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Nov

2018

Will County approves $569 million budget

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Will County officials unanimously approved a $569 million budget, including funding for a new Health Department facility, after leaders met to compromise on how to finance the debt service for that $27 million project. 

“I am proud the county board and my administration were able to come to a consensus on this budget,” said County Executive Larry Walsh, D-Elwood, Thursday in a prepared statement, which acknowledged that there was “some concern” about paying for the bonds for the Health Department.

 “There are always different ideas on how to spend the limited funds that are available to operate county government,” but officials were able to “compromise and keep Will County moving forward,” he said. “We have always tried to keep the politics out as much as possible and focus on providing effective and efficient services for our residents.”

 

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Nov

2018

'The pendulum has swung': Democrats see big election gains in Will County

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Riding the wave that thrust many Democrats and women to victory throughout the state Tuesday night, were Will County Democrats who appear to have won just enough seats on the county board to gain a 14-12 majority. 

They also apparently claimed all county-wide seats and two judgeships, according to unofficial results.

It is the first time that Democrats controlled all county-wide seats, board leadership said.

 

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Feb

2015

A War on Workers in Illinois

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As one of his first official acts, the new Republican governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, issued an executive order this week that would weaken state unions by barring them from assessing fees on some of the workers they represent in collective bargaining. Worse, the damage from the order could reach far beyond Illinois.

At issue are so called “fair share” fees. In a unionized workplace, a union must extend collectively bargained pay raises and other benefits to nonmembers. The nonmembers — about 15 percent of unionized state employees in Illinois — do not have to pay union dues or contribute to the union’s political activities. Instead, under the law in Illinois and in many other states, they must pay the union a fair-share fee, which is less than full dues, to cover the cost of collective bargaining undertaken on their behalf.

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Feb

2015

The dangers of Illinois as a 'right to work' state

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Gov. Rauner has asked state and local lawmakers to consider adopting union-free business zones. So let’s imagine Illinois as a “right to work” state.

First a clarification. The phrase “right to work” is a misnomer that has little to do with the right of a person to seek and accept gainful employment. Anti-union proponents use “right to work” to refer to an option under federal labor law that allows workers employed by a unionized employer to receive the full benefits of a labor contract without paying for any of the cost to gain those benefits. In fact, no employee anywhere in the country has to join a union and no employer has to sign a labor agreement.

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Jul

2014

New law holds county appointees more accountable

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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.”

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