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Legend has it that Abraham Lincoln once delivered a speech at the old stagecoach stop in Lockport. Regardless of whether the 16th president of the United States delivered a speech at the stop — located at 1020 State Street — there is plenty of history there and in its neighboring buildings.
Max Lapthorne

The Lockport City Council approved an amendment to the Lockport Square development at its meeting Wednesday, Nov. 20, which will officially clear the way for a car dealership to begin construction in the development. 

Abhinanda Datta

Arthur Saunders is Lockport through and through. 

A lifelong resident, Saunders has left his mark at Lockport Township High School as a custodian for the past quarter of a century. During that time his infectious smile, laughter and downright great attitude helped brighten the school. 

Abhinanda Datta
When storytellers brainstorm together, anything is possible. Creating new worlds that haven’t been discovered and designing ways for people to experience those worlds is exactly what Zombie Army Productions does, and will be doing, for the new Legacy Adventure Park opening April 14 in Lockport.
Max Lapthorne

Lockport resident Dane Stepien shared this photo of a coyote taken last October in the Kelvin Grove neighborhood of Lockport. 

Have you captured something unique, interesting, beautiful or just plain fun on camera? Submit a photo for “Photo Op” by emailing it to, or mailing it to 11516 W. 183rd St., Office Condo 3 Unit SW, Orland Park, IL, 60467.

Benjamin Conboy

Two people have died as a result of a crash on IL Route 171 (State Street) the morning of Friday, June 9.

Juan Huerta-Hernandez, 23, of Joliet, and Juan Munoz Martinez, 32, of Joliet, were pronounced dead at the scene by the Will County Coroner following a two-vehicle collision near the intersection of State Street and Dell Park Avenue in Lockport, according to a release issued by the Illinois State Police.

Danielle Tabor

A 38-year-old man died after obtaining a head injury during an industrial accident at Homer Tree Service, 14000 Archer Ave. in Lockport, according to Lockport police.

The Lockport Police Department and the Northwest Homer Fire Protection District received the call at approximately 1:37 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4, that there had been an accident, according to Lockport Deputy Chief Ron Huff. The man was then transported to Silver Cross Hospital where he was later pronounced dead, police said.

Elissa Chudwin
Nov. 28 marked the first time eight-month-old Sean Roppo slept entirely through the night; it was also the last night of his mother’s life. Celeste Roppo, 24, battled drug addiction for six years, and died early in the morning on Nov. 29 after relapsing and overdosing on fentanyl.
Erin Redmond

Cruise nights in Lockport will be held every Monday evening from June 2 through August 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Central Square and First Midwest Bank parking lots, located at 9th and Hamilton streets in downtown Lockport.

The weekly event will feature a classic car show, as well as live entertainment. Food and drinks will be available and kids may enjoy the inflatable obstacle course, face painting and other activities.

Danielle Tabor

A Lockport woman was killed Sunday afternoon in what Kendall County investigators are calling a hit and run.

The body of Amanda Stanton, 26, of Lockport was found around 2:25 p.m. Sunday, June 24, near Plainfield Road and Plainsman Court in Oswego, according to the Kendall County Sheriff's Department. 

The department's preliminary investigation has indicated that Stanton was struck and killed by a car, which then fled the scene. 

There was no further information provided at the time, but the office said it will give updates as new information is available.

22nd Century Media Staff