Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Of the 75,000 home and business owners eligible to drop the utility via electric aggregation, between 8 percent and 10 percent did, officials said.
Between 6,000 and 7,500 home and small business owners in Joliet dropped ComEd as their electricity provider through the city-orchestrated electric aggregation program, officials said. That's between 8 percent and 10 percent of the 75,000 residences and businesses eligible to take advantage of the group purchase of electricity in a deal negotiated by the Will County Governmental League. Most Joliet residents have seen a 25 percent to 30 percent drop in their electric bill, depending on their usage, since the program went into effect in February, governmental league Executive Director Steve Quigley said. Electricity is being purchased from FirstEnergy Solutions. "They're basically getting a couple of months of free electricity," Quigley …
Sunday, April 28, 2013
The Illinois Department of Transportation will start two Joliet projects Monday that will mean daily traffic disruptions on the Interstate 80 bridge and in the area of Western/Center streets.
The Illlinois Department of Transportation will start two projects Monday -- inspections of the Interstate 80 bridge and resurfacing of Western Avenue and Center Street -- that will affect traffic in Joliet. The inspections of the bridge over the Des Plaines River will require daily lane closures that will be set up and removed during off-peak travel hours Monday through Thursday, according to a news release issued by by the city of Joliet. The work is required by the Federal Highway Administration and will begin on the westbound side of the bridge Monday before switching to the eastbound side on May 6, depending on the weather. All inspections should be completed by May 10, the release said. WESTERN/CENTER RESURFACING IDOT also will begin…
Monday, April 15, 2013
The ice cream stand owners Bill Gulas and Richard Lodewagen say the bad economy and Ruby Street Bridge closure resulted in big financial problems.
The city of Joliet filed a notice to evict the owners of Rich & Creamy last week because they owe more than $17,000 in back rent. Bill Gulas and Richard Lodewegen have operated the Route 53/Broadway Street ice cream stand with the iconic Blue Brothers statues on the roof since 2001, but have been hurt by the bad economy and last summer's closure of the Ruby Street Bridge, Gulas said. "A couple years back, the economy went bad and business took a hit," Gulas said. "When July (2012) hit, (Joliet) closed the Ruby Street Bridge and that hit us harder than even the economy." In January 2013, city officials reached out to Gulas by email to address the back rent situation. Gulas said he never saw the email and did not reply. He received a second …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The Cass Street Bridge will be out of commission Thursday and the Jefferson Street Bridge on Friday to allow for inspection and survey work.
Thursday and Friday will likely be challenging days if you use the Cass or Jefferson street bridges to get from one side of Joliet to the other. The Illinois Department of Transportation will be closing the former from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday and the latter for the same time period Friday so that employees can perform survey and inspection work. There will be no vehicular traffic so drivers will need to use alternative routes to cross the Des Plaines River, city officials said. For more information, call the City of Joliet Department of Public Works at 815- 724-4200.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Although Joliet sent out a note last week saying the bridge would not reopen till Wednesday, it was discovered today it was already in use.
UPDATE/12:30 p.m. Feb. 18: Despite the news release saying the bridge would reopen to traffic on Wednesday, it's actually open now and we have the photo to prove it! Posted Friday night: After several delays pushed the date back three months, the Ruby Street Bridge over the Des Plaines River is to reopen to traffic Wednesday, Joliet city officials said Friday. The Illinois Department of Transportation began doing repairs last summer with a planned reopening in mid-November, but problems with parts and other issues resulted in the date being pushed back three times. For more information, call the Joliet Public Works Department at 815-724-4200. DON'T MISS THE LATEST JOLIET NEWS. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR FREE DAILY NEWSLETTER FOR A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT…
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Joliet Manor Home, a 73-unit facility proposed by Volunteers of America, will provide housing for vets who are disabled, can't find work or need education.
Plans for a 73-unit apartment complex for military veterans and their families on land once part of the former Silver Cross Hospital campus won preliminary approval from the Joliet City Council's land use committee Thursday. Hope Manor Joliet, proposed by the nonprofit Volunteers of America, would be built on 3.2 acres that once was a hospital parking lot. The goal, VOA President Nancy Hughes Moyer said, is to meet a growing need as veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars return home and can't find work and can't afford housing. The number of homeless vets, especially women and families with children, is heading toward a "crisis," she said. But this is not temporary housing in which people will be moving in and out, Hughes Moyer said. …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The yearly event pairs volunteers with local agencies to give back to the community.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Dawn Aulet
Wednesday, January 9
Last year, 212 people volunteered in the MLK day of service. The event is in its seventh year. "It started out very small, just a project at the church I attended," R. Dale Evans said. For the past two years, the Community Services Council has sponsored the event. Evans is a past president of the organization and is currently the chair of the MLK Day committee. The day of service is referred to as a day on, not a day off. Currently, a number of community groups are participating, creating volunteer opportunities for participants. "We could use other places; the hard part is, what comes first, the volunteers or the projects," Evans said. Last year, while there were 212 volunteers, the bulk of those who participated signed up at the last …
The store not only offers advice to customers but also a place for them to relax outside and a weekly nature walk to learn about native birds.
Two years ago, after Nancy Skinner was laid off from her landscaping job, she and her husband Steve bought the Joliet location of Wild Birds Unlimited. The store, it turns out, was a perfect fit. "It’s always been an interest to me because I was introduced to birds and nature as a small child," Skinner said. Today, as the owner of the store, she hopes to pass that gift along to the next generation. "We’re getting younger parents now with kids that come in," Skinner said. So, she created an area just for kids in her store, hoping that what they learn when they are young will stay with them. "It’s something they will always have as an interest and a passion," she said. Skinner sells items for customers to feed wild birds and also gift items…
Monday, January 7, 2013
New director has expertise and an eye towards technology.
On Monday afternoon, as Dianne Harmon and Kevin Medows addressed the media on Harmon's last day as Library Director, Harmon's middle son waxed nostaligic about growing up as her son. "Libraries and books, these really have been really important to her," Matthew Harmon said of his mom. When Matthew Harmon was a child, his mom was at the Shorewood-Troy Library and he and his siblings could ride their bikes to visit their mom at work. Dianne Harmon said her kids would come out and eat lunch with her. When she moved to the downtown branch of the Joliet Library they were initially devastated. "In their minds, it was a long way away," she said. To acclimate her kids with the new location, Dianne Harmon arranged a tour of the downtown building …
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Kwanzaa is celebrated in the United States from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1.
The seven-day festival of Kwanzaa, which celebrates African-American heritage and culture, starts Wednesday, Dec. 26 and ends Tuesday, Jan. 1. Here are some facts about the week-long holiday. http://triblocal.com/joliet/calendar/2012/01/01/new-years-day-community-celebration-of-imani-faith-and-kwanzaa/ In this area, there is a Kwanza celebration from 3:55 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. Jan 1 at Reconciliation Table United Church of Christ, 24020 W. Fraser Road, in Plainfield. Tell Us: Do you have any facts about Kwanzaa that you would like to share? Please write them in the comments section below. This list was compiled with information from City News Service.