What We Cover
Lemont IL: News, crime, business, politics, schools, events, and announcements.
Meet Your Local Patch Team
Amanda Luevano, Contributor, Editor
Amanda came to Patch in June 2010 after graduating from Northwestern University with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She launched Lemont Patch in 2010, and covered the community for two years before moving to Downers Grove in August 2012.
Prior to Patch, Amanda wrote for her college newspaper, The Daily Northwestern, covering city council and education. In 2009, Amanda spent three months interning at the Orange County Register in California. Despite the large market, it was here that she learned the ins and outs of community reporting. After returning to Illinois in June 2009, Amanda immediately started working as an editorial intern in the DuPage County office of the Daily Herald. During her senior year at Northwestern, she spent six months investigating a possible wrongful conviction case with the Medill Innocence Project.
Dennis Robaugh, Contributor, Editor, Copyeditor, Blogger
As Regional Editor for Patch, Dennis guides the hard-hitting, creative journalists who cover Orland Park, Tinley Park, Orland Hills, Palos Park, Palos Heights, Palos Hills, Oak Lawn, Naperville, Bolingbrook, Woodridge, Lemont, Plainfield, Frankfort, Mokena and New Lenox, with more to come. Our crew of bright, energetic journalists is dedicated to bringing meaningful, aggressive journalism back to the area, providing genuine public service to the community.
Dennis has lived in Frankfort Township the last decade. When not writing, he's perpetually immersed in home-improvement projects and dabbles with greenery and flowers on the homestead. Before Patch, Dennis led the Daily Southtown as managing editor for five years. The Southtown was recognized as a National Newspaper of the Year and received several General Excellence awards in Illinois, as well as perennial honors for investigative and public service reporting.
Lemont Patch, Editor
Lorraine Swanson, Contributor, Editor
Hometown: I grew up in Des Plaines, Ill., and have lived and worked in the Chicago region my entire life.
Lorraine Swanson is the first member of her family to live south of Roosevelt Road since her grandmother stopped the rag man from whipping his horse in Gage Park in 1910.
She is a veteran community journalist, writing and/or editing weeklies for Lerner Newspapers, Pioneer Press and Chicago Journal. Most recently, Lorraine had her own community news site covering Chicago's Far North Side neighborhoods called Lake Effect News.
Chuck Ingwersen, Contributor, Editor
Oak Forest resident Chuck Ingwersen is a copy editor, cartoonist and graphic artist for Patch. Chuck was the Deputy Sports Editor of the Daily Southtown in its heyday, helping the Southtown sports section achieve national recognition, before becoming the Design Director for the Southtown and Star newspapers. As a freelance cartoonist, he has written and drawn cartoons for large greeting card companies — including Hallmark, Oatmeal Studios, Gallant Greetings and It Takes Two — as well as for magazines such as Reader's Digest, newspapers and a variety of websites.
Linda Ozbolt, Guest Editor
Having worked at an area weekly newspaper for more than 20 years as a reporter, opinion writer and news editor, I am excited to join Lemont Patch as guest editor.
I look forward to getting to know the community and its people, and to adding my voice to Patch's content over the coming weeks.
On that note, if you have any suggestions for story ideas or events you'd like to see covered in Lemont Patch, please email me at email@example.com.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Kristy Kennedy, Contributor, Editor
"You have four boys? You know, there's a special place in heaven..."
I get that all the time when people see me in the grocery store with my boys trailing me. They smile and shake their heads. "Four boys."
Personally, I think there's a special place for all moms no matter how many kids they have. I'm no different from most any mom in Naperville or for that matter, anywhere. Family is my priority.
For the last decade, my husband, Pat, and I have been raising our boys – David, 13, Brennan, 11, Jason, 9, and Reese, 5 – here in Naperville. In between carpools and laundry, I've done freelance work for various newspapers and magazines. My work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune and the Daily Herald newspapers and Illinois Issues magazine among others. Before that, I was a full-time reporter for the Daily Herald.
For now, I look forward to sharing some of my experiences with you.
Tim Shoemaker, Contributor, Sales, Blogger
Wayne Parratore, Sales
Wayne has lived in the Joliet area for the past 25 years. During that time, he has been involved in local advertising in the Will County area with broadcast and print publications. He has worked for WJOL and WLUP radio and the Dex Yellow Pages over the past 25 years.
Wayne is a dedicated prfofessional helping small businesses achieve their marketing goals in a cost-effective method.
Chris Walker, Contributor
Chris grew up in Joliet, attended Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox and graduated from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in May 1994 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. He has covered high school sports for several newspapers since 1999, including the Daily Herald, Beacon News, Courier News, Sun Publications, St. Charles, Batavia and Geneva Republican, Wheaton Leader and Warrenville Post.
What is Patch?
Simply put, Patch is an innovative way to find out about, and participate in, what's going on near you.
We're a community-specific news, information and engagement platform driven by passionate and experienced new media professionals. Patch is revolutionizing the way neighbors connect with each other, their communities, and the national conversation.
We want to be the most trusted, comprehensive, and relevant news and information resource in your community. What can you do on Patch?
- Keep up with news and events
- Check out photos and videos from around town
- Learn more about local businesses and the people behind them
- Participate in discussions
- Share your perspectives via our Local Voices blogging platform
- Submit your own announcements, photos, and reviews
Who's Behind Patch?
Patch is run by professional editors, photographers, videographers, and salespeople who live in the regions they serve, and is supported by a great team in our New York City headquarters. Patch also gets advice from our Advisory Board and from many members of the community.
We look forward to meeting you and hearing your stories. If you see us around town, don't be afraid to say hi and tell us what you want to see on Patch!
Where You Come In
We hope that our sites will strengthen communities and improve the lives of their residents, but we can't do it without you. We've built Patch so that you have plenty of opportunities to comment on stories, share your opinions, post photos and announcements, and add events to the community calendar. So get to it! And if you're a business owner who wants to be listed, just let us know.
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Phil Meyer is Professor Emeritus in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and was inducted into the North Carolina Hall of Fame in Journalism in the spring of 2008. He joined the Journalism School in 1981 and served as Knight Chair in Journalism Professor from 1993-2008. Prior to joining the school, he held a number of reporter and research positions at various media outlets.
He has won numerous awards including the 2005 Sigma Delta Chi Distinguished Service Award for Research About Journalism (with Scott Maier). He was named a Fellow of Society of Professional Journalists in 2005. In 2004, the Newspaper Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication gave him its Professional Freedom and Responsibility Award. And in 2000 he received the American Association for Public Opinion Research Award for Exceptionally Distinguished Achievement.
Meyer is the author of several books including The Vanishing Newspaper: Saving Journalism in the Information Age and Precision Journalism: A Reporter’s Introduction to Social Science Methods. Journalism Quarterly in 2000 listed this book as one of the 35 significant books of the 20th century in journalism and mass communication; and the American Association for Public Opinion Research, observing its 50th anniversary in 1996, listed it as one of 50 significant books on public opinion research.
He received his B.S. in technical journalism from Kansas State University and his M.A. in political science from the University of North Carolina.
Steven Berlin Johnson is a pioneer in the web world, as a co-founder of FEED, Plastic.com, and Outside.in, which was acquired by Patch in March of 2011. He also co-created Findings.com, which launched in late 2011. Steven was the 2009 Hearst New Media Professional-in-Residence at The Journalism School at Columbia University, and served for several years as a Distinguished Writer in Residence at NYU’s Journalism School. He is a bestselling author of seven books, and won acclaim and a Newhouse School Mirror Award for his 2010 Time Magazine cover story, "How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live."
Speaking of Steven's editorial prowess, check out this video based on Steven's book, Where Good Ideas Come From, which was named one of the best books of 2010 by The Economist.
Brian Farnham, Founding Editor-in-Chief
Brian was Editor-in-Chief of Time Out New York magazine before coming to Patch. Before that he worked for a variety of publications both online and off, including Details magazine, New York Magazine, and the old, dearly departed Sidewalk.com. He has written for numerous publications, from the New York Times magazine to Harper's Bazaar. He graduated from Bowdoin College and got an MFA in creative writing at Columbia University so he could put his novel in a drawer with distinction. He lives in Manhattan with his beautiful wife, adorable son, angelic daughter and the world's most dog-like cat. He’s proud as hell of what the Patch team has built.
Ken Paulson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the First Amendment Center
Ken Paulson is president and chief executive officer of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University and in Washington, D.C.
Previously, Paulson served as the editor and senior vice president/news of USA Today. He is now a columnist on USA Today’s board of contributors, writing about First Amendment issues and the news media.
Throughout his career, Paulson has drawn on his background as both a journalist and lawyer, serving as the editor or managing editor of newspapers in five different states.
He also is past-president of the American Society of News Editors, the nation’s largest organization of news media leaders.
Paulson also was the host of the Emmy-honored television program “Speaking Freely,” seen in more than 60 PBS markets nationwide over five seasons, and the author of "Freedom Sings," a multimedia stage show celebrating the First Amendment that continues to tour the nation's campuses.
He was an early advocate of making newspaper content available online, launching online newspapers in both Florida and New York in 1993.
For 12 years, Paulson was a regular guest lecturer at the American Press Institute, speaking to more than 5,000 journalists about First Amendment issues. He was honored with the API Lifetime Service Award. In 2010 and 2011, he served as chair of the PBS Editorial Standards Review Committee.
In 2007, Paulson was named fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists, “the highest honor SPJ bestows upon a journalist for extraordinary contributions to the profession.” In 2008, he received the Robert S. Abbott Memorial Award for Meritorious Service in Mass Communications from the Southern Regional Press Institute. He has also been elected to the Illini Publishing Hall of Fame at the University of Illinois.
He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law and the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He also has served as an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University Law School. In 2008, he received an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from American University.