November 19, 2019

This is a developing story for the USF Encounter and may be edited as more information is given. 

12:44 p.m. - University of St. Francis (USF) former student Antonio "Tony" Lemon, 21 and his friend, Joey Ramos, 22, left a Chicago nightclub early on the morning of Novemb...

November 6, 2018

Joliet woman Ashley Tucker was found dead on Oct. 22. Now, family and friends are seeking the public’s assistance to cover the cost of her funeral arrangements in the form of a GoFundMe.

“She [Ashley] was everything to us. A beautiful mother, daughter, sister,” accordin...

October 7, 2018

After more than seven years with the lucrative company, co-founders of the app Instagram, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, are leaving the company with no formal indication as to why. The New York Times reports that Systrom and Krieger have been hands-on managers of the...

September 20, 2018

During the championship match of the US Open against Naomi Osaka, renowned women’s tennis player Serena Williams was fined a total of $17,000 for multiple rule violations.  She was charged $10,000 for “verbal abuse” of the chair referee Carlos Ramos, $4,000 for violati...

September 10, 2018

In August of 2005, a pair of slippers used in the filming of the Wizard of Oz movie were stolen from the Judy Garland museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The heels were taken from a glass display during the middle of the night, the thief gaining access through a door in...

December 14, 2017

The Parliament of Australia passed an historic law that legalizes same-sex marriage, officially becoming the 26th country to recognize this right, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.  The law was passed on Thursday, December 7 by an overwhelming majority, after the...

December 14, 2017

What is Internet Addiction?

Internet addiction is an impulse or control disorder. Users who are addicted to the internet may have emotional attachments to online “friends” or their online activities. Internet addiction has been compared to gambling. Internet addicts may...

December 12, 2017

Grammy award-winning artist Chance the Rapper is loved by his city and for good reason. In March, the Chicago rapper donated $1 million to Chicago public schools. In addition, his nonprofit organization SocialWorks raised $2.2 million for his hometown’s schools. His ch...

December 6, 2017

Jessica Stoppenbach and Uriah Bowie are accused of robbing two Jefferson Street pizza restaurants last week.

According to Joliet police, 36-year-old Jessica Stoppenbach walked into Papa Saverio’s Pizzeria on West Jefferson Street last Friday night and pointed a gun at o...

December 4, 2017

Shorewood, IL - Skooters RoadHouse in Shorewood was in the news last week, and this time, it was not for poor behavior from customers. On Monday, November 27, fire broke out inside the restaurant and was engulfed in flames until local fire units could attend. According...

November 30, 2017

On Wednesday, NBC executives announced in a statement that Matt Lauer, the morning news anchor of the "Today Show," had been terminated.

The decision came after a colleague came forward and met with network executives and human resources to discuss her allegations of se...

November 29, 2017

Real estate developer John Bays’ tax increment finance plan was approved by the City of Joliet. While Bays wants to lease the first floor of his downtown Joliet Catholic Charities building to a restaurant like Olive Garden, comments from a spokeswoman from the Olive Ga...

November 28, 2017

Last week, a man arrested in connection with the murder of Kaitlyn Kearns, a 24-year-old bartender from Mokena, Illinois, plead not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder, in front of a Will County judge, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Kearns was found dead in...

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