No evidence had been sent as of Tuesday afternoon to the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office regarding Joliet City Councilman Jim McFarland’s use of public resources for political mailings.
The city Nov. 2 put out a news release saying it was referring findings to the county state’s attorney that McFarland had used City of Joliet envelopes for political mailings.
The Forest Preserve District of Will County, where McFarland was an employee until Nov. 4, is investigating McFarland’s use of a district postage machine.
A spokesman for State’s Attorney James Glasgow said Tuesday afternoon that no information has been sent to the office for review.
Categories: Local Issues
Tags: Joliet, Joliet City Council
Will County officials on Tuesday debated how to pay for the construction of a new courthouse and a new sheriff's facility as the county board's finance committee presented revisions to the $482 million budget proposed earlier this year.
The revisions suggest that more money would be borrowed and $7.5 million less in funds from a Regional Transportation Authority reserve account would be used this year for the projects. There also were more than $3 million in other revisions that would affect overtime in the sheriff's office and a popular recycling program.
It is the Republican-controlled finance committee that wants the $7.5 million cut in transfers from the RTA fund, which runs contrary to the suggestion made by Democratic County Executive Larry Walsh earlier this year that the county use $15 million from the RTA fund over two years to pay for the new sheriff's building at Laraway Road and U.S. 52, where officials hope to break ground next year.
Tags: County Board, Budget, Sheriff, Courthouse, County Executive
Enough already, Bruce. It's well past time for the governor to drop his “turnaround” agenda and put together a budget that puts Illinois on a path toward financial stability. Who says? Increasingly, none other than Bruce Rauner's Republican allies and business pals.
Almost four months into the fiscal year without a budget, the state is going deeper into the hole every day. The deficit is projected to reach $6 billion by June 30. The stack of unpaid bills, meantime, is predicted to soar to $5.9 billion by year-end, up from $4.36 billion in December. Illinois, already burdened by the worst-funded public employee retirement system in the nation, is on the verge of missing a $560 million monthly pension payment.
Categories: State Issues
Tags: Bruce Rauner
Will County Executive Larry Walsh Sr. highlighted the region's ongoing challenges and successes during Wednesday’s Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry luncheon.
Addressing the city's business community at the Clarion Hotel & Convention Center in Joliet, Walsh said county officials remain focused on the region's transformation from an agricultural and manufacturing stronghold to the Midwest's transportation hub that caters to a global economy.
He noted how businesses such as IKEA and Amazon have chosen Will County because of its proximity to the Joliet and Elwood intermodal facilities.
Categories: Local Issues, Larry Walsh
Tags: Larry Walsh, County Board, County Executive, 2016 Elections
Though it's still more than five months before Illinois takes its turn on the presidential nominating calendar, it's only a few days before the process of weeding out the pretenders from the contenders officially begins here.
On Thursday, presidential campaigns can start gathering signatures to secure a place on the ballot for their candidate, and more important, for their delegates to the Republican and Democratic nominating conventions.
The efforts in Illinois represent a test of early organizational strength and the national reach of campaigns that now are largely focused on the first few states with primaries and caucuses in early February.
Categories: National Issues
Tags: 2016 Elections, President
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