Mayor Tom Giarrante plans to name Tuesday a successor to the District 4 council seat at the scheduled Joliet City Council meeting.
Former Councilwoman Susie Barber resigned March 5, citing health reasons that had prevented her attendance at City Council meetings for six months.
Giarrante said he hoped the council would confirm his nomination Tuesday.
Categories: Local Issues
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican businessman Bruce Rauner held little back in their first meeting of the 2014 campaign, with Rauner telling an influential teachers union that Quinn has broken his promises on issues from school funding to taxes, and the governor calling his opponent "the biggest threat to public education" in Illinois.
The swipes came during a sometimes-rowdy meeting of the Illinois Education Association in Chicago -- a crowd of more than 1,000 that clearly favored Quinn but was not unanimous in its support.
Categories: State Issues
Tags: Gov. Quinn, Governor, 2014 Election
Senate Republicans derailed a Democratic bill Wednesday curbing paycheck discrimination against women, an effort that even in defeat Democrats hoped would pay political dividends in this fall's congressional elections.
Wednesday's vote was 53-44 to halt GOP tactics aimed at derailing the legislation, but that fell seven short of the 60 votes Democrats needed to prevail.
Categories: National Issues
Tags: Dick Durbin, US Senate, Woman's Issues
Adrianna Carr has dreams of working in public relations for a company like Disney, which she said wouldn’t be possible without state tuition assistance to earn her business management degree from Northern Illinois University.
Carr is one of 140,000 Illinois college students who receive a Monetary Award Program, or MAP, grant from the State of Illinois. Had she waited a couple of weeks longer to apply, she could have been one of the more than 150,000 who qualified, but were denied because funding had run out.
The state of Illinois awarded $373 million in MAP grants last year to Illinois residents attending in-state universities who demonstrate financial need, with money going to less than half of those who were eligible, according to the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.
Tags: Gov. Quinn
Vilsack visited the CenterPoint Intermodal Facility in Joliet last week and met with county leaders to discuss the county's role in agriculture imports and exports.
"It brings attention to the area and the distribution center we have here," Roger Bettenhausen, treasurer of the Will County Farm Bureau.
Categories: Local Issues, Larry Walsh, National Issues
Tags: Will County, Larry Walsh, County Board, County Executive