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Monee Police Blotter: January 3 – 7

January 3, at approximately 11:36 p.m., Monee Police Officers discovered an unoccupied vehicle at Main Street just east of Egyptian Trail, with obvious signs of being involved in an accident. Officers conducted an investigation that resulted in the arrest of Kaitlyn Schmidt, 28, of Monee, for leaving the scene of an accident. Schmidt was cited……

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Beecher Police Blotter: December 19 – January 1

Disclaimer: Charges against each defendant are merely accusations, with all defendants presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. December 19, Terry Stinnett, 54, of the 12600 block of Tall Oaks Drive, Cedar Lake, Indiana, was stopped at Dixie Highway and Miller Street for having an obstructed license plate, which the officer could……

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Investigation Results in Monee Arrests

On Wednesday, January 10, at approximately 6 a.m., Monee Police Investigators, along with Illinois Department of Corrections Parole Agents, conducted a joint investigation in the 5400 block of W. Mulberry Lane, Monee. The investigation resulted in the arrest of Melissa Weeks, 44, and Gabriel Alvarez, 21. Weeks was charged with possession of a controlled substance……

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Peotone Police Blotter December 22 – January 4

December 29, Peotone Officers responded to a report of a traffic accident at Harlem Avenue and Crawford Street. Upon arrival, both drivers advised there were no injuries. An officer completed an accident report, and all parties left the scene. December 30, Peotone Officers were requested to Berkot’s for a theft in progress. Upon arrival, the……

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Monee Police Blotter: December 30 – January 1

December 30, at approximately 8:11 p.m., a traffic stop in the 25900 block of Governors Highway resulted in the arrest of Rebecca Navarro, 36, of the 300 block of Mulberry Street, Manteno, for driving with an expired registration sticker and a suspended driver’s license. Navarro was cited and released with a notice to appear. December……

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Occupational Cancer is Killing Fire Fighters

January is Fire Fighter Cancer Awareness Month, a time when local fire service organizations educate fire fighters about prevention and survival. Occupational cancer is claiming the lives of more fire fighters than any other cause, including fires and other on-scene incidents. The Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois (AFFI), an affiliate of the International Association of……

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O’Brien Sentenced to 10 Years in 2019 Wife’s Attempted First Degree Murder Stabbing

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced Patrick O’Brien, 63, of Naperville, was sentenced recently by Circuit Judge John Connor to 10 years in prison in the attempted first degree murder of his wife. O’Brien was found guilty August 29, of Attempt First Degree Murder (a Class X felony) and Aggravated Domestic Battery (a Class……

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Peotone Police Blotter: December 15 – 17

December 15, Peotone Police were dispatched to McDonald’s, 701 Oriole Drive, in reference to an unwanted subject. Upon arrival, the officer made contact with the subject, a white male, known to be barred from that location. The officer issued a Village Ordinance Citation for trespassing and a court date. December 17, Peotone Police were requested……

Fire and police personnel, ambulances, a medical helicopter, plus heavy-duty tow trucks all were involved in safely extricating a victim trapped in the truck's cab after an accident at Rt. 394 and Goodenow Road. –Photo by Jim Piacentini.

Vehicle Accident with Injury at Rt. 394/Goodenow Road

On Monday, December 18, at 8:13 a.m., the Crete Township Fire Protection District was dispatched for a reported vehicle accident with injuries at Rt. 394 and Goodenow Road. The original dispatch consisted of a still alarm response from Crete Township, which included two ambulances, one engine, and one chief officer. The first unit arrived on……

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Beecher Police Blotter: December 14 – 16

Disclaimer: Charges against each defendant are merely accusations, with all defendants presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. December 14, Venessa Gradowski, 38, of the 1700 block of Prentiss Drive, Downers Grove, was arrested after officers were called to 1121 Dixie Highway for a retail theft call. She was charged with retail……

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Peotone Police Blotter: December 8 – 10

December 8, a Peotone Police Officer effected a traffic stop on a vehicle for having expired registration. Upon verifying the driver’s license it was found to be suspended. The officer placed driver Ruiz under arrest, and the vehicle was towed. Ruiz was processed and issued two citations: Driving while license suspended and operating a vehicle……

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Beecher Police Blotter: November 28 – December 6

Disclaimer: Charges against each defendant are merely accusations, with all defendants presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. November 28, Logan Young, 24, of the 1500 block of County Road 7080, West Plains, Missouri, was stopped at Dixie Highway and Chestnut Lane for having an expired registration and found to have a……

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Monee Police Blotter: December 5 – 11

December 5, at approximately 3:20 p.m., a traffic stop resulted in the arrest of Daveon Smith, 21, of the 1100 block of W. Merchant Street, Kankakee, for driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license. Smith was cited and released with a notice to appear. December 7, at approximately 3:17 p.m., officers responded to a……

Former Illinois State Police trooper who pleaded guilty in relation to deadly crash postpones hearing

Peotone Police Blotter: December 1 – 7

December 1, Peotone Police have received multiple calls referencing suspicious person/s in the area. It has been determined these are field crews for the Peotone Township Assessor’s Office, who are measuring outside of homes and all parcel improvements. For additional information, please read the Notice from the Assessor’s Office on the Village of Peotone Facebook……

Monee Police Blotter: November 28 – December 1

November 28, at approximately 5:35 p.m., a traffic stop resulted in the arrest of Antoine Monroe, 26, of the 2700 block of W. Potomac, for driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, operating an uninsured vehicle, and failing to yield. Monroe was cited and released with a notice to appear. November 29, at approximately……

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School Safety Summit 2024: ‘Preparedness and Prevention’

The Will County Regional Office of Education, in collaboration with the DuPage Regional Office of Education, Education Innovation Service Center, and NISSAA – Northern Illinois School Safety Administrator Association, is proud to announce the inaugural School Safety Summit to be held in Will County – a dedicated event focused on bolstering school and community resilience……

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Will County Launches Long Term Planning Effort for Transportation

“Our Way Forward” plan will serve as a 25-year roadmap for transportation projects. Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant and the Will County Division of Transportation announced the county is embarking on a long-term planning effort to guide the next 25 years of transportation projects. The “Our Way Forward 2050 Long Range Transportation Plan” will incorporate……

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Dr. Clyne G. H. Namuo Appointed to Association of Community College Trustees Advisory Committee

Dr. Clyne G. H. Namuo, 10th president of Joliet Junior College, recently was appointed to the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Advisory Committee of Presidents. The ACCT advisory committee of presidents was established to ensure chief executives have a voice in recommending and evaluating educational programs offered by ACCT and is represented by four……

Christina Kupkowski (in the middle) answered questions about the PEL study and the Wilmington-Peotone Road. –Photo by Karen Haave.

Seeking Public Input for Future Wilmington-Peotone Road Improvements

By Karen Haave Planners for the Will County Department of Highways don’t know exactly what improvements will be needed for Wilmington-Peotone Road in the future, but they are pretty sure something will be needed. To that end, they are seeking input from residents and those who frequently travel the 22-mile corridor from Drecksler Road in……

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O’Brien Sentenced to 10 Years in 2019 Wife’s Attempted First Degree Murder Stabbing

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced Patrick O’Brien, 63, of Naperville, was sentenced recently by Circuit Judge John Connor to 10 years in prison in the attempted first degree murder of his wife. O’Brien was found guilty August 29, of Attempt First Degree Murder (a Class X felony) and Aggravated Domestic Battery (a Class……

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Will County Coordinating with Municipalities, State on Texas Bus Arrivals

The Will County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is working to provide information and coordinate with municipalities and state agencies as the Chicagoland region is experiencing an increase in buses transporting asylum-seekers from the State of Texas. “Our municipalities have seen an increase in buses from Texas disembarking passengers at Metra stations and other locations throughout……

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Solar Farm Near Frankfort Rejected By Will County Board

By Stephen Nelson After listening to an hour and a half of negative public comment from residents near a proposed solar farm on West 104th Street at the end of Kuse Road in Green Garden Township, the Will County Board at its December 21 meeting, voted almost unanimously (16-1) to deny a special use permit for……

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Former School Bus Driver Christian Shepherd Sentenced to 74 Years in Murder-for-Hire Plot

Shepherd previously sentenced to 76 Years in second murder-for-hire plot. Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced that Christian Shepherd, 44, of Ottawa, was sentenced recently by Circuit Judge David Carlson to 74 years in prison in a murder-for-hire plot in which he attempted to hire a fellow inmate to murder a victim he was……

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Will County Seeks Public Input on Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant is asking the public to participate in a survey that will help the county identify infrastructure needs for electric and other alternative fuel vehicles. The survey results will support a comprehensive plan to prepare the county to proactively meet growing demand for sustainable transportation options. “There is a fast-growing demand……

Pictured with State’s Attorney James Glasgow is Victim Witness Advocate Emma Rannells, who received the Diane Mains Award from the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM) –Photo submitted.

Emma Rannells Receives AAIM Service Award

State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced that Victim Witness Advocate Emma Rannells has received the Diane Mains Award from the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM) for her dedication in assisting impaired driving crash victims and their families. “In addition to prosecuting impaired driving cases, my office provides victims much-needed support throughout the criminal justice process,” Glasgow……

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Will County Animal Control Offering Free Microchipping in December

The Will County Animal Control Department is offering free microchipping services to dogs and cats owned by county residents throughout December as part of their “Home for the Holidays” Program. “We’re hoping to incentivize pet owners to microchip their pets,” said Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant. “Having pets microchipped, with updated tags, helps ensure they……

Will County Clerk Lauren Staley Ferry is excited about the new Will County state-of-the-art election equipment that will be in place for the 2024 elections. –Photo submitted.

Will County Clerk Holds Lottery Determining Primary Top Candidate Ballot Spots

Will County Clerk Lauren Staley Ferry held a lottery on Wednesday, December 13, to determine which candidates will appear in the top ballot position in certain races in the March 19, Primary Election. The lottery, held in the Will County Board Room, involved those candidates who filed petitions simultaneously at the start of the business……

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Winter weather expected in much of Illinois this week

Winter weather expected in much of Illinois this week

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS news@capitolnewsillinois.com Much of Illinois is expecting its first major snowstorm of the season this week. The National Weather Service in Chicago on Monday issued a winter weather advisory for northeastern Illinois, including Chicago, and a winter weather warning for much of northwestern Illinois. Parts of central Illinois will also see some……

State health department warns respiratory illnesses are on the rise

State health department warns respiratory illnesses are on the rise

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS news@capitolnewsillinois.com Cases of COVID-19, flu and RSV are “circulating widely,” according to the Illinois Department of Public Health and officials in the department are urging people to exercise caution and get vaccinated if they are able. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that as of Dec. 30, 18……

Illinois Supreme Court considers constitutional questions in 2019 murder case

Illinois Supreme Court considers constitutional questions in 2019 murder case

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS news@capitolnewsillinois.com The Illinois Supreme Court this spring will decide whether law enforcement should have read a woman her Miranda rights during an investigation into her son’s death. Macon County mother Jessica Logan and her legal team hope to overturn her 2021 conviction in which a jury found her guilty of murdering……

SCOTUS denies one appeal of assault weapons ban while another waits in the wings

SCOTUS denies one appeal of assault weapons ban while another waits in the wings

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com SPRINGFIELD – The U.S. Supreme Court has denied one request to review the Illinois assault weapon ban, but many believe the court is more likely to take up another challenge to the law later this year. The high court turned down a request by Republican State Rep.……

Illinois Supreme Court weighs admissibility of ‘reenactment’ in murder case

Illinois Supreme Court weighs admissibility of ‘reenactment’ in murder case

By ANDREW ADAMS  Capitol News Illinois aadams@capitolnewsillinois.com In October 2019, Jessica Logan’s 19-month old son died.  Less than two weeks later, police and an investigator from the state’s Department of Child and Family Services met Logan at her Decatur home and gave her a “toddler size mannequin” before telling her to reenact finding the lifeless……

State opens migrant shelter, Pritzker talks supplemental spending plan

State opens migrant shelter, Pritzker talks supplemental spending plan

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS news@capitolnewsillinois.com The state opened another shelter for migrants in Chicago on Wednesday, its latest step in dealing with an influx of more than 30,000 asylum seekers sent to Illinois from states on the southern U.S. Border since summer 2022. The new shelter is slated to host about 220 migrants in a……

Illinois Supreme Court to determine if cannabis odor can be cause for vehicle search

Illinois Supreme Court to determine if cannabis odor can be cause for vehicle search

By DILPREET RAJU Capitol News Illinois draju@capitolnewsillinois.com The Illinois Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday as to whether the smell of cannabis alone is grounds for police officers to search a vehicle, marking a test of the state’s 2020 recreational marijuana legalization law.  The court heard two consolidated cases of individuals who were in vehicles that……

State awards over $10 million to Southern Illinois Healthcare Cancer Institute

State awards over $10 million to Southern Illinois Healthcare Cancer Institute

BY CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS news@capitolnewsillinois.com A $10 million state grant will help complete an expansion of cancer treatment services in southern Illinois. The grant was awarded as part of the Rebuild Illinois infrastructure program to the Southern Illinois Healthcare Cancer Institute to complete an expansion of the Carterville facility. In addition, the facility was awarded……

Illinois proposal calls for expanding vote-by-mail

Illinois proposal calls for expanding vote-by-mail

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com URBANA – As the 2024 election season draws near, voters in Illinois will once again choose whether they want to cast their ballots in person or by mail. But one lawmaker is proposing a bill in the Illinois House that could make that decision a lot easier, making……

As online DMV services plagued by no-shows, secretary of state launches changes

As online DMV services plagued by no-shows, secretary of state launches changes

By ANDREW ADAMS Capitol News Illinois aadams@capitolnewsillinois.com  Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias launched an online appointment system in September for Illinois drivers needing to come to a driver’s services facility, ostensibly to reduce wait times.  The “Skip-The-Line” program introduced upgrades to the secretary of state’s website as well as a shift in policy, requiring appointments to……

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Head to Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Bolingbrook starting January 3 for a Fill the Frame photo program. Pick your frame, take your shot, and submit it for a photo exhibit in February. –Photo by Forest Preserve staff, Suzy Lyttle.

Kick-off New Year with Forest Preserve Photo, Bird Hike, PJ Party Programs

Here are the Forest Preserve District of Will County programs for the week of January 2. Online registration is available on the Event Calendar at ReconnectWithNature.org. Fill the Frame, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, plus noon-4 p.m. on Sundays, from January 3 – 28, Hidden Oaks Nature Center, Bolingbrook: Bring your phone or camera and……

This lithograph titled “Towards Arctic Shores,” by artist Lars Jonsson of Sweden, is one of 60 works of art that will be on display during a “Birds in Art” exhibition at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Plum Creek Nature Center in Crete Township from January 2 through February 25. –Photo courtesy of Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.

‘Birds in Art’ Exhibition Begins January 2 at Plum Creek Nature Center

Paintings, sculptures, and graphics created by an international cast of artists will be on display during a “Birds in Art” exhibition this winter at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Plum Creek Nature Center in Crete Township. The 60 works of art are part of a traveling exhibition culled from the larger “Birds in……

The Forest Preserve District of Will County is working to extend paths and connect communities via the countywide trial system. The district’s operations committee recently approved measures that will pave the way for three more trail projects, including an extension of the Plum Creek Greenway Trail. –Photo by Forest Preserve staff, Anthony Schalk.

Forest Preserve District of Will County Headlines

Here are the latest headlines from the Forest Preserve District of Will County… Making connections: Forest Preserve’s countywide trail network continues to grow. The Forest Preserve’s operations committee took action recently that will pave the way for more trail projects as the district works to connect and extend the countywide trail system. Construction oversight is……

Immerse yourself in the history of famous explorers Joliet and Marquette by signing up for Quest: A Joliet and Marquette Adventure for Families on December 28, at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville. Bring family or friends or meet someone new as you put yourself in the explorers’ shoes. –Photo courtesy of Alamy.

Joliet, Marquette Adventure Highlights Forest Preserve’s Christmas Week Programs

Here are the Forest Preserve District of Will County programs for the week of December 25. Online registration is available on the Event Calendar at ReconnectWithNature.org. Four Rivers Story Trail, from 8 a.m. to sunset, December 26 – January 9, Four Rivers Environmental Education Center, Channahon: Read the story “Best in Snow” along the trail……

Search for owls during an Owl Prowl for Adults on December 16 at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Messenger Woods Nature Preserve in Homer Township. –Photo by Forest Preserve staff, Glenn P. Knoblock.

Prowl for Owls or Take a Hike with the Forest Preserve District

Here are the Forest Preserve District of Will County programs for the week of December 11. Online program registration is available on the Event Calendar at ReconnectWithNature.org. Golden Opportunities After Hours, from 4-6:30 p.m., Thursday, December 14, plus from 4-6 p.m., Saturday, December 16, Four Rivers Environmental Education Center, Channahon: View the “Golden Opportunity: Botanical……

Take a virtual birding hike by tuning in to the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Birding in the Preserves Zoom webinar December 7. –Photo by Forest Preserve staff, Glenn P. Knoblock.

Forest Preserve Programs Feature Holiday Crafts, a Virtual Hike, and More

Here are Forest Preserve District of Will County program offerings for the week of December 4, with online registration available on the Event Calendar at ReconnectWithNature.org. Volunteer Morning, from 9 a.m.-noon, Tuesday, December 5, Sugar Creek Preserve, Joliet: Get some fresh air and exercise, while helping to make a difference in your community. Activities include……

Check out the UV light experience room at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon to learn more about how insects, birds, and other creatures see the world in a different light. –Photo by Forest Preserve staff, Anthony Schalk.

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Black Friday sale, Museum Store Sunday, UV Light Room and Balanced Budget Here are the latest Forest Preserve District of Will County headlines… Shop the Black Friday sale to support nature and get 25 percent off all online Forest Preserve merchandise: The Forest Preserve District’s Black Friday sale runs from noon on Wednesday, November 22,……

Visitors explore the All-Persons Trail at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon. Four Rivers recently received the National Inclusion Project’s first accreditation for a nature center in the country. –Photo by Forest Preserve staff, Cindy Cain.

Four Rivers Receives National Inclusion Project’s First Nature Center Accreditation in the Country

Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon is the first nature center in the country to receive accreditation as an inclusive facility from the National Inclusion Project. The National Inclusion Project Accredited Program status, announced on Monday, November 13, means Four Rivers has met the standards set by the organization for inclusive practices for individuals……

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Forest Preserve District’s 2024 Dog Park Permits on Sale

Get an early holiday treat for your pup by buying a 2024 Forest Preserve District of Will County dog park permit. Dog park permits went on sale Wednesday, November 1, and are good for the remainder of 2023 and all of 2024. The permits may be used at all six Forest Preserve off-leash dog parks,……

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