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Sep

2014

Will-Grundy trade union endorses Giarrante for Joliet mayor

Author: Editor

The Will-Grundy Counties Central Trades and Labor Council AFL-CIO has endorsed Mayor Tom Giarrante in his 2015 re-election bid.

Charlie Hanus, trades council president, announced the endorsement Sept. 16.

“From his time serving on the Joliet Park District Board and as a Joliet City Councilman-At-Large, to today serving as our mayor, he was the clear choice to receive our endorsement," Hanus said.

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Sep

2014

Will County: Construction underway on former Social Security Administration building

Author: Editor

If all goes as planned, the Will County Recorder of Deeds and Coroner offices will move into the former Social Security Administration building in downtown Joliet before the end of the year.

County and local officials Thursday celebrated the start of construction on the building, 158 N. Scott St.

Montgomery-based Lite Construction Inc. is remodeling the 11,500-square-foot building for $1.4 million under the guidance of architecture firm Cordogan Clark & Associates.

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Sep

2014

Long-time foreclosure arrangement called into question in sheriff’s race

Author: Editor

A nearly 50-year arrangement in which one local law firm has handled the county’s foreclosure auctions has come into question in the sheriff’s race.

Democratic candidate Mike Kelley issued a news release this week vowing to end the “lucrative deal that has steered millions of dollars” to Dunn, Martin, Miller and Heathcock.

The firm’s partners include Randal Miller, the brother-in-law of Ken Kaupas, the Republican candidate in the sheriff’s race. Kelley pointed out the relationship in his criticism of the arrangement.

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Sep

2014

National GOP group won't commit to helping Oberweis

Author: Editor

An official with the National Republican Senatorial Committee on Thursday declined to commit to giving money to Illinois state Sen. Jim Oberweis in his bid to oust three-term Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, spoke at a reporters' breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. He is vice chairman for finance for the senatorial committee, which works to elect Republicans to the Senate.

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Sep

2014

Governor Quinn captures lead, not hearts, poll finds

Author: Editor

Illinois voters continue to be dissatisfied with the job Democrat Pat Quinn is doing as governor, but so far they're willing to stick with him rather than switch to Republican challenger Bruce Rauner, a new Chicago Tribune poll has found.

Although the survey shows voters think Rauner is better equipped to deal with state government's massive financial problems, it also indicates that Quinn has been able to paint the wealthy Republican equity investor as out of touch. And despite a summer filled with reports on Quinn administration scandals involving state grants and patronage hiring, voters view the governor as more trustworthy than his opponent.

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