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Will County Executive Larry Walsh loses battle to cancer; leaves long career in public service and unique legacy behind

Will County Executive Larry Walsh

WILL COUNTY - Lawrence M. “Larry” Walsh, a loving husband, proud father and grandfather, faithful farmer, dedicated public servant, and lifelong Will County resident, died Wednesday evening at his home in Elwood, Illinois.  He was 72.

Walsh battled complications of prostate cancer for more than five years.  He was first treated for prostate cancer in late 2014 and continued to receive medical care in the following years.  In late 2018, he again began chemotherapy treatments for a reoccurrence of the cancer.  Walsh was a strong supporter of cancer research and a proud participant of the annual Will County Relay for Life.  He always encouraged others to get screened for cancer to obtain early detections of this disease.

Known for his strong commitment to serving his community, Walsh began his public service at age 21 on the Elwood School Board, which he followed ­as the Jackson Township Supervisor, a Will County Board member, an Illinois State Senator, and culminating as the Will County Executive, first being elected in 2004.  Walsh was the longest-serving County Executive and led the fourth largest county in the State of Illinois.

Walsh and his wife, Irene, are loving parents of six children and 20 grandchildren and have numerous extended family members who formed a strong network of service to their communities for many years.  Walsh always acknowledged the love and support he received from his wonderful family during his years of political life. 

Respected for his bipartisan approach at every level of government he served, Walsh prided himself in working collaboratively to find solutions to the challenges that were faced.  His longest tenure has been as County Executive where Will County built a strong financial foundation that improved the County’s bond rating.  That success led to the largest capital improvements campaign in the county’s history and sustained investments in roads and bridge infrastructure.  This campaign included a new Public Safety Complex and consolidated 911 dispatch center, a new County Health department facility, and a new Courthouse.

Sentiments from his peers are flowing in, noting his commitment to the residents of Will County and more than 50 years of public service.

“Larry’s passing is a tremendous loss to his family, certainly, but also to the community,” said Denise Winfrey, Speaker of the Will County Board.   “He dedicated his life to service. “I am grateful for the opportunity to serve with him and learn from him. He touched numerous lives, forged alliances, and reached out to work with people from all walks of life. The work he has done speaks for him. Rest in peace Larry, job well done.”

County Board member Jim Moustis and Walsh began a friendship back in 1992 when they served together on the County Board.

“Larry loved Will County and being the County Executive,” said Moustis.  “He always wanted the best for the people of Will County and was a true leader.  I will sadly miss him and have had great respect for him, despite our differences at times.” 

Longtime Chief of Staff Nick Palmer worked with Walsh for many years, both in the State Senate and in Will County. He said Walsh is a perfect example of a public servant.

“Larry cared about the residents he served and never wanted to say no to a request for help. Larry is a one of a kind guy who always had a hearty laugh and smile for those he interacted with, no matter a person’s place in life.  He knew the cleaning crew and he knew the President of the United States Barack Obama.  He loved them all and always talked about the friendships he had made throughout his life in Will County.  His passing has left a huge void in this community and I will truly miss his friendship.”

Arrangements for Executive Larry Walsh will be announced once they become available.


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Workforce Center of Will County releases December workshop and event schedule
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Workforce Center of Will County releases December workshop and event schedule

The Workforce Center of Will County has released the December schedule for workshops and events. From developing or updating a resume, to brushing up on interviewing skills, the center offers these services and others at no cost to Will County residents.

Adult Education Information Session - will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Weds. Dec. 11 and will explain the services offered by the Joliet Junior College Department of Adult Education and Literacy, including English as a Second Language, basic skill development classes, high school equivalency (GED) classes, volunteer tutor program, and other college classes. Advance registration is required by calling Michelle Lyman at (815) 280-1335, mlyman@jjc.edu or Cathy Kramer at (815) 280-1324, ckramer@jjc.edu.

Industry Orientation – career scholarships are available to residents interested in high demand occupations who meet eligibility requirements. Visit www.jobs4people.org to register or call (815) 727-4444 to attend an industry orientation. Advance registration is required.

Professional/Financial/Information Technology orientation will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Mon. Dec. 2, 2:30 p.m. on Thurs. Dec. 12 and 9:00 a.m. on Tues. Dec. 17.
Manufacturing/Transportation/Distribution/Logistics orientation will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Tues. Dec. 3, 1:30 p.m. on Mon. Dec. 9 and 2:30 p.m. on Thurs. Dec. 19.
Healthcare orientation will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thurs. Dec. 5, 9:00 a.m. on Tues. Dec. 10 and 1:30 p.m. on Mon. Dec. 16.

On the Job Training Orientation – is available to Will County residents who are interested in learning new skills on the job in a range of high demand industries. These are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Mondays in December, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.

Alison.com Orientation ¬– 1:30 p.m. on Fri. Dec. 6, offers more than 1,000 free online courses to help learners earn a certificate or diploma in more than 300 categories. Orientation includes an overview of courses, how to set up an Alison account, and how to earn a certificate or diploma.

Illinois JobLink Workshop - this workshop will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Mon. Dec. 2, 9:30 a.m. on Tues. Dec. 10 and Tues. Dec. 17, and 9:00 a.m. on Mon. Dec. 30.and will teach attendees how to register with JobLink by creating and uploading a resume and tips for getting the most views from employers.

Job Club Toolkit – will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Weds. Dec. 4. This networking event allows job seekers to share job leads, learn job search skills, and hear from guest speakers.

Job Readiness Workshop – is offered at 9:30 a.m. on Weds. Dec. 4 and gives an overview of resources for job seekers including networking, completing applications, resumes, interviewing, and using the Illinois JobLink.

LinkedIn Lab – Starting Your Profile – 10:00 a.m. on Mon. Dec. 16. A hands on approach to create a basic account to assist in job searches. Come dressed to impress for a photo to add to you LinkedIn account.
LinkedIn Lab – Maximize Your Profile – 10:30 a.m. on Mon. Dec. 16. Learn how to use LinkedIn features and best practices to successfully find a job.

Master Your Job Search Workshop – 10:00 a.m. on Fri. Dec. 20. – review basic job search techniques, networking, using the Internet in job search, and salary negotiation.

Math Review – 10:00 a.m. on Tues. Dec. 3 and 2:00 p.m. on Thurs. Dec. 19 will give a review of basic math skills including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, fractions, decimals, percent and integers.

Microsoft Office Suite –
Word - 10:30 a.m. Weds. Dec. 4, 2:30 p.m. and Mon. Dec. 23, learn how to create a professional resume and cover letter.
Power Point - 10:00 a.m. Weds. Dec. 11, learn create a professional presentation.
Excel – 2:00 p.m. Mon. Dec. 16 learn the basics of creating a spreadsheet.

Networking Tools for Today’s Job Market – 1:30 p.m. Tues. Dec. 3, learn to use a variety of tools to maximize your network capabilities. Includes how to create and use business cards and social media outlets in job search.

Standout Resumes Workshop – 10:00 a.m. Mon. Dec. 9, learn the basics of creating a competitive resume and cover letter. Resume reviews are available on request.

Successful Interview Workshop – 1:30 a.m. Weds. Dec. 11, learn to prepare for an interview and make a positive impression.

The Workforce Center of Will County also hosts weekly job fairs where job seekers may talk with multiple businesses about a variety of positions. The December job fairs will be held:

4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Weds. Dec. 4
9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Thurs. Dec. 12
1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Tues. Dec. 17

These workshops and job fairs will be held and other employment assistance services are available at the Workforce Center of Will County, 2400 Glenwood Avenue, Joliet. For more information, call (815) 727-4444 or visit the website: www.will.works.

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