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Feb

2018

Tollway willing, able to take over I-80, official says

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The Illinois State Toll Highway Authority (ISTHA) is ready, willing and financially able to take over Interstate 80 — if there is the political will to make it happen, a tollway official told the Will County board Thursday morning.

Tollway Chairman Bob Schillerstrom was invited to the meeting to discuss needed improvements to the interstate, where congestion and truck traffic have created safety issues. County officials indicated they are willing to partner with the tollway to move this concept forward.

The timing is right since the tollway is completing its $14 billion Move Illinois initiative to rebuild the entire system, and is seeking projects to include in a new program by 2021, Schillerstrom said.

 

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15

Feb

2018

Local state senators react to Rauner’s budget address

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Two local state senators had some different takes on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget address on Wednesday, specifically in regard to his proposal on school funding. 

Rauner wants to cut $2 billion in state spending in part by shifting the employer’s portion of teacher pension payments to public school districts.

The Republican unveiled his plan Wednesday as part of his proposed budget for the year that begins July 1.

 

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Feb

2018

Will County Board plays politics with Metra appointment

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Will County has been without a representative on the Metra board for the past five months, and may have to wait at least one more month before county officials can agree on a replacement. 

Jack Partelow, of Naperville, who served as the county's representative for eight years, resigned in September, citing health reasons. 

County Executive Larry Walsh, D-Jackson Township, who appoints the replacement with the consent of the board, named former Joliet Mayor Tom Giarrante in December.

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Feb

2018

Once the party of law and order, Republicans are now challenging it

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Republican leaders’ open defiance last week of the FBI over the release of a hotly disputed memo revealed how the GOP, which has long positioned itself as the party of law and order, has become an adversary of federal law enforcement as the party continues its quest to protect President Trump from the Russia investigation.

 The FBI, the Justice Department and other agencies are now under concerted assault by Republicans, facing allegations of corruption and conspiracy that have quickly moved from the fringes of the right into the mainstream of the GOP.

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Jan

2018

I-80 Safety Must Be Addressed Now: Town Hall Crowd

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The threat of freezing rain did not stop more than 150 people from traveling to the University of St. Francis campus on Thursday night for a first-ever town hall discussion to address the dangerous I-80 corridor from New Lenox, through Joliet, to Shorewood and Minooka. Sadly, just last week came another fatality when Angela Dominguez of Bradley was killed near the Minooka interchange in a crash involving a 2017 Freightliner box truck. She was only 27.

Several politicians attended the Moser Performing Arts Center forum including Joliet Mayor Bob O'Dekirk, Will County Executive Larry Walsh, Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, Senator Pat McGuire and Representative Natalie Manley among many others. "Attending the I-80 information meeting at St. Francis, hosted by WJOL and RUSH. This stretch from New Lenox thru Minooka needs to be dealt with," New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann posted on Facebook. "The number of fatalities and serious crashes, along with crumbling bridges and infrastructure, are among the worst in the State and haven't been addressed for decades."

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