New school year begins in Joliet, Will County

Students return to the classroom amid rising COVID-19 cases, anger over governor’s mask mandate

Joliet Township High School 204,  Joliet West High School, education
Joliet Township High School 204,  Joliet West High School, education
Plainfield School District 202, education
Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz is a reporter for The Herald-News in Joliet. Originally from Romeoville, Ill., he joined The Herald-News in 2017 and mostly covers Will County government, politics, education and more. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree from Northwestern University.