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Pet Talk—Safely Medicating Spot

When it comes to the health of your pets, medications play an important role in preventing disease, increasing longevity, and making for a healthier, happier pet. Whether it’s antibiotics, pain meds, or flea and tick prevention, there are various things to keep in mind when choosing the right medication for your furry family member.

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JCHS student places first in Joliet and 14th in State for Stock Market contest

Joliet native Lizbeth Avilés volunteers through the Spanish Community Center to teach her Intro to Investing lessons at Joliet Central and West High School. She provides her expertise in a stock market simulation contest where students place real time stock orders online and compete with students all over the state.

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Buyer beware Rialto Theatre warns consumers of 3rd party ticket brokers

The Rialto Square Theatre wants to warn ticket buyers to beware when purchasing tickets through third party ticket brokers. Don’t be deceived by third party ticket resellers charging inflated prices for tickets to Rialto Square Theatre events. If the price of a ticket for a Rialto Square Theatre event seems extremely high there is a good possibility that you are not ordering tickets directly from us. The Rialto Square Theatre does not endorse these third party resellers. If buying tickets online make sure that you are actually ordering through Ticketmaster, our only authorized online ticket seller, and not a third party reseller that seeks to profit from the attractions performing at the Rialto Square Theatre. Tickets may be purchased online through Ticketmaster at http://www.ticketmaster.com Phone orders may be placed through Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Rialto box office located at 102 N. Chicago Street, Joliet, IL.

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ALDI expands online delivery service in Will County

Grocery retailer, ALDI is expanding its Instacart online grocery ordering and home delivery service to residents across Chicagoland including locations in Will County.

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Will County and the security of election results

Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots believes strongly in the integrity of the voting process and takes great pride in the diligent testing of Will County's voting equipment. "We follow all the laws and mandates given to us by the State of Illinois," says Voots. The Will County Clerk's Office performs internal testing using Logic & Accuracy (L&A). Next, a Public Test is performed with Republican and Democratic chairmen and the State's Attorney present. The same test deck of ballots are run through the ballot counters that will be used on Election Day. The results are then compared to the results from our internal tests. Both numbers must match in order to show the machines are consistently reporting properly. While voting is conducted by mail, Early Voting or at the Polling Place, a voter must sign a ballot application before receiving their ballot. The number of applications and ballots cast on the ballot counter must match at each location. There is only one system in Will County that tabulates votes. The AutoMARK Voter Assist Terminal darkens the oval for the voter, who then inserts their ballot into the ballot counter where it is tabulated.

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Wine of the week: Winemakers answer lockdown with online innovation

Taste a new wine with a famous winemaker by visiting your favorite winery's tasting room or sample the latest release from their cellars. It’s all still possible, even with the current COVID lockdown. Even though wineries have shuttered their tasting rooms, there's still ample opportunity to sample the newest releases under the careful tutelage of the winemakers at dozens of wineries through online tasting sessions. The winery will send you a tasting kit with instructions to go online for a virtual wine tasting session. Wineries are also offering spectacularly value priced specials on their latest releases, many including free shipping.

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Mayors weigh in on proposed extension of stay-at-home order

As COVID-19 cases in Will County continue to rise daily, Gov. J.B. Pritzker late last week an-nounced he will be extending the stay-at-home order through May 30th once the current order ex-pires on April 30. An online poll by The Times Weekly revealed that 56.52 percent agreed with Pritzker’s plan to extend the order. Area mayors, also agree with Pritzker’s plan to extend the order. However, there are some concerns about its impact on the local economy. On Tuesday, the Will County Health Department reported a total of 2,267 confirmed COVID cases, an increase of 87 over the previous day. Deaths from the virus in Will County in-creased by nine over Monday to a total of 145 and deaths in Illinois from the virus increased by 144 to 2,125. That’s the highest one-day increase in the number of deaths from the virus in Illinois since the start of the pandemic, officials said. The total number of confirmed cases reported in Illi-nois also continued to rise, increasing to 48,102 on Tuesday, an increase of 2,219 over Monday’s total of 45,883, according to the IDPH.

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District 86 Online Student Registration

Joliet Public Schools District 86 is now accepting online student registration for the 2015-2016 school year.

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Fall 2020 classes at JJC start Aug 17

Registration is open for the fall 2020 semester at Joliet Junior College, with classes starting Aug. 17. Current students may continue to register online using the MyJJC Portal, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. New students are encouraged to apply online.

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Amazon hiring seasonal workers in Romeoville and Joliet

Amazon will hire more than 120,000 seasonal employees across the U.S. during the holiday season this year with some of those workers based right here in Will County. Amazon’s new fulfillment centers in Joliet and Romeoville began operations and shipped their first customer orders recently, just in time for the holiday season. The fulfillment center in Romeoville, which specializes in larger items like big-screen televisions, sports equipment or kayaks shipped its first order – a decorative cylinder planter set to a customer in Naperville, Illinois.

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Romeoville Parks and Recreation deliver birthday surprises

If you’re looking for a special way to celebrate your little one’s birthday, look no more! The Village of Romeoville Parks and Recreation Department is surprising boys and girls all over Romeoville with Birthday Celebration Boxes. Each box comes customized with a child’s name and is packed with lots of goodies, including a custom coloring booklet, candy, cake mix, frosting, balloons, birthday coupons and more! Celebration boxes can be delivered to your home by some of our Recreation Department staff, who will be sure to make it a BIG deal!

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Don't fall for Valentine's Day scams

On Valentine's Day, people's emotions run all over the map – some are head-over-heels and want to shower their loved one with gifts, while others are despondent because currently they have no one special in their life.

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Property Fraud Alert

Karen A. Stukel, Will County Recorder is notifying the citizens of Will County about a new service available at her office. Property Fraud Alert is a FREE online subscription service, which will enable the general public to register their name or name of their organization with the Recorder’s Office in order to monitor potential fraudulent activity.

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Circuit Clerk office gets improved website

Will County Circuit Clerk Pamela J. McGuire rolls out her new and improved, mobile-friendly web site.

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Wal-Mart expands grocery pickup in battle with Amazon

(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc is expanding free grocery pickup service to several markets in the U.S. as it seeks to capitalize on its network of physical stores amid growing competition with Amazon.com and others investing in home delivery. The world's largest retailer said on Tuesday that it would start offering curbside pickup for groceries ordered online in eight new markets this month - including Atlanta and Salt Lake City - with more to be added in the coming weeks.

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Joliet utility bill payment system down for service starting July 20

The online and phone payment system is expected to return to service on July 26.

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Silver Cross launches online appointment scheduling program

Patients can now search and book appointments for exams, lab tests, physical therapy and other things through SCHedule NOW web site feature.

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Social Security to resume mailed benefit statements

Call it a paperless experiment that didn't quite pan out. In 2011, a budget-strapped Social Security Administration (SSA) stopped mailing annual benefit statements to workers over 25 in order to save $70 million on annual printing and mailing costs.

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Don't let cyber Grinches ruin your Holidays

I'm usually in too much of a Thanksgiving food coma to hit the sales on Black Friday, but millions of other Americans somehow find the energy. Last year, 89 million people took advantage of Black Friday sales (57 million of them online), while an estimated 247 million shopped throughout the four-day weekend, as stores increasingly have opened their doors on Thanksgiving itself.

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Regulator warns Halloween colored contacts could permanently damage your eyes

With the Halloween season upon us, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) is reminding the public that purchasing colored contact lenses from anyone other than a licensed eye care professional or pharmacist is dangerous. In recent years, illegally-purchased colored contacts have flooded the retail market during Halloween and are most often found at malls, beauty supply stores and via online websites. These lenses are often made overseas in non-FDA approved facilities with tinting materials that may be toxic to the eye. Without a proper examination and fitting, colored contacts can cause damage to the eye, including blindness.

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