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Intersections and Liquor Hours Topics of Discussion for Manteno Village Board

By Jeff Vorva In light of the tragic March 28 accident near Manteno that took the lives of a woman and her granddaughter, some residents expect the village board to be able to make some changes at that intersection. Board members said they would like to make changes, but it’s in the state’s hands, and…

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Apartment Complex Has Manteno Principal Concerned

By Jeff Vorva You might say Matthew Glenn is looking for an exit strategy. Or, at the very least, an exit solution. Before the usual group of citizens spoke to harangue the Manteno Village Board on March 18 about the Gotion EV battery factory, Glenn, the principal at Manteno Elementary School, spoke first and is…

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Thies Park Improvement Bid Won by Bourbonnais Company

By Stephen Nelson/Andrea Arens At the Monday, March 4, Manteno Village Board meeting, trustees voted to accept a bid for Phase 2 improvements at Thies Park from Tenco Excavating of Bourbonnais.  The cost for the improvement work is $2,075,972.75, with the project expected to begin this spring. It includes work on the parking lot, pickle…

Officer Zairius West was promoted to Sergeant at the February 19 board meeting. –Photo courtesy of Manteno Police Department.

Manteno Park Improvement Approved by Village Board

By Stephen Nelson The Manteno Village Board meeting on February 20 had a light agenda, but trustees did approve the purchase of netting for the baseball fields at Heritage Park. The improvement will cost the village $23,990. Installation work will be performed by Do-All Fence, Inc., of Mokena. Congratulations were in order for Sergeant Zairius…

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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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Manteno Citizens Group Files Lawsuit Against Gotion

By Stephen Nelson Concerned Citizens of Manteno filed a lawsuit in Kankakee County Court on December 22 in an effort to reverse a zoning decision approved by the village’s planning commission and the village board that would allow the Chinese-based company Gotion to build a lithium battery manufacturing plant on the former Kmart warehouse property.…

Manteno Board Approves Property Tax Increase

By Stephen Nelson Manteno property taxes will go up by 1.75 percent next year following approval of a tax levy ordinance by the Manteno Village Board at their Monday, December 18, meeting. Manteno does have an existing program that allows residents to apply for a 100 percent rebate of the village portion of their property…

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

By Andrea Arens Hours of public comments led to the vote the room was packed for, ordinance 23-09 approving changing the zoning from I-1 light industrial to I-2 heavy industrial. It was approved, but not unanimously. Trustee Samuel Martin was the lone no vote. The Manteno Village Board Meeting, on Monday, December 4, was moved…

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Gotion Rezoning Unanimously Approved

By Stephen Nelson The recent Planning Commission meeting was a stark contrast to the November 21 special meeting of the Manteno Planning Commission that lasted more than four-and-a-half hours and, at times, became quite contentious, when opponents of the project, which would bring an electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant owned by Chinese interests to the…

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Park Improvements Coming to Manteno

By Stephen Nelson At its Monday, October 16, meeting, the Manteno Village Board awarded a contract for Phase 1 improvements to Theis Park to R & R Construction of Bradley, worth $91,321. In other business, the board also approved the purchase of a Kubota tractor for use by the public works department. The board agreed…

Manteno Police Chief Alan Swinford cuts the ribbon at the Manteno Police Dept open house on Saturday while Mayor Nugent and the other attendees look on. Photo by Dan Gerber.

New Police Headquarters Occupancy Set for September 12

By Stephen Nelson At the September 5 Manteno Village Board meeting, it was announced all remodeling and renovation of the new building that will be police headquarters has been completed, and the department will be operating at the facility, 110 Marquette Place South, beginning September 12. The village held an open house and ribbon cutting…

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New Playground Equipment Coming to Windfield Park In Manteno

By Stephen Nelson At their July 17 village board meeting, Manteno trustees approved the purchase of park equipment for Windfield Park at a cost of $62,338 from NuToys Leisure Products. The playground equipment will include swings and slides, plus rubber mulch will be added on the ground to prevent injuries to users. There will be…

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Tax Rebate Applications Available For Manteno Homeowners

By Stephen Nelson At its June 19 meeting, the Manteno Village Board passed an ordinance establishing a tax reimbursement account for the 2022 tax year and authorizing distributions to owners of taxable homestead property in the village. Manteno will be making rebates of 100 percent of the village portion of resident’s property taxes this year.…

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Property Tax Rebate Applications For Manteno Residents Now Available

By Stephen Nelson During the Manteno Village Board meeting on June 5, residents were reminded applications for a 100 percent rebate of the village portion of their property tax bill now are available. The application is available on the village website, which is In addition, Mayor Tim Nugent announced the move by the police…

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Manteno Village Board Approves Legacy Park Improvement Funds

By Stephen Nelson The Manteno Village Board approved spending for landscaping and improvement projects at Legacy Park at its Monday, May 15, meeting.  The board awarded the landscaping contract, worth $43,500, to Scenic Landscaping. Trustees also awarded the Legacy Site Work contract, worth $122,711.50, to Kankakee Valley Construction Company. In other business, trustees approved an…

New Officer McCormick was sworn in at the May 1st Village Board meeting. Photo courtesy the Village of Manteno.

Manteno Welcomes New Police Officer

By Stephen Nelson  At its Monday, May 1, meeting, the Manteno Village Board presided over the swearing in of new police officer Connor McCormick. He is a Manteno native and was employed by Kankakee County Corrections. Manteno Police Chief Alan Swinford says new hires for the department will continue this year, with at least another…

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Manteno Budget Ends in Surplus but Projects Over $2 Million Revenue Shortfall Next Year

By Stephen Nelson At its Monday, April 17, meeting, the Manteno Village Board approved a budget amendment ordinance for the current fiscal year ending April 30. The amended document shows total general fund revenues up $1,515,050 from the original budget projections, beating them by 24.38 percent. The amended budget ordinance also projects total village government…

Manhattan Mayor Mike Adrieansen celebrated a birthday just before the Village board meeting on April 1. Photo by Stephanie Irvine.
Budget, Property Lines, and Safety Topics at Village Meeting
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Crete’s Winter Coat Drive Unnecessary After All
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Outdoor Lighting Might Not be a Problem in Monee Anymore
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Former trooper seeks restoration of driving privileges nearly 16 years after fatal crash
Peotone Police Blotter: March 29-April 3
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Crete’s Officer Hunt Retires
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Building Committee Creates Historical Overlay District
Realtor and property owner Jared Gordon talked with Robinson Engineering at the Streetscape Open House.  About 80 people came out for the open house during the worst weather of the week. Photo by Andrea Arens.
Streetscape Construction About to Begin
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Building Committee Declines to Hire Additional Employees
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Behold, Beecher Police Station Will Be Built
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Pritzker’s Grocery Tax Elimination Has Crete President Displeased
Community members exhausted by the number of crashes at 50 and 12000N decided to make a sign in the hopes it would save a life. Photo by Jake Smith.
Two Dead After Another Crash at 50 and County Line
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Village Board Deciding to See What Turns Up
Save the Gemini Giant Organizer Ryan Jandura posed with Greg Peerbolte, president of the Joliet Area Historical Society upon their successful campaign to keep the Giant in Wilmington. –Photo by Stephanie Irvine.
Gemini Giant to Stay in Wilmington, New Home on South Island
Monee/St. Paul's Dartball team membersDirk Wieringa, Ron Mansmith and Bob Paterson show off their trophy. Photo submitted.
Dartball Making a Comeback; Local Team Crowned Champions
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Apartment Complex Has Manteno Principal Concerned
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Monee Water Main Improvement Project Bids Approved
Manhattan Mayor Mike Adrieansen at the March 18 board meeting. Photo by Stephanie Irvine.
Manhattan Board Approves New Well House, Works Toward Finalizing Budget
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Kankakee County Auditor Jake Lee Out After 2 Terms