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Joliet rejects possibility of cannabis dispensaries in residential areas

Residents balk at proposal to revise ordinance

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. The Joliet City Council on Tuesday voted 6-2 against a proposal to reduce the setback of and adult use cannabis shop from 250 feet to 100 feet. The initial proposal was to reduce it down to 50 feet. Kathy Spieler, of the Reedwood Neighborhood Association, told the council she came to Tuesday’s meeting to say, “50 feet is too close to our kids.” Spieler expressed concern the proposed ordinance would allow cannabis dispensaries too close to pre-schools, daycare center, schools and parks and other places where children would be nearby.

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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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NorthPoint could get green light to expand

Packed opposition gallery in council chambers

The proposed NorthPoint development planned for Joliet is about to get a whole lot bigger, much to the chagrin of some area residents opposed to the plans. NorthPoint Development brought a new annexation and development agreement for the proposed East Gate Logistics and Compass Business Park to the Joliet Plan Commission. The new plan seeks to annex another 950-plus acre parcel in addition to the 1,200-plus acres in unincorporated Jackson Township already approved by the Joliet City Council for the proposed warehouse and light manufacturing development.

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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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Enjoy Thanksgiving safely, minimize risk of a holiday spike

Families in surrounding suburbs will gather to enjoy the Thanksgiving feast and give thanks for all that they have – most of all each other. While the impact of the pandemic has been greatly reduced as more people and now children get vaccinated, there are still risks of spreading the virus. Health experts warn the holiday gatherings could be breeding grounds for spreading the virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the best way to minimize COVID-19 risk and keep family and friends safer is to get vaccinated. Many health experts this year also suggest if unvaccinated family and friends plan to attend holiday gatherings, they should get a rapid COVID test just before they show up. Here are some safe ways to celebrate the holidays from the CDC.

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Democrats, Republicans at odds over new district map

Board votes 14-12 in favor of new districts

They argued over it and with little, if any, agreement across the aisle the Will County board voted along straight party lines in favor of a new 11-district map. The board voted 14-12 on the new 11-district map for 2022 that will result in two county board members per district and four less than there are now with the current 13-district map. Some Republicans on the board accused Democrats with “gerrymandering,” to get the map the way they wanted, which brought vehement disagreement from Democrats. Board member Jacqueline Traynere (D-Bolingbrook) said she got tired of hearing the “constant barrage of accusing us of gerrymandering. “This is about changes in our population,” Traynere said in support of the new map.

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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.