In some tight races across Will County, candidates who were ahead after the election April 4 stayed in the lead following a count of provisional ballots Tuesday at the Will County Board room.
Candidates for mayor in Bolingbrook, Shorewood and Wilmington maintained their leads.
In another tight race, Matt McGuire appeared to be in the lead for the unexpired two-year seat on the Joliet Park District board against Patricia Marcum, pending confirmation of final vote results from Kendall County.
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The Will County Sheriff’s Office, like many other police agencies, is spending money to save lives while fighting the county’s opioid epidemic.
Will County Sheriff Mike Kelley and Deputy Jeff Jerz gave the Will County Board Public Health & Safety Committee an update on the sheriff’s office’s opioid-related programs Thursday.
Jerz, the county’s 2016 Deputy of the Year, gave a presentation on Narcan, the opioid antidote that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose if administered in time. Kelley said Jerz has been instrumental in training officers on how to use Narcan, adding that he’ll probably give out 12 to 15 life-saving awards soon because of lives saved in relation to Jerz’s training.
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Election night didn’t settle anything for a few races where thin margins left candidates waiting until an April 18 final vote count to find out if they won or lost.
A couple of mayoral races, the Joliet park board election and the contest for Bolingbrook village clerk all could be considered too close to call as of Wednesday.
Late arriving mail-in votes and provisional ballots still need to be counted, meaning razor-thin leads are at risk.
Incumbent Ray Soliman prevailed in a three-person race for Crest Hill mayor Tuesday night with 1,541 votes, which amounted to 57 percent, compared to 965 votes for Nick Chumovic. John Vershay received 194 votes.
Soliman has been mayor the past eight years and was an alderman for 16 years before that.“I am humbled by the overwhelming support,” Soliman said, although he added he had hoped for higher voter turnout.
Among top priorities for his third term, Soliman named attracting businesses, expanding the police force, upgrading the west water treatment plant and identifying new locations for the city hall and police station.
Republican leaders abruptly pulled their overhaul of the nation’s health-care system from the House floor on Friday, a dramatic defeat for President Trump and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan that leaves a major campaign promise unfulfilled and casts doubt on the Republican Party’s ability to govern.
The decision leaves President Barack Obama’s chief domestic achievement in place and raises questions about the GOP’s ability to advance other high-stakes priorities, including tax reform and infrastructure spending. Ryan (R-Wis.) remains without a signature accomplishment as speaker, and the defeat undermines Trump’s image as a skilled dealmaker willing to strike compromises to push his agenda forward.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Trump deflected any responsibility for the setback and instead blamed Democrats. “We couldn’t get one Democratic vote,” he said.
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