Will County Democratic Central Committee - News

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Nov

2013

Paul Vallas tapped to be Governr Quinn’s running mate

Author: Editor

Gov. Pat Quinn named former Chicago Public Schools chief Paul Vallas as his running mate Friday in a political stunner that mystified African-American politicians and angered union leaders who derided Vallas as the “wrong” choice for the job.

Vallas, a $1,200-a-day state consultant until last summer who ran the city’s schools from 1995 to 2001 and narrowly lost the 2002 Democratic primary for governor, was a little-known finalist on Quinn’s short list of running-mate possibilities.

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Nov

2013

Meeting ends with no deal for Will County and union employees

Author: Editor

A meeting called by a federal mediator to bring Will County officials and union leaders back to the bargaining table ended late Tuesday with no deal and no plans for a future meeting.

Union leaders last week gave notice they plan to terminate their contract with the county on Nov. 13, which clears the way for employees to strike if a new deal can't be reached. Employees recently voted 90 percent in favor of a strike—though the union has not yet provided the county with required five-day notice of a strike.

Both sides expressed disappointment that Tuesday's meeting did not end with better results.

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Nov

2013

Moustis questions county exec’s budget -

Author: Editor

Will County Board member Jim Moustis, who serves as Republican caucus chairman, said Tuesday that he cannot support the county’s proposed 2014 budget if it includes more money for salaries in the county executive’s office.

Nick Palmer, chief of staff for County Executive Larry Walsh, said the increase is needed to replace a deputy chief of staff position that never was filled after Chief of Staff Matt Ryan died in September 2010.

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Nov

2013

Window narrowing to avoid imminent Will County strike

Author: Editor

Time appears to be running out for Will County to settle on a new contract with its biggest employees union.

About 1,000 members of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1028 could walk off the job as early as Wednesday if nothing gets resolved before then.

County officials expect to receive a five-day strike notice by Friday, which would coincide with the union’s earlier notice that it planned to terminate its contract with the county on Wednesday


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Nov

2013

Joliet City Council ready to vote on map of districts

Author: Editor

A remap of the five Joliet City Council districts is headed for a vote.

The new map, which is unchanged from what was proposed in August, will be considered by the council at its Monday and Tuesday meetings.

The map had been put on hold to allow for community comments and the possibility of alternative maps. Several people spoke out about the map at an August meeting of the council’s legislative committee.

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