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Mayor Giarrante Says Diocese of Joliet Idea for Center Street Building is Wrong

Joliet mayor Tom Giarrante says he is not in favor of something that he says is being considered by the Diocese of Joliet.  The Diocese has moved their headquarters to Crest Hill, and the one building their are still using in Joliet is at 430 Center Street, the John Paul II Building currently housing priests.  Mayor Giarrante says, the Diocese is considering converting the Center Street building into a recovery housing complex for individuals convicted of sexual or violent crimes.  Giarrante says, a City Council member, Bettye Gavin, was recently approached about this.  The mayor says the city should not grant a permit for this, and that he has been approached by some concerned citizens in the area.

Giarrante says what he'd like to see done with this building is to have it offered to the University of Saint Francis.

A call has been placed to the Diocese of Joliet by 1340 WJOL.


10-30  11 AM

ICC Hearing on Walter Strawn RR Crossing Still Going

They are not done talking yet, and a final decision may not come until early next week.  But a hearing before the Illinois Commerce Commission in Chicago will be continuing today; with numerous parties, such as the Village of Elwood, hoping the ICC Board will decide to close down the Union Pacific Railroad Crossing on Walter Strawn Road until a permanent decision alternative can be built.  That would mean: truck traffic heading for the Center Points would no longer be able to turn off Route 53, and head west to CenterPoint or CenterPoint Joliet.  As Elwood Chief of Police Fred Hayes emphasizes, that new Arsenal Road interchange on I-55 was built for a reason, and that's what they should be using."

Now there is also the possibilitiy that a temporary compromise could be ruled by the ICC, where truck traffic would be able to enter the CenterPoints using Walter Strawn from Route 53, but would not be able to exit that way.


10-30  7 AM

Sheriff's Candidates Discuss Who's Better for Job

The debate between the candidates for Will County Sheriff on 1340 WJOL Thursday morning became confrontational when Ken Kaupas asked Mike Kelley what changes he's made as a Will County sergeant.  When Kaupas asked Kelly, "What have you done?" Kelly answered by telling Kaupas to "ask the over 600 employees who have endorsed me."  There was also disagreement on how the voting actually went at those endorsements.

Kaupas is currently the Deputy chief of the Special Operations Bureau with the Will County Sheriff, overseeing investigations.  He joined the Illinois State Police in 1983.  Mike Kelley is a Sergeant with the criminal investigations division and a 25 year veteran of the Sheriff's department. To hear the entire debate, go to our website, WJOL.com.

On Friday, the final WJOL debate series features, incumbent republican Steve Weber and democratic challenger Laurie Summers for Will County Treasurer.

Bomb Threat Reported at Federal Building in Chicago

Multiple media sources are reporting a bomb threat at the Klucynski Federal Building in the Chicago Loop.  The threat reportedly came with a 7:15 AM phone call.  This building is at 230 South Dearborn.

Man Suing Grants Tells Story to 1340 WJOL

A local man has filed a small court claim against a local store that recently closed it's doors for failing to deliver a product he purchased.

$568.18 is how much Marion Fuller is looking from Grant's Appliances, after they failed to deliever a dishwasher he purchased from the now closed store. Fuller, who joined 1340 WJOL on Wed. afternoon, filed a small claims lawsuit against Grant's earlier this month. Fuller, who says he had been shopping with Grant's since he became a homeowner, says he went to the store on Republic Avenue in early October to purchase a new washing machine; and after making that purchase, in cash, waited for the delivery, which was to take place the next day. After failing to hear from the appliance chain, Fuller drove down to the store and was told it temporarily closed for inventory.

Fuller says he continued to called the Grant's on Republic as well as the other Grant's location around the area trying to get answers. He says he still has yet to hear anything from Grant's, and that's when he decided to file suit in small claims court.

Fuller says that he has another court date, which set for next month, to receive an update from the judge. He says that he will also be filling a complaint with the Illinois Attorney Generals Office.


10-30 5 AM

Top of the Line Railroad Apartments in New Lenox Need Fine Tuning

New Lenox mayor Tim Balderman says there's still a chance you could see the proposed "high end - luxuery apartments" planned for near the METRA tracks go up sometime in 2015.  But first, some fine-tuning is needed.  The proposed 300-plus unit project around U S 30 and Prairie Street was put on hold at the Village Board meeting earlier this week, with the hope of "finding compromise" on a couple of things.  Mayor Balderman says one such issue is what building materials would be used, as New Lenox's standards are higher than international building standards.  For example, where New Lenox wants concrete to be used, the builder may be proposing fire treated wood.

Balderman says a "traffic impact study" still needs to be one as well.  He sees more conversation coming during a December Village Board work session, and then having the whole proposal back before the board in perhaps late December or January.


10-30  12 Noon

Plainfield 202 Teachers Concerned about Workload Due to Common Core, Other Transitions

There has been some dialougue after last week's rejection by Plainfield District 202 teachers of the board's proposed new contract.  During Monday night's school board meeting, about 35 teachers were there, and they were not just talking about money.  As district spokesperson Tom Hernandez explains, there was also talk about all the transitions going on, especially at the elementary level.  He says that in addition to this year's Common Core English Language Arts Standards implementation; there's also district initiated changes like the new online grade book and the new blackboard web sites.

Summing it up, Hernandez says the teachers in attendance Monday night expressed a belief that THIS EXTRA STUFF leads to a situation where "the workload is not equivalent to the pay."  So now, the union is getting back together with its membership, to see if they'd like to propose a counter-offer.  Hernandez also says that there's a "parallel track effort" on the part of the District 202 administration to make progress on the 'workload issues.'


10-29  11:45 AM

Bolingbrook Man Accused of Criminal Sexual Abuse

Bolingbrook Police say that a 58-year-old man sexually abused a teenage girl for five years. Daniel Hillsman was taken into custody by the Bolingbrook Police Problem Oriented Policing Unit on Tuesday afternoon. Police were notified, by the now 17-year-old female victim, on August 25th, of five years of alleged sexual abuse. Police eventually seized Hillsman's computer and cell phone, and after examining those items police were able to obtain an arrest warrant for Hillsman. He is currently being held on a $1 million bond on charges of criminal sexual abuse. 

Judicial Candidates Hoping for Better Facilities

(D) Dan Kennedy & (R) Dinah Lennon Archambeault at WJOL stuidos


Candidates for Circuit Court Judge in Will County agree that residents will be better served if there was a new Will County Courthouse.

Democrat Dan Kennedy, a criminal lawyer in Joliet for 27 years, says the time you spend on case can be quite taxing when there are major overcrowding issues.  For example, he says even during the winter there can be a line almost to Harris Bank of people trying to get through security.

Kennedy's opponent, Republican Dinah Lennon  Archambeault, is a Will County Associate Judge.  She says security is especially an issue in the domestic violence arena at the Will County Courthouse.  You might have two people, who have major issues between them, in the same room, with no way to separate them.

The candidates are vying for a Will County judgeship opening in the Second Subcircuit, which includes Joliet and parts of Plainfield and Troy townships.

Both Kennedy and Archambeault appeared on the Scott Slocum Show as part of WJOL's debate series.  To hear the entire debate go to our website WJOL.com.  On Thursday morning between 7am and 8am, the candidates for Will County Sheriff will faceoff, (D) Mike Kelley vs. (R) Ken Kaupas.


10-29  10 AM

MorningStar Mission Getting Ready for Holiday Season

It's getting to be that time of year, for MorningStar Mission to get ready for the holidays and the coming year.  And you will once again be able to help, when MorningStar Mission's annual Radio-Thon occurs in a couple of weeks, right here on 1340 WJOL.  MorningStar's Blake Campbell says: this year's version of their STARS OF HOPE program will soon be ready to go.

If you would like to 'adopt a kid' or 'adopt a family'  to help them have a Christmas gift, just call MorningStar Mission at 815-722-5780, or go online to MorningStarmission.org.  By the way the date of that annual Radio-Thon will be Wednesday November 12th. 


10-29  10:30 AM

Candidates for 97th State District, Batinick and Dunn, Debate on 1340 WJOL

Negative advertising and Mike Madigan were topics raised in the first of four debates on 1340 WJOL.  The first debate featured candidates running for State Rep in the 97th District, to replace State Treasurer candidate Tom Cross.  Democratic candidate Moira Dunn stated that Republican Mark Batinick attacked her personally in a negative mailer ad.  But Batinick responded by saying that Dunn's interpretation of the mailer is different than his intention.

Meanwhile, Batinick questioned funding made to Dunn's campaign, believing that much of it seems to have come from Democrat House Speaker Mike Madigan.
Dunn responded by saying she has never met Mike Madigan, and would have no problem standing up to him.

To hear the entire debate and their qualifications stated at the beginning of the debate, go to our website WJOL.com.  On Wedensday between 7am and 8am, the candidates for judge in sub circuit 2, Democrat Dan Kennedy vs. Republican Dinah Lennon Archambeault will debate.


10-28  11 AM

An Eye Opening Look at the Trucking Industry

Following the fatal crash on I-55, a listener sent WJOL a letter detailing her experience with truckers and trucking companies.  Below is her opinion unedited. 
  I spend a lot of time on the road as our jobs are onsite.  I work with many truckers who are working at the Intermodals. This is what I have learned and I am passing it on as it concerns me. 
       Many of the truck companies own only 1-2 trucks.  The owner will accept a job, at say, $1500. It is local and it is picking up a trailer at an intermodal and delivering it to a location, say, Peoria Caterpillar. The owner of the small firm hires a truck driver as an independent contractor at $800 for the job, leases the truck to the driver at a set fee and makes the driver buy the fuel. However, in order for the driver to collect the $800, he has to make the round trip including delivery of the trailer and pick-up of another trailer  and return the truck with a full load, within 8 hours. If it is beyond the time limit the hired driver gets no money but is still responsible for the payment and bills.
      You know how long it takes to drive to Peoria and back and this seems to be a reasonable amount of time, but if you get caught up in traffic., or it takes a while to load or unload the trailer, suddenly you are running short on time, so you speed, find shortcuts, etc to make sure you get your money.
     Some of these truck owners do not do background checks, you only need to have a current CDL.  Some of the drivers can speak no English and require a translator. They cannot read or write English, but yet they have a current CDL license. They can't read the signs put into place warning them of possible slowdowns or construction or time delays. 
      They are of several nationalities and numerous races of persons. Many have only been here a few short weeks, came here legally, and have this type of job waiting for them.
Thought you might want to know this.

Overview of Centerpoint in Elwood: Watch Video


Scott Slocum had a chance to take a ride over Centerpoint South in Elwood yesterday. You've heard that it's the largest inland port in North America, see for yourself.  Go to Scott Slocum's Facebook page to view the video.

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