• Jack Knippel (left), of Mokena, shows off his steampunk designs Aug. 22 to Jim Hauser, of Frankfort, during the Chicago Southland Mini Maker Faire at Pipe Fitters Local 597 Training Center in Mokena. Photos by Jean lachat/22nd century media

    Creating the ideal learner’s paradise

    August 31, 2015 By Danny Ciamprone, Editor Life & Arts

    Take a combination of learners, creators, enthusiasts and the curious, mix them all together on a stage ideal for a geek’s paradise, and the outcome is not just a Comic-Con meets g

  • Bikers arrive Aug. 23 at Pipe Fitters’ Training Center Local Union 597 in Mokena for the inaugural motorcycle run in honor of Pvt. Aaron Toppen. Photos by Jean Lachat/22nd Century Media

    Inaugural motorcycle ride honors Aaron Toppen, supports veterans

    August 31, 2015 By Tim Hadac, Staff Writer News

    A grateful Mokena saluted the memory of Pvt. Aaron Toppen on Aug.

  • Lincoln-Way North quarterback Jaylin Branch escapes pressure Friday, Aug. 28, in Frankfort to make a play up field for the Phoenix en route to defeating Richards. Tristan Zeier/22nd Century Media

    Lincoln-Way North completes comeback to win home opener over Richards

    August 29, 2015 By Danny Ciamprone, Editor Sports
    The past few months have played out like a movie for Lincoln-Way North, complete with no shortage of ups and downs and drama awaiting at what seems to be every turn.
  • Griffins defensive back Jayison McCorkle (right) chases down Jamarri Watson in East's home opener Friday, Aug. 28, on the road. Jean Lachat/22nd Century Media

    Griffins come up one big play short in Week 1, lose to Huskies 14-13

    August 29, 2015 By Jon DePaolis, Contributing Editor Sports
  • Jill Duggan (left to right), Jack Mankiewicz, Abby Duggan, Aidan Duggan, Becky Mankiewicz, Kalynn Duggan and Brian Duggan recently helped deliver more than 800 toys for this year’s toy drive. Photo submitted

    Never Back Down Toy Drive donates more than 800 toys

    August 31, 2015 By James Sanchez, Assistant Editor Life & Arts

    When Jill and John Duggan started the Sean Duggan Never Back Down Toy Drive seven years ago in honor of their son who died of rhabdoid cancer, Jill thought donating a few hundred t