Will County Democratic Central Committee - News

20

Nov

2014

Will County Board approves $465 million spending plan

Author: Editor

The Will County board on Thursday approved $465 million spending plan that includes a property tax hike aimed at generating more money to pay for improving and replacing aging area roads and facilities.

The board was split along partisan lines in approving the measure that includes a 1.5 percent tax rate increase that will pump $2.4 million into County Executive Larry Walsh’s five-year capital plan. While the budget’s passage was expected, Walsh nevertheless cast the vote to break the board’s 13-13 tie.

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20

Nov

2014

Will County budget passes along party lines

Author: Editor

In a vote split down party lines, the Will County Board approved a $465 million spending plan Thursday that includes a property tax increase for residents.

The increase amounts to about $5.50 more per year in Will County’s portion of the tax bill for residents with a $200,000 home. Some of the money also will be used for long-term capital projects.

The vote was split 13-13 with Democrats voting for the increase and Republicans voting against. County Executive Larry Walsh cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of the proposed budget. The new budget year starts Dec. 1.

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19

Nov

2014

Outcome reversed, Kelley unofficial winner in Will sheriff's race

Author: Editor

A tally of absentee and provisional ballots Tuesday reversed the outcome of the Will County sheriff's race.

Before those ballots were counted, Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Mike Kelley trailed his opponent, Ken Kaupas, by 170 votes. After election judges sifted through more than 3,000 absentee and provisional ballots, Kelley had 471 more votes than Kaupas and declared victory.

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19

Nov

2014

State decision on Elwood crossing at least weeks away

Author: Editor

The state won’t decide until at least late January whether to temporarily shut down a controversial railroad crossing in Elwood despite opposition from CenterPoint Properties, the developer of two nearby intermodals.

A series of Illinois Commerce Commission hearings concerning safety at the Walter Strawn Drive railroad crossing wrapped up this week in Chicago.

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25

Oct

2014

Tribune: Kelley for Will County Sheriff

Author: Editor
Sheriff: Incumbent Paul Kaupas is retiring, which creates the opportunity for a way-overdue overhaul of this troubled office. That's not likely to happen under Republican Ken Kaupas of Shorewood, the deputy chief of special operations and a second cousin of the incumbent. Democrat Mike Kelley of Lockport has the experience — he's a sergeant in the criminal investigations unit — and the strong ideas to accomplish significant improvements. Kelley would trim administrative expenses and revise the current process for sheriff's foreclosure sales, promising to save big money. He vows to attack the stunning rise in heroin use by young people in the suburbs by targeting dealers. Kelley is endorsed.
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