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Ownership of the 55-acre shopping plaza where a Meijer superstore is under construction is set to change hands.
A deal between the parcel’s original developer, Mokena Retail Associates, and Inland Venture Corporation, a publicly traded trust with 161 properties nationwide, could be squared away within the next 30 to 45 days, said Alan Zordan, the Village’s director of economic and community development.
The property, known as Mokena Marketplace, is located at the southwest corner of Lincoln Highway and Wolf Road.

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

True education involves more than what students encounter on their ACT tests, and one Mokena resident has been recognized for proving that to her students daily. 

Dawn Oler, who teaches family and consumer sciences at Hinsdale Central High School, recently won a “Teacher of the Year” award from the Illinois Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. Oler, who has taught at Central for 11 years, won the award for her Invitation to Teach classes, which offer a college-focused curriculum to high school seniors interested in pursuing education. 

Rebecca Susmarski

Volleyball and basketball enthusiasts can rejoice as the Mokena Village Board unanimously approved an indoor sports facility addition at Velocity All Sports during its regular board meeting Monday, Aug. 25.

The special use permit request from Velocity All Sports, located at 9120 W. 191st St., allows the business to operate a 50,000 square foot indoor volleyball and basketball facility on the property.

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. 

Journalists, analysts and pundits across the U.S. have consistently referred to Illinois as one of the worst-run states in America, and Mokena residents are paying for it. The value of homes in Mokena is depressed because more people are leaving the state than coming in, especially at higher incomes. The great emigration is driving the supply of homes up in Mokena and the demand for homes down. Corporations are also fleeing as Illinois now has the fourth highest corporate tax rate in the country, taking their well-paying jobs with them.

Danny Ciamprone

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

Mokena resident Tyler Martinkus should enjoy his summer break, as he has spent the last few years working hard to achieve the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America. 

Martinkus, a member of Boy Scout Troop 725 and a recent graduate of Providence Catholic High School, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on Dec. 15 of last year. He received his badge in a June 1 court of honor ceremony at the Mokena VFW Post 725 on Wolf Road. 

Rebecca Susmarski

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

Women in the southwest suburbs will be treated to a day of shopping and pampering at 22nd Century Media’s Lady - A Women’s Expo.
The expo — which is scheduled for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Tinley Park Convention Center — is to feature dozens of booths. The event will offer everything a woman needs such as health screenings, fashion and beauty tips, food, home décor, shopping and more.

Will O'Brien

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