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 By Ryan Ostry    News 

Bolingbrook resident gets chance to visit Alaska

The distance separating Bolingbrook and Sitka, Alaska is 2,314 miles, but for Jordanne Pelkey a trip to the great land state was worth it. A Bolingbrook native and senior Biology... — Updated 12/9/2019

 
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City of Joliet hosts 22nd annual Tree Lighting and Parade

The 22nd annual parade crowded the streets of downtown Joliet Friday night, with an estimated attendance of more than 10,000 people. "I would say there's more than 10,000 people... — Updated 12/4/2019

 
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Mr. and Mrs. Claus stop by local McDonald's

With Thanksgiving officially in the rear view mirror, the Christmas spirit is taking place. Mr. and Mrs. Claus stopped by the McDonald's on Route 59 in Plainfield to take photos, ta... — Updated 12/4/2019

 
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Teachers win Heroes in the classroom award

There are two kinds of heroes - fictional and non-fictional. Jenny Bell and Maggie Nickels, are non-fictional heroes. The two sixth grade teachers at Meadowview Elementary School... — Updated 12/4/2019

 
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Local businessman recognized for franchise success

Michael Gonzalez has always wanted to do two things, help people, and be an entrepreneur. Gonzalez, who recently won three awards, has been an owner of Home Helpers of DuPage and... — Updated 12/4/2019

 
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University hosts U.S. Conference of Mayors presentation

Lewis University has big things going on. One of those is that they were awarded a $75,000 check for its Innovation Hub (business incubator). Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, among... — Updated 12/3/2019

 
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Community demands more safety at Rt. 52, County Line Rd.

The community of Will County is demanding a change that has left its mark in a negative way over the past 10 years. With more than 100 accidents at Route 52 and County Line Road,... — Updated 11/27/2019

 
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The Chalkboard will close after 39 years of business

All good things must come to an end. That is the case with The Chalkboard - one of the most popular businesses in Crest Hill, Aurora and Downers Grove. "I'm going to miss coming to... — Updated 11/27/2019

 
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Director discusses risks of e-cigs, vaping, marijuana

Jan. 1, 2020 is a big day for the state of Illinois. The use of recreational marijuana becomes legal and some people are thrilled, some aren't One of those people who are not... — Updated 11/27/2019

 
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Brooks Middle School hosts 'Hydrangea Albright'

Usually, there are two sides to every story. Such is the case in the play "Hydrangea Albright" performed by Brooks Middle. "Because we have an old high school building, we're... — Updated 11/26/2019

 
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Author discusses 'A History of Food in America' at Library

There's no secret the food source and demand for American food has changed dramatically. How American food habits transformed the Midwest from untouched prairies to the nation's... — Updated 11/20/2019

 
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Performer brings music of Johnny Cash to library

It's not every day where a supremely talented musician performs at a local venue. The Woodridge Public Library had the privilege of Steve Justman, Chicago area singer, stop by for a... — Updated 11/20/2019

 
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Goodman recognized as Outstanding Citizen Volunteer

For more than 25 years, Dr. Gordon L. Goodman has worked to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of Downers Grove through his partnership with the Downers Grove Park... — Updated 11/20/2019

 
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Rock Bottom Restaurant hosts elected officials chili cook off fundraiser

Although the April election has long passed, officials elected are still competing against each other. Last weekend, several local politicians were featured at Rock Bottom... — Updated 11/20/2019

 
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Rialto, Police, County Sheriff hosts Active Shooter Readiness Seminar

From 2000-18 there were 277 incidents in the United States involving what the FBI considers active shooters, which is 'one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or... — Updated 11/13/2019

 
 By Ryan Ostry    Sports

Minooka falls to nationally-ranked Benet Academy

A loss to a 39-1 team that is ranked No. 12 in the nation by USA Today is nothing to be ashamed about. Minooka (32-8, 10-1) fell to the No.2 ranked team in the state in two sets at... — Updated 11/13/2019

 
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Abraham Lincoln performer to discuss significance of Thanksgiving during presidency

This Thursday, from 11 a.m. until noon, impersonator Kevin Wood will be at the Plainfield Public Library District emulating Abraham Lincoln. The story on how the annual observance... — Updated 11/13/2019

 
 By Ryan Ostry    Sports

Trojans fall to WWS in Class 7A second round

The final 28-7 loss to Wheaton Warrenville South is not indicative of the way Downers Grove North performed in the Class 7A second-round playoff game. The Trojans (6-5, 2-4) went... — Updated 11/13/2019

 
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Author presents wacky history of Bears & Cardinals

Like many things, the game of football has evolved and changed in so many ways. From the 1920s and 30s until present day, Author Joe Ziemba took those in attendance at the... — Updated 11/13/2019

 
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Rise & Fall of Berlin Wall presented at Downers Grove Library

Saturday, Nov. 9 marked the 30th anniversary of the infamous fall of the Berlin Wall. German historian and public speaker, Anette Isaacs, stopped by the Downers Grove Library to... — Updated 11/13/2019

 
 By Ryan Ostry    News

District offers cemetery search and investigation presentation

A cemetery search and investigation might seem too ominous for some, but not for the Plainfield Public Library District. For those who were interested, the opportunity to meet a... — Updated 11/6/2019

 
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Victorian Blodgett House hosts annual 'Boo Fest' event

It would be hard to believe anyone predicted the amount of snowfall on Halloween. For the Victorian Blodgett House "Boo Fest" in Downers Grove, it was just what the doctor ordered.... — Updated 11/6/2019

 
 By Ryan Ostry    News

Sheriff's Office announces new Smartphone App

In 2019, it's hard to find someone not glued to his or her phone. In some cases it's good, and some are not so good. What the DuPage County Sheriff's Office is now doing, is good.... — Updated 11/6/2019

 
 By Ryan Ostry    Sports

Bolingbrook defeats Hinsdale Central in the opening round of the Class 8A football playoffs

In what was a complete dominant performance, Bolingbrook rolled past Hinsdale Central 42-13. The Raiders (7-3, 3-3), who have been bounced out of the first round for the last four... — Updated 11/6/2019

 
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Library hosts annual 'Haunted Happenings' event

The Romeoville White Oak Library District was in full effect for the week of Halloween as they hosted the annual "Haunted Happenings" event. "Every year we do our annual Halloween... — Updated 11/6/2019

 

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