Transportation issues were among many items on Will County’s agenda when 10 county officials traveled to Washington, D.C., last month during National County Government Month.
“Our primary goal was to educate congressional members and their staffs about Will County and reinforce our issues,” Nick Palmer, chief of staff for County Executive Larry Walsh, said in his report to the county board’s legislative committee this week. “We let them know we are a fast-growing county and will work with them on a regional basis.”
Two full days of meetings with U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk, six local congressmen and four federal agencies was a “valuable” experience, he said.
Categories: Local Issues
Tags: County Board, County Executive
Many years ago, as a college Republican, I spent one summer in Austin working for a candidate in a special election for the Texas senate. My hometown was a liberal enclave with many college students -- unwashed, longhaired, pot-smoking students, it seemed to me -- who were predominantly Democrats. The more students who came out to vote the less likely our candidate was to win.
But our campaign strategists came up with a plan. They sent mailings to all the registered voters in precincts near the campus. Many cards came back because the addressee had moved, as college students often do. Voters no longer at the address on file with election authorities were not eligible to vote.
Categories: Local Issues, State Issues, National Issues
Tags: 2014 Election, Voter ID laws, Voter Fraud
The number of heroin overdose deaths in Will County dropped from 58 in 2012 to 38 in 2013, thanks in part to expanded educational awareness, local officials told the Young Adults Heroin Use Task Force.
However, monitoring deaths is only the tip of the iceberg, Will County Coroner Pat O’Neil told the state-appointed task force, which is collecting testimony on heroin abuse from communities throughout Illinois.
A more effective indicator might be to track overdose treatments by first responders, who often are able to save victims by using anti-opiate drugs such as Narcan.
Categories: Local Issues, State Issues
Republican governor hopeful Kirk Dillard on Monday rolled out a plan to reduce the state gas tax and borrow money to repair roads and bridges, but the candidate was unable to offer much in the way of specifics and contradicted himself on exactly what he was proposing.
The idea, which emerged after follow-up with Dillard’s campaign staff, is to reduce the state sales tax on gasoline from 5 percent to slightly more than 2 percent and use what money is left to back borrowing of up to $1 billion.
Categories: State Issues
Tags: Governor, 2014 Election
Will County Board Speaker Herbert Brooks Jr., D-Joliet, thinks a south suburban airport will create much-needed jobs as well as make air travel more convenient to those living in the area.
“I can’t wait to buy my first ticket,” Brooks said.
The proposed construction of the south suburban airport near Peotone is one of the top issues in the 2014 state legislative agenda the Will County Board recently approved. Brooks said the board “as a whole” supports the construction of the south suburban airport.
Tags: Gov. Quinn, County Board, Airports, County Executive