• Big Run Wolf Ranch owner John Basile (left) airs his grievances about the proposed industrial park Jan. 10 at the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting in Lockport. Max Lapthorne/22nd Century Media

    Concept plan for controversial industrial park advances through Lockport Planning Commission

    January 11, 2017 By Max Lapthorne, Contributing Editor News
    Tension and indignation filled the third-floor board room at Lockport’s Central Square building Jan. 10 as the Lockport Planning and Zoning Commission discussed the concept plan for a proposed 1.97 million square foot industrial park impacting Lockport and Homer Township. The commission ultimately voted 5-1 to recommend the concept plan for the Prologis industrial park to Lockport’s City Council, with commission member Jim Bilotta as the lone dissenting vote.
  • Homer Glen native Bill Green takes a selfie while anxiously waiting to hear U.S. President Barack Obama’s farewell address to begin Jan. 10 at McCormick Place in Chicago. Photos submitted

    Former Obama campaign worker attends president’s farewell address

    January 17, 2017 By Thomas Czaja, Editor News
    On Nov. 4, 2008, U.S. President-Elect Barack Obama gave his acceptance speech at Grant Park in Chicago, eyes and ears around the country and globe taking in his historic victory.
  • Barbara Kutlik assembles a copper-foiled glass piece recently at Sheri Law Art Glass Ltd. Photos by Sharon Filkins/22nd Century Media I

    Studio crafts colorful, ornate pieces

    January 17, 2017 By Sharon Filkins, Freelance Reporter Life & Arts
    One never knows where life will lead, and this was certainly true for Homer Glen businesswoman Sheri Law, owner of Sheri Law Art Glass Ltd, located at 12551 W. 159th St. At the age of 27, she was a divorced single mom with two young children and working as a waitress to support them. Little did she know that her lifelong passion for art would lead her to become a prominent, award-winning artisan producing magnificent pieces of art glass in her own business.
  • Lockport’s Patrick Cooper sinks a three Friday, Jan. 13, in a conference game against Sandburg hosted at Lockport Township High School’s East Campus. Photos by Paul Bergstrom/22nd Century Media

    Boys Basketball: Porters dismantle conference rival Eagles

    January 16, 2017 By Randy Whalen, Freelance Reporter Sports, High School
    Matt Smietanski knows firsthand what the rivalry between Lockport Township and Sandburg is like. Not only has he played in basketball games involving the two schools, but the Lockport senior point guard has a family history when it comes to the rivalry. “My dad’s whole family is from Orland Park and went to Sandburg,” he said. “My mom’s family is from Lockport and went here.”
  • Lockport’s Hannah Gallagher (right) and Jacki Greci compete Jan. 11 during the SWSC Dance Competition at Bolingbrook High School. Photos by Paul Bergstrom/22nd Century Media

    Competitive Dance: Lockport dances its way to third place at conference meet

    January 17, 2017 By Chris Walker, Freelance Reporter Sports, High School
    As one of the final teams to take the floor during a lengthy South West Suburban Conference competitive dance meet, Sandburg could have lost its focus. Instead, the Eaglettes put on an unforgettable show, saving arguably the best performance in Bolingbrook’s gymnasium for last, as they won the Blue Division. They were the third from the last team to compete.