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2018

Will County Health Department to begin preparations for new building

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Visitors of the Will County Health Department and Community Health Center will begin to notice some changes to the properties come December.

The first changes will be fencing placed along portions of the Neal Avenue parking lot between the two buildings, according to a news release. Parking changes are scheduled to go into effect on Dec. 12, although the south end of Ring Road, which goes around to the back of the campus, will be closed just past the Community Health Center.

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Dec

2018

Report: Coal-fired power plants have contaminated groundwater across Illinois, Will County

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Several coal-fired power plants in Illinois, including some in Will County, have contaminated groundwater with unsafe levels of toxic pollutants, according to a new report. 

The Environmental Integrity Project, Earthjustice, Prairie Rivers Network and the Sierra Club examined the data and found that about 90 percent (22 of 24) of the state’s reporting plants have contaminated groundwater with “unsafe levels of one or more toxic pollutants.”

According to the report, the state of Illinois began developing rules to protect against pollution from coal ash ponds in 2013, but the unfinished rules were abandoned, allowing pollution to continue. The plant owners disposed of millions of tons of toxic coal ash.

 

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Nov

2018

Climate change will shrink US economy and kill thousands, government report warns

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A new US government report delivers a dire warning about climate change and its devastating impacts, saying the economy could lose hundreds of billions of dollars -- or, in the worst-case scenario, more than 10% of its GDP -- by the end of the century. 

The federally mandated study was supposed to come out in December but was released by the Trump administration on Friday, at a time when many Americans are on a long holiday weekend, distracted by family and shopping.

David Easterling, director of the Technical Support Unit at the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, emphasized that there was "no external interference in the report's development." He added that the climate change the Earth is experiencing is unlike any other.

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Nov

2018

Will County earns award for excellence in financial reporting for 17th consecutive year

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The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada awarded Will County the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. 

The certificate of achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of government accounting and financial reporting, and it represents a significant accomplishment by the county and its management, according to a news release.

 

“I am very proud of our Finance Director Karen Hennessy and her staff for their commitment and diligence in overseeing the day-to-day financial operations of Will County government,” County Executive Larry Walsh said. “I am proud that each year Will County is able to operate with a balanced budget while providing quality services for our residents.”

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Nov

2018

Denise Winfrey to lead Will County board

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Since the political pendulum has swung in favor of the Democrats on the Will County board, leadership in both parties will be shifting, officials said. 

In a Nov. 13 meeting, the Democratic Caucus unanimously chose Denise Winfrey as the new speaker of the board, making her the county’s first female in that role.

 Winfrey has represented District 8 in Joliet since 2009, previously chaired the Capital Improvements Committee and holds several positions with the National Association of Counties.

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