Incumbent Ray Soliman prevailed in a three-person race for Crest Hill mayor Tuesday night with 1,541 votes, which amounted to 57 percent, compared to 965 votes for Nick Chumovic. John Vershay received 194 votes.
Soliman has been mayor the past eight years and was an alderman for 16 years before that.“I am humbled by the overwhelming support,” Soliman said, although he added he had hoped for higher voter turnout.
Among top priorities for his third term, Soliman named attracting businesses, expanding the police force, upgrading the west water treatment plant and identifying new locations for the city hall and police station.
Categories: Local Issues
Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
20855 South La Grange Road #205, Frankfort, IL 60423
The Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act would strip away what advocates say is essential coverage for drug addiction treatment as the number of people dying from opiate overdoses is skyrocketing nationwide.
Beginning in 2020, the plan would eliminate an Affordable Care Act requirement that Medicaid cover basic mental-health and addiction services in states that expanded it, allowing them to decide whether to include those benefits in Medicaid plans.
The proposal would also roll back the Medicaid expansion under the act — commonly known as Obamacare — which would affect many states bearing the brunt of the opiate crisis, including Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia expanded Medicaid under the ACA.
Categories: State Issues, National Issues
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