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Romeoville plans park party for stay at home birthdays

The Village of Romeoville will be hosting a very special birthday themed park party this summer. The guests of honor will be Romeoville kids who had to celebrate their birthdays at... — Updated 4/3/2020

 By Mark Gregory    News 

Joliet prepared if COVID-19 rise continues

Following an extension of the shelter in place order by Gov. J.B. Pritzker until April 30, Joliet Mayor Bob O'Dekirk held a briefing in which he assured residents that, "The city of... — Updated 4/3/2020


Romeoville approves Residential Water Rebate Program

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Village of Romeoville will be providing each household in the village with a $50 rebate. This will appear as a credit on the June... — Updated 4/2/2020


USF and Joliet Chamber Partner to Help Local Businesses Acquire CARES Act Dollars

In light of the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the economy, many Joliet area businesses are wondering how they can acquire funds from the CARES Act to help the local... — Updated 4/2/2020


Forest Preserve announces 'Hugs for Hounds' cancellation, 'Found Objects Sculpture Trail' postponement

The 12th annual "Hugs for Hounds" doggie Easter egg hunt has been canceled, and the "Found Objects Sculpture Trail" has been postponed due to the new coronavirus pandemic.... — Updated 4/2/2020

 By Ben Orner    News 

Illinois converting convention center into COVID-19 field hospital

As state leaders try to gather as much personal protective equipment (PPE) as possible to distribute to health care workers treating COVID-19 patients, Gov. JB Pritzker says the... — Updated 4/2/2020


Plainfield South HS teacher making masks for health care facilities

Plainfield South High School Spanish teacher Mary Jones is making fabric masks for area health care facilities during the mandated school closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Jones... — Updated 4/1/2020


Silver Cross Hospital sees dramatic increase in COVID-19 patients

As the spread of COVID-19 continues throughout the region, Silver Cross Hospital continues to see a dramatic increase in the number of COVID-19 patients at its New Lenox campus. As... — Updated 4/1/2020


Pritzker, Lightfoot announce new fund to support artists during COVID-19 shutdown

Gov. JB Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Wednesday the formation of a new relief fund to support artists and performers who have been temporarily put out of work by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Arts for Illinois... — Updated 4/1/2020


Morton Arboretum temporarily closed

Beginning April 2, The Morton Arboretum will be temporarily closed through April 30 as an additional measure to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The Arboretum made its 1,700... — Updated 4/1/2020


COVID-19 IMPACTS: Employment Security department utilizes new alphabetized benefit schedule

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois department tasked with overseeing unemployment benefits is employing an alphabetized schedule to handle “an unprecedented volume” of claims. Claims now must be filed online and by phone on days and... — Updated 3/31/2020

 By Jerry Nowicki    News 

So your school is practicing remote learning. What does it mean?

SPRINGFIELD – Public K-12 schools statewide were instructed to begin remote learning days Tuesday until in-person instruction can resume, and standardized testing in the state is... — Updated 3/31/2020



Beginning Monday, March 30, the Will County Health Department will be continuing operations but closing its doors to both clients and staff. “For the safety of our clients and staff, and due to the number of Coronavirus cases we... — Updated 3/31/2020


District 202 answers questions about graduation, athletics and other events

Plainfield School District 202 informed parents today on some topics that have come in question around the COVID-19 shutdown of schools. As of now, all 'right of passage events'... — Updated 3/31/2020


District 202 hands out Remote Learning packets to families

District 202 Superintendent Dr. Lane Abrell, Dave Stephens, Plainfield High School-Central Campus principal, and Dr. Glenn Wood, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and... — Updated 3/31/2020

 By Jerry Nowicki    News 

State gives guidance on mortgage payments, student loan debt, banking

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation issued guidance for lenders and borrowers Monday regarding debt collection during the COVID-19 pandemic. Evictions are suspended for homes and rental units in... — Updated 3/31/2020


Chief Judge Evans extends postponement of most court cases, orders video appearances system wide

Chief Judge Evans extends postponement of most court cases, orders video appearances systemwide Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans today entered an order that extends the postponement of many criminal and civil cases in the Circuit Court... — Updated 3/31/2020



Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has activated about 65 additional Illinois National Guard Soldiers and Airmen in support of COVID-19 response operations. Approximately 50 Soldiers from the 3637th Maintenance Company, based in... — Updated 3/27/2020

 By Mark Gregory    News

Mistwood and McWethy's employees step up to help each other

Mistwood Golf Club and McWethy's Tavern are a family run business, but just how large that family is has been illustrated in the last couple of weeks after Illinois Governor JB... — Updated 3/27/2020


County fairs hurt financially by COVID-19 shutdowns

The social distancing guidelines that led Illinois county fairs to cancel off-season events on their grounds through the end of April is one part of a financial impact... — Updated 3/27/2020

 By Jerry Nowicki    News

Pritzker keeps pressure on feds, asks all medical professionals to join COVID-19 fight

Gov. JB Pritzker announced new measures benefitting the homeless and people on supplemental nutrition programs Friday and continued to pressure the federal government for further,... — Updated 3/27/2020


State, national unemployment spikes amid COVID-19 outbreak

More than 114,000 workers in Illinois filed first-time unemployment claims in the week ending March 21 as the United States saw its biggest one-week spike in recorded history. 3.2... — Updated 3/26/2020


District 202 Board honor 19 excellent educators, community members

The District 202 Board of Education is recognizing 19 exceptional educators, staff and community members through its 28th annual Awards of Excellence program. The annual awards ceremony was scheduled for April 8, 2020 but has been... — Updated 3/26/2020


Cook County jail has 24 positive cases of COVID-19 among inmates

As part of its ongoing effort to inform the public of the measures being taken to combat the spread of COVID-19 within the Cook County Department of Corrections (DOC), the Cook County Sheriff’s Office will provide regular... — Updated 3/26/2020


Downers Grove high schools provide PPE to local hospital

On Wednesday, March 25, District 99 donated a variety of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) supplies to Good Samaritan Hospital. The supplies were taken from reserves of the custod... — Updated 3/26/2020


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