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Welcome Toni’s Gaming Parlor

🎉Congratulations and a warm welcome to Crete’s latest business, Toni’s Gaming Parlor!🎉

Toni’s Gaming Parlor on 565 W Exchange St. is now open, hoping to offer a different kind of gaming experience, says owner Teresa Barrow.

“Upstairs, you’re going to have the gaming. Downstairs, I have a boutique, so you can shop, and then in-between time, or after, you can go upstairs and have your sips and play the slots.”

Ms. Barrow says she named the establishment after her late mother – the two of them sharing a passion for gaming, traveling the country to visit parlors.

“When I was younger and my mom was living, we would travel from state-to-state, gaming. It’s a personal journey too, incorporating with my mom in it,” Ms. Barrow says.

Ms. Barrow is a Crete-Monee Highschool graduate and says she is excited about bringing her new business to Crete.

Also present at the ribbon cutting ceremony was Crete Mayor Michael Einhorn and Crete Trustee Holly Milburn.

“Every business in Crete is worth its weight in gold, and we’re so happy to have her here,” Trustee Milburn said.

“I’m very excited. This will help us meet our police and fire financial obligations,” Mayor Einhorn added.

Toni’s Gaming Parlor is located at 565 W Exchange St, Crete, IL 60417

Water Filtration Equipment

Water filtration equipment for Well 3 next to Crete Park arrived this morning. Well 3 is the last of five municipal wells to receive the upgrade, which was delayed for almost a year due to COVID and the subsequent supply shortage. The multi-million-dollar project removes iron content from the Village water supply. Public Works says the new filtration system will need to go through various quality testing before it is connected to the main system, which will take place as soon as practical.

Crete Water Service Line Survey

Crete residents should have received this water survey flyer in the mail.

Please help improve your community by completing it, which should take no more than five minutes. More information in the video below, and at

To complete the survey, you will need to locate the pipe that carries water into your house. Most often it can be found in your basement or crawl space. It is about one inch in diameter and comes in through the wall or floor, and has a water meter connected to it.

As close to the wall as possible, use a screwdriver or key to gently scratch the surface of the water pipe. It should reveal the metal, either silver or a shiny copper. Some pipes may be covered with rust or paint. Make sure to scratch away any surface coating to get accurate results.

Please take at least three photos to document your findings:
1. Closeup of the scratch test.
2. From about three feet away, showing the water meter, scratch test area and any valves.
3. Showing the surrounding area around the meter.

Please ensure photos are well lit and in focus.

Next, please send us your photos and observations by visiting

Please make sure to include photos, your address, phone number and the result of your scratch test. Providing us with this information will eliminate the need for us to visit your house and perform the same type of inspection.

We appreciate your participation in the survey. The data collected will be used to plan and make future necessary water system improvements.

Please feel free to contact us for assistance or with any questions: (708) 672-7100 – Thank you for your time.

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.