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Brock A. Stein

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Boys & Girls Club of Joliet unveils second Joliet micro-pantry

The Boys & Girls Club of Joliet has become the latest site in Joliet with a new micro-pantry.

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Faith, forgiveness, hockey key to couple’s 67 Valentine's Days together

Bob and Ruth Koppen of Shorewood will celebrate Valentine's Day this year at the Timbers retirement community. The couple, from Joliet, have been married for over 67 years and have relied on their faith and finding room for forgiveness to provide a foundation for their lives together.

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State of the city: Joliet ‘renaissance’ continues in 2018

Joliet's renaissance will continue in 2018 according to the city's mayor Bob O'Dekirk who gave his state of the city address this week at the JJC Renaissance Center.

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New Joliet Metra platform opens Monday

Waiting on the temporary wooden platforms and walking over the tracks to get on a train will be a thing of the past come Monday in Joliet.

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New fire truck could help cut down on city overtime expenses

City officials are grappling with the best way to reduce overtime costs at its 10 fire stations.

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Museum’s Black History month series looks at the influence of film on race relations

The Joliet Area Historical Museum will celebrate Black History month in February with a three-part film series titled “Black History Thru Film.”

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Joliet's haunted prison scares up suitors

Joliet’s city council this week approved a sublease for part of the old Collins Street prison.

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City designates section of road in honor of former council member

A former City Council member who served for over 30 years will be honored with a portion of a street renamed for him.

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Plainfield Park rec center will be energy independent

When it’s complete in January 2019, the Plainfield Park District’s new community recreation center at Bott Park will be a much needed amenity for the communities it serves.

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Food deserts: Joliet’s nutrition crisis

On the USDA website, a map of the United States shows the places where lack of access to grocery stores is a problem. That includes big swaths of the City of Joliet.

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Haunted house will be Collins Street Prison’s first tenant

The City of Joliet will decide whether to approve its first 3rd party tenant for the former Collins Street Prison at its February 6 city council meeting.

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Efforts of bus driver, police officer keep streets safe

On the route he drives through Joliet, bus driver Greg Sylvester noticed something recently that could pose a hazard to local commuters.

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JJC student wants permanent solution for Dreamers

Ana Campa Castillo will attend tonight's State of the Union address in Washington as the guest of Congressman Bill Foster.

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Chicken-N-Spice location coming to Shorewood

The landmark Joliet restaurant Chicken-N-Spice is branching out with plans to open a new location in Shorewood.

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County approves courthouse, Chicago St. agreements with Joliet

Will County has approved an agreement with the City of Joliet that sets in motion the construction of a new county courthouse and the re-opening of Chicago Street.

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Organizers hope J-Town film fest will become annual event

Joliet could be set to join the ranks of cities like Telluride, California, Park City, Utah and even Chicago, Illinois after it rolls out its first film festival this April.

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Joliet votes to form prison committee

The city council has voted to disband its Housing Authority committee and reassign its members to oversee the rehab of the shuttered Collins Street Prison.

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City rescinds historic home’s landmark status

When he bought the home at 509 Plainfield Road in 2008, owner Michael Tannura didn’t know that the structure came with historic landmark status.

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City approves Rialto funding, new courthouse agreements

The Rialto Square Theater will get its infusion of cash from the City of Joliet and projects related to the new county courthouse will move forward after votes by the city council this week.

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Hundreds turn out for MLK day of service

For many students and adults, Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday was a day to pitch in and do some good for non-profits around the city of Joliet.

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Romeoville Sam’s Club closing Jan. 26

The Village of Romeoville was notified Thursday that the 460 S. Weber Rd. location is one of the stores slated to close at the end of January across the state.

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Will County taking on puppy mills in 2018

Supporters of a law that would restrict the sale of dogs and cats from large scale mill breeders will try again in 2018.

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New Shorewood microbrewery set to open in Feb.

If he weren’t spending all of his time working there, Will County Brewing Company would be the type of place where James Kennedy would probably hang out.

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Movies projected in Rialto’s future

The roster of acts treading the boards at the Rialto Square Theater in Joliet has grown in the year since management company VenuWorks took over.

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Joliet denies special use for custom rim business’ new location

The Joliet City Council last week denied a special use permit for a business owner looking to relocate his business on West Jefferson Street.

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New partnership will expand Pace routes to CenterPoint

A new cost-sharing partnership, approved by the city, will double the bus service travelling from Joliet to the CenterPoint Intermodal facilities in Elwood.

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Joliet Police growing beards for charity

This month, Joliet police officers will have another layer of protection against the frigid arctic temperatures that have gripped the area this winter.

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Joliet approves new agreement with Chicagoland Speedway

Joliet and Chicagoland Speedway have re-upped their commitment to each other for another 20 year span.

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Will County ready for more solar energy use

Will County was recently recognized for its efforts that are clearing the way for the growth of solar energy use in the county.

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Volunteers brave cold to act as family, pay respects to deceased veterans

With temperatures not much above zero, it would have been understandable if only a hearty few turned out to pay their final respects to Wallace Boyd and Melvin Harris.

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The year in review 2017

In 2017, Will County broke ground on a new courthouse, two micro-breweries opened in downtown Joliet and community activists advocated for justice for a slain toddler.

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Joliet approves Silver Cross annexation

Protesters who packed Joliet’s city council meeting at the end of December in order to voice their opposition to an annexation and rezoning plan in Jackson Township overshadowed another annexation plan that also drew protests.

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Will County files law suit to battle opioid epidemic

The Will County State’s Attorney Jim Glasgow along with 4 other state’s attorneys have filed lawsuits against several pharmaceutical companies and doctors for their role in the opioid addiction epidemic.

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State grant helps Will County detainees beat opioid addiction

A $16 million state grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services is serving as another tool in the state’s fight against the opioid abuse crisis.

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Despite outcry from residents, Joliet approves Jackson Township rezoning

The Joliet City Council on Tuesday approved an annexation agreement and rezoned just over 138 acres near the corner of Breen Road and Route 53 that will pave the way for industrial development in a rural stretch south of town.

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Will County breaks ground on new courthouse site

Twenty years in the planning, the new Will County Court House took another step toward reality this week as officials broke ground near the site where the 10-story building will begin construction sometime in 2018.

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Gala honors community service of local women

Several women and some men were honored this past weekend for their work on behalf of the Will County Community.

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Will County Clerk race heats up

In a biographical statement she posted to the Will County Democratic Party’s website when she first ran for a seat on the Will County Board in 2014, Lauren Staley-Ferry emphasized her deep roots in the Joliet community, her commitment to family and to public service.

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Volunteer recognized for work to help veterans

Will County Veteran's Assistance Commission Chair Jack Picciolo received the Veteran's Patriotic Award from the State of Illinois for his service to the community.

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Joliet’s Gallery 7 moving to Lockport

Joliet’s Gallery 7 has found a new home in the neighboring City of Lockport.

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Bounce houses, electronic signs regulated

Parents looking to rent a bounce house for their kids’ birthday party will have a 2-day time limit if they place it in their front or side yard in Joliet.

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Joliet Santa Cops deliver Christmas to those less fortunate

Over 80 Joliet law enforcement personnel turned out Saturday morning for the 29th annual Santa Cops which helps kids less fortunate shop for Christmas gifts.

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New ride arrives just in time for Boys & Girls Club

The day after their van died, The Boys & Girls Club of Joliet received the keys to a brand new vehicle courtesy of the Will County State’s Attorney’s office and D’Arcy Motors.

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Military mom encourages supporting troops year-round

When her son Joseph first joined the Army almost 5 years ago, Joliet resident Geriann Weisbrook didn’t know much about the organizations back home that support military personnel deployed overseas.

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Vacation of portion of Richards Street postponed

The City of Joliet will take a 60-day pause on a plan to vacate a portion of old Richards Street following a petition from two business owners impacted by the plan.

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Joliet hitting reset on TIF districts

Joliet officials hope to keep redevelopment of the downtown on track with the shrinking of one TIF District and the creation of another.

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City postpones Silver Cross annexation again

The Joliet City Council has tabled a vote to annex land owned by Silver Cross Hospital until later this month.

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Road investments needed for future Will County growth

In a report to investors, Will County Center for Economic Development CEO John Grueling said that road investments will be key to keeping transportation expansion going in the years ahead.

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Local shops offer personal service in cyber age

Stepping through the entrance way of Sunnyside Antiques in downtown Plainfield could overwhelm the senses of even the most-seasoned of holiday shoppers.

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Shanahan steps downs as interim Joliet City Manager

Shanahan served for 7 months as interim city manager as Joliet officials conducted a search for a new permanent replacement for Jim Hock who retired in May.

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