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Nov

2014

Local legislators look for more court guidance on pension reform

Author: Editor

Local lawmakers will look for guidance from the Illinois Supreme Court after a judge’s decision Friday to strike down a law intended to fix the state pension crisis.

Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John Belz ruled Friday the pension overhaul was unconstitutional. In the same afternoon, the Illinois State’s Attorney’s Office announced plans to immediately appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court.

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Nov

2014

Will County Exec Breaks Tie to Pass 2015 Budget

Author: Editor

The Will County Board on Thursday passed its 2015 budget. In a 13-13 split vote, County Executive Larry Walsh cast the vote to approve the $464 million budget.

“I am proud of the members of the Will County Board who chose to approve the 2015 budget,” Walsh said. “It is important that we continue to be fiscally responsible with our taxpayer dollars. It is also essential that we act today and plan proactively for our needs of tomorrow.

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Nov

2014

Will County backs tougher e-waste recycling law

Author: Editor

Will County officials fear that bulky old televisions will end up in ditches unless state law is changed to strengthen electronic recycling requirements.

Members of the county’s Resource Recovery and Energy Division spoke at a hearing Wednesday on House Bill 4042, and the county board passed a resolution Thursday supporting the bill, sponsored by state Rep. Emily McAsey, D-Romeoville.

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Nov

2014

Will County Board approves $465 million spending plan

Author: Editor

The Will County board on Thursday approved $465 million spending plan that includes a property tax hike aimed at generating more money to pay for improving and replacing aging area roads and facilities.

The board was split along partisan lines in approving the measure that includes a 1.5 percent tax rate increase that will pump $2.4 million into County Executive Larry Walsh’s five-year capital plan. While the budget’s passage was expected, Walsh nevertheless cast the vote to break the board’s 13-13 tie.

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Nov

2014

Will County budget passes along party lines

Author: Editor

In a vote split down party lines, the Will County Board approved a $465 million spending plan Thursday that includes a property tax increase for residents.

The increase amounts to about $5.50 more per year in Will County’s portion of the tax bill for residents with a $200,000 home. Some of the money also will be used for long-term capital projects.

The vote was split 13-13 with Democrats voting for the increase and Republicans voting against. County Executive Larry Walsh cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of the proposed budget. The new budget year starts Dec. 1.

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