Upcoming events

WCTA Hosting Vintage Tractor Drive Fundraiser

The Will County Threshermen’s Association (WCTA) will hold its vintage tractor drive fundraiser on Saturday, June 10, with participants driving their vintage tractors on a 50-mile route through the countryside of Will and Grundy Counties. Lunch will be served at Andy Rousonelos farm. All proceeds from the event benefit the WCTA, a non-profit organization dedicated…

State’s Attorney Glasgow presented a check to Police Chief Scott Koerner and Village Mayor Dr. Therese Bogs. –Photo submitted.

MPD Receives $5,000 for License Plate Recognition Devices

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow continued his countywide initiative to enhance community safety with high-tech Flock license plate readers with a $5,000 donation to the Monee Police Department. The contribution will allow Monee to purchase two automated license plate recognition devices that play a vital role in helping catch dangerous vehicle hijackers and other…

The new “Ready Will County” application allows residents to connect to emergency resources, including real-time alerts, preparedness information, warming and cooling centers, and tools for reporting damage in a disaster. –Photo submitted.

New ‘Ready Will County’ App Launched

The Will County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) launched a new-and-improved version of the “Ready Will County” smartphone application. The app is an innovative tool to help residents receive timely alerts and be able to effectively plan ahead for a wide range of scenarios. “Will County EMA serves as a key source of information to plan…

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CED Hosting Eye-Opener Breakfast

The Will County Center for Economic Development is host this year’s Eye-Opener Breakfast on Thursday, June 22, at Tuscany Falls in Mokena. Registration and breakfast are at 7:30 a.m., with the program from 8 – 9:15 a.m. This mid-year look at the state of the Will County economy includes an update on major developments, initiatives,…

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WCHD, Community Health Center Hosting Job Fair May 24

The Will County Health Department and Community Health Center is hosting its second annual job fair on Wednesday, May 24, in the Community Room at the Will County Health Department, 501 Ella Avenue in Joliet, from noon – 4 p.m. Job seekers will find a wealth of exciting career opportunities in public health at the…

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Will County Announces $43 Million in ARPA Grant Awards

Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant and Will County Board leadership announced the awarded allocation of $43 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars to 120 local governments, community organizations, and small businesses throughout the county. This announcement follows Will County Board approval of allocations at its May 18 board meeting. “This funding is an…

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Will County Board Approves 3 New Landscaping Businesses And Some Road Projects

By Stephen Nelson At its May 18th meeting, the Will County Board approved 3 new landscaping businesses at various locations. The first approved will be located on vacant land along South 104th Avenue in Frankfort Township. The second will operating at 2085 S. Spencer Avenue in New Lenox. The third will be located at 17958 S.…

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Free Food Giveaway May 27 in Downtown Joliet

ShareFest Will County, Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant team-up to support families. Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino Tarrant and ShareFest Will County will host a free food giveaway event on Saturday, May 27, at the Will County Office Building, 302 N. Chicago Street, Joliet, from 9 a.m. until noon, or while supplies last. “This event…

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Hill Sentenced to 80 Years in Joliet Murder

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced Nathaniel Hill, 44, of Joliet, was sentenced by Judge Daniel Rippy to 80 years in prison for the 2020 shooting murder of Derrick Williams-Scott. Hill, a convicted felon, received 75 years for first degree murder, with three years mandatory supervised release, and five years for unlawful use of…

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Will County Board Approves Purchase of Election Equipment

The Will County Board voted to approve the purchase of election equipment for the Will County Clerk’s office using $7.8 million from the General Reserve. Lauren Staley Ferry, Will County Clerk, reports election equipment and software systems owned and operated by the Will County Clerk’s Office have either exceeded life expectancy or are nearing end-of-life…

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Free Annual Book Reuse and Recycling Event June 2-4

The Will County Land Use Department’s Resource Recovery and Energy (RRE) Division will host its annual three-day book reuse and recycling event, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 2-4, at Joliet Park District’s Pilcher Park Nature Center, 2501 Highland Park Drive. “Our goal is twofold – to promote literacy and improve the environment through…

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Jury Finds Watson Guilty in 2019 Fatal Stabbing at Harrah’s Joliet Casino Hotel

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced a jury recently found Robert Watson, 29, of Joliet, guilty in the brutal 2019 killing of a 76-year-old Wisconsin man in the hotel of Harrah’s Casino in Joliet. The jury rendered its verdict following an eight-day trial before Circuit Judge David Carlson, finding Watson guilty on all four…

Anna Payton appointed Administrator of Will County Animal Control Department. –Photo submitted.

Will County Appoints New Animal Control Department Administrator

Anna Payton has been appointed as Administrator of the Will County Animal Control Department by Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant. Payton’s appointment was confirmed by the Will County Board at its April meeting. Payton previously served as the Director of Animal Care and Control for the City of Aurora, a position she held for more…

State's Attorney Glasgow poses with members of the Steger Police Department. –Photo submitted.

Glasgow Continues Countywide Flock Safety Camera Initiative with $5,500 Steger Donation

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow presented a $5,500 contribution to the Village of Steger for the purchase of two Flock Safety cameras at the May 1 Village Board Meeting. Village President Kenneth Peterson Jr. accepted the check on the village’s behalf, along with Police Chief Gregory Smith. This donation brings to $58,000 the total…

State’s Attorney Glasgow, Associate Judge Frederick Harvey, Circuit Judge Daniel Kennedy, Problem Solving Court Coordinator Dr. Scott DuBois, and Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary K. O’Brien pose for a picture at the recent graduation ceremony. –Photo submitted.

12 Participants Graduate Problem Solving Court During National Treatment Court Month

Total number of graduates from Will County program exceeds 800. State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced 12 people graduated from the Will County Problem Solving Courts in a May 4 ceremony at the Jacob Henry Mansion in Joliet. To date, 808 individuals have turned their lives around through the diversionary court program in Will County. “It…

Pictured, left to right, are: Cornell D. Lurry Sr., NE Regional Community Development Relationship Manager at Midland States Bank; Dr. Maribeth Hearn, USF Career Success Director and USF Center for Nonprofit Excellence Co-Director; Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D., USF President; Julee Gard, CPA, CMA, USF Vice President for Administration and Finance; and Adam Vander Woude, MBA, Commercial Relationship Manager at Midland States Bank. –Photo submitted.

USF Center for Nonprofit Excellence Receives Contribution from Midland States Bank Foundation

The University of St. Francis (USF) announced it is the recipient of a $10,000 contribution by the Midland States Bank Foundation. The contribution will support projects and administration of the USF Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE). “The USF CNE is impacting the people served by the nonprofits in Will County and the nonprofits, themselves, by…

Joliet Fresh Produce Pop-Up Event May 11

A “Fresh Produce Pop-Up Event” will be held from 1-3 p.m., on Thursday, May 11, at Community Lifeline Ministries, 158 S. Joliet Street, Joliet. Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant is partnering with the Community Nutrition Network and Senior Services Association, Meals on Wheels Foundation of Northern Illinois, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, and…

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