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Will County Launches its CARES Act Small Business Assistance Grant Program

Small businesses impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for up to $15,000 in grant assistance. Applications accepted Aug 24-Sep 28, 2020.

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Will County officials are encouraging any small business owner impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to apply for relief funding. Through the CARES Act recently passed by the U.S. Congress, Will County will receive more than $120 million of this federal funding, of which $24 million is earmarked for small businesses.

Will County Executive Winfrey Presents FY2021 Budget

Budget is balanced and meets all debt obligations and reflects slight increase in revenue

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At the August meeting of the Will County Board, County Executive Denise Winfrey presented the 2021 budget of $567 million. The budget is balanced and includes slight increase in the overall projected revenue, despite a challenging economic year.

New Will County Health Department building is ready to serve

County Executive Winfrey & Executive Director Sue Olenek highlight building’s features

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Will County’s new Health Department building is filled with state of the art equipment and services to continue its mission to protect the public health of the county. Recently, County Executive Denise Winfrey was treated to a personal tour from Executive Director Sue Olenek.

Will County Discusses Plans for Distribution of CARES ACT Funding

County to distribute more than $120 million with local municipalities, small business, farmers, non-profits, and social service agencies

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Last week, the Will County Board held a special ad-hoc committee meeting to decide additional allocations of more than $120.5 million in funding from the federal CARES Act.

Workforce Center of Will County offers drive-thru job fair

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Methods of delivery may have changed but important job search assistance is still available to residents

Today, the Workforce Center of Will County (WCWC) piloted a new service at its 2400 Glenwood Avenue location for job seekers – a drive thru job fair. Participants were able to speak with multiple companies from the safety of their vehicles, while observing social distancing and wearing a mask.



Will County Health Department offering COVID-19 testing at sites across the county

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The Will County Health Department is offering COVID-19 testing at sites cross the county.

No appointments taken, first come first served.
No insurance needed
No one is turned away
No payment required
Hours are 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

For more information, contact the health department's COVID-19 Hotline at (815) 740-8977.

Will County Board Speaker Denise Winfrey sworn in as Interim County Executive at special county board meeting

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In a special meeting today of the Will County Board, Denise Winfrey (D-Joliet) was sworn in as interim County Executive. Winfrey succeeds Lawrence M. Walsh, who died on June 3, 2020. Winfrey is the first woman and the first minority to serve as Will County Executive.
 

Will County Executive Larry Walsh loses battle to cancer; leaves long career in public service and unique legacy behind

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Lawrence M. “Larry” Walsh, a loving husband, proud father and grandfather, faithful farmer, dedicated public servant, and lifelong Will County resident, died Wednesday night at his home in Elwood, Illinois. He was 72.

Will County Officials report limited damage to buildings during recent disturbances; Remain focused on safety for residents and businesses

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In light of recent tumultuous actions, both locally and regionally, Will County Board Speaker Denise Winfrey and Will County Executive Chief of Staff Nick Palmer encourage residents to keep protests peaceful. There was very little impact to county buildings during recent riot activity that affected many businesses across the county.

Workforce Center of Will County offers new career coach services via Zoom

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Many other programs available to job seekers and
businesses impacted by the COVID crisis

As unemployment numbers across the country reach record highs, the Workforce Center of Will County (WCWC) continues to offer important services to both job seekers and businesses during this unprecedented time.
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Will County moves into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan

Will County moves into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced that effective today Region 7, which includes Will County, is moving to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan.
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Join the Workforce Center of Will County's Virtual Job Club

Join the Workforce Center of Will County's Virtual Job Club

The Workforce Center of Will County will be offering an On the Job Training session of its Virtual Job Club at 11:00 a.m. on Mon. Feb. 8.
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The Mobile Workforce Center is on the Road!!

The Mobile Workforce Center is on the Road!!

The Mobile Workforce Center travels throughout Will County offering a variety of services for job seekers, including computers with internet access for online applications & job searches, the ability to create/revise a competitive résumé and an online job board with listings from Will County businesses. Staff will be available to assist job seekers inside these sites if the Mobile Workforce Center is off the road for maintenance.

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

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

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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Will County approves an agreement to create long term revenue source at the county-owned Prairie View landfill

Will County approves an agreement to create long term revenue source at the county-owned Prairie View landfill

Earlier today, Will County officials and its construction trade partners signed a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for the $45 million renewable natural gas (RNG) plant approved for construction at the county-owned Prairie View landfill. The agreement, signed by Will County, Harbour Contractors, Will & Grundy Counties Building Trades Council and Three Rivers Construction Alliance, paves the way for hiring local, skilled craftsman to work on the multi-million dollar project.
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Will County Office Building closed Fri. Feb. 12 and Mon. Feb. 15  in observance of Lincoln's Birthday and Presidents' Day

Will County Office Building closed Fri. Feb. 12 and Mon. Feb. 15 in observance of Lincoln's Birthday and Presidents' Day

The Will County Office Building, located at 304 N. Chicago Street in Joliet, will be closed on Fri. Feb. 12 and Mon. Feb. 15 in observance of Lincoln's Birthday and Presidents' Day. Normal business hours will resume on Tues. Feb. 16.
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Moving Will County to host virtual public workshop Feb. 24

Moving Will County to host virtual public workshop Feb. 24

Moving Will County is a project focused on bringing the region together to find consensus on the balance of industrial, agricultural, natural and cultural resources, residential, and preservation areas.
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Will County employees receive new accreditation

Will County employees receive new accreditation

Two Will County Workforce Services Division employees are among the first in the nation to receive the new Certified Digital Career Strategist credential.
Lisa Borrelli and Pam Rodriguez earned the credential through Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches. The new certification focuses on using LinkedIn for job search purposes.
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COVID-19 Pandemic also creating mental and behavioral health crisis

COVID-19 Pandemic also creating mental and behavioral health crisis

Isolation and limited recovery supports increasing risk for relapse and fatal overdose

The prolonged coronavirus pandemic has created many unintended consequences. Sixty-two percent of Americans have reported feeling more anxious this year compared with last year, according to a public opinion poll released recently by the American Psychiatric Association. The COVID-19 pandemic is first a physical health crisis, but it is also fueling a major mental and behavioral health crisis.
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Local residents appointed to Will County Boards & Commissions

Local residents appointed to Will County Boards & Commissions

At the Feb. 18 meeting, the Will County Board approved three residents appointed by Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant to serve on county boards and commissions.
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Will County to Create Second Grant Program for Small Businesses

Will County to Create Second Grant Program for Small Businesses

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.

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