Thursday, May 16, 2013
A resolution in support of the gun law was approved with a 15-6 vote, with the majority favoring it for the "protection of citizens," officials said.
The following article was supplied by Will County: The Will County Board today approved a resolution supporting legislation allowing Illinois residents the right to carry concealed firearms. The resolution does not allow Will County residents the right to conceal carry, as the Illinois legislature must still pass a law. Illinois is the only state that does not allow citizens to carry concealed firearms in public, and faces a June 9th deadline to draft such a law. “We had a healthy and open debate today about concealed carry,” said Speaker Herbert Brooks, Jr. “Not everyone agreed to this proposed change in Illinois law, but everyone did respect the democratic process that provides for discussion and deliberation about issues important to …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The daughter of Will County Board member Herbert Brooks was sentenced to two years court supervision after paying off the money she stole from Target and completing her community service.
The daughter of Will County Board member Herbert Brooks paid back all the money she stole from her job at Target and will see the case against her dismissed completely if she can stay out of trouble for the next two years. Megan Brooks, 23, had faced a felony theft charge for stealing $1,291 from the 2701 Plainfield Road store in December 2011. Dave Neal, a special prosecutor appointed to the case, allowed Brooks to plead down to a misdemeanor in January and brokered a deal to sentence her to court supervision if she paid full restitution and completed 100 hours of community service. "Quite frankly, I was skeptical of her ability to get this all done by today," Neal told Judge Daniel Rozak during Brooks' sentencing hearing Tuesday morning…
Friday, March 15, 2013
A young man allegedly attacked by a Will County Board member's son has filed a lawsuit claiming he was the victim of a hate crime.
A Joliet man allegedly whipped at the hands of a belt-wielding Will County Board member's son has filed a lawsuit claiming he was the victim of a hate crime. The suit names Alex Wilhelmi, the 21-year-old son of board member Steve Wilhelmi, D-Joliet, along with two of Alex Wilhelmi's friends—Manuel Borrego, 24, and Daniel Duffy, 23. Joliet resident Trey Travis, 20, filed the lawsuit this week at the Will County Courthouse. According to the suit, Travis was riding in a Saturn Vue with two other men on July 1 when Borrego turned his Pontiac Grand Prix into the path of their vehicle. Duffy and Wilhelmi were riding with Borrego, the suit said. Words were exchanged and Travis got out of the Saturn, the suit said. Alex Wilhelmi, Borrego and Duffy…
Friday, February 22, 2013
Only one Will County Board member voted against Shawn Walsh, who had been nominated by his father, Will County Executive Larry Walsh.
With only one dissenting vote, Shawn Walsh was selected to be Will County's new regional superintendent of schools. Walsh, who had been the assistant regional superintendent, was the only applicant for the job. He was nominated by his father, Will County Executive Larry Walsh, to succeed Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, who was elected a state senator in November. The Will County Board concurred with Walsh's recommendation, with only board member Margo McDermed (R-Mokena) voting in opposition, according to a story in the Joliet Herald News. (Naperville board member Chuck Maher passed on voting.) “Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should do something,” McDermed told the newspaper. Shawn Walsh, of Elwood, said he will complete …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
A special prosecutor brought in to try Will County Board member Steve Wilhelmi's son for battery dropped the case but is still going after two pals of the young man. The fathers of these two men are not on the county board.
When Will County Board member Steve Wilhelmi's son was first arrested for allegedly whipping a man with his belt, he only faced charges of misdemeanor battery and mob action. Then the mob action charge went away, and now he's charged with nothing. A special prosecutor called in to try Wilhelmi's 21-year-old son, Alex Wilhelmi of 1108 Taylor St., Joliet, dropped the case Thursday morning. But David Neal of the Special Prosecution Unit of the State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor's office is still going after the two men arrested along with Alex Wilhelmi on July 1. Daniel Duffy, 23, of 503 Wilcox St. faces a charge of battery and Manuel Borrego, 24, of 319 Hunter Ave. is up for both battery and drunken driving. Duffy and Borrego do not have…
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
How Will County voted for county board seats, county positions and state and national races.
Circuit Clerk: Incumbent and Democrat Pam McGuire was re-elected, taking in 139,036 votes. Her opponent, Republican Marlene Carlson received 101,947 votes. Recorder of Deeds: It was a close race all night for this county position. Republican challenger Laurie McPhillips held the position before current Recorder Karen A. Stukel. Stukel, a Democrat, was re-elected with 125,140 votes. McPhillips earned 114,912 votes. Auditor: This one was also close. Incumbent and Democrat Duffy Blackburn was narrowly re-elected over Republican challenger Mark Batinick. Blackburn had 120,684 votes; Batinick received 113,414 votes. Coroner: In one of the most commanding leads of a county seat, incumbent and Democrat Patrick K. O'Neil led Republican …
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Will County resident has created a site where county meetings and others can viewed by computer.
Dear Editor; I have created a YouTube site on which viewers can watch videos from Will County meetings at their leisure: http://www.youtube.com/user/wcvideos1 Among the meetings being taped are the Will County Board and committee meetings, Planning and Zoning Comission, Land Use Committee, Northern Will County Water Agency and the Lockport Township Fire District Board of Trustees. Grant Spooner Lockport
Monday, July 2, 2012
Three Joliet men, including the son of Will County Board member Steve Wilhelmi, allegedly menaced the occupants of another car and whipped one young man with a belt.
A carload of Joliet men—including the son of Will County Board member Steve Wilhelmi—menaced the occupants of another vehicle, chasing them around the west side and ultimately whipping one with a belt before a bystander blocked them in and the cops showed up, police said. The three men—23-year-old Manuel Borrego of 319 Hunter Ave., Daniel Duffy, 22, of 479 Mason Ave., and 21-year-old Alex Wilhelmi of 1108 Taylor St.—were captured near the corner of Kenilworth and Dellmar avenues about 10:30 p.m. Sunday and taken to the Will County jail. Alex Wilhelmi is the son of Steve Wilhelmi. Borrego was behind the wheel of a Pontiac and cut off a Saturn carrying four young men, police said. Words were exchanged and someone in Borrego's car threw a 44-…
Friday, June 22, 2012
The Illinois Pollution Control Board is wrong to not monitor quarries that accept debris because it could pose a safety hazard to local drinking water.
The Will County Board issued this press release today: The Will County Board today called on the Illinois Pollution Control Board to reverse its recent decision and require groundwater monitoring at dozens of quarries that accept demolition debris. Quarries have depths close to the water table, posing risks to local drinking water. “The Pollution Control Board’s decision puts our citizens and our environment at great risk,” said Chairman Jim Moustis. “Therefore, I am calling on them to reconsider the risks to our groundwater and the health of our residents. Strong safeguards are absolutely necessary before millions of tons of potentially toxic debris are dumped into our quarries. We are prepared to protect our citizens with whatever …