NRG Energy Inc. announced Thursday a pollution reduction plan for its four Illinois coal-fired generating plants that pushed the state more than halfway toward meeting new proposed federal limits for reducing carbon dioxide pollution.
NRG Energy officials told the Tribune on Wednesday that it will cease coal operations at one generating unit in Romeoville (the Will County plant), convert its Joliet plant to burn natural gas and upgrade its two other coal plants in Pekin and Waukegan to comply with environmental regulations.
Categories: Local Issues, State Issues
Tags: Romeoville, Joliet, Environmental Issues
A new measure signed into law gives Will County Board members more authority to remove county appointees who violate ethics standards.
It’s a move welcomed by county appointees such as Nick Palmer, chief of staff for Will County Executive Larry Walsh. Palmer was appointed by Walsh in 2004 as deputy chief of staff but was later promoted to chief of staff in 2010.
“I think it’s good. It’s what I’ve always known,” Palmer said Friday. “If it restores any confidence of the taxpayers in the board, I think that’s a positive thing. It could also discourage people who might want to do something that’s not in the public’s best interest. Hopefully it discourages them because they know people are watching.”
Tags: County Board, County Executive, Transparency
The state bill to expand the Plainfield Township Park District board from five to seven commissioners passed the Senate with a 36-18-2 vote on Thursday.
House Bill 5593 will now go to Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk. If signed, state Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant and state Rep. Tom Cross, R-Oswego, would each appoint a new commissioner.
Sen. Bertino-Tarrant, D-Shorewood, presented the bill Thursday morning to the Senate.
Tags: Plainfield, Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant
Transportation issues were among many items on Will County’s agenda when 10 county officials traveled to Washington, D.C., last month during National County Government Month.
“Our primary goal was to educate congressional members and their staffs about Will County and reinforce our issues,” Nick Palmer, chief of staff for County Executive Larry Walsh, said in his report to the county board’s legislative committee this week. “We let them know we are a fast-growing county and will work with them on a regional basis.”
Two full days of meetings with U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk, six local congressmen and four federal agencies was a “valuable” experience, he said.
Categories: Local Issues
Tags: County Board, County Executive
Many years ago, as a college Republican, I spent one summer in Austin working for a candidate in a special election for the Texas senate. My hometown was a liberal enclave with many college students -- unwashed, longhaired, pot-smoking students, it seemed to me -- who were predominantly Democrats. The more students who came out to vote the less likely our candidate was to win.
But our campaign strategists came up with a plan. They sent mailings to all the registered voters in precincts near the campus. Many cards came back because the addressee had moved, as college students often do. Voters no longer at the address on file with election authorities were not eligible to vote.
Categories: Local Issues, State Issues, National Issues
Tags: 2014 Election, Voter ID laws, Voter Fraud