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Chief Would Prefer No Carts for Crete

By Karen Haave If Crete Police Chief Scott Pieritz has his way, there will be no golf carts rolling on village roadways. Pieritz said in a letter to the village board he is opposed to golf carts there, and asked the trustees to reject the proposed ordinance that was slated to be voted on during…

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Manteno Village Board Revises Public Participation

By Andrea Arens In a consent agenda with no discussion and no dissension, the Manteno Village Board unanimously voted to revise the public participation rules for village board meetings. The revised ordinance provides that each speaker addressing the board be given three minutes, but once the three minutes is over, if the speaker does not…

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Early Voting Begins on March 4 at New Locations

By Karen Haave Early voting for  the 2024 Primary Election will begin on Monday, March 4, with two new locations for casting ballots.  As Monee Clerk Doneshia Codjoe reported during the village board’s December 13 meeting, Will County Clerk Lauren Staley Ferry’s office sent notification that early voting services will be moved to the University…

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Bourbonnais 2023 Crime Statistics Released

By Stephen Nelson The Bourbonnais Police Department released its annual report for 2023 at the Monday, February 5, village board meeting. Bourbonnais’ reputation as a quiet, safe place to live took a few hits in this report. First of all, calls for service were the highest seen since 2018. That year, police responded to calls…

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A Valentine Love Story

With Valentine’s Day upon us, it seems appropriate to spotlight a love story that began “brewing back” in 2016 when Amy Kamp was working for a marketing company in Schererville, Indiana. One day in the office, she spotted a familiar face – Steve Kamp, an older brother of a high school friend and also Brewmaster…

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Bourbonnais Might Have a Stinky Situation

By Stephen Nelson At the Bourbonnais Village Board Meeting on Monday, February 5, a resident, who did not wish to be identified in this story and living on the 600 block of Bunker Hill Drive, came before the board to complain about the number of skunks visiting his property. He claimed he has personally trapped…

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Kankakee Police Accepting Applications for Citizens Police Academy

The City of Kankakee Police Department is thrilled to announce the launch of the Citizen Police Academy, an engaging program designed to foster a better understanding between our community and the dedicated men and women who serve and protect. Chief Christopher Kidwell stated: “The Citizen Police Academy is an invaluable opportunity for residents to gain…

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C-M 201-U Launches Strategic Planning Process

Crete-Monee School District 201-U is embarking on a strategic planning process to outline a path to sustainability and growth for the district in the coming years. The process will be driven by the Community Strategic Planning Workgroup, who will meet approximately four-to-five times during the next several months. Members will focus on identifying areas of…

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Beecher Community Library News

Call the library at 708-946-9090 for programs that require registration. The library’s Penfield Street parking lot entrance is closed until spring, but the Maxwell Street entrance still is open. Turn north on Maxwell from Indiana Avenue to get to the library. Youth Services A new take-and-make “love you to the moon and back” craft is…

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Bobcats Set School Record with 27 Wins!

By Jim Piacentini Tuesday, February 6, the Bobcats provided the home fans with a huge win plus a new record, as the Bobcats beat the Reed-Custer Comets, 80-50. The game goes into the record book as Beecher’s 27th win for the season, while setting a new record! The Bobcats came out of the gates hitting,…

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Upcoming Programs at Kankakee Public Library

Kankakee Public Library, 201 E. Merchant Street, recently announced its upcoming programs. Free Puzzle Exchange Launches at Library: The library recently launched a free puzzle exchange, which is located on the third floor and is available to the public during regular library hours. No library card is required, and donations also are welcome at any…

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Ecumenical Soup Suppers, Lenten Services Begin

The Peotone Ecumenical Council of Churches extends an invitation to gather together as the people of God on five Wednesdays in Lent. With the great success of the past, and the fellowship we have created as a community, residents will gather to share a simple dinner and inspiring worship on these nights. As in the…

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KRLBA Completes First Acquisition, Sale

Members of the board of directors for the Kankakee Regional Land Bank Authority (KRLBA) announced the completion of their first acquisition and sale of a distressed property in Kankakee. The multi-unit property, 831 S. Washington Avenue, was acquired by the KRLBA through a deed in lieu of foreclosure. KRLBA abated taxes and released a request…

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Monee Police Blotter: February 1-5

On February 1, at approximately 9:24 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 6600 block of Monee-Manhattan Road to investigate a theft. Reginald L. Johnson Jr., 27, of Lynwood, was arrested for theft-under $500 after he allegedly concealed an Apple Watch Series 9 under his sleeve. Johnson was taken to MPD, where he was…

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Nine Students Honored at Senior Night

On Monday, February 5, the Girls’ Basketball Team was honored at Senior Night. Congratulations and Best of Luck to the following seniors! Payton Bean is the daughter of Wendy and Shawn Bean and is a four-year member of the girls basketball team. Payton’s favorite memory with the girls’ basketball team is when Allie sprayed an…