Will County Board Members Judy Ogalla, Gloria Dollinger, Don Moran, Annette Parker and Don Gould Volunteering at Sator Sanchez Elementary School with the Northern Illinois Food Bank Mobile Pantry
Parker Appointed to Cornerstone Board
Aims to help individuals with disabilities
JOLIET, IL – Will County Board Member Annette Parker (R-Crest Hill) has recently been appointed to the Board of Directors for Cornerstone Services, an agency that provides services and support for individuals with disabilities in Joliet, Will County, and Kankakee County.
"I am honored to be a member of Cornerstone's Board of Directors," Parker said. "Cornerstone provides essential services to those with disabilities so they can lead more independent lives. I look forward to working with the other board members and the Cornerstone staff to advocate for those in Will County who need a little bit more help getting their voices heard."
Board Members Tour New Public Safety Complex
Construction ahead of schedule and under budget
JOLIET, IL – Will County Board members decided to check the progress of one of the county's biggest capital improvement projects late last month. Jim Moustis (R-Frankfort), Gloria Dollinger (R-Joliet), and Don Moran (D-Romeoville) visited the new Public Safety Complex in Joliet, which is now ahead of schedule and under budget thanks to an accelerated contract.
"It was rewarding to see the construction of the Public Safety Complex coming along so well," said Board Speaker Jim Moustis. "The project has been a great example of the county board leadership's efforts to make the lives of Will County residents safer."
Construction on the Public Safety Complex began in October 2016, and was initially estimated to be completed by March 2018 at a cost of $29.5 million. The building should be complete three months early, in December 2017, thanks to an accelerated contract.
Will County Adopts 2040 Plan
Long range transportation plan identifies multimodal priorities
JOLIET – At the March meeting of the Will County Board, members voted to adopt the Long Range Transportation Plan known as Will Connects 2040. This plan will be a blueprint to transform the county’s transportation plan over the next 25 years.
“The transportation needs of our county have changed dramatically over the past ten years,” said Will County Executive Larry Walsh. “The Will Connects 2040 plan has studied our present and future needs, identified potential funding sources, and has determined a set of strategic investment priorities to move our county forward. As the world’s largest inland port and the one of the fastest growing counties in the state, I am proud we are taking this proactive initiative in planning for our future.”
"Will County will continue to develop infrastructure to better serve our residents, which is why it is important to keep an updated transportation plan,” said Will County Board Speaker Jim Moustis. “Will Connects 2040 will provide a guide for future development projects so we can make sure we address the needs of residents with ample planning and funding."
Will County Board Member to Speak on NACo Health Roundtable
Will discuss changing landscape of national healthcare
JOLIET, IL – Will County Board member Denise Winfrey (D-Joliet) has been selected to participate in the Healthy Counties Roundtable Discussion for the National Association of Counties (NACo) this April in Hartford, Connecticut.
“I’m proud to represent Will County at this roundtable discussion,” said Winfrey. “I know access to and coverage by affordable healthcare is something many people are concerned about with potential changes to the healthcare system looming in the future. I will make sure to make the concerns of my constituents known at the national level.”
City, County Agree to Open Chicago Street
Negotiations between leaders further Joliet's development
JOLIET, IL – Officials from the Will County Executive, Will County Board and the City of Joliet have announced that after years of being closed between Washington and Jefferson streets, Chicago Street will open to the public as part of a larger property exchange between the county and city. The agreement will benefit Joliet’s downtown redevelopment plans, the county, and the general public.
“Every downtown development plan the city has invested in indicates that reconnecting Chicago Street is key to revitalize downtown Joliet,” said Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk. “The city has talked about this for years, but took no action to make it happen. I am thrilled that we have worked out this deal and can announce that reconnecting Chicago Street and building the city center square is no longer just an idea, it will be a reality. Thanks to our staff, councilman John Gerl, and our good friends at Will County for once again coming together to improve our great city."
As part of the negotiations, Will County has agreed to trade property with Joliet that will allow Chicago Street to open between Washington and Jefferson streets. Joliet will also receive Van Buren Plaza, where the former State's Attorney building now sits across from the historic Rialto Square Theater, on which to build a public square.
Waste Management Presents Check to Will County
More than half a million after collaboration
JOLIET, IL – At this month's Will County Board meeting, a representative from Waste Management presented Will County Board leadership with a $650,000 host community benefit check for the Laraway Recycling and Disposal Facility Expansion.
"We've been working with Waste Management to find the best solution for the Laraway landfill for a while," said Democratic minority leader Herb Brooks (D-Joliet). "It's nice to have the expansion officially approved, and to receive this generous check. I want to give a big thanks to Waste Management for their continued support to District 8."
Waste Management began working with Will County in 2007 on a host agreement to take over the environmental remediation of the phosphogypsum stack at the site of the defunct Olin Chemical plant, in exchange for an expansion of the Laraway landfill.
Academic Scholarships Available for Will County Students
Up to $3,000 for government-oriented scholar
JOLIET, IL – The Will County Board is encouraging local high school students to apply for the 2017 Illinois Counties Association (ICA) Scholarships before the deadline on April 28.
"This is a great opportunity for local Will County students to benefit from the hard work they put into high school as they go into college," said Suzanne Hart (R-Naperville). "Will County has many academically competitive high schools, and I'm sure students could win a few scholarships."
Weight limit reduced on Channahon-Minooka Rd.
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