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Peotone Police Blotter: January 31

Gail Young, 44, of Chicago Heights, was arrested on January 31, at 4:41 a.m., for driving while license is suspended, operating a vehicle with suspended registration, and no insurance. Young was released on bond pending a court appearance. Cyrus Smith, 21, of Jacksonville, Florida, was arrested on January 31, at 10:34 p.m., for operating a…

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Monee Police Blotter: January 23 – 29

January 23, at approximately 9 a.m., officers responded to a traffic crash involving a school bus on Monee-Manhattan Road at I-57. Adolph Lara, 45, of Frankfort, was cited for following too closely after striking the rear of the bus. Fortunately, the 17 elementary school children reported no injuries to paramedics on the scene. Mr. Lara…

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Beecher Police Blotter: January 11 – 29

Disclaimer: Charges against each defendant are merely an accusation, with all defendants presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. January 11, Tony Adams, 31, of the 900 block of N. Cleveland, Kankakee, was stopped at Dixie Highway and Hodges Street for a vehicle equipment violation and found to have a suspended driver’s…

A semi and car accident just west of the I57 interchange in peotone shut down traffic for hours. Occupants of the vehicle were transported to local hospitals. Photo by Jim Piacentini.

Crash Shut Down Traffic For Hours

On January 25, an accident at the at I-57 southbound ramp and Peotone/Wilmington Road occurred at 4:39 p.m. Peotone Police and Fire were dispatched to a semi vs. passenger car accident. Occupants from the passenger car were all transported to local hospitals, but the driver from the semi-truck was uninjured. The semi-truck went off the…

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Shooting in Beecher

On January 30, Beecher Police Officers were summoned to the 200 block of Woodward for a report of a man shot. When officers arrived, they found the victim, who had been shot. It was learned the victim and the offender are acquainted, but the offender had fled the scene after the shooting. The Will County…

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Peotone Police Blotter: January 20 – 25

January 20, Victor Rodriguez, 28, of Matteson, was arrested at 7:35 p.m., for speeding 64-mph in a 40-mph zone and operating a motor vehicle with no valid license. Rodriguez was released on bond pending a court appearance. January 20, Cyrus Smith, 21, of Orland Park, was arrested at 10:45 p.m., for operating a vehicle with…

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Get Tickets Now for The Blue Gala

The People of Kankakee County is hosting The Blue Gala, a Policeman’s Ball, on Saturday, March 25, at the Quality Inn, in Bradley. Tickets are now available at Joy’s Hallmark in Meadowview, Candy and Cake in Bourbonnais, plus at the Quality Inn front desk. Tickets also may be purchased through Eventbrite. The Gala includes dinner…

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Beecher Police Blotter: January 14 – 21

Disclaimer: Charges against each defendant are merely accusations, with all defendants presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. January 14, Robert Travis, 46, of the 1000 block of 83rd Street, Chicago, was stopped for having a suspended vehicle registration at Indiana and Racine Avenues and also found to have a revoked driver’s…

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Monee Police Blotter: January 16 – 21

January 16, at approximately 11 a.m., officers took a burglary report in the 4900 block of Ribbon Drive. The residence was under construction when someone entered through a broken basement window and took a few items. Investigations is following up. January 17, at approximately 8 a.m., a Park Forest resident reported being attacked by coworkers…

Left to right are Superintendent Mark Mitchell, State’s Attorney James Glasgow, and Police Chief Todd Lyons at the recent Flock camera check presentation. –Photo submitted.

Glasgow Joins District 255 in Donating $10,000 to Braidwood for Flock Safety Cameras

Contributions to Public-Private Partnership Initiative reach $100,000. State’s Attorney James Glasgow and Reed-Custer School District 255 Superintendent Mark Mitchell each presented $5,000 contributions to Braidwood Police Chief Todd Lyons for the purchase of four Flock Safety cameras at the January 18 school board meeting. Glasgow established this countywide public-private partnership program to encourage communities throughout…

Trustee Chuck Rakis models an Angel Sense scrunchie with Chief Koerner. –Photo submitted.

New Program in Monee Helps Locate Lost Loved Ones

By Karen Haave A new program underway in Monee will make it easier for the police department to locate senior citizens and those with cognitive challenges when they go missing. AngelSense is a Global Positioning System especially designed for those who may be autistic or suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia, Down Syndrome, or other cognitive diseases. …

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Peotone Police Blotter: January 13 – 17

Stephen Romascan, 62, of Peotone, was arrested on January 13 for DUI, breath alcohol count over 0.08 percent, flee/attempt to elude police officer, improper lane usage, and illegal transportation of open alcohol. Romascan was released on bond pending a court appearance. Meghann Henry, 36, of Bradley, was arrested on January 17 for driving while registration…

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Monee Police Blotter: January 3 – 14

January 3, between 4:30 and 9 a.m., officers took reports of eight motor vehicle burglaries in the Amazon lot. Around 4:30 a.m., video shows a subject breaking car windows and rifling through them. Investigators are following up on the video leads. Between December 27 and January 3, a total of 20 cars suffered damage and/or…

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Beecher Police Blotter: January 6 – 14

Disclaimer: Charges against defendants are merely accusations, with all defendants presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. January 6, David Noriega, 50, of the 4400 block of S. Mozart, Chicago, was stopped at Dixie Highway and Hunters Drive for having a suspended vehicle registration and found to have a revoked driver’s license.…

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Peotone Man Charged with 19 Counts of Child Pornography

By Stephen Nelson A Peotone man was arrested by Bourbonnais Police on Monday, January 9, and faces 19 counts of child pornography. If convicted, 35-year-old Michael L. Mathis faces anywhere from six-to-30 years in prison for each count. Fifteen of the 19 counts are for dissemination which are class X felonies, which are considered to…

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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

Bill seeks to cap pay for diversity employees at Department of Defense

Bill seeks to cap pay for diversity employees at Department of Defense

Congressman wants to impeach DHS secretary over border crisis

Congressman wants to impeach DHS secretary over border crisis

Democratic El Paso judge testifies 'there is no open border in El Paso'

Democratic El Paso judge testifies ‘there is no open border in El Paso’

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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.…

Danita Morgan attends the Problem Solving Court Graduation, along with State’s Attorney William Glasgow. –Photo submitted.

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

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Capitol News

Illinois’ biometric privacy law strengthened by latest high court ruling

Illinois’ biometric privacy law strengthened by latest high court ruling

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – People who’ve been subject to fingerprinting, face or retinal scans as either employees or customers of Illinois companies have five years to file lawsuits if they believe the business violated a stringent state privacy law, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled this week. It’s the latest in…

Report pushes for greater focus on teacher recruitment and retention amid shortages

Report pushes for greater focus on teacher recruitment and retention amid shortages

By NIKA SCHOONOVER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Illinois schools are still grappling with a teacher shortage that seems to only be getting worse, a recent survey by the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools shows. This mirrors the state’s own data, which shows Illinois’ teacher shortage is at the highest level in…

Pritzker seeks more info on AP African American Studies course

Pritzker seeks more info on AP African American Studies course

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker this week asked the College Board for more information about its reasoning for changing the final framework of a new Advanced Placement course in African American studies after it had been criticized by Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. “Although we are pleased to…

Illinois’ COVID-19 disaster proclamation to end in May

Illinois’ COVID-19 disaster proclamation to end in May

By HANNAH MEISEL Capitol news Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Exactly 38 months after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, Illinois will no longer be under a disaster proclamation as of May 11, Gov. JB Pritzker announced Tuesday. That’s the same day President Joe Biden will end the national public health emergency, which…

CAPITOL RECAP: Gun lawsuit restraining order remains in place

CAPITOL RECAP: Gun lawsuit restraining order remains in place

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS SPRINGFIELD — A temporary restraining order that partially blocks Illinois’ new assault weapons ban from being enforced will remain in place after a divided state appellate court panel’s ruling Tuesday. The restraining order was issued Jan. 20 by Effingham County Circuit Judge Joshua Morrison, but it applies only to the 800…

Appellate court upholds restraining order on assault weapons ban

Appellate court upholds restraining order on assault weapons ban

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A temporary restraining order that partially blocks Illinois’ new assault weapons ban from being enforced will remain in place after a divided state appellate court panel’s ruling Tuesday. The restraining order was issued Jan. 20 by Effingham County Circuit Judge Joshua Morrison, but it applies only…

Tony Sanders to become state superintendent of education

Tony Sanders to become state superintendent of education

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education announced Tuesday that Elgin-based School District U-46 Superintendent Tony Sanders will become the next state superintendent of education. Sanders, 53, will succeed Carmen Ayala, who announced in November that she would retire effective Jan. 31. ISBE said Sanders will take…

Amid ‘unprecedented’ prolonged revenue boom, state finds budget breathing room

Amid ‘unprecedented’ prolonged revenue boom, state finds budget breathing room

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Sustained higher-than-predicted state tax revenues have in recent months given lawmakers a level of budgeting flexibility that is, at least in modern times, without precedent in a state with a reputation for perilous finances. For the current fiscal year and the one before it, that’s led…

‘Omnibus’ health care bill passed amid criticisms

‘Omnibus’ health care bill passed amid criticisms

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A law recently signed by Gov. JB Pritzker will extend the deadline for the state to transfer criminal defendants deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial from jail to a mental hospital. That same bill, House Bill 240, also gives nursing homes in Illinois two more years…

Veteran Statehouse reporter Hannah Meisel joins Capitol News Illinois reporting team

Veteran Statehouse reporter Hannah Meisel joins Capitol News Illinois reporting team

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS [email protected] Longtime Statehouse reporter Hannah Meisel has joined the Capitol News Illinois team as a full-time state government and politics reporter. She’s had a number of assignments covering the Statehouse and Illinois government since the 2014 legislative session, most recently serving as Statehouse editor for NPR Illinois from 2020 until after…

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February is Black History Month and to mark the occasion, the Forest Preserve District of Will County will explore the life of Jean Baptiste Point du Sable during a Zoom Webinar on February 16. –Photo via Shutterstock.

Forest Preserve Programs Feature Black History Month, Snowshoeing, Owl Painting

The Forest Preserve District of Will County offers a wide variety of programs year-round. Online registration is available on the Event Calendar at ReconnectWithNature.org. Here is the lineup… Rivers of Colors – Winter Greens, from 1-2:15 p.m., Saturday, February 11, Four Rivers Environmental Education Center, Channahon: Enjoy a short hike and discover the magic of…

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in February with a variety of activities scheduled by the Forest Preserve District of Will County. Programs range from the language of flowers to a meet-up for singles. Couples can take lantern-lit hikes and toast s’mores by a campfire. Find out more at ReconnectWithNature.org. –Photo by Forest Preserve staff, Glenn P. Knoblock.

Love in the Air at Forest Preserve District

With Valentine’s Day approaching, the Forest Preserve District of Will County has scheduled several programs that celebrate the sweeties we have or the ones we hope to find. Take a lantern-lit hike with your valentine, attend a singles mingle, or grab a gal pal and mix some mocktails. Online program registration is available on the…

The Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville will host the ‘Journey Stories’ Exhibition February 1 through April 30. The exhibit, which explores how movement has shaped the nation, is from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. –Photo courtesy of the Church Archives, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Smithsonian ‘Journey Stories’ Exhibition Travels to Isle a la Cache Museum

Step into an explorer’s shoes, create a travel journal, or pedal the I&M Canal Trail, as Isle a la Cache Museum hosts an exhibition focusing on how movement has shaped the nation. The Smithsonian Institution’s traveling “Journey Stories” Exhibition opened Wednesday, February 1, and runs through Sunday, April 30. The exhibition encourages dialogue and engagement…

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.…

The Forest Preserve District of Will County invites bird enthusiasts to take a virtual bird hike through a forest preserve on February 2 or sign up for an in-person hike on February 4 at Monee Reservoir. –Photo by Forest Preserve staff, Glenn P. Knoblock.

Forest Preserve Hosts Coloring Contest, Bird Programs, ‘Language of Flowers’ Webinar

Forest Preserve District of Will County programs in February include a Hidden Oaks Coloring Contest, Zoom webinars on birding and the “language” of flowers, a bird hike, plus a volunteer opportunity. Register online on the Event Calendar at ReconnectWithNature.org. Here is the lineup… Hidden Oaks Coloring Contest: from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Wednesday, February 1 –…

Suzy Lyttle, host of the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s ‘Buzz’ nature show, will talk about river otters and snowy owls on January’s episode of the program. The show debuts on Wednesday, January 25, on Facebook and YouTube. –Photo by Forest Preserve staff, Chad Merda.

Snowy Owls, River Otters Highlight Forest Preserve’s ‘Buzz’ Nature Show

A new season of “The Buzz,” the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s monthly nature show, kicks off in 2023 by highlighting animal survival tactics in winter, migration patterns of snowy owls, and the comeback story of river otters. The show debuts at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 25, on the Forest Preserve’s Facebook and YouTube…

Shorewood resident Joe Viola’s photo of a turkey vulture at Rock Run Rookery in Joliet won first place in the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s 2022 Preserve the Moment Photo Contest. The vulture picture was a monthly finalist photo that won the overall contest after receiving the most votes on Facebook. –Photo courtesy of Joe Viola.

Vulture Photo Victorious in Forest Preserve’s 2022 Photo Contest

Shorewood resident Joe Viola’s turkey vulture photo was the big winner in the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s 2022 Preserve the Moment photo contest. Viola’s vulture picture was one of eight monthly finalists chosen throughout the course of the contest from May through December. His photo went on to win the overall contest after…

Grab a favorite mug and a can of chili or soup and take part in the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Soup-er Chili Hike to the Bridge program on January 21 at Plum Creek Nature Center in Crete Township. –Photo by Forest Preserve staff, Chad Merda.

Explore Snow, Animal Tracks, and Fluoride with Forest Preserve District

January Forest Preserve District of Will County programs will brighten these gloomy days of winter. Sign up to hike to the big bridge near Plum Creek Nature Center, learn to track animals, or make your own toothpaste! Online registration is available on the Event Calendar at ReconnectWithnature.org. Here is the lineup… Rivers of Color –…

The Forest Preserve District of Will County’s most popular wedding venue will host a wedding open house on January 28 at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon. Learn how to have an eco-friendly wedding and more about the venue during the event. –Photo courtesy of Griff Photography.

Forest Preserve Hosting Wedding Open House, Craft, Meditation Programs

Learn how to have an eco-friendly wedding and more about the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s popular Four Rivers Environmental Education Center event space during a Wedding Open House on January 28. Other upcoming programs feature the history of taxidermy, coloring to reduce stress with mandalas, and craft programs involving dioramas for kids and…

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