A new measure signed into law gives Will County Board members more authority to remove county appointees who violate ethics standards.
It’s a move welcomed by county appointees such as Nick Palmer, chief of staff for Will County Executive Larry Walsh. Palmer was appointed by Walsh in 2004 as deputy chief of staff but was later promoted to chief of staff in 2010.
“I think it’s good. It’s what I’ve always known,” Palmer said Friday. “If it restores any confidence of the taxpayers in the board, I think that’s a positive thing. It could also discourage people who might want to do something that’s not in the public’s best interest. Hopefully it discourages them because they know people are watching.”
Categories: Local Issues, State Issues
Tags: County Board, County Executive, Transparency
With the spotlight still on his troubled 2010 anti-violence grant program, Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn turned to the topic of gun rights Thursday, accusing Republican challenger Bruce Rauner of putting the public at risk by refusing to support a statewide ban on assault weapons.
Quinn has long pushed for a ban on the high-power firearms and high capacity ammunition magazines, contending there’s no place for “military-style” weapons on neighborhood streets. But proposals to put in place restrictions have failed to gain traction in Springfield, where there are differing philosophies on gun rights issues partly based on geography and disagreements in defining what an assault weapon is.
Categories: State Issues
Tags: Gov. Quinn, 2014 Elections, Bruce Rauner
A campaign ad from the Republican candidate for Illinois governor is being called into question for tailoring -- and even making up -- headlines from news stories to make them appear more negative about his opponent.
Businessman Bruce Rauner's 30-second commercial called "Headlines," released this week, overlays what appear to be newspaper headlines over black-and-white images of Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and criticizes his record on jobs, an income tax hike, education funding, and a federal probe into a troubled anti-violence program. The commercial then cuts to Rauner, standing in a sunny front yard, promising change in Springfield if elected.
The Elwood Village Board voted to repeal an ordinance passed May 21 instituting road restrictions designed to reduce the number of vehicles crossing the Union Pacific Railroad track at Walter Strawn Drive.
The action taken Wednesday night passed unanimously with no comment from trustees. President William Offerman and Trustee Francis “Bud” Jones were absent.
After the village instituted the changes in May, CenterPoint, APL and the Union Pacific Railroad argued successfully in federal court for a temporary restraining order.
Categories: Local Issues
Tags: Will County, Elwood, Will County Board, Infrastructure
Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots has issued a news release outlining rules for early voting and grace period registration/voting for the Nov. 4 election in light of a new state law enacted July 1.
Early voting will extend through Nov. 2.
Grace period registration/voting has been extended through the closing of the polls at 7 p.m. on Election Day.
Tags: Will County, Voter Registration, Voting Laws, Voter ID laws, 2014 Elections