Will County Democratic Central Committee - News

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Road ordinance repealed by Elwood Village Board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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19

Jul

2014

Republican Board member & Protesters rally on I-355 bridge against illegal immigration

Author: Editor

Members of Southland Tea Party groups and others protested on the 127th Street bridge over Interstate 355 on Saturday in response to the thousands of undocumented children crossing the border into the United States,

“We are trying to bring attention to our topic that we don’t want any of these people in our area, and if we found out where they’re at, we’ll go protest where they’re at,” said organizer and Will County Board member Steve Balich, R-Homer Glen, a member of the Will County Tea Party Alliance. “I’m talking about the children, but that’s the other fallacy, they’re not just children, they’re under 18.”

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18

Jul

2014

Will County OKs training cops to stop heroin overdoses

Author: Editor

Will County added another tool in its fight against the heroin epidemic as it launched a Naloxone distribution and education program to reverse the effects of a heroin overdose.

It is another step in the county’s continuing collaborative effort to fight heroin, which began over two years ago with its HELPS (Heroin Education Leads to Preventative Solutions) program.

Through a grant with the U.S. Department of Justice, the Will County Board approved a one-year $36,000 contract with Dr. Kathleen Burke to train police officers in how to use Naloxone — more commonly known as Narcan ­— a nasal spray that can save the life of someone overdosing on heroin.

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