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A star softball pitcher, a strong comeback from injury and great team chemistry are just three elements of Lockport’s latest state championship bid.

The Porters’ competitive cheerleading squad took second at state last year in the Large Team division. Now the Joliet West sectional championship has Lockport in prime contention for another lofty state finish this weekend in Bloomington.

Max Lapthorne

A Homer Glen man was arrested shortly after 5:42 a.m. Wednesday, June 24, at Chicago Midway International Airport, after a Transportation Security Administration officer reportedly found a handgun in his carry-on bag at a security checkpoint.

Danielle Tabor

Will County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the Home Depot at 14053 S. Bell Road in Homer Glen on April 3 regarding an employee they believed to be shoplifting. The deputies met with a loss prevention manager who suspected Home Depot employee Hector Ibarra, 40, of 14228 W. Kensington Court in Lockport, of committing several retail thefts. Home Depot performed an investigation on Ibarra between Feb. 27 and April 2, finding him executing 14 thefts totaling approximately $8,532 worth of stolen property.

Amanda Jarzynski

Nick Setta left his mark as perhaps the most outstanding athlete in the history of Lockport Township High School.

The 1999 graduate helped lead the Porters to back-to-back Illinois High School Association Class 2A cross country state championships in 1996 and 1997, set the Illinois high school football record for longest field goal (59 yards), set the school record of 6 feet, 10 inches in the high jump, and won a state title in the 800-meter run with a time of 1 minute, 52.24 seconds in 1999.

Meredith Dobes

It seems almost impossible to overshadow the Chicago Blackhawks in their quest for Stanley Cup glory, but the Lemont Classic Car Club did exactly that on Saturday, June 6, as it rolled into Homer Glen.

“I know it’s Game 2 and the puck drops in 15 minutes, but so what? There’s just no way I’m going to miss this,” said Homer Glen resident Bob Sanders, wearing a Blackhawks replica jersey as he gestured toward row upon row of spectacular automobiles parked in front of the Big R store at 15830 S. Bell Road.

Thomas Czaja
Nicole Bolda and her husband Jim Grabner have many stories about their 8-year-old son, Tristan. There was the time he befriended strangers in line for a water ride on vacation, who cheered for him as he went down. There were the hugs he gave as he said goodbye to new friends on a sledding hill. There were the silly, yet utterly determined stares he used to intimidate batters as he quickly wound his pitches and closed out games for his little league team.
Kirsten Onsgard

A vehicle crash in Homer Glen Saturday, April 9, resulted in two fatalities.

Sameh F. Atiq, 20, of Lockport, and Noah Kask, 32, of Homer Glen, died after a reported vehicle crash at the 15000 block of 151st Street, according to the Will County Coroner’s Office.

Elissa Chudwin
The Rev. Richard J. McGrath is no longer president of Providence Catholic High School, following allegations and an investigation into alleged “inappropriate material on his mobile device," according to a press release from the high school.
Thomas Czaja
A Joliet man was charged Oct. 18 with the murder of another Joliet man that happened Oct. 16 in Homer Glen, according to a press release issued Oct. 18 by the Will County Sheriff’s Office. Javier Heredia-Rios, 32, of 312 N. Eastern Avenue in Joliet, was charged with four counts of first-degree murder of Oscar Garrido-Castro, 36, of Joliet, police said, along with one count of concealing homicide.
Danielle Tabor

Change was a theme for those in leadership positions in Homer Glen, as mostly newcomers were elected Tuesday, April 7, to fill different roles around the village.

With all 16 precincts reporting for Homer Glen, Beth Rodgers (3,217 votes), Christina Neitzke-Troike (2,758 votes) and Carlo Caprio (2,286 votes) were elected as to the Homer Glen Village Board, while Ann Holtz secured 62.65 percent of the vote to become Village clerk. Incumbent Gale Skrobuton finished with 37.35 percent of the vote.

Danielle Tabor

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