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Welcome to Will County, Illinois Website

Denise Winfrey Will County ExecutiveDear Neighbors:

Welcome to the Will County government’s main website.  Our county has been one of the fastest-growing counties in the state and the nation over the last decade and continues to be a vibrant and diverse community.  All are welcome here and we hope you choose to live, work, and raise your family in our community.

As your County Executive, I am a strong believer in transparency and collaboration to make progress for all our residents.  This website is one way we are sharing information about how your county government is working for you. 

We welcome your comments and suggestions on how we can better serve you and our community. Best wishes to you and your family!

Denise E. Winfrey

Will County Executive

 

What's Happening in Will County

Annual textile recycling, home goods collection sets new record
Tammy Reiher

Annual textile recycling, home goods collection sets new record

JOLIET -- Will County residents cleaned out closets and cupboards to bring a record amount of items to the 15th annual textile recycling and home goods collection July 13-17 at the County Office Building.

This year’s event, which allowed people to bring home goods every day along with their textiles for reuse or recycling, weighed in at 34,752 pounds.

Will County Executive Denise Winfrey said, “We knew anecdotally that people were cleaning out closets and cupboards during the stay-at-home order and were anxious to find a place to dispose of their items. We were delighted to find out that this year’s collections more than doubled last year’s.”

The annual collection is sponsored by the Land Use Department’s Resource Recovery and Energy Division.  It was delayed from May to July in response to the stay-at-home order due to the pandemic.

In 2019 the collection netted 12,298 pounds of textiles and home goods.  The 2018 total was 7,800 pounds. In 2017 and 2016, respectively, the totals were 5,955 and 4,095 pounds. In 2016 only clothing and shoes were collected.

The annual event began in 2005 and only shoes were collected.

“As you can see, there is clearly a pent-up demand for this type of collection,” said Marta Keane, the county’s Recycling Specialist. “We are thrilled that hundreds of people came over the course of the week to keep so much material out of our landfill.”

The contractor for this year’s event was Helping Hands, a local thrift store supplier and a global reuse and recycling organization.

As usual, WJOL’s morning show with Scott Slocum rounded up the week with a remote broadcast at the County Office Building, 302 Chicago St., on Friday, July 17. Slocum talked to county staff about green initiatives.

The Land Use Department is under the County Executive’s office and is led by Director David Dubois.

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CARES Act applications are now being accepted
Local Government Assistance

Will County is accepting applications from local governments for reimbursement.

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Small Business Assistance 

The application will be posted and accepted starting Monday, August 24. All applications must be received by Monday, September 28.

Small Business Assistance Application - English

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Tribute to Will County Executive Larry Walsh
Senator Dick Durbin (D, IL) pays tribute to the life and service of Larry Walsh Sr.

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Workforce Center to host drive-through job fair  in Frankfort Township

Workforce Center to host drive-through job fair in Frankfort Township

The Workforce Center of Will County will host a drive-through job fair from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the Frankfort Township office building, 11000 W. Lincoln Highway, Frankfort.  

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Workforce Center of Will County offers drive-thru job fair

Workforce Center of Will County offers drive-thru job fair

Due to the continued success of its drive-thru job fairs, the Workforce Center of Will County (WCWC) will be hosting an event from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 5 at the Romeoville Village Hall, 1050 W. Romeo Road.
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Public Health & Safety Committee - 10:00 a.m.

Meetings will be held in the County Board Committee Room in the Will County Office Building, 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet, Illinois, unless stated otherwise. Meeting agendas and cancellations are available on the website www.willcountyboard.com. To contact us, email: countyboard@willcountyillinois.com or phone: 815.740.4602.

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Executive Committee - 10 a.m.

Meetings will be held in the County Board Committee Room in the Will County Office Building, 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet, Illinois, unless stated otherwise. Meeting agendas and cancellations are available on the website www.willcountyboard.com. To contact us, e-mail: countyboard@willcountyillinois.com or phone 815.740.4602.

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