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15

Oct

2017

Executive Larry Walsh Renews Call For Will County Public Building Commission's Elimination

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Following the release of his proposed FY 2018 budget to the Will County Board, County Executive Larry Walsh again renewed his call to eliminate the Will County Public Building Commission (PBC) despite opposition from Will County Board leadership. Walsh said this move supports the county’s continued efforts to consolidate government services and improve efficiency. 

“It has become a common theme among many of my collar county colleagues that County leaders must chart the path forward on reducing the number of governmental units, especially those that no longer serve a useful purpose,” said Walsh. “I believe the Will County PBC has served the residents of Will County well in the past but there no longer seems to be a need for this separate governmental entity. I think we should set an example by eliminating this unnecessary taxing body.”

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13

Oct

2017

Trump to end key ACA subsidies, a move that will threaten the law’s marketplaces

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President Trump is throwing a bomb into the insurance marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act, choosing to end critical payments to health insurers that help millions of lower-income Americans afford coverage. The decision coincides with an executive order on Thursday to allow alternative health plans that skirt the law’s requirements.

The White House confirmed late Thursday that it would halt federal payments for cost-sharing reductions, although a statement did not specify when. Another statement a short time later by top officials at the Health and Human Services Department said the cutoff would be immediate. The subsidies total about $7 billion this year.

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8

Oct

2017

In a switch, GOP deserts its budget-cutting mantra

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The Republican Party has largely abandoned its platform of fiscal restraint, pivoting sharply in a way that could add trillions of dollars in federal debt over the next decade. 

Cutting spending to balance the budget was almost religion to the Republican Party for much of the past eight years. But all year long, despite their control of the White House and Congress, Republicans have not taken steps to balance the budget, to overhaul entitlement programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, or to arrest the growth of the country’s $20 trillion in debt.

With the House passing a critical budget resolution this past week, GOP lawmakers are charging forward next week with plans to cut taxes in a way that could add more than $1.5 trillion to the government’s debt over 10 years, with the goal of legislation by early next month. That is on top of an effort to significantly increase military spending. White House officials say their focus is on growing the economy now and dealing with the debt later.

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28

Sep

2017

Plainfield Township Democratic Meeting - Anatomy of Sensible Gun Control Legislation

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Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

7:00 pm

Plainfield Library - 15025 S. Illinois Street, Plainfield 

Large Conference Room - Lower level

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23

Sep

2017

County Executive Larry Walsh proposes $551 million budget for Will County

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Will County Executive Larry Walsh proposed a balanced $551 million budget, a lower property tax rate and further consolidation of government services in 2018, in his annual budget address during Thursday's county board meeting.

It reflects flat revenues, the reduction of $2.4 million in state funds, and an increase of $300,000 for salaries but not the added costs of a new five-year bargaining agreement with the 750 employees in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1028, which was approved at this meeting, according to the executive. 

The new contract is expected to the cost an additional $2.2 million in its first year, which is spread across all county departments, Walsh said later.

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