...

  • Joliet Central High School Holds 10th Annual Veterans Ceremony Nov. 10

    Nov 1, 2022

    On Thursday, November 10, Joliet Central High School will honor local veterans and those currently serving in the armed forces at its 10th annual Veterans Ceremony. This hour-long program begins at 2:20 p.m. in the Joliet Central auditorium, 201 E. Jefferson Street in Joliet. The public is invited to attend and veterans can complete the online form HERE or contact the Community and Alumni Relations Office at (815) 727-6796 to receive recognition at the event. Visitors may...

  • Man Charged with First-Degree Murder and Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault for Northbrook Homicide

    Dec 12, 2022
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    COOK COUNTY, IL – A 49-year-old man now faces first-degree murder charges for beating his roommate to death in Northfield Township, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today. On Oct. 18, Sheriff's Police responded to a call at the 3600 block of Salem Walk in unincorporated Northbrook. Upon arrival, officers spoke with Shinebayar Tudevdorj, later identified as the offender, who stated the victim was found unresponsive in her bedroom. Officers entered the 61-year-old...

  • Joliet Central High School Inducts 31 Students into Illinois Music Honors Society

    Nov 1, 2022

    Joliet Central High School recently inducted 31 students into their student chapter of the Illinois Music Honors Society. The Illinois Music Honors Society (ILMHS) is for Illinois music students in junior high and/or high school who are dedicated to their school music program and wish to create and participate in extended opportunities for leadership, service, enrichment, and connection. ILMHS is an opportunity for school music students to bond across specialization areas,...

  • Joliet West Band, Choir and Orchestra Students Selected to ILMEA District I Ensembles

    Dec 12, 2022

    Twelve Joliet West Band, Choir, and Orchestra students were selected to the Illinois Music Education Association District I Ensembles. The students auditioned in October by submitting a video containing etudes and other performance requirements. Thousands of students audition each year for the ILMEA ensembles and being selected to participate is a very high honor, showing not only their amazing musical talents but also a commitment to their craft. The District I festival will...

  • Kendall County 4-H member wins National 4-H Youth in Action Award

    Oct 17, 2022

    CHEVY CHASE, MD – Matias Habib, 17, of Sandwich (Kendall County), is the 2023 4-H Youth in Action Award for Agriculture sponsored by Bayer through the National 4-H Council. Habib will be recognized nationally for developing his own patent-pending bio-pesticide and startup business through a 4-H entomology project. As a national winner, Habib will receive a $5,000 higher education scholarship and spend 2023 inspiring other youth by telling his 4-H story and celebrating his...

  • Four District 86 Students Win First Place Awards in Joliet Fire Department Contest

    Dec 12, 2022
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    JOLIET, October 14, 2022 -- Congratulations to the four Joliet Public Schools District 86 students who were first winners in the 2022 Joliet Fire Department Fire Safety Poster Contest. This year's theme was "Fire Won't Wait. Plan Your Escape." The student winners, parents, and teachers were recognized at the Exchange Club Firefighter of the Year luncheon at the Jacob Henry Mansion. District 86 student first place winners were: 1st Grade: Alexis Resendes, Carl Sandburg...

  • Rotary Club of Downers Grove to Host Annual Halloween Window Painting Event

    Oct 17, 2022

    On Saturday, October 22 from 9 a.m. to noon, the Rotary Club of Downers Grove and the Downtown Management Corporation will host its annual Halloween Window Painting Event in downtown Downers Grove. The event is intended for children in K-6th grade. The family event has been a tradition since 1966. "The Halloween Window Painting Event has been around so long that some parents are bringing their own grandchildren to participate as the third generation of artists!" said Ann...

  • Romeoville Reveals New Ornament Tradition

    Oct 17, 2022

    The Village of Romeoville is starting a new holiday tradition... Annual Village Ornaments. The concept was inspired by the White House ornament collection, which was started by First Lady Nancy Reagan in 1981. The first ornament in this new series celebrates the municipal heart of the community - village hall. Every year, thousands of residents flock to the grounds around the 60 foot tower to take part in community events like concerts and festivals. Now, residents can bring...

  • Senator Cappel partners with area officials to host Veterans Rights Seminar

    Oct 17, 2022

    ROMEOVILLE – The brave men and women who served our nation and safeguarded our freedom deserve gratitude and to know that once they come home, they will be supported. That's why State Senator Meg Loughran Cappel, State Representative Natalie Manley, and Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant will partner with local groups to host a Veterans Rights Seminar Nov. 19. "People who put their lives on hold in service of something greater than themselves deserve to know...

  • Author of "The Traveling Mermaids of Starved Rock" to be Part of Utica Fall Festival

    Oct 17, 2022

    Jill Duchnowski, author of the children's book, "The Traveling Mermaids of Starved Rock", will be reading from her book at the Starved Rock Country Welcome Center, 248 Canal Street, Utica, as part of Utica's Fall Festival on Saturday, October 22, 2022. Duchnowski's book tells the story of Cassidy as she discovers the mermaids in Ottawa Canyon while she is worrying about starting at a new school. The mermaids help change her outlook about meeting new people, maintaining her...

  • Rep. Manley, Sen. Loughran Cappel to Host Community Shred Day

    Oct 10, 2022

    ROMEOVILLE, Ill. — State Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, in partnership with state Sen. Meg Loughran Cappel, D-Shorewood, will host a Community Shred Day on Saturday, October 15 from 10 a.m. to noon. The event will take place in the parking lot behind the Joliet District 86 administration building located at 420 North Raynor Ave. in Joliet. “Shredding documents with personally identifiable information on them is a great way to prevent identity theft while clearing out clutter from your home,” said Manley. “I...

  • Hug Officially Announces 2023 Council Candidacy

    Oct 10, 2022

    Current Joliet District 1 City Councilman, Larry Hug, formally announced his run for reelection after pulling petitions at city hall Monday. "I am honored to be chosen by my fellow residents to represent them on the city council," Hug said, "and I am proud of what I've accomplished to improve the lives of all families in our district." Since Hug founded and led Joliet's first ever Economic Development Committee the city has benefited from over $5 billion in new construction....

  • Joliet West Golfer McKenna Anderson Advances to IHSA State Tournament

    Oct 10, 2022

    Joliet West senior golfer McKenna Anderson qualified for IHSA State as an individual on Oct. 3 by shooting a 78 (+6) at the O'Fallon IHSA Sectional at Far Oaks Golf Course in Caseyville, Illinois. She finished 9th overall in scoring for the day, which vaulted her to IHSA State. The IHSA State Competition takes place on Oct. 7 and 8 at Hickory Point Golf Course. "A significant goal of McKenna's this year was to advance onto IHSA State. With that in mind, she was ultra-focused...

  • Joliet West Marching Tigers Finish 3rd at Plainfield South Marching Invitational

    Oct 10, 2022

    The Joliet West High School Marching Tigers had another outstanding performance at the Plainfield South Marching Invitational. The band finished 3rd in Class AA and was one of 18 bands that performed at the festival. The band will next compete at the Downers Grove South Mustang Music Bowl on October 8 at 5:30 p.m. "The band continues to improve from week to week, with this past performance be a great example. They took an outstanding performance in week 1 and built on it to...

  • Oswego museum planning high school music, athletic reunions in October

    Dec 12, 2022
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    The Little White School Museum, 72 Polk Street (Jackson at Polk) in Oswego invites former Oswego School District band and choral students and participants in the district's athletics programs, as well as the faculty members who sponsored, coached, and taught those activities, to get together to reminisce about the fun they had during their school careers. The museum's "School Reunion – Music" will be held on Sunday, Oct. 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Then on Sunday, Oct. 23,...

  • Nearly 100 People Received a Free Computer at Niles-Maine District Library Event

    Dec 12, 2022

    Nearly 100 people received a free computer at the Niles-Maine District Library (or will get one shipped to their home) on Monday, September 26, 2022 thanks to a partnership with PCs for People. The Digital Services Department at the Niles-Maine District Library organized the highly anticipated event to help bridge the digital divide in the community. Residents who receive SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, Federal Public Housing Assistance, Veterans Pension Benefit Program, or have a...

  • President Preckwinkle and Cook County Bureau of Asset Management Announce Energy Savings Measures in Partnership with Peoples Gas

    Oct 10, 2022

    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and the Cook County Bureau of Asset Management, in partnership with Peoples Gas, held a press conference this morning to announce a recent successful effort in natural gas saving measures. Across several buildings in the county portfolio, the Bureau of Asset Management partnered with Peoples Gas to implement important changes that will result in a significant reduction in natural gas usage. The skilled tradespeople at the Department of Facilities Management and the Cook County...

  • Nicor Gas recognizes Hunger Action Month, commits $450,000 to address food insecurity

    Oct 10, 2022

    NAPERVILLE, IL – September 30, 2022 – In honor of Hunger Action Month this September, Nicor Gas has made two commitments totaling $450,000 over five years to the Northern Illinois Food Bank and the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Through these partnerships, the company expects to support more than 28,000 families across its service territory with access to healthy food options to fuel their lives. “At Nicor Gas, we are committed to ensuring our friends, family and neighbors in the communities we serve have the food...

  • Joliet public schools district 86 celebrates national principals month

    Nov 7, 2022

    Joliet Public Schools District 86, in coordination with the Illinois Principals Association (IPA), National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA), recognize October as National Principals Month. The month is an opportunity for us to thank our school principals for their dedication, leadership, and hard work they do on a daily basis to ensure...

  • Casten, Assistant Speaker Clark Host Press Conference at Planned Parenthood on Republican's Proposed Abortion Ban

    Nov 7, 2022

    Aurora, IL (September 27th) - Today, U.S. Congressman Sean Casten (IL-06) was joined by Assistant Speaker of the House Katherine Clark (MA-05) at a press conference at the Planned Parenthood Health Center in Aurora discussing the House Republican's recent unveiling of their agenda for the 118th Congress that includes plans to federally criminalize abortion. Reps. Casten and Clark were joined by Jennifer Welch, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Illinois. "This issue...

  • Illinois National Guard Members, Polish Parnters, Participate in 500-Mile Bicycle Ride T0 'Always Remember' Our Fallen

    Nov 7, 2022

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – For 17 years Polish and Illinois National Guard Soldiers fought together in Iraq and then Afghanistan. Last week they rode more than 500 miles together honoring warriors killed in post 9/11 conflicts. The grueling 5-day, bicycle ride through Illinois, called the Gold Star 500, began six years ago when a group of active and retired Illinois National Guard members formed an organization called Gold Star Mission. The goal was to "Always Remember, Never...

  • Judge Orders Detention for Student Accused of Bringing Gun to School

    Sep 26, 2022

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and West Chicago Chief of Police Colin Fleury announced today that a fourteen-year-old male West Chicago High School student has been accused of bringing a gun to school. The juvenile appeared at a detention hearing this morning where Judge Anthony Coco ordered that he be detained until at least his next court appearance. He has been charged with one count of Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon in Public – School (Class 3 Felony), one count of Aggravated Unlawful Use of a...

  • New Senior Housing Concept Gets Proposed in Romeoville

    Sep 26, 2022

    The southwest corner of Airport Road and Budler Road could soon be home to a new senior housing development. The Village Board reviewed the initial concept plan at their meeting. The proposal calls for a single-story, 66,259 square foot building with sections for both regular assisted living and memory care, which would be in a separate wing. The facility would have approximately 81 units, with 26 being for memory care. Some of the proposed amenities include public and...

  • Treasurer's Race: Frerichs touts investment gains, Demmer sees opportunity for GOP check

    Sep 26, 2022

    SPRINGFIELD – In Illinois, the role of state treasurer is that of chief investment officer. Treasurer Michael Frerichs has held that position for two full terms, winning by less than 10,000 votes in 2014 before cruising to an 18 percentage-point victory in 2018. He boasts that Illinois has topped $1.2 billion in interest gains on its investments since he took office, making him just the second treasurer since Republican Judy Baar Topinka, who held that post from 1995 through 2007, to reach that threshold. “We've raised...

  • Joliet West Marching Tigers Place 2nd at Pontiac Competition

    Sep 26, 2022

    The Joliet West High School Marching Tigers began their competitive season on Saturday with a great performance at the 17th Annual Pontiac Marching Band Competition. The band placed 2nd in Class D and was one of 12 performing bands at the festival. The band will continue its competitive season with a performance at Plainfield South on September 24 at 3:15 p.m. Future performances also include Downers Grove South, Naperville Central, and the band will finish the season on...

  • Chicago Zoological Society Announces 2022 Photo Contest Winners

    Sep 26, 2022

    Brookfield, Ill. - More than 700 photos featuring lions, capybaras, butterflies, snakes, penguins, and so many more animals were entered in the Chicago Zoological Society's 2022 Photo Contest. A panel of professional photographers judged the photos and selected their top seven choices in the following categories: mammal, bird, and reptile/amphibian/invertebrate/fish. Additionally, they chose their top five picks from all submitted entries to be considered for the grand prize....

  • District 99 Students Receive Grant from the Illinois Press Foundation

    Sep 19, 2022

    Journalism students at South High School in Downers Grove received a 2022 grant from the Illinois Press Foundation and Illinois Farm Bureau. The $1,400 grant will be used to purchase a professional camera and kit for students to take quality photographs. South High is one of 16 grant recipients, including North High School in Downers Grove, from across Illinois this year. "It's so invigorating to see students engaged in journalism and excited about learning the foundational...

  • Options Fair 2022 to be held October 17, 2022

    Sep 19, 2022

    Students with disabilities and their families are invited to Options Fair 2022 to learn about opportunities available after high school. The event will be held on Monday, October 17, 2022 from 6-8 p.m. at South High School in Downers Grove, located at 1436 Norfolk Street Downers Grove, IL 60516. The event is offered to the public free of charge and no pre-registration is required. In its sixth year with over 500 participants attending annually, the Options Fair is returning...

  • Cappel-backed measure sends tax rebates to Illinois families

    Sep 19, 2022

    Illinois taxpayers can expect to see up to $700 in tax rebates in the coming weeks thanks to the State Senator Meg Loughran Cappel-supported Illinois Family Relief Plan. “From pandemic losses to the increased cost-of-living, families across the state are facing financial distress,” said Cappel (D-Shorewood). “As a General Assembly, we recognized the daily struggles of hardworking people and passed a comprehensive plan to provide them with much-needed relief to help them get back on their feet.” Supported by Cappel,...

  • Joliet School is Named One of the Best In the Nation For the Second Time

    Sep 28, 2022

    U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona announced today that Eisenhower Academy has been named a 2022 National Blue Ribbon School. Eisenhower is one of only 297 schools in the country receiving this honor. Eisenhower Academy was also named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School. Schools are nominated for this national recognition by the state department of education and then school officials must complete a comprehensive application over several months to apply for the award....

  • In visit to Illinois, VP Harris rallies voters around abortion rights

    Sep 19, 2022

    SPRINGFIELD – Vice President Kamala Harris came to Chicago Friday to rally voters who support abortion rights and urge them to turn out in the upcoming midterm elections. Speaking at a roundtable discussion on reproductive rights at the University of Illinois Chicago, Harris said the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade has put abortion rights at the forefront in races up and down the ballot. “Who is your governor matters,” she said. “Whether they're going to protect these rights and support...

  • Join Senator Cappel for Coffee and Conversation on Sept. 28

    Sep 19, 2022

    SHOREWOOD – Whether it’s questions about state resources or feedback on legislative priorities, State Senator Meg Loughran Cappel loves sitting down with local residents to reflect on how she can best serve the 49th District. During a Coffee and Conversation event on Sept. 28, Cappel invites the community to join her at the Troy-Shorewood Public Library to chat. “In order for me to be an effective leader of the community, it’s pertinent I meet with people face-to-face and take in their needs, desires and...

  • Plainfield School District, Police and Fire departments work together on Community Homecoming Safety Plans

    Sep 19, 2022

    The 70th Annual Plainfield Community Homecoming Parade is Saturday, October 8, 2022. Safety is the community’s top priority and the Village of Plainfield, Plainfield Fire Protection District, and Plainfield School District 202 have worked together to ensure this year’s Homecoming Parade is a safe and enjoyable event for everyone. Over the last several years, our country has witnessed numerous acts of violence at public events including parades. We take these events seriously and have been preparing to put on a safe and...

  • National Guard to assist migrant welcoming effort as Pritzker declares disaster

    Sep 19, 2022

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker said Wednesday that Illinois will continue to welcome migrants bused here from Texas as he blasted that state’s governor for relocating them to other cities without sharing information or providing resources. Pritzker said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and his agencies have been providing little notice for incoming migrants and has not responded to calls from Illinois’ agency heads. That’s meant Illinois has had “between three and 24 hours to find shelter for potentially 100 or more...

  • Maine Township Property Values Released

    Sep 19, 2022

    Cook County – Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi released the initial assessments of residential and commercial properties in Maine Township on September 7, 2022. Property owners can expect to receive their Reassessment Notice in the mail within the week. “Values of residential and commercial property in Maine Township increased since the last reassessment in 2019, said Assessor Kaegi. “Real estate market trends saw residential home prices rise while rent collections have resumed since the early days of the pandemic....

  • Pollinator pair win monthly Forest Preserve photo contest

    Sep 19, 2022

    If it floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee, it must be the winning photo for August's portion of the Forest Preserve District of Will County's Preserve the Moment Photo Contest. Byron Morgan of Crete snapped the winning picture at Hickory Creek Preserve. The photo, which features an eastern tiger swallowtail on a flower and a bee in midair, received the most votes through public voting on Facebook after being chosen as one of five finalist photos by Forest Preserve...

  • DuPage County Clerk Jean Kaczmarek Announces $585,000 Grant Approved To Expand Paving of Parking Lot at Fairgrounds

    Sep 19, 2022

    WHEATON, IL – DuPage County Clerk Jean Kaczmarek announces that the DuPage County Fairgrounds’ main parking lot will be completely repaved in 2023 thanks to a $585,000 polling place accessibility grant from the Illinois State Board of Elections. A portion of the parking lot was already repaved in 2022 thanks to an initial state grant of $149,000. The Fairgrounds serves as DuPage County’s most popular polling place during Early Voting and Election Day. “Nearly 34,000 people voted at the Fairgrounds during the 2020...

  • Gold Star 500 Ride For The Fallen To Have Polish Participation

    Nov 7, 2022

    This year the Gold Star 500 from Sept. 20-24 will include 12 riders and 12 volunteers from Poland including members of the Polish military and members of Polish families who have lost their loved ones in Iraq or Afghanistan. "Having our allies participate reinforces the importance of our mission, and it reminds us that others have experienced loss with us," said Matt Jones, President of Gold Star Mission. "It also shows how these bonds transcend international boundaries. The...

  • Gun rights group sues Highland Park

    Sep 19, 2022

    SPRINGFIELD – A gun rights group is challenging the city of Highland Park’s ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines like the ones used in a mass shooting there on July 4. The National Association for Gun Rights, based in Loveland, Colorado, filed the lawsuit Wednesday in federal district court in Chicago at the same time it filed lawsuits challenging a similar ordinance in Naperville as well as state laws in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Hawaii. The cases were filed in district courts that are part of five...

  • 1 in 3 African American blood donors a match for people with sickle cell disease

    Sep 18, 2022

    During Sickle Cell Awareness Month, the American Red Cross has launched Joined by Blood, a fall-focused component of the Sickle Cell Initiative, to help improve the health outcomes of those with sickle cell disease through impactful community-based partnerships. In September and October, the Red Cross is teaming up with community organizations like the National Pan-Hellenic Council – known as the Divine Nine – and others to host blood drives and inspire donors who are...

  • Geneva native serves aboard Navy's newest warship

    Sep 18, 2022

    Petty Officer 1st Class Tyler Johnson, a native of Geneva, Illinois, serves aboard the Navy's newest warship operating out of Norfolk, Virginia. USS Fort Lauderdale, an amphibious transport dock ship, was commissioned July 30 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. "If there is one thing that history has shown us from the days of antiquity it is that the stakes of the competition for control of the seas are high and for our part, USS Fort Lauderdale stands ready to deliver on any day,...

  • Illinoisans have among the best access to 'Grade A' hospitals, reveals study.

    Sep 18, 2022

    National study identifies the no. of people in each state to top-grade hospitals. Illinois has 373,406 people per top-grade hospital. It’s a concerning statistic* that over 22,000 deaths in the U.S. each year are a result of preventable deaths during patient hospitalization. Medical error often involves factors such as poor management or monitoring of medical conditions, errors linked to surgery and other procedures, and diagnostic errors; and while healthcare workers are dedicated to their medical duties, these errors...

  • Plainfield Police Department announces Labor Day 'Click it or Ticket' campaign results

    Sep 18, 2022

    Plainfield, IL - During Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) grant funded enforcement details, the Plainfield Police Department issued 48 citations to motor vehicle occupants who failed to wear a seat belt during the recent Labor Day campaign. In addition, other citations an d arrests included: 20 speeding citations [3 were for aggravated speeding; 91 /35, 90/45, 75/45) 1 arrest for a suspended driver's license 1 warrant arrest 24 other...

  • The Grand Garden opens at The Morton Arboretum Sept. 18

    Sep 18, 2022

    The Morton Arboretum will open its lush, colorful new 2-acre Grand Garden to the public at 1:00 p.m., Sept. 18, as part of its yearlong centennial celebration in 2022. Arboretum President and CEO Gerard T. Donnelly, Ph.D., explained that the garden was designed to showcase the beauty and diversity of plants as a masterful horticultural display. It will be a central attraction for Arboretum guests, located just steps away from the Visitor Center, spanning the length of two...

  • Senator Mark Kirk Endorses Bob Schillerstrom For President Of Dupage Forest Preserve

    Sep 18, 2022

    Former US Senator Mark Kirk endorsed Bob Schillerstrom for DuPage County Forest Preserve President, Wednesday night, in front of a large group of supporters and friends. "I enthusiastically endorse and support, my friend Bob Schillerstrom, for DuPage Forest Preserve President. Bob has very capably served the people of DuPage County and has demonstrated his leadership and his integrity in every position he has held. Bob's passion for the preservation of our natural resources...

  • JTHS 204 Pink Heals Fundraiser

    Sep 18, 2022

    Joliet West High School will host the annual Pink Heals JT Volleyball Fundraiser on Tuesday, October 4, 2022.  The Central vs. West cross-town volleyball event takes place in the West Gymnasium with the JV/freshman game starting at 4:30 p.m., followed by the Pre-Game Survivors Ceremony, and then the varsity game. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. The event features raffles and 50/50 tickets sold throughout the event to benefit Pink Heals. JTHS will sell Pink Heals Shirts for $15...

  • Bond Set for Cook County Trio Charged with Burglary from Oak Brook Nordstrom Rack and Fleeing Authorities in a High-Speed Chase

    Sep 18, 2022

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Oak Brook Chief of Police Brian Strockis announced today that bond has been set for a trio of individuals accused of stealing merchandise from the Nordstrom Rack store near the Oak Brook mall. Doniesha Chew, 23 (d.o.b. 7/13/1999) of the 800 block of E. 153rd Street, Phoenix, Terrance Reed, 37 (d.o.b. 5/8/1985) of the 6000 block of S. Indiana Avenue, Chicago and Jaquay Shines, 25 (d.o.b. 1/4/1997) of the 6800 block of S. Throop Street, Chicago, each appeared at a bond...

  • Sheriff Dart Warns Public of Ruse Burglaries, Provides Photos of Offenders

    Sep 18, 2022

    Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart is releasing images of several ruse burglary offenders and warning the public about the scheme following an incident in unincorporated New Trier Township. Sheriff's Police responded to a ruse burglary on Sept. 1 in the 0-100 block of North Indian Hill Road. Upon arrival, officers learned that a man approached the 81-year-old victim's door and told her he was a construction worker. He said he needed to show her something outside and directed...

  • Nicor Gas, local fire departments team up to promote natural gas safety

    Sep 18, 2022

    Nicor Gas is committed to the safety of every customer and community it serves and is partnering with local fire departments across its northern Illinois service territory for an annual public education program. This year marks the 17th year of Nicor Gas’ participation in the safety awareness campaign that will run through the end of October, coinciding with National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 9 – 15). Nicor Gas volunteers will share important information and resources to help families know how to respond in the...

  • Pritzker calls for changes after "awful" reports of abuse at developmental center

    Sep 18, 2022

    Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker called patient abuses at the Choate Mental Health and Developmental Center in rural Anna “awful” and “deeply concerning,” and he said the future of the facility depends on correcting poor conditions. Pritzker’s comments at a news conference on Tuesday came on the heels of articles published Friday by Capitol News Illinois, Lee Enterprises and ProPublica outlining a history of egregious patient abuses and other employee misconduct at Choate. At least 26 employees over the past decade...

  • State announces first REV Act tax credit to Decatur manufacturer

    Sep 18, 2022

    SPRINGFIELD – The state on Tuesday announced the award of the first electric vehicle manufacturing-targeted tax incentives made possible by a law signed by Gov. JB Pritzker last year. The incentives come from the Reimagining Electric Vehicles Act, which passed nearly unanimously and became law in November, and will provide an estimated $2.2 million in value to T/CCI Manufacturing in Decatur. The REV Act passed two months after the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act which incentivizes EV adoption, driving Pritzker’s vision...

  • District 58 Board of Education earns 2022 School Board Governance Recognition

    Sep 28, 2022

    The Downers Grove Grade School District 58 Board of Education earned the 2022 School Board Governance Recognition from the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB). District 58's Board is one of only 33 Illinois school boards to earn this prestigious two-year honor. "This recognition is designed to acknowledge those school boards that have engaged in activities and modeled behaviors that led to excellence in local school governance in support of quality public education,"...

  • DCM Wonder Clubs Extend Through the School Year

    Sep 28, 2022

    DuPage Children's Museum (DCM) worked in partnership with the Center for Success to deliver DCM Wonder Clubs, exceptional Arts and STEM programming designed to inspire students to wonder about the world around them and generate solutions to authentic problems. The Center for Success empowers both pre-service college students in education and PK-12 students enrolled in high-need schools in Chicago and Aurora with experiential education that provides access, resources, and...

  • Third annual Suicide Prevention Walk set for September 24th

    Sep 28, 2022

    Plainfield – The third annual Plainfield Suicide Prevention Walk will be from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, September 24, 2022, at Plainfield High School-Central Campus at 24120 W. Fort Beggs Drive. Participation is free and open to the community. Attendees will walk the track for an hour in honor or in memory of someone touched by suicide. The event aims to raise awareness of suicide, honor those who have died by suicide, and show support for those who may be considering suicide and...

  • Plainfield Park District earns national accreditation in parks and recreation

    Sep 14, 2022

    Today, Plainfield Park District joins the ranks of elite park and recreation agencies across the country by earning accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). CAPRA accreditation is the only national accreditation for park and recreation agencies, and is a measure of an agency’s overall quality of operation, management and service to the community. This mark of distinction indicates that an agency has met rigorous...

  • Local Communities gain SNAP-Ed Educator, strengthens Extension commitment to food access & healthy living

    Sep 19, 2022

    JOLIET, Ill – For over 100 years, communities trust University of Illinois Extension to provide accurate knowledge and solutions to problems that are facing local communities. Healthy living and food security are two top priorities. Now, Illinois Extension reaffirms these top priorities locally by hiring a new educator focusing on these important issues as Extension empowers communities to make healthy choices and increase food access. Illinois Extension recently welcomed...

  • Forest Preserve's Recycle Your Bicycle program expands to second location in Bolingbrook

    Sep 4, 2022

    he Forest Preserve District of Will County's fall Recycle Your Bicycle program will be even more convenient this fall with two locations for dropping off cobweb-encrusted bikes you no longer want or use. All donated bikes are given to Chicago-based Working Bikes, workingbikes.org, which refurbishes and distributes them locally and globally to those in need of an affordable and sustainable mode of transportation for work, school, community services, recreation and more. In the...

  • Joliet Township High School Students Awarded Academic Honors from College Board National Recognition Programs

    Sep 4, 2022

    Twelve Joliet Township High School students have earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs. The National Recognition Programs grant underrepresented students with academic honors that can be included on college and scholarship applications and connect students with universities across the country, helping them meaningfully connect to colleges and stand out during the admissions process. Colleges and scholarship programs identify students...

  • Cappel invites residents to take advantage of two upcoming shred days

    Sep 4, 2022

    SHOREWOOD – To provide residents with a secure option for shredding documents containing personal information, State Senator Meg Loughran Cappel hosting two events in September to offer free, safe discarding services. “Securely discarding vulnerable documents is a strong effort to protect yourself and your family from identity fraud,” said Cappel (D-Shorewood). “Many of us have piles of old, unnecessary documents cluttering our homes, and I encourage families to take advantage of this free community event to safely...

  • First Human West Nile Virus Death in Cook County and Illinois for 2022

    Sep 4, 2022

    FOREST PARK, Ill. – Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) has confirmed the first human West Nile virus-related death in suburban Cook County this year. A Cook County resident in his late 70s became ill during the first part of August and subsequently died. WNV was a contributing factor in the death. Laboratory testing at CDC has confirmed the diagnosis of WNV. “The kids may be going back to school, but the mosquitoes are still out,” said CCDPH Chief Operating Officer Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck. “West Nile virus...

  • Pritzker makes abortion rights central issue

    Sep 19, 2022

    SPRINGFIELD – Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker said Tuesday that abortion rights will be a central issue in the 2022 election, not just in his bid for reelection but in races up and down the ballot. That includes races for Congress and the Illinois Supreme Court as well as the governor's race and state legislative contests. Speaking at a news conference with officials from political advocacy arms of Planned Parenthood organizations, Pritzker said the U.S. Supreme Court's...

  • Plainfield Residents and Businesses Encouraged To Participate in Community Food Drive

    Sep 4, 2022

    September is National Hunger Action Month! To help support the local food pantries, the Village of Plainfield, C.W. Avery Family YMCA, Plainfield Park District, Plainfield Area Public Library, Plainfield School District 202, and Plainfield Shorewood Area Chamber of Commerce are encouraging everyone to donate to the community food drive which benefits Bags of Hope, a private backpack food program, the Plainfield Area Interfaith Food Pantry, and St. John Lutheran Church Food Pantry. The food pantries would appreciate...

  • Interactive Route 66 Sign Parked at Romeoville Athletic & Event Center

    Sep 4, 2022

    When you drive past the Romeoville Athletic & Event Center at 55 Phelps Avenue, you may notice a new amenity out front. In preparation for the 100th anniversary of Illinois Route 66, the Heritage Corridor Convention & Visitors Bureau utilized grant money from the State of Illinois to purchase and distribute 12 Route 66 monument signs among communities along the historic roadway. "Route 66 is famous all over the world and we are tremendously lucky that we can be a community...

  • New "Back to School" exhibit entertains, informs about the history of public education in Oswego

    Sep 4, 2022

    The first schools in Oswego begun by the earliest pioneers in the 1830s were funded by subscriptions paid by the parents of the students attending. In 1850, however, the Illinois General Assembly passed legislation allowing for funding public schools through property taxes, and the number of schools and the quality of education they offered greatly increased. The story of that era as well as how the Oswego area went from a small largely rural school district to one of the...

  • JOLIET PUBLIC SCHOOLS DISTRICT 86 WELCOMES NEW ADMINISTRATORS

    Sep 4, 2022

    JOLIET, August 29, 2022 – Two new administrators have joined Joliet Public Schools District 86. Teresa Woodard is the new principal at Lynne Thigpen Elementary School and Elisabeth Patton was promoted to academic advisor at Washington Junior High School. Teresa Woodard has over 15 years of educational experience. Most recently, she served as the Thompson Instructional Center principal. She received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from Chicago State University. Ms....

  • Bond Set at $250,000 for Woodridge Man Charged with Disarming Police Officer at Woodridge Target

    Sep 4, 2022

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Woodridge Chief of Police Brian Cunningham announced today that bond has been set for a Woodridge man accused of disarming a police officer after allegedly stealing merchandise from a Woodridge Target store. John Crowder, 29 (d.o.b. 10/30/1992) with an unknown address, appeared at a bond hearing this morning where Judge Ann Celine O’Hallaren Walsh set bond at $250,000 with 10% to apply. Crowder has been charged with one count of Disarming a Peace Officer (Class 1 Felony),...

  • Safe Suburbs Names Mazzochi Elected Official of the Year

    Sep 4, 2022

    Westmont, IL… State Representative Deanne Mazzochi (R-Elmhurst) is proud to announce Safe Suburbs USA recently named her Elected Official of the Year. “I am thankful for this award and am grateful that such organizations exist to raise awareness and take action against the rising crime rates in our suburbs. As a member of House committees that involve crime and public safety, the conversation lately in Springfield has become too one-sided. We should always look for opportunities for reform within the criminal justice...

  • Avelar Encourages Residents to Apply for Utility Bill Assistance

    Sep 4, 2022

    State Rep. Dagmara “Dee” Avelar, D-Bolingbrook, is reminding constituents in need to apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). LIHEAP helps low-income households pay for home energy services such as heating and electricity. “As summer winds down and temperatures begin to drop, home heating becomes even more important for people to live safely and comfortably,” Avelar said. “All families deserve adequate heating and access to other energy services, no matter their financial status or other...

  • SIU research team wins $1.33M NSF grant to train sustainability-focused geoscientists

    Sep 4, 2022

    CARBONDALE, Ill. – Sustainability is for everyone, and a Southern Illinois University Carbondale research team is creating a scholarship program aimed at bringing that mindset together with science and engineering training to target low-income transfer students who will become the next generation of geoscientists. Led by Ruopu Li, associate professor in the School of Earth Systems and Sustainability, the team has secured a $1.33 million grant from the National Science...

  • SOLDIERS GRADUATE OCS, EARN COMMISSION AS U.S. ARMY OFFICERS

    Sep 19, 2022
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    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – Twenty-two Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers and one U.S. Army Reserve Soldier graduated from the 129th Regiment (Regional Training Institute) Officer Candidate School Aug. 21 in a ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Springfield, fulfilling the leadership and military education requirements to be commissioned as U.S. Army officers. Of these Soldiers, two graduates of the program decided to "hip-pocket" their commissions and seek federal...

  • FOUNTAINDALE PUBLIC LIBRARY LAUNCHES NEW MISSION, VISION AND STRATEGIC PLAN

    Sep 19, 2022

    BOLINGBROOK, Ill. – Fountaindale Public Library District is setting their sights on the future with the launch of a new mission, vision and five-year strategic plan to help guide them. The library, an innovative community institution committed to serving the needs of their patrons, began their comprehensive strategic planning process in the fall of 2021 when they hired Fast Forward Libraries LLC to facilitate the planning process. "We are very excited to enter this new...

  • Niles PD, Cassidy Tire Team Up to Help Protect Residents

    Sep 19, 2022

    On August 20, the Niles Police Department partnered with Cassidy Tire and Service, a Niles business, to hold a catalytic converter theft deterrent event for Niles residents. The event was held at Cassidy Tire and Service, 8733 N. Harlem Avenue. Cassidy Tire and Service technicians painted a portion of each vehicle's VIN (vehicle identification number) on their respective catalytic converters. The purpose of this is to deter catalytic converter thefts, as well as provide law...

  • Best driver in Illinois Headed to National Competition - Lockport resident will demonstrate driving prowess in Indianapolis

    Sep 4, 2022

    Some people can claim to be the best at their job Lockport native Ceth Christensen has proof. Christensen, a UPS driver who has been on his Plainfield route for 13 years, won the Illinois Trucking Association's 2022 Grand Champion and will compete August 16-19 in Indianapolis competing for the title of best driver in the United States. "I love my job," Christensen said. "I have the opportunity to serve my community and I have a lot of fun doing it." Being on the same route...

  • CLERK IRIS Y. MARTINEZ OFFER REMOTE LANGUAGE SERVICES ON NEW WEBSITE

    Sep 4, 2022

    CHICAGO - Clerk of the Circuit Court Iris Y. Martinez is launching a remote language interpretation service on the website starting today. The remote language service offers up to 200 languages. The top 50 languages spoken throughout Chicagoland are available on a drop down menu at the top of the webpage, with an additional 150 languages available upon request. The website’s homepage will feature a tab with a translator icon on the top right corner labeled Need Language Service that users can click to access the service....

  • Des Plaines Man Charged with Dissemination and Possession of Child Pornography

    Sep 4, 2022

    COOK COUNTY, IL – A Des Plaines man has been charged with Dissemination and Possession of Child Pornography after investigators determined he viewed and distributed several sexually explicit images and videos of children under the age of 13 through social media, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today. Sheriff's Police Special Victims Unit investigators received a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about underage pornographic...

  • Sheriff's Police Seek Information on Identifying Juvenile Involved in Homewood Acres Vandalism

    Aug 31, 2022

    COOK COUNTY, IL – Cook County Sheriff's Police investigators are seeking information from the public to help identify one of the juveniles that vandalized the Homewood Acres Fire Station in southwest suburban Homewood. At approximately 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 30, Cook County Sheriff's Police responded to a burglary call at the Homewood Acres Fire Department. Upon arrival, officers found extensive damage throughout the station including broken toilets, windows, TVs,...

  • Troy Special Olympics Track and Field Team brings home gold Three gold medals qualify teammates for state competition in June

    Aug 31, 2022

    Two members of the Troy Special Olympics Track and Field Team together brought home three gold medals at the recent regional meet held at Thornwood High School in South Holland. Both competitors are Troy Middle School students. Michael Horn earned his gold medal in the softball throw, and Kayla Calvin took home gold medals in the 200-meter race and in the softball throw. Coaches of the team are Katie Lewis and Lukas Van Eck. "Both of our athletes worked super hard this year...

  • Joliet Central's Sergio Zavala Places Second at Illinois Design Educator's Association State Competition

    Aug 31, 2022

    Joliet Central High School student Sergio Zavala placed second in the Assembly Modeling Division at the Illinois Design Educator's Association (IDEA) State Competition held at Illinois State University over the weekend. Zavala advanced to the State Competition after placing First at Regionals. "Sergio competed against the best of the best," said STEM Teacher Dale West. "He had 2 hours to complete an industry-related problem in the assembly modeling division using Autodesk...

  • The Timbers of Shorewood honors Jennifer Loughran, a 'volunteer extraordinaire'

    Aug 31, 2022

    Volunteer Jennifer Loughran of Coal City was awarded the Joni Hilger Volunteer of the Year Award at the Timbers of Shorewood's Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon held during National Volunteer Week on Thursday, April 21, at the Timbers, 1100 North River Road, Shorewood. The award is named for Joni Hilger who was a beloved volunteer at the Timbers. In 2020, she was selected as the Volunteer of the Year, but because of COVID-19 restrictions, the presentation did not take place....

  • Will County to Host Annual Textile Collections Event to Promote Reuse and Recycling

    Jun 3, 2022

    JOLIET – Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant welcomes the public to the annual Textile Collection Event at the Will County Office Building, from Monday, May 2 to Friday, May 8. "This is a great opportunity to clean out and recycle old clothing and home items," said Bertino-Tarrant. "You can declutter and reduce the environmental impact of these items being sent to local landfills. It's a win-win!" A drop-off point for items will be in the south end of the...

  • Plainfield South HS students win national art awards

    Aug 31, 2022

    Plainfield – Two Plainfield South High School seniors recently earned national recognition from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for their artwork. Vivianne Angulo earned two gold and two silver National medals for her pieces in ceramics and glass category. Angulo earned gold for her ceramics and glass pieces titled "Drowning in Time" and "Blossoming." She received silver for her ceramics and glass piece titled "Trick or Treat" and her sculpture titled "Sweet Girl."...

  • Joliet West Group Interpretation Places Fifth at IHSA State Finals

    Aug 31, 2022

    Joliet West Group Interpretation finished fifth in state after competing in the IHSA State Finals the weekend of March 15. After competing in the preliminary round, they achieved the great feat of breaking into the final round at State, eventually earning 5th place. "This is a record-breaking finish for us," said Head Coach Kristin Blake. "Joliet West is 5th in the entire state for their performance of "Hercules.'" In addition, the following cast members were recognized for...

  • Joliet Township High School Awarded for Outstanding Financial Reporting for FY 2021

    Jun 3, 2022

    April 6, 2022 The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) has awarded Joliet Township High School its Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting (COE) for demonstrating excellence in financial reporting and transparency based on the audit of the district's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for fiscal year ended 2021. This is the 35th year of program participation for JTHS, a reflection of the district's commitment to fiscal integrity and...

  • Become an organ donor through Edward-Elmhurst Health, Gift of Hope registration campaign

    Apr 13, 2022

    (Warrenville, IL – April 4, 2022) – Edward-Elmhurst Health and the Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network are inviting the community to participate in the annual Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Organ Donor Registration Campaign. The purpose of this initiative, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), in collaboration with Gift of Hope, is to expand awareness about the benefits of organ, eye and tissue donation and increase donor...

  • ABBY STRONG

    Mark Gregory, Editorial Director | Jun 3, 2022

    Anyone that ever spent time around Romeoville High School graduate Abby Smith knows that no matter if she was on the basketball court or the softball field, she was always as positive as she was relentless her pursuit of a victory for her teammates. A few things have changed over the years -her last name as changed to Talley, her battle is now in the game of life and her No. 1 teammate is only eight months old. Her attitude, energy and determination, however, are still the...

  • Crest Hill Lions make donations to local hospitals

    Jun 3, 2022

    Throughout December, members of the Crest Hill Lions Club shopped for toys that were donated to the pediatric wards of both Silver Cross hospital in New Lenox and AMITA Health St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates - where patients from St. Joseph's in Joliet are transferred for care. The Crest Hill Club pledged $500 to each hospital and with use of holiday sales, the shoppers were able to maximize every penny, donating a plethora of toys to be used all during the year...

  • New ammendments to sports gaming laws pass

    Jerry Nowicki, Capitol News Illinois | Jun 3, 2022

    Betting on in-state college sports could become legal with the stroke of the governor's pen after lawmakers in the General Assembly approved an amendment to the state's sports betting law Thursday. The amendment to House Bill 3136 passed both the House and Senate with vast bipartisan support, reaching the threshold necessary for it to take effect immediately once signed by the governor. The measure would be a major expansion to the sports betting bill which Pritzker helped...

  • Oakton to offer free cannabis training

    Jun 3, 2022
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    Budding entrepreneurs interested in pursuing careers in the emerging cannabis industry can enroll in one of Oakton Community College's cutting-edge cannabis training programs this spring - tuition-free - thanks to a renewed grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). The grant will allow up to 45 individuals who meet Illinois' Social Equity Applicant (SEA) criteria and plan to apply for an Illinois cannabis business license or who have...

  • Obama breaks ground on presidential center

    Peter Hancock, Capitol News Illinois | Nov 14, 2021

    Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama returned to their old neighborhood on Chicago's South Side on Tuesday to officially break ground on the Obama Presidential Center, a project they hope will become a hub for the development of new leadership and an economic boost to a long-neglected part of the city. "Chicago is where almost everything that is most precious to me began," the former president said. "It's where I found a home." The center is...

  • Joliet School District 86 students explore nature

    Nov 14, 2021

    One Hundred Joliet Public Schools District 86 elementary students are currently participating in the Kids 'n Nature program at Pilcher Park and Birdhaven Greenhouse. Fourth grade students from M.J. Cunningham, Edna Keith, A.O. Marshall, Isaac Singleton, and Woodland Elementary Schools attend the six-week after-school program. The Kids 'n Nature program is a partnership with Joliet Public Schools District 86, the Joliet Park District, and the University of Illinois Extension...

  • Visually impaired runner joins cross country team

    Nov 14, 2021
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    Plainfield North High School senior Mi'kel Johnson-Watts is the first visually impaired cross-country runner in the school's history. The 17-year-old senior moved to District 202 last school year and spent his first year as a Tiger learning remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. He took his first steps inside North when all district students returned to in-person learning. "Getting to classes was a bumpy road. I had to have additional assistance," Johnson-Watts said. Despite...

  • Success in a season that almost wasn't

    Mark Gregory, Editorial Director | Nov 14, 2021
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    This season, the baseball team at Crest Hill's Richland Grade School posted a 10-5 record and won its opening game of the IESA state regionals. However, the success of the Eagles this year came the moment the players took the field. This season almost didn't happen for Richland as the school board decided in March to abolish baseball, softball and golf from the slate of sports offered by the school due to lack of participation. After upset parents and coach Joe Marshall...

  • Early Childhood Center named for Dr. James A. Mitchem Jr.

    Aug 31, 2022
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    Dr. James A. Mitchem Jr. served as VVSD Superintendent of Schools for a decade, and during that time, he was the driving force behind establishing a building whose sole purpose is to serve VVSD's youngest learners. His vision came to fruition in 2017 when the newly remodeled Valley View Early Childhood Center opened. In recognition of Dr. Mitchem's vision and commitment, as well as his leadership in a VVSD career that covered four decades, the building is now known as the...

  • Gym named after former school board member

    Oct 6, 2021

    The Troy Community School District 30-C recently dedicated its Troy Middle School gymnasium to former school board member J. Terry McFadden for his long term service to the school district and for his love of youth sports. McFadden passed away June 11, 2020. McFadden's wife and family attended the ceremony, as did several members of the community and the school district. "We, as a board, would like to express our appreciation and gratitude to J. Terry McFadden," School Board...

  • Lewis University holds ceremony to remember 9/11

    Curt Herron, For the Bugle | Oct 6, 2021

    Lewis University rightly prides itself as an excellent academic institution that is always seeking to not only to provide its students with quality educational opportunities but also a school with a rich history of supporting individuals from local communities who are involved in law enforcement, fire protection and military service. That's why it was appropriate for the university to host a special 9/11 ceremony on Thursday at Convocation Hall that commemorated the 20th...

  • Edward-Elmhurst Health: Elmhurst woman discovers BRCA gene, takes health into her own hands

    Oct 6, 2021

    Like most people, Mary Bis knew she wanted to live a long and healthy life, she just needed some additional measures to help get her health under control. Bis, 44, of Elmhurst, has a family history of cancer. While her mother was going through treatment, her mother's internal medicine physician, Diane Fabrizius, M.D., suggested Bis and her siblings get tested for the breast cancer gene (BRCA). "We did it together. Most of my family members got tested for the BRCA gene,...

  • Hammel Woods Dam removal project complete, site reopens for public use

    Oct 6, 2021

    The limestone-and-concrete dam in the DuPage River at Hammel Woods preserve in Shorewood has been removed and the site has reopened for public use. The river is open to paddlers, and the parking lot and DuPage River Trail near the dam also have reopened. A new kayak/canoe launch built downstream of the old launch also is open for use. The dam area was located in the southernmost portion of the preserve, an area known as Grinton Grove, which is just north of Route 52. "I'm...

  • Troy 30-C appoints new school board member

    Oct 6, 2021

    The Troy Community School District 30-C school board has appointed Shorewood resident and Joliet attorney Robert Bodach to its school board, replacing member Catherine Besler, who resigned over the summer. "We are extremely pleased to welcome a board candidate like Mr. Bodach to our district," said School Board President Mark Griglione. "He will definitely be a great asset to our board." Superintendent Dr. Todd Koehl agreed. "We are very pleased that Mr. Bodach has chosen to...

  • Bond Set for Two Accused of Naperville Murder

    Sep 6, 2021

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin and Naperville Interim Chief of Police Jason Arres announced today that bond has been set for two individuals charged with first-degree murder following an altercation in a Naperville parking lot this past week. Robert Chatman-Jones, 20 (d.o.b. 12/25/2000) of the 300 block of 24th Street, Bellwood, and Desire Gray, 19 (d.o.b. 5/12/2002) of the 1900 block of Ashwood Lane, Aurora, each appeared at a bond hearing this morning where Judge Ann Celine O’Hallaren Walsh set bond...

  • Troy 30-C choir instructor Kelsey Robb receives statewide honor

    Oct 6, 2021

    Troy Middle School and William B. Orenic Intermediate School choir instructor Kelsey Robb has received the Illinois Grade School Music Association's 2021 Barbara Buehlman Young Conductor Award. The award is presented annually by the IGSMA to a school music instructor who has 5-10 years' experience, the majority in Illinois; who is actively involved in IGSMA events; who shows growth as a music educator; whose students consistently excel in IGSMA events; and who is a...

  • Masks mandated at schools, day cares, long-term care facilities

    Jerry Nowicki, Capitol News Illinois | Sep 13, 2021

    Masks will be required at all Illinois long-term care facilities, day cares and Pre-K-12 schools, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Wednesday amid a nationwide surge of COVID-19. "Every time we think we know where this virus is headed, it changes and it shifts," Pritzker said at a COVID-19 briefing in Chicago. "For example, unlike before, people 29 years old and younger accounted for 12 percent of hospitalizations. All across the nation, we are seeing young people with no underlying...

  • D. 202 will cut ribbon for Wallin Oaks Elementary Aug 3

    Jul 27, 2021

    District 202 will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for its 18th elementary school, Wallin Oaks, on Tuesday, August 3, 2021. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the school at 15410 S. Wallin Drive. A representative group of new Wallin Oaks students have been invited to help cut the ribbon, along with school and district administration, Board of Education members, and special guests. Guests can tour the new school from 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The school will open for the 2021-2022...

  • Pritzker signs law repealing criminal penalties for HIV transmission

    PETER HANCOCK, Capitol News Illinois | Jul 27, 2021

    Gov. JB Pritzker signed a bill into law Tuesday that repeals criminal penalties for people who transmit HIV to others. House Bill 1063, by Rep. Carol Ammons, D-Urbana, and Sen. Robert Peters, D-Chicago, deletes language adopted in Illinois and many other states during the early days of the HIV epidemic that made it a felony for an individual to engage in certain activities such as unprotected sex, donating blood or tissue or sharing nonsterile intravenous needles knowing that he or she was infected with HIV. “Research has...

  • Entries for 'Bad@ssery: Women Creating a Just Environment and World' due by Aug. 13

    Jul 27, 2021

    Professional artists who self-identify as women are invited to submit entries in all media to Oakton Community College for the virtual exhibition “Bad@ssery: Women Creating a Just Environment and World” by Friday, Aug. 13. Artists are encouraged to submit a single work that provides social commentary and inspiration on how women create courageous spaces, empower each other and change the world. Submissions may focus on women in the United States or globally, have a contemporary or historical context and focus on women...

  • Joliet District 86 returning to school on Aug. 16

    Jul 27, 2021

    More than 10,000 Joliet Public Schools District 86 students return to school full time on August 18, 2021. Open Houses for students and families are scheduled for August 16 or August 17 depending on the school. Times and details are posted on www.joliet86.org. In addition, a policy to implement a Remote Educational Program for District 86 students was approved by the District 86 Board of School Inspectors at its July 14th board meeting after Superintendent Dr. Theresa Rouse thoroughly outlined the concept. Space is limited...

  • Plainfield East HS graduate wins National Merit Scholarship

    Jul 13, 2021

    Plainfield East High School graduate Jeffrey Tilkin (Class of 2021) has won a 2021 National Merit College-Sponsored Scholarship. Tilkin is one of more than 4,100 students nationwide to win a scholarship financed by colleges and universities. He plans to study computer science at Florida State University. Officials at each sponsoring college or university chose their winners from among this year's National Merit Scholarship finalists who will attend their institutions....

  • DuPage County Health Department announces Pool Safely Day on July 15 to promote water safety

    Oct 6, 2021
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    On Thursday, July 15, the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) and more than 30 Illinois agencies and organizations will participate in the first annual Pool Safely Day to raise public awareness around water safety and prevent child drownings. "As families enjoy beaches, pools, lakes, and other bodies of water, we urge parents and caregivers to be particularly vigilant and Pool Safely to keep children safe and avoid any potential tragedies this summer," said Karen Ayala,...

  • Unemployment deficit threatens to 'cripple' businesses, claimants

    Jerry Nowicki, Capitol News Illinois | Jul 13, 2021

    Since economic shutdowns began and COVID-19 death counts started to rise in March 2020, national unemployment rates have hovered at historically high numbers, stressing state unemployment systems left dealing with an unprecedented number of claims. In Illinois, that’s led to a deficit in the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund – or the pool of money used to sustain the social safety net – that could rise to $5 billion. Stakeholders from both political parties, as well as business and labor groups, are now warning of...

  • Levaris gets a worthy birthday salute

    Mark Gregory, Editorial Director | Sep 13, 2021

    Gus Levaris got the surprise of a lifetime on Independence Day weekend, thanks in large part to former student Bill Otis. Levaris celebrated his 90th birthday on July 3 and just as he does almost daily, he showed up that day at the Dunkin' Donuts on Route 30, across from the Louis Joliet Mall, to have a beverage and read the daily papers. This time, however, the extremely private Korean War Veteran was met with a host of people to wish him a happy birthday. Otis had arranged...

  • Students tell stories of learning in a pandemic

    Mark Gregory, Editorial Director | Jul 27, 2021
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    For more than a year, students have been forced to learn in a way unlike any time in history. From learning strictly online to partial days with masks and social distancing to hybrid methods — it has been a whirlwind for young learners across the country. As the CDC and state officials set guidelines and school districts implemented plans with the input of teachers, parents, administrators and support staff, often times the group that was left without a voice was the one...

  • A 'Grate' Life: Joliet sign fabricator dies at 97

    Mark Gregory, Editorial Director | Jul 27, 2021
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    As the Rialto Rialto Square Theater sits in downtown Joliet as one of the city's most treasured landmarks, the marquee that adorns the front of the theater is a memorial in its own way to the Michalak family. Longtime Joliet resident, Steve Michalak, who grew up on the east side of Joliet, was instrumental in building the current marquee sign for the Rialto Square Theater in 1980. The sign is a replica of the original from 1926."They wanted me to copy from the original, and...

  • Local collector sells rare item on A&E show

    Mark Gregory, Editorial Director | Jul 27, 2021

    Collectors of memorabilia not only collect in hopes that their items will increase in value and eventually be sold for a profit, but they also collect for sentimental reasons. Their collections reflect a time period, person or moment in pop culture that the collector is passionate about. For Plainfield resident Vito Thomaselli, that passion is professional wrestling. His love for wrestling and passion for collecting came together last August when two-time WWE Hall of Famer...

  • Incoming Plainfield North HS Freshman Wins 14U MLB Junior Home Run Derby

    Aug 31, 2022
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    Incoming Plainfield North High School freshman Logan Huegel has won the 14U MLB Junior Home Run Derby in Los Angeles. With 14 home runs in the final round - and 29 total - Huegel was named champion on Saturday, July 16, 2022. "Playing at Dodgers Stadium gave me the point of view of what it is like to be a professional baseball player," Huegel said. "It was very cool to hit in a stadium that MLB players play at," he said. Huegel is no stranger to the fierce competition. At...

  • Father and Son Coach Teams to Near Perfect Season

    Aug 31, 2022
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    The Marshall name has been a constant in the local sports scene for more than four decades, as Joe Marshall has coached a Pony Division team in Crest Hill for 43 years and he and his wife Donna have run Crest Hill Pony for most of that time. Their sons have played and coached at Crest Hill and grandchildren have gone through the program. This year, Joe and his youngest son Dan, nearly completed a combined perfect season, as Joe's 13-and-14-year olds were 30-1, while Dan...

  • Former international basketball player returns to coach at Aux Sable MS

    Aug 31, 2022
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    Plainfield – Alex Foster's basketball career has taken him around the world, but he is excited to return home to coach the eighth-grade girls' basketball team where his own basketball life started – at Aux Sable Middle School. Foster attended Aux Sable before eventually attending Seton Academy in South Holland to advance his basketball career. Foster earned a scholarship to Division 1 Texas Tech after high school graduation. He attended Bradley University in Peoria, IL.,...

  • Plainfield South HS male and female wrestlers make history

    Aug 31, 2022
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    Plainfield – Plainfield South High School wrestlers senior Lexi Janiak and freshman Keira Enright will make history this weekend when they wrestle in the inaugural Illinois High School Association (IHSA) girls state wrestling tournament. The girls IHSA individual state and dual team state finals are Friday, February 25 and Saturday, February 26, 2022, in Bloomington. Janiak and Enright will wrestle individually. Janiak's brother, PSHS sophomore Matthew Janiak, wrestled to...

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  • Lockport's Czako has the world at his feet

    Randy Whalen, For the Bugle | Aug 31, 2022
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    Living the dream - When it comes to high school sports, Lockport Township's Gabe Czako certainly is. The senior had the experience of a lifetime this fall. He's been an intricate part of not one but two of the most successful sports teams in Lockport history. Czako is a top defender and one of the captains on the Porter soccer team (20-2), which brought home the first state trophy in program history this past weekend when they placed third with a 2-1 win over Morton in Class...

  • Joliet Jr. College men win national championship

    Staff Reports | Aug 31, 2022
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    MILLEDGEVILLE, GA - Collegiate national championships are hard to win, but on Saturday a Joliet Junior College cross country team did it for the second consecutive year at the NJCAA Division III finals in Georgia, as the meet was hosted by Georgia Military College. This time it was the Wolves men's team as they won the title scoring 91 points to edge two-time defending champion Mineral Area College (MO.) With 97 points. JJC's Hunter Phillips won the individual title covering...

  • Wildcats capture homecoming victory over Plainfield East

    Curt Herron, For the Enterprise | Nov 14, 2021
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    While Aaron Larkins, Jr. was the obvious star in Plainfield Central's 17-6 Southwest Prairie Conference East Division victory over Plainfield East on Saturday in the Wildcats' homecoming contest, the senior running back was quick to give credit to the linemen that helped open up a lot of running room for him. All Larkins did was rush for 258 yards on 44 carries and caught a pass for 13 yards and capped his day with a three-yard touchdown with 1:36 left to give his team a 17-0...

  • Niles West's Loyd earns Olympic Gold

    Mark Gregory, Editorial Director | Sep 13, 2021
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    With a 90-75 win over Japan, the United States women's Olympic basketball won its seventh consecutive Gold medal. The biggest story of the game was guards Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi winning their fifth Gold – becoming the only player, men or women, to accomplish that feat. And, while Bird and Taurasi are the storyline, there are six members of the US team in their first Olympic games – one of them being Niles West graduate Jewell Loyd. The 27-year-old Loyd, who recently...

  • East's Louck tabbed as Player of the Year

    Mark Gregory, Editorial Director | Sep 13, 2021
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    For some high school sophomores, just making the varsity team is the highlight of the season. For Plainfield East’s Brady Louck, he did more than just make the team, he made people take notice. Louck pitched in two of the Bengals’ biggest games of the season — and dominated both of them ­— helping East turn a bad start to the season into an IHSA Class 4A state championship. The lefty pitched East into the state finals with a commanding performance against Brother...

  • Going for Gold: Niles West's Loyd is an Olympian

    Mark Gregory, Editorial Director | Sep 13, 2021

    In 2015, Niles West graduate Jewell Loyd decided to leave the University of Notre Dame after her junior season and enter the WNBA draft . Not only did Loyd become the No. 1 overall pick in the WNBA by the Seattle Storm, she also became the Gold Mamba, a nickname given to her by her mentor - the late Kobe Bryant. Already a two-time WNBA champion, and has three-time gold medalist as a member of USA Basketball at the FIBA U17 World Cup in 2010, the FIBA 3x3 World Cup in 2014 and...

  • Bengals shock Class 4A; hold off Lake Park for state baseball championship

    Drake Skleba, For the Enterprise | Jul 13, 2021
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    When history looks back at the 2021 Plainfield East varsity baseball team, the only word that will be used to describe the improbable run to a state championship is 'Amazing.' A No. 13 in the Class 4A Crestwood Supersectional complex few, if any, thought the baseball world would witness what it did at 9:28 p.m. on Saturday, June 19 at DuPage Medical Group Field in Joliet. Leading the 31-3 Lake Park Lancers 6-5 in the top of the seventh, Bengals closer, junior Christian...

  • JCA soccer not angel-like as it buries St. Ignatius in Class 2A Semifinal

    Drake Skleba, For the Bugle | Jul 13, 2021

    There is one thing that the 2021 Joliet Catholic Academy Angels varsity soccer team likes to do more than anything and that is scoring goals. Entering Friday's IHSA Class 2A State Semifinal at Fremd High School, the Angels averaged 5.9 goals-per-game. In their 3-game Class 2A sectional sweep of Ottawa (14-0) Oak Forest (7-1) and Lemont (10-0), the average was an unheard of 10.1 goals-per-game. JCA was more would be angelic, taking it easy on Peoria Notre Dame in Monday's...

  • Indians enter playoffs with below .500 record, exit as one of four medalists

    Mark Gregory, Editorial Director | Jul 13, 2021

    When the IHSA Class 4A postseason started, the Minooka girls softball team entered with a record of 11-13 and coming off a fourth-place finish in the SPC West. With a regular season like that, there were not many people who thought the Indians had a chance at a regional title. Minooka claimed the regional title, used a pair of comebacks in the sectional - including their post-lighting delay rally to win the title over Belleville East and then drubbed a Yorkville team that...

  • Angels hit the ball hard, but come up short in state final tilt

    Mark Gregory, Editorial Director | Jul 27, 2021

    Wrigley – it is a name people know as the name of a baseball stadium on Chicago's north side or as the chewing gum company from where the stadium earned its name. Add to that list the name of the third baseman for the Joliet Catholic Academy softball team. If it wasn't known already, freshman Wrigley Fanter made her name known in the softball world with a 5-for-7 day in the IHSA Class 2A tournament Wednesday afternoon. Fanter was 3-4 in the Angels' 5-0 semifinal win over...

  • JCA wins semifinal 5-0, advances to IHSA Class 2A state finals

    Mark Gregory, Editorial Director | Jul 27, 2021

    In a dominating 5-0 performance over Unity High School from Tolono, Joliet Catholic Academy punched its ticket to the IHSA Class 2A finals to be held at Louisville Slugger complex in Peoria at 5 p.m. tonight. The Angels opened the scoring in the top of the first when senior pitcher Andie Broniewicz drove in Wrigley Fanter and Charlie Kinsella to give JCA a lead it would never squander. Broniewicz went to work, tossing her second consecutive shutout and improving to 18-6 with...

  • JCA girls soccer; host of track locals advance

    Jun 15, 2021

    The Joliet Catholic Academy girls soccer team continued to advance through the IHSA Class 2A playoffs with a 4-1 win over Peoria Notre Dame in the Class 2A Mendota Supersectional match Monday. The Angels(15-1-1) got a pair of goals and an assist from Emma Gruber, a goal and assist from Morgan Furmaniak and a goal from Alaina Wildenradt to advance to face St. Ignatius College Prep in a 12:30 p.m. Friday semifinal at Fremd High School in Palatine. St. Viator and Troy (Triad) are in the other semifinal. The winners will face...

  • Minooka, JCA headed to Peoria

    Mark Gregory, Editorial Director | Jul 27, 2021
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    In the sectional semifinal, the Minooka softball team showed its ability to use a big inning for a come-from-behind win. In the Illinois State University Supersectioal Monday, the Indians used strong pitching and small ball to get past SPC West foe Yorkville 5-1 and punch their second trip to the state finals in school history. Up next is date with Lincoln-Way Central, who defeated Minooka 11-1 on April 22. The Knights defeated St. Charles North 5-4 in Orland Park to with...

  • Louck pitches, hits Plainfield East past top-seeded Brother Rice and into the Class 4A final four

    Drake Skleba, For the Bugle | Jul 27, 2021

    Plainfield East super-sophomore left-hander, Brady Louck is a man of very few words. The 16-year old Louck lets his powerful left arm and his powerful bat at the plate do his talking for him. On Monday night in the Class 4A Crestwood Supersectional, Louck fired a two-hit shutout, striking out 13 top-seeded Brother Rice (29-11) hitters and led his No.13-seeded Bengals (17-15) to a 3-0 victory and the first-ever state final four appearance for East. At the plate, Louck had a...

  • Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon ARREST

    Nov 26, 2022

    Niles, IL – On 11/17/2022 at approximately 8:48 A.M., NPD officers responded to a report of a man with a gun on Dempster Street in front of Notre Dame College Prep (7655 W. Dempster Street) in Niles, IL. Witnesses reported that a male suspect lifted up the front of his t-shirt as he was walking across Dempster Street which revealed a handgun pressed against his waistband. Due to the nature of this call, Notre Dame College Prep staff members were notified immediately by NPD...

  • Downers Grove Man Sentenced to 17 Years for Three Burglaries

    Sep 19, 2022

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced that yesterday afternoon, Judge John Kinsella sentenced Jay Mendoza, 40 (d.o.b. 3/19/1982) of the 7600 block of Bein Bridge, Downers Grove, to seventeen years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for breaking into two DuPage County residences and one business in late 2019. On May 22, 2022, Mendoza entered a blind plea of guilty to two counts of Residential Burglary (Class 1 Felony) and one count of Burglary (Class 2 Felony). He will be required to serve 50% of...

  • Hailstorm Brewing's "Flurry of Makers Artisan Market" Returns to Tinley Park

    Oct 12, 2023

    Tinley Park, IL - October 11, 2023 - Locals who love art and handmade items will rejoice to learn of the return of the highly anticipated fall edition of the "Flurry of Makers Artisan Market" on October 15, 2023, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This exciting event promises a vibrant fusion of local art, craft, and community spirit. The Flurry of Makers Market, hosted at Hailstorm Brewing in Tinley Park, offers a dynamic lineup of vendors showcasing everything from exquisite fall...

  • Illinois Rock & Roll Museum on Route 66 to Host Joliet's Rock & Roll Weekend

    Sep 13, 2023
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    It's going to be the most rockin' weekend of the year when the Illinois Rock and Roll Museum on Route 66 hosts their 3rd Annual Hall of Fame Weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 15th, 16th and 17th in Joliet, IL. The weekend begins on Friday at the Chicago Street Pub, 75 North Chicago Street in downtown Joliet with a live performance from Miles Nielsen, son of Cheap Trick's Rick Nielson, and continues on Saturday, September 16 with the "Illinois Grooves Vinyl Record...

  • Hummingbird Fest lands at Plum Creek Nature Center on Aug. 19

    Aug 7, 2023
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    Tiny hummingbirds will be celebrated in a big way during the annual Hummingbird Fest at the Forest Preserve District of Will County's Plum Creek Nature Center. The free, all-ages event takes place from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders will be capturing and banding hummingbirds during the fest and members of the public can view the banding sessions, which will be offered every half-hour starting at 2 p.m. Free banding session tickets can be...

  • Paddle to the music on July 15 at Monee Reservoir's Surf-N-Turf concert

    Jul 8, 2023
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    Listen to the music on land – or better yet – from a kayak or canoe during a Surf-N-Turf concert at Monee Reservoir on Saturday, July 15. The band The Stingers will entertain in the Monee Reservoir amphitheater from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with rock, soul, funk and R&B tunes. The music will range from "smooth and soulful to upbeat and energetic," according to the group's website. "Surf-N-Turf will be a unique evening out at the reservoir," said Bob Bryerton, a Forest Preserve...

  • Zonta Club of Joliet Host 2023 LUNAFEST March 30

    Feb 20, 2023
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    The Zonta Club of the Joliet Area invites the community to attend their LUNAFEST film festival on March 30 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Renaissance Center, 214 N. Ottawa Street in Joliet. Tickets are $45 which includes dinner, cash bar with a signature martini, and the viewing of 7 short films written, produced, and directed by women. This event, emceed by Zontian Essence Clark, centers around films that inspire and champion change while raising scholarship funds for women...

  • Josh Gates Coming to Rialto square

    Aug 27, 2023
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    Josh Gates will be at Rialto Square Theatre on Saturday, October 21 at 7PM. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 10 at 10AM. Adventurer, television personality, and author Josh Gates is the host and executive producer of the smash-hit Discovery Channel series, Expedition Unknown. The show follows Gates as he sets out on a global journey to explore archaeological discoveries, historic mysteries, and scientific breakthroughs. Josh immerses himself in each story, conducting his...

  • Village of Romeoville Announces Josh Turner to Perform at the Romeoville Toyota Pavilion in June

    Aug 3, 2023
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    The Village of Romeoville is excited to announce that multi award-winning and nominated country superstar, Josh Turner, will be performing at the Romeoville Toyota Pavilion at Deer Crossing Park on Saturday, June 17th, at 8:30 p.m. With his deep bass voice, Turner has sold more than six and a half million records, reached 4.8 billion global streams, and has become a favorite and unforgettable hitmaker on country radio. With timeless songs like "Long Black Train" and "Why...

  • Comedian Nikki Glaser to play Joliet

    Mark Gregory, Editorial Director | Apr 20, 2023
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    In July of 2022, Nikki Glaser headlined her own HBO special, 'Good Clean Filth', which has been nominated for a Critics Choice Award for Best Comedy Special, she has been one of the stars of Comedy Central roasts of Alec Baldwin, Bruce Willis and Rob Lowe and even guest hosted Jimmy Kimmel Live, and on Jan. 21, the St. Louis native will make the four-hour trip from her home to do a pair of shows at downtown Joliet's historic Rialto Square Theater on her current 'The Good Girl...

  • Morris Theatre Guild's Odd Couple Opens This Weekend

    Oct 17, 2022

    Sometimes a brief "time-out" is just what is needed to escape the political ads and problems of today. Morris Theatre Guild presents such an opportunity with its current production of Neil Simon's classic comedy, The Odd Couple, presented this weekend, Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, October 23 at 2:30 PM. The second weekend, October 28-30 follows the same times. Enjoy the familiar struggle between Oscar (William Gillespie) and his uptight...

  • Reservations still open for this year's Oswego Cemetery Walk, set for Thursday, Oct. 6

    Sep 28, 2022
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    Reservations are still being taken for the popular Oswego Cemetery Walk, set for Thursday, Oct. 6, from 5-9 p.m. at the Oswego Township Cemetery, South Main Street, Oswego. This year's "ghosts" include early settler and temperance activist Margaret Young; wealthy businessman and former newspaper owner Charles Clinton and Robert Cameron who sued Clinton; early settler Ann Eliza DeVoe; and Charlotte Murphy, wife of Oswego politician and lawyer Wright Murphy. Every 20 minutes,...

  • The Old Joliet Haunted Prison Returns for the 2022 Season

    Sep 19, 2022

    Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group, producers of world-class live events and location-based entertainment experiences, returns with The Old Joliet Haunted Prison for the 2022 haunting season. Officially open to the public on Saturday, September 24, and select nights through November 5, 2022, The Old Joliet Haunted Prison is the only haunted house in the Chicagoland area located inside a real abandoned prison and promises more scares than ever before. The Old Joliet Haunted...

  • Four Rivers doubles the fun Sept. 24 with Pelican Watch and exhibit grand opening

    Sep 19, 2022

    Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon will host one of the biggest days in its history from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, as it celebrates its annual "Pelican Watch" while also christening a brand-new interactive exhibit gallery. American white pelicans flock to the wide waters around Four Rivers in spring and fall during migration because the site is located near where the DuPage, Des Plaines and Kankakee rivers join to form the Illinois River....

  • llumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum celebrates 10th year

    Sep 28, 2022

    Dazzling new light displays celebrating the Arboretum's centennial year and a special late night event series will highlight the 10th anniversary of Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum. From Nov. 19 through Jan. 7, 2023, guests will explore 18 different features along a tree-lined one-mile walking trail immersed in color, light and sound created exclusively for The Morton Arboretum. Within this array, six new exhibits will join returning favorites such as...

  • Get moving this fall with the Healthy Driven Take a Hike! Challenge

    Sep 19, 2022

    This fall, Edward-Elmhurst Health is joining a group of local organizations to invite community residents to get outside and stay healthy with the Third Annual Healthy Driven Take a Hike! Challenge. As participants discovered over the last two years of the Challenge, hiking is a great way for people of all ages to spend time outdoors and stay active. This year’s Take a Hike! Challenge co-sponsors include The Conservation Foundation, Elmhurst Park District, Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Rotary Club of...

  • Morris Theatre Guild Announces Odd Couple Cast

    Sep 11, 2022

    Morris Theatre Guild is pleased to announce the cast for “Odd Couple” by Neil Simon. This great comedy classic will feature both familiar faces and some new to MTG. Oscar Madison will be played by William Gillespie and Felix Ungar will be played by James Welch, both from Morris. The poker-playing buddies include Speed, played by Gary Talsky of Spring Valley; Murray, played by Matthew Pasternak of Gardner; Roy, played by Ken Schroeder of Princeton; and Vinnie played by...

  • World's Shortest Railroad, farm country tours on tap at Oswego's Little White School Museum

    Sep 4, 2022

    Did you know northern Illinois was once home to "The World's Shortest Railroad"? Find out all about this bit of rail transportation trivia when the Oswegoland Heritage Association hosts author Jeff Kehoe and a presentation on his latest book for Arcadia Publishing's "Images of Rail" series, Illinois Midland Railway on Saturday, Sept. 10, starting at 1 p.m. at the Little White School Museum, 72 Polk Street (Jackson at Polk), Oswego. Built in 1914, the Illinois Midland Railway...

  • Celebrate 20th anniversary of Forest Preserve's Woods Walk hiking challenge

    Sep 4, 2022

    Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Woods Walk by trekking on trails throughout Will County. The popular, self-paced Forest Preserve District of Will County hiking program kicks off Sept. 1 and runs through Nov. 30. Hike seven of 10 designated trails to earn a commemorative medallion. "It has been a beloved program since its inception," said Jen Guest, the Forest Preserve's recreation coordinator. "In those 20 years, the Forest Preserve has grown both in acres of land and miles...

  • Free Concert Presented by Tinley Park Community Jazz Band

    Sep 4, 2022

    The Tinley Park Community Jazz Band, directed by Barbara Abarro, presents a free concert. The concert is Friday September 9, 2022 at 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the Vogt Visual Arts Center, 17420 S. 67th Court, Tinley Park, IL 60477. Enjoy the VVAC gallery reception inside, featuring fine art done by local and well-known artists. Then take a stroll out to our gazebo to hear live jazz selections. Their repertoire includes big band-era classics, jazz standards, pop and rock hits. Bring...

  • FOUNTAINDALE PUBLIC LIBRARY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS TO FILL BOARD OF TRUESTEES VACANCY

    Sep 4, 2022
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    BOLINGBROOK, Ill. – Fountaindale Public Library District is seeking residents interested in filling the remainder of a term on the Board of Trustees until the next election in April 2023. The vacancy was created by the resignation of Ruth Newell. "We would like to thank Ruth for her 35 years of service on the library Board of Trustees," said Fountaindale Library Board President Robert Kalnicky. "Ruth is the longest-serving Board member in our District's history, and we wish...

  • Sculpture Invasion 2022 / CSI Biennial invades Oakton College

    Sep 4, 2022

    (July 21, 2022) – Be on the lookout! A Sculpture Invasion has arrived at the Oakton Community College's Koehnline Museum of Art, 1600 E. Golf Rd. Des Plaines, IL., 60016. Sculpture Invasion 2022 marks the return of Chicago Sculpture International (CSI) to Oakton for the fourth time for one of the area's largest juried exhibitions. Sculptures and scale models will be on display in the Koehnline Art Museum, and outdoor sculptures will "invade" the Des Plaines campus through...

  • History programs abound at the Lisle Library District

    Sep 4, 2022

    The Lisle Library District, 777 Front St., is offering multiple history-centric programs throughout July. "DuPage County has a rich history. It is no wonder that such programs have drawn great participation, be it digging more into local history or their own family history," said Xavier Duran, Adult Programming Librarian. The month starts with Leslie Goddard Presents: Remembering Route 66 at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 1. Historian Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., will explore the iconic road that connected Chicago to Los Angeles from...

  • Some of Plainfield's earliest residents attend Tamarack Settlement Park sign unveiling

    Aug 31, 2022

    Some of Plainfield's earliest residents attended an unveiling of the new Tamarack Settlement Park sign April 23. The park, formerly known as Northwest Community Park, was officially renamed in 2021 in honor of the Scottish settlement that was founded nearby in 1845. Read a detailed history of the settlement and park property provided by Tina Beaird, local historian and owner of Tamarack Genealogy, at https://www.plfdparks.org/tamarack-settlement-p...

  • Providence Catholic High School Inducts Augustinian Youth Ministry Members

    Aug 31, 2022

    NEW LENOX (April 5, 2022) - The Augustinian Youth Ministry (AYM) is charged with promoting Christian service and Augustinian spirituality in the community. AYM organizes blood donor drives, food drives, clothing drives, and many other service activities. Their service projects benefit the community at large as well as the high school. AYM members are also required to complete 10 hours of service to their parish or community. "I am very proud to be moderator of Augustinian...

  • HELEN VICTORIA (KING) FARNHAM

    Jun 7, 2022
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    Helen K. Farnham of Massillon, Ohio, passed away peacefully December 14, 2021. Helen was born in 1922 to Grant and Lena [Clow] King in Joliet, Illinois and grew up on a farm in Plainfield. Helen married Robert E. Farnham June 27, 1944, soon after they graduated from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. Helen was predeceased by her parents, three brothers, a son-in-law, and in 2004, her husband. Survivors are daughters Elizabeth [Walter] Keller; Nancy [Frank]...

  • Will County Calendar

    Jan 30, 2024

    Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023 - Noon - 1:30pm Isle a la Cache Museum, Romeoville. Journaling Journeys For centuries, travelers of all kinds were historians. Thoughts recorded in personal journals carried across land, ocean and time helped document historical events. Now it’s your turn to learn how to document your own historic journeys. Learn how to make and decorate your own journal and try writing with a quill and ink. The program will conclude with a journal-worthy short hike. Free, ages 8 or older. Register by Feb. 22....

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    Jan 30, 2024

    Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023 online 6-7pm Happy National Wildlife Day! (Zoom Webinar) Celebrate National Wildlife Day and learn about local wildlife in your own backyard. Learn why wildlife is important and how our actions can impact wildlife. Free, ages 10 or older. Register online for the Zoom...

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    Jan 30, 2024

    Wednesday, Feb. 22, online. Noon - 1pm Lunch and Learn – Planting a Native Rainbow (Zoom Webinar) Bring bursts of color into your yard year-round with native plants. In this webinar, learn which plants are best to plant in the spring so you can have beautiful blooms in every season. Free, all ages. Register online for the Zoom link. (This program is part of the Rivers of Color...

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    Jan 30, 2024

    Tuesdays, Feb. 21-March 28, 2023 6-8pm Plum Creek Nature Center, Crete Township. Introduction to Successful Beekeeping Workshop Let your inner beekeeper emerge this spring by signing up for this winter workshop now. The six-session course will be led by Mike Rusnak, a member of the Will County Beekeepers Association who has 18 years of beekeeping experience. The workshop costs $75 per person and is for ages 18 or older. The fee includes the book, “The Backyard Beekeeper” by Kim Flottum. Weather permitting, an optional...

  • Will County Calendar

    Jan 30, 2024

    Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023 2-3:30 p.m. Isle a la Cache Museum, Romeoville. Quest – A Joliet and Marquette Adventure for Adults:What choices would you have made if you were in the shoes of explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet in the 1600s? Find out as you play this choose-your-own adventure, trivia-style game. Free, ages 16 or older. Register by Feb. 16. (This program is part of the “Journey Stories” Exhibition on display through April 30 at the...

  • DuPage County Calendar

    Jan 30, 2024

    February 23 • Woodridge Notre Dame: After the Fire. 2-3 p.m. Woodridge Public Library. Join art historian Jeff Mishur for this in depth look at the history of Notre Dame in Paris. Mishur will discuss the Gothic innovations used in the great cathedral as well as interior features such as its stained glass windows. He will also touch on the current status of the church restoration. Mishur is owner of Art Excursions, a small business providing private guiding and boutique art and cultural tours. February 23 • Downers Grove...

  • Cook County Calendar

    Jan 30, 2024

    February 22 • Skokie Family Art Party: African-American Quilting Traditions. 3-4 p.m. Skokie Public Library. Join our staff artist as we explore African-American quilting in this hands-on workshop in honor of Black History Month. For all ages. Registration required, limited to 40 participants. Caregivers must accompanying children under the age of eight. April 15 • Niles A Visit with Louisa May Alcott. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Niles-Maine District Library. Meet Louisa May Alcott, author, abolitionist, nurse, and suffragist....

  • Will County Calendar

    Jan 30, 2024

    February 26 • Plainfield Virtual Reality Experience. 7-8 p.m. Plainfield Public Library District. Step into a new (Virtual) reality. Explore a 3D world with Oculus Quest headsets and test out augmented reality using Merge Cubes. Limited to Plainfield cardholders and those age 16 and older. February 27 • Joliet Project Next Generation: YOU will learn to "paint" in 3D Augmented Reality, and then 3D print in four colors. Students Grades 8th-12th. 4-6 p.m. Joliet Public Library. Project Next Generation: Students grades...

  • DuPage County Calendar

    Oct 22, 2023

    Join The Sinfonietta Bel Canto in bringing to life one of the most beloved and famous fairy tales and operas, the unforgettable adventure of Hansel and Gretel. Navigate a mysterious forest, encounter mischievous creatures, and outsmart a wicked witch in Sinfonietta Bel Canto's three performances Saturday November 11 at 7:00 p.m., Sunday November 12 at 3:00 p.m., and Sunday Nov. 19th at 4:00 P.M. The November 11th and 12 performances will be at the acoustically pleasing St....

  • Morton Grove Sustainability Expo & Recycling Fest

    Aug 27, 2023

    Saturday, Sept 9, 2023 10:00am - 1:00pm The Expo aims to foster awareness, knowledge, and action toward a more sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle. Whether you are a business owner, an environmental enthusiast, or simply someone who wants to make a positive impact on the planet, this event offers something for everyone. Highlights of the Expo include: 1. Welcoming Ceremony at 10:30am by Mayor DiMaria and local officials. 2. Exhibition booths featuring eco-conscious businesses, organizations, and initiatives that are...

  • Will County Calendar

    Oct 10, 2022

    Pumpkin Fun Run: 11 a.m. -1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, Hadley Valley Preserve – Gougar Road Access, Joliet. The Forest Preserve District of Will County fun run is just under 2.5 miles on a crushed limestone surface. After crossing the finish line, choose the perfect mini pumpkin to take home. Each participant also will receive a complimentary orange wrist sweatband with a zipper pocket to wear during the race and future outdoor adventures. Aunt Anne’s Pretzels also be onsite. Free, all ages. Register by Oct. 11. When...

  • Will County Calendar

    Sep 19, 2022

    Wednesdays to Saturdays, noon-4 p.m. Sundays from Oct. 1-30, Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Bolingbrook. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Eat a Bug Challenge: Bugs are not just for animals to eat! In 80% of countries worldwide, bugs are included in people’s diets. Drop in to Hidden Oaks to become an entomophagist, or a person who eats bugs, by trying a seasoned cricket or mealworm. Those who try a buggy treat will be rewarded with a prize. Free, all...

  • Will County Calendar

    Sep 19, 2022

    Saturday, Oct. 1-Sunday, Oct. 30, Four Rivers Environmental Education Center, Channahon. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Supernatural Scavenger Hunt: Wear your favorite costume and search for spooktacular items in the forest with your friends and family or Scout group. Some items may be natural while others items may be SUPER-natural. Stop by the visitor center to get a map of the route and a list of the items. Free, all...

  • Will County Calendar

    Sep 19, 2022

    Saturday, Oct. 1, Riverview Farmstead Preserve, Naperville. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Farmyard Frolic: Visit the farm for some old-fashioned fun and learn about the significance of agriculture in Will county – both past and present. Tour the limestone house and barns, meet some animals from the farmyard and beyond in the petting zoo, try your hand as some farmstead chores and more. Free, all...

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    Sep 19, 2022

    Thursday, Sept. 29, Riverview Farmstead Preserve Kropp Prairie, Naperville. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Volunteer Morning: Get some fresh air and exercise while helping to make a difference in your community. Activities will include seed collection. Individuals who have not yet volunteered must first complete a waiver online. Those with a waiver on file should contact Emily Kenny, volunteer services supervisor, at 815-722-7364 or [email protected] to reserve your spot. Participants should dress for outdoor work, including sturdy...

  • Will County Calendar

    Sep 19, 2022
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    Tuesday, Sept. 27 - Plum Creek Nature Center, Crete Township. Seed Saving and Sips: 6-7:30 p.m. Learn about seed saving and easy-to-grow flowers and then spend some time harvesting and sorting seeds to plant in your garden next spring. While sorting, chat about gardening and sip a BYOB beverage; beer and wine only, please, for alcoholic beverages. Participants will leave with seeds from each flower variety, storage envelopes and growing information. Ages 21 or older; $5 per...

  • Will County Calendar

    Sep 19, 2022
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    Sunday, October 23rd from 8 AM to 11 AM The Lockport American Legion Auxiliary Unit 18 is hosting a PANCAKE BREAKFAST at the post on 151st and Archer Ave in Lockport. Stop by and enjoy a great breakfast of all-you-can-eat pancakes, bacon, sausage, potatoes, scrambled eggs and our homemade biscuits and gravy. Tickets are just $8 for adults, children 5 and under are free. The profits from our event will be used to help local area...

  • Will County Calendar

    Sep 18, 2022
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    Thursday, October 20, 2002 9:00AM- 10:00AM The community is invited to drop by for coffee and donuts with Dr. Paul Schrik, superintendent of Troy Community School District 30-C. The district’s fall "Coffee with the Superintendent" is a time parents, residents, business owners and other interested parties can meet the superintendent in an informal setting to ask questions or to just chat. There is no structured agenda, and those interested can drop in any time during the hour. The event will also be attended by Troy...

  • Cook County Calendar

    Sep 18, 2022

    Seventh Annual Butterfly Run Walk & Flutter to Support Grieving Families Following Child Loss Sunday, October 2, 2022 at 9 a.m. Busse Woods, Ned Brown Grove #26 in Elk Grove Village, 60008 Missing Pieces, Greater Illinois Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition, and The HAP Foundation will be hosting the annual Butterfly 5K to run, walk, and flutter in support of families and communities impacted by a child’s death. The death of a child is unimaginable and yet, for more than 2,500 families in Illinois each year it is a...

  • Will County Calendar

    Sep 11, 2022

    September 24, 2022 Oswego’s Little White School Museum Hosts Four Historic Oswego Area Farms The Oswegoland Heritage Association has sponsored popular tours of Oswego’s collection of in-town urban barns for a few years. Now they believe it’s time to head out into the countryside to visit some of the area’s classic—and historic—rural farmsteads. On Saturday, Sept. 24, the heritage association will host, “Oswego History Tour – Legacy Farms,” bus tours, one at 11 a.m. and the second at 1 p.m., of three area...

  • Cook County Calendar

    Sep 4, 2022

    Friday, September 30 Adult Fall Nature Walk: Foraging 1PM-2:30PM Join one of our naturalists as we stroll the grounds of Lake Katherine looking for wild edible food. Learn how to identify and safely consume our natural foodstuffs. $10 per person. Pre-registration...

  • Cook County Calendar

    Sep 4, 2022

    Saturdaym September 17 Family Fishing Day 8:00 am to 10:00 am $15 per person Fishing and fun for the whole family at Lake Katherine. Catch and...

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    Sep 4, 2022

    Wednesday, September 7 6:15-7:30pm & 6:30-7:45pm Evening Kayak & Canoe Tours Enjoy a guided kayak or canoe tour of Lake Katherine with our naturalists at dusk. There will be two groups of 10. $15 per...

  • Cook County Calendar

    Sep 4, 2022

    September 10, 2022 2nd Annual Morton Grove Sustainability Expo Saturday 10:00am – 1:00pm Morton Grove Civic Center 6140 Dempster Street Morton Grove, IL 60053 Free Admission! Exploring various exhibits from over 25 eco-friendly retailers, suppliers and organizations. Check out all the energy-saving products, giveaways, and information on greener alternatives to everyday things. This year’s event features: Bicycle recycling from The Recyclery Prescription drug disposal through the Cook County Sheriff’s Office Electric...

  • DuPage County Calendar

    Sep 4, 2022
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    Saturday, September 10, 2022 The District 99 Education Foundation (d99ef.org) will host the first "D99 Block Party" from 2-6:30 p.m. in the parking lot on the west side of North High School in Downers Grove, located at 4436 Main Street in Downers Grove. Admission to the event, which will include games and live music, is free for all ages. Refreshments from variety of food trucks will be on site for purchase. Attendees are asked to park in the main lot on Main Street, which is east of the building, and follow signs to the...

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    Sep 4, 2022

    Saturday, October 29 9am-2pm Morton Grove All Holiday Faire Morton Grove Civic Center, 6140 Dempster Street, Morton Grove IL Vendors will offer the best for you to plan your events! FREE...

  • DuPage County Calendar

    Sep 4, 2022

    September 17 Maine Stay Youth and Family Services 16th annual 80-family Maine Township Community Garage Sale that will be held from 9 am-3 pm in the Maine Township Town Hall parking lot. Come by and shop, have lunch, or enter to win one of two children's bicycles that will be given...

  • Will County Calendar

    Sep 4, 2022

    Sunday, Sept. 18 Paws on Industry at Joliet Iron Works: 10-11:30 a.m. Joliet Iron Works Historic Site, Joliet. Joliet’s once thriving industrial plant rivaled Pittsburgh’s steel power and was the attraction for many immigrants coming to this area. You and your dog are invited to explore the stone foundations with an interpretive naturalist. All dogs must be on a leash no longer than 10 feet and be socialized for crowds. Owners are responsible for picking up after their pets. Free, ages 16 or older. Register by Sept....

  • Will County Calendar

    Sep 4, 2022

    Saturday, Sept. 17, History at Home – Trail of Death (Zoom Webinar): 2-2:30 p.m (online) Between September and November 1828, more than 850 Potawatomi made the journey from Indiana through Illinois, eventually ending in Kansas in what became known as the Trail of Death. In this brief virtual overview, learn more about the forced removal and commemorate the lives of the people who lived it. Free, ages 13 or older. Register by Sept....

  • Will County Calendar

    Sep 4, 2022

    Saturday, Sept 17 Migratory Bird Hike: 8-10 a.m Lake Renwick Preserve – Turtle Lake Access, Plainfield. Join the Forest Preserve for a guided hike in search of amazing waterfowl, soaring eagles and beautiful songbirds. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. Meet in the parking lot at the Plainfield Township offices on Lockport Street. Free, ages 7 or older. Register by Sept....

  • Will County Calendar

    Sep 4, 2022

    Saturday, Sept. 17, Morning Bird Hike: 8-10 a.m. Monee Reservoir. Join a guided hike in search of migrating birds. Birders of all experience levels are welcome. Bring binoculars and your favorite bird guide. Free, ages 16 or older. Register by Sept....

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    Aug 31, 2022

    Friday, Sept. 16 Campfire Cooking: 5-7 p.m. Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve, Crete Township. Make meals and desserts using pie irons, foil packets and Dutch ovens at the Goodenow Grove campground. All ingredients will be provided. After eating your fill, stay awhile and enjoy a relaxing campfire. Or better yet, reserve a campsite and stay the night. Cost: $20 for those 13 and older; children 12 and younger are free. Register by Sept....

  • Will County Calendar

    Sep 4, 2022

    Friday, Sept 16 Twilight Outdoor Nature Painting: 5-7 p.m. Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Bolingbrook. Follow step-by-step instructions to make a twilight tree masterpiece. This program is perfect for beginners and all equipment is included. Participants may bring their own adult beverages to enjoy (beer and wine only, please). Light refreshments will be available. Cost: $20 per person. For ages 21 or older. Register by Sept....

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    Sep 4, 2022

    Thursday, Sept. 15 Mountain Men (Zoom Webinar): 6:30-7:30 p.m. (online) The year is 1842. Illinois is still a frontier state. Join the Forest Preserve as John is interviewed about his extraordinary life as one of the mountain men who inherited the fur trade from French voyageurs. Free, ages 13 or older. Registration is required by Sept....

  • Will County Calendar

    Sep 4, 2022

    Sunday, September 11 Lockport American Legion Auxiliary John Olson Unit 18 is holding its annual FALL MUM SALE at the post on 151 st and Archer Ave in Lockport. Plants will be available from 10 AM until sold out . We invite everyone to stop by and choose a beautiful mum plant to decorate their home or business. Our plants come in a variety of colors and are just $12 each. All profits from our event will be used to help local area...

  • DuPage County Calendar

    Sep 4, 2022

    Sunday, Sept. 11 |7 a.m. to dusk Tails on the Trails $5 per dog During the Tails on the Trails dog-friendly event, guests can explore the Arboretum’s 16 miles of trails, visit the Pet Expo with vendors from local businesses and organizations, and learn about dog adoption and volunteering opportunities at local animal shelters. Dog-friendly days are the only times that non-service dogs are allowed in cars or on the grounds of the Arboretum. Dogs are welcome during Tails on the Trails from 7 a.m. to sunset. The vendor expo...

  • DuPage County Calendar

    Sep 4, 2022

    Sunday, Sept. 18 | 1 p.m. Opening of the Grand Garden Included free with timed-entry admission to the Arboretum The Morton Arboretum will be opening its lush, colorful new 2-acre “The Grand Garden” to the public at 1 p.m., Sept. 18, as part of its yearlong centennial celebration. The centrally located gathering space, just steps away from the Visitor Center, spans the length of about two-and-a-half football fields. Volunteer docents will be available throughout the garden until 4 p.m. on the opening day to answer...

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