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Alex Ortiz

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Claar with slim lead over Traynere after election night

Claar holds an unofficial lead of less than 100 votes after a close election night.

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Concerned Will County residents march in Joliet ‘Day of Action’ rally

On Saturday, April 1, a group of about 50 Will County residents gathered at Mt. Carmel Church for a Will County Day of Action.

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Group of Bolingbrook Muslims throw benefit for Traynere

The challenger in the upcoming Bolingbrook mayoral race has embraced the local Muslim community, and many have embraced her back.

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Bolingbrook mayor confident ahead of April 4 election

Roger Claar had a busy day on the last Sunday before the April 4 election.

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JTHS Superintendent meets with district parents, community members

Joliet Township High School District 204 JTHS was one of 433 District across the U.S. and Canada that were named to the annual AP District Honor Roll. That was just one of the highlights of the fourth "Community Chat" hosted by District 204 Superintendent Cheryl McCarthy. Parents and community members attended the meeting, along with R. Dale Evans and Don Dickinson, who are JTHS board members on Monday night at Unity CDC in Joliet. Of those named to the honor roll, only three districts were named “District of the Year.” District 204 has 6,400 students. Commenting on the district's progress and the success of the community chats, Supt. McCarthy said, "In every situation I get to meet new people, individuals that didn't know about the school system. It's positive and I think it can grow each time we have it. McCarthy took over as superintendent in 2012, and began the series of talks this year because she wanted an outlet for parents to be able to interact with administrators and board members outside of the board meeting when parents cannot really ask questions.

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Certified Warehouse Foods locations set to close

Ken Clymer, President of Certified Warehouse Foods, announced he is closing Joliet store locations on Jackson St. and Richards St., both are located on the south east side of Joliet. He cited a difficulty in being able to compete in a changing market as the reason. “Even with your strong support, the past 5 years have been challenging,” Clymer said. “The market has changed and small independent grocery stores like ours have experienced increased pressure; It seems everywhere you look today someone else is selling groceries. Despite our desire to remain in the community, we can no longer compete with rising costs.” While he said they do not have a definitive closing date, he suspects the stores will be open for “a few more weeks.” He thanked the community for the 36 years Certified Warehouse Foods has been in business.

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Rep. Lipinski to host 'Senior Fair' in Romeoville

Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-IL) will be hosting three Senior Fairs in the Third Congressional District, including Romeoville. “I encourage district residents to come to my upcoming Senior Fairs,” Lipinski said in a press release. “The fairs will give my constituents an opportunity to get assistance with a variety of issues from my staff, as well as local organizations, agencies, and businesses that provide services for seniors.”

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Rep. Lipinski to host 'Senior Fair' in Romeoville

Rep. Dan Lipinski is coming to speak to constituents in Romeoville.

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Traynere blazes unexpected path as Bolingbrook mayoral candidate

There’s a story Traynere tells about the first time she engaged in political activism. She was in the fourth grade at what was then Northview elementary, living in Bolingbrook, and her class wrote a letter to the governor asking him to put a stoplight at the intersection of Route 54 and Briarcliff Road. Most students were able to walk across a catwalk via stairs but any students like those in wheelchairs, crossing was difficult. The class’ letter spurred the state to install the stoplight. “That was really something” Traynere said. “That was probably the first political activity I ever did.”

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H.S. Boy’s Basketball: Bolingbrook is going to state

Bolingbrook is going to state.

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Claar defends economic record, presents plan to pay back village debt

Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar responds to criticism over village debt and presents plan to pay it back.

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H.S. Boy’s Basketball: Joliet West and Joliet Central play to wild finish

The crosstown rivals play to a razor-close finish in the sectional semifinal.

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Bolingbrook First party to host “The World in Bolingbrook” event to celebrate diversity

Bolingbrook First party to host “The World in Bolingbrook” event to celebrate diversity.

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H.S. Boy’s Basketball: Joliet West, Joliet Central and Bolingbrook advance to sectionals

The top three boy's basketball teams in the area win their regional titles and advance to sectionals.

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State Rep. Guzzardi talks tuition-free public college at University of St. Francis

State Rep. Will Guzzardi spoke to college students in Joliet about making in-state tuition free in Illinois.

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H.S. Boy’s Basketball: Four local teams move on to regional finals

Four local basketball teams move on to regional finals.

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Boy’s Basketball state tournament begins

Get ready for playoff basketball!

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Hundreds attend Open House at Bolingbrook Mosque

Hundreds attended an open house event at the Masjid Al-Jumu’ah in Bolingbrook hosted by the Muslim Association of Bolingbrook to learn about Islam.

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H.S. Boy’s Basketball: Joliet West ends regular season on high note

Joliet West finished its impressive regular season at Plainfield North with a 68-44 win on Wednesday night.

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Resident ask to make Joliet a sanctuary City

A few hundred people piled into the Mt. Carmel Church in Joliet for a special meeting of the Joliet City Council to address concerns in the community about immigration issues. The city organized the meeting in light of the recent immigration debate and concerns about deportation. There were also questions about designating Joliet as a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants, which is a city that would officially limit its cooperation with federal immigration authorities just like the City of Chicago has done.

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SSIP to hold “Suburban Interfaith Unity Vigil”

The Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project is organizing a “Suburban Interfaith Unity Vigil” in Bolingbrook.

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Joliet City Council hosts special meeting to address immigration concerns

The Joliet City Council held a special meeting to address concerns about immigration issues.

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Claar to kickoff campaign for reelection amidst protests

Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar is set to kickoff his campaign for reelection.

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Democratic Women of Will County hold annual meeting in Bolingbrook

The Democratic Women of Will County held their annual meeting, the first during the Trump administration.

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H.S. Boy's Basketball: Joliet West visits Bolingbrook

It's the biggest game of the year.

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H.S. Boy’s Basketball: Romeoville extends winning streak over St. Ignatius

The Romeoville Spartans (11-7) reached six wins in a row on Saturday night with a 51-45 victory over St. Ignatius.

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Rally against Scott Pruitt appointment to head EPA will be held in Bolingbrook

A rally to oppose President Donald Trump's pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, will be held in Bolingbrook on Tuesday, January 24.

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High school boy's basketball schedule for Jan. 20-21

Check out this weekend's local boy's basketball schedule.

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H.S. Boy’s Basketball: Bolingbrook wins back-and-forth contest against Homewood-Flossmoor

Bolingbrook continues its undefeated streak with a win against Homewood-Flossmoor.

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Local pastor’s book details his personal struggles with race and faith

Calvin Quarles is a senior pastor at the Church of Bolingbrook, a husband, father, a former Black Panther, and now a published author.

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College sports roundup: Lewis men’s basketball and men’s volleyball collect wins

Lewis men's volleyball and men's basketball both collect wins over the weekend.

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Traynere to kick off Bolingbrook mayoral campaign

On Tuesday, Jan. 3, Jackie Traynere will launch her campaign for Bolingbrook mayor, along with the rest of the Bolingbrook United ticket.

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Muslim Association of Bolingbrook part of new campaign to promote “harmony and unity”

As part of a new campaign the Muslim Association of Bolingbrook is trying to “stand up against discrimination, hate attacks, and racism."

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H.S. Boy’s Basketball: Bolingbrook defeats Westinghouse in Holiday Tournament quarterfinal

Bolingbrook had not really been tested to this point of the season, but the Hinsdale Central Holiday Classic would certainly provide that test.

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College sports roundup: Lewis softball, baseball and women’s volleyball announce signees

Lewis softball, baseball and women’s volleyball announce signees.

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College sports roundup: Lewis men’s basketball breezes by Salem International

Lewis men's basketball and St. Francis men's and women's basketball all score wins over the weekend.

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Top five local sports stories of 2016

There was no shortage of big stories during 2016 both nationally and locally.

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H.S. Boy’s Basketball: Bolingbrook tops Romeoville in rival matchup

In an inter-district matchup between Bolingbrook (6-0) and Romeoville (3-4), the stands were nearly full on both sides as the teams traded blows early on Wednesday night.

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Will County Progressives aim for incremental change

JOLIET - In a small room full of former Bernie Sanders supporters, it might come as a surprise that the majority of them aren’t all 22 year-old college students, but instead about two-thirds are seniors. They are part of a group called the Will County Progressives, and their mission is to engage their community in political activism and education. Some of the members were former Sanders campaign volunteers at the Joliet office, but when it became clear that Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic nominee, the volunteers wanted to remain politically involved. Other members were shocked and concerned about the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, and wanted to get involved for the first time.

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H.S. Boys Basketball: Joliet West handily defeats Lockport

The Joliet West Tigers (8-0) continued their roll to start the season with a 74-45 win against Lockport at home on Tuesday night.

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College sports roundup: St. Francis women's basketball ranked No. 1

The St. Francis women’s basketball team reached No. 1 in the NAIA Division II Coaches’ Top-25 Poll, the first time in the program’s history.

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H.S. Boys Basketball: Bolingbrook beats Lockport

The Bolingbrook Raider got up on Lockport with a 12-6 advantage after the first quarter, and that was an off night for the 5-0 team, one of the best in the state.

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H.S. Boys Basketball: Joliet West dominates Minooka

Joliet West was able to jump out to a quick and solid lead against the previously 4-0 and defending league champion Minooka Indians and never looked back.

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Mooyah restaurant franchise in Joliet to hold fundraiser for charity

The Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes franchise in Joliet will be celebrating its one-year anniversary with a fundraiser and food drive for two local charities on the weekend of December 9-11.

Girls basketball: Plainfield East outlasts Plainfield North in crosstown matchup

PLAINFIELD - There was not really one standout star for the Plainfield East Bengals, but it was more a complete team showing on Tuesday night against Plainfield North in conference play. The Bengals defeated their rival Tigers 58-36. Senior forward Lotanna Onua led Plainfield East and the game with 14 points. Her teammates senior guard Jada Neal and junior center Olivia Jenkins each had 10 points. “The best thing that we did was play as a team,” Onua said. “There was no one who did too much and when out of the norm. We all stayed within ourselves.” Leading by as much as 12 points during the first half, the Bengals completely dominated from the start. It was a sloppy game at first with multiple turnovers and missed shots but eventually Plainfield East settled in.

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Girls basketball: Plainfield East outlasts Plainfield North in crosstown matchup

There was not really one standout star for the Plainfield East Bengals, but it was more a complete team showing on Tuesday night against Plainfield North in conference play. The Bengals defeated their rival Tigers 58-36.

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High school boys basketball: Joliet Central cruises, Plainfield Central loses on Day 3 of Thanksgiving Classic

Joliet Central cruises past Lemont; Plainfield Central fights but cannot overcome Minooka on Day 3 of the Thanksgiving Classic at the University of St. Francis.

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Boys basketball: Romeoville soars over Lemont in Day 2 of Thanksgiving Classic

The Romeoville Spartans (1-1) started slowly against Lemont (1-1) on Wednesday at the WJOL Thanksgiving Classic at St. Francis University, but finished strong with a 59-38 win.

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