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Heated three-way race for coroner

Voters on Nov. 3 will decide who will be the next to lead the Will County Coroner’s office, a division of the county that is often in the spotlight with the rising deaths from the opioid overdoses and the Coronavirus pandemic. An important part of the county, the Coroner’s office is the final say on causes of death, and was recently thrust into the limelight following the death in late January of Eric Lurry Jr. A Joliet Police dash cam video surfaced over the summer showing one officer using a baton to attempt to scoop something out of Lurry’s mouth, while another held his nose. Lurry was pronounced at AMITA St. Joseph Medical Center and following an investigation, longtime County Coroner Patrick K. O’Neil ruled Lurry died from ingesting large amounts of narcotics.

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Forest Preserve Board takes action that will lead to Hammel Woods Dam removal

Action taken Thursday by the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Board of Commissioners will lead to the removal of the Hammel Woods Dam in Shorewood.

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Health Department Officials: Vaping could worsen impact of Coronavirus

Prior to the start of the Coronavirus pandemic in early 2020, much of the attention of the public health community was focused upon the vaping issue, and the increased participation in vaping among young people and the dangers that were becoming more obvious each day.

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Will County Health Department reports 652 new COVID cases since Friday

IDPH will move Will County to level Orange on Friday

Health officials from across the state and locally are sounding the alarm as COVID cases are again surging and Will County is among a number of counties now at level Orange, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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Golden Butternut Squash Lasagna

Veggie Fall Dinners

Servings: 12 / Total Time: 1 hr Golden Butternut Squash Lasagna Recipe photo by Taste of Home

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Vegetarian Pad Thai

Veggie Fall Dinners

Servings: 4 / Total Time: 30 mins Vegetarian Pad Thai Recipe photo by Taste of Home

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Vegetarian Cabbage Rolls

Veggie Fall Dinners

Makes: 8 cabbage rolls / Total Time: 45 mins Vegetarian Cabbage Rolls Recipe photo by Taste of Home

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Will County Take Back the Night to hold 'Virtual Rally'

Facebook Live event scheduled for 6 p.m.

Will County Take Back the Night organizers have announced that this year’s event will be a “Virtual Rally” to be held on Facebook Live at 6 o'clock tonight.

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Drug Court graduates 12 participants

thetimesweekly.com Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow has announced that 12 individuals from Will County's Drug Court graduated in a socially distanced ceremony held October 1 during which family members watched via Zoom. Glasgow commended the graduates for continuing their commitment to the program throughout the challenges posed by Covid-19.

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Plainfield approves snow contracts

Though measurable snow has yet to fall, the Village of Plainfield is already preparing for the upcoming months when messy and icy road conditions will become part of the everyday norm. The Plainfield Village Board approved contracts with companies to remove snow. The seven companies the board approved Monday for snow removal services are IAP Construction, Inc.; Antrex Inc.; Winniger Excavating; Shreve Services; Local Lawn Care and Landscaping; ACSOL/J&S Construction; and Hanson Landscape and Design.

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What’s at stake with Trump’s Supreme Court nominee: Health Care and Civil Rights

Republicans’ rush to fill the vacant U.S. Supreme Court seat before the election is a terrible threat to Black people’s civil rights and the health of our communities. In her 27 years on the Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a champion of civil rights. During those same years, though, Republican presidents and senators moved the court further and further away from its duty to protect racial equity and the rights of working people.

NorthPoint Development hits legal snag

Judge issues Temporary Restraining Order against developer, City of Joliet

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. The judge's decision to grant Elwood the preliminary injunction temporarily prevents the City of Joliet from annexing and zoning any of the property for the NorthPoint development.

Let’s Be Clear About Democracy

I’ve been in and around politics for a long time, and not once, ever, have I encountered a candidate who said he or she might not accept the results of an election. Until now. Certainly, in close-fought races candidates might ask for a recount. But once the precinct workers and town and city clerks and secretaries of state have checked and re-checked and certified, we consider the matter settled. We accept and abide by the results—at least until the next election. This year, we can’t take that for granted.

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School districts moving closer to in-person learning

More school districts throughout Will County are moving closer to bringing students back into classrooms with safety precautions in place to protect both staff and students from the continued threat of the Coronavirus. The Troy Community School District 30-C school board has agreed to allow an acceleration of the district’s reopening plan to bring students back into classrooms, in its “Return to Learn” plan. Also, Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202 officials recently announced plans to start brining students back into the classrooms. Some area school districts have are already started to bring students back into the classrooms via a hybrid, or blended learning, scenario. These plans are designed to reduce the number of students in the schools on any given day. Half the students might come in on Mondays and Tuesdays, while the other half come to school on Thursdays and Fridays, with Wednesdays set aside for remote learning. The hybrid plans differ for each district depending on what works best for them in their ability to keep students safe in terms of social distancing.

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‘Deconstructing Stereotypes’ exhibit now open at Isle a la Cache Museum

Stereotypes that impact Native peoples, ranging from mascots and casinos to addiction and treaty rights, will be examined in an exhibit now open at Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville. “Deconstructing Stereotypes: Top Ten Truths Exhibition” can be viewed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 6. The exhibit is on loan from the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston. To create the exhibition content, Mitchell Museum surveyed Native American and Indigenous Canadian peoples to find out the top 10 stereotypes that impact their lives.

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12 Years A Slave Oscar Winner Steve McQueen's Mangrove on Amazon Prime Video Friday Nov 20

Film graphically depicts Britain's version of Selma March to open Small Axe anthology

Steve McQueen's Mangrove depicts Britain's Selma

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Sloane Stephens bounced from French Open

Loss to newcomer routes last Black woman standing

Serena nemesis in unceremonious exit from French Open

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Wine of the Week: White Cliff Pinot Noir 2019-$20

A flavorful Red Wine perfect for Fall and the Holidays

White Cliff Pinot Noir 2019 a perfect Red Wine for Fall dishes

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‘Deconstructing Stereotypes’ exhibit now open at Isle a la Cache Museum

Stereotypes that impact Native peoples, ranging from mascots and casinos to addiction and treaty rights, will be examined in an exhibit now open at Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville.

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Age-targeted apartment plan meets a dead end

Plans to construct age-targeted apartment homes on 38 acres at the southeast corner of 143rd Street and Steiner Road have hit a roadblock in the Village of Plainfield. The Plainfield Village Board Monday didn't second a motion to approve the development, which means the project has met a dead end on the floor. The developer always has the option to bring the project before the village board at a later date.