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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

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
There are more than a couple new faces at the Mokena Community Park District Administration Center. With a new executive director, recreation supervisor of special events and trips and recreation supervisor of athletics, the park district is going into the new year with new ideas ...
Tim Carroll

Back in 1978, late-night snackers had a tough time finding places open past 10 p.m. not named White Castle.

Then came Submarine City.

Ted and Tom Gatses opened the first Submarine City location at 1130 S. State St. in Lockport in 1977 and expanded to a second restaurant at 9573 W. 144th Place in Orland Park just two years later. From the start, the restaurant was open late — 2 a.m. on weekdays and 4 a.m. on weekends — and the reasoning behind it was simple.

Tim Carroll

John Hall was picked as this week’s Standout Student because of his academic performance.

What is one essential you must have when studying?

Music. It really helps me relax and concentrate on what I’m doing.

What do you like to do when not in school or studying? 

I really enjoy hanging out with my friends and just watching sports on TV or playing ping pong. 

What is your dream job and why? 

Tim Carroll

Some sign changes may be coming to Mokena Town Square after a Village of Mokena Board of Trustees work session conversation May 9 at Village Hall.

Representatives of Popeyes Louisiana Chicken made a request to add a 10-foot, electronic monument sign for the property at 19814 S. LaGrange Road, formerly the site of KFC and a Dixie Chicken. Currently, the businesses in Mokena Town Square cannot have individual signs.

Amanda Jarzynski

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

When inspiration strikes, great things can be made.

Boy Scout and Mokena Junior High eighth-grader Will Marquardt was moved by Aaron Toppen, a Mokena resident who was killed in Afghanistan in 2014. Marquardt said he was trying to decided on an Eagle Scout project to complete when Toppen was killed.

Amanda Jarzynski
Aaron Michalak is a senior guard on Lincoln-Way Central’s boys basketball team.
Tim Carroll

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