Wilmington Region

BASEBALL STANDOUT Tanner Roark waves to spectators during the Wilmington Baseball Softball Assocation's opening day parade to the South Island park.

04/23/2024 - 4:19pm
Former Major League pitcher Tanner Roark came home with a message for aspiring baseball players on Saturday while serving as grand marshal for the Wilmington Baseball Softball Association opening day parade. While he said it was an honor to serve...

Coal City Region

SIX NEW MEMBERS were inducted into the Coal City chapter of the Illinois Music Honor Society on April 18. The 2024 inductees are [from left] Mackenzie Brown, Bradley Burla, Grace Heatherwick, Vince Mugnolo, Brady Pierson and Jonathan Wegner.

04/23/2024 - 4:08pm
The Coal City Chapter of the Illinois Music Honors Society welcomed six new members at its Third Annual Induction Ceremony on Tuesday, April 18. Illinois Music Honor Society is for Illinois music students in middle and/or high school who are...

Braidwood Region

Braidwood Crews responded to a call for a man in cardiac arrest in January at his home. Emma Wallerich called 911 after her husband Gary collapsed. Under the direction of Wescom 911 dispatchers Emma started CPR. Minutes later, BFPD crews arrived and took over care of Gary. In the ambulance Gary Wallerich received advanced life support care, multiple doses of life saving medications, and was defibrillated three times. He regained a pulse and started breathing on his own minutes away from the ER. On April 5 BFPD crews met Gary and Emma Wallerich along with family at the fire station, and received Life Saving Awards. In attendance were Paramedics Saunoris, Williams, and Cabada, along with EMT’s Zackavec, and Travis. Braidwood Police Officer Savarino was also awarded for his assistance at the scene. BFPD would like to urge its citizens to learn CPR, whether it is Hands-Only, or a full course including First Aid. CPR saves lives, and we are so proud of Emma for performing CPR on her husband until our crews arrived. If you are interested in taking a CPR class, please contact Dylan at

04/23/2024 - 4:29pm