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Past articles by Sean:

New Lenox Public Library launching new online database

The New Lenox Public Library is getting Hoopla, an online database with movies, TV shows, comics, graphic novels, eBooks and audiobooks starting Monday. Hoopla has over 900,000 items for people to choose from with no wait. People can get up to four checkouts each month. More titles are added daily to the collection. It will also be available for people to download on iOS and Android. From there,… → Read More

Silver Cross COVID-19 hospitalization numbers drop to low 40s

As of Wednesday, the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations at Silver Cross Hospital was at 43 with one awaiting results. This marks the second lowest it has been in months. On Friday, 56 people were hospitalized. The numbers have fluctuated quite a bit lately, but it is a positive sign for this week. There are currently five patients in the intensive care unit and two on a ventilator. There were… → Read More

Residents, trustees offer more comments on New Lenox Lenny’s Gas N Wash proposal

The New Lenox Village Board did not take action on the Lenny’s Gas Station proposal at Monday’s meeting. It is likely being tabled until the Feb. 8 board meeting. Resident concerns Katie Chamberlain, a resident in the neighborhood at the proposed site opened the public hearing. Chamberlain, whose husband, Nathan Chamberlain, also spoke, said that while this may not be “the most important vote in… → Read More

Tuminello recognized by New Lenox Village Board for years of political service

Ray Tuminello, a New Lenox resident and former plan commissioner and village trustee for New Lenox, was recognized by the village board at Monday’s meeting for his years of service in politics. Most recently, Tuminello served on the Will County Public Works and Transportation Committee. Tuminello is stepping away from politics after a long career. “Ray has, I think we all would agree has wisely… → Read More

New Metra Rock Island schedule begins Feb. 1, New Lenox stops included

Metra Rock Island train riders will have more options, including new early morning trains and additional express service beginning Feb. 1. A new Chicago-bound Rock Island Line train will depart at 4:30 a.m. from Joliet. That train line was popular with construction workers that worked downtown pre-COVID, a press release from Metra states. Another Chicago-bound morning train will depart Joliet at… → Read More

New Lenox Village Board does not vote on Lenny’s Gas N Wash, petitioner addressing more concerns first

At Monday’s New Lenox Village Board meeting, the board had the second reads for the execution of an annexation agreement and rezoning of property for the proposed Lenny’s Gas N Wash. Typically, second reads result in votes, but the board took no action on the agenda items and it will return at a future meeting. The petitioner was “hearing more concerns from the board about traffic and so he said… → Read More

Lincoln-Way D-210 board votes to eliminate community service requirement for this year’s seniors

The Lincoln-Way District 210 School Board voted 5-2 in favor of eliminating the community service graduation requirement for the class of 2021. Member Richard LaCien and President Joseph Kosteck were the two “no” votes. Originally, Superintendent Scott Tingley proposed administration’s recommendation that the requirement be reduced from 25 hours to 10 hours, stating that 10 hours could be done… → Read More

Lincoln-Way East senior awarded Chick Evans Scholarship for caddying

Abby Noonen, a senior at Lincoln-Way East, was awarded the WGA’s Chick Evans Scholarship, which is given to caddies. She is one of likely 300 students that will receive the scholarship this year. The scholarship is a four-year housing and tuition scholarship that is valued at an estimated $120,000 and according to a press release is the nation’s largest privately funded scholarship program.… → Read More

Lincoln-Way D-210 board approves capital project bids

The Lincoln-Way School District 210 Board approved multiple bids for its future summer projects. Lincoln-Way Central’s roof replacement and restoration bid was one of the most important projects the district was facing. At Thursday’s meeting, the bid was awarded to J.L. Adler Roofing & Sheet Metal for $295,950. On Nov. 17, administration and DLA Architects received nine bids. The board also… → Read More

New Lenox Village Board to likely vote on Lenny’s Gas N Wash Monday

The New Lenox Village Board will likely approve an ordinance tonight annexing property and rezoning of the property with the proposed Lenny’s Gas N Wash that would replace the Walona Motel in New Lenox. The proposal has received some backlash from residents who live near the location off Walona Avenue and ones that live in the cul-de-sac behind the property. Some of the concerns had been… → Read More

St. Jude holding open house for prospective students

St. Jude School in New Lenox is holding an open house on Sunday, Jan. 31. Those interested in attending the open house must schedule an appointment by emailing In the email, it is asked to include the grades interested and preferred appointment time. Tours last 15 minutes and St. Jude will notify families of their tour time by Friday. St. Jude School is located at 241 West… → Read More

New Lenox Village Board to recognize Ray Tuminello at Monday meeting

The New Lenox Village Board will hold a special recognition of Ray Tuminello at its meeting on Monday. Tuminello, a New Lenox resident, will be recognized for his years of service as a New Lenox Plan Commission member, trustee and Will County board member. Mayor Tim Baldermann said that it is happening now because Tuminello is done politically. Tuminello most recently served on the Will County… → Read More

Lincoln-Way D-210 board moves forward with student fees refund

The Lincoln-Way D-210 board voted to give refunds and discounts on student fees and student parking passes. No one had paid athletic or activity fees yet, so the board voted to keep it that way. For parking passes, students who never drove to school this year should have been refunded 100% already, but the board will double check that. For those who did drive a portion of the year, or… → Read More

Silver Cross COVID-19 hospitalizations decrease since beginning of week

Silver Cross Hospital COVID-19 hospitalizations have decreased since the beginning of the week. As of Friday, 56 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 and four were awaiting for results. On Monday, 61 were hospitalized. Silver Cross did see an uptick in the number of patients in the intensive care unit as nine were there on Friday, compared to eight at the beginning of the week. However, one… → Read More

New Lenox D-122 returns to in-person learning, kindergarteners can enroll for next year

Students in New Lenox School District 122 returned to in-person learning after being home since the end of November. “We are so excited welcoming back our in-person learners,” Superintendent Lori Motsch said. “It was certainly a great day to see all those buses out there and we had some very happy students happy to see their friends.” The district is still running its remote program for those… → Read More

Lincoln-Way D210 board to vote on student fees refund proposal

The Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 board of education will vote on a proposed agenda item to adjust student fees because of the effect of COVID-19 has had. The fees being looked at are the student athletic and activity fees, which are $50 for the year, and the parking fee, which is $150 for the year. It is being recommended that the board waive the student athletic and activity… → Read More

New Lenox Plan Commission makes recommendation of annexation, rezoning of property for Casey’s Gas Station

More than 150 people attended the meeting public hearing → Read More

Providence Catholic counselors going extra mile to help students with college search

The school has a remote counselor to help after school hours → Read More

Lincoln-Way D210 board to vote on upcoming project bids

The Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 board of education will vote on multiple school and district wide projects. The board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Lincoln-Way Central. A few months ago, the district went through a list of repairs needed around the district, including roof replacement and restoration at Central, blacktop projects at West that will include concrete pads for… → Read More

Silver Cross COVID-19 hospitalizations sees uptick over the weekend

The rolling positive case percentage has gone down, though → Read More