29

Jul

2017

Will County Recognized for Solar Energy Efforts

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Will County has received a shining new honor.

It’s been named a SolSmart Bronze designee for its efforts to utilize solar energy to help cut utility costs and save the environment.

The International City/County Management Association gives out the honor to governments who make it faster, easier, and cheaper to go solar – something Will County has done by streamlining zoning ordinances and reducing barriers to residential solar development.

Naperville News 17’s Kim Pirc reports.

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26

Jul

2017

Will County Clerk announces retirement for December 2018

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Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots is announcing she will not seek re-election in the March 2018 primary. She plans to retire at the end of her current 4-year term effective December 2018. 

“It’s a bittersweet decision since I truly love my job leading the Clerk’s office. I started working in the office as a senior in high school back in 1975. Since then I administered or helped administer, every federal, state, and local election in Will County for more than forty years. I am proud of the many accomplishments my staff and I achieved over the years as we’ve exceeded all my expectations. I’m especially proud of implementing a new optical scan election system with equipment for the disabled allowing them to vote independently for the first time.”

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21

Jul

2017

GOP signals infrastructure bill must wait

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The timing and fate of President Trump’s infrastructure plan may depend on whether the GOP enacts major tax reform — a task that could prove challenging amid the struggle to pass a healthcare bill.

Republicans are signaling that a massive rebuilding package, which has long been one of Trump’s top priorities, will most likely have to wait on the sidelines until lawmakersoverhaul the tax code. 

But with that process likely to be just as time-consuming and daunting as healthcare, infrastructure could be pushed to the back burner.

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Jul

2017

Amazon plans Crest Hill sort center with up to 500 jobs

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Amazon is opening a Chicago-area sort center, its first Illinois hub for smaller packages, where it plans to employ 250 to 500 workers. 

The newest facility, to handle parcels smaller than many it moves through distribution centers in Joliet and several other local sites, has a launch scheduled for October in southwest suburban Crest Hill. It's the latest flag planted here since 2015 by the e-commerce monolith, whose projected local employment is heading toward around 8,000.

 

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Jul

2017

Will County becomes 50th community to end veteran homelessness

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Ronald Vann spent more than 25 years on the streets, in garages and abandoned houses as a homeless veteran.

Now 60, Vann is one of more than 100 veterans who have been supplied with permanent housing in Will County since the start of 2016. A program led by the Will County Continuum of Care has effectively ended homelessness among veterans in the county, local and federal officials announced Tuesday. 

The Will County Veterans Assistance Commission gave Vann a ride to the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in Maywood more than eight years ago, and his life was forever changed.

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