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Lincoln-Way West senior turns summer job into full scholarship

“I’m doing this for you.”

Sammi St. Leger’s father, Mark, often repeated that on the many early mornings after he would wake up his daughter to take her to work at Prestwick Country Club, where she was a caddy.

Amanda Stoll

Sometimes all one needs to make a difference is a few inspiring words and the collective will of a few good people to put the wheels in motion, or in this instance, an electric razor.

Late last year, Summit Hill Junior High seventh grader Madalynn O’Neil learned that her mother received a second cancer diagnosis. On top of that, her friend Lilly Pavlik was also diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, and became a sponsor for St. Baldrick’s.

“I was going to shave my head, but unfortunately the next day I had a dance competition so I needed my hair,” O’Neil said.

Rebecca Susmarski

A 20-year-old Mokena man was charged with burglary and possession of burglary tools at 19900 S. LaGrange Road in Mokena after police were called to the report of a suspect in a gray hoodie attempting to break into a business.

Brian Sweeney, of 19903 Fiona Ave., in Mokena, was charged after police said security cameras showed the suspect attempting to break into the front door of the business and then trying to open the drive-thru window. 

Rebecca Susmarski

Two Mokena men were charged with retail theft Aug. 31 after police initiated a search warrant in regard to alleged theft involving the Village of Mokena’s water supply.

Rory Cook, 45, of 19521 Blyth Way, in Mokena, and Robert Cook, 66, of 20018 Pinegrove Drive, in Mokena, were charged with retail theft at their respective residencies after police reportedly initiated a search warrant.

Danny Ciamprone

After 8-year-old Bella Rodrigues lost her lower right leg to surgery, a therapy dog named Max came to her assistance — but if he could talk, he might say the young girl helped him just as much. 

Rodrigues, a Mokena resident, has been attending therapy with Max since the late winter of 2014 at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox. Rodrigues regained much of her strength and learned to use her prosthetic leg by walking Max down the hospital’s halls, playing catch with him and performing other activities. 

Danny Ciamprone

For the past three weeks, people have been seen walking around on sidewalks or even streets with their heads buried in their phones. They seem to be walking around aimlessly. These are not tech-crazy millennials, but rather Pokémon hunters. 

The new game “Pokémon Go” has built up unbelievable popularity since being released earlier this month. The game is so popular that one local organization has taken notice. 

Amanda Jarzynski
On Saturday, Dec. 17, Jenny’s Southside Tap transformed into a rock and roll teenage wasteland, as the talented, young musicians of School of Rock Mokena took to the stage to perform as some of their favorite bands.
Tim Carroll
The seats of Lincoln-Way East High School’s auditorium were full — and the audience was full of anticipation — when seniors Jake Arthur and Kiley Meade were given the titles of Mr. and Mrs. Griffin.
Amanda Stoll

Children’s author and mother of two, Amy Logan, has made it her personal mission to empower children and spread kindness not only through her written words, but with her actions every day.

Danny Ciamprone

The Will County Sheriff’s Office arrested two 15-year-old male students of Lincoln-Way East High School after they allegedly created a “hoax” threat of “shooting up and blowing up the school” the evening of Oct. 27, according to the Will County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a news release issued Oct. 28 by the sheriff’s office, the students were picked up at the school around noon and brought to the Sheriff’s Investigation Division for questioning.

Danielle Tabor

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