Will County Democratic Central Committee - News

7

Aug

2014

Power firm NRG to close plant, cut jobs, as part of pollution reduction plan

Author: Editor

NRG Energy Inc. announced Thursday a pollution reduction plan for its four Illinois coal-fired generating plants that pushed the state more than halfway toward meeting new proposed federal limits for reducing carbon dioxide pollution.

NRG Energy officials told the Tribune on Wednesday that it will cease coal operations at one generating unit in Romeoville (the Will County plant), convert its Joliet plant to burn natural gas and upgrade its two other coal plants in Pekin and Waukegan to comply with environmental regulations.

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27

Jul

2014

New law holds county appointees more accountable

Author: Editor

A new measure signed into law gives Will County Board members more authority to remove county appointees who violate ethics standards.

It’s a move welcomed by county appointees such as Nick Palmer, chief of staff for Will County Executive Larry Walsh. Palmer was appointed by Walsh in 2004 as deputy chief of staff but was later promoted to chief of staff in 2010.

“I think it’s good. It’s what I’ve always known,” Palmer said Friday. “If it restores any confidence of the taxpayers in the board, I think that’s a positive thing. It could also discourage people who might want to do something that’s not in the public’s best interest. Hopefully it discourages them because they know people are watching.”

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23

Jul

2014

Road ordinance repealed by Elwood Village Board

Author: Editor

The Elwood Village Board voted to repeal an ordinance passed May 21 instituting road restrictions designed to reduce the number of vehicles crossing the Union Pacific Railroad track at Walter Strawn Drive.

The action taken Wednesday night passed unanimously with no comment from trustees. President William Offerman and Trustee Francis “Bud” Jones were absent.

After the village instituted the changes in May, CenterPoint, APL and the Union Pacific Railroad argued successfully in federal court for a temporary restraining order.

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23

Jul

2014

Will County Clerk announces new voting rules

Author: Editor

Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots has issued a news release outlining rules for early voting and grace period registration/voting for the Nov. 4 election in light of a new state law enacted July 1.

Early voting will extend through Nov. 2.

Grace period registration/voting has been extended through the closing of the polls at 7 p.m. on Election Day.

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20

Jul

2014

County Compensation: What do elected board members make?

Author: Editor

As with municipalities throughout the area, the paychecks and perks that go with jobs for elected county board officials vary widely across the region.

Although county board members are expected to log in at least 21 hours of work a week to be eligible for pension benefits, board members in Kane and Will counties make half as much as those in DuPage County.

And in the smaller Kendall County — population 116,000, according to the 2011 U.S. Census report — board members receive a base salary of $2,400 a year, with another $85 for each meeting attended, with chairmen of the Finance Committee and the Planning, Building and Zoning Committee each getting an additional stipend.

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