Thursday, June 29, 2017

Joliet Fourth of July Fireworks 2017

The City of Joliet will celebrate Independence Day with fireworks on the following days and times, according to the city's summer newsletter:

Saturday, July 1st: Bicentennial Park in Downtown Joliet, 9:30 p.m..

Monday July 3rd and Tuesday, July 4th: Joliet Slammers will hold fireworks after their 7:05 games. 

Tuesday, July 4th: ATI Field at Joliet Memorial Stadium, 300 West Jefferson Street.  Gates open at 6 p.m. before an 8 p.m. program before the 9:20 p.m. fireworks show.  This event is free!

Check out the Will County News YouTube Channel for landscapes and events from around Joliet:

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Brandon Road Lock and Dam in National News as Invasive Asian Carp Found Nine Miles from Lake Michigan

Will County residents likely associate Brandon Road with the bridge that provides an alternative to I-80 or the downtown Joliet bridges over the Des Plaines River-- the river that connects the Illinois River to the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, and, ultimately, Lake Michigan.

The recent discovery of an Asian Carp nine miles from Lake Michigan in the Calumet River, however, has drawn attention to the Brandon Road Lock and Dam and its importance in the fight to keep Asian Carp from reaching the Great Lakes. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed a study regarding how the Brandon Road Lock and Dam could be improved to stop Asian Carp from continuing north on the Des Plaines.  The White House, however, has delayed the public release of that study.

Map showing the Brandon Road Lock and Dam in relation to the presence of Asian Carps in the waters near Lake Michigan.  Map courtesy of Prairie Rivers Network, which created the map with data from the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee

Since the Asian Carp was found in the Calumet River, environmental groups like the Sierra Club and the Prairie Rivers Network have sounded the alarm, calling on members of Congress to demand the release of the Brandon Road Study.  

After news of the carp's discovery, several members of Congress from Great Lakes States took to Facebook and called for the release of the Brandon Road Study.

For background and information on the Army Corps of Engineers' work to study invasive species and the Brandon Road Lock and Dam, go here

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Lockport Independence Day Fireworks in Dellwood Park 2017

Lockport, Illinois will celebrate Independence Day on Monday July 3, 2017 with fireworks at Dellwood Park at dusk.

Check out the Will County News YouTube channel for videos from around Lockport and Will County:

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Sunday, February 12, 2017

City of Joliet Community Meeting on Immigration and Related Issues

The City of Joliet will hold a community meeting February 15, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Church, 205 E. Jackson St. in Joliet to address concerns related to immigration and recent Executive Orders by President Trump.

Mayor Bob O'Dekirk and members of the Joliet City Council will be in attendance, along with Joliet Police Chief Brian Benton.  

According to the City of Joliet website, Mayor O’Dekirk stated, "I have received many inquiries regarding the City and the Joliet Police Department’s obligations to enforce new Presidential Executive Orders. We think it would be best if myself, the City Council, and the Joliet Police Department meet directly with members of our community to answer any questions." 
For more information please contact the Mayor’s office at (815) 724-3700.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Indian Boundary Line and I & M Canal History

Jerry Adelmann, President and CEO of Openlands, explains the connection between the Indian Boundary Line and the I & M Canal.  Also discussed: how the I & M Canal influenced the borders of the state of Illinois, how the I & M Canal shaped Chicagoland streets, and the creation of the I & M Canal National Heritage Corridor: 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Will County Election Results November 2016

To view results from the November 8, 2016 election in Will County, Illinois, go here

Results will begin to post after polls close.  Results include all county board seats and all county-wide offices such as County Executive, County Auditor, Coroner, State's Attorney, Recorder of Deeds, and County Clerk.

Laraway School Referendum Election Results 2016

To view results in the November 8, 2016 referendum to determine whether Laraway School constructs a new school, go here.

Results will begin to post after the polls close. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Amazon Warehouse Coming to Monee, On Manhattan-Monee Road West of I-57

Anyone driving west on Manhattan-Monee Road from Monee will notice a gigantic earth-moving operation happening on a piece of land just west of I-57.

Today, the Village of Monee announced that an Amazon warehouse is coming to the site.  The warehouse is not Amazon's first in Will County.  Amazon previously opened a distribution center in Joliet and recently announced a second Joliet location.

Press Release from the Village of Monee:
"(Monee, IL) – Today, Village of Monee Mayor Jay Farquhar officially announced the opening of an 850,000+ square foot Amazon fulfillment center in Monee.

The Amazon facility has been a priority under Mayor Farquhar’s administration and has been a project in the works for nearly 2 years.

“Without question, this has been a team effort and we couldn’t have achieved this without coordinated leadership and collaborative support from various agencies,” Farquhar said. “I thank Governor Bruce Rauner and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), John Greuling at Will County Center for Economic Development, and Will County Executive Larry Walsh for helping us get this deal done. Certainly projects like this couldn’t be achieved without the support of our legislators at the federal, state, county and especially at the local level. We needed all hands on deck and with everyone helping, we can now officially welcome Amazon to Monee.”

Mayor Farquhar said he was pleased at the latitude given by the village board to him and his staff to work with Seefried Industrial Properties in recruiting this project, which will bring approximately 10 times more jobs to Monee than any prior single economic development project.

Monee has taken a proactive role in becoming more business-friendly. Under Mayor Farquhar’s leadership the Village of Monee now has a full-time Economic Development Director, an enhanced Building Services Department, restructured TIF districts, and the incorporation of new Enterprise Zone along with regional advertising and participation in business recruiting events.

“Economic development is the product of a total team effort,” Farquhar said. “We have a good team of people working tirelessly for the Village of Monee and the end result is a major employer coming to Monee. Our team will continue to work to make Monee an even better place to live and to work.”

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Bison Grand Marshals at Wilmington Catfish Days Parade

The City of Wilmington, Illinois honored the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie bison herd by naming the bison Grand Marshals of the 2016 Wilmington Catfish Days Parade.

Bison were reintroduced to Midewin in October 2015 as part of an experiment to observe how bison grazing habits impact prairie restoration.

Wilmington purchased a bison sculpture by the late, local artist Jack Barker in anticipation of the reintroduction and subsequent increased eco-tourism traffic heading to Midewin and Wilmington.

The sculpture was pulled in the parade and was joined by Smokey the Bear and a large photo of a bison and a baby bison.  Beautiful native plants like the compass plant framed by bison photo, giving parade spectators a glimpse of what years of work to restore the tallgrass prairie in Illinois has yielded: