When teen births decreased by 52% in Bolingbrook from 2014-2017, it was certainly noticed and celebrated by the community. And it appears that a team effort by the Bolingbrook Alliance for Teen Pregnancy Prevention (BATPP), following a grant awarded to the Will County Health Department (WCHD), may have contributed to this good news.
"It is our responsibility to help our young people succeed as adults," said Will County Board Member Jackie Traynere (D-Bolingbrook) "Part of their success is tied to sex education and providing young people with the tools to responsibly plan for their futures. This collaboration will lead to happier, healthier adults and families in our community and that's good for everyone."
JOLIET – Will County Board members today condemned instances of racism, religious intolerance, and xenophobia that have recently been witnessed throughout the Chicago area and in Will County.
“As a county board, we are responsible for protecting the health and safety of the residents of Will County,” said County Board Speaker Denise Winfrey (D-Joliet). “Hatred, whether of race, religion or sexual orientation is dangerous. Our County will not tolerate it in any of our communities.”
Building will replace 100-year-old facility built as TB sanitorium
JOLIET – The Will County Board broke ground today on a new 60,000 square foot building for the Will County Health Department (WCHD). The new facility will replace a century old building that the Health Department has operated out of since the 1940’s and which can no longer adequately serve the needs of county residents.
“This is a major improvement for public health in Will County,” said County Board Speaker Denise Winfrey (D-Joliet). “The County Board has worked with County Executive Walsh and Will County Health Department Executive Director Sue Olenek to make sure that residents can easily access the services that they need in one place.”
JOLIET--The Will County Public Safety Complex today was named as the “Project of the Year” for 2018 by the American Public Works Association Southwest branch. The 85,000 square foot facility received the award for the $25-$75 million structure category during a ceremony held at the Patrick Haley Mansion in Joliet on Wednesday January 9th.
“We are extremely gratified and humbled by this prestigious award for our new Public Safety Complex,” said Denise Winfrey, Speaker of the Will County Board. “From design conception and first spade in the ground until completion late last year, every detail of our new Sheriff’s Office, 911 Dispatch Center and Emergency Telephone System Board (ETSB) was given meticulous attention and today that hard work paid off with this award.”
JOLIET--Will County Board Speaker Denise Winfrey has named Moira Dunn, a seasoned prosecutor in the State's Attorney's office, as chief of staff for the newly seated 26-member county board. Dunn brings nearly a decade of experience in Will County government to her new position. The Will County Board Chief of Staff serves at the pleasure of the majority party.
"I am pleased to have a person like Moira as our new chief of staff," said Will County Board Speaker Denise Winfrey (D-Joliet). “She is extremely well qualified with deep experience in county government and a demonstrated commitment to community service that will serve the County Board and the residents of Will County well in the years ahead."
Six new Board Members sworn into office
JOLIET – Long-time Will County Board member Denise Winfrey (D-Joliet) today made history when she was sworn in as the first-ever female Speaker of the Will County Board. As leader of the majority party on the board, Winfrey was elected to the top post Monday where she will serve as the chief constitutional officer of the 26 member body.
“I am deeply honored and humbled to assume the Speakership of this great institution and I pledge to work in the best interests of the 700,000 people who call Will County home,” Winfrey said. “ Ours is a thriving, vibrant and growing county that holds much untapped potential for strong economic growth and I aim to direct that growth toward a higher standard of living and a better quality of life for our citizens.”
JOLIET -- As construction gets set to begin on a new Health Department facility for Will County, the County Board has entered into a project labor management agreement (PLA) that is designed to ensure high quality, cost effectiveness and timeliness. The county board inked the agreement with, the Three Rivers Construction Alliance, the Will and Grundy Counties Building Trades Council and Leopardo Inc during its October board meeting.
The Will County Board announced today that they have received federal funding of $500,000 to improve the security and safety of seven facilities and their surrounding grounds within the Homer Community Consolidated School District 33-C.
“We’re very pleased that our grant for school safety improvements was accepted by the U.S. Attorney General’s office,” said Will County Board Member Mike Fricilone (R-Homer Glen). “The Will County Board is always looking to partner with other agencies to seek out alternative funding sources.”
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