Archive | January 2014

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Einhorn continues quest for e-w bi-state route

by Dennis Sullivan Jan. 31, 2014 Crete Mayor Mike Einhorn is asking local Illinois and Indiana officials to support his request for a $180,000 grant to study development of a local roadway linking Monee and Crown Point, Ind. Einhorn envisions building a seven-mile link between Crete-Monee Road’s current east end and the current west […]

Breaking: Sheriff looking for missing C-M sophomore

by Dennis Sullivan Jan. 31, 2014 Updated 2:30 p.m. Will County Sheriff’s Spokesman Kathy Hoffmeyer said there are no signs of foul play in the disappearance of Kayla Boyland, a Willowbrook subdivision resident. “It appears she may be in the Chicago area,” Hoffmeyer said. Crete-Monee High School informed Kayla’s mother on Jan. 13 that […]

Chief talks trends 2012 versus 2013

by Dennis Sullivan Jan. 30, 2014 Crete Police Chief Jim Paoletti credits increased patrols in residential neighborhoods and checks at businesses for a significant decrease in burglaries in the village in 2013 compared to 2012. “High visibility” of police is an important deterrent, he said of the drop from 42 break-ins in 2012 to […]

Crete officials, employees hoping for early Spring

by Dennis Sullivan Jan. 29, 2014 With the Weather Channel forecasting a 60 percent chance of snow Friday, Crete’s Public Works Dept is gearing up for another round of street clearing. But Crete Public Works Supt Phil Hameister says Chicago’s January snowfall — estimated by AccuWeather at 31.9 inches — has sapped salt reserves, […]

Crete man charged in U.P. armed robbery

by Dennis Sullivan Jan. 27, 2014 Updated 4:42 p.m. Jan. 27. University Park Police Chief Ed Bradley said Crete resident Michael D. Hale, 43, of the 1700 block of South Dixie Highway was taken into custody without incident shortly after robbing the Speedway gas station at University Parkway and Western Avenue at gunpoint around […]

Crete resident honored for local volunteerism

By Patricia Polzin, CPRPSpec’l to Eastern Will County News Jan. 24, 2014 Crete Park District Commissioner Linda Johnson was honored today by the Illinois Association of Park Districts for community service spanning civic, nonprofit, religious and educational activities. Johnson, a seventh-grade art teacher at Crete-Monee Middle School for six years, accepted the 13th Annual Mike […]

School board OKs Balmoral, Crete restructure

by Dennis Sullivan Jan. 24, 2014 The board of education┬áhas approved an aggressive strategy intended to improve learning and test scores at Balmoral and Crete elementary schools — the two weakest academic operations in Crete-Monee School District 201U. Eight points of the 10-point plan address shared deficiencies, while two points target issues unique to […]

Crete officials discuss emails, texts

by Dennis Sullivan Jan. 23, 2014 Crete Trustee Mark Wiater says village officials can delete emails and text messages any time — after notifying the state archives. Wiater, responding to a question by Crete resident Don Seehausen at the Jan. 13 village board meeting, said the deletions occur “basically when someone has the time […]

Crete’s top cop downplays Crete-Monee rumors

by Dennis Sullivan Jan. 21, 2014 No one used the public comment portion of Tuesday’s Crete-Monee School District 201U board of education meeting to ask about weapons-related rumors. Maybe that’s because district officials and Crete Police Chief Jim Paoletti had sufficiently reassured parents that a report of ammunition found in a student locker at […]

Crete cop-fire commissioners discuss the ins, outs of hiring-through-firing with new Monee cop panel

by Dennis Sullivan Jan. 21, 2014 When your primary duties are hiring, promoting, reprimanding and dismissing, “you’re susceptible to being sued,” Crete resident Dale Nelson recently warned a delegation from Monee. But Nelson, speaking as secretary of Crete’s Police and Fire Commission, said Monee police commissioners can avoid a lot of headaches by being […]