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  • Legislative Committee introduces change to mileage rules

    MORRIS – Mileage reimbursement for Grundy County board members might soon be limited to only include distances between their home and the administrati ...
    NEW: Dec. 17, 2014 - 3:20 pm
  • Morris man arrested on charge of aggravated animal cruelty

    MORRIS – A Morris man was arrested Tuesday on charges of shooting a neighbor's dog to death.Robert L ...
    NEW: Dec. 17, 2014 - 3:17 pm
  • Morris School District 54 approves levy

    MORRIS - Some property owners living in Morris Elementary School District 54 will pay slightly more in taxes to the district and others slightly less ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 2:22 pm
  • Prosecutors await additional medical records in I-55 crash case

    JOLIET – Medical records are being turned over in the case of a trucker accused of causing a crash on Interstate 55 that killed five people in July.
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 12:20 pm
  • Minooka residents may not see increases in taxes despite levy increase

    MINOOKA – Even with a 7 percent increase in the village's levy over last year, Minooka residents may not see much of an increase, if at all, on the vi ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 11:00 am
  • County employees get full days off for Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve

    MORRIS – Earlier this month, county officials decided to give employees a half day off for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 9:21 pm
  • Desserts and treats made at Three Rivers Library Tween Scene

    CHANNAHON – Inside a Crock-Pot, melted chocolate bubbled, as kids searched out the perfect ingredients to make a sweet holiday treat at Three Rivers P ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 9:20 pm
  • Channahon school board and teachers reach agreement

    CHANNAHON – Teachers in Channahon School District 17 have a new five-year contract after the school board approved the deal Monday.
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 4:11 pm
  • District 54 creates new position to fill need

    MORRIS - Amy Aldrich, administrative assistant to the Director of Special Populations with Morris Elementary School District 54, will move from a part ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 3:41 pm
  • Channahon village board will keep tax rate the same as last year

    CHANNAHON - Presented with two property tax levy choices, the Channahon Village Board Monday chose to keep the village’s tax rate the same as it was l ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 2:38 pm
  • Morris council approves enterprise zone

    MORRIS – Almost all eight of the municipalities involved in the proposed new enterprise zone encompassing parts of Grundy and LaSalle counties have ap ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 2:38 pm
  • Morris hires new building inspector

    MORRIS – A new building inspector will start for the city of Morris Jan. 1.The Morris City Council M ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 10:17 am
  • Habitat for Humanity hosts home dedication

    MORRIS – Five-year-old Estefany Gonzalez smiled as she saw her new room painted with light and turquoise blue colors, inspired by her favorite movie “ ...
    Dec. 15, 2014 - 8:34 pm
  • Grundy County Mental Health Court receives funding

    MORRIS – The Grundy County Mental Health Court program is moving forward after receiving a grant from Adult Redeploy Illinois for $51,380
    Dec. 15, 2014 - 8:34 pm
  • Electoral Board approves subpoenas

    MORRIS – The Morris Municipal Officers Electoral Board approved numerous witnesses to be subpoenaed for the hearings on objections to two Morris candi ...
    Dec. 15, 2014 - 5:10 pm
  • Police asking for public's help in catching vandals

    MORRIS – Morris police are hoping for community help in solving several reports of criminal damage to property that occurred Saturday night or early S ...
    Dec. 15, 2014 - 2:54 pm
  • Grundy County to prepare for hunt for new administrator

    MORRIS – With a new human resources director set to start Jan. 5, Grundy County’s Personnel Committee is preparing to search for a new county administ ...
    Dec. 15, 2014 - 8:38 pm
  • Morris YMCA starts office hours Tuesday

    MORRIS – Although the building is not quite complete, the Morris YMCA will be open for office hours starting Tuesday.
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 8:11 pm
  • REACH students make cookies for housing authority residents

    MINOOKA – Students in the Realizing Educational and Career Hopes program based at Minooka Community High School learn more than reading, writing and a ...
    Dec. 15, 2014 - 8:44 pm
  • Senior citizen group asks area to be a Santa for seniors

    MORRIS – Laurie Krischel, client service coordinator at Home Instead Senior Care, will be playing Santa again this year with the help of the community ...
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 6:04 pm
  • Grundy Personnel Committee picks start date for new human resources director

    MORRIS – The new Grundy County human resources director will start on the job Jan. 5.Personnel Commi ...
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 8:17 pm
  • Trucker escapes cab as it hangs over I-55 bridge

    CHANNAHON – A semitrailer driver managed to exit his cab as it hung over the edge of a bridge Friday morning, state police said.
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 11:44 am
  • Grundy County has new human resources director

    MORRIS – Deborah Jankiewicz, human resources practitioner for the village of Alsip, has accepted an offer to become the new human resources director f ...
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 1:59 pm
  • Community asked to buy gifts for senior citizens

    MORRIS – This season, many Grundy County seniors who are alone will receive some holiday cheer thanks to the Be a Santa to a Senior program.
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 11:08 am
  • Coal City High School musical auditions set for next week

    COAL CITY – Auditions are being held next week for the Coal City High School’s spring musical, “Beauty and the Beast.”
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 9:11 pm
  • Morris police warn of home repair scams

    MORRIS – The Morris Police Department reminds residents to be cautious and alert for home repair scams and distracted resident burglaries.
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 9:11 pm
  • Grundy's Tax Committee, GEDC to form subcomittee for solutions to alternative tax revenues

    MORRIS – A new subcommittee might be coming to Grundy County next year to search for alternative revenues to the Machinery and Equipment Tax.
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 9:09 pm
  • Grundy County families seek fresh trees as part of family traditions

    MORRIS – Christmas is often about tradition, whether it be cutting down the perfect tree or hanging a handmade ornament that brings back memories.
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 8:52 pm
  • Local fire departments share tree safety tips

    MORRIS – Holiday fires that originate from Christmas trees have become a rare occurrence thanks to education and the improvement of Christmas lights o ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 8:54 pm
  • County has new human resources director

    MORRIS – Deborah Jankiewicz, human resources practitioner for the Village of Alsip, has accepted the offer to become the new human resources director ...
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 11:40 am
  • Morris man killed in I-55 accident Wednesday

    CHANNAHON TOWNSHIP – Ryan Smith, 19, of Morris was a fun-loving kid who loved diesel pickup trucks, according to Andy Kacena, Grundy Area Vocational C ...
    Dec. 13, 2014 - 9:11 am
  • R-Place makes top 10 truck stop list in U.S.

    MORRIS – According to over the road truck driver Ronald Dennis Page, it takes work to be a great truck stop.
    Dec. 10, 2014 - 7:11 pm
  • Grundy County Board gives official approval for bond refinancing

    MORRIS – With official approval by the full Grundy County Board, the county can pay down some of its debt from bonds issued in 2008.
    Dec. 10, 2014 - 7:25 pm
  • Student arrested after soft lockdown at Wilmington High School

    WILMINGTON – A high school student has been arrested after allegedly writing a threatening message on a bathroom wall.
    Dec. 10, 2014 - 7:20 pm
  • Gardner-South Wilmington school district wins battle against village

    GARDNER – With the state Supreme Court’s latest ruling, the court battle between the village of Gardner and Gardner-South Wilmington High School has e ...
    Dec. 9, 2014 - 9:26 pm
  • Board approves official offer to candidate for HR position

    MORRIS – A new face will soon join the Grundy County administration team as its new human resources director.
    Dec. 9, 2014 - 9:25 pm
  • Anonymous donation of gold coins in red kettles in Grundy County continues

    MORRIS – An anonymous donation of three gold coins to We Care of Grundy County and The Salvation Army has fascinated residents, businesses and organiz ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 9:09 pm
  • Morris electoral board hearings continued

    MORRIS – The hearings for arguments on the objections to two Morris candidates running for city offices were continued Tuesday to Dec. 17.
    Dec. 9, 2014 - 5:20 pm
  • Counterfeit money still being circulated in Morris

    MORRIS – The use of counterfeit money is still being reported in Morris.Police received another repo ...
    Dec. 9, 2014 - 5:00 pm
  • Morris high school approves tax levy

    MORRIS – The Morris Community High School board Monday unanimously approved a property tax levy of $6.39 million.
    Dec. 9, 2014 - 2:29 pm
  • Habitat for Humanity home dedication Saturday

    MORRIS – The Grundy-Three Rivers Habitat for Humanity is dedicating its latest house at 930 E. North St. in Morris Saturday.
    Dec. 9, 2014 - 12:51 pm
  • Briefs: Madrigal singers perform Thursday

    MORRIS – The Morris Community High School Madrigal Singers will present a program of holiday music at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Morris Area Public Librar ...
    Dec. 9, 2014 - 12:22 pm
  • Historical calendar is gift to readers from the newspaper

    MORRIS – There’s a little something extra in today’s edition of the Morris Daily Herald for our subscribers. An effort by our advertising department h ...
    Dec. 8, 2014 - 8:04 pm
  • Committee recommends raising salary for human resources director position

    MORRIS – If a candidate in the running for human resources director for Grundy County accepts the offer for the position, she could make as much as $7 ...
    Dec. 8, 2014 - 8:00 pm
  • Angels of Hope vigil allows families to mourn

    COAL CITY – Beneath the cool glow of a full moon, dozens of mourners holding candles and white flowers circled together Saturday night to pay respects ...
    Dec. 9, 2014 - 9:30 pm
  • Coal City to receive federal funds for sidewalk improvements

    COAL CITY – Safer sidewalks are set to be constructed in Coal City near local schools and the Coal City Public Library District, thanks to federal fun ...
    Dec. 8, 2014 - 4:35 pm
  • Police say investigation continues in Wilmington bicyclist's death

    WILMINGTON TOWNSHIP — Illinois State Police are still investigating the weekend death of a Wilmington man struck by a vehicle while riding a bicycle.
    Dec. 8, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Local schools support Morris family following house fire

    MORRIS – Local schools are collecting donations to support a Morris family whose home sustained $60,000 worth of fire damage over the weekend.
    Dec. 8, 2014 - 8:02 pm
  • Operation St. Nick auction raises more than $100,000 again

    MORRIS – Some events that transpire during Operation St. Nick’s annual radio auction are so filled with emotion and the spirit of giving that Shirley ...
    Dec. 8, 2014 - 8:04 pm
  • Kitchen fire at Morris home causes $60,000 in damages

    MORRIS – A fire in the kitchen of a Morris home caused about $60,000 in damages and claimed a family pet.
    Dec. 8, 2014 - 1:33 pm
  • Morris woman back from studying, teaching in South Africa

    MORRIS – Although Jorie Struck learned the Xhosa language and could communicate fairly well with the mostly English-speaking population of the South A ...
    Dec. 8, 2014 - 4:09 pm
  • Veterans service officer discontinues Grundy County visits

    MORRIS – Monthly visits to Grundy County by a state veterans service officer must end until further notice due to a shift in staffing by the Illinois ...
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 7:55 pm
  • GAVC, Special Education Co-op to get drawings for life skills house

    MORRIS – Renderings of a life skills house for special education students are set to be presented at Grundy County’s next Law & Justice/Facilities Com ...
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 7:55 pm
  • City clerk's office accepting independent and new party petitions

    MORRIS – The Morris City Clerk's office has given notice that the City Clerk Carol Adair's office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 15 throug ...
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 5:30 pm
  • State’s Attorney’s Office begins engineering study for safety improvements

    MORRIS – Constructing a new receptionist window, key card access on doors and leveling a countertop are a few potential ideas for improvements in the ...
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 7:54 pm
  • Objections filed against two Morris office candidates

    MORRIS – Two objections have been filed against Republican candidates running for two Morris city offices.
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 4:06 pm
  • IHSA questions merits of concussions lawsuit

    NEW LENOX – The Illinois High School Association defended its policies in response to a lawsuit that addresses its monitoring of concussions for footb ...
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 2:18 pm
  • Quilters donate blankets to Grundy County Health Department

    MORRIS - As winter sets in, there is nothing like a warm blanket wrapped around you to keep you warm.
    Dec. 8, 2014 - 4:10 pm
  • Grundy County a step closer to gaining new software for transparency

    MORRIS – Software recently approved by Grundy County’s Technology/Elections Committee will help increase transparency for the County Board and clerk’s ...
    Dec. 4, 2014 - 9:17 pm
  • Annual Operation St. Nick radio auction is Sunday in Morris

    MORRIS – With Christmas just around the corner, Operation St. Nick President Joe Schmitz is preparing for the annual radio auction on Sunday.
    Dec. 4, 2014 - 9:14 pm
  • Coal City school district assisting with help center

    COAL CITY – Superintendent Kent Bugg updated the Coal City Community Unit School District board Wednesday on the progress of the community help center ...
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 12:15 pm
  • Counterfeit bills passed at Morris businesses

    MORRIS – Reports of counterfeit money use in Morris has the secret service assisting Morris police in an investigation.
    Dec. 4, 2014 - 4:41 pm
  • Fast food has its own meaning in Minooka schools

    MINOOKA – When her daughter’s lunch came back from school half eaten, Kristin Rhoads just assumed she wasn’t hungry.
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 12:18 pm
  • Toys for Joy event starts this weekend

    MAZON - Tina Brookman likes to think about the joy of a child opening gifts on Christmas as she sorts toys to give away to people in need at Toys for ...
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 11:52 am
  • Grundy County's Personnel Committee recommends half-day for employees for Christmas Eve

    MORRIS – A proposed recommendation to give Grundy County employees a half-day off for Christmas Eve raised some questions and concerns from committee ...
    Dec. 3, 2014 - 8:20 pm
  • Morris girl’s Christmas spirit spreads to classmates

    MORRIS – When Emma Johnson went with her mother to Park Pointe Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center to show residents her dog, she became concerned ab ...
    Dec. 3, 2014 - 8:19 pm
  • Grundy County shortens committees from 14 to 11

    MORRIS – Decreasing the number of county committees will help save money for Grundy County and also will help committees perform more efficiently and ...
    Dec. 3, 2014 - 6:00 pm
  • City approves new self-serve ice machine

    MORRIS – Zachary Beatty has plans to bring a new self-serve ice machine to Morris next year and with an unanimous vote Monday of a zoning variance by ...
    Dec. 3, 2014 - 1:59 pm
  • Grundy among counties receiving funds

    SPRINGFIELD – Gov. Pat Quinn announced last week investments of more than $8.3 million for construction projects in northern Illinois, including in Gr ...
    Dec. 3, 2014 - 11:32 am
  • Morris YMCA to hold last informational meeting

    MORRIS – The Morris Community YMCA will host one more Coffee with the YMCA informational meeting Saturday to solicit community input and provide area ...
    Dec. 3, 2014 - 11:00 am
  • Sheriff’s Office reports successful campaign

    MORRIS –The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office had a successful Click It or Ticket and Drive Sober or Get Pu ...
    Dec. 2, 2014 - 9:37 pm
  • Grundy Treasurer expands transparency through social media

    MORRIS – Grundy County Treasurer Lori Werden took to social media on her first day in office Monday, inviting the community to “like” her office’s Fac ...
    Dec. 2, 2014 - 9:31 pm
  • Committee recommends candidate for human resources director position

    MORRIS – County Board members have their eyes set on one candidate who possibly could fill the empty human resources director position for Grundy Coun ...
    Dec. 2, 2014 - 9:31 pm
  • Highway department begins second phase for Ridge Road project

    MINOOKA – A county project that will widen Ridge Road and the railroad viaduct over it is now in the engineering and design phase.
    Dec. 2, 2014 - 9:30 pm
  • Channahon considering loan program for local businesses

    CHANNAHON – Channahon village trustees are looking into setting up a program that would offer low-interest loans to local businesses that want to make ...
    Dec. 2, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • City creates new catering liquor license

    MORRIS — The city of Morris has added a new liquor license option that can be utilized by catering companies.
    Dec. 2, 2014 - 3:10 pm
  • Welter appointed as new Grundy County Board chairman

    MORRIS – Board members applauded Monday night as David Welter walked to his new chair as Grundy County’s new County Board chairman.
    Dec. 1, 2014 - 9:13 pm
  • House Walk Tea shows off church’s new design

    MORRIS – The Home for the Holidays House Walk Tea on Saturday in Morris was a time of repose for those who toured the five decorated homes on this yea ...
    Dec. 1, 2014 - 9:03 pm
  • Historical society’s Festival of Trees kicks off holidays

    MORRIS – The Festival of Trees took place in Morris over the weekend, decorating the Grundy County Historical Society from floor to ceiling and kickin ...
    Dec. 1, 2014 - 8:59 pm
  • Annual house walk brings families together

    MORRIS – College student Caitlyn Simpson came home for Thanksgiving, joining her extended family Saturday in the annual Home for the Holidays House Wa ...
    Dec. 1, 2014 - 8:59 pm
  • Living nativity brings story of Jesus' birth to life

    MORRIS - Gabi Born of Morris participates in First Presbyterian Church's Christmas celebration by playing a part in the live nativity scene in front o ...
    Dec. 1, 2014 - 9:04 pm
  • Grundy County officials sworn in to office Monday

    MORRIS – County officials were ready to take their oath of office Monday morning as they sat with friends and family in the upstairs courtroom at the ...
    Dec. 1, 2014 - 9:01 pm
  • Police reports

    Note to readers: Information in Police Reports is obtained from local police departments and the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office. Individuals listed in ...
    Nov. 28, 2014 - 9:44 pm
  • Coal City fire department extinguishes car fire

    GOOSE LAKE – Firefighters on Friday put out a car on fire in the driveway of a home at 6010 E. Peart Road.
    Nov. 28, 2014 - 9:44 pm
  • Ethics commission informs residents of ability to file complaints

    MORRIS – Those with complaints or concerns regarding unethical conduct within Grundy County government have a resource to express their issues to – th ...
    Nov. 28, 2014 - 9:31 pm
  • Coal City On Broadway Dancers show this weekend

    COAL CITY – Charlie Brown, the good-natured leader of the Peanuts gang, has come alive for people in the Coal City area, thanks to dancers and actors ...
    Nov. 28, 2014 - 9:31 pm
  • Families gather for annual lighted holiday parade

    MORRIS – Horse carriage rides, Christmas characters dressed in costume, carolers singing and Santa gliding down Liberty Street in his well-lit sleigh ...
    Nov. 28, 2014 - 9:30 pm
  • Local boys ask for donations to We Care for their birthdays

    MORRIS — When Andrew Danek decided to have a birthday party this year, he wanted to do something for someone else, just as his brother Brady did when ...
    Nov. 28, 2014 - 2:22 pm
  • Nettle Creek students celebrate Thanksgiving

    MORRIS – Nettle Creek School second grade students dressed as Native Americans to celebrate Thanksgiving at school on Tuesday where they were served a ...
    Nov. 28, 2014 - 9:50 pm
  • Gegenheimer to receive official letter

    MINOOKA – The Minooka Consolidated School District 201 board voted to have a letter drafted to Superintendent Al Gegenheimer responding to allegations ...
    Nov. 27, 2014 - 8:00 pm
  • Grundy organizations participating in Giving Tuesday

    MORRIS – The Community Foundation of Grundy County has partnered with nonprofit agencies that serve Grundy County for “Giving Tuesday.”
    Nov. 27, 2014 - 7:58 pm
  • Technology Committee approves GIS data sharing for nonprofits agreement

    MORRIS – Local nonprofit organizations are a step closer to being able to use Geographical Information Systems data for free thanks to a proposed shar ...
    Nov. 27, 2014 - 7:58 pm
  • Community Thanksgiving sees largest crowd yet

    MORRIS – Rich Meyer and Luella Kellogg met in 2006 when they started exercising together. Instead of being alone this Thanksgiving, the two decided to ...
    Nov. 27, 2014 - 7:57 pm
  • Dryer fire damages half of Braidwood duplex

    BRAIDWOOD – A dryer fire damaged half of a duplex Wednesday in Braidwood.Fire Chief Ken Heberer said ...
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 4:07 pm
  • Morris video store to close after more than 30 years

    MORRIS – In 1982, Julia Drake opened Play It Again Video in Morris, offering video rentals to the town she was born and raised in.
    Nov. 27, 2014 - 8:11 pm
  • Finance Committee approves amended resolution to refinance bonds

    MORRIS – Grundy County might be able to pay off bonds it issued in 2008 with a one-time payment, thanks to a proposed amendment to a resolution adopte ...
    Nov. 25, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Seneca high school alum shares Navy Academy experience

    SENECA – Seneca Township High School's auditorium became a beacon Monday morning to students interested in joining and supporting the United State's A ...
    Nov. 25, 2014 - 8:39 pm
  • Wilmington man arrested on animal cruelty charges

    WILMINGTON - A Wilmington man was arrested Friday on warrant charges of animal cruelty.Wesley Majka, ...
    Nov. 25, 2014 - 8:43 pm
  • ICC approves Clean Line project

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Commerce Commission has officially approved the Rock Island Clean Line project to be constructed in Illinois.
    Nov. 25, 2014 - 8:43 pm
  • Nineteenth annual Festival of Trees sure to get you in holiday spirit

    Get in the Christmas holiday spirit by attending the 19th annual Festival of Trees.Hosting the event ...
    Nov. 24, 2014 - 10:00 pm
  • Home for the Holidays Schedule of Events

    FRIDAY • 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. — Festival of Trees, sponsored by Grundy County Historical Society. Grund ...
    Nov. 25, 2014 - 9:46 am
  • Five featured in Home for the Holidays House Walk

    Five homes will be featured in the 2014 Home for the Holidays House Walk.The event is hosted by the ...
    Nov. 27, 2014 - 8:24 pm
  • Letter from the chairwoman: Thanks to all those who help with Home for the Holidays

    Happy Holidays!“It’s A Wonderful Life” in Downtown Morris! It’s time to begin celebrating the Christ ...
    Nov. 24, 2014 - 10:00 pm
  • Lighted Holiday Parade celebrates Santa’s arrival in Downtown Morris

    The arrival of Santa in the Home for the Holidays Lighted Parade is the highlight of the Home for the Holidays weekend for many children. Once again, ...
    Nov. 24, 2014 - 10:00 pm
  • Over the river and through the woods

    Those needing to find the holiday spirit need to look no further than the 23rd annual Home for the Holidays events taking place in Morris during the T ...
    Nov. 24, 2014 - 10:00 pm
  • Santa to visit Morris during Home for the Holidays

    While Santa arrives in Morris on Friday evening during the annual Home for the Holidays Lighted Parade, and will be around the downtown area throughou ...
    Nov. 24, 2014 - 10:00 pm
  • Living Water Church to host House Walk tea event Saturday

    This year’s holiday tea that accompanies the House Walk will take place 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Living Water Church of the Nazarene.
    Nov. 24, 2014 - 10:00 pm
  • Home for the Holidays 2014

    A look at all the events and activities planned for this year's annual event. ...
    Nov. 28, 2014 - 10:08 pm
  • Two taken to hospital after Morris accident

    MORRIS – Emergency responders had to extricate two people after an accident Sunday evening on Pine Bluff Road.
    Nov. 24, 2014 - 9:07 pm
  • Officials urge travel caution during Thanksgiving holiday

    As people take to the roads and the air this Thanksgiving holiday, area officials urge travelers to use caution and take their time.
    Nov. 25, 2014 - 3:20 pm
  • Eight turn in petitions to run in Morris primary

    MORRIS – Of the five city offices up for election in 2015, there will be three with races in the Feb. 24 primary.
    Nov. 28, 2014 - 9:24 am
  • Morris businesses, organizations promote local shopping

    MORRIS – Julie and Dave Sparks smiled Monday as Julie tried on an anniversary wedding band at Van Duzer Jewelers in downtown Morris.
    Nov. 25, 2014 - 5:27 pm
  • Morris firefighter Marx loses battle with cancer

    MORRIS – Ron Marx, known as a "gentle giant," lived his life serving others as a paramedic, a police officer and a firefighter.
    Nov. 25, 2014 - 3:21 pm
  • Morris firefigther Ron Marx has died

    MORRIS - Morris firefighter Ron Marx lost his battle against cancer Sunday.In April, Marx learned he ...
    Nov. 23, 2014 - 10:36 am
  • Local legislators look for court guidance on pension reform

    SPRINGFIELD – Area lawmakers will look for guidance from the Illinois Supreme Court after a judge’s decision Friday to strike down a law intended to f ...
    Nov. 21, 2014 - 8:51 pm
  • Head Start, Big R partner for Christmas gift-giving event

    MORRIS – Santa faces made out of paper hang from a small Christmas tree display at the Big R Store in Morris.
    Nov. 21, 2014 - 8:50 pm
  • Fire at Morris home causes $25,000 in damages

    MORRIS – A house fire on Main Street Thursday night appears to have been caused by an electrical malfunction in the home's attic, fire officials say.
    Nov. 21, 2014 - 3:37 pm
  • Medical marijuana farm gets approval in Minooka

    MINOOKA — In a unanimous vote Tuesday, Minooka trustees approved allowing a medical marijuana farm to be established within the city's limits.
    Nov. 21, 2014 - 2:22 pm
  • I Care provides Thanksgiving meal for community

    MORRIS — For the past 12 years, Phil Ortiz has hosted I Care International's Thanksgiving Dinner at Al's Family Restaurant in Morris.
    Nov. 21, 2014 - 1:45 pm
  • Grundy, Morris and Minooka wait for final draft of Brisbin Road project agreement

    MORRIS – Grundy County is currently reviewing a draft of an agreement between the county, Morris and Minooka that will help fund the $8 million Brisbi ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 8:43 pm
  • Toys being collected for Grundy County families in need at holidays

    MORRIS – The Grundy County Environmental & Resource Conservation Office is once again asking people to donate gently used toys, books and DVDs to help ...
    Nov. 21, 2014 - 9:03 pm
  • Recent Grundy County indictments

    MORRIS – Grundy County State’s Attorney Jason Helland announced that on Nov. 19 the grand jury has returned the following indictments. Helland’s offic ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 7:38 pm
  • Minooka District 201 votes to reprimand superintendent

    MINOOKA – Minooka Consolidated School District 201 Superintendent Al Gegenheimer has been reprimanded by the school board for unprofessional conduct.
    Nov. 21, 2014 - 7:44 pm
  • Morris man's death ruled accidental

    MORRIS – The Morris man found dead in his apartment Wednesday afternoon lost his life accidentally, according to officials.
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 7:36 pm
  • Official Grundy County election results are in

    MORRIS – The official results of the Grundy County elections are in and although the winners declared in the Nov. 4 election have not changed, some ca ...
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 10:20 pm
  • House adopts resolution honoring late Sheriff Marketti

    SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House of Representatives formally adopted on Wednesday a resolution introduced by state Rep. John Anthony, R-Plainfield, in ...
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 10:20 pm
  • Minooka high school to offer new classes next year

    MINOOKA – Some new offerings were placed Tuesday night on the 2015-16 curriculum list for Minooka Community High School. Other classes were reconfigur ...
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 10:20 pm
  • Minooka high school plans to issue bonds

    MINOOKA – In a unanimous vote, the Minooka Community High School District Board of Education on Tuesday approved its intent to issue $12 million in wo ...
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 10:17 pm
  • We Care of Grundy County to move into bigger space in Morris

    MORRIS – We Care of Grundy County is moving on up, increasing the space it has to serve people five-fold.
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 9:45 pm
  • Minooka high school plans to issue bonds

    MINOOKA — In a unanimous vote, the Minooka Community High School District 111 board of education approved a resolution Tuesday declaring its intent to ...
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 5:12 pm
  • Grundy County approves capital project fund

    MORRIS – High-priority projects for the Grundy County Administration Building include installing a new generator, repairing the roof and reducing the ...
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 10:02 pm
  • Morris Elementary advisory committee shares findings

    MORRIS – The Citizens Financial Advisory Committee formed last spring for the Morris Elementary School District board presented five recommendations M ...
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 10:18 pm
  • Wilmington nutrition coach recommends a plant-based diet

    WILMINGTON – All vegan diets are not created equal. Cyd Notter, a certified health coordinator with ...
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 10:05 pm
  • Morris man found dead in apartment

    MORRIS – The death of a 56-year-old Morris man is under investigation, but authorities say foul play is not believed to be the cause.
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 10:17 pm
  • Candidates file for open positions

    MORRIS – Five candidates have filed petitions for Morris aldermanic seats and the City Clerk's seat in the Feb. 24 primary.
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 7:55 pm
  • Train exhibition on display at Morris library

    MORRIS – Members of Heritage N-Trak Group of Channahon spent the later half of Tuesday putting together 144 feet of train track in the basement of the ...
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 10:03 pm
  • Morris City Council approves $1.66 million levy

    MORRIS – Property values in the city of Morris have continued to decrease, but the city plans to keep its tax rate the same, which should result in mo ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 7:56 pm
  • County will discuss life skills house for special education cooperative

    MORRIS – A grassy area directly south of the Grundy County Administration Building is being considered as a potential location for a house where speci ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 5:45 pm
  • Morris school board hears parent concerns on lockdown

    MORRIS – Parent Joanie Johnston told the Morris Elementary School District board Monday night she was unhappy with how the district notified parents d ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 3:57 pm
  • Morris YMCA holds informational meeting

    MORRIS – About 13 Grundy County residents met with Morris Community YMCA leaders Tuesday morning to discuss what the Morris location will look like an ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 3:38 pm
  • Channahon plans to keep village tax levy close to last year

    CHANNAHON — Homeowners may not see much of a change in Channahon's portion of their property taxes this year, as village trustees are leaning toward k ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 2:06 pm
  • Channahon teacher negotiations continue

    CHANNAHON — Negotiations are continuing between Channahon Grade School District 17 teachers and school board members.
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 7:57 pm
  • Shoppers attend holiday market despite cold temperatures

    MORRIS – Through the years, the 3 French Hens Holiday Market has grown ... and grown.Until finally, ...
    Nov. 17, 2014 - 8:57 pm
  • Morris fire department responds to emergencies

    MORRIS – The Morris Fire Protection and Ambulance District, along with other first responders, had a busy weekend between fighting a house fire and re ...
    Nov. 17, 2014 - 8:57 pm
  • Grundy sheriff’s deputies increase belt enforcement

    MORRIS – Police and safety officials in Grundy County are reminding residents to fasten their seat belts and drive sober over the Thanksgiving holiday ...
    Nov. 17, 2014 - 8:51 pm
  • Morris council OKs airport construction

    MORRIS – The Morris City Council Monday approved about $15,000 in airport expenditures to move forward with its runway extension project.
    Nov. 17, 2014 - 8:51 pm
  • Morris Hospital gala returns to Morris

    MORRIS – The Morris Hospital Auxiliary Charity Gala returned to Morris as guests filled the Morris Country Club on Saturday evening to raise money for ...
    Nov. 17, 2014 - 8:51 pm
  • Gas leak keeps Minooka high school students on campus

    MINOOKA – Minooka high school students living in the Rivers Edge subdivision were kept at school after hours due to a gas leak in the subdivision.
    Nov. 17, 2014 - 4:17 pm
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