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Monee Chamber Offering Scholarships, Seeks Citizen of Year Nominations

The Monee Chamber of Commerce, once again, is offering at least two $1,000 scholarships to high school graduates who reside in Monee Township. Application forms are on the Chamber webpage at or at their high school. Applications may be mailed to the Monee Chamber, P.O. Box 177, Monee, IL 60449, and must be postmarked…

Monee Township received the 2022 Township of the Year Award. –Photo submitted.

Monee Township Receives Township of Year Award

Monee Township recently was awarded the 2022 Township of the Year Award, at the Township Officials of Illinois 115th annual Educational Conference. The award was presented by Illinois Township Association of General Assistance Caseworkers President Mary Jo Imperato. Supervisor Donna T. Dettbarn accepted the award. Monee Township was recognized for its response to residents in…

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Monee Township Referendum Passes

By Karen Haave An advisory referendum asking Monee Township residents if they feel individual voters should have a greater voice in state government passed with flying colors in the General Primary Election on June 28. The non-binding referendum, written and proposed by Monee Township Trustee William “Billy” Morgan, garnered 1,089 votes (78.18 percent) in favor,…

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Monee Township Blood Drive, May 4

Residents are encouraged to give the gift of life at Monee Township’s Blood Drive on Wednesday, May 4, from 3 – 7 p.m., at the Monee Township Building, 26121 Egyptian Trail, Monee. To make an appointment, call 1-800-7TO-GIVE or visit Please drink extra water and eat a healthy meal prior to donating. A photo…

Monee Annual Town Meeting

By Karen Haave Monee Township’s Annual Town meeting drew only a dozen participants, lasted just under an hour, and provided a wealth of information about local services. Township Trustee William “Billy” Morgan was elected moderator for the meeting. Township Supervisor Donna Dettbarn gave a lengthy report detailing the accomplishments of 2021-2022. “It was another year…

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Monee Chamber Offering Scholarships

Monee Chamber of Commerce again will award two $1,000 scholarships to high school graduates who reside in Monee Township, with forms available at or from the student’s high school. Mail the form to: Monee Chamber, P.O. Box 177, Monee, IL 60449. Applications must be postmarked on or before March 28. It also is time…

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New Story Time Begins in Monee

The Monee Heritage Center Library Committee – Christi Holston, Margaret Horne, and Phyllis Huffman – has been working on organizing a story time for preschool and primary age children. The first story – The Polar Express, a Caldecott Medal winner by Chris Van Allsburg – will be featured on Wednesday, December 29, at 10 a.m., along…


Will-Ride/Dial-a-Ride Service Available

Will-Ride is a Dial-a-Ride service that coordinates the collaborative efforts of Will County Townships to provide transportation service to residents who do not have access to standard public transportation service. Eligible Will County residents will be transported to and from work, grocery stores, local shopping centers, nursing homes, village hall, restaurants, hair appointments, medical appointments,…

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Monee Township Food Pantry Giveaway

Monee Township will distribute 100 bags of food to the residents of Monee Township. The bags also include a gift card, mask, and hand sanitizer Monee Township includes the Village of Monee, Village of University Park, a portion of Will County-Park Forest, and all un-incorporated areas in Monee Township. The event, at 26121 Egyptian Trail,…

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Monee Township Calls for 2022 Vote on ‘Democracy Amendment’

An advisory referendum next year will ask Monee Township residents if they feel individual voters should have a greater voice in state government. Residents participating in the Annual Town Meeting in Monee Township earlier this month voted unanimously to place the question on the March 2022 Primary Election ballot. Because it is non-binding, the referendum…

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Sad News for ‘Mae’s Que’ Fans: The ‘House’ Not Coming to Monee

By Karen Haave Local fans of Mae’s Que House are not going to like this report. A redevelopment agreement that would have cleared the way for the popular barbeque, soul food, and smokehouse to open a location on Governors Highway has fallen through. At this point, after multiple extensions and what appear to be insurmountable…


Devonshire Manor & Events Gives Preliminary Details to Monee Township

by Karen Haave An upscale venue proposed for rural Monee has drawn concern from residents in exclusive Meadow Creek Airpark. Devonshire Manor & Events, 24809 S. Harlem Avenue in Monee Township, offers elegant rooms for weddings, showers, parties, and receptions, as well as a wedding planning service and horse-drawn carriages. Sole proprietor Bobbi Kelli, in…

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Candidates Announced for April Elections

The period for filing to be a candidate in the April 2019 election closed in December. The following candidates have filed for local positions: Crete Village Candidates 3 Seats Open Doris Harmon-Warren Holly Milburn Katrina Seifert Steven Bruns Crete Park 2 Seats Open Linda M Johnson Jennifer Smith Crete Library Judi Boehner Timothy P. Brennan…

Monee Township Annual Town Meeting

by Chris Russell Monee Township held their 2018 Annual Town Meeting. After Monee Township Supervisor Donna Dettbarn was elected moderator, she provided to the audience a summary of the Township’s services and finances. Dettbarn told the audience that 2017-2018 a good year for the Township. The Township was able to serve the residents and stay…

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Monee Budget Book Seeks to Make Finances Easier to Understand
Jeremiah Truhlar loves to compete. –Photo submitted.
Former Manhattan Resident Turned Multi-Discipline Professional Combat Sports Athlete
100th Illinois Infantry Company K Reenactors performed at Union Cemetery on Memorial Day. –Courtesy of the 100th Illinois Infantry Company K Reenactors.
Memorial Day Ceremony Held at Historic Union Cemetery
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Monee Get a Grocery Store Someday? Maybe
Bobcats take runner up and had a fantastic season. Photo by Jim Piacentini.
Beecher End Season With Loss to Rockets
Dixie Barclay poses with one of her favorite gifts from the Manhattan-Peotone Fire Buddies. –Photo by Melissa Eaheart.
Dixie Gets a Visit from Project Fire Buddies
Adopt a Soldier 22 Kilometer Ruck to combat miltary suicide left Kankakee Walmart proceeding down route 50, had a rest stop at Manteno American legion and concluded at Peotone Fairgrounds on May 28th. Photo by Dan Gerber.
Ruck March 2023 Seeks to Combat Military Suicide
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Army Strong Got One Man Stronger
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Manteno Legion Memorial Day
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Manteno Boy Scouts
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Bobcats Punched their ticket to State
Krueger speaks at the Peotone Legion Post 392 Memorial Day ceremony. –Photo by Andrea Arens.
Peotone Legion Memorial Day Program Honors Heroes
LaMore Realty wins award in 2023. Photo by Madeleine Willis.
LaMore Realty’s Impactful Service on the Manteno Community
Monee PD raised over $5,400 for Special Olympics on Cop on a Rooftop Day. Photo submitted.
Monee Cops Raised Dough Fulls on Rooftop
Bobcats punched their ticket to state. Photo by Jim Piacentini.
Bobcats Take the Pontiac Sectional
The back of the custom shirts three backyard chicken advocates wore to the March 27th board meeting. Photo by Andrea Arens.
Peotone Village Board Approves Backyard Chickens
Monee police officer Stephen Crescenti got support from his daughter Gabriella, 5, at the Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Photo by Karen Haave.
L.E.A.D. Meant to Bring Positivity
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Beecher Looking for Half a Mil
Congrats to the Manteno High School Class of 2023! Photo by Madeleine Willis.
Manteno High School Announces Graduating Class of 2023
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Pontiac Indians No Match for the Bobcats