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Aqua Looking to Switch Water Source in September

By Andrea Arens Aqua finalized the sale of Peotone’s water system in October of 2018 for $12M. It took them almost six years to create a timeline for the source switch thanks to the University Park lead water fiasco and while Aqua entered into a deal with the Illinois Attorney General; University Park still isn’t…

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Beecher Got a Grant

By Jeff Vorva Even though Beecher officials didn’t put the Village Hall parking lot repairs on the top of their to-do list, they were given an offer that was hard to refuse. It will be done for free. Thus, plans are in the works to replace the parking lot and possibly the roadway at Village…

Former Illinois State Police trooper who pleaded guilty in relation to deadly crash postpones hearing

Peotone Police Blotter: June 2-10

June 2: Peotone Police were dispatched to the 200 Block of Main Street in response to a report of a male subject shooting a pellet gun at a stop sign. Upon arrival, officers located the subject, who had an airsoft pellet gun. After speaking with the subject, he secured the pellet gun inside his residence…

Former Illinois State Police trooper who pleaded guilty in relation to deadly crash postpones hearing

Manhattan Police Blotter, June 6-11

Disclaimer: Charges against each defendant are merely an accusation, with all defendants presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.  On June 6, officers conducted a traffic stop in the area of State and Second in which officers were alerted to the driver having an arrest warrant. Police arrested Sandra Leal, 59, of…

Pothole Road otherwise known as Blue Devil Drive  in Peotone is finally getting a makeover thanks to a property transfer from the Park District to the School District. Photo by Ed Nelson.

Blue Devil Drive

Owner terry Schtz of Flossmoor.He has a 1957 Chevy Bel Air, ha shad for 40 years. All is original with a 385 horse power. Photo by Jim Piacentini.

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Monee Education Center, photo from homes.com.

Monee Hasn’t Bought the Education Center, Yet

By Karen Haave The Village of Monee has not purchased the vacant school building on Main Street. Not yet, anyway. The village has, in recent months, scooped up numerous properties needed for beautification or facilities expansion projects, but the Monee Education Center is not one of them. Local residents began asking about the school, at…

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Vandalism Didn’t Take the Pillow Out This Time in Manteno

By Jeff Vorva The jumping pillow on the Square on Second in Manteno opened five years ago, but is feeling its age. The attraction has proven to be popular, and people are missing it, as it is closed for repairs for an undetermined amount of time. Superintendent of Public Works Jim Hanley gave an update…

Retired Manhattan Police Chief Wold was given the 9 month Village Administrator position for Manhattan for $146K. Photo submitted.

New Administrator and Police Chief for Manhattan

By Stephanie Irvine The Village of Manhattan’s June meeting, once again, started off a bit rocky with an airing of grievances from individuals expressing frustration over slow-moving issues and decisions made by the board. Despite tensions that occurred at the beginning of the meeting, the board came together for a productive comprehensive kickoff workshop before…

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Vedette Sports Report

By Jeff Vorva No area baseball team made it as far a supersectional play, but one area player had a chance to pitch his team into the state semifinals. Ian Tossi, a left-handed sophomore from Monee who is playing at Mount Carmel in Chicago, had a banner postseason. He threw 12 shutout innings against Oak…

Counselor Marie Kress poses at her reception counter. Photo by Stephanie Irvine.

Manhattan Thriving With New Business, Counseling Center Opens

By Stephanie Irvine With the growth of the Manhattan community has come several new businesses. Among them is the Mental Wellness Center of Manhattan, owned and operated by Marie Kress, LCPC, NBCC, who aims to provide the community with counseling services. On Saturday, June 22, the Mental Wellness Center will have a ribbon cutting ceremony…

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Monee Historical Society June Events

By Karen Haave June events at the Monee Historical Society include a presentation by Dr. Larry McClellan on the history of Governors State University. He will share reflections and stories on the founding of GSU on Thursday, June 13, at the Monee Heritage Center, 5210 W. Court Street. The presentation begins at 7 p.m., following…

Monee Cops raised dough for Special Olympics Illinois. –Photo submitted.

Cop on a Rooftop Raised Dough For Special Olympics

By Karen Haave When it comes to raising funds for Special Olympics Illinois, there’s no stopping Monee Police Sgt. Teresa Cancialosi and her posse of supporters. MPD’s coordinator for the 2024 Cop on a Rooftop, she organized yet another very successful fundraiser, raking in $3,776,72 at Monee Dunkin’, 5757 W. Monee-Manhattan Road.  The Monee Police…


Peotone’s Claude Werner Appointed to Fire Commission

By Stephanie Irvine The May meeting of the Manhattan Fire Protection District’s Board of Trustees brought forth the official swearing in of Claude Werner to the Fire Commission. Werner served on the Peotone Fire Department’s Board of Trustees prior to the consolidation of the two departments and filled the vacancy left by the late Commissioner…