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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…


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…

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Letter to Editor: March

I encourage voters on November 8 to re-elect Judy Ogalla to the Will County Board. Judy has been a tireless advocate for Eastern Will County. We need a representative in Joliet who is not afraid to speak up to protect our way of life in our part of the county. Please vote to re-elect Judy…

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Letter to the Editor: Turay

Dear Editor: Gas prices over 60 percent above two years ago nationwide with some places even double two years ago. Food costs up double digits, with many items even much more. Utility bills ever climbing with the winter heating months just ahead. Health care providers at an all time minimum, with appointments harder and harder…

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The Not-So-Quick and the Dead

By Scott Reeder There is little sympathy for a rat. On July 25, a giant inflatable rat rose 15-feet in front of Staab Funeral Home in Springfield, and a woman came out of the business and repeatedly stabbed the rodent with a knife. The rat was intended to call public attention to companies employing nonunion…

A horse tenderloin provided a delicious meal for the author on a recent trip to Iceland. –Photo by Scott Reeder

‘Horsemeat,’ aka ‘Beef Tenderloin’

By Scott Reeder “If you eat horsemeat, Daddy, I’m going to throw-up right in front of you.” So decreed my 14-year-old daughter this month, as we sat across from one another in a restaurant in Iceland. I’d never tasted horseflesh before, but over the years I’ve written quite a bit about the debate in the…

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Thoughts on Electing Extremists

By Scott Reeder Mary Miller frightens me. Yes, I’m talking about the member of Congress from Southern Illinois who is running against Rodney Davis for the Republican nomination in the 15th Congressional District. She is not pitching policies. She is selling anger. But I could also say it is the same about a whole host…

Letter to the Editor: Peotone Fire Consolidation

Opinion on the referendum to consolidate with the Manhattan Fire Protection District Shall the Peotone Fire Protection District Dissolve and be consolidated into the Manhattan Fire Protection District? The answer is No! A close look at the information that has been spoonfed to the public by the Peotone and Manhattan Fire Districts will show you…

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Letter to the Editor: Peotone Fire Protection District Consolidation

To Peotone Fire Protection District Residents: Fire districts throughout the state and the country are facing very serious staffing and resource challenges, placing their mission to keep communities safe in serious jeopardy. There is a critical shortage of available firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics, forcing departments like ours to rely on a part-time staffing model that…

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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