• Pam (left) and Dave Rafalski, owners of Raffy’s Candy Store, gather for a photo surrounded by the sweet treats inside their New Lenox store. James Sanchez/22nd Century Media

    Mom-and-pop candy shop welcomes community members

    November 23, 2015 By James Sanchez, Assistant Editor Life & Arts

    Dave Rafalski had a vision of opening a business that reminded him of his youth, and now it has come to fruition.

  • The Beefeater ($6.99) starts with rye bread piled high with sliced roast beef. Then, grilled green peppers and melted Swiss cheese are added, and it is plated with sliced pickles and French fries to complete the meal. Meredith Dobes/22nd Century Media

    The Dish: Keeping the Country Charm in New Lenox

    November 23, 2015 By Meredith Dobes, Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

    The Country Charm has been a staple of the New Lenox community for more than three decades, and the breakfast-and-lunch spot continues to charm locals both new and old.

  • Lincoln-Way West’s Gabe Montalvo (middle) runs the ball forward Saturday, Nov. 21, during the Illinois High School Association Class 5A semifinal against Champaign Central. Mike Lorenz/22nd Century Media

    West to play for 5A state championship for first time in school’s history

    November 22, 2015 By Daniel L. Chamness, Staff Writer Sports, High School

    Hey, diddle, diddle, straight up the middle.

  • Providence alumnus Israel Del Toro Jr. participates in an event for the U.S. Paralympic Shooting Team. Photo submitted

    Provi alumni raise funds for uniforms for U.S. Paralympic Shooting Team

    November 22, 2015 By Ryan Wallace, Staff Writer News

    Little did Israel Del Toro Jr. know a simple conversation would spark an effort to outfit the U.S. Paralympic Shooting Team. 

  • Debra Condotti (right), recipient of the Sangmeister Medal of Excellence, poses for a photo with her husband, Henry, Saturday, Nov. 21, during the Childerguild Ball at Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park. Paul Bergstrom/22nd Century Media

    Childerguild supports Silver Cross through 87th annual ball

    November 22, 2015 By Jason Maholy, Staff Writer News

    One­-hundred-fifteen years ago, 13 childless women formed an organization with the mission to provide financial support to the obstetric and pediatric departments at Silver Cross H