ISACo to advocate for county priorities
Will County Speaker Denise Winfrey has just announced the appointment of board member Mimi Cowan (D- Naperville) to the ISACo Large Urban Counties Committee saying that she will be a strong, knowledgeable advocate for all of the counties in the group.
“I am honored that Speaker Winfrey has the confidence in me to advocate for the 600,000 people of Will County on this new and important statewide county organization,” Cowan said.
Joe McCoy who is the Executive Director of ISACo said of her, “Denise Winfrey was among a group of Illinois county leaders that recognized the need for an organization like ISACo and who actively pursued its formation.”
A key focus of the new association is to connect the six large Chicago area counties with downstate and rural counties to form a statewide organization that provides broad and inclusive representation and support services for Illinois counties generally. Its ultimate goal is to foster a stronger collective voice for all 102 counties in the state of Illinois.
“ISACo has the wherewithal to stitch together all the counties in our state and reach out with a strong voice for many shared priorities such as funding for county initiatives and projects in any new capital funding bill that emerges from Springfield,” Winfrey said. “I am personally excited that ISACo can help us deliver on this and other priorities.”
Among other state projects, Will County has advocated strongly for funding for improvements to the I-80 corridor and to other traffic concerns in the ever-expanding logistics companies in Will County.
Winfrey is also using ISACo to battle for continuation of the Community Development Block Grant program which has allowed for leveraging of millions of federal dollars in recent years. Among the communities that have benefitted from the CDBGs are the communities of Ridgewood and Fairmount which have long been plagued by flooding and drainage issues.
Winfrey added “Will County wants to see ISACo advocate aggressively for counties to ensure they have the resources and tools to provide for the health, safety and welfare of our county residents.”