When I caught up with Tim Ryan, the recovering heroin addict was, as always, going a mile a minute.
The founder of Man in Recovery had just walked out of Elgin High School where he’d spoken to over 200 kids about his own life story, including the loss of son Nicholas this year to a heroin overdose.
“It was fantastic,” he said of the students’ enthusiastic reaction to the message he and others from the LTM Heroin Awareness Foundation had just delivered..
Categories: Local Issues, State Issues, National Issues
Tags: Bill Foster, 11th Congressional, Heroin
A newly signed law that’ll more than double what Illinois jurors are paid while reducing the size of civil case juries is earning mixed reviews from criminal justice experts.
Gov. Pat Quinn signed the measure Friday that backers say could lead to more diverse juries and offset anticipated costs by cutting back jurors in all civil cases from 12 to 6. But some counties are concerned about picking up the tab and researchers and advocacy groups believe smaller juries mean less impartial verdicts.
To the measure’s sponsor – who was lobbied by the former Illinois Trial Lawyers Association president – raising juror stipends is a simple equation.
Categories: Local Issues, State Issues
Tags: Courts, General Assembly, Courthouse
On Wednesday, Will County officials joined with leaders from First Midwest Bank to assume possession of the bank building upper floors at 50 W. Jefferson St. in downtown Joliet.
The county is planning to relocate some of its offices to the second, third, and fourth floors of the building and First Midwest will continue operations on the first floor until 2017.
Categories: Local Issues
Tags: County Board, Joliet, Courthouse, County Executive
A bill that would allow Will County to continue to use the Prairie View Landfill in Florence Township for an additional 15 years passed the U.S. House on Thursday, with bipartisan support from U.S. Reps. Bill Foster, D-11th, and Adam Kinzinger, R-16th.
The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2015, which has yet to be voted on in the Senate, included a provision inserted by Kinzinger and Foster that allows Will County to continue using the 455-acre dump on the site of the former Joliet Arsenal through 2041.
Categories: Local Issues, National Issues
Tags: Bill Foster, County Board, County Executive