15

Oct

2017

Executive Larry Walsh Renews Call For Will County Public Building Commission's Elimination

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Following the release of his proposed FY 2018 budget to the Will County Board, County Executive Larry Walsh again renewed his call to eliminate the Will County Public Building Commission (PBC) despite opposition from Will County Board leadership. Walsh said this move supports the county’s continued efforts to consolidate government services and improve efficiency. 

“It has become a common theme among many of my collar county colleagues that County leaders must chart the path forward on reducing the number of governmental units, especially those that no longer serve a useful purpose,” said Walsh. “I believe the Will County PBC has served the residents of Will County well in the past but there no longer seems to be a need for this separate governmental entity. I think we should set an example by eliminating this unnecessary taxing body.”

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8

Oct

2017

In a switch, GOP deserts its budget-cutting mantra

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The Republican Party has largely abandoned its platform of fiscal restraint, pivoting sharply in a way that could add trillions of dollars in federal debt over the next decade. 

Cutting spending to balance the budget was almost religion to the Republican Party for much of the past eight years. But all year long, despite their control of the White House and Congress, Republicans have not taken steps to balance the budget, to overhaul entitlement programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, or to arrest the growth of the country’s $20 trillion in debt.

With the House passing a critical budget resolution this past week, GOP lawmakers are charging forward next week with plans to cut taxes in a way that could add more than $1.5 trillion to the government’s debt over 10 years, with the goal of legislation by early next month. That is on top of an effort to significantly increase military spending. White House officials say their focus is on growing the economy now and dealing with the debt later.

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Sep

2017

County Executive Larry Walsh proposes $551 million budget for Will County

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Will County Executive Larry Walsh proposed a balanced $551 million budget, a lower property tax rate and further consolidation of government services in 2018, in his annual budget address during Thursday's county board meeting.

It reflects flat revenues, the reduction of $2.4 million in state funds, and an increase of $300,000 for salaries but not the added costs of a new five-year bargaining agreement with the 750 employees in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1028, which was approved at this meeting, according to the executive. 

The new contract is expected to the cost an additional $2.2 million in its first year, which is spread across all county departments, Walsh said later.

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17

Sep

2017

Will County freight plan balances growth, livability, officials say

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By its very title, the Will County Community Friendly Freight Mobility Plan sounds like an "oxymoron," but the 238-page document does attempt to balance the needs of economic development with residents' quality of life, officials said.

The final draft of the long-awaited plan was presented to the county board's Executive Committee Thursday, and may be formally approved by the full board at its meeting this Thursday.

 

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27

Aug

2017

New housing gives hope to Will County veterans

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Dina Guinn, the wife of an Army veteran, was near tears as she told a Friday morning crowd about being homeless for six months, with her three children and a sick husband. 

But on this day, she celebrated — along with federal, state and local dignitaries — the grand opening of her new home at Hope Manor Joliet. 

Volunteers of America of Illinois, along with a team of public and private financial partners, have built a 67-unit apartment complex for struggling veterans at 1331 Eagle Street in Joliet on an 8-acre site on the former Silver Cross Hospital campus. It is 100 percent occupied

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