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Will County annual report reveals strong economy, continued growth, balanced budget
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Will County annual report reveals strong economy, continued growth, balanced budget

During today’s State of the County address, delivered by Chief of Staff Nick Palmer on behalf of County Executive Walsh, Will County’s position as an important part of the global transportation network and continued economic success were highlighted.

“I am proud Will County remains strong and is able to balance our growth with maintaining residents’ quality of life due to our ability to work together for the success of our county,” Walsh said during his opening remarks.

Palmer explained Will County’s benefits from Governor Pritzker’s $45 billion Rebuild Illinois Capital Program which will allocate funding over the next six years to local governments across the state.

“Will County is a conduit for trade across the country and we truly are at the crossroads of America with our many access points to interstates, railways, and waterways,” Palmer said. “The infrastructure investments we make today will keep our residents safe and support our economy today and in the future.”

Some of these projects include over $1 billon for reconstruction of I-80 and the bridge over the Des Plaines River, nearly $76 million for reconstruction and widening of Jefferson Street between Houbolt Road in Joliet and River Road in Shorewood and more than $23 million for resurfacing of I-55 from Weber Road to I-80. Another important project is $6 million to build a control tower at Lewis University Airport. All of these investments will stimulate the local economy.

“As a transportation hub for Midwest, these key investments will keep traffic moving safely and efficiently across our county and make us attractive to future investment,” said Palmer.

Other significant county projects still making progress include the $215 million county courthouse, new Animal Control and EMA buildings on the Public Safety Complex and a new $32 million health department building.

“Our health department is responsible for many programs and services designed to protect the public health of our county,” Palmer said. “Our immunizations, food facilities, and WIC programs do a lot to protect and assist the nearly 700,000 residents of our county. Our residents and our staff deserve a safe, modern building for these services.”

Palmer also highlighted the county’s success in green initiatives as well its work to create safe and affordable housing options across the county. He also acknowledged the county’s commitment to ongoing efforts to reduce substance use and provide care for the senior population.

Executive Walsh concluded by saying “every year, Will County continues to succeed and meet our challenges through cooperative efforts. We are fortunate to have strong, dedicated leaders who balance growth with quality of life. We will continue our efforts to keep Will County a great place to live, work, and raise a family.”
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