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Will County 911 accepts text messages

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For anyone who needs help immediately, but can’t talk to a 911 dispatcher, there’s a new option starting Thursday, October 15, 2015 in Will County.  “9-1-1: Call if you can, Text if you can’t”, is the new message being announced as the Will County 9-1-1 System introduces Text-to 9-1-1 Service, said Caryn DeMarco, Will County 9-1-1 Public Education Manager. DeMarco stated, “Voice Calls to 9-1-1 are still the best and fastest way to contact 9-1-1.”

Will County Land Use Department to host Energy Summit for Local Schools

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The Will County Land Use Department, will be hosting an Energy Summit for schools personnel in Will County from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at William E. Young School in Homer Glen. The event is specifically designed for teachers, maintenance staff, administrators and school board members. Local experts will be sharing tips and information about energy efficiency.

     

Will County Executive Walsh presents FY 2016 annual budget

Plans include maintaining sound fiscal policies; updating county facilities

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     At today’s Will County Board meeting, County Executive Larry Walsh presented his budget proposal for the 2016 fiscal year. The budget plan totals $482 million and includes a corporate fund of $194 million and special funds of $288 million.

     “This year’s budget is balanced and reflects Will County’s strong financial base,” Walsh said. “The budget I am recommending outlines the next steps we must take to keep our county moving forward on a sound fiscal path.”

Will County’s Recyclepalooza being held on Sept. 12th at Sharefest in New Lenox

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     During this year’s Sharefest in New Lenox, Will County Green will host a Recyclepalooza event from 8am until 3pm on Sat. Sept. 12 at Spencer School, 1711 Spencer Road.  This event will collect household hazardous materials and other recyclable items.

     Due to the increased popularity of this event, Sharefest organizers have extended the activities over several days. Will County collection and recycling events will take place only on Sept. 12. On Sept. 19, Sharefest activities will include a blood drive, a food drive, and a health and safety fair.

     Electronics, such as computers, televisions, printers, radios, phones, VCRs, microwaves, vacuums and more, will also be accepted only on Sept. 12. Other items accepted on Sept. 12 include foam plastic, wood, and carpet. 

Will County offers residents spay/neuter discount for pets in October

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 Will County residents who have their pets spayed or neutered at participating veterinary offices in October can receive a $40 county-sponsored discount. 

     The discount applies for up to two animals per household and is exclusively for pet owners who live in Will County. More than 11,000 pets have been treated since the program began in 2007. 

Will County Receives Grant to Support Paratransit Services

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 Will County has received a $139,261 grant from the Northeastern Illinois Agency on Aging in support of the Will-Ride transit program. According to Will County Executive Larry Walsh, this grant will help fund the paratransit services available to the elderly, disabled, and low-income residents in Will County.
     “We have been working for a number of years to improve transit services to underserved areas of Will County,” said Walsh. “The announcement of these grants funds to Will County is a great step forward as we continue to improve coordination of services among several communities across the county. Safe, accessible, reliable transportation is critical to preserving quality of life for some of our most vulnerable residents. We are fortunate to receive this grant to help maintain this service.”
 

Will County Executive Larry Walsh presents annual State of the County address

Calls for continued fiscal responsibility; establishing new polices for transportation funds

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     At today’s meeting of the Will County Board, Will County Executive Larry Walsh presented his annual State of the County speech and touched on the many advances on critical capital improvement projects.   He also outlined his plan to address future infrastructure needs across the county.

     “Will County’s sustained economic growth and increased diversity of our population broadens our appeal as a very desirable place to live, work, and raise our families,” Walsh said. “Working cooperatively to solve our challenges has always been key to success and we must continue on this path.”

Will County trains bilingual translators

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Will County recently hosted “interpreter training” for some of its bilingual employees. The five-week training was conducted by Dr. Hector Lopez, President of Best Solutions, Inc. of Downers Grove, IL.

         “With the diversity in the population of Will County, we are proud to have these bilingual employees trained to handle any need for interpretation,” said County Executive Larry Walsh. 

Public Notice - 2015 Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Application

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THE WILL COUNTY BOARD EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, IN COOPERATION WITH OTHER AGENCIES AND WILL COUNTY ELECTED OFFICIALS, WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING DURING ITS MONTHLY COUNTY BOARD MEETING ON THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2015, AT 9:30 A. M., IN THE WILL COUNTY BOARD ROOM, 302 NORTH CHICAGO STREET, SECOND FLOOR, JOLIET, IL., TO DISCUSS THE ALLOCATION OF THE 2015 JUSTICE ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO ATTEND AND MAKE PUBLIC COMMENT AT THIS TIME. WRITTEN COMMENTS MAY ALSO BE SUBMITTED TO THE WILL COUNTY EXECUTIVE CHIEF OF STAFF, 302 NORTH CHICAGO STREET, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS 60432, OR BY EMAIL: npalmer@willcountyillinois.com.
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POSTED:  June 9, 2015

Will County Executive Larry Walsh Adds Additional Romeoville-area Transportation Open House -- Mon. June 8

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The Will County Division of Transportation has added an additional meeting to the spring open house schedule so that residents in the Romeoville, Bolingbrook and northern Will County area have an opportunity to learn more and help shape the development of the County’s 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan.  The additional open house will be held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., Mon., June 8 at the Romeoville Village Hall, 1050 West Romeo Road, Romeoville.

Will County unemployment continues to decline

Rate decreases by nearly one percent over last month

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The employment outlook in Will County continues to improve with the latest unemployment rate listed at 6.1 percent, which is down from 6.8 percent in March 2015 and one and a half percent lower than April of 2014. Will County Executive Larry Walsh said this decrease is a positive reflection of the business climate in the county.

     “Together with our county board, our municipal and business leaders, we work very hard to keep Will County a business friendly county,” Walsh said.

Recyclepalooza attracts ‘unprecedented’ participation

Earth Day 2015

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An “unprecedented” number of people participated in Will County Recyclepalooza celebrating the 45th anniversary of Earth Day at Joliet Junior College on Saturday, April 11.  During the 2012 Recyclepalooza, the last one held there, nearly 500 cars dropped off electronics and household hazardous wastes; during the most recent event that many cars went through in the first two hours of the planned seven-hour event.

State Representatives to announce important legislation in response to the heroin epidemic in Illinois

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At the 2015 Hero Helps Community Forum, scheduled for Friday, April 10, State Representatives Lou Lang (D-16) and Sam Yingling (D-62) will be speaking about new legislation recently introduced to address the growing heroin crisis in Illinois.

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