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Family celebrating Plainfield man's recovery a year after terrible motorcycle crash; you can help

CHICAGO (CBS) -- A year after a Plainfield man was injured in a motorcycle crash, his wife is asking for your help in wishing him a very happy birthday.Tim Flannery was in a serious motorcycle accident last July. He spent the next nine months in the hospital. The crash left him permanently disabled, and requiring 24-hour care.  The one thing that kept Tim going while in the hospital were cards; from loved ones, even strangers. As we approach the anniversary of the accident and Tim's birthday, his wife, Joann, is aiming to get her husband a new influx of cards...
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Fredres sentenced to life plus 26 years for double homicide

OTTAWA – A Sandwich man has been sentenced to life plus 26 years in prison for the deaths of his ex-wife’s parents last year in Sheridan. On Friday, at the LaSalle County Courthouse, 38-year-old Donald Fredres found out his fate after being convicted at an April trial for shooting and killing Greg and Brenda Barnes at their home in Sheridan in 2021.

List: Firework shows scheduled across Chicagoland this 4th of July

CHICAGO - Firework shows are scheduled all across the Chicago area this Fourth of July weekend. Des Plaines will host a firework extravaganza at Oakton Community College at 7 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, Navy Pier will start their show on the water at 9:30 p.m. On Sunday, North Aurora will...

Small businesses expand at DeKalb Farmers’ Market

DeKALB — From June 2 to Sept. 22, downtown DeKalb is hosting its yearly Farmers’ Market. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Van Buer Plaza, 148 N. Second St., enjoy local goods, crafts and more with live music and lunch hosted by food trucks. The DeKalb Farmers’ Market will also be celebrating National Farmers Market Week on Aug. 11.

Council Adopts Conduct Code | Overnight Parking Ban Lift | Naperville Salute Begins

At its latest meeting, Naperville City Council revised its municipal code to address how mayoral appointees and elected officials conduct themselves at meetings, in the public and on social media. Some of the changes include prohibiting city officials and board and commission members from using their role to promote a private enterprise as well as ensuring that they refrain from actions or words that might compromise Naperville’s reputation. The newly adopted policy was prompted by a recent leak of the name of a controversial figure being considered for a position on the Special Events and Community Arts Commission. Copies of the new code have been sent to all existing commission and board members and will be a topic of discussion in future meetings.

Visit Blues Brothers Con at the Old Joliet Prison

Greg Peerbolte, CEO of the Joliet Area Historical Museum, joins Lisa Dent to talk about the Blues Brothers Con. Dan Aykroyd and James Belushi will reprise their roles for the 90-minute performance. Greg and Lisa talk about the Blues Mobile, vendors and the movie. For more information, visit Follow...

Positively Naperville ‘Lasting Impression’ Update for July 2022

Pay attention when you walk through your neighborhood. You never know what good deed might greet you. On Father’s Day, June 19, 2022, four members of the Rehor family were preparing for a photo of Charlie Rehor III’s Eagle Scout project for American Legion Post 43— three sets of corn hole boards that had been created in his grandfather’s garage. PN just happened by, recognizing the most senior Charlie Rehor, a longtime neighbor who had provided plenty of stories over the past 30 years about the history of the neighborhood as well as his fishing exploits in May Watts Park.

North Central Softball Season Recap

Every North Central team has high standards, but few hold themselves to a level comparable to that of Cardinals Softball, who this year were looking for their thirty-fourth consecutive winning season. However, winning on it’s own isn’t enough and this year presented a unique opportunity. It was the first full season for head coach Venus Taylor, and the final chance for the team’s seniors to qualify for regionals, with the program last having done so in 2015.

How to Help Kids Manage Back-to-School Anxiety

Starting a new school year is an exciting, potentially nerve-wracking time for kids. The way parents manage the first few weeks of classes can make a significant difference. It’s normal for a child to feel nervous about going back to school. New teachers, different routines, even a new school, would make any child edgy. Parents should be sympathetic and reassuring. For children and teens with anxiety, returning to school after any holiday break can result in school refusal or increased anxiety. There are also more things for kids to worry about now than there were when their parents were young. School shootings, cyberbullying and COVID-19 top the list.

Win tickets to Ladies’ Paint Night

Pinot’s Palette is a pioneer of the paint and sip experience – a revolutionary way to enjoy art and wine, meet new people and bond with friends. Guests enjoy a no-experience-required art class—all supplies included—directed by trained, local artists, who guide guests step-by-step through a featured painting.

2022 Road Program Update

This past week no work had occurred due to the ongoing labor dispute at the local aggregate production facilities. Until the labor dispute is resolved, the placement of the surface layer of asphalt is going to continue to be delayed. Geneva Construction is looking to get a small amount of...

Three arrested in rural DeKalb shooting

Three people turned themselves in to police following a shooting incident in rural DeKalb on Wednesday. The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office alleges that 50-year-old Jerry G. Fabbri of Elburn, 19-year-old Alexander G. Fabbri of Sugar Grove, and 38-year-old Benedict Groppe of Rupperswil, Switzerland, were firing a number of guns at target in the 15000 of Keslinger Road when one of the bullets went into a neighbor's home and hit someone in the foot.

New trial denied for Sandwich man; mother speaks

After 471 days in jail, then in less than 20 minutes, Donald Fredres, Jr. was sentenced to natural life in prison without parole for the murders of his former in-laws Gregory and Brenda Barnes, both age 62, at their rural home between Sandwich and Sheridan in March 2021. Outside the...

Win Starset Tickets!

Listen to Elwood in the mornings at 8 AM all this week for your chance to win a tickets to see Starset!. He will be giving them away every morning at 8 this week. Starset’s Horizon 2022 tour at The Forge in Joliet on July 12th with special guests Red, Oni, and Divide the Fall!

Independence Day Celebration

The tradition of fireworks is returning to Roselle again this summer on Sunday, July 3 at Lake Park High School West Campus, 500 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. This event, with fun for the entire family includes food trucks from Doctor Dogs, Dairy Queen, Aunt Tina’s Sound Bites, and Kona Ice along Bryn Mawr Ave. starting at 7:30 p.m. and a fireworks display at dusk.

Mosquitoes with West Nile virus found in Yorkville and Plano

The Kendall County Health Department says that West Nile virus has been found in mosquitoes in Yorkville and Plano. The mosquitoes were caught in late June. The virus was discovered two months earlier in the county than it was last year. Mosquitoes with West Nile Virus have been found in several Northern Illinois counties this year.

PALS Chicago Camp Returns to Elmhurst U.

Thirty-five young people with Down syndrome and their peers will gather at Elmhurst University from July 17 to 23 for the PALS Chicago summer camp. This is the eighth summer that PALS Chicago is being held at Elmhurst University, a partnership that began in 2013. During the week, each partner with Down syndrome is paired with a peer without Down syndrome. Throughout the camp, the pairs will stay in campus accommodations while enjoying activities and experiences on campus and throughout the region. Activities will include field trips to Lincoln Park Zoo and Navy Pier, a lunchtime cruise, and PALS Olympics on campus.