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Lauren Traut (Patch Staff)

Lauren Traut

I was born and raised in the south suburbs. A Mother McAuley girl forever, I later memorized the potholes on I-57 during my five years attaining both bachelor and master degrees in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During my time with local news, I have learned invaluable lessons in local journalism as I teared up while covering the funeral of a beloved couple and chased a renegade miniature pony through a subdivision. I have seen firsthand what responsible, inspiring hyper-local journalism can do for a community. I love working for Patch, and sharing my passion with our communities. Questions? Concerns? Comments? You have my full attention at lauren.traut(at)patch.com, or 708-465-4653.

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District 113A to Hire Part-Time Assistant to Director of Operations

District 113A to Hire Part-Time Assistant to Director of Operations

The staff member will work alongside Director of Operations Pat Crean.
Scarecrow Decorating Contest Added to Homewood Fall Fest

Scarecrow Decorating Contest Added to Homewood Fall Fest

Residents pay $6 to decorate a scarecrow and enter it into the contest. The scarecrows will be on display through the fall.
Help the Mokena Burros Earn $2,500

Help the Mokena Burros Earn $2,500

Vote for the organization to receive a grant from Liberty Mutual Insurance.
Centennial Park Aquatic Center Earns Five-Star Safety Rating

Centennial Park Aquatic Center Earns Five-Star Safety Rating

The Orland Park aquatic center was rated top-notch during a risk management audit earlier this month.
Wanted: Employers for Orland Township Job Fair

Wanted: Employers for Orland Township Job Fair

The job fair is set to take place Thursday, Oct. 2.
Orland Park Police Host Bike Ride for Special Olympics

Orland Park Police Host Bike Ride for Special Olympics

15-mile leisurely paced ride through Orland Park and nearby bike trails
Portion of 175th Street to Close for LaGrange Road Widening

Portion of 175th Street to Close for LaGrange Road Widening

The two-block stretch will close for about a month.
Volunteers Search for Home for Abandoned Dog

Volunteers Search for Home for Abandoned Dog

"Baily" needs a home, after her owners no longer wanted to share theirs with her.
Portion of 175th Street to Close for LaGrange Road Widening

Portion of 175th Street to Close for LaGrange Road Widening

The two-block stretch will close for about a month.
Buckle Up, Tinley Park: Police Step Up 'Click It or Ticket'

Buckle Up, Tinley Park: Police Step Up 'Click It or Ticket'

Tinley Park police will be increasing enforcement efforts for the Labor Day holiday.
DUI, Retail Theft, Criminal Damage to Property: Blotter

DUI, Retail Theft, Criminal Damage to Property: Blotter

Lemont police reports, August 9–17.
Homewood Police Warn of Great Lakes Bank Phone Scam

Homewood Police Warn of Great Lakes Bank Phone Scam

The scam targets customers of Great Lakes Bank, through a phone call reporting their debit card has been compromised.
Local Jobs: Comcast, Michet Dental Offices, Eye Level Learning Center

Local Jobs: Comcast, Michet Dental Offices, Eye Level Learning Center

Looking for a new line of work or a way to supplement your income? Check out what Patch found for you.
Local Jobs: Comcast, Michet Dental Offices, Eye Level Learning Center

Local Jobs: Comcast, Michet Dental Offices, Eye Level Learning Center

Looking for a new line of work or a way to supplement your income? Check out what Patch found for you.
Inaugural Midwest Wizard of Oz Fest Canceled

Inaugural Midwest Wizard of Oz Fest Canceled

Organizers need a bit more time to prepare to share the magic of Oz with fans in the Midwest.
Local Jobs: Comcast, Michet Dental Offices, Eye Level Learning Center

Local Jobs: Comcast, Michet Dental Offices, Eye Level Learning Center

Looking for a new line of work or a way to supplement your income? Check out what Patch found for you.
Inaugural Midwest Wizard of Oz Fest Canceled

Inaugural Midwest Wizard of Oz Fest Canceled

Organizers need a bit more time to prepare to share the magic of Oz with fans in the Midwest.
Local Jobs: Comcast, Michet Dental Offices, Eye Level Learning Center

Local Jobs: Comcast, Michet Dental Offices, Eye Level Learning Center

Looking for a new line of work or a way to supplement your income? Check out what Patch found for you.
Inaugural Midwest Wizard of Oz Fest Canceled

Inaugural Midwest Wizard of Oz Fest Canceled

Organizers need a bit more time to prepare to share the magic of Oz with fans in the Midwest.
Local Jobs: Comcast, Michet Dental Offices, Eye Level Learning Center

Local Jobs: Comcast, Michet Dental Offices, Eye Level Learning Center

Looking for a new line of work or a way to supplement your income? Check out what Patch found for you.