New Lenox Police Police have combined efforts with the Will County Cooperative Policing Action Team, along with merchandise and surveillance equipment from Walmart and J C Penny, on a 35 grams of cocaine and stolen merchandise bust that targeted two Joliet convenience stores. Joliet Police had a representative working with Will County Cooperative team, and three men have now been arrested. Police used search warrants to hit the Sunshine Food Mart at 1922 East Washington, and the South End Food Mart at 50 McDonough Street. The Burbank home of one of the South End Food Mart employees was searched as well. Sixty-five year old Mustafa Issa was arrested, along with thirty-six year old Mamdouh Madood of Rockdale, and 60 year old Ibrahim Adwan of Orland Hills. The three are facing charges that include possession of stolen property, money laundering, and possession of a controlled substance.
3-12 10:45 AM
State Rep Larry Walsh, Junior is pushing a bill in Springfield that would AS WRITTEN NOW apply to Will and Kane Counties. It would put an increase on court fees, with the extra money going to the county's judicial facilities fund. And in Will County, that means additional money for the building of a much needed new courthouse. For example, a 100 dollar filing fee for a civil case.....could be increased to 130 dollars. Walsh says, the bill is still in the "fine tuning stage."
Walsh says the money raised from this....perhaps one-point-five to two million dollars per year..... WOULD ESPECIALLY HELP with the BONDING PROCESS to build a new courthouse.
This bill has yet to come before the House County and Townships Committee. Walsh said that "fee increase legislation" like this DOES OFTEN HAVE TROUBLE in election years.
3-12 12 Noon
Call it a win for Rod Blagojevich’s legal team. A federal appeals court ruled they will consider the transcripts of FBI wiretaps that weren’t allowed in the former governor’s corruption trial. Blagojevich’s attorneys have argued the unheard tapes will clear him. The infamous tapes were a major part of Blagojevich’s fall from graces back in 2008. He was convicted in 2011 and is serving a 14-year-sentence.
3-12 10:30 AM
A former Tamms inmate is accused of participating in an attack that left four guards injured in Pinckneyville. Rodolfo Rosas spent about seven years in the Supermax lockup and was transferred out in September of 2012, a couple months before the facility was shut down. Many prison insiders want to know why Rosas is in a medium security lockup to begin with. The DOC promised the Tamms inmates would be transferred to maximum security prison when the facility closed. Rosas was sent to Pontiac when he left Tamms and officials say he was allowed to transfer out of maximum security after a year because of good behavior.
3-12 10:35 AM
Forty-two year old Mary A Pochordo has been identified as the victim of the METRA train - pedestrian collision in New Lenox on Monday. Pochordo, a New Lenox resident, was pronounced deceased at 1:17 PM Monday, after being struck in the 300 block of Maple.
Allan Kustok is guilty of murder. A jury convicted the former Orland Park businessman yesterday for killing his wife back in 2010. It took less than two-hours for the jury to reach a decision. Kustok maintains his wife shot herself while he was sleeping next to her but spatter experts who testified at trial say that’s near impossible. They say based on the pattern of blood, the shooter was likely standing next to the bed.
3-12 6 AM
Twenty-three year old Erick M Maya of Cicero has entered a formal plea of not guilty to his indictment for the alleged shooting death of a Romeoville High School freshman. Briana Valle was shot Thursday morning February 13th, while in her mom's car getting ready to be driven to school. Maya's next pre-trial hearing is Tuesday morning April 15th.
3-11 11:30 AM
Mayor Giarrante gives the State of Joliet address in Council Chambers Tuesday
That is how Joliet Mayor Tom Giarrante described his city in the State of the City address Tuesday morning at Joliet City Hall.
Giarrante cited statistics like a balanced budget and a $34 million reserve fund, but he admits things aren't going uphill as fast as they went down hill in 2008.
“It could get better,” says Giarrante. “Our rainy day fund could be more. We could have money to hire more people. So, it could be better.”
Giarrante says he's most proud of balancing the budget in 2013 without raising real estate taxes and keeping the city's debt relatively low, but he also recognizes how cutting costs has impacted the city workforce. He says current city employees have had to do more with less.
“They're doing a good job. They all need more, including the people downtown,” says Giarrante. “Another thing I want to address. Our management employees haven't had a raise in quite a few years, and we need to take a look at that. Otherwise, we're going to be losing people.”
Gaming expansion continues to be an area of concern for Giarrante. The city is taking in just 20 million dollars in gaming taxes, down from its peak of 36 million in 2007. Giarrante fears that further gaming expansion in Illinois could severely impact Joliet.
“Absolutely I'm worried about it. I'm worried about a gaming expansion bill too.” says the mayor. “If they build a casino east of us between here and the Indiana border, we figure its going to cost us $5 million a year.”
He says contingency plans are being discussed in case the plan to build another casino passes.
If you'd like to watch the State of the Joliet address in it's entirety, you can catch it on Joliet Community Television Channel 6 every day this week at 9 a.m., noon, 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.
It was world wide attention for a Lockport tiger owner who was recently arrested for bringing a tiger to a bar. John Basile, owner and operator of Big Run Wolf Ranch in Lockport, told Scott Slocum show that his misdemeanor charge has gone viral.
Basile was at Uncle Richies bar in Lockport with his baby tiger, which weighs all of 40 pounds and is still being fed by bottle. A woman who had taken pictures with the tiger, along with 2 handlers, called police saying she felt threatened. Basile was walking in Downtown Lockport along main street when he was stopped, and later cited for bringing a tiger into a bar that sold pizza and popcorn, which is a violation.
Basile had brought the tiger to the bar to promote an upcoming event to benefit a school. Big Run Wolf Ranch has been in business for 30 years and has touched thousands of children in Will County.
To see pictures of the animal he brought into the 1340 WJOL studios, and to listen to the entire interview, go our web site, WJOL.com.
It's that time of year again, not St PATRICK'S Day but St BALDRICK'S Day. And once again, this Saturday night is St Baldrick's Night in Channahon. People nationwide will be getting their heads shaved for THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER. This local version in Channahon started six years ago, and as Mike Lazzari of the Channahon Police Department recalls......it got SO popular SO quickly.....it took EVERYONE by surprise.
Scott Angus from the Illinois State Police agrees with that. Saying that EACH YEAR, the St Baldrick's in Channahon CAN BE IMPROVED.....SOMEHOW.
Where the people need to be is Skateland in Channahon, 253-34 West Eames (AMES), starting at 6:30 Saturday night. Admission is free, and you can make your donation to the fight against cancer, WHETHER OR NOT you're taking part in getting shaved. There will be loads of family entertainment; like Irish Dancers, face painting for the kids, and loads of raffles. One special item is an autographed jersey......from hockey hall-of-famer Chris Chelios. By they way, in the six years that St Baldrick's in Channahon has been going on, they have nearly raised one-quarter of a million dollars.
3-11 12:15 PM
The latest VOICES FOR ILLINOIS CHILDREN "kids count" report has been released. As R Dale Evans explained to 1340 WJOL, each year they take a specific issue, and focus statewide on children up to eight years old. Last year it was "education," and this year it was "health matters." Evans says that the number of children living in poverty was of great concern this year, with a rise of 82 percent being spotted within the Will County region. Evans says there isn't much doubt that much of this is the leftover effects of the economic problems from recent years......which can, unfortunately, lead to ANOTHER VERY BAD THING.....more child abuse.
Evans says the first step is always MAKE SURE THE PUBLIC IS AWARE.....OF THE SERVICES THAT ARE OUT THERE WILLING TO HELP. For example, you can Google the Community Service Council of Will County for various phone numbers. LOCATIONS include 719 Parkwood Avenue in Romeoville, 619 Access Drive in Romeoville, and 151 E Briarcliff Road in Bolingbrook.
3-10 12 Noon
Des Plaines Casino has opened up even a wider margin of dominance over the other casinos in the state, according to the February numbers released by the Illinois Gaming Board. Des Plaines brought in 32-point-seven million dollars in February, which is well over a two-to-one margin over second place Harrah's of Joliet. Harrah's brought in just under 14-point-six million in February; for a drop of five-point-four percent from January, and a drop of one-point-eight percent from February of last year. Elgin was right behind Harrah's for third place, Aurora came in fourth for February, and East St Louis came in fifth. Hollywood Casino Joliet was about 400-thousand behind East St. Louis, taking the sixth spot with a February total of nearly nine-point-four million. Hollywood Joliet's total was an eight-point-nine percent increase from January, along with a 15-point-three percent drop from February of last year. For the entire state of Illinois, the February casino total was just under 115-point-four million; for about a seven-and-a-quarter percent increase from January, but also about a seven-and-a-quarter percent DROP from February of last year.
3-10 11:05 AM