Will County officials plan to work with state and federal lawmakers this year on a variety of issues that could impact county residents and services.
The board approved on Thursday its legislative agendas for 2017 — a prioritized list of possible laws on which members plan to focus their attention.
Funding issues are typically a top priority and this year, the county will seek money for road improvements at both the state and federal level. Officials currently are working on a community friendly freight study to improve truck traffic. To accomplish this, they are calling on Congress to implement the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, a five-year, $305 billion bill to target freight system improvements nationwide.
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Will County Executive Larry Walsh has worked in politics his entire life, and he's never seen it this bad.
Walsh, who turns 69 on March 3, remembers when Democrats and Republicans compromised when it was time to work through political differences and do the jobs they were elected to do.
"(Former House Speaker) Tip O'Neill was just as adamant for his Democratic side as Ronald Reagan was for the Republican and the conservative side," Walsh told me Wednesday.
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Thursday, March 16th, 2017
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Jacob Henry Mansion - Victorian Ballroom
15 Richards Street, Joliet, IL
Repealing the Affordable Care Act could have dire consequences, not the least of which would be the loss of thousands of health care and construction jobs in DuPage County, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said during a public meeting with county medical officials Friday.
Categories: Local Issues, State Issues, National Issues
Environmental advocates protested at U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam's office Monday, speaking out about fears that the Trump administration will reverse progress made to protect the globe from climate change.
About 200 people crowded into a conference room down the hall from Roskam's office at DuPage Airport in West Chicago holding placards that read "Follow the science" and "Climate Action Now." The protest was timed to occur during Trump's first 100 hours as president.