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  • Kiwanis Club coming to Minooka, Channahon area

    MORRIS – A sixth Kiwanis Club is coming to Division 24 of Kiwanis International, which serves Grundy and LaSalle counties.
    July 5, 2015 - 8:40 pm
  • Greenhouse Group discussion resumes Monday in Morris

    MORRIS – Months of debate on multiple fronts could reach resolution Monday night during the first Morris City Council meeting in three weeks.
    July 5, 2015 - 8:40 pm
  • Sereno: Volunteers are 'Hearts and Hands' of Grundy Hospice

    MORRIS – Having been involved with Grundy Community Volunteer Hospice these past 30 years, I have seen it grow from the infancy stage to the vibrant a ...
    July 5, 2015 - 8:40 pm
  • Kids having fun at the County Fair

    MORRIS – The Grundy County Fair offered something for kids of all ages. From pageants to petting zoos, fireworks to farm animals, the fair provided a ...
    July 5, 2015 - 8:25 pm
  • Agricultural side to Grundy County Fair is what draws people in

    MORRIS – At the back of the Grundy County Agricultural District Fair, past the petting zoo, the corn dog and Philly cheese stands, the Tempest and the ...
    July 5, 2015 - 8:24 pm
  • Schott: Celebrating the ideal of hope

    With the Fourth of July just passed, we’ve all likely heard some familiar words and important phrases thrown around to describe what the holiday means ...
    July 4, 2015 - 10:55 pm
  • Team Rubicon mission provides disaster relief in Coal City, Braidwood area

    COAL CITY – If severe weather is in the forecast for any given community domestically or abroad, Team Rubicon monitors the situation just as residents ...
    July 4, 2015 - 10:49 pm
  • Hearing scheduled for Tuesday in closing of Elwood railroad crossing

    CHICAGO – Illinois Department of Transportation officials still are working on an overdue regional traffic impact study in the Walter Strawn Drive rai ...
    July 4, 2015 - 10:46 pm
  • Two brothers set up lemonade stand to benefit those affected by Coal City tornado

    MORRIS – On Friday morning Nolan and Gavin Berger, along with family and friends, set up a lemonade stand and bake sale at the city of Morris parking ...
    July 5, 2015 - 8:43 pm
  • Annual event in Morris honors, supports and recognizes military personnel

    MORRIS – Six years ago, a Morris annual tradition was started when the first Liberty 5K Run/Walk was held July 3.
    July 5, 2015 - 8:47 pm
  • Quick News

    Cloonen hosting “Coffee with Kate” in GardnerKANKAKEE – State Rep. Kate Cloonen is hosting a “Coffee ...
    July 2, 2015 - 10:11 pm
  • Fireworks times

    Fireworks are scheduled for the following days, times and places in Grundy County this weekend in honor of the Fourth of July.
    July 2, 2015 - 10:03 pm
  • IDOT suspends most non-emergency road work

    SPRINGFIELD – To improve traffic flow and reduce congestion for Fourth of July holiday travelers, the Illinois Department of Transportation announced ...
    July 2, 2015 - 9:59 pm
  • Shabbona eighth-graders now required to do community service

    MORRIS – As of this coming school year, Shabbona Middle School eighth-graders will be required to complete community service hours to graduate.
    July 2, 2015 - 9:59 pm
  • Tornado victims granted extension to file tax returns

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Wednesday that residents affected by the June 22 tornado and severe weather that devastated parts of Grundy ...
    July 4, 2015 - 10:55 pm
  • Ashley Furniture pledges beds for displaced Coal City children

    COAL CITY – A national furniture outlet is donating beds to help make tornado-displaced Coal City kids’ nights more comfortable.
    July 4, 2015 - 10:54 pm
  • Hard work pays off as pigs enter the pen to be judged at Grundy County Fair

    MORRIS – Sam Batson of Wilmington has been working since early February to be ready for this – the week he would bring his pigs to the Grundy County A ...
    July 2, 2015 - 9:56 pm
  • Kids find a lot to do at the 111th annual Grundy County Fair

    MORRIS – Magic shows, colorful rides and monkeys riding dogs are a few of the fun things families are finding at the 111th annual Grundy County Fair t ...
    July 2, 2015 - 9:55 pm
  • AAA forecasts highest travel numbers since 2007

    Americans will travel this Fourth of July holiday weekend in numbers not seen since 2007 – because of growing income and falling gas prices, the Ameri ...
    July 1, 2015 - 9:37 pm
  • Gotta Do It

    Celebrate Independence Day at Community Park in ChannahonCelebrate Independence Day at Community Park in Channahon
    July 1, 2015 - 9:35 pm
  • Joliet Junior College bans tobacco at five locations

    MORRIS – The smoking ban on Joliet Junior College campuses, including the Morris location, began Wednesday in accordance to state law.
    July 1, 2015 - 9:33 pm
  • Parents, service providers at risk without Illinois budget

    MORRIS – Because of the intense political feud in Springfield between Gov. Bruce Rauner and a Democrat-controlled Legislature, the state began its new ...
    July 1, 2015 - 9:55 pm
  • Grundy County Fair Queens announced

    MORRIS – Depending on the age and seriousness of pageant contestants, weeks to months of preparation culminated Wednesday evening at the 2015 Miss Gru ...
    July 1, 2015 - 9:51 pm
  • Coal City boys who lost home to tornado raise money for friends

    MORRIS – Summertime and lemonade stands go hand in hand as children set up roadside stands to make a little extra money, either for themselves or a ca ...
    July 1, 2015 - 9:58 pm
  • Health workers win awards

    MORRIS – When Kelly Hitt was hired by the Grundy County Health Department as a volunteer coordinator in 2009, there were only five volunteers. Today, ...
    June 30, 2015 - 9:33 pm
  • Joliet resident creates online T-shirt fundraiser for Coal City tornado relief

    JOLIET – Courtney Kantor could not take off work to join volunteers in Coal City last Friday to help those affected by the June 22 tornado – but she w ...
    June 30, 2015 - 9:33 pm
  • Morris pool expected to be open Saturday

    MORRIS – Morris residents should be able to spend their Fourth of July swimming. The Morris Pool has been cleaned and is ready to refill as soon as a ...
    June 30, 2015 - 9:34 pm
  • Grundy County Fair pageants start Wednesday

    MORRIS – The Grundy County Agricultural District Fair begins Wednesday and starting at 5:30 p.m. the pageants will begin.
    June 30, 2015 - 9:33 pm
  • Local agencies sound off on state government shutdown

    SPRINGFIELD – As Illinois lawmakers in Springfield continue the blame game over a budget impasse, leaders of local nonprofits and social service agenc ...
    June 30, 2015 - 9:44 pm
  • Planning commission recommends approving two requests in Morris

    MORRIS – The Morris Planning Commission has recommended the City Council approve at its Monday meeting two requests from local property owners.
    June 30, 2015 - 9:31 pm
  • Coal City clearing up after tornado

    COAL CITY – Workers have swept away much of the debris caused by the Coal City tornado last week and village officials expect the rest to be done by t ...
    June 30, 2015 - 9:31 pm
  • Grundy County Fair schedule announced

    The Grundy County Agricultural Fair starts its 111th season on Wednesday. The fair will run through ...
    July 2, 2015 - 10:16 pm
  • Crews, trucks head to Coal City to clean up storm debris

    COAL CITY – Maintenance and nonprofit organization crews were at work Monday to clean up debris in Coal City from the tornado that hit the area last w ...
    June 29, 2015 - 9:48 pm
  • Morris Culver’s holds fundraiser for Special Olympics Tuesday

    MORRIS – Culver’s in Morris is partnering with Special Olympics Illinois for the inaugural “ButterBurgers & Badges” fundraising event from 5 to 9 p.m. ...
    June 29, 2015 - 9:42 pm
  • Morris man dies in Route 47 crash

    MORRIS – A Morris man was killed in an early morning crash Monday on Route 47.Jerome “Jerry” Burns, ...
    June 29, 2015 - 10:02 pm
  • Chicago woman identified as person killed in Sunday crash on I-80 near Morris

    MORRIS – A Chicago woman was killed Sunday after being involved in a five-vehicle collision on Interstate 80 in Morris.
    June 29, 2015 - 10:02 pm
  • Local scouts help Coal City residents wash away tornado damage

    COAL CITY – Six-year-old Addison Schlieper stood barely taller than the second row of dryers she was reaching into Monday. As she pulled out a load of ...
    June 29, 2015 - 9:41 pm
  • Grundy County Fair starts Wednesday in Morris; aims to bring fun for all ages

    MORRIS – The 111th annual Grundy County Agricultural District Fair starts Wednesday and offers something for the whole family.
    June 29, 2015 - 9:40 pm
  • Police reports

    Note to readers: Information in Police Reports is obtained from local police departments and the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office. Individuals listed in ...
    June 28, 2015 - 9:12 pm
  • Art for all ages

    MORRIS – The inaugural Liberty Arts Festival in Morris had plenty of interactive hands-on art projects for children.
    June 28, 2015 - 9:10 pm
  • Looking Up

    The Ritchey Orthodontics building at 218 W. Washington St. in downtown Morris has English bond brickwork including arch bricks and a corbel table at t ...
    June 28, 2015 - 9:10 pm
  • Ian Stewart, the new face of YMCA Health and Wellness

    MORRIS – There’s no question about it: Since moving into our new home, the Morris Community YMCA has left quite an impression on Wauponsee Street.
    June 28, 2015 - 9:06 pm
  • Morris High School honor roll students announced

    MORRIS – Morris Community High School fourth quarter honor roll students. High Honor Roll Freshmen: ...
    June 28, 2015 - 9:20 pm
  • Ambulance service gets Mazon funding

    MAZON – Members of the Mazon Verona Kinsman Rescue Squad District have received some funding from the Village of Mazon toward getting EMTs hired.
    June 28, 2015 - 9:03 pm
  • Minooka gets new D.A.R.E. car

    MINOOKA – The Village of Minooka gained one more resident, named NASTSQUAD, last week. Although loud at times, this resident makes the streets more co ...
    June 28, 2015 - 9:00 pm
  • Liberty Arts Festival brings out artists of all ages

    MORRIS – “Painting the town” held a new meaning Saturday as local artists lined Liberty Street, showcasing their unique wares and art at the Liberty A ...
    June 28, 2015 - 9:00 pm
  • One person killed as result of I-80 crash near Morris

    MORRIS – One person has been killed as a result of the multi-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon that shut down westbound Interstate 80 for more than three ...
    June 29, 2015 - 9:44 am
  • How to help those affected by Coal City tornado

    • Monetary donations are being taken by the Community Foundation of Grundy County at Or send checks payable to ...
    June 28, 2015 - 5:30 am
  • Gotta Do It June 28 through July 4

    Sunday• Bird Fair/Sale – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 11 S. 129th Infantry Drive, Joliet. ...
    June 27, 2015 - 10:12 pm
  • 'Purpose-led' artwork

    June 27, 2015 - 10:08 pm
  • Schott: Inspiration can be found in even the worst destruction

    There are moments we wish we could forget.The sounds of the wind tearing away roofs and uprooting tr ...
    June 27, 2015 - 10:07 pm
  • Will, Grundy social service agencies plan for possible government shutdown

    JOLIET – As a state government shutdown looks all the more likely come Wednesday, nonprofits and social service agencies are weighing options if the m ...
    June 27, 2015 - 10:06 pm
  • Will, Grundy county fireworks season begins

    Buyer beware: fireworks may be more explosive and hotter than they appear.As the Fourth of July week ...
    June 27, 2015 - 10:05 pm
  • The start of a new beginning

    COAL CITY – Refujio Luevano sat Friday on the back porch of his home on Berta Road, looking out at what was, until last week, his new metal pole barn.
    June 28, 2015 - 6:22 pm
  • MARC gives residents 'one-stop shop' for recovery

    COAL CITY – The basement of Vanessa Calderon's home on Division Street hasn't stopped flooding since the tornado swept through Coal City late Monday n ...
    June 27, 2015 - 10:11 pm
  • Exxon Mobil donates $50,000 to Red Cross for Coal City relief

    COAL CITY – ExxonMobil presented the American Red Cross with a $50,000 check Friday afternoon at United Methodist Church to help assist with relief ef ...
    June 26, 2015 - 3:48 pm
  • Clean up efforts in Coal City being focused on 'outskirts' first

    COAL CITY – Volunteers have hit the ground running Friday morning with clean-up efforts in Coal City, but some areas are still off-limits as the city ...
    June 27, 2015 - 5:32 pm
  • Quick News

    WWII veterans sought for Honor Flight COAL CITY – Honor Flight Chicago’s is seeking World War II vet ...
    June 25, 2015 - 9:29 pm
  • Braidwood residents affected by tornado say aid was not quick to come

    BRAIDWOOD – The damage to a handful of homes, a gas station and motels near the intersection of Hickory and Reed streets in Braidwood paled in compari ...
    June 25, 2015 - 9:34 pm
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner gives money to schools, while Will and Grundy social agencies wait

    JOLIET – Local nonprofit agencies gathered Thursday to discuss what they described as a dire outlook after Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed most of the budget ...
    June 25, 2015 - 9:41 pm
  • Full-day kindergarten progressing

    MINOOKA – Rolling out a new full-day kindergarten program for Minooka Community Consolidated School District 201 has been in the works for a few month ...
    June 25, 2015 - 9:24 pm
  • Morris changes city fireworks date, location

    MORRIS – Fireworks in Morris celebrating Independence Day can be seen at two different times this year.
    June 25, 2015 - 9:23 pm
  • Cash payments cost Grundy County

    MORRIS – Cash payments to Grundy County sheriff’s deputies will come at a price to the county, which will need to pay taxes, possible penalties and ne ...
    June 25, 2015 - 9:23 pm
  • 884 properties damaged by Coal City tornado

    COAL CITY – A total of 884 properties were damaged as a result of the EF3 tornado that tore through Coal City late Monday night.
    June 25, 2015 - 9:33 pm
  • Painting puppies

    MORRIS – Mollie, a small white poodle turned Picasso, painted her first art piece, “Mollie’s Roses,” on Thursday night on the Grundy County Courthouse ...
    June 25, 2015 - 9:19 pm
  • Coal City fire district states Dollar General situation a "miscommunication"

    COAL CITY – The Coal City Fire Protection District is clearing up rumors that have spread about the local Dollar General, stating allegations against ...
    June 25, 2015 - 3:58 pm
  • Coal City Chief looks to reduce perimeter

    COAL CITY – Agencies are working Thursday toward clearing and securing more neighborhoods following the EF-3 Tornado that ripped through Coal City on ...
    June 25, 2015 - 1:53 pm
  • Resource center being set up in Coal City

    COAL CITY – A resource center for families affected by the Coal City tornado will be available starting Friday and through the weekend so families can ...
    June 25, 2015 - 11:47 am
  • Grundy, Will counties under flood warnings

    Portions of Grundy and Will counties are under a flood warning for the next several days due to rain that has caused area rivers to swell.
    June 25, 2015 - 7:45 am
  • Coal City tornado most powerful to hit area since 1990 Plainfield twister

    COAL CITY – A bathtub, bicycle and living room chair were just a few of the items lifted from destroyed homes in the Richards Crossing subdivision of ...
    June 24, 2015 - 10:49 pm
  • Kent Bugg and his family face rebuilding their home while fighting cancer

    COAL CITY – On Jan. 2, Kent Bugg started sharing on a blog the story of his daughter Megan’s fight with Stage 4 cancer.
    June 24, 2015 - 11:05 pm
  • Liberty Street closed Saturday for event

    MORRIS – Liberty Street in Morris will be closed Saturday from Jefferson Street to Chapin Street for the Liberty Arts Festival.
    June 24, 2015 - 9:57 pm
  • Locally written play to be presented at festival

    MORRIS – Abigail Strong was an independent woman who raised her child in one of the poorest areas of Morris between the I&M Canal and the Illinois Riv ...
    June 24, 2015 - 10:03 pm
  • Minooka mayor upset over local gas prices

    MINOOKA – Minooka Mayor Pat Brennan voiced displeasure Tuesday over the high price of gas in the village.
    June 24, 2015 - 9:56 pm
  • One Coal City man rescued by neighbor

    COAL CITY – As the storms rolled into Coal City on Monday night, Kenny Berger sent his family to a neighbor’s house while he sat at home with his Shih ...
    June 25, 2015 - 8:51 pm
  • Donations flow in for tornado victims

    COAL CITY – Clothing, food and monetary donations continue to flow in for Coal City tornado victims.
    June 24, 2015 - 10:01 pm
  • Tornado relief organization from Fairdale donates supplies for Coal City residents

    MORRIS — Coal City is receiving help from volunteers from another town devastated by a tornado earlier this year. 
    June 24, 2015 - 6:13 pm
  • Eight join the Joliet police force following swearing-in ceremony

    JOLIET – The Joliet police force gained eight new hires following a swearing-in ceremony Wednesday morning at the Joliet Police Department.
    June 24, 2015 - 11:08 pm
  • Coal City tornado most powerful to hit area since 1990 Plainfield twister

    COAL CITY — Packing 160-mile-per-hour winds, the Coal City tornado that touched down Monday night was the most powerful to hit the region since the Au ...
    June 24, 2015 - 6:54 pm
  • Illinois River continues to rise

    MORRIS – As the area continues to get hit by rain, the city of Morris continues to watch rising rivers and creeks.
    June 23, 2015 - 10:13 pm
  • Quick News

    Forest Preserve District closes McKinley Woods due to flooding Forest Preserve District closes McKinley Woods due to flooding
    June 23, 2015 - 10:12 pm
  • Liberty 5K registration party set Friday

    MORRIS – Start your Independence Day festivities early this year with some fun and exercise. On July 3, the Grundy County Farm Bureau Foundation and t ...
    June 23, 2015 - 10:10 pm
  • Grundy County Fair to feel state budget cuts

    MORRIS – The 111th Grundy County Agricultural District Fair begins July 1 – the same day Gov. Bruce Rauner’s June spending reforms are scheduled to go ...
    June 23, 2015 - 10:09 pm
  • Senate recognizes D-17’s superintendent

    CHANNAHON – State Sen. Pat McGuire dropped by the District 17 school board meeting Monday to congratulate Superintendent Karin Evans on her upcoming r ...
    June 23, 2015 - 10:56 pm
  • Neighbors stick together during Coal City tornado

    COAL CITY – Morris Community High School Superintendent Pat Halloran, along with his family and his neighbors the Rices, bunkered in the basement of G ...
    June 23, 2015 - 10:44 pm
  • Volunteers asked to wait until Friday to help Coal City

    COAL CITY – Residents of Coal City have begun trying to recover from tornado damage that occurred Monday night – but volunteers are asked not to come ...
    June 23, 2015 - 10:22 pm
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner declares Grundy County a disaster area

    COAL CITY – The tornado that touched down in Coal City Monday night was a "high-end" EF3 tornado — with winds up to 160 miles per hour, the National W ...
    June 23, 2015 - 5:39 pm
  • Video: Coal City tornado damage in Lions Park

    In this video, you can see damage near the Lions Park area of Coal City on Tuesday morning. Residents walked, biked and jogged through the neighborhoo ...
    June 23, 2015 - 3:29 pm
  • Video: Coal City High School softball and baseball fields get tornado damage

    In this video, you can see the damage left behind by the tornado that hit Coal City High School's softball and baseball fields.
    June 23, 2015 - 3:02 pm
  • Video: Coal City Mayor Terry Halliday speaks about tornado

    Coal City Mayor Terry Halliday speaks about the tornado and storm damage on Tuesday afternoon. Stick ...
    June 23, 2015 - 2:58 pm
  • Video: Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks on the Coal City tornado

    In this video, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks about the storm damage and tornado in Coal City. St ...
    June 23, 2015 - 12:58 pm
  • Swollen rivers flood roadways, backyards in Will, Grundy counties

    WILMINGTON – Tony Borik sat on his front porch Tuesday smoking a cigarette, watching as a makeshift moat formed around his Wilmington home – a sure si ...
    June 23, 2015 - 11:02 pm
  • Weather officials believe Coal City tornado could be bigger than 2013's

    COAL CITY – As the storm hit Monday night, Nicole Patterson of Coal City hid in her closet with her family.
    June 23, 2015 - 6:27 pm
  • Photos: Reader-submitted Coal City tornado damage images

    Reader-submitted photos of the damage left by the tornado that went through Coal City. Send yours with names and locations to news@morrisherald-news.c ...
    June 23, 2015 - 11:11 am
  • Video: Coal City resident talks about the tornado aftermath

    Coal City resident Jane Patterson talks about aftermath of Monday's tornado and Tuesday's clean up efforts.
    June 23, 2015 - 10:58 am
  • Coal City tornado coverage

    Here are links to all of our coverage of the storms that ravaged Coal City on Monday, June 22. STORI ...
    July 4, 2015 - 10:51 pm
  • Photos: Coal City damaged by storm

    Photos from the severe weather that damaged homes and buildings in Coal City on Monday, June 22, 2015.
    June 23, 2015 - 4:14 pm
  • Video: Coal City tornado damages fire station

    In this video, you can see the damage to the Coal City Fire Protection District station 2 and homes on Berta Road north of the station where the torna ...
    June 23, 2015 - 9:15 am
  • Video: Tuesday morning Coal City tornado first responder news conference

    Wilmington Fire Protection District Deputy Chief Todd Friddle talks at a Tuesday morning press conference about the Coal City tornado that hit late Mo ...
    June 23, 2015 - 8:56 am
  • Video: Tornado destruction at Coal City intersection

    In this video, you can see the destruction left by Monday's tornado at the intersection of Coaler Drive and Daisy Place in Coal City.
    June 23, 2015 - 8:47 am
  • Video: Coal City resident talks about tornado that damaged her home

    Laura DuBois, a Coal City resident, talks about the tornado that damaged her home and caused flooding in her basement.
    June 23, 2015 - 8:38 am
  • Searches ongoing in Coal City after tornado damages dozens of structures

    COAL CITY – Emergency crews began a secondary search Tuesday morning in the Coal City area after a tornado caused extensive damage late Monday.
    June 23, 2015 - 11:06 am
  • Note to readers regarding weather, newspaper delivery

    Due to the severe weather, the Morris Herald News has been delayed in areas most affected by Monday night’s storms.
    June 23, 2015 - 6:33 am
  • Coal City residents start picking up the pieces

    COAL CITY – Coal City residents Harold and Georgette Vota worked quickly to clear the storm drains on the corner near their Daisy Place home in Coal C ...
    June 23, 2015 - 6:37 am
  • Flooding reported in Will and Grundy counties

    Roadways in Will and Grundy counties may have water over them Tuesday morning as commuters head to work.
    June 23, 2015 - 3:12 am
  • Tornado touches down in Coal City

    COAL CITY – A tornado touched down late Monday night in Coal City, the second twister to hit this town of about 5,500 in less than two years.
    June 23, 2015 - 8:14 am
  • Tornado touches down in Coal City; flooding reported in region

    COAL CITY – A tornado touched down late Monday night in Coal City, the second twister to hit this town in less than two years.
    June 22, 2015 - 11:20 pm
  • Quick News

    Habitat for Humanity in need of volunteers and baked goods MORRIS – On Saturday, June 27, Grundy Th ...
    June 22, 2015 - 9:49 pm
  • Student’s drawing selected for arts festival banner

    MORRIS – A Shabbona Middle School student’s artwork has been selected for the banner that will be painted during the Liberty Arts Festival.
    June 22, 2015 - 9:29 pm
  • Enterprise zone that includes Grundy County gets through first round of application process

    MORRIS – The Ottawa, LaSalle & Grundy County Enterprise Zone is one step closer to being replaced, with additions that include Channahon, Coal City an ...
    June 22, 2015 - 9:24 pm
  • Help for Hope provides lunch for Coal City families in need

    COAL CITY – Many children depend on school for their lunch, but in the summer that needed meal isn’t available.
    June 22, 2015 - 9:22 pm
  • City of Morris approves money for dog park materials

    MORRIS – If you have a dog, the opportunity to take your four-legged friend to a public recreation area in Morris is coming near.
    June 22, 2015 - 9:21 pm
  • Camp rockets through science for one week in Morris

    MORRIS – Drew Darlington has never built a rocket before.But that didn’t stop the 10-year-old Morris ...
    June 22, 2015 - 9:20 pm
  • Morris father balances coaching and fatherhood with two sons

    MORRIS – Scott Stewart of Morris has coached 31 youth baseball teams in 21 years. Of the hundreds of ...
    June 21, 2015 - 10:38 pm
  • Gold Star Families

    MORRIS – On Saturday hundreds of motorcycles rode into Morris to honor those who have their names carved into the The Middle East Conflicts Wall Memor ...
    June 21, 2015 - 10:26 pm
  • Looking Up

    The Hal Osmandson Building, 717 N. Liberty St. in downtown Morris, uses corbiestep or crow step design on the roof line, which masks a pitched roof. I ...
    June 21, 2015 - 10:02 pm
  • Litchfield: Freedom often exacts a heavy price on our families

    MORRIS – Freedom isn’t free.We’ve heard this phrase over and over again, on TV, in print in the news ...
    June 21, 2015 - 9:52 pm
  • Morris airport talks hangars

    MORRIS – The construction of a private corporate jet hangar at Morris Municipal Airport is inching closer to takeoff after a productive meeting Friday ...
    June 21, 2015 - 9:52 pm
  • Morris Garden Walk 2015 takes a spiritual turn with visits to prayer gardens

    In a shift from residential backyard hideaways, the Morris Garden Walk this year featured prayer gardens at five Morris churches and Morris Hospital.
    June 21, 2015 - 10:03 pm
  • ICS Class of 1990 digs up time capsule

    MORRIS – As the eighth grade class of 1990 graduated from Immaculate Conception School they left a piece of themselves behind, letters in a plastic mi ...
    June 22, 2015 - 9:45 pm
  • Man pleads guilty in New Lenox Twp. murder

    JOLIET – Eight days into his trial for murdering his uncle six years ago, Jason Gonzalez pleaded guilty Friday.
    June 20, 2015 - 11:15 pm
  • Safety advocates urge against longer trucks on highways

    Tucked away in a $55.3 billion federal transportation spending bill up for vote in the U.S. Senate this week is a non-budgetary item allowing for bigg ...
    June 20, 2015 - 11:14 pm
  • Grundy farms tour educates state, local officials

    MORRIS – There’s more than corn in Grundy County. That was what legislators and local officials were ...
    June 21, 2015 - 1:36 am
  • Schott: Brothers become great fathers

    My 6-year-old self who was crying while my two older brothers used my stuffed animals as footballs and kicked them over the couch for “practice” would ...
    June 20, 2015 - 11:38 pm
  • As foreclosures stabilize, eyesore homes on the decline in Will, Grundy

    While we don’t see as many abandoned homes as a few years ago, there are still some eyesores out there.
    June 20, 2015 - 11:13 pm
  • Know the rules when it comes to block parties

    JOLIET – Block parties can help build a sense of community in a neighborhood, but some common-sense rules will go a long way to avoid trouble with the ...
    June 20, 2015 - 11:11 pm
  • Fans celebrate NASCAR, Father’s Day at Speedway

    JOLIET – The NASCAR Xfinity Series race festivities this weekend were the first time Lockport resident Travis Calhoun ventured out to the Chicagoland ...
    June 20, 2015 - 11:03 pm
  • Bolingbrook father stays at home to care for children

    JOLIET – Kevin Helfert wears two hats when raising his children.When his two children aren’t staying ...
    June 20, 2015 - 11:01 pm
  • Crash closes Arsenal Road exit lane

    CHANNAHON TOWNSHIP – Four people were hospitalized when a minivan collided with a semitrailer Thursday afternoon on Interstate 55.
    June 20, 2015 - 11:36 pm
  • Mobile food pantry a success despite its last-minute move

    MORRIS – About 157 families took part in We Care of Grundy County’s mobile food pantry June 10. Orig ...
    June 18, 2015 - 9:29 pm
  • Water levels begin receding in Morris

    MORRIS – Area residents and businesses can breathe a sigh of relief as floodwaters recede in Morris.
    June 18, 2015 - 9:49 pm
  • New Lenox Township murder trial: Man defending himself spars with mother

    JOLIET – Jason Gonzalez’s mother called him a murderer at least four times before her testimony concluded Wednesday.
    June 18, 2015 - 9:25 pm
  • GAVC student-built home has open house

    MORRIS – For those in the market for a new home that gives back, Grundy Area Vocational Center will host an open house this weekend for the 22nd home ...
    June 18, 2015 - 9:23 pm
  • Minooka Summerfest kicks off Thursday

    MINOOKA – Downtown Minooka was a mecca for local teens watching their peers battle it out for the title of Minooka Teen Music Fest champion.
    June 18, 2015 - 9:43 pm
  • Mazon to place cameras in parks

    MAZON – The village of Mazon is going to place surveillance cameras in its local parks thanks to a partnership with the Grundy County State’s Attorney ...
    June 17, 2015 - 9:58 pm
  • Flooded fields cause delays for Grundy farmers

    MORRIS – Grundy County farmers are keeping their eyes on the fields as water continues to rise and rain continues to fall.
    June 17, 2015 - 9:59 pm
  • Saratoga starts new math program

    MORRIS – The creation of both minds and structures is in top gear for the summer at Saratoga Community Consolidated School District 60C.
    June 17, 2015 - 9:58 pm
  • Freedom Run changes venues despite Freedom Fest cancellation

    MORRIS – Despite the City of Marseilles canceling the Marseilles Freedom Fest this weekend, the Freedom Run will go on, with some venue changes.
    June 17, 2015 - 9:55 pm
  • Mental Health Court gets funds for next year

    MORRIS – Three months after Grundy County Mental Health Court started in Morris, program officials have received word they will receive funding for fi ...
    June 17, 2015 - 9:53 pm
  • Morris YMCA fills gap with summer sports camps, day camps

    MORRIS – Morris Community YMCA program director Ken Iverson said as a former coach, he dreaded making roster cuts and informing children they weren’t ...
    June 17, 2015 - 9:47 pm
  • Community honors Sereno at open house

    MORRIS – Ken Sereno wore a suit and tie Wednesday afternoon as he greeted guests at an open house held for him at the Morris Municipal Services Facili ...
    June 17, 2015 - 9:48 pm
  • Shaw Media to acquire weekly newspapers in Kendall County

    DIXON – Shaw Media, owner of the Morris Herald-News, announced today that it is purchasing Record Newspapers Inc. from Jeff and Kathy Farren.
    June 17, 2015 - 2:00 am
  • Sunny skies and carnival rides

    MORRIS – The break in rainy days Tuesday brought adventure-seekers of all ages to the Morris Community High School parking lot for the Morris Firefigh ...
    June 16, 2015 - 9:51 pm
  • Morris District 54 board discusses questioned expenses

    MORRIS – New policies and procedures are in the works at Morris Elementary School District 54 after questions arose on invoices and bills approved and ...
    June 16, 2015 - 10:13 pm
  • City votes not to cover Morris resident's plumbing bill

    MORRIS – The city of Morris elected Monday not to cover $1,400 worth of plumbing work done at Scott Kerr’s Chapin Street residence.
    June 16, 2015 - 10:15 pm
  • Morris area flooding expected to continue

    MORRIS – Morris residents aren’t out of the woods yet when it comes to flooding. Tom Kulasik, Grundy ...
    June 16, 2015 - 10:06 pm
  • Voluntary evacuation issued in Marseilles due to flooding

    MORRIS - The City of Marseilles has issued a voluntary evacuation to residents due to flood levels along the Illinois River reaching 19 feet, with lev ...
    June 16, 2015 - 3:29 pm
  • Home repair firms flood Channahon with registration requests

    CHANNAHON – The village of Channahon had 21 hail damage repair solicitors apply to be registered in town in just one day, according to Village Preside ...
    June 16, 2015 - 10:19 pm
  • District 54 board approves administrators pay

    MORRIS – Morris Grade School District 54 students will return to the same faces in professional positions at Shabbona Middle and White Oak Elementary ...
    June 15, 2015 - 9:32 pm
  • City renews insurance plan, grants liquor license

    MORRIS – Although no action was taken regarding the vacant Morris Second Ward alderman seat or the potential medical marijuana dispensary location, ot ...
    June 15, 2015 - 9:32 pm