• Ray Loffredi, of Mokena, grills homemade Italian sausage for sale July 19 during the second annual Festa Italiana in downtown Mokena. Photos by Jean Lachat/22nd Century Media

    A little taste of Italy

    July 27, 2015 By Laurie Ford, Staff Writer News

    Members of the Knights of Columbus are in full regalia as more than 100 people walk along their side, while even more attendees are seen taking public transportation en

  • Alexia Kubas, a 15-year-old Lincoln-Way East sophomore, raised money on her own to attend Space Camp this summer, where she received a glimpse into life as an astronaut. Photo submitted

    LW East student raises money to attend Space Camp in Alabama

    July 29, 2015 By Rebecca Susmarski, Assistant Editor News

    Many high school students have taken vacations to fun places this summer, but one used her time off to learn what it would be like to take the ultimate trip — far away from Earth. 

  • St. Charles East catcher Carlos Pasillas (left) attempts to tag out Lincoln-Way North first baseman Tyler Strzelczyk July 22, in the Phil Lawler Summer Classic. Dave Krugley/22nd Century Media

    Phoenix ride hot streak to win summer title

    July 27, 2015 By Randy Whalen, Staff Writer Sports

    The storylines seemed endless for the Lincoln-Way North baseball team, but in the end, it all led to the same outcome – a championship.

  • Carol Walenga (left), of Mokena, dances with lead singer Daniel Bryan from the band Rockstar Rodeo July 18 during the Mokena Lions Club’s annual Firecracker Dance in Mokena. Photos by Mary Compton/22nd Century Media

    Annual Firecracker Dance welcomes hundreds for fun, community support

    July 28, 2015 By Danny Ciamprone, Editor Life & Arts

    To organize an event that welcomes hundreds every year for fun, food and live entertainment all for a good cause, it cannot be done overnight.

  • Mini golfers (left to right) Aidan McGuire, Tommy DeStefano, Anna McGowan and Anthony DeStefano, all of Mokena, play a hole near the reference desk during mini golf Thursday, July 23, at the Mokena Community Public Library. Jean Lachat/22nd Century Media

    MPL transforms two building levels into mini golf course

    July 27, 2015 By James Sanchez, Assistant Editor Life & Arts

    Several years ago, when the Mokena Community Public Library contacted a company to transform their facility into a miniature golf course, the final bill was going