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 By Mark Gregory    News

Cold, rain doesn't damper Trump rally

Several dozen supporters of President Donald J. Trump braved the cold rain Saturday morning to show their support of the controversial 45th president. The rally was held on the corn... — Updated 1/11/2020

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports

Maine South came out of the Hinsdale Central tournament 6-6, but a better team than when it went in

While all teams would like to come out of a holiday tournament with a championship, the Maine South boys basketball team came out of the 2019 Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic with... — Updated 1/8/2020

 
 By Mark Gregory    News

Legal marijuana sales nearly $3.2 million on 1st day

We already have Black Friday - the large retail shopping day the day after Thanksgiving - now add Green Wednesday to the list. While it will not carry the annual gravitas of Black Friday, for one day, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020... — Updated 1/8/2020

 
 By Mark Gregory    News

Legal marijuana sales nearly $3.2 million on 1st day

We already have Black Friday - the large retail shopping day the day after Thanksgiving - now add Green Wednesday to the list. While it will not carry the annual gravitas of Black... — Updated 1/8/2020

 
 By Mark Gregory    News

Legal marijuana brings out crowds

We already have Black Friday - the large retail shopping day the day after Thanksgiving - now add Green Wednesday to the list. While it will not carry the annual gravitas of Black... — Updated 1/1/2020

 
 By Mark Gregory    News

Hit-and-run leaves well-known resident for dead

Anyone who ever visited a bar or restaurant in the Joliet and Crest Hill area knew Dennis Ledenbach, Jr. They may not have known him by name, but, they knew the guy who often times... — Updated 12/12/2019

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports

Lehr, Ranallo headline 2019 Football All-Area team

Through the first seven games of the season, Notre Dame College Prep and Minooka were unbeaten and had themselves ranked among the elite teams in Class 8A. Both battled through diff... — Updated 12/12/2019

 
 By Mark Gregory    News

Oak Ridge Boys set to perform holiday classics Dec. 22

The Christmas tree was lit in downtown Joliet the day after Thanksgiving, the downtown shops are decorated and on December 22 another recent Joliet tradition will take place as the... — Updated 12/11/2019

 
 By Mark Gregory    News

Larry the Cable Guy to perform, filming comedy special at Rialto Square Theatre Dec. 7

Dan the Cattle Auctioneer. That doesn't really have the same ring to it as Larry the Cable Guy, but that was the dream of a young Dan Whitney. "I wanted to be a cattle auctioneer... — Updated 12/4/2019

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports

Downers Grove South offensive lineman Erik Swenson is finding his way at Oklahoma

In 2013 as a sophomore at Downers Grove South, under then-Mustang and current Minooka head coach John Belskis, offensive lineman Erik Swenson made a verbal commitment to the... — Updated 12/4/2019

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports

Benet's Monson repeats as Player of the Year

Does someone's name truly define them? In the case of Benet Academy senior Hattie Monson, the answer is a resounding yes. Monson said her parents chose her name as they drove... — Updated 11/27/2019

 
 By Mark Gregory    News

Larry the Cable Guy to film a comedy special at Joliet's Rialto Theater

Dan the Cattle Auctioneer. That doesn't really have the same ring to it as Larry the Cable Guy, but that was the dream of a young Dan Whitney. "I wanted to be a cattle auctioneer an... — Updated 11/22/2019

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports

Benet tops WWS to win Class 4A title

Last season, as Benet Academy placed third in the state in Class 4A, then-junior Colleen McGuire was not on the floor at Redbird Arena. After playing on the lower levels her first t... — Updated 11/17/2019

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports

Angles take second in Class 3A, earn program's 12th trophy

Tradition. That is at the heart of all Joliet Catholic Academy athletics and the girls volleyball team is one of those top programs. This season, the Angels battled injuries as... — Updated 11/16/2019

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports

Benet beats Marist in two sets, heads to 4A finals

NORMAL - Coming into the IHSA Class 4A state volleyball semifinals, Benet Academy had only one loss on its resume, a 25-13, 25-21 loss at Marist in the final regular season match... — Updated 11/16/2019

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports

Angels on way to Class 3A state finals

Joliet Catholic Academy senior middle hitter Bella Ray said there was one word to sum up the Angels' IHSA Class 3A semifinal match against University High of Normal – revenge. "We... — Updated 11/15/2019

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports

Benet completes perfect playoff run with 2-0 shutout in state final

As if winning the IHSA Class 2A soccer championship wasn't enough, the way Benet Academy won was unprecedented. The Redwings defeated Crystal Lake South 2-0 – the eighth... — Updated 11/13/2019

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports

Despite loss to the state's top-ranked team, Notre Dame has one of school's best seasons

If only the game were a little bit longer. Notre Dame found its offensive rhythm in the second half of the second round matchup at Lincoln-Way East, but needed more time as the... — Updated 11/13/2019

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports

Plainfield North volleyball team set out to win a regional title and came close to even more

The Plainfield North volleyball team had a goal this season – and that goal was met. With a 22-25, 25-23, 29-27 win over Naperville North on Halloween night, the Tigers won the Os... — Updated 11/13/2019

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports

Benet heads to state, rematch with Marist up first

For the second-straight season, the IHSA girls Class 4A state volleyball finals will feature a match between a pair of nationally ranked teams. And, for the second-straight season... — Updated 11/13/2019

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports

Bolingbrook needs two overtime periods to defeat Oswego in second round of Class 8A playoffs

The last time Bolingbrook was in the IHSA Class 8A quarterfinals was 2014 after defeating Oswego 31-28 in overtime to get past the second round. Saturday night, the Raiders... — Updated 11/13/2019

 
 By Mark Gregory    News

Boudouris awarded board seat after recount

On his final meeting as a member of the Valley View School District, James 'JT' Boudouris said the service of the Boudouris family had come to an end after his parents had spent... — Updated 11/13/2019

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports

Maine South falls to Loyola in low scoring game

Maine South coach Dave Inserra has been around a long time - 19 years to be exact. He has led the Hawks to four state championships and three second-place finishes. Along the way,... — Updated 11/6/2019

 
 By Mark Gregory    Sports

Despite a first-round loss to powerhouse Wilmington, Lisle's season was one to be proud of

From 2001-06, Lisle advanced to the IHSA football playoffs every season for six years in a row. From that point on, the Lions advanced three times heading into this season, but... — Updated 11/6/2019

 
 By Mark Gregory    News

Marine gifted home in Joliet from 'Building Homes for Heroes'

Within five years, Marine Corps Sergeant Nick Wallace went from living in a homeless shelter on Chicago's west side to living in his own home in Joliet – one gifted to him by... — Updated 11/6/2019

 

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