Joliet, IL

Cooking oil leak shuts down I-80 ramp in Joliet

CHICAGO (CBS) --  A ramp on Interstate 80 in Joliet was shut down late Wednesday afternoon due to a leaking of cooking oil.Illinois State Police troopers responded to the I-80 westbound ramp at Larkin Avenue around 4 p.m. for the hazard, police said.Preliminary reports indicated a truck was leaking cooking oil. The ramp from I-80 westbound to Larkin was closed for an extended period of time.CBs 2's chopper was above the scene were responders appeared to be covering the area with sand during the cleanup.Police provided no further details.
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Recent Grand Jury Indictments

Only a few individuals were indicted by a Grundy County grand jury on Wednesday. Cory Ballina, 42, of Ashbury, Iowa was indicted on two counts of Aggravated DUI, both class two felonies and two counts of Aggravated DUI/Causing Great Bodily Harm, both class four felonies. Harley Gribble, 21, of Dwight...
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Minooka Man Sentenced in Grundy Co. Aggravated DUI Case

A 44-year-old Minooka man was sentenced in a Grundy County court case on August 15th. Ronald Rodriguez Jr. pled guilty to Aggravated DUI/Causing Great Bodily Harm, a class four felony and was sentenced to two years in prison. He must be on one parole once released from the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Teenager Facing 14 Charges For Allegedly Killing Woman in Morris

A Grundy County grand jury on Wednesday indicted a 16-year-old male on 14 felony charges. The juvenile was charged with 12 counts of Murder; Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking, a class X felony and Vehicle Hijacking, a class one felony. During a press conference.earlier this month, investigators and prosecutors said a the...
City of Joliet

Neighborhood Hero Award Winners Announcement

Project Acclaim, in partnership with the City of Joliet, selected eighteen properties this year to receive a Neighborhood Hero Award. The Neighborhood Hero Award program recognizes properties with outstanding yards that include maintained lawns, flowers, shrubs, and decorative trees. By showing great pride in their property, these residents demonstrate great pride in their neighborhood and in our City. Winners will receive a celebratory yard sign and recognition at either the August 16th or September 6th Joliet City Council meetings. The winners are:

Joliet Central High School

2023 yearbooks are now on sale. Buy your yearbook at Discounts are available for early purchase. Preorder now to get the lowest price. The 2022 Yearbook has arrived. Stop by room 351 and pick your copy up today. Please bring your school ID as proof of purchase.

Joliet Pot Shop Permit Does Not Come Up for a Vote

Baker Square Building 2211 W. Jefferson Street (WJOL News) Plans for an adult-use marijuana dispensary in Joliet are on hold after the motion for approving a special use permit did not come up for a vote. Justice Cannabis has been looking to operate a dispensary out of the old Bakers Square building at 2211 W. Jefferson Street. That building has been abandoned since the restaurant closed back in March of 2019. When the motion came up for a vote on Tuesday night the council failed to receive a second vote to adopt the motion and therefore no official vote on the matter was taken.

City Square Project to receive a boost from a $3 Million State Grant Award

Figure 1: Concept Plan for City Square from the Chicago Street Corridor Plan (2018) Courtesy City of Joliet. The City of Joliet is thrilled to announce that the City Square project will receive $3 million in funding from the Rebuild Downtowns & Main Streets Capital Grant Program through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). Mayor Bob O’Dekirk added: “City Square will be a catalytic transformation of underutilized, publicly owned space. It will bring a vibrant gathering place to the heart of downtown Joliet.”

500 school supply kits go to elementary schools across Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) — The American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois (ACEC Illinois) has donated over 500 back-to-school supply kits to assist low-income students in elementary schools across the state. Students in Chicago, Springfield, Joliet, Urbana, and East St. Louis are the towns getting the supplies. The beneficiary...

One dead, two injured after three-vehicle crash near Aurora

From the Daily Herald, An Aurora man died following a three-vehicle crash Tuesday evening that also injured two other drivers from Aurora. The crash occurred just before 8:30 p.m. near the intersection of Route 30 and Orchard Road near the outskirts of southwestern Aurora, Kane County sheriff’s officials said. Authorities said 19-year-old Alex Garcia-Roquel was driving a BMW west on Route 30 at a “high rate of speed” when the vehicle struck a Nissan Rogue driven by an unidentified 53-year-old Aurora man. The force of the impact caused the Nissan to leave the road and roll over. The rest of the story is here.

Three Teens Arrested After Allegedly Firing Gun in Joliet Neighborhood

Three teens have been arrested after allegedly firing a handgun in the middle of a Joliet street on Monday night. It was at 8:18 pm that Joliet Police were called to the area of Baker and Grant Avenues after receiving a shots fired call. Shortly after arriving on the scene authorities discovered a large amount of used 9mm casings in the street near the 300 block of Baker Avenue. A search of the area led JPD to a residence in the 600 block of Grant Avenue that appeared to have been hit by gunfire. No one was injured by gunfire.

Blues Brothers Con from 8/19 to 8/20

"The Blues Brothers" is one of the biggest movie classics of all-time. Even though the movie was released in 1980, the movie still has a cult following throughout the entire world even after Blues Brothers 2000 was made in 1998.

Police Blotter for Wednesday, August 17th

Note to Readers: Information presented here is obtained from the city police and sheriff's departments. Individuals listed in reports who have been charged with a crime have not been proven guilty in court. From the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office arrested was Hunter Carlson, 21, of Braidwood for driving while license...

Can You Help Find Odie’s Person?!

Oh no! Odie was left behind at Pilcher Park in Joliet…can you help?!. The folks at Joliet’s Pilcher Park Nature Center recently found a little stuffed dog with the name “Odie” on his name tag, and they have taken to social media to try and find his owner.

Photo Of The Day By Sandra Rust

Today’s Photo of the Day is “Red on Red” by Sandra Rust. Location: Joliet, Illinois. Want to get your images in the running for a Photo of the Day feature? Photo of the Day is chosen from various galleries, including Assignments, Galleries and Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the website homepage, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

Minivan Chase in Joliet Ends in Field

A Minivan chase with Joliet Police on Sunday morning ended in a field near a Joliet High School. It was just before 3:00 am that officers were patrolling the area of Cass and Scott Streets when a distressed motorist flagged the officers down. The driver informed police that two males had recently followed them in a minivan and that the minivan had attempted to run them off the road in a continued effort to force them off the road. The victim also stated that the two men were throwing things at the victim’s car. Police located the minivan near the intersection of Cass and Scott Street, but the vehicle refused to stop and instead fled from officers at a high rate of speed.

2022 Naperville Jaycees Last Fling is set for Sept. 2-5

Above / Carnival rides along the Jackson Avenue midway will attract kids of all ages during 2022 Naperville Jaycees Last Fling!. The 2022 Last Fling will take place Labor Day Weekend, from Fri., Sept. 2, through Mon.,. Sept. 5, as an end-of-summer block party-style event along Jackson Avenue in downtown...

Minooka Man Accused of Possessing Meth & Leading Police on Pursuit

A 36-year-old Minooka man is facing several charges in Will County. Ryan McLean was charged with the Unlawful Possession of meth between 15 and 100 grams, a class one felony and two counts of Aggravated DUI, both class four felonies. He was given a citation for DUI, driving while license...