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  • Nicor holding programs at fire departments

    Nicor Gas is taking its natural gas safety program to fire stations in 61 communities throughout its northern Illinois service territory during Octobe ...
    Sept. 18, 2014 - 9:26 pm
  • Women of Distinction winners announced

    MORRIS – A community is only as strong as its people. In greater Grundy County, there are many strong women who touch the lives of those around them a ...
    Sept. 18, 2014 - 9:19 pm
  • Morris resident overcomes leg injury to win medals at Special Olympics

    MORRIS – Katie Lovell wears her four Special Olympics medals with pride. But the journey to those medals was even sweeter.
    Sept. 18, 2014 - 9:15 pm
  • Grundy County taking part in first-ever Illinois Railroad Safety Week

    MORRIS – When a 12 million pound freight train is barreling down the tracks, it can smash a vehicle as easily as most cars can crumple a soda can.
    Sept. 18, 2014 - 9:08 pm
  • Conceal carry not allowed at Corn Festival activities

    MORRIS — People with concealed carry permits should not be surprised that they cannot carry their guns at the Grundy County Corn Festival, conceal car ...
    Sept. 18, 2014 - 5:19 pm
  • Deadlines approaching for Corn Festival events, activities

    MORRIS – Deadlines are approaching for some events and activities at the 66th annual Grundy County Corn Festival.
    Sept. 18, 2014 - 9:19 pm
  • Grundy County administrator submits resignation

    MORRIS — Grundy County Administrator Heidi Miller has tendered her resignation, five months after being hired, Grundy County Chairman Ron Severson sai ...
    Sept. 18, 2014 - 1:55 pm
  • No injuries in Coal City house fire

    COAL CITY – No one was injured when a basement fire damaged a two-story home Thursday.The Coal City ...
    Sept. 18, 2014 - 9:24 pm
  • Annual Prairie Day scheduled for Goose Lake this weekend

    MORRIS – The 17th Annual Prairie Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area. 
    Sept. 18, 2014 - 11:52 am
  • No injuries in Coal City home fire

    COAL CITY – No one was injured when a basement fire damaged a two-story home Thursday.The Coal City ...
    Sept. 18, 2014 - 12:35 pm
  • Holiday Parade seeks floats for November

    MORRIS – The Home for the Holidays Parade Committee invites businesses and residents participating in the 66th Annual Corn Festival Parade to “hold th ...
    Sept. 17, 2014 - 8:28 pm
  • Fall crop sales closing date nears

    SPRINGFIELD – The USDA’s Risk Management Agency reminds wheat and winter barley producers they have until sales closing Sept. 30 to purchase crop insu ...
    Sept. 17, 2014 - 8:28 pm
  • Grundy County Sheriff’s Office to offer child seat inspections

    GRUNDY COUNTY – Certified technicians will hold a car seat check Saturday at the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office.
    Sept. 17, 2014 - 8:27 pm
  • Regional transportation committee meets Oct. 3

    OTTAWA – The Human Services Transportation Plan, Region 3, Transportation Committee meets at 10 a.m. Oct. 3 at the Mendota Civic Center, 1901 Tom Merw ...
    Sept. 17, 2014 - 8:27 pm
  • Police reports

    Note to readers: Information in Police Reports is obtained from local police departments and the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office. Individuals listed in ...
    Sept. 17, 2014 - 8:20 pm
  • Saratoga schools agree to terms on energy line project

    MORRIS – Saratoga school officials have agreed to abate taxes on the site of the proposed Rock Island Clean Line Energy power station until 2032 in ex ...
    Sept. 17, 2014 - 8:19 pm
  • Morris volleyball ‘Turn the Towns Teal’ for ovarian cancer

    MORRIS – Morris Community High School sophomore Veronica Johnson and her volleyball coach Taylor Lafond have something in common.
    Sept. 17, 2014 - 8:17 pm
  • Local veteran’s flag finds new life

    MORRIS – Moldy, musty and stained: The flag belonging to former Morris resident Louis Cheshareck was in poor shape when his nephew Phil Cheshareck fou ...
    Sept. 18, 2014 - 6:32 pm
  • Morris bar owners react to new Corn Festival rule

    MORRIS — Nervous, afraid and uncertain.Those are the feelings of some downtown bar owners now that a ...
    Sept. 17, 2014 - 6:14 pm
  • Election petitions available Sept. 23 in Channahon

    CHANNAHON – Election petitions and materials will be available for circulation starting Tuesday at the Village of Channahon, 24555 S. Navajo Drive.
    Sept. 17, 2014 - 2:17 pm
  • Funds given to Gus Macker volunteer groups

    MORRIS – On Sept. 3, Gus Macker-Morris volunteers were recognized for their support of the Gus Macker three-on-three basketball tournament.
    Sept. 17, 2014 - 8:24 pm
  • Grundy County sheriff honored for traffic safety, DUI enforcement

    MORRIS – Illinois Traffic Safety Challenge Director Scott Kristiansen presented Grundy County Sheriff Kevin Callahan with two state awards Sept. 9 rec ...
    Sept. 17, 2014 - 8:22 pm
  • Police reports

    Note to readers: Information in Police Reports is obtained from local police departments and the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office. Individuals listed in ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 8:27 pm
  • New Pilot Travel Center opens in Morris

    MORRIS – Pilot Flying J has opened a Pilot Travel Center in Morris featuring full amenities for residents and travelers.
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 8:25 pm
  • Mazon man celebrates 90th with those who keep him healthy

    MORRIS – Frank Sereno of Mazon is happy to celebrate his 90th birthday.After experiencing some healt ...
    Sept. 17, 2014 - 3:17 pm
  • Grundy Bank brings Lincoln to local schools

    MORRIS – Third-grade student Angelina Nushardt was surprised to find the Abraham Lincoln impersonator who spoke to her Saratoga class Tuesday was not ...
    Sept. 17, 2014 - 3:18 pm
  • Grundy Bank marks 150th anniversary by unveiling renovations

    MORRIS – Grundy Bank celebrated a major milestone Tuesday, marking its 150th year in business in Morris.
    Sept. 17, 2014 - 3:17 pm
  • No drinking in public during Grundy County Corn Festival

    MORRIS – During the Grundy County Corn Festival, liquor flows from local bars, and inevitably onto city streets, where police say dense crowds of drin ...
    Sept. 17, 2014 - 6:06 pm
  • Channahon housing market improving

    CHANNAHON – Channahon’s housing market is doing a tad better this year than last, growing from the smidgen of improvement between last year and the ye ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 8:20 pm
  • Mosquitoes from Minooka test positive for West Nile

    GRUNDY COUNTY – The Grundy County Health Department has collected mosquitoes in Minooka that tested positive for West Nile Virus.
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 10:32 am
  • Young Eagles program at Morris Airport program children a chance to soar through the skies

    MORRIS – The day started out chilly and overcast, but by fly time, the gray skies had been replaced with sunshine and white fluffy clouds, little wind ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 8:24 pm
  • Thousands turn out for 3 French Hens market in Morris

    MORRIS – Although Monica Vogel now lives on the East Coast, she still returns to run 3 French Hens Country Market with Whimsy’s Traci Tessone each mon ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 3:45 pm
  • Morris to pay for water main improvements

    MORRIS – The city of Morris will pay D Construction more than $40,000 to complete water main improvements underneath Route 47 near Brentwood Drive.
    Sept. 15, 2014 - 9:20 pm
  • Morris man treated, released following I-80 accident Friday

    MORRIS — A Morris man was treated for injuries and released from Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove after he was life-flighted from the scene of ...
    Sept. 15, 2014 - 6:00 pm
  • Hearing held to determine sentence for driver in fatal Plainfield crash

    JOLIET – Ronald Oswald, the motorcycle rider killed two years ago in a Plainfield crash caused by a driver on drugs, died doing what he loved.
    Sept. 15, 2014 - 5:43 pm
  • Cruise Night draws crowd to downtown Morris

    MORRIS – Cooler than normal temperatures may have drawn a smaller crowd to view the cars according to Herb Wyeth founder of Morris Cruise Night Saturd ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 3:46 pm
  • Corn Festival buttons on sale

    MORRIS – Grundy County Corn Festival Board members Sue Morse and Jim Maskel kicked off the event's 66th year with the sale of the first button to Morr ...
    Sept. 15, 2014 - 9:31 pm
  • Marriage licenses issued to local couples

    MORRIS – The following names are who marriage licenses by the Grundy County Clerk’s office for July 28 through Sept. 5.
    Sept. 12, 2014 - 10:45 pm
  • Local briefs: College planning class offered for parents

    MORRIS – Parents of high school students graduating in 2015 and 2016 are invited to a free college planning class from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at the ...
    Sept. 15, 2014 - 9:36 am
  • Schools begin year facing new mandates from state

    COAL CITY – With a new academic year comes a new round of state mandates for schools.Often, these ne ...
    Sept. 12, 2014 - 10:34 pm
  • Morris Hospital not facing penalties others in state are facing

    The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services announced this month that it will collect more than $16 million from hospitals in penalties ...
    Sept. 12, 2014 - 10:34 pm
  • Grundy Bank to celebrate 150 years

    MORRIS – A lot of things have changed in Morris since 1864, but one cornerstone has remained the same. Grundy County National Bank, now called Grundy ...
    Sept. 12, 2014 - 10:34 pm
  • Leaf burning prohibited in Morris area

    MORRIS – The Morris Police Department is already handling complaints related to burning yard waste.I ...
    Sept. 12, 2014 - 10:33 pm
  • Grundy County evaluates waste production, recycling in new plan

    MORRIS – Candy wrappers, plastic bags, food containers, cardboard boxes – the refuse of daily life can add up quickly.
    Sept. 12, 2014 - 10:33 pm
  • Two injured in plane crash near Newark

    NEWARK – Two people were injured Friday when a small airplane crashed into a field near Newark.The s ...
    Sept. 12, 2014 - 8:44 pm
  • Pair honor troops on 9/11 anniversary

    MORRIS – It’s not uncommon to hear horns blaring in traffic, but on Thursday, the horns were sounding to honor U.S. troops.
    Sept. 11, 2014 - 9:32 pm
  • Truck driver who died identified as Morris man

    CHANNAHON – The Will County Coroner’s office has identified the semitrailer driver who died Wednesday on Interstate 55.
    Sept. 11, 2014 - 9:30 pm
  • Prayers said on courthouse lawn to remember those lost in attacks

    MORRIS – Huddled under a blanket, Alfred and Elizabeth Franks sat on the courthouse lawn Thursday, cold but determined to say prayers for U.S. soldier ...
    Sept. 11, 2014 - 9:30 pm
  • Habitat for Humanity will hold informational meetings

    MORRIS – Grundy-Three Rivers Habitat for Humanity will hold informational meetings next week for families interested in becoming a Habitat homeowner i ...
    Sept. 11, 2014 - 9:30 pm
  • Townships sue wind farm over roadway issues

    KINSMAN – Highland Township Road Commissioner Mark Harlow can remember the days when driving down certain country roads would end with a black, tar-co ...
    Sept. 11, 2014 - 9:30 pm
  • Seneca school holds 9/11 remembrance

    SENECA – Where were you on Sept. 11?It’s a question most people can answer.“I was a freshman in high ...
    Sept. 11, 2014 - 9:28 pm
  • Fans turn out for Race Fan Rally

    JOLIET – Fans and racers alike turned out to ogle cars, scarf munchies and generally soak in everything NASCAR at Race Fan Rally on Thursday evening i ...
    Sept. 12, 2014 - 9:00 am
  • JJC ceremony remembers those who died on 9/11

    JOLIET – The rising notes by the Joliet Firefighters Pipes and Drums set the Joliet Junior College campus in a solemn, commemorative mood Thursday mor ...
    Sept. 11, 2014 - 12:20 pm
  • Metropolitan Alliance of Police to begin annual telephone solicitation in Morris

    MORRIS – The Morris Police Department is informing residents the Metropolitan Alliance of Police, which represents some of the department’s officers f ...
    Sept. 10, 2014 - 9:29 pm
  • Pork chop and chicken dinner to be held

    MORRIS – Grundy-Three Rivers Habitat for Humanity will be the recipients of First Midwest Bank’s Pork Chop and Chicken Dinner.
    Sept. 10, 2014 - 9:29 pm
  • IDPH watching for possible outbreaks

    SPRINGFIELD – Several hospitals in Illinois and Missouri have recently reported clusters of severe respiratory illness in community members, especiall ...
    Sept. 10, 2014 - 9:28 pm
  • 3 French Hens to be held this weekend

    MORRIS – The 3 French Hens French Country Market will be hosting 130 vendors this Saturday, many with pumpkins, Indian corn and other fall decor.
    Sept. 10, 2014 - 9:20 pm
  • Young Eagles flight rally set for Saturday

    MORRIS – Area young people ages 8 to 17 will take to the skies on Saturday as Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 95 hosts a Young Eagles Flight ...
    Sept. 10, 2014 - 9:18 pm
  • Coal City School Board considers policy on parent, coach relations

    COAL CITY – The Coal City Community Unit District 1 School Board will consider measures to prevent parents from approaching coaches on the field or in ...
    Sept. 10, 2014 - 9:18 pm
  • Gardner accepts first marijuana grower application in Grundy

    GARDNER – In five short months, Gardner could be home to one of the state’s 22 medical marijuana cultivation centers, something that makes Mayor Tom W ...
    Sept. 10, 2014 - 9:18 pm
  • County embarks on four-year road construction plan

    MORRIS – Major improvements to Ridge, Brisbin and DuPont roads are among projects included in Grundy County’s four-year highway plan.
    Sept. 11, 2014 - 9:50 pm
  • Aspiring American Ninja Warrior to raise money

    MAZON – Dan Matzen has transformed his small Mazon backyard into a ninja warrior training course, complete with a 17-foot warped wall and a salmon lad ...
    Sept. 10, 2014 - 9:12 pm
  • JJC hosts 9/11 memorial ceremony

    JOLIET – First responders, victims and families affected by the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks will be honored during a ceremony Thursday morning at ...
    Sept. 10, 2014 - 3:46 pm
  • 2015 budget better positions District 101

    MORRIS – The 2015 budget for Morris Community High School District 101 puts the district in a better position than the district’s tentative budget sho ...
    Sept. 9, 2014 - 9:42 pm
  • County prepares for medical marijuana growers, sellers

    MORRIS – Marijuana can be grown and sold within Grundy County, as long as it’s not near churches, schools, parks, forest preserves, day cares, residen ...
    Sept. 9, 2014 - 9:41 pm
  • Goose Lake resident beneficiary of community kindness

    MORRIS – Wheelchair-bound and without ramps to help her get around, Tressa Vergonet felt like a “caged animal” living alone inside her Goose Lake home ...
    Sept. 10, 2014 - 9:23 pm
  • Joliet college partners with Chicago union to educate workers

    JOLIET — A partnership between Joliet Junior College and a carpenters union opens doors to a college degree for building trades workers.
    Sept. 9, 2014 - 9:46 pm
  • Ukraine Counsul General updates Channahon-Minooka Rotary on crisis

    MINOOKA – Consul General of Ukraine Andriy Pravednyk gave an update on the crisis in his homeland Tuesday morning to the Channahon-Minooka Rotary Club ...
    Sept. 9, 2014 - 9:45 pm
  • Trucker in fatal I-55 crash pleads not guilty

    JOLIET – Francisco Espinal-Quiroz, the trucker in the Interstate 55 crash that led to the deaths of five people, pleaded not guilty to reckless homici ...
    Sept. 10, 2014 - 11:20 am
  • Morris firefighters offer services washing elephants as circus visits town

    MORRIS – Firefighters must be ready to react to emergencies at a moment’s notice. Perhaps that skill ...
    Sept. 9, 2014 - 9:47 pm
  • JJC capital projects discussed at presentations

    JOLIET – Capital projects totaling $45 million at Joliet Junior College’s two campuses will be the focus of presentations this week and next.
    Sept. 8, 2014 - 8:57 pm
  • Health department, finance committee reach agreement

    MORRIS – Weeks-long discussion about funding the health department came to a close Monday evening.Af ...
    Sept. 8, 2014 - 8:57 pm
  • Vintage cars, retro vibe the feature of Jalopy Fest

    MORRIS – Entering the Grundy County Fairgrounds gates for Jalopy Fest this past weekend was like taking a step back in time.
    Sept. 11, 2014 - 10:21 am
  • Morris donates weather alert radios to local schools

    MORRIS – Morris schools received a fitting gift from Morris officials this week.The City of Morris d ...
    Sept. 8, 2014 - 8:55 pm
  • No injuries in Kinsman house fire

    MORRIS — A fire caused about $200,000 in damages to a Kinsman home Sunday, but everyone inside escaped before being injured, fire officials said.
    Sept. 8, 2014 - 3:18 pm
  • Route 47 over I-80 bridge to be under construction starting Monday

    MORRIS – Construction work is scheduled to start, weather permitting, on Sept. 15 on Route 47 in Morris over the interstate bridge.
    Sept. 8, 2014 - 1:44 pm
  • Casino revenue, admissions down statewide

    JOLIET — Hollywood Casino in Joliet was the only Illinois casino to see an increase in revenue last month, raking in about $11.5 million, but admissio ...
    Sept. 8, 2014 - 11:24 am
  • State providing money for construction project

    The state is providing funding for construction projects in Grundy and Will counties.More than $4.3 ...
    Sept. 5, 2014 - 10:44 pm
  • Coal City District 1 board approves spending plan

    COAL CITY – The budget for next year for Coal City Community Unit School District shows a deficit budget, which is different than the tentative budget ...
    Sept. 6, 2014 - 10:45 am
  • New partnership between Morris Fire Department, helicopter service aims to save lives

    MORRIS – The Morris Fire Protection and Ambulance District has been teaming up with helicopter rescue service Lifestar to shave valuable minutes off r ...
    Sept. 6, 2014 - 12:36 am
  • Seniors find fitness, friendship through exercise

    COAL CITY – A sharper memory, more energy, a better night’s sleep – Janet Sirvoy has noticed some positive changes since she made early-morning exerci ...
    Sept. 8, 2014 - 4:33 pm
  • Search has started for new principal at Minooka High School

    MINOOKA – The search for a new principal to replace Darcie Kubinski, who resigned this summer, has begun at Minooka Community High School.
    Sept. 6, 2014 - 10:21 am
  • Morris woman killed in accident on Routes 47 and 113

    MORRIS – Jessica Bennett was known for her "angelic voice" and love of others, especially the children she taught at Reed-Custer Primary School where ...
    Sept. 8, 2014 - 9:04 pm
  • Mosquitoes found in Morris test positive for West Nile

    MORRIS – Mosquitoes collected in the city of Morris have tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the Grundy County Health Department.
    Sept. 5, 2014 - 11:22 am
  • Arbitrator finds for former Morris Menards employee

    MORRIS – An arbitrator has ruled that a former Morris Menards manager was unlawfully fired in August 2012 after six years of employment with the store ...
    Sept. 4, 2014 - 9:04 pm
  • Detours scheduled to start Monday on I-80

    MINOOKA – Detours are planned during overnight hours next week for those traveling east and west on Interstate 80 near Minooka so new bridge beams can ...
    Sept. 4, 2014 - 9:00 pm
  • Third Tropical Invasion to support We Care

    MORRIS – The CornFed ParrotHeads are bringing a beach party to Morris next week to benefit We Care of Grundy County.
    Sept. 8, 2014 - 9:05 pm
  • Rezin talks machinery, equipment tax with committee

    MORRIS – A possible rewrite of Illinois tax code could provide Grundy County a chance to address the often-begrudged machinery and equipment tax, stat ...
    Sept. 4, 2014 - 8:59 pm
  • Sheriff’s candidate reports signs damaged, missing

    MORRIS – Republican Grundy County Sheriff’s candidate Ken Briley has filed a report with Morris police saying several of his campaign signs were damag ...
    Sept. 4, 2014 - 8:59 pm
  • Coal City school audit comes back clean

    COAL CITY – Coal City Unit School District 1 had a clean financial audit, a representative from Mack and Associates told the school board this week.
    Sept. 4, 2014 - 8:59 pm
  • Added security for Grundy County offices discussed

    MORRIS – Residents visiting the Grundy County Administration building could be greeted by armed security guards if the county moves forward with hirin ...
    Sept. 4, 2014 - 8:58 pm
  • Deadlines for Corn Fest activities approaching

    The Grundy County Corn Festival is scheduled for Sept. 24 to 28 this year.A number of the activities ...
    Sept. 4, 2014 - 8:58 pm
  • Backback program in Coal City to continue

    COAL CITY – When Cathy Milne announced in July she was closing the doors of the Coal City Clothes Closet, people were worried about what would happen ...
    Sept. 4, 2014 - 8:57 pm
  • Morris police investigate attempted robbery outside The Print Shop

    MORRIS — Police are investigating an attempted robbery that took place Wednesday evening in front of The Print Shop in Morris.
    Sept. 4, 2014 - 11:59 am
  • Police Reports

    Note to readers: Information in Police Reports is obtained from local police departments and the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office. Individuals listed in ...
    Sept. 3, 2014 - 9:38 pm
  • Construction work to start on Route 47

    MORRIS – The Illinois Department of Transportation will, weather permitting, start work Thursday on Route 47 in Morris and north of Morris.
    Sept. 3, 2014 - 9:35 pm
  • Coal City community-wide garage sale Sept. 20

    COAL CITY – It’s school time and fall is on it’s way. It‘s time to clean out your closets and garage to get ready for the winter. On Sept. 20, the Coa ...
    Sept. 3, 2014 - 9:33 pm
  • Morris Hospital receives six ’14 Excellence in Healthcare Awards

    MORRIS – Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers recently received six 2014 Excellence in Healthcare awards based on patients’ perception of their overal ...
    Sept. 3, 2014 - 9:30 pm
  • We Care fall fundraiser shifts to a Sunday

    MORRIS – Nothing says fall like hayrack rides and pumpkins. We Care of Grundy County is inviting res ...
    Sept. 4, 2014 - 6:01 pm
  • Explorer’s program deadline set for Monday

    The Grundy County Sheriff's Office has extended the application period for its Sheriff's Police Explorer program.
    Sept. 3, 2014 - 9:28 pm
  • Event scheduled to identify existing resources, strategies to fill service gaps for seniors

    MORRIS – What amenities and services does Grundy County need for our senior citizens to lead full and productive retirements? What would you as a seni ...
    Sept. 3, 2014 - 9:23 pm
  • County could abate Akzo Nobel expansion project

    MORRIS – A proposed upgrade to the Akzo Nobel Chemical plant located on Tabler Road could bring as much as $138.7 million of investment to Grundy Coun ...
    Sept. 3, 2014 - 9:23 pm
  • Jalopy Fest returns to Grundy fairgrounds

    MORRIS – Car enthusiasts can step back in time and check out cars from a bygone era this weekend at Jalopy Fest.
    Sept. 4, 2014 - 5:59 pm
  • Morris Municipal Airport retires original beacon

    MORRIS – Charles Lindbergh crashed near it; U.S. mail carriers relied on it; and up until recently, the Morris airport used it every night.
    Sept. 4, 2014 - 6:00 pm
  • Man falls from Wilmington cell tower

    WILMINGTON - A man apparently fell to his death while climbing a cellular tower.The body of Edward S ...
    Sept. 3, 2014 - 12:16 pm
  • Channahon board approves letter with state for roadwork

    CHANNAHON – The Channahon Village Board Tuesday approved a letter of intent with the Illinois Department of Transportation for roadwork at the Route 6 ...
    Sept. 3, 2014 - 9:40 pm
  • PADS to focus on homeless prevention

    MORRIS – Grundy Area PADS (Public Action to Deliver Sustenance) is expanding its focus to include homeless prevention.
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 9:27 pm
  • Morris will collect tow, impound fee

    MORRIS – The city of Morris will now collect an administrative fee up to $300 from every resident whose vehicle is towed or impounded by local police.
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 8:42 pm
  • Feeney indicted on DUI charges in Will County

    MORRIS – Morris Alderman Brian Feeney was indicted last week in Will County on a charge of aggravated driving while under the influence.
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 8:40 pm
  • Grundy County couple provides free lunches to those in need

    MORRIS – When you are homeless, finding a meal can be difficult; finding a hot meal is near impossible.
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 8:39 pm
  • Driver in fatal Route 6 crash indicted on reckless homicide, other charges

    MORRIS — More than a month after a car crash on Route 6 that killed two people, the vehicle's driver has been indicted for aggravated driving while un ...
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 4:35 pm
  • Family of I-55 crash victim calls for federal investigation

    CHANNAHON – The family of one of the victims in the July 21 fatal chain-reaction crash on Interstate 55 is calling for a federal investigation into a ...
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 8:52 pm
  • Health careers Explorer Post begins in Morris

    MORRIS – Jessica Jurak has inherited her physician father’s scientific mind. The Morris Community High School junior loves science and medicine and is ...
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 8:55 pm
  • Pink Heals honors three Morris residents battling cancer

    MORRIS – It was an emotional Saturday morning for three Morris families who received surprise visits from Joliet Pink Heals and the Morris Fire Depart ...
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 8:55 pm
  • Labor Day means family time for local residents

    MORRIS – Jetting down the Illinois River, soaking up the sunshine and eating homemade barbecue is how the Valderrama and Chaidez families of Morris sp ...
    Sept. 2, 2014 - 8:55 pm
  • Mazon woman honored for dedication to 4-H

    MAZON – Rita Mills was recognized this year for having spent more than half of her 82 years serving 4-H as a volunteer by being inducted into the Illi ...
    Sept. 1, 2014 - 7:33 pm
  • Emergency responders train for water rescues

    MORRIS – Morris Fire Protection and Ambulance District has been involved in several water rescue and recoveries this year. Training for those emergenc ...
    Sept. 1, 2014 - 7:37 pm
  • Police looking for help in car damage incident

    MORRIS – Two parked vehicles were damaged Wednesday in the 100 block of Wauponsee Street, according to a Morris police report.
    Aug. 29, 2014 - 10:50 pm
  • Mobile medical unit, Vet Center schedule visits

    GRUNDY COUNTY – The Veterans Mobile Medical Unit from Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital will be at the Morris American Legion on Sept. 8.
    Aug. 29, 2014 - 10:54 pm
  • Senior Services to host presentation

    MORRIS – Grundy County Senior Services has scheduled an informative meeting for 10 a.m. Sept. 17 in the Grundy Administration Building entitled “What ...
    Aug. 29, 2014 - 10:50 pm
  • Morris Hospital fills We Care’s Pantry

    MORRIS – On Aug. 22, Morris Hospital donated $750 to help We Care obtain 6,617 lbs. of food from Northern Illinois Food Bank and provided volunteers t ...
    Aug. 29, 2014 - 10:49 pm
  • Blended tech course combines classroom, independent study

    MORRIS – Leanne Dammann’s computer maintenance technology classes at the Grundy Area Vocational Center have been popular for years, with instruction i ...
    Aug. 29, 2014 - 10:48 pm
  • Morris resident wins Goose Lake photo competition

    MORRIS – Morris resident Gerald Diederich vividly remembers the morning he spotted a Scarlet Tanager perched on a tree branch near Holderman Road, bec ...
    Aug. 29, 2014 - 10:48 pm
  • Lions Park gets new playground equipment

    MORRIS – Morris Lions Club member Louie Eliakis loved watching the kids play in Lions Park on Michael Drive in Morris.
    Sept. 1, 2014 - 7:37 pm
  • Police Reports

    Note to readers: Information in Police Reports is obtained from local police departments and the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office. Individuals listed in ...
    Aug. 29, 2014 - 10:48 pm
  • Library accepts food for fines

    MORRIS – From Sept. 15 to Sept. 30, the Morris Area Public Library will offer a Food-for-Fines program.
    Aug. 29, 2014 - 1:44 pm
  • Sheriff’s office accepting applications for program

    Becoming a Police Explorer allows young adults ages 14 to 20 an inside look at law enforcement, and to discover what policing is really like.
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 9:20 pm
  • Vallas claims Rauner's plan includes education cuts

    JOLIET – Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor Paul Vallas said Bruce Rauner’s tax plan will cut more than $12 million from Grundy County schools ...
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 9:19 pm
  • Look for crowded roads and low gas prices this weekend

    Labor Day weekend is often the last extended break people get before leaves start changing color and the heat gives way to cold.
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 9:14 pm
  • State awards $1.1 million to Morris airport for runway extension project

    MORRIS – The Morris Municipal Airport will receive about $1.1 million in state money for a runway extension project.
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 9:14 pm
  • Man suing agencies asks for recusal of another judge

    MORRIS – A Will County judge’s suspension following his use of a work computer to browse pornographic websites has Grundy County plaintiff Elton Monso ...
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 9:14 pm
  • Friends, athletes give back to Redskins super-fan

    MORRIS – Nothing brings an athlete’s spirits up like an enthusiastic, thundering shout of encouragement from the stands.
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 9:10 pm
  • Morris Airport to receive more than $1 million in state funding

    Grundy County will receive more than $1.1 million in state money for improvements at Morris Municipal Airport.
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 1:32 pm
  • Husband of I-55 crash victim sues truck driver

    CHANNAHON – The husband of one of the victims in the July 21 crash on Interstate 55 has filed a lawsuit against the truck driver as well as the driver ...
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 9:26 pm
  • No signs of fire found after Premier Academy temporarily evacuated due to electrical fire odor

    MORRIS – Morris Fire Protection and Ambulance District was called to Premier Academy about 11 a.m. Thursday for a report of odor of electrical fire in ...
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 11:47 am
  • Charges upgraded for trucker accused in I-55 fatal crash

    JOLIET – The truck driver in the Interstate 55 crash that led to five deaths driver now faces more than a dozen charges of reckless homicide.
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 9:32 pm
  • Electronic recycling event planned

    MORRIS – Grundy County Environmental and Resource Conservation Office has scheduled an E-Waste/White Goods Collection for Sept. 12 and 13.
    Aug. 27, 2014 - 8:48 pm
  • Brothers-in-law jumping together since ’64

    Why would anyone jump out of a perfectly good airplane?That is a question brothers-in-law Dick Parke ...
    Aug. 28, 2014 - 9:22 pm
  • Rauner visits Morris, Braidwood

    BRAIDWOOD – Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner stressed the importance of small town families and diverse backgrounds as he swung by Grun ...
    Aug. 27, 2014 - 8:38 pm
  • Swim coach affiliated with Morris-based team arrested on assault, disorderly conduct charges

    A Morris youth swim coach accused of slipping a pill into a woman's drink at a Lombard bar was arrested this week during open registration for the Jol ...
    Aug. 27, 2014 - 9:35 pm
  • Minooka trustees upset with Grundy County over 9-1-1 cost increase

    MINOOKA – Minooka village trustees have agreed to pay $199,983 annually for 9-1-1 communication services to Grundy County – despite nearly unanimous d ...
    Aug. 27, 2014 - 8:39 pm
  • AED machine donated by OSF

    OSF Saint Elizabeth Foundation Board Chairman George Shanley presented an Automated External Defibrillator, or AED, to Dan Flavel, vice president of t ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 9:32 pm
  • Bill Walsh Honda to open new location

    OTTAWA – Bill Walsh Honda has scheduled a grand opening Monday at its new Ottawa location.Bill Walsh ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 9:32 pm
  • IEMA encourages residents to register for The Great ShakeOut earthquake drill

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is encouraging residents to take part in a worldwide earthquake drill set for Oct. 16.
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 9:32 pm
  • State’s Attorney forum focuses on cyberbullying

    MORRIS – Cyberbullying is becoming an increasingly dangerous threat, Grundy County State’s Attorney Jason Helland said.
    Aug. 27, 2014 - 9:35 pm
  • Agencies making slow progress on aqueduct restoration

    MORRIS – Walking down the I&M Canal towpath, it’s hard to forget the Nettle Creek aqueduct is broken.
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 9:26 pm
  • Crime Stoppers looking for information on burglary

    MORRIS – Crime Stoppers of Grundy County is seeking information about a burglary that happened between Aug. 1 and Aug. 4 occurring at Grain Co F.S., 2 ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 9:26 pm
  • Legislation to increase penalties for manufacturing meth near schools becomes law

    GRUNDY COUNTY – Legislation co-sponsored by state Rep. Kate Cloonen, D-Kankakee, to increase the penalties for any individual who manufactures methamp ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 9:26 pm
  • Residents targeted in phone scam

    The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office had received several complaints from residents who have received telephone calls and messages from subjects claimin ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 9:26 pm
  • Mazon family grows corn for those in need

    MAZON – Generosity and helping others is prominent within the Grundy County agricultural community. So it came as no surprise to Chris Harford when he ...
    Aug. 26, 2014 - 9:21 pm
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