Wilmington Region

DATA FROM THE ILLINOIS Department of Public Health shows that Illinois saw the most identifed cases of COVID-19 on May 12, with 4,014 that day. On July 7, the IDPH reported 587 total cases reported and 37 deaths statewide. Graph courtesy IDPH at

07/07/2020 - 4:13pm
The novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) is surging again in parts of the country, with cases on the rise in California, Texas, Florida, and other southern states prompting governors to re-issue “safer at home” orders. But, Illinois has so far seen...

Coal City Region

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ASSUMPTION OF THE Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church in Coal City and Immaculate Conception Parish in Braidwood welcomes the Rev. Read Bader recently appointed by the Diocese of Joliet.

07/07/2020 - 4:48pm
The Diocese of Joliet has named a new priest to oversee Coal City’s Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church and Immaculate Conception Parish in Braidwood. The Rev. Read Bader began his new assignment on Wednesday, July 1. He...

Braidwood Region

Photo by Jennifer Glasscock
A SINKHOLE OPENED in front of the Dienes family’s West 3rd Street home last Friday. The cause is suspected to be because of an old mineshaft somewhere below the surface. The hole is approximately 20 feet wide.

07/07/2020 - 4:42pm
While area residents were kicking off the holiday weekend on Friday, a family in Braidwood was dealing with an unusual problem. On the evening of July 3, when 8-year-old Madelynn Dienes went outside to get something out of her parents’ car, she...

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