Tuesday, August 21, 2012
District 202 board to also consider placing locked gun safes in the district high schools and granted a five-year tax abatement to a global baked goods manufacturer
Plainfield District 202 has put its 2012-13 budget on public display with a projected $8.9 million operating fund deficit. While the school board is preparing to adopt the budget next month with a deficit, it is also working on ways to erase it and will likely file an updated amended budget with the state in early 2013. Finances continue to change weekly, district officials said. Last month, the district anticipated an operating fund deficit of $8.1 million, but then district officials learned that its general state aid dropped by about $1.2 million. Other revenues, including Title I, funding increased. Meanwhile, state officials are trying to decide if teacher pension plan responsibilities will be shifted to local school districts. “We’re…
Friday, June 29, 2012
Power outages reported all over, including at Taste of Joliet.
A severe thunderstorm with hurricane-strength wind is moving through Joliet right now, power out all over the area. We've got calls in to the police to determine if there's been any damage beyond power outages and the early cancellation of Taste of Joliet. The National Weather Service in Romeoville has issued a severe thunderstorm warning in effect through 10:45 p.m. This is the service's latest message, posted at 9:40 p.m.: NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL...AND DESTRUCTIVE HURRICANE FORCE WINDS IN EXCESS OF 80 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM NAPERVILLE TO JOLIET TO CHANNAHON...AND MOVING EAST AT 50 MPH.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Investigation into strong odor fails to yield answers.
Romeoville police were fielding calls Sunday night from residents reporting a strong gas odor throughout the village. But an investigation by the Romeoville Fire Department didn’t turn up any answers, according to a source at the police department. Police and firefighters were dispatched to conduct testing but didn’t find anything that could have caused the odor. “They don’t know what it is, but it was dissipating,” a dispatcher at the Romeoville Emergency Communications Center said shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday, adding firefighters had already returned to quarters. Representatives from Nicor gas and the Citgo Lemont Refinery did not immediately return calls from Patch. An official with Lemont’s Odor Alert Network was looking into the …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Arrests made by the Plainfield Police Department and other police agencies.
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Thursday, April 19, 2012
Brooke A. Collins, 26, 2014 Oakdale, Plainfield, arrested by the Will County Sheriff's Office and booked into the Will County jail on April 19 on a warrant for failure to appear. James Robert Duggan, 38, of the 2600 block of Discovery Drive, Plainfield, arrested by the Naperville Police Department at about 2 a.m. Wednesday near East 75th Street and South Washington Street and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Jeremiah Thomas, 22, of the 14000 block of Hillsdale, Plainfield, was arrested by the Romeoville Police Department at about 5:40 p.m. Sunday in the 900 block of West Romeo Road and charged with battery. Priscilla Marshall, 20, 200 Morgan Court, Manhattan, arrested at by the Plainfield Police Department at about 2:45…
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Program offers assistance of up to $25,000 for residents hit by a loss or decrease in income.
A local organization is hoping to help keep area homeowners from slipping through the cracks. Since July, the Community Service Council of Northern Will County has been participating in the state’s Hardest Hit Program, which offers mortgage help to homeowners whose paychecks have taken a hit of 20 percent or more. CSC Executive Director Bob Kalnicky said the program is aimed at homeowners who have seen a loss in income due to no fault of their own, whether they’ve taken a pay cut or lost their job due to company downsizing or bankruptcy. “People who are still working but maybe not making as much as they used to,” he said, adding homeowners who are collecting unemployment benefits can also qualify. Offered through the Illinois Housing …
Friday, March 30, 2012
White Oak, Lemont, Joliet, Plainfield, Fountaindale and Shorewood-Troy libraries have joined together to form the cheaper, more efficient Pinnacle Library Cooperative.
Some changes are in store for patrons of six local library districts. Starting April 10, cardholders will only be able to place items on hold at districts belonging to the new Pinnacle Library Cooperative: White Oak, Lemont, Plainfield, Shorewood-Troy, Fountaindale and Joliet. The six districts have split from the larger PrairieCat Consortium to form the new group. Fountaindale Executive Director Paul Mills, chairman of the Pinnacle governing board, said the primary motivation of the new cooperative is to provide better service to patrons. "(The six libraries) have a shared history of collaboration, so we're looking to build on that history with Pinnacle," Mills said. Plainfield Library Director Julie Milavec said the smaller catalog group…
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
While threatening another man, police say Lamont Moore of Bolingbrook accidentally injured a Plainfield resident.
A bullet found an unintended target during a Tuesday night shooting in Romeoville, police said. Lamont Moore, 40, of the 400 block of Blair in Bolingbrook, is charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm, aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated assault after police said he inadvertently shot Eddine Currey, 38, of Plainfield, while threatening another man. Currey also faces an aggravated assault charge, but bonded out shortly after his arrest and was taken to Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital to seek treatment for the wound to his left foot, Assistant Chief Steve Lucchesi said. According to police, officers who responded to a report of a shot fired around 7:17 p.m. Tuesday stopped a vehicle on McKool Avenue and questioned the two …
Thursday, March 15, 2012
The record-setting temps are unusual for March, but a National Weather Service meteorologist says in the big picture it's not so strange.
Crocuses are popping up everywhere, days of potentially record-setting heat lie ahead — and it’s not even St. Patrick’s Day yet. But that’s not the only good news about this week’s lovely weather: Warm temperatures now don’t necessarily mean we’ll be sweating come summertime. “It’s completely unrelated,” said Gino Izzi, a senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Romeoville. While the early warmth is odd, he said in the grand scheme of things it’s not that unusual to have a burst of unexpectedly warm days before spring officially starts. “These things happen,” he said. Wednesday’s predicted high temperature, a record-setting 78 degrees, is due to an upper-level ridge of high pressure hanging around the Chicago area, Izzi …
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
The man, who was reported missing earlier in the day, was taken to a hospital for a mental and physical evaluation, police said.
A missing Romeoville man was rescued by Plainfield police Saturday afternoon after taking a nude swim in the DuPage River. Sgt. Mike Fisher said the man, who reportedly suffers from mental health issues, was taken to Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora for a physical and mental evaluation after spending a short time in the icy water. Though it was about 60 degrees Saturday afternoon, the water was cold enough to cause hypothermia, police said. “It’s not real cold to be outside, but the water is cold,” Fisher said. Fisher said a woman was walking her dog along a pedestrian bridge behind the Animal Care Center of Plainfield when she spotted the man wading into the river east of Route 59. The woman told police the man responded and said …
Friday, March 9, 2012
Voters will head to the polls on March 20.
Residents of Grand Haven, an active senior community in Romeoville, welcomed Republican contenders in the March 20 primary during a candidates’ night on Thursday, May 8. The private forum gave candidates a chance to discuss their backgrounds and ideas, along with fielding questions from residents. Ken Griffin, a Romeoville trustee and Grand Haven resident, said all Republican candidates appearing on residents' March 20 ballots were invited to participate in the event. Present at the event were Will County Board District 13 candidates Tim Kraulidis, Ilona Vaughn and Liz Collins; Illinois House of Representatives 98th District hopefuls Bob Kalnicky and Janet Silosky; Illinois Senate 49th District candidates Gary Fitzgerald, Garrett Peck and …