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24

Dec

2017

IL Democratic Women - Women of Will County Annual Meeting

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Saturday, January 27th, 2018

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Fountaindale Public Library - 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook, IL 60440

 

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15

Dec

2017

Downtown Joliet Plans Groundbreaking For $100 Million Courthouse

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It's been more than two years since Patch brought you details of plans to build a new Will County Courthouse. Like the historic Rialto Square Theatre, the new $100 million courthouse is expected to become a remarkable architectural addition to Joliet's downtown. Over the past week, chain link fence has been placed around the perimeter of the soon-to-be-demolished First Midwest Bank building. In its place will be a new 10-story county government building that is expected to serve the needs of Will County-area residents for many decades to come.

At 11 a.m. Tuesday, several of Will County's most noteworthy public officials will be on hand for an outdoor groundbreaking ceremony. The cast will include Will County Executive Larry Walsh, Joliet Mayor Bob O'Dekirk, Will County Board Speaker Jim Moustis and Will County Chief Judge Richard Schoenstedt. The ceremonial occasion will take place at 62 West Washington St. behind the current First Midwest building.

"The new $100 million courthouse will be filled with state of the art technology and will accommodate the future growth of Will County, which is anticipated to top 1 million by 2040," proclaims a press release from the office of Executive Larry Walsh.

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14

Dec

2017

New Will County public safety complex to improve communication, response time

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A brand new, $33 million Will County Public Safety complex will be fully operational by the end of December. It stands next to its tiny predecessor, a sheriff's office with little breathing room, and a perpetually leaky roof.

"You had to strategically place certain files where you knew water wasn't going to leak," said Will County Sheriff Mike Kelley.

Ever since he was hired back in 1988, Kelley remembers talk of a new sheriff's facility. Now, it's finally happening, and he's the first sheriff to occupy it.

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9

Dec

2017

Will County battles opioid epidemic behind bars

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More than 50 Will County jail inmates are participating in a medical program to treat their opioid use disorder, and many more in the county's court system have been identified as needing help to address substance abuse issues, according to officials.

Ron Vlasaty, executive director of the Family Guidance Center, told the county board's Judicial Committee Tuesday that a Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program, which began at the county jail in July to administer Vivitrol to combat opioid addiction, currently has 51 people in treatment.

The center received a $540,000 federal grant to help Will County address the opioid epidemic with Vivitrol, he said. Previously, the sheriff's department would transport inmates to the center at 2400 Glenwood Ave. in Joliet to receive the monthly injection and counseling. By going into the jail, Vlasaty said they save staff time.

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5

Dec

2017

Will County raises state's bicentennial flag

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Will County officials helped launched the state's 200th birthday celebration Monday by raising the official bicentennial flag during a brief ceremony in front of the county's administration building. 

"When anyone hits 200 we should celebrate," said County Executive Larry Walsh, D-Elwood, who opened the program, as the Will County Sheriff's Department honor guard presented colors and the members of the Joliet Central High School sang the national anthem.

"As we embark on a year-long celebration, we are proud to display this flag to mark this important anniversary," he said, adding that he is "proud of the rich history of our state."

 

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