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Peotone School Board Approves Tentative Levy Increase

By Andrea Arens Not a surprise. Taxes are going up. The Peotone School District is taking advantage of a rare opportunity to increase the tax rate. Inflation will be over five percent for the first in 30 years, therefore allowing taxing bodies to increase their levies significantly. Property Tax Extension Limit Law caps taxing bodies…

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Manteno Approves Sizable Property Tax Increase

By Stephen Nelson At their Monday, November 21, meeting, the Manteno Village Board approved the property tax levy for next year. The levy will increase by 1.75 percent over this year, as it will be $33,169 larger, coming in at a total of $1,939,500. The higher amount sought is actually less than the nearly $100,000…

Mady Kibelkis (#12) and her winning team at the Beecher Fall Classic. Photo by Jim Piacentini.

Lady Devils Win Title Game of the Beecher Fall Classic

By Dennis Bowling Peotone Coach Steve Strough has built an outstanding team around senior Mady Kibelkis. She turned in an out-of-this-world performance on November 22 – diving for loose balls, grabbing rebounds, and shooting treys. She can do it all and that was true on Tuesday. Kibelkis, a 5’-9” scoring guard, finished with 13 points,…

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Controversial Rezoning Request Receives Recommendation of Denial from Monee P & Z

By Karen Haave The Monee Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended the village board deny a request to rezone an industrial district parcel to M-2 to allow for a concrete recycling facility. Following a nearly two-hour meeting on November 16, a motion to give the proposed Industrial Drive plant a thumbs-up died for lack of…

Logan Cowger with his handmade pillows. Photo by Karen Haave.

Peotone Youth Honors Veterans With Handmade, Heartfelt Pillows

By Karen Haave A Peotone youth with a unique talent has found a way to use it to make local military veterans a little more comfortable. It also honors the veterans in his own family, including his uncles Glenn Ginder and Dale Cowger (Army) and Don Cravens (Marines), his grandfather Dennis Cowger, (Air Force), and…

#22 Madi Schroeder takes it to the basket against TF North. Photo by Jim Piacentini.

Lady Devils Rout TF North, 59-25

By Dennis Bowling Peotone Coach Steve Strough was in search of some offensive energy and turned to senior Mady Kibelkis, who certainly lifted her game to another level on Friday, November 18. That helped the Blue Devils rout Thorton Fractional North, 59-25. Kibelkis, a 5’-10” guard, scored 15 points in the first half, which helped…

Beecher tried to thwart Chicago Christian, but came up short. –Photo by Jim Piacentini.

Lady Bobcats Fall to Chicago Christian

By Dennis Bowling Beecher Coach Adam Keen knows that having senior identical twin sisters, Trinity and Sidney Bonham, playing together on the floor, makes the Bobcats a very talented team. Trinity Bonham, a 5’-8” guard, registered six points and had four rebounds, while her twin, Sidney, a 5’-8” guard, had four points and five rebounds.…

#22 moves in to score. –Photo by Jim Piacentini.

Kays Upend the Bobcats

By Dennis Bowling In area girl basketball circles, Beecher Girls Coach Adam Keen’s Bobcats are never to be underestimated. The feisty Bobcats almost upended the Kankakee Kays on November 17, but the Kays edged the Bobcats, 37-35, in the second round of the Beecher Fall Classic in Beecher. “I’m very proud,” said a happy Keen.…


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Boys Blue Devil Basketball Looking Forward to a Memorable Season

By Dennis Bowling Peotone Varsity Basketball Coach Ron Oloffson has four outstanding returning players, and the Blue Devils are looking to have a memorable season. Returning from last year’s team, which finished with a 13-17 overall mark, are senior forwards Miles Heflin, at 6’-4,” and Lucas Gesswein, at 6’-7,” plus 5’-10” senior guard Wil Graffeo,…

BJ Olson tends to his garden at Lloyd Bate Park. –Photo by Karen Haave.

Another Eagle Takes Flight

By Karen Haave Byron James-Ray Olson likes to joke that he worked towards becoming an Eagle Scout just to out-do his dad. BJ to his friends, he says he always wanted to reach Eagle status. “Dad was a first class Scout, so I had to do better than him,” he quipped. In truth, he is…

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Railroad Street Parking Project Hits a Snag

By Andrea Arens The Railroad Street parking project hit a snag a couple weeks ago. First, construction had to wait some time to have a Nicor relocation. Then the contractor, Iroquois Paving, wasn’t ready to begin after Nicor finished. Now, another couple weeks for the contaminated soil to go to a landfill. It began when…

Crete-Monee quarterback Cory Stennis smiles after throwing a TD pass against Champaign Centennial on October 29 in the first round of the playoffs. –Photo by Jeff Vorva

Wow – What a Season for the Warriors

By Jeff Vorva Crete-Monee’s football team opened the season on August 26, with a 41-15 loss to Class 8A power Lincoln-Way East. It closed its season on November 12, with a 45-0 loss to Class 6A power East St. Louis in the Illinois High School Association state quarterfinals. But in the 10 games in the…

Veterans enjoyed breakfast and the company of students at Illinois Lutheran School. Photo by Jim Piacentini.

Illinois Lutheran Hosts Breakfast for Veterans

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