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SPECIAL REPORT: Mass Incarceration of women and minorities a new crisis

Although the number of people in prisons and jails in America has slightly declined, numbers released on Thursday, April 25, by the Bureau of Justice Statistics still show that nearly 1.5 million individuals were in prison by the end of ...

Local woman graduates from JJC at age 84

Shirley Crowell is whom you might call a lifelong student. Having long understood the value of education, Crowell for decades has enjoyed the status of part-time student in order to keep her mind sharp and adjust to changes in her ...

Historic appeal embraced in local community

For a community that boasts new subdivisions that appeal to differing incomes and lifestyles, many in the Village of Plainfield would prefer to be known for their historic properties. This was the message delivered during Monday’s committee of the whole ...

Joliet school District 86 raises funds for Autism

Thank you to everyone that participated in the Joliet Public Schools District 86 fourth annual Autism Awareness 5K Run/Walk. Despite the raining conditions, more than 400 people supported the fundraiser held recently at Joliet Junior College. The top finishers included ...

Village of Bolingbrook seats new village trustees

The Village of Bolingbrook is conducting the Swearing In ceremony for the Village Trustees who were successful in the April 2019 Consolidated Election. The ceremony took place at the regular Board meeting of May 14, 2019 at 8pm. Trustees-elect Mary ...

Free community shred, prescription recycling event

State Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, is partnering with State Sen. Jennifer Bertino Tarrant, D-Shorewood, to host a free community shred and prescription recycling event next month. "Shredding documents with personally identifiable information, like tax returns, bank statements and old bills, ...

Will County call on Springfield to pass capital plan

Joliet - The Will County Board called on the Illinois General Assembly and Governor Pritzker to pass a robust capital plan that funds desperately needed improvements to I-80, I-55 and other roads and bridges in Will County, which is home ...

Hotel site slated for development

The city of Joliet will consider paying half the fee for a study to see if a hotel can be redeveloped into apartments, as part of an overall effort to revitalize downtown. On May 13, the Economic Development Committee voted ...

Changing the game: Ice Cube’s battle to buy regional sports networks

More and more, Black athletes and entertainers are looking to expand beyond the field of expertise that gained them fame, notoriety and riches, and leverage these positions to help them make their same mark in the world of business. There ...

Black girls continue to disappear but few eyebrows are raised

The epidemic of missing and mostly forgotten African American girls continues to spread throughout the United States. While the names change, the stories remain similar. Miah Gourdine, just 16-years-old, was headed to school on Tuesday, April 23, but when attendance ...

Foster named Chair of Artificial Intelligence Task Force

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services, announced the creation of a Task Force on Artificial Intelligence chaired by Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL). "I am excited to Chair the Financial Services Committee's Task Force on ...

New board sworn in

It was changing of the guard on the Plainfield Village Board Monday following last month's surprising election results. Bill Lamb, who had been a Plainfield village trustee since 2005, came up short on election night as three seats were available ...

State gains $15 million to fight opioid crisis

Opioid overdoses cut short more than 2,000 lives in the state of Illinois in 2018. But Will County officials and Governor J.B. Pritzker are pledging to fight the epidemic with resources, education, and funding. On May 3, the village of ...

Arts look to make a comeback in Joliet

An arts community has sprung up in Joliet. But plans to formalize a committee to oversee projects and bring together local talent have been put on hold, awaiting more information from potential organizers. Joliet’s Economic Development Director Steve Jones and ...

Joliet to implement long-range plan

The City of Joliet is in dire need of long range planning. But a firm looking to take on the project will have to wait a little longer for approval. On May 2, the Land Use and Legislative Committee reviewed ...

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