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Judge refuses protection order for teacher threatened on Twitter

The judge said there was not enough proof the student owned the account on which the threat to stab the teacher was made or that he was the author.

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Plainfield makes census count

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the self-response rate for the Village of Plainfield in completing the 2020 census is up from 10 years ago. Amy DeBoni, community relations director, said self-response rate for the village is 82.5 percent, up from 79.4 percent in 2010. The self-response rate for the State of Illinois is 70.1 percent.

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Check, credit or cash?

Cash and checks will soon no longer be the only acceptable methods of payment at Plainfield Village Hall. Trustees Monday authorized accepting credit card payments to pay for services as Traci Pleckham, director of management services, indicated that residents have inquired about the change for years. According to Pleckham, residents would prefer to complete transactions using credit or debit cards, both at the counter and online. An act was passed in the state in 1997 that allowed municipalities to collect payment for fines, fees and other charges via the credit card. But the act also requires any community considering the acceptance of credit card payments to hold a public hearing, which was held prior to Monday's board meeting.

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Plainfield honored for community vision

The Village of Plainfield is the beneficiary of a prestigious honor as its Vision for Division study received the 2013 Charter Award for the Best Corridor Plan from the Illinois Chapter of The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU-IL).

Plainfield schools unveil new interactive tool for parents

Days of parents waiting for their children's report cards are becoming a thing of the past. Now, that information is only a click away.

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Arrested Plainfield schoolteacher resigns

Arrests of two Plainfield North High School teachers over the last several years have parents wondering if anything can be done to prevent such troubling incidents from occurring.

Plainfield issues curfew order

In the wake of violence that erupted over the weekend following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, the Village of Plainfield issued a curfew order from 10 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. the following morning. Mayor Michael Collins said the curfew stems from protests that turned tense in nearby Joliet and Aurora where individuals caused damages to buildings and businesses.

Classes decline, ACT scores slightly up in Plainfield

For the first time in five years, enrollment for summer school classes at Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202 declined.

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Proposed apartment homes project hits high marks from trustees

A proposed age-targeted multi-family housing development for 37 acres at the southeast corner of 143rd Street and Steiner Road could receive a green light from the Plainfield Village Board. The applicant for a proposed apartment complex, Redwood USA LLC is not planning an age-restricted community, but intends to target empty nesters and those who would like to live in a development that offers age-related amenities, according to Jessica Gal, associate planner for the Village of Plainfield. The concept plan the board reviewed on Monday showed that 70 percent of people who live in other Redwood rental communities are empty nesters and the remaining 30 percent are made up of young professionals.

Plainfield students fare well in national competency test

Some other local districts lag behind

Compared to the state, juniors in Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202 are faring well on a national test that examines their competencies in English and mathematics. While some other local school districts have not kept pace with their counterparts across the state.

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Crime scene processing

If you like watching any of the CSI franchises on TV, then the Plainfield Citizen's Police and Fire Academy can get you up close and personal with the world of crime scene processing.

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Easter in isolation a new cross to bear

It is one of the most Holy Weeks across the world and every worshipper is faced with an obstacle they never thought would happen. They cannot attend Easter services in a church and seek solace in a place that provides comfort and guidance to many regardless of their religious affiliation.The deadly coronavirus has upended American lives socially and economically for more than a month now and the isolation is going to hit hard at home, particularly this Easter Sunday.

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Dressing Up Joliet Downtown

When Joliet resident Diane Harris opened her clothing store It is Amazing last year, she decided to locate in one of downtown's oldest structures that also holds special meaning to her. In 1885, the late R.E. Barber decided he wanted to construct a modern office building on Chicago Street in downtown Joliet, an idea not all supported. But Harris now calls the building's main floor her home as the 2,000-square-foot store is located inside the historic building at 76 N. Chicago St. It is Amazing clothing store is located one block south of the Rialto Square theater and across the street from the Blue Taco and Chicago Street Grill.

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Parking challenges in local community

It is a situation familiar to families everywhere. You live in a home with a two- or three-car garage, but you have to park on the driveway because your garage has become a storage locker. And since you own more cars than what can fit on the driveway, the homeowner is forced to park on the street knowing communities like the Village of Plainfield have an ordinance that bans overnight parking. During Monday's committee of the whole meeting, Police Chief John Konopek said overnight parking is not allowed on any street in the Village of Plainfield from 1 to 6 a.m. This includes all residential streets, along with the downtown business district. The village issues a $15 parking ticket to anyone who parks on the street between those times. The village does allow concessions to park on the street if the resident has overnight guests or if they are having their driveway repaired. In those instances, the Plainfield resident must call the Police Department's non-emergency dispatch center at 815-436-2341 for permission to park on the street for up to three consecutive nights. If the resident requires parking on the street for a longer period of time, then they must fill out an extended overnight parking form and get approval by the police chief or his designee at the police station.

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Teacher gets order of protection from student

A longtime Plainfield Central High School physics teacher is wondering why a student who made a threat against her on social media did not receive a harsher punishment.

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Unique fashions with a personal touch boutique experience

A professional model known for her fashion sense wants families in the Joliet area to realize they can dress and look good without giving up on personalized service and style. Owner Sandra Moore of Sandy's Unique is celebrating the grand opening of her new store location at 28-30 W. Clinton St. in Joliet with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon Saturday March 25. She previously operated a store at 114A E. Jefferson St., also in Joliet, but building issues forced her to relocate to her current location in February. "I sell clothing, accessories and all-occasion baskets," said Moore, the mother of four sons and a grandmother of five girls and three boys. What is "unique" about the baskets is they are ideal for weddings, Easter, birthdays and anniversaries, especially made by Moore from scratch.

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Local Republicans enthusiatic about RNC 2020

The Super Bowl of politics will not be played like it has in years past. Just like with last week's Democratic national convention, there are no pomp and circumstance like balloons falling from rafters and packed auditoriums where spirited speeches are given when the GOP Party officially nominates Donald Trump for president and Mike Pence for vice president this week. Mike Fricilone, District 7 (R-Homer Glen), also minority leader of the Will County Board, said the coronavirus definitely has dampened the excitement and anticipation that comes with political conventions every four years. What he dislikes with the new norm is speakers pre-taping their speeches before it airs on TV. “When it is taped, it sounds like a commercial,” Fricilone said. “It is such a weird dynamic. It takes the oomph out of it. People would rather watch 'House Hunters' than a political convention.”

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Trustees break tie vote in favor of Mosque

Denouncing that religious discrimination ever came into play, the Plainfield Village Board by a vote of 4-3 approved a mosque in Plainfield.

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New outdoor holiday market opening in Plainfield

A farmhouse that has been vacant for years in Plainfield will soon be home to an outdoor holiday vintage market.

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Plainfield appoints new trustee

There is a new trustee in town. The Plainfield Village Board Monday appointed Patricia Kalkanis to the vacant trustee position with the term expiring on April 30, 2021. Kalkanis will take over for Larry Newton, who resigned last month.