18

Aug

2017

Executive Larry Walsh cites collaboration as key to Will County's successes

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Collaboration and compromise have been the keys to Will County's many successes in the past year, said Executive Larry Walsh in his State of the County speech Thursday morning. 

The county's many achievements — its strong financial health, current building projects and capital improvement plan, new businesses, like Amazon's five facilities, and thousands of new jobs — were made possible by working together with the county board and elected officials throughout the county, in a "disciplined approach to governing," the Elwood Democrat said.

Will County also has been recognized for ending veteran homelessness, remodeling its Sunny Hill Nursing Home, and battling the heroin epidemic, he said.

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5

Aug

2017

Will County sees drop in heroin deaths year-over-year

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Will County's efforts to fight the heroin epidemic may be paying off, as fewer opioid-related deaths have occurred so far this year, compared to last year, according to the county's director of substance abuse initiatives.

 

Kathleen Burke's figures indicated there were 35 opioid-related deaths in the first six months of this year, compared to nearly 50 in the same period last year, she told the county's Public Health and Safety Committee Thursday morning.

Burke said she believes the reduction is because of the use of the opioid-antidote Naloxone by all first responders in the county. She has trained several police and fire departments in how to use this nasal spray to save the life of someone who has overdosed and is now training those who live and work with addicts.

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29

Jul

2017

Will County Recognized for Solar Energy Efforts

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Will County has received a shining new honor.

It’s been named a SolSmart Bronze designee for its efforts to utilize solar energy to help cut utility costs and save the environment.

The International City/County Management Association gives out the honor to governments who make it faster, easier, and cheaper to go solar – something Will County has done by streamlining zoning ordinances and reducing barriers to residential solar development.

Naperville News 17’s Kim Pirc reports.

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