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Office of Will County Executive
Lawrence M. Walsh
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 20, 2017
For more information, contact:
Phone: 815-530-2372; Fax: 815-774-3671

RTA grant will keep Will County paratransit service moving along

     At today’s meeting of the Will County Board, members passed a resolution advancing county efforts to seek funding from the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) to continue paratransit services for residents in eastern Will County. The county is seeking $248,000 to fund this program.

     “My administration has worked for many years to provide this important service to local residents,” said Will County Executive Larry Walsh.  “Through our partnership with Pace Bus Service we have improved transit options for the residents in eastern Will County. Wendie Garlich, our mobility manager, has done a great job ensuring these services are accessible and reliable for our residents who depend on them.”

     In 2016, Will County provided 7,425 trips. More than 1,750 of these trips were transportation for disabled residents to jobs, school, and workshops. The remaining trips were transportation for senior citizens to medical appointments, such as dialysis and physical therapy.

     This service was created based upon the completion of the 2010 Coordinated Paratransit Study that examined paratransit needs and services available in Eastern Will County. This effort involved a number of stakeholders that partnered together to devise a plan that would improve public transit options throughout all of Will County.  The study included specific steps the County and its local partners could take to expand and improve transit services in this region.  Since this study, a regular meeting of the Paratransit Coordinating Committee led by the County Executive’s office has continued its work on transit coordination.

     More information about Will County’s “Will-Ride” program can be found on the county’s website: www.willcountyillinois.com under the “Will-Ride” tab at the bottom of the home page.

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Dr. Kathleen Burke appears on ABC Channel 7 Newsmakers discussing the opiate crisis

Dr. Kathleen Burke, Will County's Director of Substance Use Initiatives, was a guest on ABC Channel 7 Newsmakers on Sun. August 6 to discuss the opiate crisis that is spreading across the nation. Dr. Burke discussed a variety of strategies in Will County to address this terrible epidemic. 

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Workforce Center of Will County to host weekly job fair August 16

             Area job seekers are invited to attend a weekly job fair at the Workforce Center of Will County from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 16.

            Among the positions employers will be looking to fill are cable, internet, telephone and security install technicians, diesel mechanics and drivers, forklift drivers, general laborers, general warehouse workers, machine operators, shift supervisor, shuttle driver, tasker/scheduler, and warehouse materials handlers.

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Workforce Center of Will County to host weekly job fair August 25

     Area job seekers are invited to attend a weekly job fair at the Workforce Center of Will County from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 25.

     Among the positions employers will be looking to fill are diesel technician, forklift/reach truck operator, galvanizing associate, general laborer/lumper, home care aide/homemaker, independent living coach, pallet inspectors, picker/packer, production line workers, program specialist, transportation aide, and warehouse workers.

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