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Mar

2020

Will County executive retirement sparks two-way Democratic primary race

Author: Editor

For the first time in 16 years, Will County voters will elect a new county executive to lead county government as it continues to deal with growth and development issues.

County Executive Larry Walsh, an Elwood Democrat, last year announced he would not seek a fifth term so he could instead focus on health concerns. Walsh has endorsed his chief of staff, Nick Palmer, in the Democratic primary. Palmer, a Bolingbrook Democrat, also has the backing of several county board members.

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Mar

2020

Bertino-Tarrant, Will Co. Executive Candidate: 2020 Election

Author: Editor

Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant is running against Nick Palmer in the March 17 Democratic primary to become the next Will County Executive. Four-term Democrat Larry Walsh Sr. announced last year that he would not be seeking a fifth term of office because of health concerns.

Here are Bertino-Tarrant's answers to a questionnaire that Patch submitted to her. 

Age: 50

Town/City of Residence: Shorewood

Office Sought: County office

Party Affiliation: Democratic

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Feb

2020

Will County candidates talk infrastructure, development at forum

Author: Editor

Will County voters and candidates discussed infrastructure and economic development at length during a forum in Joliet on Tuesday.

 

The Joliet Leadership Coalition hosted the forum with candidates for Will County executive and Will County Board Districts 8 and 10.

 

Democrats Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant and Nick Palmer, and Republican Nick Ficarello are running to be the next county executive. Will County Board members Denise Winfrey and Herbert Brooks Jr., both Democrats, are running for reelection in District 8. Democrats Natalie Coleman, of Plainfield, and incumbent Tyler Marcum, of Joliet, are running in District 10.

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May

2019

Gov. J.B. Pritzker set to unveil $41.5 billion ‘Rebuild Illinois’ capital plan that includes $1.8 billion in new and increased taxes

Author: Editor

Gov. J.B. Pritzker is set to unveil a six-year, $41.5 billion plan to repair Illinois’ crumbling roads, bridges, public schools and university buildings in a massive proposal that calls for nearly $1.8 billion in new taxes and tax increases, according to documents provided to lawmakers at a Friday briefing.

Dubbed Rebuild Illinois, it would be the state’s first large-scale infrastructure improvement program in a decade and would result in higher costs for everything from ride-sharing to cable and streaming services, as well as a significant hike at the gas pump.

The long-awaited proposal, which comes as lawmakers are working to finalize the state budget before their schedule May 31 adjournment, received a lukewarm response from some of the governor’s fellow Democrats and pushback from some Republicans. The preliminary drafts distributed Friday follow behind-the-scenes negotiations with a bipartisan group of lawmakers. Changes are expected even before Pritzker makes a formal announcement next week.

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May

2014

The Real Vote Fraud

Author: Editor

Many years ago, as a college Republican, I spent one summer in Austin working for a candidate in a special election for the Texas senate. My hometown was a liberal enclave with many college students -- unwashed, longhaired, pot-smoking students, it seemed to me -- who were predominantly Democrats. The more students who came out to vote the less likely our candidate was to win.

But our campaign strategists came up with a plan. They sent mailings to all the registered voters in precincts near the campus. Many cards came back because the addressee had moved, as college students often do. Voters no longer at the address on file with election authorities were not eligible to vote.

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