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 By Mark Gregory    Sports 

Locals shine on Division-I rosters

With the high school sports seasons still suspended in Illinois and the poor play from the Bulls and Bears and abbreviated college football seasons, there has not been much for... — Updated 12/10/2020

 By Mark Gregory    News 

WWII veteran celebrates 100th birthday

An astounding 16 million Americans served in World War II in the mid 1940s and of those, only roughly 325,000 are still alive. Among those is Donald J. Breen, a proud veteran of... — Updated 12/10/2020

 By Mark Gregory    News 

Campaigning or cooperating in Crest Hill?

Things got heated at the end of the Crest Hill city council work session Monday at city hall. Just before moving to executive session to discuss selling the current building when... — Updated 10/30/2020

 By Mark Gregory    News 

Two shot in Crest Hill's Woodlands complex

Two people were shot outside an apartment building in the Woodlands complex in Crest Hill, just after 6 p.m. Wednesday night. Originally, Crest Hill, Bolingbrook, Joliet and other a... — Updated 10/30/2020

 By Mark Gregory    Sports 

Chicagoland Speedway will not host a 2021 NASCAR event

The 2021 NASCAR schedule is expected to be released Wednesday and Joliet's Chicagoland Speedway will not be part of the lineup. The NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, Gander... — Updated 10/21/2020

 By Mark Gregory    Sports 

Crest Hill Sports Huddle goes unbeaten in pandemic

In 2020, it seems the only clear-cut winner of anything has been COVID-19, as the pandemic and subsequent lockdown by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has wiped out everything from... — Updated 10/21/2020

 By Mark Gregory    News 

Crest Hill police making progress on shooting; asking witnesses to step forward

Crest Hill Police Chief Ed Clark said Thursday morning that they are "progressing very nicely with the investigation and are gathering more information." Clark is asking for the com... — Updated 10/21/2020

 By Mark Gregory    Lifestyles 

Pandemic can't stop Crest Hill native from singing

While the COVID-19 pandemic forced many people around the world to sing the blues, it has made Arbender Robinson sing just about anything else. A veteran of musical theater and Cres... — Updated 10/13/2020

 By Mark Gregory    Sports 

Downers Grove's Burdi makes MLB debut with White Sox

In the sixth inning of a game that saw the Chicago White Sox losing 6-0, Downers Grove native Zack Burdi lived a childhood dream. The former Downers Grove South Mustang, Burdi made... — Updated 9/23/2020

 By Mark Gregory    News 

Claar officially retires as mayor of Bolingbrook after nearly 34 years

"This is it," Bolingbrook Mayor Roger C. Claar said to the large crowd gathered to see him off at his final board meeting after serving the village for nearly 34 years - 33 years,... — Updated 8/20/2020

 By Mark Gregory    News 

Niles Police Sgt. Joseph Lazo hospitalized after crash in Texas

The Niles Police Department was devastated last week when three men affiliated with the department were struck when an alleged drunk driver going in the opposite direction swerved... — Updated 8/11/2020

 By Mark Gregory    Sports 

Bolingbrook's Borland tweets letter from Ohio State athletes as rebuttal to #BigTenUnited

Ohio State University captain and Bolingbrook graduate Tuf Borland Tweeted a letter Aug. 7 attributed to the the one put out by a group called #BIGTENUNITED just one day earlier. In the original statement, #BIGTENUNITED wrote,... — Updated 8/11/2020

 By Mark Gregory    News 

Minooka holds in-person graduation

In a ceremony that lasted the whole weekend and was forced by weather to take place in two different places, the seniors from Minooka High School graduated July 11-12. The students... — Updated 7/23/2020


HEAR THE BEARD: My ideas for rebranding Crest Hill

Roughly a year ago, the city of Crest Hill did a survey in which it polled its residents on a direction looking for a direction for rebranding the city. I understand I am a little... — Updated 6/18/2020

 By Mark Gregory    News

Bolingbrook man calls out MSNBC reporter during live broadcast

It is said that those who live in glass houses, should not throw stones. MSNBC reporter Cal Perry learned that the hard way on Memorial Day when Bolingbrook resident Andy Olson... — Updated 6/17/2020

 By Mark Gregory    News

Several ask for O'Dekirk's resignation at BLM rally Tuesday

Several protesters called for the resignation of Joliet Mayor Bob O'Dekirk as he attended a Black Lives Matter rally on the corner of Larkin Avenue and Jefferson Street Tuesday. On... — Updated 6/17/2020

 By Mark Gregory    News

Last minute curfew order upsets protesters

A small group of peaceful protesters were turned away from demonstrating at Crest City Hall Tuesday night. The reason they were given was that Crest Hill Mayor Ray Soliman issued... — Updated 6/2/2020

 By Mark Gregory    News

Reopen Illinois rally held in Shorewood

"I will see you in church," said Scott Greene as he sent supporters to their cars just before the skies opened with storms to close out the Reopen Illinois rally he organized on the... — Updated 5/23/2020

 By Mark Gregory    News

Joliet Junior College to hold fall classes online

On the day that Joliet Junior College would have held its spring commencement, president Dr. Judy Mitchell instead announced Friday at a press conference held with the city of... — Updated 5/18/2020

 By Mark Gregory    Sports

Joliet native Allie Quigley competes in ESPN H-O-R-S-E competition

On a day when Allie Quigley should have been preparing for the Euro League semifinals, she was instead filming a H-O-R-S-E competition that featured six players from the NBA and... — Updated 5/14/2020

 By Mark Gregory    Sports

After holding out hope, IHSA cancels spring state championships

“The one constant through all the years, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again.... — Updated 5/14/2020

 By Mark Gregory    News

St. Joe's Park cancels all events for 2020

Each summer, St. Joseph's Park in Joliet hosts events almost every Sunday, where local churches or other organizations host fundraisers. With bands, beer and bingo, the events have... — Updated 5/7/2020

 By Mark Gregory    News

Plainfield East administrators pen letters to 540 seniors

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker officially cancelled the school year earlier this week, meaning the senior class of high schools all across the state will never again walk the halls of... — Updated 4/25/2020

 By Mark Gregory    News

The show must go on: Local comics take fundraiser digital

Saturday night, Chicago Street Bar and Grill in Joliet was supposed to be packed with laughter spilling out of the bar and money pouring in for the family of Owen Buell. The... — Updated 4/16/2020

 By Mark Gregory    News

JCA faculty salutes seniors during COVID-19 lockdown

When the word came down to students at Joliet Catholic Academy that Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker had closed all schools – public and private – because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it... — Updated 4/16/2020


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