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  1. Northeast Community Fund names next Executive DirectorRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Sep 27 | WAND-TV Decatur

    Ed Bacon will take on the position. He succeeds Jerry Pelz, founder of Northeast Community Fund and Executive Director of the agency for the last 49 years.


  2. Joliet teacher charged with murder in beating death of wifeRead the original story

    Aug 8, 2018 | WAND-TV Decatur

    A northern Illinois teacher is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, who also was a teacher. Authorities say Michael Kazecki beat his 38-year-old wife, Rebecca Kazecki, to death after she tried to intervene when he was hitting their 11-year-old son Tuesday.


  3. 5 minutes, 3 holdups, 1 arrest for attempted robberRead the original story

    Jun 9, 2018 | WAND-TV Decatur

    Joliet police have arrested a Plainfield man on suspicion of attempted bank robbery and driving a stolen vehicle Friday after he allegedly attempted to rob three businesses within five minutes. Police tell the Herald-News reports that 34-year-old Thomas S. Manaras Jr. suggested he was armed and demanded money at a Burger King drive-thru window at 12:56 p.m. The manager closed the window and called police.


  4. Romeoville mayor pleads guilty to drunken drivingRead the original story

    May 9, 2018 | WAND-TV Decatur

    The Herald-News reports that Mayor John Noak entered the plea Tuesday, saying he was on a new medication for a back injury but takes "full responsibility." Noak was sentenced to a year of court supervision and given a $1,550 fine.


  5. Illinois seeks talks on keeping Asian carp from Great LakesRead the original story w/Photo

    May 8, 2018 | WAND-TV Decatur

    Illinois has proposed negotiations with federal officials and other states in the Great Lakes region over fortifying a Chicago-area lock and dam to prevent Asian carp from invading Lake Michigan and threatening its native fish. Gov. Bruce Rauner said his state was willing to team with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on paying for the project but wanted changes to a $275 million draft plan the federal agency released last year.


  6. Illinois county sees its highest number of opioid overdosesRead the original story

    May 8, 2018 | WAND-TV Decatur

    The county coroner's office reports 85 people died from heroin or fentanyl overdoses in 2017. The Herald-News reports that figure is up from 78 people in 2016 and 53 people in 2015.


  7. Chicago backs plan to protect Great Lakes from Asian carpRead the original story

    Mar 28, 2018 | WAND-TV Decatur

    Chicago is supporting a federal plan to shield the Great Lakes from invasive carp by strengthening defenses at a crucial Illinois choke point. The city has joined the Great Lakes Basin Partnership to Block Asian Carp, an initiative established this year.


  8. Members of Congress want 1-year deadline for Asian carp planRead the original story

    Feb 8, 2018 | WAND-TV Decatur

    Some members of Congress want a one-year deadline for completing a federal study on keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes by strengthening defenses on a crucial Illinois waterway. In a letter Thursday to heads of House spending committees, 26 lawmakers from Great Lakes states said the next federal budget should order the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to finish its Brandon Road Lock and Dam study by February 2019.


  9. States join battle to protect Great Lakes from Asian carpRead the original story

    Jan 31, 2018 | WAND-TV Decatur

    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says an interstate partnership is being established to help strengthen defenses against invasive Asian carp in a Chicago-area waterway. The initiative would help pay costs of upgrading the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois, a key choke point between the carp-infested Illinois River and Lake Michigan.


  10. Historian finds what appears to be Lincoln casket flowerRead the original story

    Jan 7, 2018 | WAND-TV Decatur

    Will County Historical Society president Sandy Vasko tells The Daily Southtown she found it in a box belonging to the family of James Elwood, a Civil War soldier and former mayor of Joliet, which is outside Chicago. Vasko found a handwritten message describing the flower as from the 16th president's casket when "the remains were lying in State ... in Washington, D. C. April 20, 1865."


  11. Joliet Police investigate fatal shooting of 2 teensRead the original story

    Jan 2, 2018 | WAND-TV Decatur

    Joliet Police are investigating the slayings of two teenagers who were shot to death while riding in a car New Year's Eve. The Herald-News reports that the teenagers and three other people were in a car Sunday night when they became lost shortly before midnight.


  12. Will County 911 dispatch center consolidates 31 communitiesRead the original story

    Dec 23, 2017 | WAND-TV Decatur

    Officials say the opening of the 911 Dispatch Center and Emergency Telephone System Board marks one of largest consolidations in the state. The center is on the first level of the new Public Safety Complex in Joliet.


  13. More \232aRead the original story

    Dec 11, 2017 | WAND-TV Decatur

    Attorneys general from three states say a $275 million federal plan for keeping Asian carp from migrating into the Great Lakes is too pricey and rejects the most effective solution. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is recommending technologies such as electric barriers and water cannons at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois, which stands between the carp-infested Illinois River and Lake Michigan.


  14. Lawmakers, groups urge fast deployment of Asian carp defenseRead the original story

    Dec 9, 2017 | WAND-TV Decatur

    Members of Congress and Great Lakes advocacy groups are pressing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to strengthen defenses against Asian carp at a crucial choke point. The Corps is considering a $275 million plan to bolster the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, Illinois, with devices such as water jets and noisemakers to prevent the invasive fish from migrating from the Illinois River to Lake Michigan.


  15. Chicago-area woman charged in financial exploitation caseRead the original story

    Dec 7, 2017 | WAND-TV Decatur

    A 41-year-old suburban Chicago woman has been charged with stealing money from a resident of a long-term care facility while working for a state contractor. A Thursday statement from the Kane County state's attorney's office says Mary E. Pfingston, of Joliet, faces a multi-count indictment that includes charges of financial exploitation of the elderly and public contractor misconduct.


  16. Coal City man pleads not guilty in woman's shooting deathRead the original story

    Nov 20, 2017 | WAND-TV Decatur

    A northern Illinois man has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the shooting death of a bartender who went missing. The Herald-News reports 32-year-old Jeremy Boshears of Coal City appeared on video in Will County court Monday morning. 3 comments

  17. Police investigating Mokena woman's death as homicideRead the original story

    Nov 16, 2017 | WAND-TV Decatur

    Police say they're investigating the death of a missing Mokena woman as a homicide after she was found fatally shot in the head. The Will County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that detectives located 24-year-old Kaitlyn Kearns's body and her 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee during an overnight search in a rural area of Kankakee County.


  18. Man convicted in 2012 slaying witnessed by young daughterRead the original story

    Nov 16, 2017 | WAND-TV Decatur

    A suburban Chicago man has been convicted of fatally shooting his girlfriend 15 years ago while she was in bed with their young child. The Will County State's Attorney's Office says 45-year-old Eric Glover Sr. of Joliet was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder following a bench trial.


  19. Opioid addiction treatments face off in US trialRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 15, 2017 | WAND-TV Decatur

    The first U.S. study, published Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 in the journal Lancet, comparing Vivitrol a... It has been nearly 50 years since a Louisiana man was sentenced to life in prison in the kidnapping and rape of a nurse but after a judge overturned his conviction he is expected to walk out of prison Wednesday... It has been nearly 50 years since a Louisiana man was sentenced to life in prison in the kidnapping and rape of a nurse but after a judge overturned his conviction he is expected to walk out of prison Wednesday morning a free man. Ohio is set to execute a sick inmate who will be provided a wedge-shaped pillow to help him breathe as he's put to death.


  20. US Senate confirms Lausch as northern Illinois US attorneyRead the original story

    Nov 10, 2017 | WAND-TV Decatur

    The U.S. Senate has confirmed Chicago lawyer John R. Lausch Jr. as the next U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. President Donald Trump nominated Lausch in August.


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