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A “threatening call” to Mokena School District 159 that led to soft lockdown of its schools Tuesday, May 12, has been called a hoax by district officials.

Danny Ciamprone

Over the shoulder and a few hundred yards away from Bruce Johnson stood the site of what will soon be filled with construction crews going to work on the first indoor shooting range in the Village of Mokena.

“It’s just going to be a state of the art, modern facility,” Johnson said with admiration as he gazed out the window of the RBT Development office building in Mokena. “That’s 88th Avenue and [the facility] is going to be straight back to where that white box is.”

Rebecca Susmarski
Residents of unincorporated Will County expressed concern to the Village of Mokena Board of Trustees Monday, July 17, during a work session.
Tim Carroll
Although Lincoln-Way West junior Kyle Auchstetter was expecting to do well on his first ACT exam, he says he was surprised when he saw just how well he had performed; he received a score of 35, just one point away from a perfect 36. Auchstetter had taken a practice class in the fall before taking his first ACT exam in December of 2017.
TJ Kremer III

Momentum is heading in more than the right direction for the Mokena Marketplace, which as of Monday, Oct. 27, will officially welcome a new occupant to the Village in an area currently ripe with business and development.

Rebecca Susmarski
At around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, Metra’s Rock Island Twitter account sent a message reading that the Joliet train scheduled to depart at 8:30 p.m. was delayed due to “a freight striking a pedestrian near Hickory Creek.”
TJ Kremer III

The Mokena Village Board of Trustees heard a proposal for a shooting range to come to Mokena during a June 16 work session at Village Hall. 

Dubbed Live Fire Gun Shop & Club, the business would be housed in a brand-new, custom-designed, 38,000-square-foot building at 18810 88th Ave. if granted a special use permit by the board. The establishment as currently proposed would contain a gun shop and shooting ranges for rifles and pistols. The business would also offer concealed carry classes and club membership. 

Rebecca Susmarski
A 53-year-old Frankfort Township man who initially was reported missing Feb. 13 was found dead Saturday, Feb. 18, according to Will County Chief Deputy Coroner Kevin Stevenson.
Tim Carroll
“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.
TJ Kremer III

An event that failed to earn Village Board approval last summer has been given the green light its second go around.

The Mokena Downtown Merchants Association is set to host a Feast of St. Mary Mount Carmel on Sunday, July 20, in the Front Street commuter lot.

Will O'Brien

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