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Dec

2018

Republicans seek optimism, lawmakers search for normalcy as Democratic regime prepares to take control of state government

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Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker and his wife, M.K., played dinner hosts at their North Astor Street mansion for Illinois’ four legislative leaders and their spouses in early December, a rare bipartisan convening that belies the current political norm of hyperpartisanship.

“Everybody had a good time. We stayed longer, I think, than everybody had planned and it was a great conversation,” the Democratic governor-elect said.

“We had kind of chicken, meat and potatoes. It was a fairly normal dinner, you might imagine, at our home. And, actually we talked about almost everything except politics,” he said.

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Dec

2018

MLK Unity Brunch in Joliet

Author: Editor

Saturday, January 19th, 2019

10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Jacob Henry Mansion - 15 Richards Street, Joliet, IL


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Nov

2018

Climate change will shrink US economy and kill thousands, government report warns

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A new US government report delivers a dire warning about climate change and its devastating impacts, saying the economy could lose hundreds of billions of dollars -- or, in the worst-case scenario, more than 10% of its GDP -- by the end of the century. 

The federally mandated study was supposed to come out in December but was released by the Trump administration on Friday, at a time when many Americans are on a long holiday weekend, distracted by family and shopping.

David Easterling, director of the Technical Support Unit at the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, emphasized that there was "no external interference in the report's development." He added that the climate change the Earth is experiencing is unlike any other.

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Nov

2018

Will County earns award for excellence in financial reporting for 17th consecutive year

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The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada awarded Will County the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. 

The certificate of achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of government accounting and financial reporting, and it represents a significant accomplishment by the county and its management, according to a news release.

 

“I am very proud of our Finance Director Karen Hennessy and her staff for their commitment and diligence in overseeing the day-to-day financial operations of Will County government,” County Executive Larry Walsh said. “I am proud that each year Will County is able to operate with a balanced budget while providing quality services for our residents.”

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Nov

2018

Denise Winfrey to lead Will County board

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Since the political pendulum has swung in favor of the Democrats on the Will County board, leadership in both parties will be shifting, officials said. 

In a Nov. 13 meeting, the Democratic Caucus unanimously chose Denise Winfrey as the new speaker of the board, making her the county’s first female in that role.

 Winfrey has represented District 8 in Joliet since 2009, previously chaired the Capital Improvements Committee and holds several positions with the National Association of Counties.

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