• Lincoln-Way East quarterback Brendan Morrissey goes through his progressions Friday, Oct. 20, during a passing play in the second half against Bolingbrook. The Griffins won the game 18-14. Jon DePaolis/22nd Century Media

    Griffins wrap up conference title, undefeated season

    October 21, 2017 By Jon DePaolis, Freelance Reporter Sports, High School
    All of the Lincoln-Way East players, coaches and fans knew what was on the line.
  • Lincoln-Way Central’s Brianne Bolden watches her putt at the Broken Arrow Golf Course in Lockport on Oct. 4. Bolden came up just short at the state championship, finishing second with a final score of 1-over 145. 22nd Century Media file photos.

    Knights’ Bolden, Grace Curran finish top-five at state: Sean Curran finishes 26th on boys side

    October 17, 2017 By Steve Millar, Freelance Reporter Sports, High School
    A year after Lincoln-Way Central’s Grace Curran won the school’s first golf state championship, her teammate and friend Brianne Bolden nearly made it two in a row.
  • [Left to right] Jim Garrett, president/CEO of the Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau; Cory Joe, director of the Illinois office of tourism; Mokena Mayor Frank Fleischer; David Whitaker, president/CEO of Choose Chicago; and Aemish Patel, chairperson of the Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau. Mokena received the Patricia Chase Magon Municipal Leadership Award during the annual meeting and awards luncheon Oct. 11. Photos by Amanda Stoll/22nd Century Media

    Village receives municipal leadership award at annual meeting

    October 17, 2017 By Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor News, Village
    The annual meeting and awards luncheon of the Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau on Oct. 11 projected a lot of promise for the areas south of Chicago — and Mokena in particular.
  • Raelynn McPhillips, 4, of Frankfort gets her face painted Ninja Turtles style by Petey Winkleman during Mokena Community Park District’s Halloween Hollow. Photos by T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media

    Ghoulishly good times: Weekend-long Halloween Hollow won’t let rainout ruin 36th annual event

    October 16, 2017 By T.J. Kremer III, Editor Life & Arts

    It was a dark and stormy night — and day — that caused Mokena Community Park District’s 36th annual Halloween Hollow to be canceled on Saturday, Oct. 15.

  • Benny ‘Mr. Benny’ Leonardo, shown here with his wife Joy, died Oct. 1. He leaves behind a legacy spanning seven decades. Photo submitted

    Local icon dies at 86: Benny “Mr. Benny” Leonardo leaves legacy connecting with patrons

    October 16, 2017 By T.J. Kremer III, Editor News
    “Old school” is a phrase that’s tossed around, oftentimes applied to something or someone simply because of its age. But “old school” can mean much more than that; it can be indicative of the way a person lives their life, and a throwback to a time when business practices weren’t so much corporate policy as common sense.