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Will County Executive Walsh expresses concerns about budget cuts

Popular recycling programs, Highway Truck drivers cut without discussion

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With a final vote on Will County’s FY 2016 budget anticipated at tomorrow’s county board meeting, Will County Executive Larry Walsh expressed his concerns about cuts to several critical areas of county services.  Two of particular concern are the removal of four Division of Transportation truck driver positions and a significant cut to the county’s successful recycling programs.

Comments accepted until Dec. 4 for DuPage River Watershed Study

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     The U.S. Army Corps of Enginners (USACE), Chicago District is accepting written comments from residents until Dec. 4. Anyone wishing to submit information, can email: chicagodistrict.pao@usace.army.mil.  More information about the study can be found at the website: www.lrc.usace.army.mil

     

Local Residents Invited to Participate in DuPage River Watershed Study

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     The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District has begun a study of the potential effects associated with flooding within the DuPage River watershed. The DuPage River watershed is located primarily within DuPage and Will Counties, Illinois. The Army Corps is hosting several public meetings for residents to learn more about the study and offer their input.                                                                                                                   

     

Will County 911 accepts text messages

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For anyone who needs help immediately, but can’t talk to a 911 dispatcher, there’s a new option starting Thursday, October 15, 2015 in Will County.  “9-1-1: Call if you can, Text if you can’t”, is the new message being announced as the Will County 9-1-1 System introduces Text-to 9-1-1 Service, said Caryn DeMarco, Will County 9-1-1 Public Education Manager. DeMarco stated, “Voice Calls to 9-1-1 are still the best and fastest way to contact 9-1-1.”

Will County Land Use Department to host Energy Summit for Local Schools

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The Will County Land Use Department, will be hosting an Energy Summit for schools personnel in Will County from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at William E. Young School in Homer Glen. The event is specifically designed for teachers, maintenance staff, administrators and school board members. Local experts will be sharing tips and information about energy efficiency.

     

Healthy Homes/Healthy Families

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     The Will County Center for Community Concerns will be hosting its fifth annual "Healthy Homes Healthy Familes event from 9am until noon, on Saturday, Oct. 10 at the ATI Field Memorial Stadium, 3000 W. Jefferson Street in Joliet. 

     Bring the family and learn important information about healthy living and safety. 

Exploring Careers in Energy

A Networking Event

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Get the scoop from industry professionals about rewarding careers in the Energy Industry. This is a unique networking opportunity to explore various career pathways as well as the education and training needed to get there. 

Sponsored by Joliet Junior College and the Workforce Investment Board of Will County. 

Mobile Workforce Center’s October schedule announced

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The Mobile Workforce Center’s October schedule has been announced by the Workforce Services Division of Will County.

The mobile unit travels throughout Will County to help residents with resume development, cover letters and job applications. The workforce center contains 11 computer stations, internet access, and offers keyboarding lessons, as well as resume and job search assistance using online listings including jobs4people.org and Illinois workNet.

Will County Executive Walsh presents FY 2016 annual budget

Plans include maintaining sound fiscal policies; updating county facilities

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     At today’s Will County Board meeting, County Executive Larry Walsh presented his budget proposal for the 2016 fiscal year. The budget plan totals $482 million and includes a corporate fund of $194 million and special funds of $288 million.

     “This year’s budget is balanced and reflects Will County’s strong financial base,” Walsh said. “The budget I am recommending outlines the next steps we must take to keep our county moving forward on a sound fiscal path.”

Will County’s Recyclepalooza being held on Sept. 12th at Sharefest in New Lenox

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     During this year’s Sharefest in New Lenox, Will County Green will host a Recyclepalooza event from 8am until 3pm on Sat. Sept. 12 at Spencer School, 1711 Spencer Road.  This event will collect household hazardous materials and other recyclable items.

     Due to the increased popularity of this event, Sharefest organizers have extended the activities over several days. Will County collection and recycling events will take place only on Sept. 12. On Sept. 19, Sharefest activities will include a blood drive, a food drive, and a health and safety fair.

     Electronics, such as computers, televisions, printers, radios, phones, VCRs, microwaves, vacuums and more, will also be accepted only on Sept. 12. Other items accepted on Sept. 12 include foam plastic, wood, and carpet. 

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