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.
Categories: Local Issues, State Issues, National Issues
Note to readers: This is the first installment of a four-day series examining the cause of Will County’s record number of heroin-related deaths in 2016 and efforts to quell the epidemic.
The heroin death toll is getting worse because of the man-made additive fentanyl.
It’s a drug so powerful that Will County Coroner Patrick O’Neil recently decided to supply his morgue with an opiate antidote to protect workers from accidental overdoses.
Categories: Local Issues
Will County officials plan to work with state and federal lawmakers this year on a variety of issues that could impact county residents and services.
The board approved on Thursday its legislative agendas for 2017 — a prioritized list of possible laws on which members plan to focus their attention.
Funding issues are typically a top priority and this year, the county will seek money for road improvements at both the state and federal level. Officials currently are working on a community friendly freight study to improve truck traffic. To accomplish this, they are calling on Congress to implement the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, a five-year, $305 billion bill to target freight system improvements nationwide.
Will County Executive Larry Walsh has worked in politics his entire life, and he's never seen it this bad.
Walsh, who turns 69 on March 3, remembers when Democrats and Republicans compromised when it was time to work through political differences and do the jobs they were elected to do.
"(Former House Speaker) Tip O'Neill was just as adamant for his Democratic side as Ronald Reagan was for the Republican and the conservative side," Walsh told me Wednesday.
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