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Sep

2014

Will County budget talks include possible tax hike

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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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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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Sep

2014

Will County: Construction underway on former Social Security Administration building

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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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Sep

2014

The First Celebration of Labor

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Of all the holidays on the American calendar, Labor Day is the only one whose origins have what might be called a socially didactic quality. The parades, the speeches, the day of rest, were all initially aimed at sending messages about the class struggle. The grand marshal of the first Labor Day celebration, held in New York City in 1882, has been quoted as saying, ''Let us offer monopolists and their tools of both political parties such a sight as will make them think more profoundly than they have ever thought before.''

According to Ellen M. Litwicki, author of ''America's Public Holidays,'' that first Labor Day was an utterly different kind of holiday than the one we know now, which has little to do with profound thinking of any kind by monopolists, their political tools, or even ordinary workers. Following a mammoth parade, New Yorkers in 1882 crowded into a park where, after much speech-making, they ''ate their lunches, drank beer, listened to German singing societies and Irish fiddlers, danced to union bands, and viewed fireworks displays in the evening.'' It sounds like the Fourth of July, with a touch of St. Patrick's Day and May Day thrown in.

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