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In a first for the Will County Board, a Muslim leader delivered invocation at the start of a public meeting, officials said. Imam Haroon Ahmed of the Muslim Association of Bolingbrook took to the podium Jan. 17 after a brief introduction by Will County Board Member Mimi Cowan. Ahmed referenced the Quran during invocation, speaking in both English and Arabic. Christian faith leaders primarily have given invocation at Will County Board meetings as history shows, officials said.
Puppy mills, construction debris in landfills, and infrastructure are among items to be tackled in 2018.
The Will County Executive Committee moved forward with a request for the Illinois State Tollway Highway Authority to conduct a feasibility study for the purposes of widening I-80 through Will County by creating an additional new dedicated toll lane.
The Will County Board voted last week to lower the tax rate on the county portion of residents' tax bills.
Following the release of his proposed FY 2018 budget to the Will County Board, County Executive Larry Walsh again renewed his call to eliminate the Will County Public Building Commission (PBC) despite opposition from Will County Board leadership.
Will County will lose a projected $2.4 million in revenue due to cuts from the new state budget but still expects a slightly lower property tax rate for 2018.
County wide office holders in Will County will be responsible for certifying their own hours to qualify for the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.