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Peotone School Board Approves Tax Levy

By Andrea Arens Several Peotone School Board meetings and presentations were held prior to approval of the 2023 tax levy. The final tax hearing was held, and there was no commentary, with the levy approved unanimously thereafter. Inflation was higher than the property tax extension limitation law of 5 percent, so the district requested the…

Peotone wrestlers pose after a good showing at the recent tourney in Lyons Township. Left to right are: Shea O’Connor, who placed fifth; Jimmy O’Connor - first; Jonah Young - first; Robert Bennett - first; Emerson Gall - fifth; Hector Estrada - fifth; Gemma Breheny - fourth; and Kennedy Hogan - first. –Photo submitted.

PJHS Wrestlers Do Well in Tourney!

Recently, the Peotone Junior High School Wrestling Team traveled to a tournament in Lyons Township and took fifth place as a team. Peotone had 14 wrestlers and averaged 12 team points per wrestler, which was the best record out of all 9 teams! In total, the junior high wrestlers came home with 4 first place…

Madi Schroeder and Coach Steve Strough are all smiles after she joined the elite 1,000 Point Club. Congratulations, Madi!!! –Photo submitted.

Madi Schroeder Joins 1,000 Point Club!

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PHS’s Veltman Signs Indiana Wesleyan University Commitment

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PHS’s Schroeder Signs Basketball Commitment


PHS Veteran’s Day Assembly

Quin Price, cast as Elle Woods, take a bow along with the cast on Saturday November 10. Legally Blonde ran shows on November 9, 10, and 11. Photo by Dexter Arens.

PHS Presents Legally Blonde

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State Report Cards Reveal Chronic Absenteeism a Concern

By Andrea Arens The state report cards were released this week and, while there were gains in academic achievement, it revealed the state still has a chronic absenteeism issue. Pre-pandemic absenteeism was at 17.5 percent. Currently, the rate is 28.7 percent, which is down slightly from last year’s 30 percent. Illinois state superintendent Tony Sanders…

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PHS Senior Night Honors Band Members

Matt Gromala is the son of Kim and Dan Gromala and a four-year member of the marching band. One of Matt’s favorite memories was being able to play in the Jazz band. After high school, he plans on going into the trades. Finn Malloy, son of Victoria and Luke Malloy, is a four-year member of…

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Blue Devil Dance, Football Managers Honored at Senior Night

Dance Molly Hennke is the daughter of  Jeannette and Robert Hennke and is a three-year member of the dance team. Molly’s favorite memory always will be having danced with her good friends. After high school, Molly wants to be a singer and dancer. Football – Managers Payton Bean is the daughter of Wendy and Shawn…

PHS Best Buddies competed in the Boilermaker games and brought home the wins! –Photo submitted.

PHS Best Buddies Brought Home the Hardware

The PHS Best Buddies competed October 3, in The BBCHS Boilermaker Games and brought home the hardware! Let’s go through their amazing accomplishments. They won the 2023 Team Banner Award and came in first place in the Team Relay Competition, which consisted of Charlie “The Jet” Tucker, Mark Jones, Alicia Hunding, and Mariah “Wheels” Young!…

Pictured from left to right: Carol Zurales, Steve Stein, Brandon Owens, and Wendy Bean. Photo courtesy 207U.

207-U Superintendent Announces Retirement and Replacement

By Andrea Arens Superintendent Steve Stein announced his retirement commencing on July 1, 2024, at the September 25 board meeting. Stein has been with the district for 11 years. Current Director of Curriculum and Instruction Brandon Owens will step into the role as Superintendent. Current Peotone Elementary Principal Carol Zurales will step into Owens’ role…

Manteno's Alyssa Singleton, #15, goes in for a score despite the efforts of Blue Devils #12 Allie Walsh and #3 Addie Grasseo. –Photo by Jim Piacentini.

Lady Devils Take 48-32 Win Over Rival Lady Panthers

In Manteno on Thursday, January 11, the Lady Blue Devils faced their rival, the Lady Panthers, in a game that began quite closely, as each team exchanged baskets. But, then the Blue Devils started to take off, and the first quarter ended with Peotone leading 17-10. At the half, Manteno had cut into Peotone’s lead,…

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Blue Devils Roll with Four-in-a-Row

The Blue Devils won their fourth in a row with a thrilling 60-52, come-from-behind victory over visiting Dwight on Wednesday, January 10. The Devils were down 27-3 at the end of the first quarter, with Dwight hitting seven 3’s in that opening quarter. At the half, it was 36-18, Dwight. The second half, though, was…

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Blue Devils Take Wilmington 42-37

On Friday, January 5, the Peotone Blue Devils varsity basketball team began the new year on an upbeat note, taking conference rival Wilmington 42-37. The Blue Devils gave their fans something to cheer about as they led from start to finish. On the night, Ruben Velasco led the team with 15 points and 7 rebounds,…

Lady Devils emerged victorious. Photo by Jim Piacentini.

Lady Blue Devils Battle to Tourney Championship

By Jim Piacentini In tournament competition, after beating Southland College Prep on December 27 (45-13) and Reed-Custer (45-22) on Thursday, December 28, the Peotone Lady Blue Devils faced Plainfield South in the tourney championship game on Friday, December 29. It was a tight game, but Peotone prevailed and took the championship, 47-45. The game started…

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Blue Devils Win Consolation Bracket at Holiday Tourney

On Thursday, December 28, in the second day of the Kankakee Holiday Tournament, the Peotone Blue Devils took a commanding 80-60 victory over the Momence Athletics. Leading from start to finish, Brandon Weiss tallied 28 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 5 steals, Ruben Velasco added 26 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists, while Colin…

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Blue Devils Lose to Shepard

On Friday, December 22, at Shepard High School in Palos Heights, the Peotone Blue Devils lost a non-conference contest to Shepard,  46-57.  The Blue Devils were down 11 at half, then out-scored Shepard 21-12 in the third quarter to cut it to 2, but could get no closer. Brandon Weiss had 18 points and 4…

Madi Schroeder, #22 and the contest's high scorer for the Blue Devils, definitely knows where she's going under the hoop. –Photo by Jim Piacentini.

Blue Devils Needed a Bit of Irish Luck Against Mac

By Jim Piacentini On Tuesday, December 18, in a home non-conference match-up with the Lady Irish at Bishop Mac, the Peotone Blue Devils came out but were shooting cold. It seemed the Lady Irish’s defense had them puzzled, despite 18 points by Madi Schroeder and 8 by Ashley Renwick. Peotone only had 2 three pointers…

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Blue Devil Basketball Highlights

On Tuesday, December 12, the Blue Devils lost to a very good Streator Team, 55-20. In the conference battle in front of hometown fans, Brandon Weiss led the Devils with 10 points. Then on Friday, December 15, Peotone had another conference battle against Reed-Custer. It was a close game throughout, but the Blue Devils came…

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Vedette Sports Report

By Jeff Vorva Even though the holiday tournaments have not gotten into full swing for boys and girls basketball yet, it’s not too soon to think about the postseason. The Illinois High School Association released its assignments for the playoffs, which begin in February. Beecher, which is off to the best start in program history…


By Jeff Vorva Old gym? New gym? It doesn’t seem to matter. The results are still the same. Beecher’s boys basketball team played in its old gym for a throwback game December 8 and came away with a lopsided 81-36 River Valley Conference win over Donovan. The Bobcats wore jerseys from 2012-13, and fans were…

Blue Devils Finish Week with Big OT Win

The Peotone Blue Devils varsity basketball team began their week on Tuesday, December 5, and faced conference rival Coal City on their home court, but came up short in the contest, 36-43. On the night, Ruben Velasco led the Devils with a double-double, with 18 points and 10 rebounds. According to Coach Ron Oloffson, the…

Emma Iozzo, #21, showed great determination as she went for the basket. –Photo by Jim Piacentini.

Lady Blue Devils Whip Streator, 47-16

By Jim Piacentini On Thursday, December 7, the Streator Bulldogs were no match for the Blue Devils, with Peotone taking a commanding, never-in-doubt 47-16 win. In the home conference battle, the defense was on Peotone’s side – holding Streator to just 2 points in the first quarter. On the night, Addie Graffeo had 16 points,…

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Dean’s/President’s Lists Northern Illinois University announced its fall Dean’s List students. Area students who achieved this honor include: From Manhattan…

SIU Med Student Vies for Miss America Crown January 14

On Christmas Eve 2021, Jessica Tilton saw a little TikTok video that inspired her to dream big. A young woman…

CSU Receives Funding to Address Student Homelessness

Thanks to support of State Sen. Elgie R. Sims Jr. With support from State Sen. Elgie R. Sims Jr., Chicago…

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Dean’s/President’s Lists Wartburg College, in Waverly, Iowa, recognized the 484 students who were named to the fall term Dean’s List.…

Illinois Township Scholarships Available; Apply Now!

Attention current high school seniors: If you plan to attend an Illinois college or university and want to apply for…

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The following students achieved the Dean’s List at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, for the fall semester. Eligibility is based…

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