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A Downers Grove man faces multiple charges after allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol the evening of Dec. 30 and falling asleep in his vehicle in the middle of a roadway.

Richard H. Brown, 34, of 1117 Palmer St. in Downers Grove, was cited for alleged illegal transportation of alcohol, illegal stopping/parking on roadway, disobeying a police officer, DUI and having a blood alcohol content above .08.

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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.”

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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.

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One day in 1995, Nicky Theodossopoulos called his son Tim’s high school.

He told them the gyros restaurant he just opened in Lockport had a line out the front door. The cops were there directing traffic, because there were so many customers, even at a time when the surrounding area was still mostly farmland.

Nicky needed Tim to leave school and come to work.

Twenty-five years later, not much has changed at Nicky’s Gyros. Though Nicky died 10 years ago, the restaurant that is his namesake lives on with his three children at the helm.

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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 Joey Markasovic decided to follow his older brother, Mike, to Saint Xavier, Mike was quite psyched.

After all, the brothers  from Frankfort had never played on the same team before. They both played at Providence, but were two years apart.

The excitement of being teammates for the first time, though, was delayed when Mike tore the ACL in his left knee in the summer of 2018, shortly before his junior season and Joey’s freshman year.

Steve Millar
Multiple pieces of hate propaganda were discovered in Frankfort the afternoon of Thursday, Feb. 6, the Frankfort Police Department announced in a message to the community that same day.
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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.

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Pete Mitchell’s Bar & Grill

(21000 Frankfort Square Road, Frankfort; (815) 464-8100)

6-8 p.m. Wednesdays: Free N’ Fun Bar Game. Free to play.


The Alley Grill and Tap House

(18700 S. Old LaGrange Road, Mokena; (708) 478-3610)

9 p.m. Tuesdays: Karaoke

Fox’s Restaurant and Pub

(11247 W. 187th St., Mokena; (708) 478-8888)

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