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Will County office shuffling plan underway

With sledgehammers in hand, Will County officials had a demolition ceremony Thursday afternoon to kick off their master plan to improve and consolidate county services and reduce expenses. The project began at the former Social Security building, 158 N. Scott Street, in downtown Joliet, and …

New chapter awaits Oak Lawn Library


More than 1,100 people have responded to a survey offered this month by the Oak Lawn Public Library, which is seeking input for its new strategic plan, director Jim Deiters said Friday.

The shelf life of the plan by which the library currently is operating …

Fourth charged in home invasion


A fourth person charged with invading an Oak Lawn home last month was ordered held on $500,000 bail Friday. Damion Larios, 22, of Chicago, had eluded police since the Aug. 20 robbery in the 9200 block of Central Avenue, Oak Lawn police said. Larios, Juan …

Bahamian delegation to visit Richton Park

Richton Park officials will entertain a delegation from the Bahamas with the hope that the three-day visit will lead to a Sister Cities relationship.

Seven people from Cat Island will visit the village starting Monday, and activities will include a reception that Richton Park residents …

Frankfort resident seeks out robot for open-heart surgery


When LeRoy Cooper, of Frankfort, was told he needed open-heart surgery this summer, he knew he wanted a robot to perform the operation, but he had to go against the wishes of his cardiologist. “He told me it was still experimental and said, ‘good luck,’ …

Will County executive to undergo cancer surgery


Will County Executive Larry Walsh will undergo surgery for prostate cancer Thursday following a recent diagnosis by his doctors. “Unfortunately, I am like many men my age and was diagnosed with prostate cancer following my regular checkup by my doctor,” said Walsh, 66, noting that …

Vandalism spree leads Country Club Hills school to close

Sykuta Elementary School in Country Club Hills was closed Thursday and Friday because of a vandalism spree, Country Clubs Hills School District 160 Supt. Sandra Thomas said.

She said vandals sprayed fire extinguishers in a hallway and inside three classrooms late Wednesday or early Thursday …

New Lenox fire district tabs Engledow as chief


Less than two weeks after the resignation of Fire Chief Jon Mead, the New Lenox Fire Protection District trustees announced his replacement — Steve Engledow, a 43-year fire service veteran.

Engledow retired from the Joliet Fire Department after 18 years and most recently served as …

Crestwood resolves state’s lawsuit over use of tainted water


The Illinois attorney general’s lawsuit against Crestwood over the use of polluted well water is “history” Mayor Lou Presta declared Thursday after village trustees approved an out-of-court settlement in the case.

The village will pay $50,000 — Presta said a check will be delivered Friday …

Federal judge says Joliet  can acquire housing complex


Joliet on Thursday cleared a major legal hurdle in its effort to acquire and demolish the Evergreen Terrace apartments when a federal judge ruled in favor of the city in its lawsuit against the owners of the public housing complex. The decision by U.S. District …

As Palos Park celebrates centennial, centenarian reflects on village’s history


The third Saturday of September always has been flavored with the scent of chili in Palos Park — but this year, the scent of nostalgia hangs heavy. The annual chili fest — to be held Saturday — evolved into a two-day Autumn in the Park …

Walsh proposes $466 million Will County budget


Will County Executive Larry Walsh has laid out a $466 million budget plan that focuses on capital projects and improved roads. He developed a five-year plan to address those needs and identified revenue sources for them. “Once we finalize the five-year capital plan, we must …

Lockport hopes for boost from reality show on local wrestling promoters


Two Lockport brothers told officials Wednesday night that they should prepare to take advantage of the city getting more attention and visitors once a television show on their professional wrestling business begins airing early next year on the AMC cable channel.

Former pro wrestlers Jacques …

Lockport seeks to ease residents’ concerns about potential industry near homes

Lockport officials tried to reassure some residents that the city will protect their home values in approving an annexation and light-industrial development near their homes.

During a city council committee meeting Wednesday night, city attorney Ronald Caneva read some of the terms of a proposed …

ComEd to pay $46 million in refunds to Illinois customers


ComEd will pay more than $46 million in customer refunds to settle two lawsuits, the Illinois Attorney General’s office announced Thursday.

The $46.2 million in refunds will be paid to customers in the form of credits to their accounts on their November electric bills, according …

Suit: Shop class saw severely injured student’s fingers

A high school student whose fingers were severely injured by a table saw during a shop class in 2012 is suing a Southland school district.

Taron Steele filed the lawsuit Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court against Bloom Township High School District 206 and the …