• Library patron Logan Walker (left) and Mokena Community Public Library District Facilities Manager Matt Surdel hold Lilly, the first of 11 baby chicks to hatch at the library. Photos by Tim Carroll/22nd Century Media

    Hatching a plan: Baby chicks make Mokena Library debut

    February 22, 2017 By Tim Carroll, Editor Life & Arts
    The Mokena Community Public Library District’s motto is, “We’re more than just books. Come check us out.”
  • John Willis — "Farmer John," as his wife, Aimee, dubbed him on Facebook — looks over the land his family is purchasing to create a community farm. Photos Submitted.

    Updated: Looking toward greener pastures: Mokena family to make farm dreams come true

    February 15, 2017 By Tim Carroll, Editor News
    John and Aimee Willis have a bit of an atypical dream. It is not to buy an island, own a hot tub or become billionaires.
  • Lincoln-Way’s Barb Belka performs her floor exercise routine Friday, Feb. 17, during the IHSA state gymnastics competition. Photo By Carlos Alvarez/22nd Century Media

    Flipping out: All-stater Barb Belka highlights Lincoln-Way’s sixth-place finish

    February 20, 2017 By Frank Gogola, Freelance Reporter Sports, High School
    Barb Belka’s season was over – until it wasn’t. The Lincoln-Way co-op sophomore gymnast was sitting with teammates, eating snacks in the warm-up area when senior Kara Auchstetter came running in with good news:
  • Lincoln-Way East’s Andy Grever swims in the 200 yard individual medley Saturday, Feb. 18, during an Illinois High School Association sectional meet at Homewood-Flossmoor High School. Photos By Adam Jomant/22nd Century Media

    Updated: East, Central boys swimming take top spots at sectional

    February 21, 2017 By Brittany Kapa, Assistant Editor Sports, High School
    The Lincoln-Way trio of schools took top honors at the Illinois High School Association sectional meet, with East taking the top spot.
  • Phil & Amy Switalski welcome the audience to their musical review Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Mokena Community Public Library District. Photos By Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

    Phil & Amy perform hits from Broadway and beyond

    February 21, 2017 By Laurie Fanelli, Freelance Reporter Life & Arts
    Saturday, Feb. 18, was the type of beautiful, sunny day that brings a song to everyone’s lips, which played perfectly into the events scheduled at the Mokena Community Public Library District that very afternoon.