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Two online petitions out there to let the people judge Joliet mayor’s actions

One petition seeks support for Joliet Mayor Bob O'Dekirk and the other seeks his resignation. Both are online at change.org. Both are related to an altercation O'Dekirk had with a protestor on Jefferson Street Sunday night.

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District 202 staff prepares schools for in-person learning

Plainfield School District 202 administrators plan to update the Board of Education on Monday on plans for returning to in-person learning. Information will be shared publicly at the Board meeting and posted online after the meeting.

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First weekend of Phase 4 Restore Illinois Plan and some still apprehensive

The move to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan on Friday meant the reopening of gyms and restaurants for dining in as well as gatherings o 50 or few people, among other allowances. The move to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan on Friday meant the reopening of gyms and restaurants for dining in as well as gatherings o 50 or few people, among other allowances.

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Lessons designed to sprout interest in STEM

Getting students interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or what is commonly referred to as STEM, can be big job. However, that’s exactly what Natalie Coleman is doing in Will County at the Fairmont Community Center in Lockport Township.

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Area leaders takes action during Coronavirus crisis

Mayors and other officials from Will County communities are taking steps to keep residents informed and up to date on the latest information in response to the Coronavirus in an effort to minimize its impact and slow the spread of the virus.

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Judge grants Temporary Restraining Order on NorthPoint Development

Preliminary injunction granted on behalf of the Village of Elwood

A Will County Circuit Court Judge on Monday approved a Temporary Restraining Order on behalf of the Village of Elwood, in effect temporarily putting the brakes on Joliet's plans for East Gate - Logistics Park Chicago, also known as the NorthPoint development.

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Another Will County high school district goes remote for the fall

Joliet Township High School District 204 is the latest to opt for full remote learning in the fall due to concerns over rising Coronavirus cases. “At Joliet Township High School, above all, the safety of our students and staff will always come first.  The last week, and this weekend, were extremely difficult for me as I watched the number of COVID-19 cases consistently rise in our region,” Dr. Karla Guseman wrote in a letter to district parents.

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Outdoor dining, with restrictions, will soon be allowed throughout Illinois

Restaurants and bars throughout Will County and the state will be allowed to provide outdoor dining to customers on May 29 under Phase 3 of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s Restore Illinois Plan.

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Online therapy lifeline for mental health clients during national crisis

As people remain isolated in their homes waiting out the end of the coronavirus pandemic many are struggling emotionally. For those with existing mental health issues, this time of isolation can be especially difficult.

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School districts move ahead with unique plans to reopen

Some parents concerned it could be too soon for in-class learning

As school districts across Will County scramble to adopt plans to reopen schools in the fall and bring students back into classrooms as part of Phase 4 of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s Restore Illinois Plan some parents are somewhat apprehensive.

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Public input sought at this week’s Moving Will County workshop

Any Will County residents interested in voicing concerns and hearing what the future holds when it comes to trucking issues are encouraged to attend a virtual workshop this week.

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Teen found shot to death near intersection in Joliet

A 16-year-old boy died from a gunshot wound Sunday night near the intersection of Ottawa and Monroe streets in Joliet Sunday night. Police responded to the scene at 10:16 p.m. and found the boy near the intersection lying unresponsive with a gunshot wound to the head.

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Will County businesses struggling to get through tough times

Business owners throughout Will County are doing what they can to stay afloat during the Coronavirus pandemic as many have been negativtely impacted from the mandatory stay-at-home order by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker. Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs said small businesses throughout the state can tap into $250 million in low-interest bridge loans to help push through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Earth Day turns 50

It began 50 years ago and each year on April 22 Earth Day has been a day when school children plant a tree or partake in some other activity to celebrate nature. It’s a day marked by people going out and cleaning up parks and streams or the areas around their homes.

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Two people killed, others wounded in separate shootings

Joliet police and Will County Sheriff’s police on Tuesday responded to a number of separate shootings - two of them resulting in fatalities - on the city’s east side and in unincorporated Joliet and Lockport townships.

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Battle over NorthPoint rages on

While the Joliet City Council has taken the first step toward bringing a controversial business park proposal to fruition, some community groups vehemently opposed to it plan to continue their fight.

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A peek inside the virtual classroom

Families across Will County are all dealing with children learning from home, looking at teachers and their fellow classmates on computer screens as the Coronavirus pandemic has forced many school districts to delay in-person learning until October, and some even until November. While this has not been easy for many families, especially those where parents need to work outside the home every day, there have been uplifting stories that have come out of the situation and there are examples of both students and teachers who have taken remote learning to a whole other level.

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Pritzker issues mandatory stay-at-home order for all of Illinois

Governor stresses order is 'not marshal law'

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday afternoon issued a mandatory statewide stay-at-home order for all residents to begin at 5 p.m. Sautrday and run through April 7. Before making the announcement about the stay at home order, Pritzker said a fifth person in Illinois had died with the Coronavirus.

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JTHS District 204 Board President resigns

Sept. 30 deadline to submit application for vacant seat

Midway through her term, Joliet Township School District 204 Board President Dr. Tracy Spesia has resigned from her seat on the board. District officials now seek to fill the school board seat vacated by Spesia and the board has moved Frank Edmon Jr. to the president position.

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Failing to enforce face coverings rules could result in fines

Failing to enforce rules for face coverings in Illinois could now result in fines. Building on efforts to protect Illinois' workers and communities in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. JB Pritzker announced that the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) will file emergency rules for businesses, schools, and child care establishments regarding the use of face coverings and the size of gatherings. The governor also signed SB471 to help protect workers who continue to serve on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19.