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Karen Sorensen

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Police blotter: Domestic battery, resisting arrest, retail theft, more

Arrests made by the Joliet, Plainfield and Bolingbrook police departments and other law enforcement agencies.

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Police blotter: Drug possession, DUI, forgery, burglary, more

Arrests made by the Joliet and Bolingbrook police departments and other law enforcement agencies.

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Downtown Joliet transportation center now $7M over budget

Higher-than-expected construction bids and the state's rescinding of a pledge to cover cost overruns had added $4.9 million to the already $2.1 million accrued in additional expenses.

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JJC City Center Campus to open in January 2017

Joliet Junior College President Debra Daniels updated the Joliet City Council on the status of several projects the college is currently undertaking.

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Police blotter: Domestic battery, DUI, burglary, other charges

Arrests made by the Joliet Police Department and other law enforcement agencies.

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Two charged in connection with Joliet weekend murder

Darrell Stuckey was charged with first-degree murder Thursday and an accomplice, Arshay Harris, was charged aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

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Police blotter: DUI, gun discharge, drug possession, other charges

Arrests made by the Joliet and Romeoville police departments and other law enforcement agencies.

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House, car hit by bullets in another Fairview area shooting

The incident occurred in the 1300 block of Fairview, near where other shootings and two murders have taken place in the last five week, Joliet police said.

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Armed robbery, fistfight leads to parolee's arrest: Police

A Lockport man armed with a semi-automatic pistol robbed three men of cash Wednesday, only to have one of them give chase and start a fight that was seen by passing police officers, Joliet police said.

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Search on to find new county health department director

John Cicero, who's headed the department since 2008, announced his plans to retire in January at the health board's August meeting.

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Police blotter: Domestic battery, gun discharge, parole violations, more

Arrests made by the Joliet Police Department and other law enforcement agencies.

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Take Back the Night Thursday features sex abuse survivor

Victor Pacini will be the keynote speaker at the annual event, designed to remember victims and draw attention to the issues of domestic and sexual abuse.

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Lockport's 'HellsGate Haunted House' won't open till 2016

The new Halloween attraction, set to rival Crest Hill's Statesville Haunted Prison, was forced to delay its opening due to too many variables "beyond our control," the production company said.

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Police blotter: Domestic battery, criminal trespass, theft, more

Arrests made by the Joliet, Will County, Romeoville, Plainfield and Bolingbrook police departments.

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Police blotter: Criminal trespass, burglary, assault, more

Arrests made by the Joliet Police Department and other law enforcement agencies.

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Crime down in Joliet, Bolingbrook, other Will towns

The Joliet case numbers decreased in almost every category of crime reported, with the exception of aggravated assault.

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Police blotter: Domestic battery, drug possession, burglary, more

Arrests made by the Joliet Police Department and other law enforcement agencies.

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Police blotter: Drug dealing, drug possession, armed violence, more

Arrests made by the Joliet Police Department and other law enforcement agencies.

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Unknown shooter fires at Joliet house, hits gas line

Joliet police said they do not know why a house at 215 N. Broadway St. was targeted, and have found no witnesses to the incident.

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Joliet bringing beat cops back to downtown

Starting next week, officers will be assigned to walk the downtown district during both daytime and evening hours seven days a week, Mayor Bob O'Dekirk said.

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O'Dekirk wants Joliet residency clause in union contracts

Police, firefighter and public works employees all have contracts that end this year, and Mayor Bob O'Dekirk is pushing for a requirement that new hires become city residents.

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Homer Glen opening new park on old golf course land

Village Hall Park is located on the former Woodbine Golf Course property, which is also to be used for a future village hall.

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Police blotter: Credit card fraud, drug dealing, stolen car, more

Arrests made by the Joliet Police Department and other law enforcement agencies.

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United Way funding woes spur one-week public survey

The effort to learn more about what people want could help set priorities and spur donations, which are down about 8 percent this year despite requests for help being up 15 percent.

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Police blotter: DUI, domestic battery, theft, sex abuse, more

Arrests made by the Joliet Police Department and other law enforcement agencies.

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Police blotter: Theft, DUI, assault, criminal damage, more

Arrests by the Joliet, Romeoville and Bolingbrook police departments and other law enforcement agencies.

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Police blotter: DUI, car theft, heroin, domestic battery, other charges

Arrests made by the Joliet Police Department and other law enforcement agencies.

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Police blotter: Burglary, no license, DUI, battery, more

Arrests made by the Joliet Police Department and other law enforcement agencies.

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U.S. 30 paving work in Plainfield starts today

As many as 20 trucks per hour will deliver concrete to the work zone, with construction starting as early as 6 a.m. on some days and possibly lasting until 6 p.m.. officials said.

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Police blotter: Drug possession, DUI, retail theft, more

Arrests made by the Joliet Police Department and other law enforcement agencies.

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Drug house raid yields crack, heroin, abused dog: Police

Markeis McKinnis was charged with a slew of drug possession and selling charges as well as animal cruelty, Joliet police said.

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Joliet's McFarland, Brooks to see pope in D.C.

Joliet City Councilman Jim McFarland will be at the parade and on the Capitol steps and Will County Board member Herb Brooks will be at the canonization Mass.

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Race Fan Rally takes over downtown Joliet Thursday

Kevin Harvick, winner of last year's Sprint Cup, will be one of four drivers answering fan questions and signing autographs.

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Chipotle, Starbucks may be coming to Homer Glen: Mayor

Lease negotiations are under way with the two chain restaurants, which will fill a building to be constructed at 143rd Street and Bell Road.

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Joliet water rate hike delayed as council seeks alternatives

A 9 percent increase had been set to go into effect on Oct. 15, the first of four annual escalations that would have totaled 28 percent by 2018.

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Lewis president to attend pope's Congressional speech

Brother James Gaffney will be one of just 535 people in the audience for the historic speech -- the first a pope has ever made before the joint houses of Congress.

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New Lenox man dies following hit-and-run crash

Robert Haag was driving his motorcycle in downtown Lockport Monday night when a car turned in front of him and he lost control, police said.

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Joliet woman attacked cars, stabbed man in leg, police say

Suspect Alyssa Salazar was reportedly angry that a former girlfriend had become romantically involved with a woman who lived at the house where the cars were parked, Deputy Chief Ed Gregory said.

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Police blotter: DUI, gun possession, criminal damage, more

Arrests made by the Joliet Police Department and other law enforcement agencies.

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Two hurt in Joliet drive-by shooting Monday

Both victims were hit in the foot and taken to Silver Cross Hospital for treatment.

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Township lays out Bicentennial Park plan for council

Joliet Township Supervisor Dan Vera described a plan to improve almost every aspect of the park and create new entertainment to bring people to the downtown site.

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Sale bids sought for shuttered Citgo/GasMart in Homer Glen

The deadline to file a bid to purchase the station at 143rd Street and Bell Road is Sept. 29.

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Police blotter: Domestic battery, DUI, burglary, other arrests

Arrests made by the Joliet Police Department and other law enforcement agencies.

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Police blotter: DUI, cocaine delivery, robbery, other charges

Arrests made by the Joliet Police Department and other law enforcement agencies.

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Update: No motive known in early Sunday murder

The victim was found dead inside a car in the 1400 block of Englewood at at 4:35 a.m., Joliet Deputy Chief Al Roechner said.

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Update: Third man arrested in Old Plank Road Trail holdup

A third suspect remains at large in the armed robbery, which investigators do not believe was random, a Will County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said.

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Joliet man dies from car accident injuries

The collision took place Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Larkin and Glenwood avenues in Joliet.

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Police blotter: Sexual abuse, armed robbery, drug possession, more

Arrests made by the Joliet Police Department and other law enforcement agencies.

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McGuire won't seek sixth term as circuit clerk

Pamela McGuire is endorsing her office's customer service manager to be her successor in the 2016 Will County election.

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Police blotter: Domestic battery, DUI, drug possession, more

Arrests made by the Joliet Police Department and other law enforcement agencies.