Nationally known speaker Theresa Flores to present lecture at USF. –Photo submitted.

Human Trafficking Survivor to Present USF Community Lecture

The University of St. Francis (USF) and the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate welcome Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution (SOAP) Project founder, author, and nationally-known speaker Theresa Flores for an important presentation on Tuesday, September 27, at 7 p.m., in USF’s Sexton Auditorium (Moser Performing Arts Center). This Bishop Imesch “Women in Church”…

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WCFC Annual Pork Dinner September 17

Wilton Center Federated Church, 14101 W. Joliet Road, Manhattan, invites the community to its annual pork dinner on Saturday, September 17, from 4:45 – 6:45 p.m. The menu features delicious roast pork, dressing, real mashed potatoes, gravy, coleslaw, cranberry relish, veggies, rolls, and home baked pies and desserts. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5…

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Homeowners/Small Businesses ‘Solar Power Hour’ in Peotone

County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant invites residents to attend a free “Solar Power Hour” in Peotone to learn about the benefits of using solar energy and how to participate in a group buy to reduce costs. “Solar Power Hour” educational events are part of Grow Solar Chicagoland, previously known as Solarize Chicagoland, which offers free hour-long…

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Pork Grant Opportunities Available Now!

Pig farmers in Illinois have the opportunity to take part in another round of tree buffer grants. The Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) is offering this incentive for farmers to implement fresh landscaping on their pig farms. To date, Illinois pig farmers already have planted more than 3,700 trees with this program. “Tree buffers are…

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Lenten Prayer Services

Residents are invited to the Clergy Association of Greater Peotone’s Prayer Services each Wednesday in Lent, beginning at 6 p.m. Mark your calendars for the following Wednesdays: March 9 will be held at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone; March 16 – St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Peotone; March 23 – Presbyterian Community…

Tractors for a Cure ‘Cash Bash’

Get tickets now ($50/couple) for the March 12 St. Jude Children’s Hospital fundraiser, from 4 – 9 p.m., at the Will County Atrium. Grand prize is $2,500, in addition to cash prizes, raffles, and a silent auction. Tickets available at Peotone Bowling Alley – Gary Jurres, 708-258-9353; Debbie Werner, 815-478-5182; or Denise Lowe, 815-295-5059.

Volunteers Needed for ‘Point in Time Count’

Volunteers are needed for this year’s Point in Time Count on February 23. The Continuum of Care for Will, Kendall, and Grundy Counties will reach out to people experiencing homelessness on the night of Wednesday, February 23. Volunteers will help provide information and resources to people living on the streets, connect people in need of…

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Will County Executive Reminds Residents of Local Warming Centers

As temperatures plummet, and a prolonged deep freeze is anticipated, Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant reminds residents to utilize local warming centers, if necessary. A complete list of warming shelters is listed on the home page of the Will County Emergency Management Agency’s website at “As the weather gets bitterly cold, I urge people…

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Fixing Supply Chain Woes Balancing Act

By Tammie Sloup – FarmWeek The truck driver shortage and congestion at the nation’s largest ports in California often dominate discussions about the supply chain crisis, but experts say that’s oversimplifying the problem. “There is a sequence of events, and I think if you take a broader view on the supply chain, so beyond just the…

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Better Politics, Smarter Government: Challenging Illinois to Prepare for the Future

By John T. Shaw Those in government rarely have time to extract themselves from the relentless rush of daily drama and urgent deadlines to think about the future. Former North Carolina Gov. Terry Sanford once observed there is no one in the governor’s office looking out the window and pondering the problems of the future.…

Classmates of the PHS Class of 1955 enjoyed a lovely 66threunion at Aurelio’s in Frankfort. Pictured, from left, are: Standing - Don Schwiesow, Eric Miller, Bob Van Iten, Roy Bruens, Don Richmond, and Jim Boothe; seated - Dr. Pat (Lynn) Miller, Barb (Darby) Ziebell, Francis (Kurima) Arakawa, Marlene (Schwiesow) Jones, Pat (Torok) Phelps, Rev. Karen Blatt, Arlene (Ponton) Krabbe, Delores (Mundt) Kratzenberg, and Elaine (Miller) Artman.

PHS Class of 1955 Celebrates 66 Years!

On Saturday, October 2, the Peotone High School 1955 graduating class celebrated their 66th year of graduation, with a luncheon at Aurelio’s Pizzeria in Frankfort. Due to COVID-19, the 65th reunion was postponed a year. Fifteen classmates, with spouses and children (drivers), attended. Don Schwiesow, class president, welcomed everyone, while Rev. Karen Blatt offered grace…

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Wilton Center Petition Packets Available

Petition Packets are available for the April 6, 2021, Consolidated Election for the following positions: Wilton Township Full Term; Supervisor – 4 year; Clerk – four-year term; four Trustees – four-year term; Highway Commissioner – four-year term; three Community Building Managers – four-year term; Florence/Wilton Multi-Township Full Term; and Multi-Township Assessor – four-year term. Petitions…

Will County Judge John Anderson swore-in Patrick Joyce, who was appointed Friday to serve in the 40th Legislative District, replacing retiring Toi Hutchinson.

Patrick Joyce Nominated to Replace Toi Hutchinson

The 40th Legislative District Nominating Committee of the Democratic Party met Friday, November 8th, at Kankakee Community College, and nominated Kankakee County farmer Patrick Joyce to replace retiring Toi Hutchinson. Hutchinson retired from the Senate to serve in JB Pritzker’s administration. He is the son of the late Senator Jerry Joyce, who served in the…

Officers from Willing Wilton Workers 4-H were inducted this month. They are Jake Simpson, President and Joe Simpson, Vice President , Kathryn Miller, Secretary, Gretchen Blom, Treasurer, Bryce Thomas, Parliamentarian

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This old wooden plank bridge in Wilton Township has a weight limit of three tons. Township officials are seeking approval of a Joint Bridge Tax Levy referendum in November to collect revenue to fix the Township’s bridges. —photo by Chris Russell

Wilton Township 2nd Try for Bridge Referendum

by Chris Russell Wilton Township Trustees are hoping for success with their second try at implementing a tax levy to repair their aging and crumbling bridges through a referendum this Spring. Wilton Township officials will present a referendum on April 2nd proposing to levy a new tax to construct or repairing bridges, culverts, drainage structures…

This old wooden plank bridge in Wilton Township has a weight limit of three tons. Township officials are seeking approval of a Joint Bridge Tax Levy referendum in November to collect revenue to fix the Township’s bridges. —photo by Chris Russell

Wilton Township Residents to See Bridge and Drainage Referendum

Feature Photo Caption: This old wooden plank bridge in Wilton Township has a weight limit of three tons. Township officials are seeking approval of a Joint Bridge Tax Levy referendum in November to collect revenue to fix the Township’s bridges. —photo by Chris Russell by Chris Russell Twenty-five bridges need repair in Wilton Township. One of…

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Wilton Township Trustees Meet

Wilton Township Trustees approved transferring $9,000 in excess funds from the Town Account to the Cemetery Account. Alan Christiansen told board members that they will purchase a new mower for $8,500 with the transferred funds. He said that remaining funds won’t last long and more trees need to be removed. Christiansen said they need a…

Dixie Barclay entered a contest to win a therapy bike, and she won with the help of many votes. –Photo submitted.
Local Three-Year-Old Wins Bike in Great Bike Giveaway
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Monee Village Board Approves Pay Hikes
Wyatt Blevins is one of the children in the Fire Buddies program. –Photo submitted.
Fire Buddies Spreads Cheer
Panthers take another huge win. –Photo by Jim Piacentini.
Panthers Win, 19-0
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School Board Approves Cameras at High School
Easter Egg Hunt
Manteno/Bourbonnais Easter Egg Dashes
Football Ball on Grass
Devils Soccer Loses Season Opener to Mac
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Familiar Faces Speak at Beecher School Board Meeting
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Peotone Softball Looking Forward to a Great Season
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Peotone Swears in New Officers; Approves Budget
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Peotone P & Z Recommends Board Approval for Rezoning on Wilmington Road
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Demolition Stalled on 206 N. Second
March was declared CSL Behring month at the Kankakee County Board meeting. Photo courtesy the Kankakee County Board.
March Declared CSL Behring Month In Kankakee County
Police DUI Checkpoint
Fatal Crash at Peotone-Wilmington Road and Rt. 45
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IGA for Village of Beecher and BFPD Not Going Anywhere Yet
Panthers 8th grade girls volleyball had a fantastic season. Photo by Jim Piacentini.
Eighth Grade Panthers Fall to Summit Hill, but Have Terrific Season!
Wiretaps show Madigan, through McClain, Forced Ally Out of Legislature to Protect Himself
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Beecher Soccer Looking for a Great Season
New police officer, Ustad Jaco, was sworn in at the March 8th village board meeting. Photo courtesy Village of Monee.
Monee Adds a New Police Officer
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Strict New Manteno Building Code Affects What Residents Can Build On Their Property