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18

Aug

2017

Executive Larry Walsh cites collaboration as key to Will County's successes

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Collaboration and compromise have been the keys to Will County's many successes in the past year, said Executive Larry Walsh in his State of the County speech Thursday morning. 

The county's many achievements — its strong financial health, current building projects and capital improvement plan, new businesses, like Amazon's five facilities, and thousands of new jobs — were made possible by working together with the county board and elected officials throughout the county, in a "disciplined approach to governing," the Elwood Democrat said.

Will County also has been recognized for ending veteran homelessness, remodeling its Sunny Hill Nursing Home, and battling the heroin epidemic, he said.

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14

Aug

2017

Lockport Township Clerk Will Run For Will County Clerk

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Lockport Township Clerk Denise Mushro Rumchak has announced her candidacy for Will County Clerk. Nancy Schultz Voots, the current Will County Clerk, will retire in 2018 after serving as clerk for 16 years.

WJOL reported that Rumchak, a Democrat, is a lifelong resident of Lockport and Will County and Rumchak told WJOL she is excited about this new endeavor.

According to Lockport Township's website, Rumchak's current duties as clerk include: being the custodian of records, responsible for township meetings/minutes, road district clerk, being an election official, and responsible for giving notice of meetings.

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10

Aug

2017

Three plan to seek Will County clerk's seat

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The 2018 retirement of four-term Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots has created a wide open field in the March primary, into which — so far — three prospective candidates have emerged.

Two Republicans said they are seeking the office: Laurie McPhillips, who previously served as recorder of deeds and county board member, and Mary Kay Campbell, a current employee in the clerk's office. Democratic County Board member Lauren Staley-Ferry, of Joliet, said she will attempt to win the seat dominated for decades by Republicans.

Sept. 5 is the first day for candidates to circulate nominating petitions for the March 18 primary.

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6

Aug

2017

Fewer Immigrants Mean More Jobs? Not So, Economists Say

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When the federal government banned the use of farmworkers from Mexico in 1964, California’s tomato growers did not enlist Americans to harvest the fragile crop. They replaced the lost workers with tomato-picking machines.

The Trump administration on Wednesday embraced a proposal to sharply reduce legal immigration, which it said would preserve jobs and lead to higher wages — the same argument advanced by the Kennedy and Johnson administrations half a century ago.

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5

Aug

2017

Will County sees drop in heroin deaths year-over-year

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Will County's efforts to fight the heroin epidemic may be paying off, as fewer opioid-related deaths have occurred so far this year, compared to last year, according to the county's director of substance abuse initiatives.

 

Kathleen Burke's figures indicated there were 35 opioid-related deaths in the first six months of this year, compared to nearly 50 in the same period last year, she told the county's Public Health and Safety Committee Thursday morning.

Burke said she believes the reduction is because of the use of the opioid-antidote Naloxone by all first responders in the county. She has trained several police and fire departments in how to use this nasal spray to save the life of someone who has overdosed and is now training those who live and work with addicts.

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