Thursday, July 30, 2015

Forest Preserve District of Will County Programs

Will County Forest Preserve Programs, from the Forest Preserve:

Forest Preserve District Offers Bird, Boat, Farm and Photo Classes

This year’s final two sessions of “Lake Renwick Bird Viewing” tours will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 12, and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Lake Renwick Heron Rookery Nature Preserve, located on Renwick Road, 0.5 mile east of Route 30. On Aug. 16 the preserve, which was closed except for the tours as the birds were nesting, will reopen for general use from 8 a.m. to sunset through Feb. 28. Registration is not required for the bird viewings; the program is for ages 7 and older.

 – A “Riverview Farmstead Tour” is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13, at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Riverview Farmstead, located on Book Road, south of Hassert Boulevard/111th Street. Discover how three generations of the Clow family built the early settlement farmstead into a commercial farm. Registration is required for this free, all-ages program; call815-886-1467.

MONEE – The Forest Preserve District of Will County will offer “Kayak Fishing 101” from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 14, at Monee Reservoir, 27341 Ridgeland Ave. Learn all about fishing from a kayak including the items you will need, safety concerns and registration essentials. The program is for ages 12 and older. Cost: $20 per person. Registration is required; call 708-534-8499

 – Forest Preserve District of Will County “Kayak Kollege” workshops will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.on Saturday, Aug. 15, at Whalon Lake, located on Royce Road, west of Route 53. Participants must be age 12 or older; ages 12 to 17 must be accompanied by a registered adult. All equipment is provided, including life jackets. No previous experience is required. Cost: $20 per person. Registration is required; call 708-534-8499.
BEECHER – Watch as hummingbirds are banded by an Illinois licensed avian ecologist during a “Hummingbirds up Close” program from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15, at Plum Creek Nature Center, 27064 S. Dutton Road. The program is being offered by the Forest Preserve District of Will County in cooperation with the Thorn Creek Audubon Society. Registration is required for the free, all-ages program; call 708-946-2216.
BEECHER – The Forest Preserve District of Will County will offer a “Summer Nature Photography” class from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. onSunday, Aug. 16, at Plum Creek Nature Center, 27064 S. Dutton Road. The program is recommended for beginners and for technology ranging from smartphone cameras to digital SLRs. Dress for the weather. The free program is for ages 16 and older. Registration is required; 708-946-2216.

Fishing for Trash” will be offered from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day starting Tuesday, Aug. 11, and ending Sunday, Aug. 16, at the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Monee Reservoir, 27341 Ridgeland Ave. Stop by the Visitor Center to pick up a garbage bag, fill it with trash and return it to receive a free gift. Registration is not required for the free all-ages program. 
For information on these programs and other Forest Preserve District offerings, visit

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Will County Board Extends Temporary Overweight Permits for Arsenal Road

At the July 16, 2015 Will County Board meeting, the board voted to extend issuing overweight truck permits for Arsenal Road.  The Board heard from people in the trucking and grain exporting industries who described their businesses and their use of Arsenal Road:

Sunday, July 19, 2015

DuPage A.M.E. Church Holds Prayer Walk in Honor of Sandra Bland

A silent prayer walk in memory of Sandra Bland was held today at her church, DuPage African Methodist Episcopal Church in Lisle, Illinois.

After the prayer walk, Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. James Miller was asked his thoughts on the fact that officials have already said Bland committed suicide.  Miller said:

"When you say what has happened before an investigation has been completed, you are tainting the investigation.  If you want to know Sandra Bland's character and personality, I invite you to her webpage and you will see she was strong willed and outspoken, but a Christian woman who was seeking reconciliation for this present age.  I'll leave you to your own conclusions."

Members of the church collected signatures in support of a petition asking the U.S. Justice Department to conduct an independent investigation into Bland's death.

"We're asking everyone who will to write Attorney Lynch, the Attorney General of the United States of petition the Justice Department for an independent, an independent and objective, thorough investigation," Miller said.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Lincoln-Way School Board Votes to Close School to Reduce Deficit

At the July 16, 2015 Lincoln-Way School Board Meeting, the Board voted to stop consideration of two proposed deficit-reduction options: a tax referendum and cutting classes or extracurriculars.  The only proposed option remaining is closing a school.

Superintendent Tingley presented options for attendance boundaries and school closures.  The Board asked for more information on bus travel times for each of the options.  The Board also discussed the possibility of bringing in an outside consultant to analyze the situation.

The Board will discuss which school to consider for closure at the next meeting.

Video of public comment from a father of a Lincoln-Way student and a Lincoln-Way teacher:

New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann on supporting all Lincoln-Way Schools:

The Lincoln-Way Board of Education discusses budget reduction options:

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Lincoln-Way School Board to Discuss Deficit Reduction, Possible School Closing

Taking action on deficit reduction options is on the agenda for the July 16, 2015 meeting of the Lincoln-Way School Board.  The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Lincoln-Way Central Fine Arts Center.

Lincoln-Way was placed on the State of Illinois Financial Watch list in March of 2015.  The School Board must turn in a budget reduction plan to the State by September 2015.

Deficit reduction options that have been discussed include closing a high school, a tax referendum, and cutting classes and extra-curriculars.  Check out the July 16, 2015 Lincoln-Way School Board Meeting Agenda and information on the district's financial situation:

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Plainfield Police Post Photos of Airsoft Weapons, Highlight Split-Second Decisions Officers Must Make

The Plainfield Police Department has posted a statement and pictures on its Facebook page regarding a recent police call in Plainfield.

Statement on the Plainfield Police Facebook page:
"Are these weapons and gear real or fake?
After looking at them for a few minutes you may be able to realize that all this gear is related to Airsoft activities but imagine being a police officer and coming upon a group carrying these items and you have to decide in a second or two whether they are real or fake?
Members of our department faced this exact scenario this past Friday when they were dispatched to a call reporting people running around near a residential area carrying rifles and other weapons. When they arrived, officers made contact with two (2) of the offenders relatively quickly. While they were still trying to determine if the weapons were real or not a third offender began to approach the officers in a tactical manner, partially hidden by nearby brush, with his weapon pointed in the officers direction. Another responding officer saw the third offender from a distance and drew his weapon to possibly engage the subject and prevent the subject from harming the other officers. This officer took a calculated risk and gave the offender a verbal warning to drop his weapon. If he had been wrong this situation could have proven fatal to the offender or officers.
Thankfully, the third offender did drop his weapon and was taken into custody without further incident. As it turns out, these were three teens with Airsoft items and thankfully no one was injured.
We highlight this incident to remind parents that do decide to purchase these items or allow their children to play with these items to make sure they are clearly marked as non-deadly weapons and to also make sure parents are aware of where they are participating in these activities.
This is a scenario that could have been unbelievably tragic and would have stayed with all the people involved and many more for the rest of their lives."

To see the photos, go here