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2019

Gov. J.B. Pritzker set to unveil $41.5 billion ‘Rebuild Illinois’ capital plan that includes $1.8 billion in new and increased taxes

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker is set to unveil a six-year, $41.5 billion plan to repair Illinois’ crumbling roads, bridges, public schools and university buildings in a massive proposal that calls for nearly $1.8 billion in new taxes and tax increases, according to documents provided to lawmakers at a Friday briefing.

Dubbed Rebuild Illinois, it would be the state’s first large-scale infrastructure improvement program in a decade and would result in higher costs for everything from ride-sharing to cable and streaming services, as well as a significant hike at the gas pump.

The long-awaited proposal, which comes as lawmakers are working to finalize the state budget before their schedule May 31 adjournment, received a lukewarm response from some of the governor’s fellow Democrats and pushback from some Republicans. The preliminary drafts distributed Friday follow behind-the-scenes negotiations with a bipartisan group of lawmakers. Changes are expected even before Pritzker makes a formal announcement next week.

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May

2019

Will County Clerk's 2019 election report lists costs, challenges

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Will County Clerk Lauren Staley-Ferry presented a report of last month’s consolidated municipal election, spelling out the work her staff did as well as the costs and challenges associated with it. 

On Thursday, Staley-Ferry presented the report to members of the Will County Board.

“It really details the processes, the deployment of staffing and equipment, and the costs,” Staley-Ferry told board members. “It’s certainly meant to be as comprehensive and as transparent as possible.”

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May

2019

DuPage Township Democratic Organization Monthly Meeting

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Monday, May 20th, 2019

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Dupage Twp Dems Campaign office

684 W Boughton Rd #100, Bolingbrook, IL 60440-1753

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2019

Will County Democratic Central Committee Meeting

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Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

7:00 pm

Knights of Columbus Hall

100 129th Infantry Drive, Joliet, IL 60436

 

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May

2019

Will County hosts summit on opioid epidemic, Pritzker speaks

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Hundreds of residents, professionals, public officials and volunteers attended the annual Hero Helps Summit on Friday in Romeoville to hear about the progress being made to tackle the opioid epidemic in Will County and throughout the state. 

Kathleen Burke, director of substance-use initiatives in the Will County Executive’s Office, spoke about the local effort to ensure users seeking help can get what they need. The county has seen multiple police departments implement a safe-passage program, which allows users to seek treatment.

 Burke also lauded the efforts of the Will County Drug Court, a diversion program that allows those with opioid-related charges to get treatment, graduate and get their record expunged so they can go on to live a productive life. Burke emphasized that treating addictions like lifelong diseases is the key to helping users and their families.

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