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…

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Strict New Manteno Building Code Affects What Residents Can Build On Their Property

By Stephen Nelson At their Monday, March 6, meeting, the Manteno Village Board revised the building code, which will restrict what residents can build in their back yards. Under the new code, several things now will be violations, including tree houses and green houses. The code also restricts sheds to certain requirements. Back yard or…

Jakob Knox is the new CEO and President of Marketing and Community Relations Director for Manteno, replacing Sarah Marion who left to pursue other endeavors. He began Feb 27th. Jakob is pictured at the Manteno Village board meeting Monday night. Photo by Dan Gerber.

Manteno Adds to Village Code to Address Unkempt Properties

By Stephen Nelson At its February 21 meeting, the Manteno Village Board passed an ordinance amending the Village Health and Sanitation Code, with a new chapter that specifically addresses garbage, debris, and graffiti on private property. Mayor Tim Nugent said the amended code will give the village authority to take specific action to deal with…

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Sign Purchase Approved by Manteno Village Board

By Stephen Nelson There was a single action item on the agenda at the Manteno Village Board meeting on February 6. Trustees approved spending $52,694.40 for the purchase of an electronic sign to be installed outside the new police headquarters building. Mayor Tim Nugent said the renovation work on the former bank building is still…

All the golf carts in last year’s parade will need stickers. Photo by Dan Gerber.

Time To Renew Golf Cart Registrations In Manteno

By Stephen Nelson At the January 17 Manteno Village Board Meeting, which lasted 13 minutes from beginning to end, Mayor Tim Nugent announced that it’s time to renew registrations for golf carts that use village streets. The mayor said, “everyone who registered last year will be getting a renewal form in the mail.” Anyone interested…

Sarah Marion, IOM - President and CEO Manteno Chamber of Commerce, poses with Angie Whitcomb IOM, chair of the Midwest Board of Regents and Matt R. McCormick, IOM, CCE, chair of the Board of Trustees for the Institute of Organization Management. –Photo submitted.

Marion Announces Manteno Village/Chamber of Commerce Departure

By Madeleine Willis Sarah Marion announced her departure from the Village of Manteno and the Manteno Chamber of Commerce in a press release to the Manteno Vedette on January 3. Marion’s last day will go into effect March 1. In her departure from the village, she will be starting her own organizational consulting business. Marion…

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Manteno Amends Process for Solicitors

By Andrea Arens In new business, the Manteno Village Board amended the solicitors ordinance to move the process for applying for a solicitors permit from village hall to the police and increase the fees. The information of approved solicitors also will be posted on the Police Department’s Facebook page to allow residents to verify approved…

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#1 in 2022 – Manteno Village Board Approves Property Tax Reimbursement Plan

No one likes paying property taxes but, when Manteno decided to offer reimbursement of property taxes to homeowners, the plan became very popular online. Although Manteno has more than 9,000 residents, just under 2,000 actually applied for the reimbursement. By Stephen Nelson The Manteno Village Board, at their February 22 meeting, voted to establish a…

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Manteno to Build Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

By Stephen Nelson At their Monday, December 19, meeting, the Manteno Village Board approved spending $57,794 for the building of four electric vehicle charging stations. A contract for construction of the stations was awarded to PowerPortEVC, in the amount of $24,794, and a contract for installation of electrical service at the four stations was awarded…

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2023 Manteno Property Tax Levy Gets Final Approval

By Stephen Nelson The Manteno Village Board met December 5 for the sole purpose of giving final approval to raising the local property tax next year. The levy will increase by 1.75 percent over this year, as it will be $33,169 greater, coming in at a total of $1,939,500. The higher amount sought actually is less…

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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…

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Devils Lose to Wildcats
Bobcat Tyler Kramer against Gibson City. Photo by Jim Piacentini.
Gibson City Beats Beecher in Opening Round of Purple Pool Play
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Beecher 200U Finances Not Out of the Woods Yet
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Beecher Road Projects Taking Longer Than Expected
Devils Lose to Wildcats
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Peotone Village Board Approves Another Liquor License
Dr. Kara Coglianese speaks to the crowd at the Toast To Crete. Photo by Jim Piacentini
Fully Staffed Crete Police Department Will Focus on Traffic Enforcement
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Monee Looking to Purchase Immediate Care Facility
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The Barn on Rte. 45 Investigated
A memorial tribute to former Devil Alex Cardenas was held on field before the game. Photo by Jim Piacentini.
Devils Take Tough Loss to Wildcats, While Mourning One of Their Own
Some area service members who have lost their lives to PTSD are honored. Photo by Dan Gerber.
Teal Star Run 2023
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Panthers Beat Streator, 47-26
This is an example of the kind of murals the village board has decided to allow. It was displayed during a board meeting, using the west wall of the Village Inn on Main Street. Not actually painted on the wall, just superimposed. The property is adjacent to the village police department, so it depicts an "old time" police car. Photo submitted.
Monee Village Board Approved Ordinance Regulating Murals
Front row: Bill Mort, Dean Heisner, Alice Brandau Niemeyer, Mary Knickrehm Rogers, Carol Bickel Gibbons, Randy Murray, Wilma Mort Swanson, Laura Hofer Ruhbeck, Jo Anne Koomar Hege, Tony Hardwick, and Greg Dralle; middle row: Gary Krapf, Tom Mudro, Nancy Rehberg Beckman, Cheryl Carstens Crumrine, Joy Nickel Weber, Gary Mausehund, Pam Werner Heinsch, Kathy Gainous Keys, Rita Helt Kincheloe, Kate Morrison Lindemann, Sandie Burns Swartz, Karen Clemens Dralle, and Mike Nestlehut; back row zig-zag: Frank Mausehund, Marv Siekman, Dan Culpepper, Pat Goodwin, Bob Arseneau, Jeff Oliver, Edra Bleu Self, Randy Wischover, Gary Zybak, Alice Warning Wasney, Larry Herz, Diane Breitbarth, Arlene Kuse Kline, Wayne Becker, Pat Smith, Sue Christiansen McClain, Jean Pierce Oliver, Nancy Darling Jaffe, Craig Long, and Jim Kasher. –Photo by George Kwain.
PHS Class of ’73 Reunion
Panthers gave it a great effort but just couldn’t beat the Bobcats. Photo by Jim Piacentini.
Bobcats Rule Over Panthers
Pictured is senior Devil Ashley Veltman when the Blue Devils faced Grant Park. –Photo by Jim Piacentini.
Devils Turned It Around with Win Against Dragons
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Devils Beat the Bulldogs
The Peotone Old Mill Fest annually celebrates and shares the history of the mill. Photo submitted.
Old Mill Fest 2023 Looks to Give Visitors a Glimpse of the History
Mayor Therese Bogs and the Board of Trustees were part of the Monee Fall Fest parade. –Picture by Karen Haave.
Monee Fall Fest: Bigger and Better Than Ever
Niko Akiyama finished with 165 yards in 16 carries for a Panther win. Photo by Jim Piacentini.
Panthers Pull Out a Win Over the Tigers