Wilmington Region

FRANK LYONS, while Chief of Police in Wilmington, would go out of his way to help others. In this file photo Lyons started a campaign to put out candy boxes to help a local youngster with medical bills. Free Press file photo.

02/23/2021 - 5:42pm
A helping hand. A word of advice. A commitment to the community. Back when Frank Lyons was the chief of police in Wilmington, being more than just a cop was part of the deal. Franklin Lyons, 84, passed away on Feb. 6 at the home of his son,...

Coal City Region

A LETTER HAS been sent to the Governor’s Office and Illinois Department of Public Health requesting additional COVID-19 vaccine be allocated to Grundy County. The correspondence came after the county’s superintendents voiced concern over the lack of available vaccine to inoculate educators as part of the Phase 1B rollout.

02/23/2021 - 4:44pm
The state of Illinois is anticipating the delivery of 500,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine this week—200,000 more than it has in recent weeks—and local legislators are asking for some of that to be sent to Grundy County. When word came last week...

Braidwood Region

02/23/2021 - 5:29pm
Things are a little brighter these days around Reed-Custer schools. District assistant superintendent of operations Mark Hulbert said the school district received $120,000 from a ComEd grant to upgrade LED lighting. “They wrote the grant and got us...

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