Local carpenters make the dream of a backyard fort come true for a 9-year-old in Mokena

Chicago's Afternoon News

The crew from The Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Apprentice & Training Program work to install Jameson Tyler’s backyard fort in Mokena, IL.

Last year, 9-year-old Jameson Tyler asked his mother Lisa if he could get a backyard fort but his mother, hoping to deflect young “Jamo” from this endeavor, told him he’d need to get a permit from the mayor of Mokena. To Lisa’s surprise, Tyler and a group of friends drew up some plans, hopped on their bikes, and knocked on Mokena Mayor Frank Fleischer’s door, luckily he lives in the neighborhood. A few weeks later, Mayor Fleischer summoned Jameson and friends to Mokena Village Hall to receive a very special permit to build a fort in his backyard. That’s where Tony Janowski and the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters stepped in to help. Tony, along with Jameson and his mother Lisa joined Steve Bertrand on Chicago’s Afternoon News to talk about the next chapter of this story.

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