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Oct

2014

Regional planning group keeps Illiana Tollway alive

Author: Editor

A key Chicago-area planning agency on Thursday agreed to keep the Illiana Tollway as part of the region’s long-range transportation plan despite strong opposition that it would be an overly costly “road to nowhere.”

As it did last year, the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Policy Committee rejected opponents’ arguments and voted to keep the tollway in the updated Go To 2040 plan, which outlines about $360 billion in land use and transportation spending between now and 2040 in northeast Illinois.

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Oct

2014

County’s job board offers record number of opportunities for job seekers

Author: Editor

It has been a busy time at Workforce Services Division of Will County as a record number of job opportunities have been posted on WSD's job board.

"It's a very busy time right now," said Scott Kettman, Business Services/Special Projects Supervisor at WSD. "Which is an awesome thing for job seekers."

During the last full week in September, the agency's job board hit a record number of postings with the number of listings hovering around 250-plus. "Many postings need multiple people," Kettman said. "Some postings can mean 100 open positions.

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Oct

2014

Will County Sheriff candidate Kelley gets more police union support

Author: Editor

With a month to go before the election, the Will County Sheriff's candidates are getting their endorsements in line.

Democrat Mike Kelley, a 25-year deputy, announced Wednesday the Fraternal Order of Police units for police supervisors and patrol officers in Joliet support his candidacy.

Kelley and Republican Ken Kaupas, a state police veteran who is a deputy chief in the sheriff's department, will face one another for Will County Sheriff in the November election. Kaupas' second cousin Paul Kaupas has been sheriff since 2002.

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Sep

2014

Will County budget talks include possible tax hike

Author: Editor

Budget battles have begun in Will County with Republicans and Democrats differing on how to fund capital improvement projects during a finance committee meeting Tuesday.

In his recent budget address, County Executive Larry Walsh, a Democrat, proposed increasing the property tax levy by 1.5 percent, the rate of inflation, which with new property would generate $2.9 million annually, $2.4 million of which would be earmarked for capital projects such as remodeling the sheriff’s office, building a new courthouse and improving the health department.

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Sep

2014

Bad U.S. roads force "just in time" manufacturers to plan for 'just in case'

Author: Editor

Some of America's leanest manufacturers share a fat secret.

Companies like Whirlpool and Caterpillar are making costly additions to their otherwise sinewy supply chains to compensate for aging U.S. roads that are too potholed and congested for "just in time" delivery.

Some opt to keep more trucks and inventory on the road. Others are leasing huge "just in case" warehouses and guarded parking lots on the edges of big cities. All that activity raises costs, which are expected to increase even more if roads are allowed to deteriorate further and an improving economy boosts traffic.

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