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10

Nov

2017

New Will County Public Safety Complex completed ahead of schedule

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Will County's new Public Safety Complex is expected to be completed Monday — six weeks ahead of schedule, according to a project manager. 

The $30 million center, on Laraway Road and US Route 52 in Joliet, will consolidate several sites that housed the sheriff's department, and bring together three 911 dispatch centers into one. It also will house the administrative offices of the county's Emergency Telephone System Board (ETSB), which oversees the county's 911 system.

 The project — the first of three building projects the county has undertaken with a $275 million bond issue — was already on the fast track to be completed by Dec. 27.

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4

Nov

2017

Will County prepares for demolition at future courthouse site

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The demolition of the old First Midwest Bank building should be done without much interference with downtown traffic, a county official said.

The new Will County Courthouse will be built at the site of the bank building that now sits at Jefferson and Ottawa streets.

Demolition is slated to begin in middle or late January, said David Tkac, deputy chief of staff for the Will County Executive's office.

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26

Oct

2017

Since Trump Took Office, State Democrats' Chances Have Improved for 2018

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With the Democrats out of power in Washington, D.C., next year’s governors’ races have become crucial for salvaging the party’s political future. The good news for the party is that there will be a bounty of pickup opportunities.

Today, the GOP holds a 34-15 edge in gubernatorial offices, with one -- Alaska’s Bill Walker -- an independent. Of course, that balance could slightly change next month when voters in New Jersey and Virginia elect their next governors. But looking ahead to the 36 races next year, Republicans will have more governorships to defend: 26 to the Democrats’ nine. 

Another bit of good news for Democrats is that for the first time since 2006, Republicans will control the White House and Congress during a midterm election. Historically, voters have chosen to use midterms to register their frustration with the incumbent party at the federal level. If that pattern holds, it could affect the governors' races.

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20

Oct

2017

Will County approves $2.2 million levy, raises fees

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In a partisan vote, the Will County board approved a 2017 tax levy increase of $2.2 million — $1 million less than that proposed by County Executive Larry Walsh, D-Elwood. 

Republicans supported the levy, saying they were holding the line on taxes, and did not want to raise it by an additional $1 million.

But opposing Democrats said they wanted to make sure the county's programs, and its Health Department, were adequately funded. They also questioned where $1 million in cuts would be made in the budget.

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15

Oct

2017

Executive Larry Walsh Renews Call For Will County Public Building Commission's Elimination

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Following the release of his proposed FY 2018 budget to the Will County Board, County Executive Larry Walsh again renewed his call to eliminate the Will County Public Building Commission (PBC) despite opposition from Will County Board leadership. Walsh said this move supports the county’s continued efforts to consolidate government services and improve efficiency. 

“It has become a common theme among many of my collar county colleagues that County leaders must chart the path forward on reducing the number of governmental units, especially those that no longer serve a useful purpose,” said Walsh. “I believe the Will County PBC has served the residents of Will County well in the past but there no longer seems to be a need for this separate governmental entity. I think we should set an example by eliminating this unnecessary taxing body.”

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