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Mokena Village Trustee Don Labriola hosted a public meeting on April 16 to propose the possibility of obtaining cheaper Lake Michigan water for suburbanites.

Rebecca Susmarski

While many students across the nation ventured to banquet halls for prom night this year, Lincoln-Way East’s prom-goers took a trip to Italy — or at least they felt like they had.

The prom, which took place Friday, May 16, at CD & ME in Frankfort, featured an “Under the Tuscan Sun” theme. Sunflowers adorned the dining tables, and attendees received a family-style Italian dinner rather than the buffet typically served at East proms.

Will O'Brien

Only 11 years old and already competing at the University of Michigan.  

Mokena-trained gymnast Sam Garza placed third on vault in his level at the USA Gymnastics Region 5 Championships Friday, April 11 through Sunday, April 13. The New Lenox resident competed against qualifying gymnasts from all over Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky. 

Garza is a member of the Gym-Kinetics boys gymnastics team in Mokena.

May 20

• At 5:04 p.m. near the intersection of Wolf Road and 191st Street, Octavio Rojo Benites, 36, of the 2700 block of 178th Street, Lansing, was arrested on charges of driving without a license and non-functioning taillights. He was released pending a court date.

May 18

Will O'Brien

Good Neighbors of Mokena started out small as a group of Mokena men looking to help families following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

More than 10 years later, the nonprofit has nine board members and plans to extend its reach into Frankfort and New Lenox with a rebranding that includes a name change to the Good Neighbors of Lincoln-Way, said Don Finn, Good Neighbors board president.

Rebecca Susmarski

Plans to develop a pair of subdivisions in Mokena are moving ahead.
A development known as Ginger Creek, featuring 38 upscale lots on 38 acres along the 19300 block of Townline Road, could soon get final approval from the Village Board, said Alan Zordan, Mokena’s director of economic and community development.
Ginger Creek is being developed by Huguelet Homes, a firm with a longstanding presence in the local area and track record of successful developments. Huguelet Homes representatives have stated they’d like to break ground by spring, Zordan
said.

Will O'Brien

Ladies and gentleman of Mokena, start your engines. Indoor go-karts could be coming to town.
Developers at Autobahn Indoor Speedway want a two-track, 65,000-square-foot racing business up and running inside the Ligo building at 9100 W. 191st St. by June or July.
The plan was first publicly detailed Monday, Jan. 20, during a Village Board work session.

Will O'Brien

The Mokena Blaze 12U baseball team took first place in the Midwest Region Slamfest held April 26-27 in Portage, Ind.

Mokena resident David Kropp has something in common with his vibrant yellow home on Third Street: both have witnessed tumultuous periods in American history, as well as the growth of Mokena. 

Kropp grew up in the house during the Great Depression and returned in 2007, after spending decades away from Mokena. During that time, Kropp served in the military, owned a successful landscape architectural business and traveled all over the world. 

Rebecca Susmarski

June 16

Shawn M. Roe, 35, of Mokena, was arrested at 5:20 p.m. after police observed him walking in front of his residence in the 11200 block of Wexford Drive and from prior contact with the subject knew there was an existing warrant for his arrest through the Will County Sheriff’s Office, police said. His court date is July 9 in Will County.

Rebecca Susmarski

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