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.

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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.