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Crete Police Officers Honored

Crete Police Deputy Chief Groszek (right) and Detective Lucia were recognized at a recent Chicago Police Department awards ceremony, for their part in an investigation that resulted in the apprehension of Chicago gang member, Clifford D. Stokes.

On November 5th and December 7th of 2019, individuals stole approximately $20,000 worth of tools from Shorewood Home and Auto in Crete, IL. When detectives later processed the scene, DNA evidence was recovered and linked to Mr. Stokes – a known gang member and dangerous criminal.

Through further investigation and collaboration with a Chicago Police Task Force, DC Groszek and Detective Lucia were able to obtain an arrest warrant for Mr. Stokes. On February 28 of 2020, officers from the Task Force located and attempted to apprehend Mr. Stokes on Crete’s warrant. After initially fleeing in a stolen vehicle, Mr. Stokes was captured by members of the Task Force.

“I’d like to thank the Chicago Gang Enforcement Team Area South-Unit 312 for their assistance,” Crete Police Chief Pieritz said.

Mr. Stokes was held in Cook County and subsequently transferred to the Will County Adult Detention Facility in Joliet. He later pleaded guilty to Class 2 burglary.

“We’re dedicated to public safety and will pursue any criminal in our jurisdiction,” Chef Pieritz said.

He added that it is rare for outside police departments to be invited to Chicago Police Awards ceremonies, and that they were very grateful for our assistance.

Crete PD Special Olympics Car Race Today

Crete PD’s very own Al Taylor is participating in the Five-O Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraiser for Special Olympics at Grundy County Speedway this afternoon. This ‘friendly’ stock car race features agencies from the greater Chicagoland area. Here’s the video from a couple years back:

Officer Taylor has so far raised over $3000 for Special Olympics Illinois. He will represent the Village of Crete in squad #133 today at Grundy County Speedway, located 8890 N Rt. Illinois 47 POB 846, Morris, IL 60450.

Schedule from

Grandstands Open at 1:30p
Five-O Driver Meet & Greet 1:30p-3p
Opening Ceremony 3:20p
Five-O Heat Races Begin 3:30p
Enduro 200 Race 4:30p
Five-O Racing Begins 7p

Tickets will be available at the door – CASH ONLY
Adults/Seniors: $15
Students 12-17: $5
Under 11: FREE

The Village of Crete and Crete Police Department is thankful to the many sponsors of Officer Taylor and his Squad #133, helping raise money for Special Olympics of Illinois Athletes.

Nominating Petition Forms


Nominating Petition Forms for the office of Village Trustee in the April 4, 2023 consolidated election will be available beginning Tuesday, September 20, 2022 in the Village Clerk’s office at the Crete Municipal Building, 524 W. Exchange Street, Crete, IL. Candidates must satisfy statutory requirements, be a qualified elector of the Village of Crete and have resided in the corporate limits for at least one year preceding the April 4, 2023 election. Petitions and accompanying paperwork must be filed with the Village Clerk between December 12, 2022 and December 19, 2022 (before 5 pm) unless changed by State Legislative action. For more information, you may call the Will County Clerk’s Office at (815) 740- 4615 or view their website:

Respectfully Submitted
Deborah S Bachert
Village Clerk
Village of Crete

Crete Park Acorn Fest Day 1

Lots of vendors, great music and good entertainment on day one of the Acorn Fest. Check out the video below for a few highlights from Friday afternoon and evening.

Join us today for day two of Acorn Fest – check out the schedule on the Crete Park website.

Crete PD vs FD – The Sandwich War

Cops Vs Firefighters – who has the best sandwich?

The Police Chief Frisco Melt vs the Fire Chief Dijon Burger. Available only from Wood’s Corner during the month of September. And at the end of the month, the sandwich with most sales wins the competition.

If cops win, the Fire Chief might be crossing guard for a day. If firefighters win, the Police Chief has to gear up and put out a fire.

Head down to Wood’s Corner and buy your favorite before the end of September. Located at 1403 Main St, Crete, IL 60417 · (708) 279-7934

Thank you to Barb Dorman for organizing the event. More details at:

Crete Acorn Fest

Come join us for the annual Acorn Fest in Crete Park, featuring live music, great food, beverages for all ages, lots of awesome vendors, a super fun kids area, and so much more.

It’s two days of community and family fun, starting on Friday, September 16 @ 5PM and going through Saturday, September 17 @ 10PM+

Read more at and check out the Crete Park District Facebook page here:

See you there!

Construction Update

Crete Public Works is fixing a water main break on Moray Court, which should be completed today. On Main Street, a sinkhole to a sanitary sewer is being repaired and should be done tomorrow.

2022 Crete Pavement Program Completed

Donning a yellow safety vest and bright orange spray can in hand, Crete Mayor Michael Einhorn inspected the Williamsburg roadway before the start of this year’s pavement program.

“I’m pointing out by where I paint, what loose ends I think that are out here. Hopefully they will address every one of them,” Mayor Einhorn said.

From Williamsburg to the downtown Crete area to Lincolnshire, many Village roadways received a makeover this summer.

“We have to spend as much money as we can allow each year, and eventually it all gets taken care of,” the mayor said.

Rising costs of materials posed a challenge when planning this year’s pavement program.

“Unfortunately, the prices went up, about 38 percent,” Mr. Einhorn added.

However, the Village board did not compromise on quality of materials, and the new blacktop should last for at least 20 years.

“If the roads are taken care of, that kind of gives you an idea of how much they care about the way their town looks, I would agree with you 100 percent,” Mr. Einhorn said.

The 2022 Pavement Program concluded last month.

Starbucks Could Open Before New Year

Construction of Starbucks along 394 is progressing nicely. The 2,225 SF exterior frame is mostly completed, and if everything goes according to plan, the new coffee house could open before year’s end.

Crete Administrator Mike Smith says the presence of Starbucks will hopefully attract more growth in the area.

Bridge Replacement on Main Likely Postponed Until 2023

Earlier this year, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced plans to replace the Deer Creek bridge on North Main Street. Construction was scheduled to start early summer, but was halted when engineers discovered potential utility conflicts and soil issues in the area.

IDOT reached out to AT&T for assistance, but a solution could not be found before the beginning of the new school year, and because the project requires the closure of Route 1 / Main Street, the likely consequence is that construction will be postponed until next year.

“We are waiting to find out if AT&T needs to relocate. We have a commitment to not do the work during the school year. Once we get more answers, we have to send a proposal to the school district to see if they will allow us to close the road during the school year.,” IDOT Resident Engineer, Erica DeYoung said.

Crete Township Plan Commission Meeting

Crete Township Plan Commission is meeting tomorrow to hear a presentation from Balmoral Park 21, LLC, who is requesting rezoning of 29.78 acres from C-6 to I-1, and the continued use of the Balmoral Racetrack parking lot for parking, storage, dispatching, and maintenance or repair of trucks, truck tractors and semi-trailers.

The meeting will be held at Town Hall, 1367 Wood St. Crete IL 60417, Thursday, August 25, 2022 at 7 p.m. and the public is welcome to participate.

Cop On A Rooftop w/ Crete & Beecher PD

Crete PD joined Beecher Police Department on Friday, August 19, at Dunkin’ Donuts in Beecher for the annual ‘Cop on a Rooftop’ event.

Sunrise till noon, law enforcement officers greeted customers at Dunkin’ Donuts locations around the country, handing out free donut coupons, selling t-shirts and baseball caps, collecting donations to help fund the Law Enforcement Touch Run, which benefits Special Olympics athletes.

From Crete Police Department, Officers Taylor, Krenner and Elza participated. They joined Beecher Police Department Corporal Sipple, Officers Drew and Arroyo, PD Admin. Asst. Linda Krug, Code Enforcement Officer David Harrison, EMA Director Bob Heim and EMA Officer Laura Voss.