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Residents mixed on video gaming

It is a predicament facing many communities across the State of Illinois. Towns are grappling with whether to allow video gaming inside bars, restaurants, gas stations and other establishments with hopes of increasing the coffers from the revenues these machines generate.

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Plainfield mayor to investigate E. Coli contamination

Following a weekend where residents could not get their favorite iced coffees at local establishments or get tap water with their dinner at restaurants, things are back to normal in the Village of Plainfield as the EPA has declared it is safe to consume water. Last Friday, residents who receive their water from the Village of Plainfield received alerts from Will County that E. coli bacteria was found in the community's water supply. Residents were all told to boil their water, causing mass shortage of bottled water in area stores. Anyone who drinks water contaminated with E. coli can have diarrhea, stomach cramping, pain or tenderness, nausea and vomiting.

Residents push to keep public access of DuPage River

A Shorewood brewery will host a pint night in support of the publics continued access to the DuPage River.

In July residents who live along the DuPage River complained there was excessive activity at the river and filed a complaint with business owners who lease water sport equipment to the public on the river. The complaint said kayakers and other water sports enthusiasts were trespassing on their property and littering. In an effort to support keeping public access on the river open the Illinois Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers is hosting a pint night from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, at Will County Brewing, 1142 W. Jefferson St., Shorewood.

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Township turmoil prompts supervisor to resign

Criticism from the public and local elected officials have expressed concern over federal indictment charges against Anthony Fremarek has now prompted him to resign as Plainfield Township supervisor, and be removed from the ballot in the April 6 election.

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Bond sale approved for school district

The economic impact of coronavirus has prompted the Plainfield Community Consolidated School District to sell nearly $10 million in working cash funds to cover expenses.

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Tawny Tortoise in Plainfield closes

After more than three decades, a Plainfield institution has closed its doors for good. The Tawny Tortoise, 24012 W. Lockport St., a go-to place for area shoppers who prefer unique items for themselves or as gifts, has closed after 33 years in downtown Plainfield. The closing was bittersweet last weekend as shoppers took the last opportunity to grab collectibles and store fixtures like cabinets during the final sale.

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No more snow days off from school?

Students can now say goodbye to snow days in the Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202, which serves students in Plainfield, Joliet, Romeoville and Bolingbrook, is doing away with snow days, thanks in part to the coronavirus pandemic. Associate Superintendent Dr. Glenn Wood said the "E-Learning Day" plan may be used when school is closed because of emergency or bad weather. He said District 202 had been slowly building its e-learning program before the pandemic shut down schools in March 2020. That work quickly accelerated in spring and summer 2020 as the district transitioned incrementally back to in-person learning in fall 2020 and winter and spring 2021. Now, e-learning is a normal part of the educational package, Wood said.

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School district may sell $10m in bonds to offset pandemic cost

The economic impact of coronavirus has prompted the Plainfield Community Consolidated School District to sell nearly $10 million in working cash funds to cover expenses.

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Celebrating Black History:Barbershop owner’s dream born from adversity

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When most people lose their jobs, they see it as an obstacle. When Robbie Robinson’s employer decided to move, therefore ending his job, he saw it as an opportunity to realize the dream of owning his own business. “I’ve always wanted to open a barber shop,” Robinson said. “Most people would have been discouraged to see their job disappear, but I saw it as an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.”

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Plainfield search for new administrator begins

Following a month of controversy, the Plainfield Village Board is forging ahead with a nationwide search for an administrator. The board Monday approved the hiring of GovHR, a consulting firm in Northbrook, to find a candidate who will replace Brian Murphy as village administrator at a cost of $22,000. The price includes advertising and recruitment fees, but does not cover travel, hotel and meal expenses for the candidates. The hiring process may take up to 14 weeks, but could be shortened to three months, according to the proposal reviewed Monday.

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General mental wellness check prepare students for fall school opening

Students from Joliet, Plainfield and Romeoville will have several new social emotional support initiatives this summer so they can prepare for success in the fall. "This work is critically important for our students and families as we get ready to return to school full-time in August after a very challenging school year," said Jason Stanley, Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202 director of private placement and transition. The Hartgrove Behavioral Health System recently added two new summer therapy groups to its offerings for second- to eighth-grade students. Programs include "Expression Through Art," and "Chill Out This Summer."

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Plainfield gets new mayor

With the election results from April 6, new leadership will now serve the Plainfield community. By just 242 votes, John Argoudelis is the projected winner, and will be the new mayor in the Village of Plainfield. Argoudelis defeated longtime community volunteer and current village trustee Margie Bonuchi. Current Mayor Michael Collins has been village president since 2009 and previously served as village trustee from 1999-2007, decided not to seek another term.

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Plainfield seeks new administrator

After more than a decade as village administrator, Brian Murphy is out of that position in Plainfield. “I struggled with whether Brian is the right person to continue forward.” Argoudelis said Mayor John Argoudelis on Monday during the presidents comment portion of the village board meeting made the surprising announcement that he will not extend Murphy's contract, which had come to an end following the April 6 election.

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Sparking the holiday spirit

Communities, charity organizations in and around Joliet reach out with helping hands

While this year has been like no other in ways most would rather forget, as the end of 2020 nears the charitable season has emerged with much to be hopeful about. Officials from several communities and volunteers from local charitable organizations throughout Will County are taking steps to make this holiday season a bit brighter for many families and individuals who need a helping hand. They are showing the spirit of the Christmas season to families and children who have been hit the hardest this year. One example of this seasonal kindness happened Monday when the Plainfield Village Board approved $12,000 for Target gift cards for the Shop with A Cop program. The plan is to purchase 35 of the gift cards totaling $300 each to help children in Plainfield and Oswego school district shop for gifts with a Plainfield police officer at a local Target store on Dec. 18.

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Plainfield acquires property for road extension

The pieces are coming together for a roadway extension project officials say will alleviate traffic throughout Will County. The Plainfield Village Board Monday authorized spending $7,500 to buy a parcel along 143rd Street near Route 59 from Ravago America Inc. Allen Persons, public works director for the village, said the property is needed to construct the proposed 143rd Street roadway extension. Initially, according to Persons, an appraiser hired by the village said the property was worth $6,000. Though the village received a counteroffer from the owner's attorney for $41,091, the village did not accept the proposal and continued with negotiations, he added. The second counteroffer of $7,500 was later accepted, Persons said.

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Plainfield moves ahead putting grant funds to use with new extension project

Big dollars are coming to the Village of Plainfield through the Rebuild America grant funds. Plainfield's 143rd Street extension is one of 24 projects from 18 states selected to receive the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America 2021 grant. Plainfield will receive $5 million from the $905.25 million program. Scott Threewitt, lead engineer for Plainfield, said this is the fourth competitive grant for the project, totaling more than $47 million.

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Former Forest Park teacher inspires scholarship fund for students

When most seniors in high school plan for college, they are thinking more about the campus and not about how they will pay for their tuition. But Stanley Morris, president of Forest Park Alumni Scholarship Fund, said help is available as grants are available for needy students in Joliet. The Vivian Ward Pennymon Scholarship, established in 2007, is given annually to minority students who live in Joliet. So far, 35 scholarships have been awarded since the endowment's inception.

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Plainfield moves ahead on new road project

The Village of Plainfield has started land acquisition on a much-needed new road many say will alleviate truck traffic in Will County. Following nearly three decades of meetings and negotiations, the Village of Plainfield on Monday purchased the residential home owned by the Music family at 14217 S. Plainfield-Naperville Road for $331,000. In addition to the house purchase north of the ComEd property, the village board also authorized eligible relocation cost incurred by the family not to exceed $35,000.

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Joliet council anticipates passing balanced budget

Despite the economic fallout of the Coronavirus pandemic, the financial outlook is not as dire as initially anticipated in next year’s budget for the City of Joliet. The estimated 2021 budget projects $180.9 million in general fund expenses and $180.9 million in general fund revenues. The $180.9 million is a decrease of $11.5 million or 5.98 percent over the 2020 budget. The closings of restaurants, bars, casinos, hotels and motels as mitigation measures to curb the number of coronavirus cases has led to a steep drop in sales revenues for many communities, including Joliet. In the water and sewer fund, revenues are anticipated at $62.2 million while expenses are projected at $62.6 million. Jim Ghedotte, director of finance, said 80 percent of the budget is for salaries and benefits, which means, “It leaves us very little to cut.” Ghedotte said the only way to trim the budget would be to eliminate positions.

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Mother’s Day celebration

Local Mom’s and families weren’t able to gather last year with the COVID pandemic raging, but this year on Mother’s Day, and a new vaccine, families are eager to get together. Last year, Mother's Day was anything but normal for the special ladies in our lives. Most moms had to Facetime or Zoom with their offspring instead of getting together for barbecues and brunches as the pandemic prohibited indoor dining in restaurants across the country. But with coronavirus cases dwindling and vaccinations on the rise, many people now are comfortable gathering indoors with their love ones. This is welcoming news for restaurants in the area, like La Mex in Joliet. “This year, we expect to be very busy like in years past,” said Jocelyn Garcia, who works at the Mexican restaurant. “Last year, there was no indoor dining and people were very hesitant to even come out and eat outdoors.”