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Will County budget passes along party lines

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In a vote split down party lines, the Will County Board approved a $465 million spending plan Thursday that includes a property tax increase for residents.

The increase amounts to about $5.50 more per year in Will County’s portion of the tax bill for residents with a $200,000 home. Some of the money also will be used for long-term capital projects.

The vote was split 13-13 with Democrats voting for the increase and Republicans voting against. County Executive Larry Walsh cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of the proposed budget. The new budget year starts Dec. 1.

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Transportation woes, strengths highlighted in State of the County address

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As Will County grows as “a major player in the global marketplace,” transportation remains one of the area’s greatest assets – and one of its greatest challenges, County Executive Larry Walsh said Thursday.

 “A massive increase in global trade has increased freight traffic in Will County, has brought new economic opportunities and, at the same time, created some local infrastructure challenges,” Walsh told members of the Will County Board during Thursday’s annual State of the County address.

“Our residents have experienced the frustrations of traffic congestion,” he added. “But we must remember the incredible benefits of this growth, including more jobs and more consumers in Will County.”

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I-55 construction in Channahon Township nearing completion

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Bridge work on Interstate 55 near Channahon — marred with seven fatalities and more than 100 accidents over the course of two construction seasons — will likely wrap up next week.

Illinois Department of Transportation crews could complete repairs as early as next week, but the reopening of lanes won't start until the week of Aug. 25, state Rep. Larry Walsh Jr., D-Elwood, said Tuesday.

Labor Day is still considered the target completion date, but IDOT officials are working to complete the work “as soon as possible” and reopen lanes prior to the holiday weekend, IDOT spokeswoman Paris Ervin said in an email.

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Ag secretary's visit highlights production, distribution efforts

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Will County farmers are hopeful a visit from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will help boost the county's profile in agricultural production and distribution.

Vilsack visited the CenterPoint Intermodal Facility in Joliet last week and met with county leaders to discuss the county's role in agriculture imports and exports.

"It brings attention to the area and the distribution center we have here," Roger Bettenhausen, treasurer of the Will County Farm Bureau.

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Will County infrastructure, employee benefit costs focus of Walsh’s annual address

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In his State of the County address during the Sept. 19 County Board meeting, Will County Executive Larry Walsh presented a balanced budget of $187 million for the 2014 fiscal year.

Allocations include increased health care costs and toward a county-city capital improvement plan, including some $8 million for a plan to renovate the Sheriff’s Department Laraway Road campus, build a new courthouse and buy and refurbish the former Social Security Administration building on Scott Street and the First Midwest Bank branch on Washington Street for additional space.

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