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Joliet City Hall to close
for Good Friday

JOLIET – In observance of the Good Friday holiday, Joliet City Hall, 150 W. Jefferson St., will be closed Friday, according to a city news release.

The parking decks will be free of charge that day and there will be no enforcement of the parking meters.

On Good Friday, the city will have regularly scheduled garbage, recycling and yard waste pickup. The holiday will not affect Waste Management’s schedule.

Manley to host office
hours in Romeoville

JOLIET – State Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, will be holding satellite office hours 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Romeoville Village Hall, 1050 W. Romeo Road, according to a news release from her office. Residents who attend can also get information about state programs and resources available to them.

For information, call Manley’s constituent service office at 815-725-2741 or email

Spanish Community Center
to hold awards event

JOLIET – The Spanish Community Center will hold its 2017 awards dinner presentation April 20 at the Jacob Henry Mansion, 20 S. Eastern Ave., Joliet, according to a news release.

Mayor Bob O’Dekirk will receive the Outstanding Leadership Award, Silver Cross Healthy Communities Commission will be named Outstanding Community Partner and Mary Jaworski will be given the Commitment to Service Award.

Cash bar will open at 5 p.m. and the dinner and program will begin at 6 p.m.

Cost is $50 a person or $500 for a table of 10. RSVP by Friday to Rosie Verdin at 815-690-5158 or email

For tickets, go to

Heroin summit to tackle
opioid overdose crisis

ROMEOVILLE – The upcoming 2017 HERO-HELPS Southwest Coalition Community Summit will focus on the Illinois Prescription Opioid Overdose Prevention Grant and the strategies Will, DuPage, Lake and Cook counties are implementing to prevent prescription opioid abuse, according to a news release from the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office.

The summit is scheduled for 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 21 at the Edward Hospital Athletic and Event Center, 55 Phelps Ave., Romeoville.

The abuse of prescription opioids, heroin or fentanyl claimed at least 1,000 lives in northeastern Illinois last year. The final tallies are expected to rise as local coroners and medical examiners continue compiling 2016 statistics.

For information, visit

Romeoville participates in
Pinwheels for Prevention effort

ROMEOVILLE – The village of Romeoville is joining thousands of other communities, organizations and individuals across the nation who are engaging in activities to raise awareness and promote the prevention of child abuse, according to a village news release.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Beginning in April, the village will support the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign by displaying pinwheels on the Village Hall and police department front lawn at 1050 W. Romeo Road. The Village Hall and police department will have a limited number of pinwheels for residents who make a donation, which can then be added to those on display. 

Senior Services of Will County to open Romeoville satellite office

ROMEOVILLE – Romeoville officials recently announced that the Senior Services Center of Will County will operate a satellite office within the Romeoville Village Hall, 1050 W. Romeo Road, to provide better access for Romeoville residents, according to a village news release.

Services center staff are expected to start operations May 1 in Romeoville. Senior Services of Will County, which runs the center, is a nonprofit that provides a variety of programs and services to enhance quality of life for seniors, increase their safety and security, lessen loneliness and isolation, promote healthy aging, and allow people to remain in their own homes as long as possible.

Some of the programs and activities offered include a variety of workshops, bingo, a dinner club, classes in Facebook, painting, dancing, overnight and day trips, insurance counseling, home-delivered meals and tax assistance programs.

For information, visit

City of Joliet, Will County Center for Community Concerns offering home assistance

JOLIET – The city of Joliet, in partnership with the Will County Center for Community Concerns, is offering a down payment assistance program for eligible home buyers, according to a city news release.

The program covers the down payment in a deferred zero percent interest loan for eligible buyers. The property being acquired must be located within Joliet city limits and occupied by the home buyer as his or her principal residence.

The down payment assistance is provided in the form of a zero interest, deferred payment loan secured by a second mortgage, note and recapture agreement.

The program covers the down payment and closing costs. The dollar amount is based on financial need.

Buyers may qualify for up to $52,250. Minimum down payment assistance is $1,000. Maximum assistance is based on a ceiling of 25 percent of the purchase price of the home. Home buyers must provide a minimum of $2,500 from his or her own funds for the purchase of the home.

Eligible property types include a single-family home, townhouse, condominium and manufactured home on a fixed foundation. Other restrictions apply.

For information contact Patricia Venziano at 815-722-0722 ext. 217 or email

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