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22

Aug

2014

Transportation woes, strengths highlighted in State of the County address

Author: Editor

As Will County grows as “a major player in the global marketplace,” transportation remains one of the area’s greatest assets – and one of its greatest challenges, County Executive Larry Walsh said Thursday.

 “A massive increase in global trade has increased freight traffic in Will County, has brought new economic opportunities and, at the same time, created some local infrastructure challenges,” Walsh told members of the Will County Board during Thursday’s annual State of the County address.

“Our residents have experienced the frustrations of traffic congestion,” he added. “But we must remember the incredible benefits of this growth, including more jobs and more consumers in Will County.”

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17

Aug

2014

Will County’s jobless rate down, job growth rising

Author: Editor

Will County is improving on all fronts – including jobless rates, job growth and business investments.

That was the message from John Greuling, president and CEO of the Will County Center for Economic Development, last week as he presented the nonprofit’s mid-year report to members of the Will County Board’s Executive Committee.

Experiencing an increase of 3.5 percent in job growth, Will County saw three times the increase Illinois did between June 2013 and June 2014, according to the CED report. Will also surpassed job growth in Cook and DuPage counties.

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16

Aug

2014

Pace adds additional ‘Bus on Shoulder’ routes on Interstate 55

Author: Editor

Heading into work Monday, Pace riders who commute to downtown Chicago may notice fewer stops – and a quicker commute.

To bring faster times and more direct services, Pace has split its Route 855 into three different routes, with No. 855 starting in Plainfield, No. 851 starting in South Bolingbrook and No. 850 starting in North Bolingbrook.

A ridership increase along Route 755 also led Pace officials to increase services and make slight schedule adjustments. Route 755, which starts in Plainfield, once ended at University of Chicago/Medical District, but now ends at Chicago’s Union Station.

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12

Aug

2014

I-55 construction in Channahon Township nearing completion

Author: Editor

Bridge work on Interstate 55 near Channahon — marred with seven fatalities and more than 100 accidents over the course of two construction seasons — will likely wrap up next week.

Illinois Department of Transportation crews could complete repairs as early as next week, but the reopening of lanes won't start until the week of Aug. 25, state Rep. Larry Walsh Jr., D-Elwood, said Tuesday.

Labor Day is still considered the target completion date, but IDOT officials are working to complete the work “as soon as possible” and reopen lanes prior to the holiday weekend, IDOT spokeswoman Paris Ervin said in an email.

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9

Aug

2014

Emissions go down, so will jobs

Author: Editor

NRG Energy's announcement last week of a unit shutdown and conversion to natural gas at two local power plants may have been a victory for environmentalists but it will come at a cost of 250 well-paid jobs that may be tough to replace.

 “Much of these are well-paid, union jobs, and a lot of those guys have been there a long time,” said John Greuling, president and CEO for Will County Center for Economic Development. “Pay is not what it used to be for a lot of these jobs. That's another trend in the overall economy that all of us are trying to adjust to.”

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