Shannon Antinori

Writer/Editor/Communications specialist

Plainfield, Illinois

Shannon Antinori

Writer/Communications specialist


Bill to Reshape Plainfield Park Board Passes House

A bill that would add two new members to the Plainfield Park District board of commissioners passed the House of Representatives on Tuesday — although at least one commissioner says she feels the legislation is unnecessary. House Bill 5593, sponsored by State Reps. Tom Cross (R-Oswego) and Natalie Manley (D-Joliet) passed with 100 yes votes, 12 nos and 2 "present" votes.

Hiring vs. DIY Dryer Vent Cleaning

It’s no secret that dryer vent cleaning can prevent fires — it can even help you save on your electric bill, prevent expensive appliance repair and extend the life of your dryer. Each year, there are more than 15,000 dryer-related house fires in the U.S., according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Oswego Neighbors Fighting to Save 'Historic' Barn

A group of residents is raising concerns about the impact an Oswego Public Library land purchase could have on the fate of a 112-year-old barn they say is tied to local history. In February, the library district purchased a nearly three-acre parcel of property at 19 North St., located across the Waubonsie Creek from the downtown Oswego library branch.

Learn from Wrigley Construction: Tips to Avoid Major-League Remodeling Delays

With opening night days away, the Chicago Cubs are coping with stadium construction delays. But here's how homeowners can prevent remodeling fouls and keep their own renovation projects on schedule. Mother Nature threw a curveball at Wrigley Field officials this winter. Rough weather has left renovations at the Friendly Confines behind schedule, and the left- and right-field bleachers won’t be finished in time for the Cubs’ April 5 home opener.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors As Toddler Battles Rare Disorder

An Oswego subdivision is taking action after one of its youngest neighbors was diagnosed with a rare immune disorder. Residents of the Prescott Mill community, located off Wolf's Crossing Road, will use this week's community garage sale to benefit the family of an infant they've dubbed "Bowden the Brave."

Election Day Polls Open Late, But Oswego Voters Report Being Turned Away

Several Kendall County voters reported being turned away from polls Tuesday night, despite a court order to keep them open an extra hour due to a shortage of Democratic ballots. Kendall County Clerk Debbie Gillette said high voter turnout led to several polling stations running out of Democratic ballots sometime in the afternoon.

Washer and Dryer Buying Guide

Has the search for a washer/dryer left your head spinning? Appliance retailer hhgregg comes clean on how to choose the best washing machine and dryer for your money.

Wild Things: Surprising Creatures You Can Keep in Your Chicago Backyard

Just because you’re a city dweller doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy fresh eggs or the benefits of urban farming. From backyard chickens to goats to honeybees, more and more Chicagoans are keeping wildlife in their backyards, and Modern Farmer ranks the Windy City among the top five places in the United States for raising urban livestock.

Oswegoland Park District Declines Mom's Request for Family Pool Passes

Big families won’t get a break on the cost of pool passes this year despite the efforts of an Oswego mom who recently appealed to the Oswegoland Park District. Citing nearby park districts that offer family packages or flat fees for families of four or more, Michele Dutton brought her request to the park board at its Feb. 18 meeting.

10 Places You Forget to Clean

It’s no secret that cleaning can be a chore, and even the most thorough housekeeper can miss things when it comes to housework — especially if you're in a rush or cleaning for last-minute guests. Whether you do it yourself or hire cleaning services, here are 10 places that are frequently missed while cleaning house.

Oswego's Ink 180 Documentary Wins Emmy Awards

Chris Baker’s job isn’t glamorous. The Oswego tattoo artist spends much of his time volunteering his services, offering free tattoo removal and covering up painful reminders of the past for sex trafficking survivors, domestic violence victims, former gang members and those who bear the marks left behind by addiction and self-harm. But on Saturday, Chris and his wife, Lisa Baker, found themselves in the limelight as “INK 180,” a documentary about Baker’s tattoo ministry, won three Chicago Emmy awards.

The Gift of Music: A Plainfield Teen’s Lasting Legacy

Even death couldn’t silence Tyler Montgomery. More than a year after the Plainfield teen was killed in an accident, he’s bringing music to students at Guardian Angel Community Services’ Dillard Harris Educational Center in Joliet.


Shannon Antinori

I’m a multimedia writer and editor with extensive experience as a journalist, a knack for community outreach and a passion for storytelling. I specialize in content strategy, SEO, audience development, public relations and social media.

My work has appeared in Angie's List magazine and, as well as the Huffington Post and

I worked as a local editor for, AOL’s network of hyperlocal news sites, launching Romeoville Patch in 2010. My roles included reporter, writer and editor, covering everything from local government to community news, crime and breaking news. I went on to manage 11 local news sites in the Chicago area, overseeing content and social media presence for each community.

During my years with Patch, I generated an audience of hundreds of thousands and a large social media following.

I developed my passion for community journalism at The Enterprise newspaper in Plainfield, where I covered crime, local business, government and education.

I’m a graduate of the University of St. Francis, graduating summa cum laude with a double major in Communications and English. While I was at USF, I worked as a reporter and editor for our award-winning student newspaper. I also spent a semester with the United Way of Will County, working to boost the profiles of member agencies by highlighting their success stories.

I was born and raised in Joliet. I have a passion for travel, books and Chicago sports, especially the Chicago Blackhawks, Cubs and Bulls. I currently live in Plainfield with my husband and our dog.



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