Wilmington Region

FOR SALE — Signs by Wirtz Realty have been posted to the side of the Launching Pad in Wilmington. The shuttered Route 66 attraction, along with the Gemini Giant, is currently listed for sale for $1.4 million. Photo by Marney Simon.

12/05/2023 - 5:39pm
As a Route 66 attraction, some might say the Launching Pad and its green guardian the Gemini Giant are priceless. But it turns out those local landmarks—which hold no official landmark status but are thought of as such by residents—do have a price...

Coal City Region

COAL CITY HIGH School seniors Jared Counterman (left) and Elaina Patten have been selected to serve as this year’s Madrigal king and queen. Coal City School District photo.

12/05/2023 - 5:23pm
Like the royals that have come before them, King Jared and Queen Elaina are preparing for the upcoming holiday with a grand soiree and they will open the doors to the castle for the Coal City High School Madrigals 25th holiday performance....

Braidwood Region

BRAIDWOOD CITY ADMINISTRATOR Tony Altiery (right) answers questions on efforts thus far to create a new comprehensive plan for the city during a town hall meeting held on Nov. 30 at Fossil Ridge Public Library. Photo by Marney Simon.

12/05/2023 - 5:51pm
Dozens of Braidwood residents waited in line and slowly filed into the Fossil Ridge Public Library’s large meeting room on Nov. 30, looking for information on the city’s plan to create a new comprehensive plan. In 2022, city officials announced that...

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