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DeCaprio Memorial in the Works as MJH Construction Progresses

By Stephanie Irvine At the May Manhattan School Board meeting, discussions centered around the construction of the new school. Additionally, the board covered a number of items relating to current events, employment, and standard operating business. Junior High Discussions Ahead of the June meeting, the board will be doing a construction walk-through of the new…

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

By Stephanie Irvine It was all sunshine, smiles, and squeals of delight on Saturday, May 11, as the Village of Manhattan put on their biggest Touch-a-Truck to date. Featuring a number of trucks, large equipment, fire and police vehicles, the event spanned the entirety of the village parking lot and was packed with families. “The…

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Manhattan’s Village Administrator Resigns

By Stephanie Irvine Just shy of a year-and-a-half of service, Manhattan Village Administrator Nick Palmer has resigned from his position at the village. The resignation letter and resignation agreement that formally terminated the relationship were accepted and formally approved by the board after the closed session meeting of the May 7 board meeting. From the…

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Local Farmers Markets

To help our readers, here are some Farmers Markets that are or will soon be available for your shopping convenience. If you know of a particularly good one that we’ve not listed, please feel free to email “The Vedette,” at newsdesk@thevedette.com, so we can add it to our weekly list. Happy shopping! •Beecher: Saturdays –…

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34th Annual Rhubarb Festival May 19

The Kankakee County Museum at Small Memorial Park, 801 S. Eighth Avenue in Kankakee, will host their 34th annual Rhubarb Festival on Sunday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s festivities include a wide variety of vendors, a dime toss, kids’ zone, pie-eating contest, live entertainment, plus tours of the Taylor One-Room…

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Board Authorizes Ordinance to Better Serve Farming Community

On April 18, the Will County Board authorized an ordinance change to better serve its farming community. This change assists farm truck drivers by making permits available that allow for the movement of agricultural commodities, without being subject to fines they may otherwise incur. Prior to the change of this ordinance, drivers faced penalties for…

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Students Earn Awards, Career Path Preparation at SkillsUSA Workforce Championships

PEORIA – They poured concrete to lay bricks. They built tiny buildings, repaired diesel engines, and raced the clock and each other to be the best at more than 150 events – and they just might have found their successful career path in the process. Students from Chicago’s northern suburbs to deep Southern Illinois arrived…

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FHOF Cardiology Hosting Free Smoking Cessation Meetings

Franciscan Health Cardiology Olympia Fields is hosting free weekly smoking cessation group meetings aimed at helping smokers kick the habit. Meetings help smokers learn proven strategies for success in quitting for good, develop a personal plan for quitting, minimize withdrawal symptoms, and begin living a new, healthy lifestyle. The group meetings are held weekly on…

The Police Chiefs Association will hold its 43rd annual Law Enforcement Memorial Day on May 9. –Photo submitted.

Police Chiefs Association Holding Law Enforcement Memorial Day May 9

The 43rd annual Law Enforcement Memorial Day, sponsored by the Police Chiefs Association of Will County, is scheduled for Thursday, May 9. Details of the event were announced by Tracy Chapman, president of the Association and deputy director of the Forest Preserve District of Will County. The event will begin with a 10:30 a.m. Mass…

Recycled electronics and liquids were accepted at last year’s Residential Electronics and Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Event in Beecher. –Photo submitted.

Collection Event to be Held May 11 in Beecher

The Will County Land Use Department’s Resource Recovery and Energy Division will host a collection event from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, May 11, in Beecher. Electronics, hazardous waste, and liquids, including motor oil and paint, will be collected. A maximum of two TVs and 15 gallons of paint will be allowed per…

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To the School Board, Administration, and Residents of Manhattan School District 114:

Did you know? Multiple independent studies have clearly illustrated that staffing a library with a certified school librarian – not a teacher, aide, or volunteer – correlates directly to increased standardized test scores, even when variables, such as economics and demographics are taken into account. Licensed school library media specialists are rigorously trained to teach…

Donated items were accepted by Helping Hands during a previous Textile and Small Home Goods Collection Event at the Will County Office Building. The annual event will be held from Monday, May 6 to Friday, May 10. –Photo submitted.

Will County Holding Annual Textiles, Small Home Goods Collection May 6-10

Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant invites residents to the annual Textile and Small Home Goods Collection Event at the Will County Office Building, 302 North Chicago Street,  Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 10. A wide range of items will be collected for reuse and recycling during the week, including coats, shirts, pants, neckties, hats,…

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Lewis University Recognizes Gentile, Murphy, and Schimick

Lewis University, in Romeoville, recently announced the names of  students who recently received recognition for their academic presentations or placement in college competitions, including local residents Chuckie Gentile and Andrew Murphy of Manhattan, and Rebekkah Schimick of New Lenox. •Manhattan Student Wins 12th in ACCA Calculus Competition: One of Lewis University’s student teams earned first…

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Healing and Investment Key to Growth in Our Communities, State

“Put yourself in their shoes. Have a heart.” As a member of the Illinois Senate’s budget committee on Health and Human Services, I work with my fellow legislators to understand the needs in our communities and try to match resources to meet those needs. These are never easy decisions because homelessness and housing costs, food…

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DeLuca Backs Reforms to Make Health Care More Affordable, Expand Access

Looking to drive down health care costs and expand access for families, State Rep. Anthony DeLuca recently backed an insurance reform plan that prioritizes patients by cracking down on large rate increases, banning “step therapy,” and stopping “junk insurance” plans that provide no real coverage. “These are needed reforms that recognize the challenges individuals have…

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

By Stephanie Irvine The Village of Manhattan currently doesn’t have an official farmer’s market, but the Bothwell family does the work to ensure there is a local market for people to enjoy, stating they just do it for something fun for the community. Beginning April 27, Bothwell Farms will host a weekly farmer’s market at…

Join Lightways Hospice/Serious Illness Care at Dino-mite 5K Family Fun Run

Proceeds support pediatric care program Runners from across the region are invited to the 11th annual Lightways Hospice and Serious Illness Care 5K Family Fun Run on Saturday, June 1, at the New Lenox Commons, 1 Veterans Parkway in New Lenox. The event includes a 5K run for ages 14 and older and a Dino…

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Legion Post 392 Fish Fry

Peotone American Legion Post 392 will host its last of the season monthly all-you-can-eat fish fry, on Saturday, May 11, from 4:30 to 6:30p.m. or until sold out. Tickets are $15 for either perch or catfish and include French fries, cole slaw, bread, and butter. Don’t forget delicious desserts, from the Legion Auxiliary, are available…

District Attorney John Motylinski explains how the GEMT program works with ambulance rates. Photo by Stephanie Irvine.

MFPD Fire Station Updates on Schedule

By Stephanie Irvine The Manhattan Fire Protection District Board met on April 15, whereupon the board discussed regular business and updates regarding the Manhattan and Peotone fire stations. Peotone Remodel/Manhattan New Construction Updates District Fire Chief Steve Malone reported the district is officially in Phase 2 of the Peotone Station 81 remodel, expected to be…

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Lawmakers consider tax break for news publishers, state-sponsored journalism scholarships
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As vacated Centralia funeral home prepares for new tenant, owner makes a startling find
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Illinois Supreme Court considers expectation of privacy in hospitals
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Capitol Briefs: House OKs program for student teacher stipends – but not the funding for it
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Capitol Briefs: Republicans sue over law banning legislative candidate slating
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As Medicaid redeterminations restart, about 73% of state’s recipients remain enrolled
For Many Illinoisans in Flood-Prone Areas, Buyouts Are the Only Way Out
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Stateville may close as early as September under Pritzker’s prison plan
Labor-backed bill banning 'captive audience' meetings awaits House action
Labor-backed bill banning ‘captive audience’ meetings awaits House action
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House gives OK to new state agency focused on early childhood programs

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JJC Foundation Receives Six-Figure Endowment from Alumna, Newbery Medal Winning-Author

The Joliet Junior College (JJC) Foundation has received a six-figure endowment gift from alumna and Newbery Medal Award winning-author Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. The donation will create the Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Endowed Scholarship at JJC and support students pursuing their education and personal development. Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Naylor is a 1953 alumna, long-time JJC donor, and…

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Will County Board to Hold Special Meeting May 21

The Will County Board will hold a special meeting to discuss salary increases for county board members and the countywide elected officials whose salary is set by the board. The meeting was scheduled by County Board Chairman Judy Ogalla, after receiving requests from several of the board members and elected officials to increase salaries. The…

Pictured, left to right, are: Reed-Custer Principal Chad Klover, art teacher Jessica Baron, Faurot's sister, winner Alexandrea Faurot, Reg. Supt. of Ed. Dr. Lisa Caparelli-Ruff, Plainfield East Division Chair Cortny Troy, and art teacher Elizabeth Pankau. Alexis Anderson was unavailable for the picture. –Photo submitted.

ROE Recognizes Outstanding Talent in Art Contest Scholarship

The Will County Regional Office of Education is pleased to announce winners of its inaugural Art Contest Scholarship, showcasing the remarkable creativity and talent of students across the region. In its first year, the contest is a platform for young artists to showcase their skills and imagination, with the possibility of receiving a scholarship. Organizers…

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Potts Sentenced to 10 Years for Unlawful Use of Machine Gun

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced Gralon Potts, 38, of Chicago Heights, was sentenced recently to 10 years in prison for Unlawful Use of a Weapon (a Class X Felony). Potts pled guilty and was sentenced by Circuit Judge Bertani-Tomczak. On August 12, 2023, University Park Police responded to a dispatch for a disturbance…

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Board Authorizes Ordinance to Better Serve Farming Community

On April 18, the Will County Board authorized an ordinance change to better serve its farming community. This change assists farm truck drivers by making permits available that allow for the movement of agricultural commodities, without being subject to fines they may otherwise incur. Prior to the change of this ordinance, drivers faced penalties for…

The Police Chiefs Association will hold its 43rd annual Law Enforcement Memorial Day on May 9. –Photo submitted.

Police Chiefs Association Holding Law Enforcement Memorial Day May 9

The 43rd annual Law Enforcement Memorial Day, sponsored by the Police Chiefs Association of Will County, is scheduled for Thursday, May 9. Details of the event were announced by Tracy Chapman, president of the Association and deputy director of the Forest Preserve District of Will County. The event will begin with a 10:30 a.m. Mass…

Recycled electronics and liquids were accepted at last year’s Residential Electronics and Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Event in Beecher. –Photo submitted.

Collection Event to be Held May 11 in Beecher

The Will County Land Use Department’s Resource Recovery and Energy Division will host a collection event from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, May 11, in Beecher. Electronics, hazardous waste, and liquids, including motor oil and paint, will be collected. A maximum of two TVs and 15 gallons of paint will be allowed per…

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$1 Million in Donor-Funded Scholarships Awarded to JJC Students in 2023-’24

The Joliet Junior College (JJC) Foundation has awarded $1,000,522 in donor-funded scholarships to students in the 2023-24 school year. The substantial amount awarded positions the JJC Foundation as one of the leading entities among Illinois community college foundations, emphasizing its commitment to fostering educational advancement and access. “Surpassing one million dollars in student scholarships is…

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Cervantes-Diaz Found Guilty of Child Pornography

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced Jose Ramon Cervantes-Diaz, 52, of Bolingbrook, was found guilty recently of three counts of Child Pornography (a Class 2 felony) following a bench trial before Circuit Judge Carmen Goodman. Sentencing is scheduled for July 17. In July 2021, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Chicago received information concerning an individual…

Donated items were accepted by Helping Hands during a previous Textile and Small Home Goods Collection Event at the Will County Office Building. The annual event will be held from Monday, May 6 to Friday, May 10. –Photo submitted.

Will County Holding Annual Textiles, Small Home Goods Collection May 6-10

Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant invites residents to the annual Textile and Small Home Goods Collection Event at the Will County Office Building, 302 North Chicago Street,  Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 10. A wide range of items will be collected for reuse and recycling during the week, including coats, shirts, pants, neckties, hats,…

Will County Clerk Lauren Staley Ferry will hold a lottery on May 7 to determine which political party will have top placement on November ballot. –Photo submitted.

Will County Clerk Holding Lottery to Determine Political Party for Top November Ballot Position

Will County Clerk Lauren Staley Ferry will hold a lottery at 9 a.m., on Tuesday, May 7, at the Will County Clerk’s Office, to determine which political party will receive the top ballot position in the November 5 General Election. The chairs of the established political parties have been notified about the lottery, and they…

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JJC Announces Outstanding Faculty Award Winners

Joliet Junior College has named Dr. Jeff Bradford and Charlotte Garrabrant the 2024 Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Member and Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member, respectively. Dr. Bradford is a professor in the technical department, while Garrabrant teaches in the EMS/fire science program. Both were submitted for consideration to the Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA) outstanding faculty…