Friday, September 24, 2010

New York Times publishes article about Warehouses and Warehouse Workers in Will County

The New York Times recently published a piece regarding warehouse work in Will County entitled: "A Thriving Industry Based on Low-Compensated Temp Workers."  The article included coverage of a recent press conference held by the Warehouse Workers for Justice where the group released their report on Warehouse Work in Will County: Bad Jobs in Goods Movement: Warehouse Work in Will County, Illinois.

In response to a Joliet Herald News editorial  entitled "Little to Stop Warehouse Abuse", John Greuling, president of the Will County Center for Economic Development, wrote a letter to the editor which, among other things, questioned the sampling method of the Warehouse Workers for Justice Report.  Grueling wrote:

"The WWJ study is based on interviews with 319 warehouse workers conducted by WWJ staff. Surveys were conducted outside of grocery and check cashing stores. This random surveying of less than 1.5 percent of all warehouse workers in the county raises questions about the study's findings."

There are over 20,000 people working in warehouses in Will County.

Anyone who has driven along Will County Roads such as Rt. 53 or Laraway Roads knows many warehouses have been built in Will County in recent years.

Work continues on the CenterPoint Joliet Intermodal and Union Pacific Railroad Terminal in Joliet, Illinois.    Here is a video taken in mid-July 2010 from Laraway Road.  Visible are the new Union Pacific rails and the new CenterPoint Intermodal sign:

Here is a video taken August 7th that shows a view of the new CenterPoint Joliet Intermodal at dusk:

In recent years, many warehouses and distribution centers have been built in Will County, such as:

The Bissell Warehouse in Elwood, Illinois.

New warehouses along Laraway Road in Joliet.

The Dollar Tree Warehouse in Joliet.

Warehouses in the CenterPoint Intermodal in Elwood, Illinois

CenterPoint Joliet and the Dollar Tree Warehouse in Joliet, video taken January 2, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson Posts a Fact Check to Kinzinger regarding Nazi signs

Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson posted a FACT CHECK post to her web site, in which she provides evidence that the man holding signs depicting Adam Kinzinger as Adolf Hitler at a rally was not associated with the Halvorson campaign.  According to the man who showed up with the signs, he just showed up on his own.  Full post from Halvorson's website:
"Last Wednesday, Bill Preston, an Illinois resident, arrived at an event in Joliet, IL to protest the group Americans for Prosperity, an organization supporting policies that outsource Illinois jobs and privatize Social Security and Medicare. Preston, not affiliated with the Halvorson for Congress Campaign or the Illinois Democratic Party, used several signs with pictures of notable conservative figures, including Congressional candidate Adam Kinzinger (IL-11), doctored to look like Nazi leader, Adolph Hitler. 

Upon word that these signs were used, the Halvorson for Congress campaign condemned the actions of Mr. Preston and stated that the Congresswoman’s campaign was not affiliated with Mr. Preston’s individual and inexcusable protest.

Congresswoman Halvorson condemned Mr. Preston’s actions in two different media outlets (one posted on 9/16, and one posted on 9/17), and Adam Kinzinger continued to release false claims about Halvorson’s involvement and even used the unfortunate and condemnable actions of one man as an excuse to raise campaign funds.

Yesterday, Bill Preston came clean to Media Matters, an internet media watchdog organization, and even stated that he would never support Congresswoman Halvorson because of her conservative views supporting the National Rifle Association.

Below are links and clips of news stories highlighting Halvorson’s condemnation of Preston’s actions and Mr. Kinzinger’s insistence on perpetuating this unfortunate distraction from his policies that have proven to ship tens of thousands of jobs overseas and that would threaten retirement security for millions of Illinois seniors.

Bill Preston Interview with Media Matters Claiming Responsibility for Protest

Media Matters Blog
Nazi sign protestor says he has no connection to Dem. Campaign

September 19, 2010 10:11 am ET
By: Matt Gertz

Bill Preston, the man holding signs portraying Fox News' Glenn Beck and Illinois Republican congressional challenger Adam Kinzinger with Hitler moustaches in a video circulating in the right-wing blogosphere, tells Media Matters that he has no connection to the campaign of Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D-IL) or the Democratic protestors whose rally he joined last week.

Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment site -- well-known for posting out-of-context videos and using them to promote dubious conclusions -- posted a YouTube video of the rally on September 17. The heavily edited video shows roughly a dozen people protesting outside a Joliet, IL event for the right-wing organization Americans for Prosperity. The video also shows four of the protestors entering a Democratic Party headquarters following the event.

Right-wing media have said that one of those protestors is a former Organizing for America staffer. They have also noted that in the video, Halvorson campaign manager Julie Merz, a former aide to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is seen working in the office when the protestors return. Right-wing media have thus demanded that Obama and Pelosi "publicly apologize for the Democratic Party countenancing, participating in, and potentially organizing this rally that included vile, racist and extreme depictions of conservatives."

But according to both Preston and Merz, neither the Democratic Party nor Halvorson's campaign had anything to do with Preston or his signs. Merz tells Media Matters that several staffers for the Illinois Democratic Party's coordinated campaign held a rally protesting both the AFP event and what she called Kinzinger's support for outsourcing. Indeed, the video shows one of the protestors who later returned to the Democratic headquarters leading a chant of "outsource Adam, not our jobs."

Preston, Merz says, showed up to protest AFP on his own: "No one knew this gentleman, no one invited him, he had nothing to do with our campaign." Merz also points out that the protestors seen entering Democratic headquarters are not carrying the Nazi signs.

Preston concurs, telling Media Matters, "I was just there." He says that he went on his own to protest AFP and the tea party, bringing along "about five signs" depicting right-wing leaders with Hitler moustaches. Preston says that "the point of my signs is, why is it OK to have Obama with a moustache" but not those leaders shown in the same way. Media Matters has noted that tea party protestors have followed conservative media figures in invoking Adolf Hitler and the Nazis to smear President Obama.

Preston says that when he arrived outside the AFP event and saw other protestors, "I didn't know who they were." He says that he tried to hand out his signs to them, but with the exception of one person who, Preston says, briefly held a sign depicting Palin with a moustache, none of the other protestors would hold them; others would take the signs when he offered them, then try to hide them from sight.

In the video, several other protestors are seen trying to hold their own signs between Preston's sign and the camera. According to Preston, it was clear to him that his signs made the other protestors uncomfortable, with the most vocal telling him, "Why don't you find yourself another corner?" He says that he "regret[s] that people might associate my signs with the other people" who were there.

Halvorson's campaign has since condemned the signs, saying that "the congresswoman would never condone anyone comparing Kinzinger or any candidate to Hitler."
Preston says that he has no affiliation with the campaign, and that while he once was called and asked to go door to door as a volunteer, he refused because he doesn't support Halvorson because she "supports the NRA."

Media Matters contacted the Halverson campaign in the course of reporting this story. The campaign said that Preston had called them after the reports about the protest first appeared. The campaign provided us with Preston's phone number. Preston says that he contact the Halvorson campaign after Kinzinger began trying to link the signs to the Democratic representative to let the campaign know "I'm not with anybody." We confirmed Preston's identity by asking him to send us a photo of himself, which we then compared to the man shown holding the signs in the video.

News Clips with Halvorson Condemning Actions by Bill Preston 

Southland Politics Blog (Southtown Star Newspaper)
Kinzinger upset over protest photos
Thursday, September 16, 2010, 1:26pm
By: Joe Biesk

Click here to read the entire article.

Kinzinger on Thursday called for his November opponent U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson (D-11) to condemn the pictures, which a spokesman for her campaign did.

"If Congresswoman Halvorson is not involved, I would expect that she would denounce their actions and investigate," Kinzinger said.

Halvorson campaign spokesman Anthony DeAngelo said the campaign did not stage any protest outside the Wednesday rally.
"Obviously, the congresswoman would never condone anyone comparing Kinzinger or any candidate to Hitler. There are far bigger issues in this race and it doesn't do anyone any good to resort to such petty actions," DeAngelo said. "It's obvious that the congresswoman shares Adam's concerns in the way that those people behaved."

The Capitol Fax Blog
Angry claims flood my in-box
Friday, September 17, 2010
By: Rich Miller

Click here to read the entire article.

The Halvorson campaign flatly denied any involvement. From a statement they sent me yesterday…

Some of the protesters stopped by the Illinois Victory office after the protest to say hello and get some water. In fact, some folks who were there in support of the AFP rally stopped by and dropped off some of their literature on the fair tax and negative lit on Debbie.

Our campaign had nothing to do with anyone holding signs linking Adam Kinzinger to Nazis. Those signs are not only offensive, they distract voters from the real issues in this race, like protecting jobs and seniors. Congresswoman Halvorson condemns these offensive tactics and would never condone such actions.

Candidate’s Opponents Bring Adolph Hitler into Campaign
Saturday, September 18, 2010, 7:13am
By: Rick Koshko  

Click here to read the entire article.

Halvorson’s campaign spokesperson, Anthony DeAngelo, is quoted in a Southtown Star news article saying the Congresswoman doesn’t condone such tactics and denying staging the protest. The anti-Kinzinger people can be heard at the beginning of the video answering “no” when asked if they were doing it for Halvorson.

Adam Kinzinger’s False Claims of Halvorson Involvement


September 18

@electadam - To those that have asked, the video of the Halvorson Nazi protest can be found at the link below.

September 17

@electadam - @debbiehalvorson @SarahPalinUSA please explain why your campaign workers arranged a protest depicting me and Gov Palin as a Nazi.

@electadam - See the photos of the distasteful protest that the Halvorson campaign organized.

@electadam - Kinzinger demands answers from Halvorson after Nazi protest. Read more at ""

Friday, September 17, 2010

It's Harvest Time in Will County, Be Careful Driving Near Farm Implements

Harvest colors in rural Will County near Wilton Center, Illinois

It is now harvest season in Will County.  Farmers are at work harvesting corn and soybean crops.  With more tractors, wagons, and grain trucks on the road, it is important for everyone to slow down and share the road safely with farm equipment.

When you see the slow moving vehicle sign, slow down and give the vehicle plenty of room.  Also be careful to stay out of the way when the vehicle makes turns, as the turns may be wide.
Slow moving vehicle sign on the back of a piece of farm equipment

Wagons carrying grain such as the one pictured above sometimes obscure the view of the person driving the tractor or truck carrying the wagon, therefore make sure you do not assume the driver can see you.

Since the housing boom bust in Will County, there are several areas of land where heavy residential and retail development exists alongside farm fields.  Especially in areas such as New Lenox, Manhattan, Frankfort, and Green Garden, farm implements share roads that now experience heavy use.   On roads such as Route 45 or Laraway or Cedar Road, there might be a long line of cars behind a farm implement.    Do your part for safety, slow down and make sure to pass these implements only when it is safe!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Halvorson: VA Intends to Acquire Silver Cross, Expand Services in Southwest Suburbs

 Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson released the following press release on her website:

"Halvorson: VA Intends to Acquire Silver Cross, Expand Services in Southwest Suburbs
VA, Silver Cross reach informal agreement on acquisition
Washington, DC - Working for over two years to make enhanced health services available to area veterans, Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson (IL-11) announced today the Department of Veterans Affairs intends to acquire parts of the soon to be vacated Silver Cross Hospital, located on the east side of Joliet, to convert it into a VA facility.

Halvorson, who began working with Senator Durbin and local veterans on the project soon after taking office in 2009, called the announcement a "huge victory" for area veterans and families.
"The men and women who served and sacrificed for our country deserve high-quality, accessible health care. With this acquisition, we're delivering on that promise. This is wonderful news for our veterans,” said Halvorson.

The current Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Joliet has seen a patient-load increase of 22.4% in the past 5 years. The number of veterans enrolling in the VA health care system in Will County alone is expected to rise 29.1% in the next five years. Silver Cross plans to vacate its Joliet facility in February 2012 to move to a new facility being built in New Lenox.

The acquisition of the current facility will mean expanded health services for area veterans, many of whom currently make a long commute to the Hines VA Hospital in Chicago for services not available at local clinics.
Expanded health services being considered by the VA include expanded women’s health services, geriatrics, rehabilitative medicine and physical therapy, neurology, optometry, nutrition, dental, radiology, pharmacy services and an education center. For many of these services, veterans as far away as LaSalle and Kankakee currently need to travel to the Hines VA Hospital in Chicago.

Non-health services being considered for the new facility include a veterans benefits satellite office, counseling center, veterans employment office, and VA health services research office.

According to the VA, key terms have been agreed upon and a final agreement is currently being negotiated.
"Just last week at my veteran’s town hall, the feeling among area veterans was that this project absolutely needed to happen soon. This just proves that when we work together we can get the job done. I’m just so happy for our veterans and their families. They deserve it. This is great news for them, and I’m excited for the possibilities for this facility,” said Halvorson.

“Jim Canup, who has worked on this issue for years, Margie Woods, and all of the members of the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission, should be congratulated on their hard work in helping to move this project forward. Many area veterans have fought for this project and their efforts are to be commended. I also want to thank Senator Durbin, who has worked on this project since day one and who is a true champion on veterans issues,” said Halvorson.

Halvorson currently serves as the only Illinois member on the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. Her stepson, serving in the Army Special Forces, was injured in Afghanistan in August of 2008. After his injury, Halvorson visited him at Walter Reed and helped with this rehabilitation in Illinois, and in 2009 she visited Afghanistan and Germany as part of her work on the Veterans Committee to review the military medical system and process soldiers go through as they transition to the civilian world and Veterans Affairs medical system after their time with the Department of Defense."

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Silver Cross Building to be used for Veterans, Halvorson announces


Braidwood American Legion Commander Jim Canup reported today that the Silver Cross Hospital facility in Joliet is headed for use by the Veteran’s Administration for area vets.

Canup was called by U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson with the good news: “We’ve got the deal on Silver Cross,” Canup said.

“It’s going to be like a super mega clinic. It’s going to have everything outpatient-- psychiatry, a women’s center, rehabilitation, outpatient surgery. It’s really a big deal. It’s everything short of a hospital,” Canup said.

Canup said that today's announcement by Halvorson is important because it means the VA is moving forward with efforts to establish the clinic at Silver Cross.  It is reported that those negotiations are continuing.  

Update on Enbridge Pipeline Oil Leak in Romeoville, Illinois

From the Enbridge website:

"Sept. 13

Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. this evening confirmed it had completed the drain up of the remaining oil in the isolated pipeline segment on Line 6A in Romeoville, IL, having previously contained the leak.
The Partnership estimates that 6,100 barrels of crude oil were released. Only a small portion of that amount escaped from the immediate area of the leak before Enbridge crews began vacuuming the oil. Virtually all of the oil, approximately 6,050 barrels, has already been recovered.
Approximately 300 personnel and contractors remain focused on safely, quickly and efficiently cleaning up and remediating the affected areas.
Line 6A remains shut down and there is no current estimate of when the line will be restarted. Enbridge's schedulers are working with shippers to divert crude oil volumes to other available pipelines and storage facilities.
“Enbridge personnel continue to meet with businesses, organizations and people in the area to address their concerns,” said Terrance McGill, President of the Partnership. “The health and safety of the public and of the people working on the clean-up remain Enbridge’s top priority as we respond to the leak.”
“Over the past few days we have been in contact with businesses in the area to keep them informed of our activities and to address any concerns they may have,” Mr. McGill said. He noted that the majority of businesses in the area are expected to be open tomorrow.
Enbridge requests that people seeking updates or information on the release call our hotline at 1-877-440-7158 or visit the website at
Line 6A is a 34-inch, 670,000 barrel-per-day line transporting light synthetics, heavy and medium crude oil from Superior, Wisconsin, to Griffith, Indiana.  It is part of the Partnership’s Lakehead System. At the time of the leak the pipeline was transporting about 459,000 barrels per day of heavy crude."

Enbridge also recently completed a diluent tank project in Manhattan, Illinois:

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Warehouse Work in Will County

The group Warehouse Workers for Justice recently held a press conference in downtown Joliet where they released the results of a survey they conducted of warehouse workers in Will County.

The group used the following methods to conduct the survey:
"The vast majority of the surveys–84%–were conducted outside of grocery stores, malls, gas stations, libraries, community centers, and check cashing stores in Joliet, Romeoville, and Bolingbrook, IL. The locations were identified  as places where workers were known to be found, based on the knowledge of warehouse workers.  Interviewers in these locations asked each person who passed the whether they worked in a warehouse, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, or age.  The remainder of surveys were gathered using social networks of workers.  This combination of sampling techniques is appropriate when faced with a situation in which it  is not feasible or possible to construct a population.
In total, 392 workers were surveyed;  however, this report focuses on warehouses in Will County.  The final sample of 319 workers reflects the number of workers who were working, or had recently worked, at warehouses in Will County.  Over 150 different warehouses are represented by this data set.  Because of this large sample of warehouses, we believe this data represents a substantial piece of the industry in Will County.3 "

The Joliet Herald News published an editorial on September 5, 2010 entitled "Little to stop warehouse abuse."     The editorial asks the question: " Is this what local economic development officials envisioned 10 years ago when roads were rebuilt to accommodate the thousands of trucks and millions of shipments rolling through?
Our roads are clogged, crumbling and much more dangerous. In return, the job creation panacea has been tainted by companies who apparently see this county as a storage shell, with little concern for the workers, whom they choose to exploit."

In response to the Herald editorial, John Greuling, president/CEO of the Will County Center for Economic Development, wrote a letter to the editor that was published September 10, 2010:

From the Joliet Herald News website, Greuling's letter to the editor was published Sept. 10, 2010:

"No abuse of warehouse workers
Your Sept. 5 editorial "Little to Stop Warehouse Abuse" questions the veracity of The Herald-News as a fair and balanced community newspaper. The editorial implies that there is widespread abuse of warehouse workers in Will County and that our community leaders from business and government have fallen down on the job in protecting workers rights in the county. This is based on a study completed by a Chicago labor organization -- the Warehouse Workers for Justice (WWJ).

The logistics industry is a growing and important segment of our local economy. Of the 250,054 jobs based in Will County, 20,285, or 8.1 percent, work in warehouses. The average wage for these jobs in Will County is $14.17 an hour or $29,400 a year.

The WWJ study is based on interviews with 319 warehouse workers conducted by WWJ staff. Surveys were conducted outside of grocery and check cashing stores. This random surveying of less than 1.5 percent of all warehouse workers in the county raises questions about the study's findings.
The study claims that a segment of the distribution center's workforce receives entry-level wages for lower-skilled positions, and 60 percent are from staffing agencies.

Why is this bad? Warehouse jobs have few barriers to entry. This industry offers employment opportunities to that segment of the population with the fewest options for earning a living wage.
There is no question that the use of temporary workers provides some challenges. But calling business leaders "tin men" with no hearts and encouraging a letter writing campaign to businesses to "change the way they do business" is no answer.

Your newspaper should be encouraging an open dialogue among all of the stakeholders. This has already been initiated by the Will County Center for Economic Development. I invite The Herald-News to be part of that dialogue.

John Greuling, president/CEO
Will County Center
for Economic Development" contacted Greuling and asked if the data he quoted in his letter was publicly available.  Greuling responded and provided links to Will County Workforce Investment Board's Will County Economic Update, 2nd Quarter, 2010, from which the data quoted in his letter is drawn.  Warehouse Workers--from floor movers to forklift drivers-- fall under the transportation and material movers category in the report.

The Will County Center for Economic Development is also hosting the 4th Will County Global Logistics Summit on September 21st at the Bolingbrook Golf Club, where a workforce panel is on the agenda.

With over 20,000 people working in the warehouse industry in Will County and many warehouses now dotting the Will County landscape, it is important that everyone educate himself or herself on this important issue.

Enbridge Establishes Romeoville Oil Leak and Spill Website

According to its website, Enbridge Energy Partners reported a crude oil leak in Romeoville, Illinois on September 9, 2010.

Enbridge has now established a website specifically for the Romeoville oil leak and spill.

Here is the latest press release from the Enbridge Romeoville website:

"September 10, 2010 at 3:25 PM Central Time:

Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. provides this update on the progress of clean-up efforts in response to the leak that occurred on Line 6A of the Lakehead System in Romeoville, Illinois, on Sept. 9, 2010.

The health and safety of the public and of the people working on the clean-up remain Enbridge's top priority as we respond to the leak.
"We express our apologies to the businesses in Romeoville and surrounding areas for the disruption, and extend our appreciation to emergency responders and regulatory agencies for their professional, diligent and supportive actions," said Terrance McGill, President of the Partnership.
There are now about 200 personnel working on scene and the leak site has been contained. Neither the size nor the cause of the leak has been determined.
"Crews worked through the night to contain the oil," said Mr. McGill. "As a result of their efforts, the site has now been isolated and the oil contained. No new oil is reaching the roadway, the nearby ditch or the retention pond. Enbridge expects to begin excavating the pipeline leak site today or early tomorrow."
"Enbridge's focus is now on removing the oil from the retention pond, roadway and ditch," said Mr. McGill. "We are bringing all available resources to bear to safely and effectively complete this work."
The clean-up is being conducted in compliance with all government regulations and Enbridge's own stringent standards for safety and the environment. Plans for remediation and reclamation of the site will be developed with the input of affected stakeholders and environmental regulators, the state and federal authorities.
Enbridge was notified of the leak at 12:28 p.m. Central Time on Sept. 9, 2010. The line was shut down immediately. Enbridge's schedulers are working with shippers to divert crude oil volumes to other available pipelines and storage facilities. There is no current estimate of when the Line 6A could be restarted.
Enbridge requests that anyone who sees wildlife in distress contact our hotline at 1-877-440-7158. Members of the public should not approach or touch any wildlife affected by the leak. Focus Wildlife and U.S Fish & Wildlife have been notified and will be on site.
Line 6A is a 34-inch, 670,000 barrel-per-day line transporting light synthetics, heavy and medium crude oil from Superior, Wisconsin, to Griffith, Indiana. It is part of the Partnership's Lakehead System. At the time of the leak the pipeline was transporting about 459,000 barrels per day of heavy crude.
Continuing updates on this incident will be available on this website."

Enbridge also recently completed a pipeline and storage tank project in Manhattan, Illinois.

Congresswoman Judy Biggert sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood seeking answers
on the broken oil pipeline.  According to Biggert's website:
“We still don’t know the scope of the spill and local residents are right to be concerned,” said Biggert.  
“My constituents want to know how it happened and could it happen again. 
 That’s why I’m asking the Secretary to provide us with the inspection reports and maintenance plans for
 the pipeline.  Especially after what happened in the Gulf, people need to be able to have confidence 
that the monitoring system works, and if there’s a problem, it needs to be fixed
 immediately -- before a more serious situation develops.”

Friday, September 10, 2010

Harvest Colors in the Will County Countryside

Soybeans almost ready for harvest in rural Will County

Soybeans at varying stages of maturity in rural Will County

Soybeans almost ready for harvest in rural Will County

Corn already harvested to the right of the road in rural Will County

Harvest colors in rural Will County

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Frankfort Fall Fest Art Show and Parade

Very cool sculpture water fountain at the Frankfort Fall Fest

Classic Car at the Frankfort Fall Fest Parade

Craft Booth at the Frankfort Fall Fest 

Will County Treasurer Pat McGuire greets parade goers at the Frankfort Fall Fest Parade

Frankfort Fire Department at the Frankfort Fall Fest Parade

Exhibitors line the street at the Frankfort Fall Fest

The Frankfort Mokena American Legion leads the Frankfort Fall Fest Parade, followed by the Lincoln-Way East ROTC

The Frankfort Mokena American Legion leads the Frankfort Fall Fest Parade

Photos from the Manhattan Illinois Fun Days Parade

Manhattan, Illinois held their annual Fun Days Parade during Labor Day Weekend 2010.  It was a sunny day and the temperature was just right!

Check out these photos from the parade:

Operation Care Package has been sending packages to deployed troops since 2003.

The Manhattan Fire Department prepares to lead off the parade

The Manhattan American Legion Post 935 leads off the Manhattan Fun Days Parade

Manhattan Fire Department Tanker in the Manhattan Fun Days Parade

Kids pick up candy at the Manhattan Fun Days Parade

Sanctuary of Manhattan at the Manhattan Fun Days Parade

Lincoln-Way Central Marching Knights at the Manhattan Fun Days Parade

The Manhattan Park District reminds Manhattan about its upcoming Wine Festival at the Round Barn Farm

Manhattan Women's Club at the 2010 Manhattan Fun Days Parade

Antique tractor at the Manhattan Fun Days Parade

Friday, September 3, 2010

Frankfort Fall Fest offers Family Fun this Labor Day Weekend

The Annual Frankfort Fall Fest will offer a variety of fun activities for the whole family this Labor Day Weekend, September 4-6 in Frankfort, Illinois.

A variety of artists and artisans will display their work in booths from 10 am to 6 pm September 4th and 5th, and from 10 am to 5 pm September 6th.  There will be artisans selling items in the following categories: candles, clothing and accessories, crafts, doll clothing, fabric, fine arts, florals, frames and mats, glass, jewelry, metalwork, ornaments, pet items, photography, purses, woodcrafts, signs, and pottery.

The festival will include a carnival sponsored by the Frankfort Fire Protection District, which will offer something for all ages.

The Frankfort Fall Fest live music schedule is available here.

Finally, the annual Frankfort Fall Fest Parade begins at 1:00 pm Sunday, September 5th.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Will County Treasurer Pat McGuire volunteers to judge Will County 4-H sheep costume contest

Will County Treasurer Pat McGuire and Will County Farm Bureau Manager Mark Schneidewind served as volunteer judges for the Annual Will County 4-H sheep costume contest at the 2010 Will County Fair in Peotone, Illinois.

Will County 4-H members dressed up their sheep projects in order to highlight a fact about sheep history and the sheep industry.  For example, one 4-Her dressed as a sheep herder from Bethlehem to highlight sheep's role in earlier civilizations.  The winning sheep costume consisted of a sheep dressed up as a "Wambulance" with 4-Hers dressed as Doctors and Nurses to highlight the use of sheep in medical inventions and medical research.

Will County Treasurer Pat McGuire and Will County Farm Bureau Manager Mark Schneidewind judge sheep at the Will County Fair.

The Wambulance sheep costume highlighted the use of sheep in medial research.