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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

When it comes to the Fourth of July parade, Mokena officials have it down pat.

“We have the parade organization down to a science, which is why it runs so smoothly,” said Cindy Gamboa, a Mokena Chamber of Commerce member who grew up in the village and has coordinated the event for the last 18 years. “We have a dedicated crew of volunteers, generous corporate sponsors and there is excellent coordination among Village officials and departments that helps pull it all together.”

Rebecca Susmarski

The Mokena Planning Commission recommended that Live Fire Gun Shop & Club come to Mokena at an Aug. 14 meeting of the commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals. 

The eight commission members present — commissioner Mark Seliga was absent — unanimously agreed to recommend that the business receive a special use permit from the Mokena Village Board of Trustees. 

The Village Board will revisit the permit request at its Sept. 15 work session. 

Rebecca Susmarski

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

When owners Steve and Jeanna Rotondi of Mokena founded the original Roma Sports Club in 2011, they never imagined they would grow out of the building and need something much larger so quickly.  

On Monday, Nov. 10, the Rotondi’s broke ground on the new, larger, state of the art facility Roma Sports Club at 9115 Mark Court in Frankfort.  

Rebecca Susmarski

Lincoln-Way East Athletic Boosters will host its annual Breakfast with Santa from 7-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6.

Children will be able to visit Santa and have their pictures taken. Jean Lachat Photography will be on-hand for photos. Tickets will be $5 per person with 3 years old and under free with a paid adult.

Breakfast includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, milk, juice or coffee.

Danny Ciamprone

Nov. 5

• Kenneth Land, 48, of 243 Indian Mound Drive in New Lenox, was charged with DUI, carrying a suspended/revoked driver’s license and improper lane usage in the 11200 block of West Lincoln Highway in Mokena after police reported the driver crossed the concrete shoulder of the roadway with both passenger tires on several instances.

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

July 14

• Sergio Juarez, 37, of Orland Park, was arrested and charged with DUI alcohol, having no valid driver’s license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and improper lane usage after police saw the suspect drifting in the lane at 12:22 a.m. in the 19600 block of La Grange Road in Mokena. His court date is Aug. 13 in Joliet.

Rebecca Susmarski

It’s called “With-A-Switch” because Chris Vroman and his brother Kevin can fix pretty much any electronic device out there. In fact, what Mario and Luigi are to the gaming world, the Vromans are just the same to the technology revolution.

There are some things though even the owners of one of the only electronic repair stores in Mokena can’t overcome, and why come Aug. 1, “With-A-Switch” will be relocated from Front Street.

But let’s back up to April 1, 2013 – April Fool’s Day – the same day the brothers acquired the store front. 

Rebecca Susmarski

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