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Will County Sheriff candidate Kelley gets more police union support

Author: Editor

With a month to go before the election, the Will County Sheriff's candidates are getting their endorsements in line.

Democrat Mike Kelley, a 25-year deputy, announced Wednesday the Fraternal Order of Police units for police supervisors and patrol officers in Joliet support his candidacy.

Kelley and Republican Ken Kaupas, a state police veteran who is a deputy chief in the sheriff's department, will face one another for Will County Sheriff in the November election. Kaupas' second cousin Paul Kaupas has been sheriff since 2002.

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Will County budget talks include possible tax hike

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Budget battles have begun in Will County with Republicans and Democrats differing on how to fund capital improvement projects during a finance committee meeting Tuesday.

In his recent budget address, County Executive Larry Walsh, a Democrat, proposed increasing the property tax levy by 1.5 percent, the rate of inflation, which with new property would generate $2.9 million annually, $2.4 million of which would be earmarked for capital projects such as remodeling the sheriff’s office, building a new courthouse and improving the health department.

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Bad U.S. roads force "just in time" manufacturers to plan for 'just in case'

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Some of America's leanest manufacturers share a fat secret.

Companies like Whirlpool and Caterpillar are making costly additions to their otherwise sinewy supply chains to compensate for aging U.S. roads that are too potholed and congested for "just in time" delivery.

Some opt to keep more trucks and inventory on the road. Others are leasing huge "just in case" warehouses and guarded parking lots on the edges of big cities. All that activity raises costs, which are expected to increase even more if roads are allowed to deteriorate further and an improving economy boosts traffic.

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Will County: Construction underway on former Social Security Administration building

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If all goes as planned, the Will County Recorder of Deeds and Coroner offices will move into the former Social Security Administration building in downtown Joliet before the end of the year.

County and local officials Thursday celebrated the start of construction on the building, 158 N. Scott St.

Montgomery-based Lite Construction Inc. is remodeling the 11,500-square-foot building for $1.4 million under the guidance of architecture firm Cordogan Clark & Associates.

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Fee would help finance new Will County courthouse

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The Will County Board now has the authority to impose court fees to help pay for construction of a new courthouse.

House Bill 5889, sponsored by state Sen. Pat McGuire, D-Joliet, and Rep. Larry Walsh Jr., D-Elwood, was signed into law Tuesday.

It’s estimated that the fees could raise between $1.5 and $2 million a year for the project, depending on the fee structure, which would be set by the county board.

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