Romeoville Mayor John Noak's State of the Village address at Lewis University on Thursday had a lot to do with....no surprise here....the future of transportation.
Although state legislation has placed the major redesign of the I-55 - Weber Road interchange on the state's 'regular list of projects,' Mayor Noak says this still could be a few years from getting started. And once it DOES START, we're talking about the re-positioning of a lot of roads and ramps; and lots of needed cooperation, such as Will County handling some widening of Weber Road, from 135th up towards Bolingbrook.
With all that to do at I-55 and Weber, Mayor Noak says new ful I-55 interchanges at Airport Road or Route 126 would be smaller projects by comparison. But still, Noak says he's holding out hope that BOTH OF THOSE PROPOSED INTERCHANGES WILL HAPPEN SOME DAY. He says traffic projections over the next 30 to 50 years show that both interchanges will be needed.
And then, there's the new METRA station coming to the southeast corner of 135th and New Avenue. Noak says, since they're keeping it rather simple, things should be well underway by the end of next year. Canadian National and METRA recently approved pedestrian crossing design plans.
Thursday's Romeoville State of the Village address included Sam's Club being awarded as New Business of the Year, Brunswick Zone being named the small business of the year, and Metropolitan Industries as Romeoville's Large business of the year.
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The City of Lockport is looking into a possible water agreement with Joliet, to provide and share water if the situation calls for it. Village Administrator Ben Benson says, this would be a FIRST for Lockport, as they do not have an emergency water connection with anyone at this point. The feasibility study will be looking at a possible Joliet - Lockport water connection along Farrell Road.
This could be used after certain situations such as boil orders, or after the fighting of a large downtown fire.
In other "future possibilites" concerning Lockport, Benson says the latest plan along the I-355 extension was simply "opened up a little wider." More flexibility will allow the entire area to have "flex zoning options," leaving both industrial and commercial options at all locations.
Benson says there is still talk about replacing the vehicle sticker program with a utility tax, but there's plenty of discussion still to come, and no changes would happen until the start of 2015.
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Daylight Saving Time is upon us. Illinois residents will need to spring forward early Sunday morning. That means you should set your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed.
A new app is making it easier for kids to bully their classmates. Parents at New Trier, Lake Forest, and Whitney Young high schools are being warned that students who use the Yik Yak app will be disciplined. It connects up to 500 people who are in the same area and allows them to chat. Students can write whatever they want in a live viewing format without revealing who they are, and many have been saying hurtful things about other students. The app has been temporarily disabled in the Chicago area.
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WJOL has learned that District 4 Joliet City Councilwoman Susie Barber resigned this morning effective immediately citing health reasons. Mayor Tom Giarrante said in a statement “Joliet is a better place because of Susie Barber, I thank her for the many years of dedicated service she has provided not only to District 4, but to all Joliet residents. She is a dear friend of mine, and I wish her nothing but the best.” Barber has represented District 4 on the Joliet City Council since May, 2007.
Joliet Mayor Tom Giarrante talked to WJOL on Wednesday about the cities continuation litigation of Evergreen Terrace. The mayor said first and foremost that he was not invited to tour Evergreen Terrace complex, a tour that four other Joliet City Council members did take. He said the first he heard about it was when he read about the next day. He did say that while he has not been there recently, he had been there many times in his previous career on the Joliet Fire Department. He says while some of the cleanliness issues have improved; density issues; such as women with two children living in single bedroom apartments, have not.
Giarrante also questioned the validity of the tour the four city council members took. The mayor says the vistors were shown only two selected apartments, most likely cleaned and painted ahead of time.
Mayor Giarantte also said that while he understands people's reservations with the litigation of Evergreen Terrace in regards to the overall cost of the project, he also says that people will be suprised when they actually learn how the renovations of Evergreen Terrace will be paid for. The says the city will purchase the property, but the rebuilding will be funded by federal HUD money.
And it was earlier in the week that Joliet City Manager Jim Hock told WJOL that the litigation on Evergreen Terrace could be done by as early as May.
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1340 WJOL News has learned that City of Joliet Finance Director Rachel Mayer has turned in her resignation, and accepted a position in Naperville. She turned in her two week notice this past Monday.
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