• 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
  • District 159 Superintendent Omar Castillo (left) welcomes Lauren Rogers back to school Aug. 19 at Mokena Elementary School. Danny Ciamprone/22nd Century Media

    Students greeted with smiles, enthusiasm heading back to D159 schools

    August 24, 2015 By Danny Ciamprone, Editor News

    One by one as the school buses circled the bend at Mokena Intermediate School and Mokena Elementary School, the smiling faces of dozens of children made their way to the entrance, “Minio

  • The roast garlic spicy miso ramen ($10) is served with roasted pork belly and a split lava egg, hard-boiled with a soft center.

    The secret is in the broth

    August 24, 2015 By Danny Ciamprone, Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

    Two years ago, while traveling in Tokyo, Mark Cheung came across a small restaurant on the outskirts of the city.

  • State Sen. Michael Hastings (D-19) (left) emcees a pie eating contest Aug. 15 with contestants (left to right) Nathan Dion, Jaret Jawor and Joshua Romanek, all of Mokena, during the Mokena Community Park District’s annual Farm & Barn Fest at Yunker Farm. Photos by Jean Lachat/22nd Century Media

    Taking a trip to a simpler time on the farm

    August 25, 2015 By Tim Hadac, Staff Writer Life & Arts

    Long before Mokena was a Chicago suburb, its roots were established as a young country town.