Will County Clerk Lauren Staley Ferry and her election judge coordinator, Heather Sanders, examine new equipment election judges will use during the 2024 elections. –Photo submitted.

Will County Clerk Seeking 2024 Election Judges

Clerk plans to add 500 qualified judges from both parties to the roster. Will County Clerk Lauren Staley Ferry strongly encourages individuals from both major political parties to apply to serve as election judges in the March 19 General Primary Election and the November 5 Presidential Election. Last week, County Clerk Staley Ferry began the…

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Peotone Library News

Homebound Delivery Program begins November 1. Contact the Adult Services Department for more information and guidelines. The library also is a collection site for Toys for Tots. New and unwrapped toys may be dropped off during library hours November 6 – December 9. The next Friends of the Peotone Public Library District meeting is at…


Francimore Guilty of Murder, Armed Robbery in 2018 Shooting Death

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced that a jury found Anthony Francimore, 25, of Joliet, guilty in the shooting death of Nathan Ballard in 2018. The jury deliberated for approximately three-and-a-half hours before finding Francimore guilty of First Degree Murder and Armed Robbery (a Class X felony), following a five-day trial over which Circuit…

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BHS Announces First Quarter Honor Rolls

Beecher High School recently announced students named to its first quarter honor rolls. Congratulations to the following students! High Honors Seniors: Quinton Allen, Alexis Barkus, Katelyn Bol, Savannah Bonelli, Adriana Cabrera, Tyler Cochran, Kenneth Deems, Nathan Diachenko, Julieta Dominguez, Jessica Ellerson, Ariana Fernandez, Carter Garrison, Giada Garza, Olivia Geringer-Spagnola, Caitlin Gill, Spencer Guthrie, Jack Hayhurst,…

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Beecher Community Library News

Call the library at 708-946-9090 for programs that require registration. During the Penfield construction project, the library’s Penfield Street parking lot entrance remains closed, but the Maxwell Street entrance still is available. To access, turn north on Maxwell from Indiana Avenue. Youth Services A new Thanksgiving take-and-make craft is available. Pick-up any time. November 2,…

Marian Catholic Holds Second Annual Day of Service

It’s a celebration of community and compassion! On Wednesday, October 25, Marian Catholic High School, once again, demonstrated its unwavering commitment to community service as it proudly hosted its second annual Day of Service. The event exemplifies the school’s dedication to nurturing compassionate and engaged students. The Day of Service saw Marian Catholic students engaging…

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Kankakee Library News

Kankakee Public Library, 201 E. Merchant Street, recently announced its upcoming programs for November. For additional information, call 815-939-4564, visit their Facebook page, or www.lions-online.org. Nurse in the Library: Through a partnership with Ascension Saint Mary, the library is hosting a Registered Nurse (RN) in the library on Friday, November 3, from 9 a.m. until…

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MPD Awarded IDOT Traffic Enforcement Grant

The Manhattan Police Department recently announced it was awarded a Federal Fiscal Year 2024 Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant to conduct additional traffic safety enforcement efforts. The STEP program focuses on high-visibility enforcement and strategies aimed at saving lives and preventing injuries by reducing traffic crashes. “We’re pleased to receive this grant to step-up…

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Say Cheese – Cottage Cheese, That Is!

The new food trend is adding cottage cheese to your diet, but where does fad end and healthy eating begin? Cottage cheese is a good source of protein, calcium, and probiotics, but the salt content can add up quickly. When working cottage cheese into one’s diet, plan your meals and eat in moderation. Options include…

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Operation Connect-a-Vet to Empower Friends/Families

Links veterans with resources. Designed to ensure every vet feels connected and has added layer of support in addition to their friends and family. As Veterans Day approaches and the holiday season draws near, Illinois Joining Forces is proud to unveil its latest initiative, Operation Connect-a-Vet, as part of Operation Connect Illinois CARES. This initiative…

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Beecher Community Library News

Call the library at 708-946-9090 for programs that require registration. During the Penfield construction project, the library’s Penfield Street parking lot entrance is closed, but the Maxwell Street entrance will still be open. Turn north on Maxwell from Indiana Avenue to get to the library. Youth Services A new Thanksgiving take-and-make craft is available. Pick…

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Lighting of the Green: Frankfort’s Most Anticipated Holiday Tradition Returns

  It’s that time of year when the Village of Frankfort welcomes the community to come together to kick-off the holiday season in grand style. The annual Lighting of the Green promises to be a remarkable event, filled with festive lights, music, and the cheerful spirit of the holidays. This season’s Lighting of the Green…

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Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter Kicks-Off National Caregiver Month

On November 1, the Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter proudly launched National Caregiver Month, a special initiative to recognize and celebrate the remarkable caregivers who provide unwavering support to individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia in the State of Illinois. This annual event, celebrated throughout November, aims to shine a spotlight on the invaluable contributions of caregivers,…

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Looking Back

By Arline Adamsick The Manteno News: November 8, 1973 We’ve been talking about local turkey dinners for the past several weeks, and here is an accounting of one – just imagine the preparation involved… “Record Attendance at St. Joseph Parish annual Turkey Dinner” “A record crowd of about 1,300 patrons consumed 39 turkeys at the…

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‘Turning Back Time’ Takes Toll

Most of us like the idea of turning back time, figuratively…but not so much literally. Some people relish the idea of turning back clocks one hour, marking an end to Daylight Saving Time (DST), which officially happened at 2 a.m. last Sunday. But, if given the option, a new study reveals a majority of adults…

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Age Isn’t Just a Number when Considering Cancer

A recent study showed early-onset cancers increased in people under age 50 between 2010 and 2019. Breast cancer, gastrointestinal, and urinary system cancers were among the highest. Some of the factors include excessive drinking, smoking tobacco, being obese, and poor diets. Ways to lower the risk include more exercise, not smoking, drinking in moderation, and…


Christensen Sentenced to 9 Years for Impaired Driving in Fatal I-55 Crash

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced that Erik Christensen, 51, of Wilmington, was sentenced recently to nine years in prison for driving while under the influence of alcohol and causing a fatal crash on I-55 in November 2020 that resulted in the death of 33-year-old Nicholas Ercolini. Christensen pled guilty to Aggravated Driving Under…

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Peotone Police Blotter: December 15 – 17
Manteno junior guard Ava Peterson drives against Eisenhower at the Chicago Christian tournament on Dec. 27 in Palos Heights. Photo by Jeff Vorva
Naval recruits stationed at Great Lakes got a treat on Christmas Day. Photo by Dan Gerber.
Manteno Legion Members Spend Christmas Day at Great Lakes
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Peotone School Board Approves Tax Levy
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Crete Still Talking About Golf Carts
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Monee to Lose Early Voting Location to University Park
Weather dampened the Wreaths Across America ceremony but did not stop it. –Photo by Karen Haave.
Wreaths Across America Honors Heroes
Asylum Seekers Arrive in the South Suburbs
Along with other festivities, the Crete Country Christmas also had a live nativity scene. Photo by Karen Haave.
Crete Country Christmas Improvements Made a Fantastic Event
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Vedette Sports Report
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“The Closet” Provides Manteno Students with Free, Everyday, Necessities
Building Committee Looking to Set Standards
Peotone Christmas in the Village
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Kankakee County Board Chairman to Step Down Next Year
Frankfort Opposes Proposed Solar Facility
Political candidate Phil Nagel addressed the Manteno Village Board on December 4. Photo by Andrea Arens.
Contentious Manteno Board Meeting Ends with I-2 Zoning Approval
Dan Seggebruch gave details about  the donations the family made to the Monee Historical Society and Crete Area Historical Society recently. He is holding a timber taken from one of the original buildings constructed 170 years ago on the Monee homestead. That spinning wheel in the photo is real, presumably used by his great-great-great-grandmother. –Photo by Karen Haave.
Seggebruch Family Marks Anniversary with Donation
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Crete Looking at Golf Carts
Village President Peter March got gas and made the first purchase at the Peotone Travel Center. –Photo by Jim Piacentini.
Peotone Travel Center Now Open for Business