Governor Pritzker held a press conference Tues. Aug. 25 at the Will County Health Department to announce the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) will be implementing new COVID-19 mitigation efforts in Region 7, the greater Will and Kankakee County areas, beginning Wednesday, August 26 after the region reached 8 percent positivity for three days.
Indoors? Outdoors? Both!
Whether you’re supporting a movement, or visiting a farmer’s market, you should be wearing your mask outdoors in public spaces. Please do your part to help slow the spread and remember to wear your mask outdoors when you are unable to keep a safe 6ft distance from others.
Small businesses impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for up to $15,000 in grant assistance. Applications accepted Aug 24-Sep 28, 2020.
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.
Budget is balanced and meets all debt obligations and reflects slight increase in revenue
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.
To help protect citizens from possible fraud, Will County Recorder Karen A. Stukel would like to remind the community of a free service that her office provides. Property Fraud Alert is a free service that will notify citizens if documents have been recorded in their name.
County Executive Winfrey & Executive Director Sue Olenek highlight building’s features
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.
County to distribute more than $120 million with local municipalities, small business, farmers, non-profits, and social service agencies
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.
Please remember to wear a mask and maintain social distancing to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
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.
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.
The Solarize Chicagoland program returns in 2020 after surpassing its goals last summer. Solarize Chicagoland educates home and small-business owners about solar and offers an opportunity to secure discounts on solar photovoltaic systems through volume purchasing.
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.
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.
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.
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.