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Video Gaming Wagering Up in Joliet

Video gaming is up for the month of August in Joliet despite losing two video terminals.  Total amount wagered was just over 9-million dollars compared to 7.5 million in July.  The Net Terminal Income or NTI  was just over 732-thousand.  

Roughly 50-percent of NTI is distributed to three parties.  The taverns the state and the municipality.  The rest of the net waging income goes to the operators of the video machines.  In the month of August, Joliet's share was just over 36-thousand dollars, that's up from last month, when it was 30-thousand dollars.  The state took in 181-thousand dollars and the taverns over 219-thousand dollars.

There are 227 video terminals in various locations in Joliet.  That's 2 less than last month.  Joliet has the third highest number of video gaming machines in Illinois.  Rockford has increased to 388 and Springfield has the most with 453.


9-15  9:30 AM

UIC and U of C Both Want Obama Library

Two Chicago based universities are in the running to be the host of Barack Obama's presidential library. The Barack Obama Foundation named The University of Chicago and the University of Illinois-Chicago as finalists. Both must submit a formal proposal to the foundation for consideration. A final selection could be made by early 2015. The other two finalists are Columbia University in New York City and the University of Hawaii in Honolulu.

9-16  5:15 AM

AG Lisa Madigan Targets "Global Discovery Vacation Program"

A travel club is accused of swindling Illinois residents out of tens-of-thousands-of-dollars. Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed suit against the Global Discovery Vacation Program. She says the Kansas based company and two of its Chicago area reps charged people eight-thousand-dollars up front plus 400-bucks a year to get discounted rates on lavish trips all across the world. But, they never delivered on that promise. Madigan says people receive the offer through direct mail and telemarketing calls that claim the person has won a free prize or free roundtrip airfare.


916  5 AM

Joliet Police: He Used a Beer Bottle to Bust a Rear Windshield

With so much happening at Chicagoland Speedway during Sunday's opening CHASE FOR THE CUP race, it appears that the Joliet Police Department's biggest day of the weekend handling "the rest of the world" was SATURDAY.  Police have told 1340 WJOL that 25 year old Anthony Wilson of Bolingbrook was arrested during the 10 PM hour Saturday night after an incident with his pregnant girlfriend, at the Star Inn at 2210 West Jefferson.  Police say it all began when Wilson wanted to invite someone into the room that his girlfriend didn't want there.  The conflict spilled outside the room, when Wilson allegedly struck his pregant girlfriend, as well as their two year old child.  He was arrested for aggravated battery and domestic battery.

At 1:35 AM Saturday morning, 31 year old Demetres Barrantine of Joliet was arrested for domestic battery after an argument led him to break out the rear windshield of a car with a beer bottle.  He was arrested for domestic battery and criminal damage to a motor vehicle.

Also on Saturday, Justin Padilla was arrested at his mom's home on North Westshire, after an incident on George Street where he allegedly tried to choke his girlfriend of four years, when she confronted him about a message from another woman on his cell phone.  He was arrested for aggravated domestic battery.


9-16  6 AM

Mokena Village Board Discussing Medical Marijuana Dispensary; Plus More on Shooting Range

As seems to be happening in so many municipalities these days, with the law changes, there's a group seeking a medical marijuana dispensary in Mokena.  Greenhouse Group wants a special use permit to put the dispensary at 9930 West 190th Street.  As Community Development Director Alan Zordan says, this would be a DISPENSARY, not a CULTIVATION location where medical marijuna is grown."

Meanwhile, more action is being considered on the proposed Live Fire Gun Shop and Club 'indoor shooting range' and ammunition sales proposal," over at 188-10 88th Avenue.  Zordan says, so far, there are no protests as far as getting this up and running some day.

Zordan says the shop and range could be up for approval next week, with the possibility of groundbreaking this construction season.  Tonight's (Monday) Mokena Village Board work session starts at 6 PM.


9-15  12 Noon


Mayor Giarrante Reflects on Great NASCAR Weekend

Goes without saying it was quite a weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, especially with the jam packed crowd and full sunshine for yesterday's "opening race" in the "Chase for the Cup."  The folks calling the race on M-R-N actually called it a "Chamber of Commerce" day in Joliet.  And Mayor Tom Giarrante agrees, saying it was once again "good for the city and good for the area, bringing plenty of money in."

And as we always remember, once upon a time, all that "hotel and restaurant revenue" from visitors could have gone to the Plano area.  But Mayor Giarrante is quite glad that Joliet was the winner.  He credits former City Manger John Mezera with getting out and talking to NASCAR people about what a major race track could bring to Joliet.  He was told it would be like having the Super Bowl every year; and now that Joliet has the opening "Chase for the Cup" race every year, that's just about right.

So we'll do it all again next year.....SUPER BOWL STYLE.....when THE CHASE FOR THE CUP kicks off again at Chicagoland Speedway.


9-15  12:30 PM

University of Saint Francis Getting Ready for Homecoming Weekend

It's coming up this weekend, "homecoming/reunion weekend" at the University of Saint Francis.  USF Director of Alumni and Parent Relations Aubrey Knight says this will run Friday the 19th, through Sunday the 21st; with 26 different events.  The Alumni and Friends Reunion Dinner will be Friday night, and of course there's the Saturday football game at 4 PM.

The University of Saint Francis has over 46-thousand alumni nationwide, and this Sunday will be the 'alumni memorial mass,' honoring USF's founders and sponsors, the Sisters of Saint Francis, who will be celebrating 150 years of the congregation.

Once again, that Saturday game against Trinity International at 4 PM will have tailgating activities that begin at 2; outside ATI Field at Joliet Memorial Stadium.  For more on the whole weekend, go to usf.edu/alumi/hcrw."


9-15  10 AM

This is "Rail Safety Week" in Illinois

Here's a piece of important information: This is RAIL SAFETY WEEK in the State of Illinois.  The Plainfield Police Department reminds you that numerous police departments around the state are participating, to promote vehicle and pedestrian safety around railroad tracks and trains.  Just last year in Illinois, there were 126 crossing collisions involving motor vehicles, which resulted in 40 injuries and 21 fatalities.   There were also 52 tresspasser incidents, resulting in 27 injuries and 25 fatalities.  Remember that in Plainfield and numerous other municipalities enforcement details will be set up, at various crossings throughout the week.


9-15  6 AM

Water Battle Continues; No Signs of Solution

Who knows where the road finally ends, but the effort continues for the cities trying to break away from Illinois American Water by eminent domain to form their own not-for-profit Northern Will County Water Agency.  The agency had a meeting last week, making official what we reported on a while back: the coalition's compensating of legal fees to Illinois American Water for the first lawsuit that they were told to refile.  It all started with Bolingbrook, Homer Glen, Romeoville, Lemont, and Woodridge trying to break away, but the first lawsuit named the AGENCY as the plaintiff.  The judge said the VILLAGES had to be the plaintiff.  But nonetheless, the question is, what happens next.  Illinois American Water's Mike Smyth says, the coalition might be starting to realize how expensive this all is.
But Bolingbrook Village Attorney Jim Boan says, the coalition has no intention of slowing down.         

There continues to be a lot of "he said - he said" stuff going on here: from the coalition claiming Illinois American is using delay tactics to Illinois American saying the coalition does not have a real, complete plan.  Smyth says the way Illinois American sees it, the coalition is not understanding nesessary capital improvements that were made along the way that affected prices.  And Bolingbrook's Boan says, this battle has a long way to go, and the coalition believes in its mission.

The next water coalition meeting is set for December, and Boan says this could go to trial perhaps during the first half of next year.


9-15  5 AM

Worldwide Marathon Runner and Trainer Says the Mental Part is Most Important

The Chicago Marathon is coming up, and the DROPKICKALS team that's running in it, led by former Joliet Police Chief Mike Trafton and including WJOL's Scott Slocum, has been doing plenty of training.  The man behind that is a coach and motivational speaker named Brendan Courane (cor-NONN).  He's run over 90 marathons all over the world.  He says one simple fact is lots of people think of "running" the wrong way.  In the words of Yogi Berra, Cournane says it's "90 percent physical, and the other half mental."

He also says, like so many other journeys in life, the key is getting over the hump, such as at the point where you don't think you can go any further.

Coach Brendan Cournane also says, for any kind of exercise program, and that's the most important thing here, it simply takes "getting started," and then "having a plan."  And some actually do go from "nothing to marathons."

Cournane has run around the world in numerous locations, including the Great Wall of China and Antarctica.  For more go to www.CoachBrendan.com.


9-15  10:10 AM

Q-Rock 100.7 Needs Help from Listeners.....with the FCC

A sister station of 1340 WJOL, Q-Rock 100-point-seven, is fighting a battle for their signal, and would love to have your help.  Another station on the 100-point-seven requency, which you might hear popping in and out of your car radio as you drive north of Will County, has been given preliminary clearance by the F-C-C to place a stronger transmission antenna on the Willis Tower.  Q-Rock 100-point-seven morning man and program director ELWOOD joined our Scott Slocum, and said, the people, and especially Q-Rock listeners, can fight this.

Elwood also emphasized that the idea of a local, community radio station serving its listeners is put in jeopardy when this kind of thing happens.

All listeners have to do to help is go to qrockonline.com, click on the flipper panel that says "save Q-rock," put in your name and address, and the FCC will hear from you.


9-11  11 AM

Second Hickory Street Trial to Start Next Month

September 22, that's the date that Joshua Miner's trial will begin for his role in the Hickory Street Homicides. Miner is one of four individuals accused of murdering 22-year-old Terrence Rankins and 22-year-old Eric Glover at a house on Hickory Street in Joliet in January of 2013. Alissa Massaro pleaded guilty earlier this year to concealing a homicide and robbery and received a sentence of 10 years in prison. A third individual Adam Landermann has yet to stand trial, while the forth individual, Bethany McKee, has been tried with her verdict to be read in court in on August 29th. 


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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