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Homer Glen Residents in Passionate Battle with Will County Executive

For several months, the citizens of Homer Township and Homer Glen have been fighting to maintain their quality of life. When you drive between Bell and Lemont Roads on 143rd Street, you get a feeling of rural America – horse farms, large properties, beautiful trees lining the road. There is a sense of calm and…

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Worried About the Teacher Shortage? Invest in Your Leaders

By Erika Hunt and Lisa Hood Regional Office of Education #17 The “State of Our Educator Pipeline 2023” report by Advance Illinois underscores the challenges in Illinois’ education system and the urgent need to address the teacher shortage comprehensively. While recruiting more teachers is important, addressing teacher attrition, responsible for 90 percent of the demand,…

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Letter to Ed.: Freeman

Dear Editor: Recently, Will County Board Members Mica Freeman released a statement on the hate crime that resulted in the death of a six-year-old boy and the hospitalization of his mother… My district (Plainfield Township) experienced a devastating tragedy this weekend. A six-year-old was killed, and his mother was left severely injured at the hands…

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Letter to Ed.: Veterans Day

Dear Editor: The members of American Legion Auxiliary Peotone Unit 392 would like to express our sincere appreciation for the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces. Thank you for serving this great country. Thank you for protecting us. Thank you for the security we have here at home. We know…

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Letter to Ed.: Smith

Dear Editor: In his letter to President Biden, Governor Pritzker complained about the “refugees” being bussed to Chicago from Texas and how federal aid hasn’t kept up. Pritzker rightly points out that the situation is “untenable.” Immigrants are sleeping in police stations, airports, and temporary shelters, making Chicago bureaucrats scramble to provide food, clothing, and…

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Letter to Ed: Chisausky

Dear Editor: I just watched the Peotone School Board meeting from August 21 and am horrified by what I saw. Multiple English teachers spoke about a situation at the school where books they have been teaching are now being challenged as inappropriate. Three of my children attended Peotone schools, and I always was pleased with…

Swift’s concerts are interactive and intricate - truly a whole experience. –Photo by Madeleine Willis.

Opinion: Why Taylor Swift is Worth the Hype and Even all the Chaos

By: Madeleine Willis  On June 2, I had the privilege of attending Taylor Swift’s “The Eras Tour,” in Chicago. This was the first of three nights Swift would be performing at Soldier Field.  Swift’s tour began in Glendale, Arizona, on March 17. You can probably remember the iconic beginning of Swift’s tour because the Mayor…

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Letter to Ed.: Memorial Day

Dear Editor: As the wife of a Vietnam-era Army veteran, I hold a special place in my heart for the parents, siblings, spouses, and friends of those who served. I can’t help but think of all the men and women who have gone to fight for this great nation and didn’t return home. While we…

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Letter to Ed.: Heuer

Dear Editor: Will County Board Chair Judy Ogalla is advocating a locally-led alternative land use plan for seven-square-miles of eastern Will County countryside bought up over the past couple decades by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). Ogalla’s proposal comes in response to Peotone news from Springfield. The Third Airport lobby is pushing a state…

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Letter to Ed.: Ogalla

Dear Editor: The Sun Times’ April 30, 2023, editorial —“Lawmakers shouldn’t rush to spend more money on flawed Peotone Airport plan” — gives sound reasons for opposing a bill moving through the Illinois General Assembly. HB2531 would require the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) “to pursue proposals within six months, from developers interested in building…

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Editorial: I Don’t Care How, Just Vote

By Andrea Arens I ran for office once. Only once, and that was enough. Running for office requires you to put yourself out there to criticism, to be asked silly questions about things you have no control over, and to be berated by people who are just fed up with whatever they believe is unjust…

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Voting Begins in Contest Naming Coolest Thing Made in Illinois

Nearly 250 unique products vying to advance to Top 16. The initial round of voting is open in the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association’s (IMA) fourth annual “Makers Madness” contest, a bracket-style tournament in which the public decides what product earns the 2023 title of The Coolest Thing Made in Illinois. Presented by Comcast Business, the competition…

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Letter to the Editor: Crime in Our Townships

Dear Community: Unfortunately, there is increasing crime in our townships. A few years ago, it was mostly illegal dumping and occasional thievery. BUT, in the past few years and, most recently, thieves are becoming more daring and uncaring. Several residents in Will Township have had their sheds, garages, barns, and driveways pilfered but not for…

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Letter to the Editor: Mayor Peter March

Dear Editor and All Village Residents: As we move into 2023, I feel it is important for all to see what their village government has accomplished for them in the past year. There was a great deal done with our limited budget and small staff. Here is an accounting of some of our accomplishments in…

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Letter to the Editor: Richards

Dear Editor: I am very excited to announce that I have submitted my petition packet and have decided to run for a two-year term for Peotone Trustee. As for my background, I have been a resident of Peotone for 15 years and graduated Peotone High School in 1991. After high school,  I graduated from Eastern…

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Editorial: Thankful Thoughts

I embarked on this journey just about a year ago. With no experience other than a degree in Journalism I had hardly ever used, I took over as editor and reporter for my community and a few others. I kept my day job as special education teacher, because frankly, I’m just not ready to quit…

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Letter to Editor: Zonta Club

Dear Editor: Globally, one-in-three women experience physical or sexual violence, mostly by an intimate partner. Violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive human rights violations. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, evidence has shown all types of gender-based violence, particularly domestic violence, has escalated. From November 25 – December 10, the Zonta…

Lincoln Young, eight, son of Trustee Justin Young, poses with the balloon alien he was excited to get. –Photo by Stephanie Irvine.
Huge Turnout for Manhattan’s Touch-a-Truck Event
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Manhattan’s Village Administrator Resigns
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Liquor on Sunday Mornings, but Limited
Manteno High School Students lined the entrance of the high school on Monday morning to show their appreciation for the teachers at the beginning of Teacher Appreciation Week. Many were holding signs and teacher faces and encouraged people to honk as they drove by. Photo by Dan Gerber.
Manteno Appreciates Its Teachers
Former Illinois State Police trooper who pleaded guilty in relation to deadly crash postpones hearing
Peotone Police Blotter: May 4-8
Third graders stop by with a check for Helping Hands. Photo courtesy Helping Hands Food Pantry.
PES Competition Once Again Raises Big Money For Helping Hands
Everyone had a fun time - did we say fun - at the recent Spring Showcase in Manteno. –Photo by Dan Gerber
Manteno Holds Successful Inaugural Spring Showcase
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L.E.A.D. Day in Monee May 18
One last picture of the dilapidated building before the owner demolished it on May 1 . –Photo by Ed Nelson.
Another Peotone Building Bites the Dust
Beecher softball out on top. –Photo by Jim Piacentini.
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Monee EMA Presidential Service Award Honorees. Photo courtesy the Village of Monee.
Monee Honors EMA Members for President’s Volunteer Service Awards
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Solar Farm Closer to Beecher
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Crete Chief Warns of Gypsy Scammers
The Dunkin Grand Opening was celebrated on April 26. A donation check of $500 was given to Victory Reins and lots of other giveaways. Photo by Ed Nelson.
Banquet Liquor Hour Extensions and Fence Variance Denied at Village Board Meeting
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Pickleball Boosts the Budget in Manteno
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Park District Referendum Failure Leads to Idea of a Community Group
Brad (left), Karen (middle), and Dylan (right) Bothwell pose for a picture in their greenhouse. Photo by Stephanie Irvine.
Farmer’s Market Begins at Manhattan’s Bothwell Farms
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VEDETTE SPORTS REPORT
District Attorney John Motylinski explains how the GEMT program works with ambulance rates. Photo by Stephanie Irvine.
MFPD Fire Station Updates on Schedule
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Traffic Study and Planning Dominate Village Discussion