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Gregory Sentenced to 35 Years for Brutal 2017 Bludgeoning, Sexual Assault, and Fire

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced Timothy Gregory, 43, of Joliet, was sentenced recently to 35 years in prison in the 2017 bludgeoning with a hammer and sexual assault of his brother’s girlfriend and arson of his brother’s home. Gregory pled guilty to Attempt Murder (a Class X felony), Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault (a…

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County Board Passes Paratransit Study

The Will County Board announced the passage of the Access Will County (Paratransit) Study with the amended resolution that provides the county board with oversight, as part of the executive form of government. With an 11-10 vote, Republicans passed the study, which allows the county executive’s office to move forward with the creation of a…

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Former School Bus Driver Christian Shepherd Found Guilty in Second Murder for Hire Plot

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced a jury recently found Christian Shepherd, 44, of Ottawa, guilty of four counts of Solicitation of Murder for Hire (a Class X felony), in the second case against Shepherd involving murder-to-hire plots in which he attempted to hire fellow inmates to murder a victim he was charged with…

WIB Director Caroline L. Portlock. –Photo submitted.

Will County Workforce Investment Director Elected State Association Leader

Caroline L. Portlock, director of the Workforce Investment Board (WIB) of Will County, has been elected president of the Illinois Workforce Partnership (IWP), which represents local workforce development leaders throughout Illinois from 10 Economic Development Regions and 22 Workforce Innovation Boards. “I am both excited and humbled for the opportunity to lead this group of…

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Will County Health: Be Aware of Rabies; 3 Bats Test Positive

The Will County Health Department and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds the public to be aware of the potential for exposure to rabies from infected animals. Rabid bats recently have been detected in Joliet, Plainfield, and Homer Glen. Bats are the most common source of potential infection in Illinois, and exposures from…

Pictured at the presentation of the 25-year proclamation are, left to right: Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, Problem Solving Court Coordinator Dr. Scott DuBois, and County Board Members Vince Logan and Judy Ogala. –Photo submitted.

25 Participants Graduate Diversionary Courts Program

County Honors Drug Court’s 25 Years with Proclamation State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced that 25 people graduated from the Will County Problem Solving Courts in a September 7 ceremony at the Jacob Henry Mansion in Joliet. The event also celebrated the Drug Court’s 25th anniversary, which was marked with a proclamation by the Will County…

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O’Brien Guilty of Attempted First Degree Murder in Naperville Stabbing

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced Circuit Judge John Connor found Patrick O’Brien, 62, of Naperville, guilty of Attempt First Degree Murder (a Class X felony) and Aggravated Domestic Battery (a Class 2 felony). The verdict followed a bench trial that began on August 28. On December 21, 2019, the Naperville Police Department responded…

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Judge Denies Motion to Reconsider 40-Year Sentence for Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault Offense

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced that Circuit Judge Vincent Cornelius denied a motion to reconsider sentence by Jeffery Davis, 33 of Joliet, who was sentenced recently to 40 years in prison for two counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault, Class X felonies. Davis pleaded guilty to the offense on December 20, 2022. The…

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Rutledge Guilty of First Degree Murder in 2019 Shootings in Joliet’s Cathedral Area

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced Circuit Judge Carmen Goodman recently found Matthew Rutledge, 41, of Joliet, guilty of three counts of First Degree Murder (a Class M felony), one count of Attempt First Degree Murder (a Class X felony), and one count of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm (a Class X felony) in…

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First Human Case of West Nile Virus Detected in Will County

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced the first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Will County is a 74-year-old male from Naperville, who has been diagnosed with West Nile neuroinvasive disease. He became ill the first week of August, was hospitalized, and is recovering. The Will County Health Department’s Environmental Health…

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Bertino-Tarrant Delivers State of the County Address

Proposes balanced budget invests in improved county services. Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant delivered the official State of the County address at the August County Board meeting, spotlighting efforts by county government during the past year to modernize operations and provide improved service to residents. “I’ve had the opportunity to witness first-hand the important role…

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Will County Board Reconsiders Saving Old Courthouse

By Stephen Nelson Several years ago, the Will County Board voted to demolish the Old Will County Courthouse in Joliet but now the body is rethinking that strategy. At a special meeting on August 17, a resolution to consider alternatives to the original plan was debated. The full text of the resolution follows: WHEREAS, the…

Posing for the check presentation are, left to right: Greater Joliet Area YMCA Mission Advancement Director Donnie Chestnutt, Greater Joliet Area YMCA Chief Operating Officer Missy Durkin, Joliet Mayor Terry D’Arcy, Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow, Greater Joliet Area YMCA President and CEO Katy Leclair, and Galowich Family YMCA Executive Director Patty Hall. –Photo submitted.

Glasgow Donates $10,000 to Greater Joliet Area YMCA

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow donated $10,000 to the Greater Joliet Area YMCA to support the nonprofit organization’s youth development programs and recently presented the check to YMCA President and CEO Katy Leclair at its Galowich facility. Joliet Mayor Terry D’Arcy – who has partnered with Glasgow in donating vehicles to local organizations, including…

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March General Primary Election Nominating Petition Packets Available

Will County Clerk Lauren Staley Ferry announced petition packets are available online and at her office for individuals interested in running as an established party candidate in the General Primary Election on March 19, 2024. Candidates may begin circulating nominating petitions for signatures starting on Tuesday, September 5, but must not begin collecting signatures before…

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Mandley Guilty in Shooting Murder of Maya Smith in Front of Toddler

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced that a jury recently found Jermaine Mandley, 47, of Bolingbrook, guilty in the death of a young mother, who was shot in front of her toddler. Mandley was found guilty on all three counts of First Degree Murder and two counts of Endangering the Life or Health of…

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Register for BEP Workshop

In partnership with the Will County Executive and the State of Illinois Commission on Equity and Inclusion, in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, organizers are planning the first in-person BEP Workshop. The free Business Enterprise Program Certification Workshop will be held on Thursday, September 7, from 5 – 6:30 p.m.,…

Will County Clerk Lauren Staley Ferry discusses recently purchased voting equipment and the modernization of local elections with Lawrence Leach, director of sales for Hart InterCivic (left) and Drew Kendall, executive vice president of Governmental Business Systems (right). –Photo submitted.

Will County Clerk Purchases Voting Equipment, Modernizes Elections for County Citizens

Will County Clerk Lauren Staley Ferry is thrilled to announce she has signed contracts to purchase new, state-of-the-art election equipment that will thoroughly modernize Will County’s voting systems. The new election equipment and related software will replace outdated tabulators and voting devices, some of which are decades old and functioning on ancient and unsupported software…

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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