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13

Jan

2018

Joliet appears to be a 'hot spot' for opioid-related deaths in Will County, official says

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Joliet appears to be a "hot spot" for opioid-related deaths in Will County as officials continue battling the problem, the county's director of substance abuse initiatives said. 

Kathleen Burke recently reported to the county board's Public Health Committee that as of Dec. 19, 88 such overdose deaths have occurred in Will County, compared to 94 deaths in all of 2016.

Of those 88 fatalities, 34 were in Joliet, eight in Romeoville, five in Lockport, four each in Mokena and New Lenox and three in Bolingbrook, according to Burke's data. Many other areas had one or two deaths, she said.

 

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12

Jan

2018

I-80 Safety Must Be Addressed Now: Town Hall Crowd

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The threat of freezing rain did not stop more than 150 people from traveling to the University of St. Francis campus on Thursday night for a first-ever town hall discussion to address the dangerous I-80 corridor from New Lenox, through Joliet, to Shorewood and Minooka. Sadly, just last week came another fatality when Angela Dominguez of Bradley was killed near the Minooka interchange in a crash involving a 2017 Freightliner box truck. She was only 27.

Several politicians attended the Moser Performing Arts Center forum including Joliet Mayor Bob O'Dekirk, Will County Executive Larry Walsh, Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, Senator Pat McGuire and Representative Natalie Manley among many others. "Attending the I-80 information meeting at St. Francis, hosted by WJOL and RUSH. This stretch from New Lenox thru Minooka needs to be dealt with," New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann posted on Facebook. "The number of fatalities and serious crashes, along with crumbling bridges and infrastructure, are among the worst in the State and haven't been addressed for decades."

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10

Jan

2018

Study shows Will County a leader in job growth

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A state study on Illinois employment trends showed Will County leading the Chicago metropolitan area in private sector job growth. 

The Will County Executive’s office brought attention to the study “Where Workers Work” with a news release on Friday pointing to the local job growth.

“Will County continues to be attractive to companies from around the globe,” Will County Executive Larry Walsh said in the news release.

 

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15

Dec

2017

Downtown Joliet Plans Groundbreaking For $100 Million Courthouse

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It's been more than two years since Patch brought you details of plans to build a new Will County Courthouse. Like the historic Rialto Square Theatre, the new $100 million courthouse is expected to become a remarkable architectural addition to Joliet's downtown. Over the past week, chain link fence has been placed around the perimeter of the soon-to-be-demolished First Midwest Bank building. In its place will be a new 10-story county government building that is expected to serve the needs of Will County-area residents for many decades to come.

At 11 a.m. Tuesday, several of Will County's most noteworthy public officials will be on hand for an outdoor groundbreaking ceremony. The cast will include Will County Executive Larry Walsh, Joliet Mayor Bob O'Dekirk, Will County Board Speaker Jim Moustis and Will County Chief Judge Richard Schoenstedt. The ceremonial occasion will take place at 62 West Washington St. behind the current First Midwest building.

"The new $100 million courthouse will be filled with state of the art technology and will accommodate the future growth of Will County, which is anticipated to top 1 million by 2040," proclaims a press release from the office of Executive Larry Walsh.

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14

Dec

2017

New Will County public safety complex to improve communication, response time

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A brand new, $33 million Will County Public Safety complex will be fully operational by the end of December. It stands next to its tiny predecessor, a sheriff's office with little breathing room, and a perpetually leaky roof.

"You had to strategically place certain files where you knew water wasn't going to leak," said Will County Sheriff Mike Kelley.

Ever since he was hired back in 1988, Kelley remembers talk of a new sheriff's facility. Now, it's finally happening, and he's the first sheriff to occupy it.

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