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Sep

2014

Foster, Senger clash on taxes, job creation

Author: Editor

Republican state Rep. Darlene Senger repeatedly labeled Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster a hypocrite on taxes during a tense joint appearance Friday.

However, she also struggled to provide specifics when pressed on some of her own positions on taxes and job creation as the two answered questions from the Tribune Editorial Board.

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Sep

2014

Rauner avoids nursing home questions as trial starts

Author: Editor

Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner on Monday avoided questions about his ties to a troubled nursing home chain, while a federal trial in Florida began hearing evidence on claims that Rauner’s old private equity firm participated in a scheme to avoid liability for patient deaths.

At the trial in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, plaintiff attorneys played videotaped deposition testimony from an elderly graphic artist with no nursing home experience who expressed bewilderment over how he came to be listed as the sole shareholder of a company that bought nursing home chain Trans Healthcare Inc. as it was in financial freefall in 2006.

“I don’t know that company,” Barry Saacks testified when asked if he remembered signing papers to buy Trans Healthcare. “Somebody must believe me.”

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Sep

2014

County Executive Larry Walsh diagnosed with prostate cancer

Author: Editor

Will County Executive Larry Walsh is scheduled to undergo surgery Thursday following a recent prostate cancer diagnosis.

Nick Palmer, chief of staff for the county executive’s office, said Walsh remains “optimistic and upbeat” despite the 66-year-old’s recent diagnosis.

It will take Walsh a couple of weeks to recover from surgery, Palmer said, but Walsh has every intention of staying “plugged in” on what’s going on in county government while he’s away.

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Sep

2014

Will County office shuffling plan underway

Author: Editor

With sledgehammers in hand, Will County officials had a demolition ceremony Thursday afternoon to kick off their master plan to improve and consolidate county services and reduce expenses.

The project began at the former Social Security building, 158 N. Scott Street, in downtown Joliet, and reaffirmed the county’s commitment to keeping Joliet as the county seat.

“This is one of the main pieces in the puzzle of our overall improvement plan,” said board member Denise Winfrey, D-Joliet, chairman of the board’s capital improvements committee.

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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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