Today, County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant presided over her first monthly county board meeting virtually. Due to Public Act 101-640 issued June 12, 2020 by Governor Pritzker, all public meetings must be held virtually through video conference or telephonically.
More than 4,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine provided to Will County
Today, the county received more than 4,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, recently authorized for distribution by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The State of Illinois is following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) which is breaking up the vaccination process into four phases, focusing on “critical populations” first.
Subcommittee of Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is key to developing comprehensive regional strategies
As the Northeastern region of Illinois began experiencing remarkable growth over the past two decades, local leaders recognized the need for unified area planning to support and manage the effects of this growth in individual counties, as well as the entire region. In 2005, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) committee was formed to create regional strategies to address transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment, and other quality of life issues. A subcommittee, the Council of County Board Chairs, is comprised of county leaders, and regional and local transportation officials and provides a forum to develop these plans cohesively.
In a continued effort to spur economic development, sustainability, and create jobs, Will County is establishing a C-PACE (Commercial-Property Assessed Clean Energy) program. C-PACE is a financing mechanism that offers low-cost, long-term funding to local businesses for energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation, electric vehicle charging and other clean energy projects.
Ready to help guide county through collaboration
In front of a small gathering today outside of the Will County Office Building in Joliet, recently elected Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant was sworn into office by County Clerk Lauren Staley-Ferry. A lifelong resident and the first woman elected to the county-wide position, Bertino-Tarrant acknowledged the positive direction the county is headed while pointing to the immediate challenges of navigating the COVID-19 pandemic safely for residents and businesses.
If you traveled over the Thanksgiving holiday, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is offering some recommendations for those who were exposed or think they may have been exposed to COVID-19.
There are jobs available and the Workforce Center of Will County is ready to prepare job seekers with workshops on Facebook Live!
Governor Pritzker announces additional mitigations to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
After four years of negotiations between Will County and the City of Joliet, local officials gathered today to celebrate the opening of Chicago Street, between Jefferson and Washington Streets, in downtown Joliet. This opening comes on the heels of the November opening of the new Will County Courthouse at Jefferson and Ottawa Streets.
Below is a list of the current status of operations for various offices and departments within Will County. As always, call first to ensure procedures have not changed.
Stay safe and stay home!
Will County Executive Denise Winfrey gives an update to the members of the Joliet Kiwanis Club on Mon. Nov. 16 through video conferencing. She talked about the county's largest capital campaign in its history that culminated in the opening of the courthouse earlier this month. Winfrey also talked about the challenges of county government maintaining important services to its residents in the midst of a pandemic.
Residents encouraged to contact individual offices via telephone or email
With the number of coronavirus cases rapidly rising across the state of Illinois, Will County Executive Denise Winfrey will close the County Office Building to the public beginning Monday, November 16.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers about alcohol-based hand sanitizers that are being packaged in containers that may appear as food or drinks and may put consumers at risk of serious injury or death if ingested. The agency has discovered that some hand sanitizers are being packaged in beer cans, children’s food pouches, water bottles, juice bottles and vodka bottles. Additionally, the FDA has found hand sanitizers that contain food flavors, such as chocolate or raspberry.
Will County Recycling Specialist Marta Keane has been elected to state and national roles in the field of recycling.
Three Regions Advance to Tier 2 Mitigations as Rolling Positivity Rates Continues to Steadily Increase
Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are announcing additional COVID-19 mitigation efforts that will be implemented in Region 5 (Southern Illinois), Region 7 (Will and Kankakee counties), and Region 8 (Kane and DuPage counties), beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. These regions are seeing a test positivity rate that remains above 8 percent and continues to rise after more than 14-days under Tier 1 mitigations, which exceeds the threshold set for establishing additional mitigation measures under the state's Restore Illinois Resurgence Plan.