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30

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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25

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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18

Sep

2014

Will County: Construction underway on former Social Security Administration building

Author: Editor

If all goes as planned, the Will County Recorder of Deeds and Coroner offices will move into the former Social Security Administration building in downtown Joliet before the end of the year.

County and local officials Thursday celebrated the start of construction on the building, 158 N. Scott St.

Montgomery-based Lite Construction Inc. is remodeling the 11,500-square-foot building for $1.4 million under the guidance of architecture firm Cordogan Clark & Associates.

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27

Aug

2014

Fee would help finance new Will County courthouse

Author: Editor

The Will County Board now has the authority to impose court fees to help pay for construction of a new courthouse.

House Bill 5889, sponsored by state Sen. Pat McGuire, D-Joliet, and Rep. Larry Walsh Jr., D-Elwood, was signed into law Tuesday.

It’s estimated that the fees could raise between $1.5 and $2 million a year for the project, depending on the fee structure, which would be set by the county board.

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23

Aug

2014

Will County and RTA officials praise "Will-Ride"

Author: Editor

Will County and Regional Transportation Authority officials on Friday lauded the success of a transportation program for senior citizens and people with disabilities.

The “Will-Ride” program serves an average of 1,000 riders a month in eastern Will County and county officials are hoping the program will expand to other areas besides the seven townships it currently serves. The program was launched in 2013 after years of research into the potential need for the service in Will County.

“We’re celebrating that we have seven townships working together and partnering and we have many more that are on the way hopefully and are going to join us soon,” said Nick Palmer, chief of staff for the Will County Executive office.

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