Rep. DeLuca addresses House members recently concerning HB 4135. –Photo submitted.

DeLuca’s Effort to Develop Solar Regulations Protecting Homeowners Advances

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Representing the voice of homeowners concerned about the effects of sprawling commercial solar farm developments, State Rep. Anthony DeLuca passed a plan out of a House committee recently that would institute minimum 500-foot setbacks between homes and solar properties. DeLuca will hold the proposal from a full House vote while negotiations continue…

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Manhattan to Adopt Ordinance Prohibiting Recreational Use of Nitrous Oxide

Village officials in Manhattan are addressing a concerning issue related to the recreational use of nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas. The substance is being sold in local vaping shops and liquor stores, and individuals are purchasing it with the intention of inhaling it to induce euphoria or a high. Nitrous oxide is typically…

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Earthrise Energy Awards $20,000 to the Conservation Foundation

Helping to restore open space in Manhattan. Earthrise Energy recently awarded a $20,000 RISE grant to the Conservation Foundation, an Illinois environmental nonprofit organization, to help lay the groundwork to activate and restore 40 acres of protected land in Manhattan. The property, along the Manhattan Creek, is owned by the Village of Manhattan and is…

Gotion Holding Job Fair at KCC February 10

On Saturday, February 10, Gotion, Inc., will hold a job fair to recruit workers for the electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant to be located in Manteno. The event will be held from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., in the Iroquois Room, Room D152, at Kankakee Community College’s Riverfront Campus, 100 College Drive in Kankakee. Representatives…

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25 Participants Graduate Diversionary Courts Program

Program Alum Rudy Gonzalez tells graduates, “If you’ve been through this program, you have everything you need” State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced 25 people graduated from the Will County Problem Solving Courts in a January 25 ceremony at the Jacob Henry Mansion in Joliet. The graduation brings to 859 the total number of participants who…

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Rebuilding Illinois Key Part of Manufacturing Caucus Agenda

Our hard work to Rebuild Illinois is paying off, and I am excited to be part of a new group that will create more opportunities for our families and communities to grow and succeed. I recently was named one-of-four leaders in the Legislature of the new Illinois Manufacturing Caucus. This group will partner with the…

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Relay for Life Kankakee County Kick-off March 18

American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Kankakee County kicks-off to help end cancer at its 29th annual event on March 18 at Bourbonnais Municipal Center. Although the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Kankakee County, presented by Riverside Healthcare, is not until June 8, work is beginning now to build the celebration that…

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Legion Fish Fry February 10

Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 10, when Peotone American Legion Post 392 will host their monthly fish fry, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., or sold out, at 109 E. North Street in Peotone. Tickets for the all-you-can-eat perch or catfish dinner are $15 and include French fries, cole slaw, bread, and butter. You’ll also…

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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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Rep. Ozinga Hosts Annual Valentines for Vets Program

State Rep. Tim Ozinga is launching his annual “Valentines for Veterans” program for local veterans. Cards may be dropped off at Rep. Ozinga’s district office, 11019 Front Street, Suite 1W, in Mokena, through Monday, February 12. “There is always more we can do to support our veterans,” said Rep. Ozinga. “This program is a way…

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Joyce Applauds $13,000+ Funding for Local Will County School Libraries

To provide resources to libraries through books, periodicals, multilingual materials, technology, and programs, State Sen. Patrick Joyce announced five school districts in Will County will receive more than $13,000 in funding. “Libraries provide students with many tools to be successful, whether it’s books, technology, or other media sources,” said Joyce. “We need to ensure our…

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Joyce Kicks-Off Seniors’ Valentine’s Day Card Drive

In an effort spread love and uplift the spirits of seniors in the 40th District, State Sen. Patrick Joyce invites residents of all ages to get creative and donate homemade or store-bought valentines. “This card drive is an opportunity for every member of our community to come together and show appreciation for our seniors,” said…

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USF to Hold Red Cross Blood Drive January 30

The University of St. Francis (USF) is hosting its first American Red Cross blood drive of the year on Tuesday, January 30, from 1 to 6 p.m., in the Assembly Hall Gymnasium at USF’s St. Clare Campus, 1550 Plainfield Road in Joliet. The drive is open to the community. For an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS…

Gotion Holding Job Fairs at KCC’s Riverfront Campus, North Extension Center

Gotion, Inc., will hold two local job fairs to recruit workers for the electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant to be located in Manteno and has positions in all employment segments, not just manufacturing positions. The company is looking for a variety of skill sets, said Annie Quach a member of the Gotion Recruiting Team. The…

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From Sen. Joyce

The holidays are the perfect time for the gift of reflection, to be thankful for our loved ones and our progress during the past year. A year ago in this space, I told you about the untimely passing of my Illinois Senate colleague, Sen. Scott Bennett. Just 45 years old, Scott suffered a collapse from…

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Joyce Law Helps Address Firefighter Shortage Beginning Next Year

A new law led by State Sen. Patrick Joyce to help solve Illinois’ firefighter shortage will go into effect January 1. “Firefighters, both full-time and volunteer, are essential first responders, and we cannot afford to continue to see declining numbers in these positions,” said Joyce. “This law is a step in the right direction to…

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Rep. Haas Celebrates District 79 Library Grants

Following the School District Library Grant program announcement made by Illinois Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias, State Rep. Jackie Haas released the following statement: “I am thrilled seven libraries in District 79 have been selected to receive grants through the Illinois Secretary of State Office’s School District Library Grant program,” said Rep. Haas. “Libraries are…

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Lincoln-Way Area Restaurants Invited to Spice-Up Frankfort Chili Cook-Off

The Village of Frankfort is thrilled to announce the much-anticipated “Fire and Ice” Winter Social, an electrifying event set to warm hearts and taste buds alike, returns on Saturday, February 3, in downtown Frankfort. As part of the festivities, the village will host a Chili Cook-Off that promises to be the highlight of the event.…

Earthrise Energy recently awarded the Northern Illinois Food Bank a RISE Grant to help combat hunger in Crete, Manhattan, and Monee. Pictured, left to right, are: Earthrise Energy Development Analyst Loic Wouantou; Lincoln Generating Facility and Crete Energy Venture Plant Manager Brad Keaton; Northern Illinois Food Bank Development Officer, Corporate and Foundation Giving, Jennifer Ackerman; and Earthrise Energy Senior Director of Development Jonathan Pike. –Photo submitted.

Earthrise Energy Awards RISE Grant to Northern Illinois Food Bank

To help families put food on the table this holiday, Earthrise Energy recently awarded an $8,000 RISE Grant to the Northern Illinois Food Bank. The funds will be allocated to four food bank member agencies serving Crete, Manhattan, and Monee to help restock their pantry shelves. “We thank Earthrise Energy and all those helping us…

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Will County Families Invited to Kids’ Fair on Presidents’ Day

Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant invites families to attend a fun-filled Kids’ Fair on Monday, February 19, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Troy Middle School, 5800 W. Theodore Street, Plainfield. The free event features interactive and educational activities from local organizations, businesses, and government agencies. “This event is a great event for mom, dad,…

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Will County, City of Joliet Begin Local Truck Traffic Talks with IDOT

Will County and City of Joliet officials began preliminary discussions with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) on reducing truck traffic on local roads. These discussions kicked-off on January 31, with a meeting between the Will County Executive Office, Mayor of Joliet Terry D’Arcy, State Rep. Larry Walsh Jr., and Sec. of Transportation Omer Osman.…

County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (center), State’s Attorney James Glasgow (right), and Animal Protection Services Department Administrator Anna Payton (left) celebrate the department’s expanded mission following approval of ordinance changes. –Photo submitted.

Will County Responds to National Animal Welfare Crisis

New department name reflects change in direction for county animal services. Responding to a national animal welfare crisis, Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant announced a series of ordinance changes that aim to expand the role of the county’s animal services. The changes include renaming the county’s animal welfare department to “Will County Animal Protection Services…

County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, right, and State Rep. Natalie Manley, left, met with Illinois Sen. Richard Durbin, center, to hear updates on legislation that supports Will County’s priorities. –Photo submitted.

Bertino-Tarrant Attends White House ‘Communities in Action’ Series

Visit includes meetings with Sen. Durbin and Congressmen Jackson and Davis. Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant joined elected and community leaders from throughout Illinois at the White House to discuss the positive local impacts of federal investments from the Biden-Harris Administration. “Will County has received historic levels of federal funding under this administration,” said County…

Will County Clerk Lauren Staley Ferry’s team prepared for Early Voting, which started on Thursday, February 8, at the Will County Clerk’s Office, 302 N. Chicago Street, in downtown Joliet. –Photo submitted.

Early Voting Began February 8 at Will County Clerk’s Office

Will County Clerk Lauren Staley Ferry reminds voters they may begin casting ballots during Early Voting for the General Primary Election starting on Thursday, February 8, at the Will County Clerk’s Office, 302 N. Chicago Street, in downtown Joliet. Those who wish to vote early may do so from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on…

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Winters Sentenced to Life in Prison

Sentenced for predatory criminal sexual assault/aggravated criminal sexual abuse of five-year-old. Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced Vincent Winters, 58, of Joliet, was sentenced to his natural life in prison by Judge Sarah Jones for the predatory criminal sexual assault of a five-year-old girl in 2017. On November 16, 2023, a Will County jury…

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25 Participants Graduate Diversionary Courts Program

Program Alum Rudy Gonzalez tells graduates, “If you’ve been through this program, you have everything you need” State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced 25 people graduated from the Will County Problem Solving Courts in a January 25 ceremony at the Jacob Henry Mansion in Joliet. The graduation brings to 859 the total number of participants who…

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Darrius Brown Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison for Aggravated Domestic Battery

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced Circuit Judge Carmen Goodman recently sentenced Darrius Brown, 42, of Plainfield, to nine years in prison for a 2018 attack on his then-girlfriend. Brown was sentenced to nine years in prison for Aggravated Domestic Battery (a Class 2 felony), as well as four years for Aggravated Unlawful Restraint…

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Will County Hosting Virtual Open Houses on Long Range Transportation Plan

The Will County Division of Transportation (WCDOT) will host two virtual open houses to gather feedback on the future of transportation priorities in Will County. The feedback will be incorporated in the ongoing “Our Way Forward 2050 Long Range Transportation Plan,” which will guide the next 25 years of county-wide infrastructure projects. “This is a…

Bailey Testerman and her fiancé Kole El-Talabani of Kankakee tied the knot at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon in August. They chose the site because of its eco-friendly vibe, beautiful setting, and all-inclusive wedding space. Check out why this Forest Preserve District of Will County wedding venue is so popular during a Four Rivers Wedding Open House, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, February 3. –Photo courtesy of Bailey Testerman.

Forest Preserve’s Site Hosts February 3 Wedding Open House

When Bailey Testerman was first scouting out wedding venues, the bride-to-be said she was looking for a site that was as “green” as possible. “The health of our planet is incredibly important to me…,” she said. “I wanted to reduce the environmental impact of our wedding as much as possible. Choosing an environmentally conscious venue…

Water levels were dangerously high earlier in the week and even after warm water siphons were added, the river flooded closing streets and businesses in Wilmington. Photo by Will County EMA.

Will County Emergency Management Agency Issues Update on Flash Flooding in Wilmington

The Will County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and City of Wilmington officials responded to flash flooding in downtown Wilmington on the evening of January 25. The flooding occurred suddenly on the North and South Islands, due to rapidly increasing water levels on the Kankakee River. Will County EMA issued a mass notification message to residents,…

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Will County EMAgency Issues Update on Kankakee River Conditions

Launches public reporting survey to assess residential and business property damage. The Will County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is reporting a significant reduction in water levels on the Kankakee River, as most ice jams have cleared between the City of Wilmington and the Des Plaines River confluence. Following the expiration of a Flash Flood Warning…