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A sunflower is among the wildflowers growing on the corner of 194th Street and Wolf Road, where the color changes every hour.


Danny Ciamprone

Hola, bonjour, hallo and hello: greetings in the four languages that a group of Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 students have mastered. 

Speaking four divergent languages and hailing from the district’s four schools, 80 students became the first recipients in Illinois history to qualify for the new state-recognized Seal of Biliteracy during a ceremony Wednesday, April 10, at Lincoln-Way Central. 

Aug. 13

• Tom Vesvardes, 18, of Oak Forest, was arrested at 11:56 p.m. and charged with possession of cannabis and possession of drug equipment at West 191st Street and 80th Avenue in Mokena after police observed the suspect driving with one headlight. His court date is Sept. 9.

Aug. 10

Rebecca Susmarski

Growing and selling medical marijuana in Mokena won’t be easy.

The Village Board made sure of that Monday, April 28, when during a regular meeting it approved zoning ordinance revisions designed to ensure those looking to operate a cultivation or distribution facility here would undergo multiple rounds of review before getting permission to open.

Under the revisions, operating a medical marijuana business would require a special use permit.

Will O'Brien

Women of all ages are invited to attend and enjoy a day just for them at 22nd Century Media’s Lady - A Women’s Expo.

The expo — which is to be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Drive in Tinley Park — is slated to feature more than 60 vendors for women. The event is sponsored by Meijer, Beyer Natural Health Solutions and Bettenhausen Automotive.

Will O'Brien

Bridie Doyle, Mokena Elementary School first-grader

What is one essential you must have when studying and why?

One thing I must have when studying is peace and quiet because I can’t focus if it’s loud.  

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

I like to ride horses at Fitzjoy Farm.

What is your dream job and why?

Will O'Brien

The Mokena Village Board of Trustees approved a host of business and infrastructure-related development items during its March 24 meeting.
The board first gave final approval to an indoor go-kart facility and indoor motor vehicles sales center. A special use permit was granted to Autobahn Indoor Speedway, whose team is aiming to have a 65,000-square-foot, two-track indoor raceway operating at 9120 W. 191st St. by summer.

Will O'Brien

Numerous residents have been inquiring about the Mokena Meijer project’s progression, Assistant Village Administrator Kirk Zoellner said, so on Monday, Jan. 13, he provided an update.
“There’s a lot going on inside,” Zoellner said, explaining that after work on the facility’s frame wrapped in fall, laboring moved indoors, where the installation of plumbing, electric and ventilation systems continues. “Questions pop up from time to time because people see the site over there, and sometimes you don’t see much work from the outside.”

Will O'Brien

June 29

• Brian Garcia, 20, of St. Charles, was arrested at 6:36 p.m. and charged with driving without valid registration, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle and driving with a suspended driver’s license after police observed the motorcycle he was riding at Everett and Cambridge Drive did not have registration on it. His court date is Aug. 13 in Joliet.  

June 28

Rebecca Susmarski

New Lenox resident Robert Lawruk had a strategy for surviving cancer. 

“You have to keep your mind active,” said Lawruk, who was treated for both prostate and lung cancer in 2008. “I worked a regular job all the way through it. I think if I sat home and dwelled upon it, it might have affected me more. But I went to work and had other things to think about than cancer.” 

Rebecca Susmarski