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Will County to continue heroin prevention efforts through JAG funding

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At today’s meeting of the Will County Board, members voted unanimously to pursue additional funds to continue heroin abuse prevention efforts in Will County. The board approved the county executive’s recommended application for a Justice Assistance Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.  The proposed work will utilize the Robert Crown Center for Health Education’s heroin prevention curriculum in the Lincoln Way High Schools and the Wilmington Community Unit School District. 

Public Hearing Notice: JAG 2016 Application

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THE WILL COUNTY BOARD EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, IN COOPERATION WITH OTHER AGENCIES AND WILL COUNTY ELECTED OFFICIALS, WILL HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING DURING ITS MONTHLY COUNTY BOARD MEETING ON THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2016, AT 9:30 A.M., IN THE WILL COUNTY BOARD ROOM, 302 NORTH CHICAGO STREET, SECOND FLOOR, JOLIET, IL., TO DISCUSS THE ALLOCATION OF THE 2016 JUSTICE ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM. 

Will County Health Department Participates in Emergency Exercise

Drill tests county response to potential anthrax contamination

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   Officials from the Will County Health Department participated in a statewide emergency exercise to test the county’s response to a potential anthrax contamination on Tuesday, June 14. The exercise simulated a release of anthrax and the process of distributing antibiotics to local residents.

     An emergency POD (point of dispensing) was opened at Lockport East High School to simulate a distribution center for the antidote and employees of the health department followed practiced procedures to safely allocate the antibiotics to residents of Will County. 

CRETE BAT TESTS POSITIVE FOR RABIES

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     A rabid bat was found dead on June 2 at the Crete Public Library, in Crete, IL. The bat tested positive for rabies on June 3 by the Illinois Department of Public Health laboratory. This bat has become Will County's second confirmed case of wildlife rabies for 2016. The first positive case was on May 5 in Braidwood. So far this year, there have been 15 confirmed cases across the state of Illinois.

     The bat was found in a locked, empty meeting room at the library. According to library officials, there was no known human contact with the bat, so no further safety precautions are recommended. 

Will County offers residents spay/neuter discount for pets in June

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     Will County residents who have their pets spayed or neutered at participating veterinary offices in June can receive a $40 county-sponsored discount.

     The discount applies for up to two animals per household and is exclusively for pet owners who live in Will County. More than 10,000 pets have been treated since the program originated in 2007. 

Will County Executive Walsh to call special County Board meeting to address funding for critical Health Department mental health services

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Will County Executive Larry Walsh has issued an Executive Order to convene a special meeting of the County Board.  This is one of only a few times he has used this authority to call a special County Board meeting. The purpose is to address an emergency funding request for the Health Department. The meeting is slated to immediately follow the May county board meeting on Thursday, May 19. 

Will County Executive disappointed with County Board’s action

Board’s refusal to restore funding to health department will impact thousands of residents

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Will County Executive Larry Walsh said he is very disappointed with the action taken during the County Board’s Executive Committee yesterday. A request to extend emergency funding to the Health Department was ignored by a majority of committee members.

     “We are facing a real crisis in our health department,” Walsh said. “Because the State of Illinois owes our health department more than $2 million in funding, nine important programs are slated to be cut. These are programs that serve the most vulnerable residents of our county.”

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October is Energy Efficiency Month

October is Energy Efficiency Month

October is Energy Efficiency Month. Visit the Will County Green page to learn what you can do to save energy and money in your home and business.
www.willcountygreen.com

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Local Nonprofit Agencies encouraged to apply for CARES Act funding

Local Nonprofit Agencies encouraged to apply for CARES Act funding

Funding from the federal coronavirus relief program, CARES Act, is now available to nonprofit agencies in Will County. The County will allocate $6 million to local nonprofits agencies to assist with significant impacts resulting from the COVID-19 crisis.
 

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Local Officials join Pace Suburban Bus leaders to commemorate route dedicated to former               Will County Executive Larry Walsh

Local Officials join Pace Suburban Bus leaders to commemorate route dedicated to former Will County Executive Larry Walsh

On Tuesday, October 13, local officials from Will County, the City of Joliet, the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), Metra, and Pace gathered to honor the late Will County Executive Larry Walsh. Walsh was instrumental in expanding mass transit services across Will County and was a champion improving mass transit options for the senior and disabled populations in the county.
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Will County launches second round of COVID-19 (CARES Act) Small Business Assistance Grant Program

Will County launches second round of COVID-19 (CARES Act) Small Business Assistance Grant Program

Small businesses impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for up to $15,000 in grant assistance. Applications accepted Oct. 19 – Nov. 16, 2020.

Will County officials are offering another opportunity for small business owner impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to apply for relief funding. Through the CARES Act passed by the U.S. Congress, Will County received more than $120 million of this federal funding, of which $24 million is earmarked for small businesses.



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Keep your Ghouls and Boos Safe this Halloween

Keep your Ghouls and Boos Safe this Halloween

The IDPH Illinois Department of Public Health is offering these tips for safe participation in neighborhood trick-or-treating this Halloween.
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