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Shorewood’s first online car dealership gets ok

Shorewood residents shopping for a used car won’t have to leave the comfort of their couch when a new online car dealership opens in the village later this year.

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Settle in to Fall with a trip to area haunted house, pumpkin patch

For Will County residents looking to celebrate the beginning of fall with a good scare or maybe a more bucolic stroll through a pumpkin patch, plenty of options abound.

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Municipalities prepare for mosquito control as Zika virus continues to spread

The potential spread of the Zika virus has some local municipalities preparing to control the spread of mosquitoes this summer.

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Plan your fall trip to area pumpkin patches

Like the pumpkins they sell, farms where parents can bring their kids to pick out their own jack o’ lantern have sprouted up all over the area in recent years. Many places offer the chance for children to pick out a pumpkin, wander through a corn maze, or take a hayride.

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Updated: Summer options for area kids

Schools out, and for those parents still looking for ways to keep their child engaged, occupied and out of trouble during their summer vacation they still have several fun and educational options to choose from around Will County.

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Amazon’s rapid Will County expansion brings jobs, focus on infrastructure

The online retailer will have 4 fulfillment centers in Will County by the end of the year and could employ several thousand.

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Online car shopping biz gets Shorewood OK

First Class Motor Group will be an nontraditional auto sales dealership that will operate only online and have no outdoor car lot.

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Onesti announces partnership with Pinnacle to run Rialto Theater

Ron Onesti, general manager of the Arcada Theater, may still get a chance to run the Rialto as he announced a planned partnership with one of the two finalists bidding for the third party management job.

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Public access TV still getting the message out

Despite a growing online video culture, Will County municipalities still like the reach of cable public access.

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Joliet Park Board approves contracts for Nowell Park recreation center

A recreation center planned for Nowell Park on Joliet’s east side moved a step closer to breaking ground following approval this week of contracts by the Joliet Park District Board.

Latest computer security no match for good parenting

Parents concerned about keeping their kids safe while on the internet got a crash course recently in Shorewood.

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Will County asking for transportation plan input

Will County is holding 5 open houses in January to garner public input on its Transportation 2040 long term plan.

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Sign-up period for the Affordable Care Act under way now

County health department gearing up to help residents work their way through the second year of signing up for insurance through Obamacare.

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Downtown Joliet Farmers Market adding new evening event

The once-a-month evening market will be held in June, July and August. Here are the dates for other farmers markets in our area.

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Plainfield approves snow removal contracts, intergovernmental agreement

Plainfield will double the number of on-call snow plow contractors this winter in an effort to beef up it's road clearing response times following a brutal January snowstorm.

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Amazon adding 500 more local jobs

In a presentation at Joliet Junior College’s Veteran’s Resource Center, officials from Amazon.com announced that they would be hiring another 500 full-time jobs at their Joliet fulfillment center, 401 E Laraway Rd. The new positions at the Amazon facility will be in addition to the 1,000 already employed at the location which opened in October of 2015. Mike Flannery, general manager of the Joliet location, said that the positions will come with 401k savings plans with 50% match, a full health benefits package, stocks and bonuses as well as access to the company’s Career Choice program that pays for up to 95% of college tuition. The online retailer also presented a check for $5,000 to the JJC veteran’s center as part of its ongoing partnership to support continuing education for veterans.

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Carillon concerts, patriotic picnic, fireworks planned for Plainfield

The annual Patriotic Picnic on July 3 features a bike parade, face painting, dance performances and other activities, capped off by a fireworks show.

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Positive trend for Will County jobs outlook

If nothing else, Center for Economic Development CEO John Gruelling hopes that people will come to know Will County as the place to go for a good paying job. “That’s the county where all the jobs are,” said Gruelling in his recent update on the health and welfare of the county’s economic climate. Despite a 6.1% unemployment rate that’s slightly above the state average of 6% and higher than the national rate of 5.4%, Gruelling pointed out a recent run of successes that have brought several top-tier employers to the county. In terms of industrial space to house all of the going concerns, Gruelling described it as a “race for space” with 4.1 million in industrial space under construction and vacancy rates hovering around 6% in some of the busiest industrial corridors near I-55. Indeed, big name employers have come to set up shop in Will County at a rapid clip over the last year including UPS, LG, Amazon.com, IKEA, RJW and Ghiradelli Chocolates among them.

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Shorewood's village-wide garage sale this weekend

To obtain a map of the garage sale locations, go to the village's web site or stop at one of seven locations in town.

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Plainfield ranks in top 1% for government transparency in Illinois

The Village of Plainfield is bucking the trend of corruption in Illinois by making local government more transparent. A survey conducted in March revealed that the village was among the top 1% of government agencies for their online transparency according to the Illinois Policy Institute.