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USF Blood Drive February 15

The University of St. Francis (USF) is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive on Wednesday, February 15, from 1 to 6 p.m., in the Assembly Hall Gymnasium at USF’s St. Clare Campus, 1550 Plainfield Road in Joliet. For an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org and enter “60435” in the red “Find…

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New Lenox Students Part of University’s ‘The Sun Serpent’ Production

Lewis University Philip Lynch Theatre’s February production will be “The Sun Serpent,” written by Jose Cruz Gonzalez. This historical and poetic story is about the hope and struggles to find the courage to persist against all odds, while portraying the strength of the human spirit. This play is recommended for patrons 13 years and up,…

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‘Meet the Author,’ ‘Date at the Museum’ Coming to Kankakee

On Saturday, February 11, the Kankakee Historical Society will host “Date Night at the Museum, beginning at 6 p.m., at 801 S. Eighth Avenue in Kankakee. Enjoy a unique evening at the museum with that special someone. Dinner is catered by the Bennett-Curtis House, with a “Lady and the Tramp” theme. Tickets may be purchased…

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Manhattan Welcomes McDonald’s to Community

New opportunities for growth, dining options, with groundbreaking targeted for April. At the January 17 meeting of the Village of Manhattan Board, trustees approved a special use permit and site plan for the construction of a McDonald’s restaurant at 440 West North Street, also known as Rt. 52, which is just north of Manhattan’s downtown.…

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Shrove Dinner

Mark your calendars for St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church Council of Catholic Women’s 50th Shrove Tuesday Beef Dinner on February 21. Tickets available soon!

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Free Webinars for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. One-in-three teens in the U.S. is a victim of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse from a dating partner. These violent relationships have serious consequences for victims – putting them at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior, suicide, and adult re-victimization. Clove…

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Monthly Mass/Adoration at St. Rose of Lima Chapel

St. Rose of Lima Chapel, 486 W. Merchant Street, Kankakee, will celebrate monthly Mass on Friday, January 27, at 6 p.m. Please enter through the west door under the canopy. An elevator is nearby. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament also is held every Wednesday afternoon from 3-5 p.m. Please enter through the west door. All…

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KCC Announces Veterans Service Dog Academy Partnership

American Veterans Service Dog Academy announces partnership with KCC. Beginning January 21, from 8:30 – 11 a.m., at KCC/AVSDA will offer a new PTSD Service Dog Handler Training Program. Through this collaboration with KCC’s Continuing Education Program, enrolled veteran students, with documented medical necessity, will be able to participate and learn the basics of training…

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U of I Extension Offerings for New Year

Make Your Own Maple Syrup: The University of Illinois Extension, 1650 Commerce Drive, Bourbonnais, is offering a “Make Your Own Maple Syrup” class on January 10, at 10 a.m. Learn how to make delicious maple syrup by tapping trees in your own back yard. Class fee is $10 and includes instructions and supplies. Register at…

Earthrise Energy presented a $4,000 RISE Grant award to the Northern Illinois Food Bank to help four food pantries in Manhattan, Crete, and University Park, including Faith Movers Church, restock their pantry shelves. Left to right are: Earthrise Energy Development Analyst Loic Wouantou, Faith Movers Church Pastor and board member of the Northern Illinois Food Bank Moses Herring, Earthrise Energy Lead Developer David Weightman, LaCresha Herring of Faith Movers Church, and Lincoln Generating Facility and Crete Energy Venture Power Plant Manager Brad Keaton. –Photo submitted.

Northern Illinois Food Bank Awarded $4,000 Earthrise Community Grant

Illinois Food Bank awards Earthrise Community Grant to help combat food insecurity in Will County. RISE Grant helps restock local food pantries shelves. To help combat a rise in food insecurity in Will County, Earthrise Energy awarded a $4,000 RISE Grant recently to the Northern Illinois Food Bank. The grant will help fund several Northern…

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Dear Santa…

Here they are – those fabulous letters to Santa, written by first grade students at Peotone Elementary School. We’d like to thank PES for allowing us a peek at what is on the minds of these young people at this time of year. Make sure you read them all, as it will help with your…

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A Stroll Down the Memory Lane of Toys

By Melanie Holmes Toys. We love them, we recall our first favorites, and we are chagrined to find our old-timey toys in the aisles of local antique shops. I recently pulled together a collage of toys with the goal of conjuring smiles. There’s a Slinky, a Cabbage Patch doll, and a pedal car! On that…

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Manhattan Sees Property Tax Rate Decrease for Third Consecutive Year; New Village Administrator Approved

Residents in Manhattan should see a property tax rate decrease in the municipal portion of their property tax bill after village officials passed the annual tax levy at last week’s board meeting. This would be the third year in a row the village has reduced the levy, which is roughly 10 percent of the total…

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Illinois Supreme Court Assigns Albrecht, Appoints Davenport as Third District Appellate Justices

Justice Mary K. O’Brien and the Supreme Court of Illinois announced the assignment of retired Circuit Judge Adrienne Albrecht and the appointment of Judge Linda Davenport as Appellate Court Justices in the Third District. “Judges Linda Davenport and Adrienne Albrecht are outstanding jurists, with distinguished careers in private practice prior to taking the bench,” Justice…

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Providence Students Named Illinois State Scholars

Providence Students Named Illinois State Scholars Providence Catholic Principal Paul Houston announced that 46 students from the Providence Catholic graduating class of 2023 have been designated as Illinois State Scholars, representing 26 percent of the class. “We are very proud of our Illinois State Scholars,” said Houston. “This is quite an academic achievement. Their commitment…

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Special Needs Basketball Clinic Hosted by Providence Catholic

Providence Catholic Girls’ Basketball is proud to host a Super Celtics Special Needs Co-ed Camp on January 5 and 6. The camp will run in two sessions for both boys and girls. Ages five to 10 may register for the camp session from 10-11 a.m., and ages 11-15 may register for camp running from 11…

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Providence Student Leads Mental Health Initiative

Providence Catholic student Kailee O’Sullivan has a goal this year: Promote mental health among athletes. To do this, she is working closely with Morgan’s Message. “This organization was really made to break the negative stigma around mental health,” said Kailee. “The organization got its name from a Duke lacrosse player named Morgan, who had the…

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Blood Drive at USF December 2

The University of St. Francis (USF) is hosting its final American Red Cross blood drive of the year on Friday, December 2, from 1 to 6 p.m., in the Assembly Hall Gymnasium, at USF’s St. Clare Campus, 1550 Plainfield Road in Joliet. For an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org, click on the…

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St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church Hosting Advent Parish Mission

An Advent Parish Mission, “Preparing the way of the Lord…We Hope, We Love, We Heal,” will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 511 N. Conrad Street, in Peotone, November 27 – 29. All are invited! Fr. Bill Stenzel will introduce the mission in his homily “God Makes Promises,” during Masses celebrated at…

National News

McMorris Rodgers drops RELIEVE Act to close major VA coverage loophole for vets

McMorris Rodgers drops RELIEVE Act to close major VA coverage loophole for vets

Change will allow more vehicles to qualify for federal EV rebate

Change will allow more vehicles to qualify for federal EV rebate

Feds consider pulling grizzly bears from threatened status in Montana

Feds consider pulling grizzly bears from threatened status in Montana

Marines continue fight with DOD over vaccine mandate

Marines continue fight with DOD over vaccine mandate

Watchdogs say some pandemic fraud was preventable

Watchdogs say some pandemic fraud was preventable

GOP bill seeks to reinstate military members discharged over COVID-19 vaccination status

GOP bill seeks to reinstate military members discharged over COVID-19 vaccination status

U.S. Rep. Hunt to El Paso judge: Those who want secure border aren't racist

U.S. Rep. Hunt to El Paso judge: Those who want secure border aren’t racist

'Shocking:' U.S. economy adds 517,000 jobs as unemployment drops to lowest since 1969

‘Shocking:’ U.S. economy adds 517,000 jobs as unemployment drops to lowest since 1969

Bill would bar Chinese interests from American farmland

Bill would bar Chinese interests from American farmland

Senator calls for Apple, Alphabet to boot TikTok from app stores

Senator calls for Apple, Alphabet to boot TikTok from app stores

Sanders tapped to give Republican response to State of the Union

Sanders tapped to give Republican response to State of the Union

How much pandemic aid was lost to fraud? Answer still 'impossible to estimate'

How much pandemic aid was lost to fraud? Answer still ‘impossible to estimate’

Taxation by citation: Report highlights states where highest fines, fees assessed

Taxation by citation: Report highlights states where highest fines, fees assessed

Father of teen killed by fentanyl testifies before House Judiciary Committee on border crisis

Father of teen killed by fentanyl testifies before House Judiciary Committee on border crisis

Illinois News

Illinois’ biometric privacy law strengthened by latest high court ruling
Illinois’ biometric privacy law strengthened by latest high court ruling
Report pushes for greater focus on teacher recruitment and retention amid shortages
Report pushes for greater focus on teacher recruitment and retention amid shortages
Pritzker seeks more info on AP African American Studies course
Pritzker seeks more info on AP African American Studies course
Illinois’ COVID-19 disaster proclamation to end in May
Illinois’ COVID-19 disaster proclamation to end in May
CAPITOL RECAP: Gun lawsuit restraining order remains in place
CAPITOL RECAP: Gun lawsuit restraining order remains in place
Appellate court upholds restraining order on assault weapons ban
Appellate court upholds restraining order on assault weapons ban
Tony Sanders to become state superintendent of education
Tony Sanders to become state superintendent of education
Amid ‘unprecedented’ prolonged revenue boom, state finds budget breathing room
Amid ‘unprecedented’ prolonged revenue boom, state finds budget breathing room
‘Omnibus’ health care bill passed amid criticisms
‘Omnibus’ health care bill passed amid criticisms
Veteran Statehouse reporter Hannah Meisel joins Capitol News Illinois reporting team
Veteran Statehouse reporter Hannah Meisel joins Capitol News Illinois reporting team
Replacing Illinois institution as secretary of state, Giannoulias makes modernization push
Replacing Illinois institution as secretary of state, Giannoulias makes modernization push
UPDATED: State preparing further defense of assault weapons ban
UPDATED: State preparing further defense of assault weapons ban

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Henry Guilty in Carjacking Ending in Will County After High-Speed Chase

State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced Jordan Henry, 28, of Harvey, was found guilty of multiple counts arising from a Chicago carjacking and subsequent car chase by law enforcement that began at 1802 Diversey Parkway and ended off I-55 in Will County. Circuit Judge Bertani-Tomczak rendered the verdict following a bench trial. Jordan was found guilty…

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Reyes Named to NAMI Will-Grundy Advisory Board

Will County Health Department’s Armando Reyes, the Regulatory Compliance Coordinator for the Division of Behavioral Health, has been selected to serve on the advisory board on the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Will-Grundy. “The request to participate on the advisory board was a welcome surprise,” said Reyes. “I look forward to bringing my education…

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USF Blood Drive February 15

The University of St. Francis (USF) is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive on Wednesday, February 15, from 1 to 6 p.m., in the Assembly Hall Gymnasium at USF’s St. Clare Campus, 1550 Plainfield Road in Joliet. For an appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org and enter “60435” in the red “Find…

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Glasgow Announces Judge Denies Joliet Man’s Motion to Reconsider Decision Resentencing Him to 90 Years in Prison

Matthew Edwards shot two people, killing one, in 2009 Channahon home invasion. Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced Circuit Judge Amy Bertani-Tomczak denied a motion to reconsider by Matthew Edwards, 30, of Joliet, who was resentenced on October 24, 2022, to 90 years in prison. On July 7, 2009, Edwards shot Joshua Terdic in…

DEA Faces of Fentanyl exhibit, at DEA Headquarters, 700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202. –Photo submitted.

Nunez Sentenced to 10 Years for Drug Induced Homicide

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow recently announced Saul Nunez, 45, of Shorewood, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for selling fentanyl to a 25-year-old man who died from an overdose in Shorewood in 2017. Nunez pled guilty to one count of Drug Induced Homicide, a Class X felony, and one count of Delivery…

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Old Will County Courthouse Demolition Cost Could Top $2.7 Million

By Stephen Nelson At their Thursday, January 19, meeting, the Will County Board awarded a contract worth $168,000 to Kluber, Inc., for engineering services related to the demolition of the former Will County Courthouse at 14 W. Jefferson Street in Joliet. Kluber’s services will identify specific issues related to the demolition project, such as asbestos…

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Rep. Lauren Underwood Visits JJC to Celebrate Federal Funding for Entrepreneur and Business Center

Rep. Lauren Underwood (IL-14) visited Joliet Junior College to celebrate more than $350,000 in federal funding she secured for the college’s Entrepreneur and Business Center (EBC). This funding will expand the EBC’s capacity to provide no-cost services to new and existing entrepreneurs through education and training to help them build their companies. “JJC is extremely…

The Forest Preserve District of Will County has launched a yearlong ‘Take It Outside’ campaign designed to get people out in nature. The campaign includes a challenge and participants can earn points by completing weekly missions. –Photo by Forest Preserve staff, Chad Merda.

Forest Preserve Launches Yearlong ‘Take It Outside’ Campaign, App Challenge

The Forest Preserve District of Will County wants you to “Take It Outside” in 2023. This yearlong campaign is designed to entice residents to get back to nature or discover it for the first time. The campaign also will educate participants about the many health benefits – mental and physical – of spending time outdoors.…

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Glasgow Announces 27 Participants Graduate Will County Problem Solving Court

Alumna tells audience that before entering program, “I was absolutely certain my addiction was the end for me.” State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced 27 people graduated from the Will County Problem Solving Courts in a January 19 ceremony at the Jacob Henry Mansion in Joliet. To date, 796 individuals have turned their lives around through…

State’s Attorney James Glasgow (left) is with Dan Kallan at the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center recently. –Photo submitted.

Exchange Club Donates $1,000 to Children’s Advocacy Center

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced the Joliet Exchange Club donated $1,000 to the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center. Joliet Exchange Club President Dan Kallan presented the check to Glasgow following a tour of the CAC. “The CAC continually is enhancing and expanding the services we provide children, ages three-17, who have endured sexual…

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Will County Community Mental Health Board

On Thursday, January 19, the Will County Board approved County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant’s seven appointments to the new Will County Community Mental Health Board and include the following members. Elnalyn Costa, of Bolingbrook, has been appointed to a two-year term. She is the Will County Board member representing District 11 and is a Fund Administrator…

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Will County Recognized as Ally in Agriculture