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Brock A. Stein

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Joliet encourages legislators to restore funding

Joliet City Manager has a message he hopes that city officials and residents will deliver to state legislators as they begin the budget process for 2019: don’t take any more of the city’s money.

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Housing Authority Joliet receives funding for new units at Liberty Meadows

Housing Authority of Joliet announced this week that it has received $10 million in federal funding to construct 42 new homes in the Liberty Meadows subdivision.

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Bicentennial Park planning 2019 concert series

Despite some questions about where everyone will park, Joliet’s city council members this week were supportive of an idea to bring a major outdoor concert series to Bicentennial Park next summer.

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Will County growth rate increases along with wages

Will County’s unemployment rate dipped to 4.6% in March as it continues a steady decline that started from a peak of 7% in March 2016, and below last March’s rate of 5%.

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Diversity increasing with new police, fire department hires in Joliet

Joliet’s efforts to increase its minority and female applicants for its police and fire departments appear to be working as both groups have announced female, minority candidate new hires in recent weeks.

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City waives sidewalks, street lights requirement for new development

During his years of working in city government, Joliet City Manager David Hales said that he’s found that the best way for pedestrians to get around is on a sidewalk.

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Bicentennial-Park fountain rehab, library land swap approved

The Joliet City Council this week approved two projects that will bring public improvements to the city.

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'Day of Play' will mark 1-year anniversary of toddler’s death

The Justice for Sema’j Action Team will host a “Day of Play” on Saturday, April 28 at Oak Valley Park in Joliet.

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Taste of Joliet finds new headliners

The organizers for Taste of Joliet have announced that Rick Springfield and Dennis DeYoung, formerly of the rock band Styx, will replace Huey Lewis and the News as Friday night headliners.

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Redevelopment plans for Stadium Club building fall through

The City of Joliet has repealed an agreement that would have brought a mixed use development to the former Stadium Club building downtown.

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Slammers Stadium sheds old name

The installation of new artificial turf and other upgrades at Slammer’s Stadium, Joliet’s minor league baseball park, is about 95% complete.

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Indicted officer returning to work

A Joliet Police officer who has been off work since he was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, domestic battery, and property damage in July 2017 is headed back to work.

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Dates set for Joliet prison volunteer day, public open house

Volunteers are working behind the walls of the Collins Street Prison in Joliet to get the former penitentiary ready for its public debut later this summer.

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Chicago Street reopening work set for 2019

Work to re-open Chicago Street in Joliet could be completed next year if all goes according to plan said Joliet Public Works Director Jim Trizna this week.

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New crop of Joliet firefighters includes first female cadet

This week, the Joliet Fire Department welcomed eight new hires to the city including its first female officer

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Joliet train station now open

While there are still a few more details to be completed before it is officially done, Joliet’s new downtown train station marked another milestone this week when the main terminal opened to commuters on Wednesday morning.

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Mayor calls out Jackson Township officials

Joliet’s Mayor Bob O’Dekirk Tuesday night had heard enough criticism from two Jackson Township officials who levied blame at the city council for safety concerns stemming from truck traffic headed to warehouse sites near Elwood.

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Barred Joliet business owner receives approval

An automotive customization business made another appeal to the Joliet City Council this week to open in a new location on W. Jefferson Street.

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Future Chicago Street plans include fountain, green space, and stage

The Joliet City Council got a first look at the public space it plans to create with the re-opening of Chicago Street.

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City approves deal for new Hawk Motors location

Joliet will rebate $3.5 million in sales tax revenue to keep Hawk Motors Volkswagen and Mazda—and a possible yet to be named 3rd car model—in the city.

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Will County officials to discuss school safety solutions

Will County will host a joint meeting between its public safety and judicial committees on April 3 where officials will discuss possible school safety improvements in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shootings last month.

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Candidates make their final appeals to voters

For candidates running for office in the March 20 primary, two parades on two successive weekends presented golden opportunities to meet potential voters.

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Shorewood micro-brewery now open

Shorewood's first micro-brewery finally opened and record crowds turned out to taste their first offerings.

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Students, parents, faculty take part in walkout protests

Plainfield Central students and faculty walked out of their classrooms on March 14 to mark the one-month anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 students and faculty dead in Parkland, Florida.

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Joliet planning ahead for water, sewer improvements

Joliet is staying ahead of the curve with a plan to update 1% of their water and sewer infrastructure each year

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City approves TIF revamp

This week, the Joliet City Council approved a plan to revamp an existing TIF district and create a new one.

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Chamber president calls Joliet’s record of minority hiring ‘god awful’

Larry Ivory, the CEO of the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce told Joliet’s city council this week that it needs to do more to ensure more minorities participate in local work projects.

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Exchange club names Joliet Police officer of the year

Jonathon Rutkoski has been named officer of the year by the Exchange Club of Joliet.

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Silver Cross demolition underway

Crews began the demolition of the former Silver Cross Hospital site in Joliet last week, the first step toward redeveloping the 35-acre campus

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Local contractors protest lack of minority inclusion in county projects

A group called the Black Contractors of Will County protested outside of the Will County Courthouse on Tuesday to draw attention to the lack of minority contractors working on the new courthouse site.

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Joliet animal pet safety

A year after establishing its own animal control office, the City of Joliet has a better process in place for addressing pet-related safety concerns for residents.

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Evergreen Terrace action plan

The city of Joliet will have to lock in a long-range plan for the Evergreen Terrace housing complex by early fall.

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Early voting could be problematic for gubernatorial candidate

With early voting started this week, what impact will it have on one candidate who is working to recover the trust of some voters?

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Joliet mayor dispels Northpoint rumors

Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk proposed taking a more active role in dispelling rumors that the city has any back room deal struck with the developer of a massive warehouse project in Elwood.

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Early voting begins in Will County

Despite there being another month to go before the March 20 primary election, voters in Will County can now start casting their ballots.

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Joliet moves closer to TIF revamp

This week, the City of Joliet held the first of two public meetings before the city council is expected to approve a plan for a revamp of an existing TIF district and the creation of another.

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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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