Monday, July 11, 2016

Governor Rauner Announces Agreement to Build Houbolt Road Bridge

Speaking in Joliet, Governor Bruce Rauner announced the State of Illinois and local government will work with CenterPoint Properties to build a new Houbolt Bridge over the Des Plaines River.  The bridge will link Interstate 80 in Joliet with the intermodal facilities to the south of the River.  Check out the fill press release and details of the plan here

For a bit of background on the Houbolt Road Bridge idea, this presentation was made at the Elwood International Port Authority meeting:

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Illinois State Rep. Anthony DeLuca Hosting Veterans' Appreciation Picnic

To honor those who have served in our nation’s armed forces, Illinois Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights, is hosting a free Veterans’ Appreciation Picnic on Friday, July 8  from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, located at 19101 Halsted St. in Glenwood.

“Veterans made sacrifices for our safety and freedom that we must not take for granted,” DeLuca said. “They deserve our thanks every day, not just on special holidays and this picnic is sign of our community’s gratitude for their service.”

Veterans and their family members can come to Veterans Memorial Park at any time during the event for conversation, hot dogs, and BINGO.  Representative DeLuca will be joined by leaders from local governments, including Bloom Township, Rich Township, Frankfort Township, the Village of Glenwood John H. Blakey Center for Seniors, and the Village of Monee.

“I am looking forward to visiting with veterans from across our district,” DeLuca said.

Space is limited. To RSVP for Rep. DeLuca’s Veterans’ Appreciation Picnic, please contact his constituent services office at 708-754-7900 or repdeluca@sbcglobal.net.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Friday, April 8, 2016

Gemini Giant, Launching Pad Fail to Sell at Auction

Tina and Joel Brownlee of Wilmington were the high bidders for the historic Route 66 icon Gemini Giant and Launching Pad restaurant Friday, but walked away without the prize.
The 2,600 square foot former Launching Pad restaurant at 810 E. Baltimore Street in Wilmington drew a $177,500 bid—but that amount failed to match the owner’s reserve.
Auctioneer Jim Bednar said he will negotiate with the Brownlees and the owner over the next couple of days to see if they can come together on price.
The auction drew a mixed crowd of about 40 locals, neighbors, bidders, and watchers.  
After the auction, Brownlee said she grew up in Wilmington “and enjoyed the Launching Pad.” Her family would like to see the restaurant “come back to life.”

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Plainfield Library Referendum Results 2016

To view results in the March 15, 2016 Plainfield Library Referendums, go here for Will County results.  

Go here for Kendall County results.

Referendums are at the end of the list.  

Results will begin to post after polls close. 

Peotone Schools Referendum Election Results 2016

To view results in the March 15, 2016 Peotone School District 207U Referendum, go here for Will County results.  

Go here for Kankakee County results (the referendum is on the ballot there as well).  

Referendums are at the end of the list.  

Results will begin to post after polls close. 

Friday, February 26, 2016

Route 66 Landmark Gemini Giant To Be Sold at Public Auction

The Gemini Giant has welcomed both locals and Route 66 travelers to Wilmington for decades.




On April 8, 2016 at noon, the Gemini Giant will be sold at auction, along with the Launching Pad restaurant.   Bednar Auction Services is conducting the auction and details on the terms of the auction are available here

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Things to do in Will County: See Bison at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie!

Recreation pop quiz:

 Where in Will County can you:
a.) hike next to a restored prairie
b.) view and explore bunkers that housed ammunition produced at the Elwood Ordinance Plant and used in World War II
c.) observe a herd of bison roam a prairie

Any guesses?

Here's a visual clue of the bunkers:

Visual clue of the bison:


Answer: Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie!

Midewin is one of Will County's most unique assets.  At over 19, 000 acres, Midewin was created by a land transfer from the Department of the Army to Department of Agriculture.  

For more info and maps, go to the Midewin website.






Saturday, December 5, 2015

Elwood Creates Website and Videos Highlighting Truck Traffic in Will County

Will County roads such as Route 53, Laraway Road, I-80, and I-55 have experienced increased semi-truck traffic in the last 10 years as new warehouses and intermodals have become operational.

The Village of Elwood, site of one intermodal and petitioner in an Illinois Commerce Commission case that resulted in the closing of Walter Strawn Drive, has now launched a website called Safe Roads Illinois.  The website features statistics on truck-related accidents and deaths in Will County and videos of local residents discussing truck traffic in Will County:

Here, Meri Knauer, grandmother of 8-year old Madison Frost, discussed her granddaughter's death. Madison was killed when her family's van was struck by a semi. Knauer stated, "We don't want Madison's death to be in vain, enough is enough":

A mother discusses her fear regarding having her children driving on Will County roads:


A friend of a man killed when a semi struck his car:


Elwood Police Chief Fred Hayes discusses fatality crashes in Will County:

A man discusses viewing a truck blow through a red light on Manhattan Road:

The website asks visitors to sign a petition stating:
"If you are tired of truck traffic overwhelming your community and creating dangerous roads, sign the Safe Roads Illinois Petition to tell lawmakers and elected officials that Enough is Enough!
As a concerned resident of Will County, I want my elected officials to:
  • Make truckers pay for blatant disregard of the law
  • Hold developers accountable for their actions and impacts
  • Coordinate enforcement of truck traffic
  • Toughen commercial driver licensing, regulations and penalties"

The logistics and warehousing industry in Will County continues to grow.  In 2015, an Amazon Fulfillment Center opened in Joliet:

Ikea is also planning a warehouse in Joliet.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Route 53 in Will County, Public Meeting on Traffic Safety

The Illinois Department of Transportation is holding a public meeting on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Stone City V.F.W. in Joliet, Illinois on IDOT's Phase I Study to address safety and operations along IL-53.


Specifically, IDOT is studying the stretch of 53 from Rt. 52 (Doris Avenue near Nowell Park) to West Arsenal Road in Wilmington.


The purpose of the meeting is for IDOT to "obtain public input on the transportation issues in the study area, describe the project development process, and provide information on additional public involvement opportunitiesaccording to the Illinois Route 53 Study Website.