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Dec

2017

Will County battles opioid epidemic behind bars

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More than 50 Will County jail inmates are participating in a medical program to treat their opioid use disorder, and many more in the county's court system have been identified as needing help to address substance abuse issues, according to officials.

Ron Vlasaty, executive director of the Family Guidance Center, told the county board's Judicial Committee Tuesday that a Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program, which began at the county jail in July to administer Vivitrol to combat opioid addiction, currently has 51 people in treatment.

The center received a $540,000 federal grant to help Will County address the opioid epidemic with Vivitrol, he said. Previously, the sheriff's department would transport inmates to the center at 2400 Glenwood Ave. in Joliet to receive the monthly injection and counseling. By going into the jail, Vlasaty said they save staff time.

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Dec

2017

Will County raises state's bicentennial flag

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Will County officials helped launched the state's 200th birthday celebration Monday by raising the official bicentennial flag during a brief ceremony in front of the county's administration building. 

"When anyone hits 200 we should celebrate," said County Executive Larry Walsh, D-Elwood, who opened the program, as the Will County Sheriff's Department honor guard presented colors and the members of the Joliet Central High School sang the national anthem.

"As we embark on a year-long celebration, we are proud to display this flag to mark this important anniversary," he said, adding that he is "proud of the rich history of our state."

 

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Nov

2017

Will County candidates file petitions for countywide offices

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Candidates running for countywide offices, County Board district seats and the precinct committee in the March primary elections were lined up Monday morning to file their petitions. 

The countywide seats up for election include the county clerk, treasurer, sheriff and regional superintendent of schools. County Board positions include those for Districts 1, 2, 4 , 5, 6, 7, 9 and 11, with two board members a district. All precinct committee positions are open for two-year terms. 

Will County Board member Lauren Staley-Ferry, D-Joliet, was the first in line to file her petitions to run for Will County clerk. Those first in line when the office opened at 8:30 a.m. would qualify to be first on the ballot. A lottery will be held to determine the first name on the ballot if more than one candidate from the same party files for the same office.

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Nov

2017

How will Trump's presidency impact 2018 DuPage, Kane County elections?

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Political party leaders are calculating how President Donald Trump's presidency and the gridlock between Illinois' Republican governor and the Democrat-controlled legislature will influence DuPage and Kane county voters going into the 2018 midterm elections.

Monday is the first day candidates for county, regional, state and federal offices can begin filing to appear on the ballot for the March 20 primary, the first step on a journey to the Nov. 6 general election.

The stakes are high in 2018. Whoever is elected can play a key role in determining who controls the next round of redistricting after the 2020 Census

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Nov

2017

Will County Safety Complex set to open in January

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Construction of the new Will County Safety Complex was completed about six weeks ahead of schedule and the grand opening is tentatively set for mid-January. 

Dave Tkac, deputy chief of staff for Will County Executive Larry Walsh, said the end result has been completed and the different departments are in the process of a phased move-in that will take until the end of December. 

The 85,000 square-foot, $30 million building will house a consolidated 911 dispatch center that will serve 31 communities, the county's Emergency Telephone System Board (ETSB), training space and evidence storage.

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