X
GO

Welcome to Will County, Illinois Website

Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant  Will County Executive

I am honored to serve as your Will County Executive. As a lifelong resident of this great county, I have witnessed many changes as we have evolved from an ag-community to a major hub in the global distribution market.  I am dedicated to building upon this status but I am equally dedicated to maintaining the quality of life for the nearly 700,000 residents and thousands of businesses and organizations that call Will County home. 

Please explore our website which is filled with important information about services and departments within the County Executive office as well as connections to other county officials’ websites.

Will County is diverse, vibrant, and filled with hard-working people. We have room to grow and we look forward to a great future. 
 

 

What's Happening in Will County

Will County participates in Governor Rauner’s Opioid Task Force listening tour
Anastasia Tuskey

Will County participates in Governor Rauner’s Opioid Task Force listening tour

     Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti and Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav Shah co-chaired a public hearing by the Governor’s Opioid Prevention and Intervention Task Force Wednesday in Chicago. The task force is visiting communities across the state in search of information and partners to further the state’s Opioid Action Plan in response to the state’s escalating opioid overdose epidemic. Will County’s Director of Substance Use Initiatives Dr. Kathleen Burke was invited to be part of a panel to discuss the county’s response efforts.

     “The opioid epidemic knows no neighborhood, no color, and no class,” Sanguinetti said. “We are traveling the state to collect research and hear stories of those impacted by this growing opioid overdose epidemic so we can take action and save lives.”

     “I applaud the Lieutenant Governor for leading these important hearings to learn how this epidemic is affecting all parts of our state and what we are doing locally to fight opioid abuse,” said Will County Executive Larry Walsh. “We have been addressing this issue for some time and it is nice to be recognized for our efforts by the governor’s office. We are fortunate to have Dr. Burke leading our efforts in Will County.”

     The task force members heard testimony from experts in four key groups involved in this issue: personal stories, law enforcement, health care and behavioral health providers, and local response. The goal of the Opioid Action Plan is to reduce the number of opioid-related deaths by one-third in three years. Burke shared information about the county’s efforts including expanded Narcan training and Safe Passage participants.

     “The message from many of these groups was the lack of access to treatment,” Burke said. “These testimonies were powerful and clearly identified the gaps in service dealing with the opioid epidemic in our state. We have Narcan which is keeping people from dying from overdose and we have the Safe Passage program with our police departments to directly connect people to treatment, but we have to increase our capacity to save lives. Addiction is a medical disease that requires medical treatment and we do not have enough beds to offer people detox services and treatment.”

     Burke cited studies which have shown in-patient treatment is the most effective manner to treat opioid addiction. She described how opioids “rewire” a person’s brain which intensifies the cravings and makes treatment difficult.

     “Opioids hijack the pleasure-seeking portion of the brain,” she said. “So treating a person’s addiction is a medical process, not just making changes in one’s behavior. People need access to medically-assisted treatment to manage their cravings and learn to live a healthy life in recovery.”

 

     Some of the other panelists included John Roberts, co-founder of the HERO group and a partner in Will County efforts, Chief of Mundelein Police Eric Guenther, and Dr. Michael Nelson, emergency medicine and addiction physician at Cook County Health and Hospitals System. Each gave unique presentations about their efforts but the underlying message was the need for increased access to treatment.

     Shah added, “We are learning what resources are available in different communities. It will take all of us, in all capacities to end this crisis.”

     “We are all working to keep people suffering from an addiction from dying from an overdose, access treatment, and offer community support services for long term recovery,” said Burke. “It was encouraging to hear from the many experts across various fields. My hope is we can collaborate and use our specific resources to find ways to end overdose deaths and expand addiction treatment.”

Captions: – Dr. Kathleen Burke, Will County Director of Substance Use Initiatives, (left) participated on a panel about the local response to the opioid overdose epidemic. She was joined by Dr. Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar, medical director for behavioral health with the Chicago Public Health Department, Brian Rowland, the CEO of Safe Haven, and Dr. Richard Jorgensen, DuPage County Coroner. (Photo courtesy of the Will County Executive Office)

 

Previous Article Will County offers residents spay/neuter discount for pets in October
Next Article WCWC releases November workshop schedule
Print
4535
 

 

facebook   twitter   Linked In       Youtube

 

Employment Opportunities

Upcoming Events

«March 2021»
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
28

NOTICE: VIRTUAL MEETING INFORMATION FOR MARCH 3, 2021 HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION

In accordance with Tier 1 mitigation efforts instituted for Region 7, the March 3, 2021 Will County Historic Preservation Commission meeting will be held via videoconference/telephonically through the Webex Events platform. The meeting begins at 7:00pm. While the Will County Office Building located at 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet will be open, a limited number of people will be allowed inside which includes staff, Commissioners, applicants, and the public. Applicants and the public are encouraged to participate remotely by attending the virtual meeting, submitting comments before the meeting via email, or calling in during the meeting.

ATTEND REMOTELY: Go to https://willcountyillinois.webex.com/willcountyillinois/onstage/g.php?MTID=e5f75020b4e77ccea2b062d11ac5f69a9 and click "Join Now.”

EMAIL COMMENTS: Public comments will be taken via email in advance of the meeting. Please email hpc@willcountyillinois.com with your comments. Your email will be read into the record during the March 3 meeting by Land Use Department staff.

PHONE COMMENTS: Public comments can be made during the meeting by calling (408) 418-9388 and entering access code 187 875 5392. 

The agenda is available for download here: http://willcountyil.iqm2.com/citizens/calendar.aspx?view=calendar& 

Please note that should you call into the meeting or join remotely, you will be muted upon entering by the host. You will be unmuted at the appropriate time to make a comment.

For further information regarding this notice, please contact the Will County Land Use Department, Development Review Division at (815) 740-8140.

Read more
1

NOTICE: VIRTUAL MEETING INFORMATION FOR MARCH 3, 2021 HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION

In accordance with Tier 1 mitigation efforts instituted for Region 7, the March 3, 2021 Will County Historic Preservation Commission meeting will be held via videoconference/telephonically through the Webex Events platform. The meeting begins at 7:00pm. While the Will County Office Building located at 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet will be open, a limited number of people will be allowed inside which includes staff, Commissioners, applicants, and the public. Applicants and the public are encouraged to participate remotely by attending the virtual meeting, submitting comments before the meeting via email, or calling in during the meeting.

ATTEND REMOTELY: Go to https://willcountyillinois.webex.com/willcountyillinois/onstage/g.php?MTID=e5f75020b4e77ccea2b062d11ac5f69a9 and click "Join Now.”

EMAIL COMMENTS: Public comments will be taken via email in advance of the meeting. Please email hpc@willcountyillinois.com with your comments. Your email will be read into the record during the March 3 meeting by Land Use Department staff.

PHONE COMMENTS: Public comments can be made during the meeting by calling (408) 418-9388 and entering access code 187 875 5392. 

The agenda is available for download here: http://willcountyil.iqm2.com/citizens/calendar.aspx?view=calendar& 

Please note that should you call into the meeting or join remotely, you will be muted upon entering by the host. You will be unmuted at the appropriate time to make a comment.

For further information regarding this notice, please contact the Will County Land Use Department, Development Review Division at (815) 740-8140.

Read more
23456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031123
45678910

Upcoming events Events RSSiCalendar export

View Full Calendar