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Oct

2018

Is 2018 the 'Year of the Woman' in Will County?

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At the main campaign office of the Will County Democrats in Joliet, a small army of volunteers has been working the phones for the Nov. 6 election. 

Armed with sophisticated voter calling technology, headsets and plastic cups full of cheddar cheese popcorn, the volunteers on this evening were talking to residents who had requested mail-in ballots to see where they stood on the issues.

 There was one striking similarity among the vast majority of volunteers on one recent weeknight: They almost all were women.

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17

Aug

2018

Will County must balance growing economic development with quality of life, Walsh says in state of the county

Author: Editor

Will County continues to “prosper” and its future is “very bright,” said County Executive Larry Walsh in the opening of his annual state of the county address Thursday. 

But the county must also “actively prepare for our future and act responsibly as we face the challenges of growth,” he said.

Walsh recited a litany of building projects the county has tackled in the past year – the new $33 million Public Safety Complex that opened in January, the construction of the $210 million courthouse now underway in downtown Joliet, and the new health department facility, which will soon begin to replace a 100-year-old structure.

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17

Aug

2018

County Executive Larry Walsh gives annual State of the County address

Author: Editor

Will County is moving on with the “largest capital campaign in our 182-year history,” County Executive Larry Walsh said in his State of the County address Thursday.

In his upbeat outlook on county government, Walsh outlined big projects such as the new courthouse, pointed to a growing economy and job market, and discussed the challenges of crowded highways and opioid abuse.

The annual speech is a prelude to the county executive’s budget recommendations, which will be presented in September.

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15

Aug

2018

Editorial: In midst of assaults, we must defend principles of First Amendment

Author: Editor

Today, the Daily Herald editorial board joins more than 200 similar boards at newspapers across the country in a cause we've been championing for years -- the protection of America's free press against an unprecedented assault from the highest office of the nation's government.

Consider this description from one of our first editorials on the topic in December 2016: "Why we're saying (that the press is under assault) -- why it needs to be said, why it needs to be shouted unapologetically -- is because it's dangerous.

"It undermines our democracy. 

"It allows those in power to say, 'Ignore the facts no matter what the facts may be.'

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Aug

2018

Underwood responds to Hultgren's Facebook attacks, asks to attend his town hall meeting

Author: Editor

As congressman Randy Hultgren prepares to host a series of town-hall meetings in the 14th Congressional District this week, his most prominent Democratic constituent and challenger, Lauren Underwood, is trying to take the fight to him in hopes of sparking at least one public debate.

Underwood signed up for a chance to be in his town hall audience and ask her own questions.

Hultgren coasted to re-election victories in every race since taking the seat from Democrat Bill Foster in 2010. Without even having to debate any of his Democratic rivals, Hultgren consistently received about 60 percent of the votes cast come election time.

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