Emma Bialko has been recognized as a State FFA Proficiency Winner and a District Star Winner. –Photo submitted.

Emma Bialko Takes FFA’s State Proficiency, District Star Wins

A member of the Peotone FFA Chapter of the Illinois Association FFA, Emma Bialko was selected as the State FFA Proficiency Winner in Equine Science Placement. Illinois FFA recognizes students in 48 different areas based on their work-based learning (SAEs). FFA members who demonstrate outstanding agricultural skills and competencies through record keeping, leadership, and scholastic…

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Amy Pfeifer Honored as St. Patrick’s Woman of the Year

St. Patrick Council of Catholic Women, in Wilton Center, announced that Amy Pfeifer has been selected as their Woman of the Year for 2024. Amy and her husband, Chris, live in Braidwood, along with her four adult children and three Labrador retrievers. She grew up in St. Patrick’s Parish and, for the past six years,…

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Elizabeth Packard: The Woman Who Wouldn’t Be Silenced

Join Laura Keyes, as Elizabeth Packard, for this informative and inspiring presentation on “Elizabeth Parsons Ware Packard – The Woman Who Wouldn’t Be Silenced,” on Saturday, April 20, from 2 – 3:30 p.m., at the Kankakee County Museum in Small Memorial Park, 801 South Eighth Avenue in Kankakee. Tickets are $10 for general admission or…

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Manhattan-Elwood Quilt Group ‘Rescue ME’ Crafters’ Resale

Mark your calendars – we are back for our 10th “Rescue ME Resale.” The Manhattan-Elwood Quilt Group is hosting its Rescue ME Crafters’ Resale on Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Manhattan Township Office, 230 Wabash Street, in Manhattan. This resale will feature quilting, sewing, and needlework supplies. Purchase a…

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DeLuca Continues Work to Lower Property Taxes

Introduces plan to prohibit taxpayer-funded guaranteed income programs.  As part of his continued efforts to lower property taxes and the need to responsibly manage taxpayer dollars, State Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights, has introduced a measure that would prohibit governments from using taxpayer money to fund guaranteed income programs. “We must focus our limited resources…

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Clove Alliance Hosting Cosmic Bingo

Clove Alliance is excited to announce the return of their signature event, COSMIC BINGO, on Friday, March 22, at the Kankakee Fairgrounds Expo Center. This unique bingo night, with a cosmic twist, is for adults 18 and older! With laser and black lights, loud music, and glow sticks, this interactive bingo event promises to be…

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DeLuca Works to Protect Family Farms; Supports Plan to Overhaul Estate Tax

Wanting to ensure family farms can be passed from one generation to the next without unreasonable tax burdens, state Rep. Anthony DeLuca, is backing an overhaul of the state’s estate tax specific to farms. “When a loved one passes, we don’t want state taxes to force families to sell land, lose equipment, and break up…

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PJHS to Present ‘Annie JR.’ March 2-3

Peotone to learn important lessons: ‘You’re Never Fully Dressed without a Smile’ and ‘The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow.’ Leaping Lizards! Peotone will “stick up its chin and grin and sing ‘Tomorrow!  Tomorrow!’” when Peotone Junior High performs Annie JR., it was announced by Drew Cohen, president of Music Theatre International (MTI). Based on the…

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PHS Senior Scholarships Available; Deadlines Approaching

The following scholarships recently were announced and are available for Peotone High School seniors. All application links are online on the PHS website. Go to the Student Services tab and click on “Scholarship Opportunities” to view all scholarships and qualifications. The deadline for most scholarships is March 8, unless otherwise indicated. •Alec J. “Mugs” Mulvihill…

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Ecumenical Soup Suppers, Lenten Services Begin

The Peotone Ecumenical Council of Churches extends an invitation to gather together as the people of God on five Wednesdays in Lent. With the great success of the past, and the fellowship we have created as a community, residents will gather to share a simple dinner and inspiring worship on these nights. As in the…

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January News from the Species Threat Abatement and Restoration Team

A Message from Caroline Wade, STAR Executive Director… Happy New Year from the Species Threat Abatement and Restoration (STAR) team! The year is flying by as we continue to ramp up and prepare for the launch of enrollment later this spring. It will be an exciting year with the development of a new, enhanced version…

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Helping Hands

Helping Hands Food Pantry will be open to all area residents (including senior citizens and adults both with or without children who reside within the boundaries of the Peotone School District and are in need of food assistance) on Wednesdays, February 7 and 21, from 1 to 5:30 p.m., at the Community Presbyterian Mission Building…

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Seeking Organizations for Summer ‘24 Internship Program

Has your organization struggled to find talent; have you tried to launch your own intern program, but with difficulty; or are you looking to engage more of your community? The Will County Center for Economic Development is seeking organizations interested in participating in its summer 2024 internship program. The program is designed to give students…

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St. Patrick’s Hosting Harvest Social, Card Party

St. Patrick’s Council of Catholic Women, in Wilton Center, will host its Harvest Social and Card Party on Wednesday, November 1, at 11:30 a.m., at the Wilton Center Community Building, 14355 W. Joliet Road, Manhattan. Tickets are $10. The event features lunch, door prizes, a split-the-pot raffle, with tickets at $1 each or six for…

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Ogalla Statement on Asylum Grant Application

By Judy Ogalla As the Chair of the Will County Board, I support Mayor D’Arcy’s request to have Joliet Township withdraw their asylum grant application. I am very concerned the County’s Health Department, the Sheriff’s Department, as well as many other county departments can efficiently and monetarily support thousands of asylum seekers. In my opinion,…

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Manteno Veterans’ Home Invites Volunteers to Support Its Programs

The Veterans’ Home at Manteno invites volunteers to join its force of more than 50 volunteers to assist with a wide range of services and programs for residents. Opportunities include serving food, escorting residents to appointments, leading projects, playing games, and maintaining and organizing donated goods. Immediate needs include transporting residents to church services on…

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St. Paul the Apostle Pet Blessing October 1

The community is invited to St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church’s annual Pet Blessing on Sunday, October 1, at 1 p.m. It will be held in the church parking lot, 511 N. Conrad Street, in Peotone. Bring all your pets, great and small, for this special blessing. Pet blessing services are a way for people…

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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Vedette Sports Report
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
Beecher Bobcat Adyn McGinley –Photo by Jim Piacentini.
VEDETTE SPORTS REPORT
Chief Steve Malone reviews the past year’s operations after the consolidation.  –Photo by Stephanie Irvine.
Manhattan Fire Board Reviews Consolidation, Talks 2023 Data at March Meeting
Former Illinois State Police trooper who pleaded guilty in relation to deadly crash postpones hearing
Manteno Police Respond to Stabbings; Suspect in Custody
Former Illinois State Police trooper who pleaded guilty in relation to deadly crash postpones hearing
Peotone Police Blotter: March 15 – 22
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Longtime Crete Code Enforcement/Animal Control Supervisor to Retire
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Monee Adding Businesses
Beecher Trustee Resigns; Board Still Trying to Pare Down Price