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Dec

2017

Will County battles opioid epidemic behind bars

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More than 50 Will County jail inmates are participating in a medical program to treat their opioid use disorder, and many more in the county's court system have been identified as needing help to address substance abuse issues, according to officials.

Ron Vlasaty, executive director of the Family Guidance Center, told the county board's Judicial Committee Tuesday that a Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program, which began at the county jail in July to administer Vivitrol to combat opioid addiction, currently has 51 people in treatment.

The center received a $540,000 federal grant to help Will County address the opioid epidemic with Vivitrol, he said. Previously, the sheriff's department would transport inmates to the center at 2400 Glenwood Ave. in Joliet to receive the monthly injection and counseling. By going into the jail, Vlasaty said they save staff time.

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Dec

2017

Will County raises state's bicentennial flag

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Will County officials helped launched the state's 200th birthday celebration Monday by raising the official bicentennial flag during a brief ceremony in front of the county's administration building. 

"When anyone hits 200 we should celebrate," said County Executive Larry Walsh, D-Elwood, who opened the program, as the Will County Sheriff's Department honor guard presented colors and the members of the Joliet Central High School sang the national anthem.

"As we embark on a year-long celebration, we are proud to display this flag to mark this important anniversary," he said, adding that he is "proud of the rich history of our state."

 

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Dec

2017

Suburban Democrats line up to challenge Hultgren in 2018

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There is no shortage of suburban Democrats hoping to challenge incumbent Republican U.S. Reps. Peter Roskam and Randy Hultgren in 2018. 

A crowded field of Democrats in the two congressional districts could duke it out this spring for a spot on the 2018 ballot to challenge the incumbents as Monday marked the deadline for candidates to file nominating petitions for the March 20 primary election.

 

Seven Democrats and incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam filed nominating petitions for the 6th Congressional district, which covers portions of Naperville, Elgin and other areas in DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Cook counties. Similarly in the 14th Congressional district, incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren and seven Democrats filed nominating petitions. The 14th District serves parts of Naperville, Aurora, Kane and Kendall counties.

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Nov

2017

Will County candidates file petitions for countywide offices

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Candidates running for countywide offices, County Board district seats and the precinct committee in the March primary elections were lined up Monday morning to file their petitions. 

The countywide seats up for election include the county clerk, treasurer, sheriff and regional superintendent of schools. County Board positions include those for Districts 1, 2, 4 , 5, 6, 7, 9 and 11, with two board members a district. All precinct committee positions are open for two-year terms. 

Will County Board member Lauren Staley-Ferry, D-Joliet, was the first in line to file her petitions to run for Will County clerk. Those first in line when the office opened at 8:30 a.m. would qualify to be first on the ballot. A lottery will be held to determine the first name on the ballot if more than one candidate from the same party files for the same office.

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Nov

2017

In search of federal judges, Trump taps mostly white men

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President Donald Trump is nominating white men to America's federal courts at a rate not seen in nearly 30 years, threatening to reverse a slow transformation toward a judiciary that more closely reflects the nation's diversity.

So far, 91 percent of Trump's nominees are white, and 81 percent are male, an Associated Press analysis has found. Three of every four are white men, with few African-Americans and Hispanics in the mix. The last president to nominate a similarly homogenous group was George H.W. Bush.

The shift could prove to be one of Trump's most enduring legacies. These are lifetime appointments, and Trump has inherited both an unusually high number of vacancies and an aging population of judges. That puts him in position to significantly reshape the courts that decide thousands of civil rights, environmental, criminal justice and other disputes across the country. The White House has been upfront about its plans to quickly fill the seats with conservatives, and has made clear that judicial philosophy tops any concerns about shrinking racial or gender diversity.

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