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Brock A. Stein

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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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Joliet postpones Silver Cross annexation

The Joliet City Council has postponed its vote to annex 8 parcels of land near Silver Cross Hospital in to the city.

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Crest Hill, Joliet intersection deal approved

The Joliet City Council reversed a decision it made in October to deny approval of an intergovernmental agreement with the neighboring City of Crest Hill.

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Update: Joliet votes to change nepotism rules

The City of Joliet is set to vote this week on a change in rules regarding the hiring and appointing of relatives by current elected officials and employees.

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Update: Joliet City Council passes changes to pet sale ordinance

The City Council's vote disappointed some residents who wanted to see animals sold in stores come from rescue organizations.

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Hurricane devistation motivates local family to give more

Following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico in September, Crest Hill resident Tasha Pitchford and her family made a donation to the relief efforts through her church in Bolingbrook. But that wasn’t enough and the Crest Hill family felt the needed to do more.

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2018 Will County budget includes more for health department

Will County’s Health Department will get an extra infusion of cash in its budget next year.

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A helping hand over the Holiday

Resources are available for Will County residents who need help over the holidays.

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Joliet Park District set to unveil new Pilcher park makeover

The Joliet Park District will unveil the newly renovated Pilcher Park this Saturday after 6 months of work that includes upgrades to hiking trails, roads and several safety updates.

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Model railroad holiday open house is Saturday

The community is invited.

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Plainfield police deploy humor to get serious message out

If you’ve been locking your car doors at night because you know that it’s the number one way to prevent theft from your vehicle it may be one of the few positive lessons to come from your Facebook feed in recent months.

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Romeoville Target among 12 slated to close in February

Romeoville Mayor thinks online competition will continue to reshape brick and mortar retailers for years to come.

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Elder Brewing Co. now open

It could be standing room only when Elder Brewing Co. opens its doors to the public this Friday at noon.

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City approves re-development of former Catholic Charities building

The City of Joliet has approved a re-development agreement for the former Catholic Charities building at 201 N. Ottawa St.

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Will County Dreamers waiting for congress to act

In 2012, former President Barack Obama signed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival executive order, which offered a reprieve from the threat of deportation to about 1.8 million immigrants living in the U.S.

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