Friday, March 9, 2012
Mark Nelson said he has no allegiance to either political party, and represents people who are tired of elected officials casting partisan votes.
A Plainfield man says he’s considering an independent bid for the 49th District Illinois Senate seat, in part because he thinks the party candidates currently running are too inclined vote along party lines. Mark A. Nelson, 39, said Friday he believes he’s like a lot of average people in being frustrated by partisan politics, and that his willingness to vote with Republicans on some issues and Democrats on others is what voters want to see their elected officials do. “These days, if you have an ‘R’ or a ‘D’ on your lapel, you vote that way,” said Nelson, who voted for Barack Obama in the last presidential election and for George W. Bush in the two elections prior to that. “I think it’s OK to disagree, to have a conversation where you …
Monday, February 13, 2012
If you consider the traditional dozen red roses ho-hum, consider these options suggested by five local florists.
A rose is a rose is a rose. And never is that truer than on Valentine's Day, when roses rule the day and thinking outside the flower box, if you will, is rare indeed. Oh, sure, some guys will get a little creative and opt for a lavendar or peach hue. Some will get a little daring, forgoing the traditional long-stemmed red roses for a mixed bouquet of cut flowers or maybe a posy of daisies. But when it comes to the exotic, forget about it. Which is what prompted us to think, what would a florist -- who's surrounded by flora all day long -- pick if the choice were up to her. Here's what five of them told us. 1. For Aimee Evans, owner of the Village Flower Shop in downtown Plainfield, the answer was easy. She likes gloriosa lilies, in part …
Thursday, November 24, 2011
State's plan to purchase the business' entrance for Ridge Road won't doom the farm, which has already built a new shop/warming center and animal pens.
When the state calls to say they want a chunk of your land, including the entrance to your business, you either fold up your tent and call it a day or come up with plan B. Karen Anderson went with plan B, which means that while this may be the last year you’ll see the little wooden house and plywood Santa at the Route 126 entrance to Anderson Tree Farm – the state’s extension of Ridge Road is going straight down her driveway – her cut-your-own Christmas tree business isn’t going anywhere. Anderson, whose father started the rural Plainfield tree farm in 1969, has already relocated the gift shop/warming center to a new, more spacious building and erected new pens for her menagerie of petting zoo animals. When the state completes Ridge Road, …
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Despite the accident, the officers were able to apprehend the retail theft suspect.
A retail theft suspect was in custody Sunday night following a high-speed chase that ended with a Shorewood police car in a ditch at Route 59 and 143rd Street in Plainfield. The incident began shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday, when Shorewood police were called to the CVS store at 1155 W. Jefferson St. on an alleged retail theft case, Shorewood Sgt. Jason Barten said. As officers attempted to apprehend the suspect, whose identity was not revealed, he broke free, injuring one of the officers and fleeing in a car, Barten said. The two officers pursued him, and the chase ended up on northbound Route 59. The suspect abandoned his vehicle at the Chicago Bridge & Iron Insulation Betterment Center, 14105 S. Route 59, just north of 143rd Street, and …
Sunday, October 9, 2011
David Dietrich was also charged with improper lane usage and driving without vehicle insurance in the Saturday collision.
The Shorewood man who killed a motorcyclist in a roll-over accident on Route 59 Saturday was drunk and uninsured at the time of the collision, Plainfield police said Sunday. David C. Dietrich, 32, of 902 Bittersweet, has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, resulting in the death of another; driving under the influence; improper lane usage; driving too fast for conditions; and operating an uninsured motor vehichle. The victim was George A. Weikum, 58, of Naperville, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Weikum was the owner of G & C Landscape & Building Inc. in Plainfield. Police spent hours Saturday night reconstructing the accident that occurred between 135th and 143rd streets, near the Meijer store and …
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Plainfield police say they do not know what caused a Shorewood man to lose control of his pickup truck and roll into oncoming traffic, killing a motorcycle driver.
A Naperville motorcycle driver was killed Saturday afternoon after being struck by an out-of-control pickup truck that crossed a Route 59 median and rolled into oncoming traffic, Plainfield police said. Route 59 was closed for hours between 135th Street and 143rd Street as police reconstructed the accident in which George A. Weikum, 58, was hit while driving his 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound on Route 59, just north of Joseph Street, according to a police report issued Saturday night. Police did not spectulate on what may have caused David C. Dietrich, 32, of Shorewood, to lose control of his 2005 Ford pickup at about 4:30 p.m. Dietrich's truck crossed the center median, rolled over and struck Weikum. Weikum was pronounced dead…
Friday, September 16, 2011
Brian Bixenman and his brother, Brett, were also charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.
A Plainfield man accused of stealing hockey equipment from a garage and selling it to a local used sporting goods store was arrested Thursday on burglary and theft charges. Brian J. Bixenman, 23, 24126 W. Chicago St., was picked up on a warrant issued after Plainfield police determined hockey gear stolen from a Plainfield garage had been sold by Bixenman to the Play It Again Sports store in Shorewood, Sgt. Kevin McQuaid said. When items are reported stolen, it's common practice for the police to check local stores that buy used goods for resale, McQuaid said. The stores typically keep records and make copies of the driver's licenses of the people from whom they purchase items, so it was easy to link the goods to Bixenman, he said. The …
Monday, September 5, 2011
Wright scores four touchdowns, Bublitz gets first win for PSHS.
Monday, September 5, 2011
After nearly 46 hours, it’s finally over. Joliet West and Plainfield South kicked off at 2 p.m. on Saturday, but the weather forced a pair of delays, the second of which caused the game to be suspended until 11 a.m. Monday. Play resumed Monday with Plainfield South leading 12-8 with 5 minutes, 52 seconds remaining in the third quarter. A pair of touchdown runs by Dantrell Wright, adding to his two from Saturday, gave the Cougars (1-1) a 26-8 victory. In a game that was much more closely contested than the final score indicates, Plainfield South struck a deciding blow on the first play of the fourth quarter. On third-and-8, South quarterback Austin Howarth hit sophomore wide receiver Josh Harris in a crowd over the middle. Harris bounced …
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Sponsored by the village of Shorewood and Arborjet, the public event will present information on a new approach that protects ash trees before infestation.
"Save Your Ash Trees, Protect Your Assets," a program sponsored by the village of Shorewood to educate area residents on preventing emerald ash borer infestations, is being held at 7 p.m. Thursday. The free program is open to Plainfield, Shorewood and Joliet residents. It's being held at the Shorewood Village Community Room, 1 Town Center Blvd. The program is being presented by Roger Barrowman, Shorewood's public works director, and Rob Gorden from Arborjet. Although an infestation of emerald ash borers is typically discovered before it's too late to save the tree, Shorewood is attempting to treat trees before they are attacked. The adult beetle usually migrates in August, and can fly as far as three miles, experts say. It's the beetle …