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Scott and Jill Thomas are hoping to make a difference in the world — one bag of coffee at a time.

The Frankfort couple launched their new online business, Golden Door Coffee, earlier this month with the goal of aiding immigration reform in the U.S. Proceeds from sales of coffee and other merchandise offered through the site,, will benefit organizations that work with immigrants.

Nuria Mathog

Three months ago, Emily Buikema’s life looked radically different.

The 27-year-old Frankfort resident spent her days working as a cashier at Berkot’s Super Foods and caring for dogs by volunteering at P.A.W.S. of Tinley Park.

That all changed on Christmas Day, when another car struck the vehicle in which she and her boyfriend, Greg Babush, were traveling in New Lenox.

“[The driver] was in the other lane,” she said. “He swerved into our lane and hit us head-on.”

Nuria Mathog

Frankfort Spirits has essentially been in the works for more than 18 years.
That’s when Phil Casey and his brother Dan started to brew their own beer. Years later, they are still passionate about the brewing process. But in 2010, the Casey brothers wanted to do something a little different, as microbrews had become mainstream.
“After a trip to Kentucky and visits to several distilleries, we knew the direction we wanted to take — build on our brewing experience and produce small-batch premium craft spirits,” Phil Casey said.

Jon DePaolis
When the husband and wife team of Jayson and Julianne Polad took over as cheerleading coaches at Lincoln-Way East they wanted to build a program based on love.
Kirsten Onsgard

It is with great sadness that the family of George R. Lehman, from Frankfort, Ill., announces his passing on Feb. 16, 2018. 

George was a loving and devoted husband and best friend to his loving wife, Maria Lehman (nee Speziale) and a loving and devoted father to his loving son G. Hunter Lehman and loving daughter Victoria Lehman. He is also survived by his mother, Susan Sterchele (nee Howe).  His death was preceded by that of his father, George C. Lehman.

Nuria Mathog

A Frankfort man faces five felony charges after he allegedly removed a young child from a Frankfort home on March 14, according to the Will County Sheriff’s Office.

Ricardo Zambrano, 41, was charged with one count of residential burglary, two counts of criminal trespass, one count of aggravated battery and one count of unlawful restraint.

Nuria Mathog
After a win last week that even Lincoln-Way East coach Rob Zvonar categorized as one of the best in school history, it would have been easy for the Griffins to have a letdown in Week 7 at Lockport.
Nuria Mathog
A Frankfort resident was one of two men killed Friday evening in a crash on I-57 in Matteson.
Nuria Mathog

If you could have one superhero power, what would it be? The answer that one little girl gave now drives Leah Freeman to do more every day.

“Invisible,” the girl told Freeman.

To this, Freeman asked herself, “How many women or girls are sitting in the same position as this girl next to me and no one even knows?”

This, she said, was the moment she realized she could do more. A successful hair colorist in the beauty industry and Frankfort business owner, Freeman knew she had the opportunity to reach women and girls to encourage and inspire them.

Kirsten Onsgard

If onlookers had not checked the scoreboard minutes after Lincoln-Way East’s 23-13 victory over Niles Notre Dame in a Class 8A second-round game on Saturday, Nov. 9, it could have easily looked like the Griffins were lamenting a loss.

But after a second half that saw the Dons outscore East 13-0, the players and coaches in cobalt blue openly took accountability for the up-and-down performance.

Steve Millar