The KRRC presented the Manteno American Legion with an $800 check from profits obtained at the Springfest 5K Run/Walk. Pictured, left to right, are: Alan Toronjo, Dan Gerber, Legion Commander Sean McNamara, Dave Bolke, and Mark DuFrain. –Photo by Amelia Toronjo.

KRRC Donates $800 to Manteno Legion

Recently, the Kankakee River Running Club (KRRC) donated $800 Springfest 5K Run/Walk profits to the Manteno American Legion. Springfest was held on April 13 in Manteno. The Running Club also donated a Monical’s Family Pleaser pizza and Certificate of Appreciation to the Manteno Police Department for their yearly support and route assistance during the Springfest…

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Manteno Police Respond to Stabbings; Suspect in Custody

On March 21, Manteno officers were dispatched to Copelands Route 50 North Bar, in the 100 block of N. Locust Street, in reference to two stabbing victims. Upon arrival, officers located two stabbing victims in the parking lot, but the offender had fled the scene on foot. During the investigation, the suspect was identified as…

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Quite a Night for Manteno as Public Works Department Burglarized

On Monday, October 16, just after midnight, a Village of Manteno Department of Public Works vehicle was stolen from the DPW facility at 10555 N. Maple Street, Manteno. The vehicle stolen was involved in a vehicle pursuit in the Village of Wilmington, where the pursuit was terminated. Manteno Police were contacted by Wilmington Police as…

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Village of Manteno Police Department Unveils State-of-the-Art Facility to Enhance Public Safety

The Village of Manteno and Manteno Police Department announce the opening of its brand-new, cutting-edge facility, designed to provide enhanced public safety services. This state-of-the-art facility marks a significant milestone in the village’s commitment to serving and protecting its growing community and citizens. Village Administrator Chris LaRoque describes the new facility as “A major investment…

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Village of Manteno Police Department Unveils State-of-the-Art Facility to Enhance Public Safety Saturday

The Village of Manteno and Manteno Police Department are proud to announce the opening of its brand-new, cutting-edge facility, designed to provide enhanced public safety services. This state-of-the-art facility marks a significant milestone in the village’s commitment to serving and protecting its growing community and citizens. Village Administrator Chris LaRoque describes the new facility as…

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Criminal Detained for Damages to Mayberry Junction

By Madeleine Willis James Steele reported damages to local business Mayberry Junction on July 21.  This is not the first account of vandalism reported this summer. Manteno has seen various reports of criminal activity, including the knocking over of a porta john and the kidnapping incident that occurred earlier in July.  At approximately 12:20 a.m., Steele…

Officer Tyler Bailey is driven home, to the Bradley Police Department by his father. –Photo by Jim Piacentini.

Officer Tyler Bailey Welcomed Home

By Andrea Arens It’s not every day you see law enforcement supported, but there was a huge turnout for Officer Bailey’s Welcome Home Parade, as Law Enforcement from municipalities far and wide followed Bailey’s transport home. The procession started roughly at Rt. 50 in Monee and followed Bailey to the Bradley Police Department, where he…

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Great Turnout at ‘I Got Your Six 5K’

By Eric Peterson Perry Farm appeared to be bursting at the seams during the inaugural “I Got Your Six 5K,” hosted by Bradley Police Officer Branden Jensen and Bradley resident Chris James on Sunday, May 22. Many sponsor banners surrounded the park for the event, with the title sponsor being A.N. Webber, Inc., who also…

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MPD Holding Eight-Week Citizens Police Academy; Register Now!

By Eric Peterson Many residents of the Manteno Community are no strangers to the Manteno Police Department. One does not have to look far on social media to find posts of stories from residents recalling instances where Manteno officers randomly paid for their bills at a grocery store or gas station, how progressive they have…

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MPD Goes 1 and 2 in Battle of the Badges Tournament

The Manteno Police Department participated in a Battle of the Badges Tournament on Sunday April 24th. All proceeds of the tournament went to benefit the families of fallen Police Sgt. Marlene Rittmanic and recovering Officer Tyler Bailey. Manteno Police Department reported they had a ton of fun, great camaraderie and there were no injuries. They…

Manteno Fire Department Lieutenant Jeff Turrell. Photo by Stephen Nelson.

First Responders Luncheon

By Stephen Nelson The Manteno Rotary International Club held its annual luncheon honoring community first responders on Monday, April 25, at noon, at the Leo Hassett Community Center. Two Manteno Firefighters received certificates of appreciation for their efforts in Community Risk Reduction programs that include distribution of free smoke alarms, carbon dioxide alarms and batteries,…

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Orbeez Challenge Hits Manteno

By Eric Peterson Social media challenges have been a way for massive amounts of people to raise awareness and generate much-needed funds for causes. According to ALS.org, the “Ice Bucket Challenge” generated $115 million for the national office of the ALS Association in 2014. However, the negative aspects of social media challenges find participants engaging…

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MPD Makes Local History With All Female Shift

By Eric Peterson The Manteno Police Department unintentionally decided to get ahead in celebrating Women’s History Month, celebrated in March, by creating some female-driven history of their own. MPD had their first shift run completely by female police officers on Saturday, February 19. The shift was staffed by Officers Miranda Sinadinos, Jessica Rourke, and Karen…

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Man Arrested After Alledgely Firing Gun Shots

Shortly before 1 p.m. on Tuesday, February 15, Kankakee County Sheriff’s Deputies received a call of shots being fired in the parking lot at a warehouse distribution center, in the 1100 block of Sycamore Road in Manteno. Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted by officers from Manteno and Grant Park Police Departments. Police quickly ascertained no one…

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Correction

Correction: The picture caption in last week’s paper erroneously identified one of the officers at the police benefit at the Legion as Manteno Police Chief Alan Swinford. It should have identified the three officers as Kankakee County Deputies.

Attending the fundraiser were, front row: Lyn Stua (wife of Marlene Rittmanic), Jen Whitaker (niece), Littie Whitaker (great-niece), and friends and Kankakee County Deputies Megan Lanie and Teresa Lanie; back row - Jason Lingo (Legion member), Joe Gaca (Legion Commander), and Jim Carmean (Legion Adjutant). – Photo by Dan Gerber

Manteno Legion Holds Benefit for Bradley Officers

The Manteno American Legion held a benefit on Saturday, January 22, for Bradley Police Officers Marlene Rittmanic and Tyler Bailey. In late December, while answering a call for unattended dogs barking at a local hotel, Officer Bailey was critically wounded, while his partner, Sgt. Rittmanic, suffered fatal injuries resulting from a shooting. The officers’ families,…

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Familiar with Manteno’s Snow Ordinance?

According to the Manteno Police Department, here is the Village of Manteno’s snow ordinance – in case you forgot or just didn’t know. Yes, there are some “odd and even dates, as well as sides of streets,” plus “after 48 hours rules” – but let’s make it really simple. If your car is in the…

Betsy Youdris drew a full house for her presentation at the Monee Heritage Center. –Photo by Karen Haave.
MHS Presentation Shows Importance of Quilts
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Marion Resigns From Manteno
Culture a Topic Again at School Board
Some of the volunteers and supporters for L.E.A.D. were in the line-up for the Blue Line Parade on Saturday in Monee, including (from left) State Rep. Jackie Haas, Tracey Henson, Monee Police Chief Scott Koerner, Dr. Therese Bogs - Mayor of Monee, Deputy Chief Anthony Lazzaroni, Patrol Officer Jared Hoekstra, and event founder John Henson.  –Photo by Karen Haave.
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Crete Police Locate Missing Woman
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Beecher School District Upping the Fees
Monee Mayor Therese Bogs and Citizen of the Year, Bill Sawallisch.
Crete-Monee School Board Member Named Citizen of the Year
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New Trustee and Groundbreaking Ceremony for Beecher
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Peaches at the Flamm Orchard in Cobden are maturing well in May. At this rate, peach harvest should start around the first week of July in Union County, Parker Flamm said. –Photo courtesy of Parker Flamm.
Peach Output Looks to Be Variable Again this Season
It’s a good year for strawberries, which started early at Flamm Orchards in Cobden and at other southern Illinois orchards and farms. –Photo courtesy of Austin Flamm.
Strawberries Off to Early Start
Paris Van Dyke shows off her new book at her grandparents’ farm. –Photo by Rhiannon Branch of FarmWeek.
Illinois Teen Shares Lessons from Family Farm in Devotional
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DeCaprio Memorial in the Works as MJH Construction Progresses
Lincoln Young, eight, son of Trustee Justin Young, poses with the balloon alien he was excited to get. –Photo by Stephanie Irvine.
Huge Turnout for Manhattan’s Touch-a-Truck Event
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Manhattan’s Village Administrator Resigns
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Liquor on Sunday Mornings, but Limited
Manteno High School Students lined the entrance of the high school on Monday morning to show their appreciation for the teachers at the beginning of Teacher Appreciation Week. Many were holding signs and teacher faces and encouraged people to honk as they drove by. Photo by Dan Gerber.
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