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  • John "Roy" Nippert, age 79, of LaSalle, IL

    Updated Apr 28, 2023

    John "Roy" Nippert, age 79, of LaSalle, IL, died March 19, 2023. Roy was the son of the late Florence and William; loving brother of William T. Jr. (Lena) of West Chicago, Robert J. (Grace) of Florida, Paula (Ken) Sutherland of Tennessee, MaryJane A. Molenkamp of Missouri, M. Zenobia Nippert of Michigan, Richard C. of Washington D.C., the late Michella and the late Nathalie Anne; fond uncle and great-uncle of Many; friend and cousin of many. Roy was preceded in death by his de...

  • Myron Rieser- Obituary, The Plainfield Enterprise

    Updated Oct 13, 2022

    Myron Paul Rieser of Plainfield, Illinois, (last resided in Los Gatos, California), passed away peacefully at age 83 on September 23, 2022 after bravely battling cancer for several years. Myron was born February 6,1939 to Ruth (Kuhn) and Clarence Rieser. As the eldest of five children, much of his early life was spent on the family farm in Plainfield, IL, where he graduated from Plainfield High School in the Class of 1957. After attending Northern Illinois University, Myron...

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

    Updated Oct 6, 2021

    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,...

  • Levaris gets a worthy birthday salute

    Mark Gregory, Editorial Director|Updated 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...

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

    Mark Gregory, Editorial Director|Updated 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...

  • East's Louck tabbed as Player of the Year

    Mark Gregory, Editorial Director|Updated Sep 13, 2021

    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 Rice for...

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

    Jerry Nowicki, Capitol News Illinois|Updated 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...

  • Niles West's Loyd earns Olympic Gold

    Mark Gregory, Editorial Director|Updated Sep 13, 2021

    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 mad...

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

    Updated 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|Updated 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 s...

  • Joliet District 86 returning to school on Aug. 16

    Updated 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...

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

    Updated 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 in eit...

  • Students tell stories of learning in a pandemic

    Mark Gregory, Editorial Director|Updated Jul 27, 2021

    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 t...

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

    Mark Gregory, Editorial Director|Updated 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 Unity...

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

    Drake Skleba, For the Bugle|Updated 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 per...

  • Minooka, JCA headed to Peoria

    Mark Gregory, Editorial Director|Updated Jul 27, 2021

    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 thei...

  • Local collector sells rare item on A&E show

    Mark Gregory, Editorial Director|Updated 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...

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

    Mark Gregory, Editorial Director|Updated Jul 27, 2021

    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...

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

    Mark Gregory, Editorial Director|Updated 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...

  • Plainfield East HS graduate wins National Merit Scholarship

    Updated 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. Winners...

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

    Mark Gregory, Editorial Director|Updated 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 they...

  • Unemployment deficit threatens to 'cripple' businesses, claimants

    Jerry Nowicki, Capitol News Illinois|Updated 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 “crip...

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

    Drake Skleba, For the Bugle|Updated 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...

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

    Drake Skleba, For the Enterprise|Updated Jul 13, 2021

    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 girls soccer; host of track locals advance

    Updated 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...

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