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Will County Executive Reminds Residents of Resources Available for Rental, Mortgage, and Utility Assistance

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Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant is reminding residents in need of rental, mortgage, or utility payments that financial assistance is still available for those impacted by economic hardships related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This follows an announcement by the Illinois Housing Development Authority of a second application period for Illinois Rental Payment Program (ILRPP) funds opening on December 6th.

Will County Health Department offers safety tips to ensure healthy and happy holiday gatherings

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The Will County Health Department reminds residents to continue to observe COVID-19 safety protocols at upcoming family gatherings. Because of the availability of the vaccine and the growing number of people who are receiving the vaccine, many families are expected to resume traditional celebrations.

WILL COUNTY RECEIVED $40.5 MILLION IN RENTAL ASSISTANCE APPLICATIONS FROM LANDLORDS AND TENANTS

RENTAL ASSISTANCE FUNDING STILL AVAILABLE TO AVOID EVICTION

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Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant announced today that 3,687 completed applications, totaling $40,531,273 in rental assistance, have been received through the Illinois Rental Payment Program (ILRPP) to help residents and landlords who have been financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Will County to Require Masks at County Buildings

COVID Infections on the rise amongst unvaccinated

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Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant is announcing new protocols around face coverings at Will County Buildings. Starting Monday, August 2, the public, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, will be required to wear a mask or face covering upon entering any county building and during any time spent in county buildings.

Will County Officials encourage residents to continue COVID-19 precautions

Number of positive cases in the county are on the rise

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While nearly half the population of Will County is fully vaccinated, local officials are cautioning residents to continue COVID-19 precautions as the number of Delta variant cases are increasing. These precautions include frequent hand washing, social distancing and wearing a mask in public places for those who are unvaccinated.

Will County to offer third round of Small Business Grants to local businesses that have not received previous CARES funding

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Will County officials announced it will begin accepting applications for up to at $10,000 grant from local small business owners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through its Small Business Grant Program. Businesses in highly impacted industries, such as restaurants, bars or taverns, events or performing arts venues, museums, and fitness centers will be given preference.

WILL COUNTY VACCINATIONS TRIPLE, 25.36% OF RESIDENTS ARE FULLY VACCINATED

Will County moves to sixth most vaccinated county in the State

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The Will County Executive and Will County Health Department (WCHD) today announced that in the past six weeks, Will County has tripled the number of fully vaccinated individuals from 7.10 percent on March 9 to 25.36 percent on April 23 – moving the county to the sixth most vaccinated county in Illinois, up from 90th in the same time period.

All Will County residents over age 16 eligible for vaccine as county opens scheduling online April 12

Residents urged to schedule vaccine and practice COVID-19 safety as Will County COVID-19 cases rise in past two weeks.

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Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant and Will County Health Department Executive Director Sue Olenek announced today that the health department will move to open scheduling on Monday, April 12, as Will County moves to universal eligibility for individuals 16 and older.

County Announces Pair of Community Vaccination Clinics

Will serve residents age 65+, First Responders, Teachers in Wilmington and Monee to win battle against COVID-19

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The Will County Executive Office and Will County Health Department today announced another milestone in beating the COVID-19 virus by opening Community Vaccination Clinics in Wilmington beginning the week of March 22 and Monee beginning the week of March 29.

Will County to Create Second Grant Program for Small Businesses

Program to prioritize businesses in areas impacted most by COVID-19

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Building on the success of its recently completed small business grant program, Will County has taken steps to begin creating another program designed to provide financial assistance for small businesses.

The Will County Board approved the move during a special meeting on Friday, Feb. 26.

COVID-19 Vaccine Supply in Will County does not meet needs of population

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Nearly 100,000 seniors anxious to receive the vaccine, county only receiving shipments in 2,000 doses increments.

Calls to the Will County Health Department COVID-19 hotline are topping more than 800 per day, some days reaching 1,000 calls per day, which is overwhelming the current system as residents in the 1b category, 65+, are trying to schedule appointments for the vaccines.
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Mike Theodore
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Public Information Officer
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Will County Land Use Department Reminds Residents, Builders of Updated County Building Codes

Will County Land Use Department Reminds Residents, Builders of Updated County Building Codes

The new year brings newly updated building codes from the Will County Land Use Department. The codes are updated every six years to align with international building codes.
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Will County Eviction-Diversion Pilot Project to be Fully Implemented

Will County Eviction-Diversion Pilot Project to be Fully Implemented

County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant and 12th Judicial Circuit Court Chief Judge Daniel Kennedy today announced that their joint eviction-diversion program has successfully left the pilot stage and will become a formal process to help mitigate COVID-19 related housing impacts.

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Workforce Center of Will County to Host Second Career Fair for Individuals with Disabilities in Frankfort

Workforce Center of Will County to Host Second Career Fair for Individuals with Disabilities in Frankfort

Following the success of the first Career Fair for Individuals with Disabilities, the Workforce Center of Will County is partnering with Frankfort Township to host a second job fair on Tuesday, January 25. The first career fair for individuals with disabilities, held in October of 2021, attracted more than 100 job seekers and 12 employers.
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Project Acclaim Honors Will County for Assistance with Vaccination Clinic Held at Joliet West High School

Project Acclaim Honors Will County for Assistance with Vaccination Clinic Held at Joliet West High School

Project Acclaim, a Joliet-based civic pride organization, has inducted the Will County Executive’s Office and the Health Department, along with Joliet Fire Department, Amita St. Joseph Medical Center, and Joliet Township High School into its 2021 Hall of Pride for the coordinated effort to establish the Joliet West High School Vaccination Clinic. Representatives from Project Acclaim presented the award to County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant and Health Department Executive Director Sue Olenek at the January meeting of the Will County Board.
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Will County Executive Reminds Residents of Local Warming Centers

Will County Executive Reminds Residents of Local Warming Centers

As temperatures plummet and a prolonged deep freeze is anticipated, Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant reminds residents to utilize local warming centers if necessary. A complete list of warming shelters is listed on the home page of the Will County Emergency Management Agency’s website at www.willcountyema.org.
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