Wilmington Region

SEVENTY-TWO PERCENT of the drivers stopped during a special awareness campaign conducted by the Wilmington Police Department were ticketed for distracted driving.

06/25/2019 - 7:47pm
“It used to be you’d see someone driving and think, ‘oh that person’s drunk’ and now it’s ‘oh, that person’s texting,” commented Chief Phil Arnold of the Wilmington Police Department. The department’s April distracted driving awareness campaign...

Coal City Region

Photo by Ann Gill
HOPE HELPS all inclusive playground is closed this week as the final stages of construction are underway on the 2,775 square foot expansion of the play area. The park will officially open with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, July 6. The expanded area was constructed by local volunteers and includes four new pieces of equipment—glider with wheelchair ramp, sensory tunnel with wheelchair capabilities, global spinner and high backed teeter totter.

06/25/2019 - 7:59pm
In 2018, Hope Helps, the autism awareness non-profit serving Will and Grundy counties, proposed plans for a Phase II expansion at Hope Helps all-inclusive park located at 460 S. Illinois St., in Coal City. Two years earlier, Hope Helps built the...

Braidwood Region

06/26/2019 - 8:00am
The public can petition the Braidwood Fire Protection District to go to referendum to complete what amounts to refinancing its existing debt, but refinancing is the smart way to go. The district published notices in The Braidwood Journal this week...

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