In some tight races across Will County, candidates who were ahead after the election April 4 stayed in the lead following a count of provisional ballots Tuesday at the Will County Board room.
Candidates for mayor in Bolingbrook, Shorewood and Wilmington maintained their leads.
In another tight race, Matt McGuire appeared to be in the lead for the unexpired two-year seat on the Joliet Park District board against Patricia Marcum, pending confirmation of final vote results from Kendall County.
Categories: Local Issues
The Will County Sheriff’s Office, like many other police agencies, is spending money to save lives while fighting the county’s opioid epidemic.
Will County Sheriff Mike Kelley and Deputy Jeff Jerz gave the Will County Board Public Health & Safety Committee an update on the sheriff’s office’s opioid-related programs Thursday.
Jerz, the county’s 2016 Deputy of the Year, gave a presentation on Narcan, the opioid antidote that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose if administered in time. Kelley said Jerz has been instrumental in training officers on how to use Narcan, adding that he’ll probably give out 12 to 15 life-saving awards soon because of lives saved in relation to Jerz’s training.
Categories: Local Issues, Mike Kelley
Incumbent Ray Soliman prevailed in a three-person race for Crest Hill mayor Tuesday night with 1,541 votes, which amounted to 57 percent, compared to 965 votes for Nick Chumovic. John Vershay received 194 votes.
Soliman has been mayor the past eight years and was an alderman for 16 years before that.“I am humbled by the overwhelming support,” Soliman said, although he added he had hoped for higher voter turnout.
Among top priorities for his third term, Soliman named attracting businesses, expanding the police force, upgrading the west water treatment plant and identifying new locations for the city hall and police station.
Will County is working toward a better record management system for its properties and the potential hiring of a facilities manager.
The Will County Board’s Capital Improvements Committee met Tuesday morning and received updates on various projects. Its members briefly discussed the quality control aspect of the new $195 million Will County Judicial Complex.
Will County Executive’s Office Deputy Chief of Staff Dave Tkac told the committee he was surprised, having spent most of his career in construction, that the county doesn’t have reliable record documents for any of its assets. He wants to change that for the judicial complex and the under-construction Will County Public Safety Complex.
Categories: Local Issues, Larry Walsh
The Trump administration is seeking to slash the budget of one of the government’s premier climate science agencies by 17 percent, delivering steep cuts to research funding and satellite programs, according to a four-page budget memo obtained by The Washington Post.
The proposed cuts to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would also eliminate funding for a variety of smaller programs, including external research, coastal management, estuary reserves and “coastal resilience,” which seeks to bolster the ability of coastal areas to withstand major storms and rising seas.
NOAA is part of the Commerce Department, which would be hit by an overall 18 percent budget reduction from its current funding level.
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