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Joliet Council rejects possibility of cannabis dispensaries in residential areas

Residents balk at proposal to revise ordinance to allow them

When it came to the future placement of any marijuana dispensaries near a residential neighborhood in Joliet, some residents spoke, and the council heard them loud and clear.

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Joliet Central, Joliet West high schools to host information nights for incoming freshmen

Joliet Central High School and Joliet West High School will host an evening of important information about registration, testing, athletics, activities and more for eighth grade students and parents at the two schools next week.

Economic development takes center stage in Will County

Business means jobs and officials from the Will County Center for Economic Development (CED) understand that in a big way. The CED is geared up to present its Annual Report to Investors on Friday, Dec. 3 at the Bolingbrook Golf Club. “We’re really excited about this year. This is the first time our investors group, guests and friends are going to be meeting in person since March 2020. We’re really looking forward to that crowd interaction and getting a chance to get in front of people.” John Greuling, President and CEO of the CED said.

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Suspect in custody in connection with shooting at Joliet Township Halloween party

The Will County Coroner’s Office on Tuesday released the names of the two people killed by gunfire during a Halloween Party early Sunday morning in Joliet Township. Holly Matthews and Jonathan Ceballos, both 22 of Joliet, were pronounced dead at 3:45 a.m. Oct. 31 in the 1000 block of Jackson Street in Joliet Township. “Both subjects appeared to be victims of a homicide,” according to the statement from the coroner’s office.

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More than 70 percent of Will County residents 12 and older vaccinated

While the case positivity rate is up a bit in Will County, there is good news on the vaccination front. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, 70.7 percent of Will County residents 12 and older are fully vaccinate as of Nov. 25. At the same time, the rolling seven-day test positivity rate for the county is 5.24 percent. Residents should continue to wear masks while indoors in public places, IDPH officials said.

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Warehouse workers keep pressure on for corporations to pay more for Joliet water

Protestors from the Warehouse Workers for Justice gathered outside Joliet City Hall on Monday to keep the pressure on in advocating for clean, and affordable water now and in the future for all residents and to highlight the seriousness that warehouses and the corporations that own them pay more so residents can pay less.

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House passes $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill

Bill will mean money for local projects

The White House had something big to celebrate this past weekend after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, sending it to President Biden to be signed into law.

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AG Raoul urges HUD to expand emergency rental assistance

Tenants fearing eviction could soon be getting emergency rental assistance to keep them in their homes a bit longer.

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Large crowd gathers for Joliet’s Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting

Hundreds lined the streets of downtown Joliet this past Friday for the annual tree lighting and Holiday Parade. Local officials gathered on a stage prior to the start of the parade for the ceremonial tree lighting.

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Will County, still no decision on doling out second round of stimulus

Will County officials see stakeholders’ input as essential in disbursement process

Many have inquired about how to get a piece of the $134 million Will County received earlier this year from the federal American Rescue Plan. County officials, however, have yet to dole out any of that second round of COVID relief funding and, as they did with the CARES Act funding, they plan to once again hire the same consultant to assist in the process of distributing funds. “Although we have not made an official determination on how the funds will be disbursed, we have received quite a few requests from our Will County residents, businesses, municipalities, local governments, non-profits, county board members, department heads and other customers,” said Will County Board member Ken Harris (D-Bolingbrook). Harris is chairman of the county board’s Finance Committee.