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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.

Will County Announces New Protocols for Public Access to County Building

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Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant is announcing new protocols for public access to the County Office Building on 302 N. Chicago Street in Joliet. The protocols will be following strict CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of both the public and county employees. Bertino-Tarrant strongly encourages residents to call and schedule an appointment prior to traveling to the building.

“Our goal is to have safe, effective procedures to protect the public and our employees while maintaining high quality services for all who live, work, or do business in Will County,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “We sincerely appreciate everyone’s patience as we move through the necessary COVID-19 protocols to make our building accessible to the public.”

CALL FIRST

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Some offices within Will County government are re-opening and others are observing alternate business operations. Everyone is encouraged to call the office before planning a visit.

Please continue to observe the three W's:

Wear a mask.
Wash your hands.
Watch your distance.

County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant interviewed by NCTV-17 about her new role

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When former Will County Executive Larry Walsh announced he would not seek reelection in 2020, it would be the first time in 16 years someone new would hold the position.

After all the ballots were counted, it would also be the first time a woman was elected to the office.

“When the late Larry Walsh Sr. said he was not going to run again, I knew it was an opportunity for me to come home and be able to focus on my community where I’ve been all my life,” said Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, who was sworn in to the executive position in December.

Will County residents encouraged to register for COVID-19 vaccine

Health Department survey important to planning for future vaccine clinics

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With the COVID-19 vaccine being rolled out to more sectors of the population on almost a weekly basis, the Will County Health Department has set up an online registration portal and encourages residents to logon, take the survey, and register for future vaccine clinics.


Will County extends liquor license renewal schedule

Extends annual license deadline to March 1 and September 1

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As COVID-19 restrictions continue to put additional burdens on local restaurant and bar owners, the Will County Board voted to amend its liquor license ordinance to extend the renewal fee due dates to March 1, 2021 and September 1, 2021. The current deadlines for renewal fees are January 1 and July 1. This change only applies to liquor licenses issued in the unincorporated areas of Will County.
 

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June is Pet Preparedness Month

June is Pet Preparedness Month

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency has designated June as Pet Preparedness Month.

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Still have questions about the COVID-19 Vaccine??

Still have questions about the COVID-19 Vaccine??

Join a virtual discussion from noon until 1pm on Friday, June 11 to learn more information about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine.
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Next Generation of Athletes

Next Generation of Athletes

Rising boxing star, Joseph Awinongya Jr., 14, was honored by Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant for his numerous accomplishments in the world of boxing.
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First Responders Across Will County Train on Active Threat Scenarios

First Responders Across Will County Train on Active Threat Scenarios

Over the past few years the Will County Active Threat Task Force has been training local first responder agencies for active threat scenarios. This Task Force is made up of law enforcement, fire departments and emergency management agencies.





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Drive Thru Job Fair set for Tuesday, June 22, in University Park

Drive Thru Job Fair set for Tuesday, June 22, in University Park

Workforce Center of Will County, in conjunction with University Park Village Hall, will host a Drive Thru Job Fair from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 22, at the Village Hall, 44 Town Center Drive.

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More than 95,000 books redistributed during annual event

More than 95,000 books redistributed during annual event

More than 95,000 books changed hands at the annual Book Reuse/Recycling Event sponsored by the Will County Land Use Department’s Resource Recovery and Energy Division the first weekend in June.

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