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Office of Will County Executive
Lawrence M. Walsh
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
For more information, contact:
Phone: 815-530-2372; Fax: 815-774-3671

Will County partners with City of Joliet and the Housing Authority of Joliet on Fair Housing Study

April marks National Fair Housing Month established to recognize the passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 during the Civil Rights Movement. The Fair Housing Act prohibits the discrimination of home buyers based upon race, religion, sex, disability, family status, or national origin. In Will County, this historic benchmark is being recognized with efforts to further fair housing in all communities

The Land Use Department of Will County has recently joined with the City of Joliet and the Housing Authority of Joliet to conduct an assessment of fair housing. As recipients of Department of Housing and Urban Development funds, the county is required to confirm and further opportunities for fair housing. The county’s We WILL Build initiative seeks to expand the range of opportunities for all by collaborating and advocating for opportunities, options and diversity in housing stock throughout Will County.

“Our Land Use Department does a tremendous job to ensure safe housing for our residents,” said Will County Executive Larry Walsh. “We are proud of our efforts to restore and preserve neighborhoods in Will County and make sure any one is able to pursue the housing option of their choice.”

Recently, the county and the city began this assessment of Fair Housing and have launched a county-wide Fair Housing hotline (815) 774-4536 so any person who experiences housing discrimination can report it locally. The partnership seeks to create a safer, more diverse, and welcoming community for all its members.

All residents of Will County are encouraged to participate in this study and as outreach opportunities are announced. The survey can be accessed online in English and Spanish via the Facebook page We WILL Build @buildwillcounty or www.willcountyillinois.com/LandUse.

For more information is available by contacting Martha Sojka, lugrants@willcountylanduse.com.
 

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event to be held March 14 in Homer Glen

The Will County Land Use Department is partnering with the Village of Homer Glen to host a free one day Household Hazardous Waste collection event from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 14. This event is open to all Will County residents by appointment only.
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Daylight Savings Time Begins March 8

Daylight Savings Time begins at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday March 8. Remember to set your clocks forward one hour and also check your smoke detector batteries.
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Will County celebrates completion of two new buildings

On Thursday, March 5, officials from Will County celebrated the opening of two new state of the art buildings on the county’s Public Safety Complex at Laraway and Cherry Hill Roads.

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Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Earth Day in Will County with passport to green events

The Will County Resource Recovery and Energy Division has joined with the Health Department, Forest Preserve and South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium to offer a passport to more than 50 ways to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day

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Changes to the Will County Sheriff's Office on Laraway Road

Will County Sheriff Mike Kelley is announcing changes to the daily operations of the Sheriff’s Office, Public Safety Building, 16911 W. Laraway Road in Joliet and to the Adult Detention Facility, 95 S. Chicago Street, and Video Visitation Building, 20 S. Chicago Street in Joliet.
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Will County Creates COVID-19 page to consolidate information from departments/agencies

In an effort to centralize communication from various elected officials’ offices, county departments, and agencies relating to the coronavirus crisis, the Will County Executive Office’s IT department has created a COVID-19 page on its website.

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