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Welcome from the Will County Executive Larry Walsh

Will County Executive Larry WalshAs County Executive, I am proud to welcome you to the Will County, Illinois web site. Our site provides an open dynamic information highway to Will County government and the great services we provide. Our goal is to fully present the vast variety of services, programs and initiatives available to every resident.

As part of the commitment to keeping our government openly visible, as well as responsible and accessible, our user friendly website contains additional resources and a better visual design. By working together in the spirit of cooperation, we continually work to plan and provide vision for the county’s future and collaborate as a team to insure our diverse county remains a wonderful place to call home.

What's Happening in Will County

Will County recognized as a solar-leading community by The International City/County Management Association

     The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) has recognized Will County as a solar-leading community in the 2017 SolSmart Program. The program is a component of the larger SunShot Initiative, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, a national effort to drive down the cost of solar electricity and support solar adoption.

            Will County has been named a SolSmart Bronze designee for its commitment to the development of solar energy that reduces utility costs and supports the environment. In an effort to showcase Will County’s commitment to residential solar development, County Executive Larry Walsh signed a solar statement in 2016 supporting the reduction of barriers to residential solar development to initiate Will County’s participation in the SolSmart program.

            “I am proud of the efforts of our Land Use Department to encourage the use of solar power in our county,” Walsh said. “By including solar energy as an option on our county’s building permits, we are encouraging our residents to utilize solar energy whenever possible. Will County is committed to embracing green practices to preserve our natural resources.”

            SolSmart has inspired simplified zoning ordinance language around residential and utility-scale solar with “Alternative Energy” now an option on Will County’s Building Permit Application accompanied by the Will County Residential Solar Permitting Checklist & Guide. Additional efforts include enhanced training for permitting and inspection staff and increased public resources regarding solar energy systems and consumer protection.

            Will County Energy and Conservation Specialist Samantha Bluemer said. “When building the Residential Solar Permitting Checklist & Guide, we kept resident usefulness and understanding as top priorities. Now residents can know exactly what is required for this unique project type and can feel more confident applying for a permit.”

            Will County was awarded this designation in part because of its efficient building and zoning processes. The newly adopted online Public Portal allows the public to apply, pay for, and receive building permits remotely and offers inspection scheduling options.

            “Will County is constantly assessing its laws, rules and regulations to make certain that our policies are promoting positive, sustainable growth,” said Curt Paddock, Director of the Will County Land Use Department. “That is why we are so proud to receive this recognition that acknowledges the solid efforts our County’s leaders are making to advance the development and use of innovative solar technologies in Will County.”  

            For more information about the designation, visit the website: www.SolSmart.org  For more information about green initiatives in Will County, visit www.willcountygreen.com.

Jack Morgan (Project Manager) of NACo (on right) and Chris Walker (Project Manager) of The Solar Foundation (on left) presented the SolSmart Bronze award to Samantha Bluemer, Energy & Conservation Specialist in the Resource, Recovery, and Energy Division of the Will County Land Use Dept. at the recent NACo (National Association of Counties) conference held July 21-24 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo courtesy of the Will County Executive Office)

 

 

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4/17/2018 9:30 AM

Capital Improvement Committee

Meetings will be held in the County Board Committee Room in the Will County Office Building, 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet, IL, unless stated otherwise. Meeting agendas and cancellations are available on the website: www.willcountyboard.com. To contact us, email: countyboard@willcountyillinois.com or phone: 815.740.4602.

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4/18/2018 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Workforce Center of Will County to host weekly job fair on April 18

Area job seekers are invited to attend a weekly job fair from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at the Workforce Center of Will County.

Location: Workforce Center of Will County

Location: Workforce Center of Will County

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4/21/2018 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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County implements appointment system for collection events

In an effort to shorten lines and wait times, the Resource Recovery and Energy Division of the Will County Land Use Department has implemented an appointment system for its collection events.

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4/26/2018 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Workforce Center of Will County to host weekly job fair on April 26

Area job seekers are invited to attend a weekly job fair from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Workforce Center of Will County.

Location: Workforce Center of Will County

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