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Along U.S. Route 6, just past its intersection with Cedar Road in New Lenox, sits a house that many drive past on a daily basis.

When drivers sit at the stoplight waiting to board the on-ramp to Interstate 355, they may wonder how this house came to be, what its history is, or whether anyone lives inside.

Meredith Dobes
The body of Charlie Cooper, the missing New Lenox 15-year-old who was struck by a Metra train May 22, was found the afternoon of Saturday, May 25, Metra spokesperson Katie Dahlstrom confirmed.
Sean Hastings
A second teen involved in a fatal train accident has been identified as Charlie Cooper, 15, from New Lenox, according to members of his family.
Sean Hastings

Senior prom is a once in a lifetime opportunity for most students, and one that Julie McGrath said she never thought she’d see her son experience.

A couple weeks ago, however, Ryan McGrath got the courage to ask Sydney Jankowski, a cheerleader at Lincoln-Way West High School and fellow classmate, to their senior prom.

The two talk regularly at school and don’t have any classes together, but they are in the same gym hour — which is where he asked her.

“It was a simple ‘will you go to prom with me?’” Ryan said.

James Sanchez

All Brett Dobczyk, 17, a Lincoln-Way West student, was trying to do was fix a flat tire on his truck.

And while a horrific accident may have started this particular story, something much more picturesque came from it — the strength that can come from family, the heroics of friends, and the generosity of a community.

“It’s kind of like you don’t really realize how many people care for you until something bad happens to you,” Brett said.

The incident 

James Sanchez

The Will County Sheriff's Department is investigating a former Lincoln-Way Central High School employee regarding tens of thousands of missing athletic dollars discovered by the school's booster club in early August.

Sean Hastings

Making art with ink and skin might be the only type of creation one would expect to take place in a tattoo shop, but Mike Luera aims for his new studio in New Lenox to be much more than that — a place for artistic creation of all kinds.

Luera, who has 21 years of experience in tattooing, recently moved his shop, Sacred Art Studio, from Calumet City to 1921 Ferro Drive in New Lenox.

James Sanchez
Two New Lenox teenagers are dead and two others were injured after a vehicle they were in left the roadway and struck a tree early Tuesday morning, Sept. 4. The Will County Coroner’s office confirmed that Eric Zielinski, 18, and Heather Sturwold, 18, were pronounced dead following a collision near the intersection of Briggs Street and Spencer Road in Joliet.
Amanda Stoll
New Lenox resident Rachael O’Connor lost her husband, Jim, when he tried the fractal burning process and now she is hoping to get word out about how dangerous and life threatening it can be.
Sean Hastings

In small towns — places that lack the towering skyscrapers or highly concentrated city centers — little things can take on bigger roles.

An old barn and farm; a war memorial; a bandshell; a train station; a mom and pop store – in small towns, the people can make the smallest of things into a must-visit destination — sometimes, by nothing more than injecting their own emotions into it.

James Sanchez