Shannon Antinori

Writer/Editor/Communications specialist

Plainfield, Illinois

Shannon Antinori

Writer/Communications specialist


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.

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.

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.

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.

Oswego Third-Grader Meets 'Hero' Meteorologist

When Prairie Point third-grader Alexis Kesner had to choose her favorite hero for a class project, she wasn’t thinking about Supergirl or Spider-Man: she chose ABC 7 meteorologist Tracy Butler. So it was the birthday surprise of a lifetime when the 9-year-old got to meet her hero during a trip to the Channel 7 studio in Chicago.

Oswego ‘Santa’ Spreads Holiday Cheer on Reality Show

She may not have the big white beard, but Joy Gatz is a Santa at heart. The 38-year-old Oswego resident hopes her natural holiday spirit will win her the title of “America’s Best Santa” on truTV’s reality competition show Santas in the Barn. known to fans as “Santa Joy” — is concerned, she’s a shoo-in for the title.

Oswego Ranked Among Top 50 Safest Cities in Illinois

After being ranked among the state’s top cities for families and named one of CNNMoney’s 100 best places to live, Oswego can add another accolade to the list. The village was recently named one of the 50 Safest Cities in Illinois by online public records database

Alexis Richardson Remembered as 'Happy, Enthusiastic, and Extremely Caring Girl'

A girl killed in an ATV crash on Ridge Road Tuesday night has been identified as 9-year-old Alexis Richardson of Plainfield. Plainfield Police Sgt. Mike Fisher said Alexis was a passenger on an ATV driven by a 53-year-old man when it left an asphalt path before crashing into a culvert between 135th Street and Plainfield Road.


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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