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Superintendent: No official talks amid financial crisis

The rumors were out there; they just weren’t addressed – until now.

A troubling financial reality — which includes a reduction in State aid, unmet enrollment projections and a spot on the Illinois State Board of Education’s financial watch list — has caused talks of a school closing to circulate Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210, which directs four area high schools.

Danielle Tabor

Village to see new trustee

Mokena voters elected a new Village trustee while also re-electing two familiar faces Tuesday, April 7, as the Friends of Mokena slate was able to garner a majority of the votes in the municipal election, according to unofficial results from the Will County Clerk’s website.

Danielle Tabor

Traffic stop leads to drug arrest 

An 18-year-old Tinley Park woman was charged with possession of cannabis, possession of drug equipment and improper display of registration after police observed the vehicle operating without a front registration plate.

Savannah Filkins, 18, of 19404 Cranfield Lane, in Tinley Park, was charged April 26 at Everett Lane and West Willow Lane in Mokena.

Rebecca Susmarski

Mokena father of three Brian Costello is one heck of a guy, according to those who know him best. 

In addition to running Mokena-based Costello Wholesale Floor Company with his wife, Christine, Brian regularly takes his boys on frog-capturing, salmon-catching adventures. He takes them to football practice and school picnics, too, those interviewed said.

Will O'Brien

After months of review from both the State and local levels, a medical marijuana facility will be coming to Mokena – one of only three that will come to fruition in all of Will County.

On April 27, the Mokena Village Board of Trustees unanimously approved the special use permit to Greenhouse Group LLC for a 5,100-square-foot medical marijuana facility to be located at 9930 W. 190th St., Unit H, located in the Mokena Crossings.

Trustee Don Labriola was absent from the meeting.

Rebecca Susmarski

Mokena police arrested two Joliet men suspected of burglary after apprehending both suspects Tuesday, May 12, at the construction site of Clarendale of Mokena, located in the 21000 block of S. Wolf Road. 

Police took Dwayne Jones, 24, into custody at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday morning after an officer spotted an unauthorized vehicle on the premises of Clarendale, an assisted living facility under construction and set to open in the fall of 2015.

Danny Ciamprone

Oct. 28

• Joseph Rafacz, 29, of 10831 W. 191st St. in Mokena, was charged with domestic battery at 10831 W. 191st St. after police responded in reference to an ongoing domestic disturbance.

Oct. 25

• Traci Frazier, 40, of 13920 W. Carriage Lane in Manhattan, was charged with battery at 10847 W. La Porte Road in Mokena after striking a victim in the face.

Oct. 22

Danny Ciamprone
The Lincoln-Way High School District 210 Board of Education left a school closure as the only optional solution to its financial issues following discussion at its Thursday, July 16 meeting.
Meredith Dobes

After losing her 20-year-old sister to cancer six years ago, Carlee Koerner entered a “very dark place” emotionally — until someone pulled her back into the light. 

“Rachelle really took me and shook me up a little bit and said, ‘You’re missing life. You’re letting everything pass you by,’” Koerner said. “[She] helped me find my own ‘street of dreams‘ — my own path in life.”

Rebecca Susmarski

When a little boy at AutoZone stared at Michael Assefa’s prosthetic running blade recently, Assefa responded by lifting the blade and saying “It’s cool, isn’t it? Just like Iron Man!”

The positive response is characteristic of the 21-year-old Lincoln-Way East alum. Assefa lost the lower part of his left leg in an accident, but during the past three years, has risen to become one of 31 representatives from the United States in the International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports World Games.