• Artesa Bakery co-owner, baker and cake decorator Mikayla Machlet perfects the treats display during a wedding event at the business Saturday, Feb. 16, in Homer Glen. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

    Artesa Bakery event has samples of 17 different flavors of wedding cakes

    February 20, 2019 By Laurie Fanelli, Freelance Reporter Life & Arts, Living
    Business, under new ownership, offers variety of baked goods, looks to grow
  • The Lockport girls bowling team took fifth with a score of 11,272 at the conclusion of the IHSA State Finals Saturday, Feb. 16, at The Cherry Bowl in Rockford. Randy Whalen/22nd Century Media

    Girls Bowling: Lockport ends season fifth at state in Rockford

    February 19, 2019 By Randy Whalen, Freelance Reporter Sports, High School
    For Erin Kleffman, it was a retirement party. For Chloe Siezega, it was an All-State party. And for the Lockport Township girls bowling team, it could be the makings of another state trophy party in the seasons to come.
  • Homer Glen resident Stefanie Bundalo is to release her first cookbook, “Quick Prep Cooking with Your Instant Pot,” in April. The cookbook will include meals that take 15 minutes or less to prepare. Photos courtesy Stefanie Bundalo

    Local woman takes home cooking to next level with blog, upcoming cookbook

    February 18, 2019 By Alex Ivanisevic, Assistant Editor News, Community
    Stefanie Bundalo began food blogging, developing recipes full-time in 2013 in Homer Glen.
  • Lockport’s Matt Ramos celebrates after winning the 120-pound state championship Saturday, Feb. 16, at the State Farm Center. Clark Brooks/PhotoNews

    Wrestling: Fernandes, Ramos capture state titles for Porters

    February 18, 2019 By Randy Whalen, Freelance Reporter Sports, High School
    Matt Ramos had one more chance to capture the one thing that continued to elude him even as he had massive success on the international level: a state title.
  • Frank Radochonski, Pop’s Italian Beef & Sausage founder, stands next to a sign announcing the franchise’s new “no antibiotics ever” chicken. Max Lapthorne/22nd Century Media

    The Dish: Pop’s embraces healthy trend with new antibiotic-free chicken

    February 15, 2019 By Max Lapthorne, Contributing Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out
    When Pop’s Italian Beef & Sausage founder Frank Radochonski makes decisions about the restaurant chain, he does his best to think like a customer.