Will County
Illinois

Will County Resolution
19-68

Establishing FY2019 State Legislative Agenda & Priorities

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Department:County Board AdminSponsors:
Category:Misc. Will County

Body

WHEREAS, the Will County Board Legislative & Policy Committee has been diligently monitoring legislation affecting Will County and has prepared the FY2019 Will County State Legislative Agenda; and

WHEREAS, in anticipation of the 101st Illinois General Assembly Spring Session, the Legislative & Policy Committee has summarized Will County's main legislative priorities and concerns; and

WHEREAS, with the assistance of Will County Elected Officials and department heads, the Legislative & Policy Committee has recommended the attached list of priorities for inclusion in the FY2019 Will County State Legislative Agenda.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Will County Board hereby establishes the list of priorities set forth as the FY2019 Will County State Legislative Agenda, as attached, to move forward to the spring session of the Illinois General Assembly in substantially the same form as attached hereto.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Will County Clerk transmit copies of the attached FY2019 Will County State Legislative Agenda & Priorities to members of Will County's State Legislative Delegation.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Preamble of this Resolution is hereby incorporated as if fully set forth herein. This Resolution shall be in full force and effect upon its passage and approval as provided by law.

Meeting History

Feb 11, 2019 9:00 AM  WC Legislative & Policy Committee Regular Meeting
RESULT:TABLED [UNANIMOUS]Next: 3/12/2019 9:00 AM
MOVER:Tyler Marcum, Member
SECONDER:Judy Ogalla, Member
AYES:Jacqueline Traynere, Beth Rice, Julie Berkowicz, Mimi Cowan, Tyler Marcum, Meta Mueller, Judy Ogalla, Laurie Summers
ABSENT:Herbert Brooks Jr.
Mar 12, 2019 9:00 AM  WC Legislative & Policy Committee Regular Meeting

Mr. Palmer said we always strive to do things better year after year. This has been modeled after our Federal Agenda which has been well received, both by recipients and Board Members in the past. We looked at specific impact to Will County on some items, and some are educational pieces. Just like the Federal Agenda we want to communicate what we want to see or request to happen. It is a combination of education and advocacy. This is just the text you are seeing, there are photos and graphs that will be added. I will go over the State Legislative Priorities handout provided and if you have any questions please let me know.

Mrs. Ogalla said going into the Eastern Will County Improvements I would like to review that point by point. The extension of Crete-Monee Rd. to Illinois 394 with a new intersection at Illinois 394, that is something that I think we need to further define as to what it is going to look like or what the proposal is for that. I-57 Peotone Rd. Interchange, which should be Peotone, Wilmington Road. The Monee truck by-pass, I’m not sure what that is.

Mr. Palmer advised that was the plan to avoid the downtown area to get over to Rt. 50.

Mrs. Ogalla said the new I-57 interchange near the South Suburban Airport location. I think that is irrelevant to the improvements because the Airport is not there. If that airport moves forward that is part of their master plan. We’re not making any decisions here at the County as to what infrastructure needs to be done for the airport. I think that should be removed. We also have discussed if you come over to Rt. 50 in a semi you can only go north, Peotone does not allow you to travel south.

Ms. Summers said there is nothing in here for Rt. 1, I see an east west road to 394, how are we going to address the traffic heading south down Rt. 1 and where is the plan for the by-pass there? The traffic will come across, but when they head south to get over to Rt. 65 we have not addressed any of those issues.

Mr. Palmer replied as far as Rt. 1 I don’t think there was a solution identified. The east west is getting them over to Rt. 57 which will get them north/south. There is definitely a problem but I don’t think we came up with any solution.

Mrs. Ogalla said there is a study that was going on for the 394 by-pass, which would go south on 394 and by-pass the Village of Beecher.

Mr. Palmer said these points are taken from the group and came from the Mayors that we met with. As to the South Suburban Airport that was not to support the airport; that’s because they feel a need for the interchange as well. Maybe we should change it to New I-57 Interchange between Monee and Peotone.

Mrs. Ogalla said you are talking a lot of money and your talking basic infrastructure needs in the State of Illinois. You’re talking another interchange during that short distance between the Village of Monee and the Village of Peotone does not make any sense financially.

Mr. Palmer said my recommendation would be to remove it. As for Rt. 1 we can work with the Board Members in that district and include some new language on that issue.

Ms. Traynere said if we could make those corrections and work on a Rt. 1 by-pass that would be good.

Mr. Palmer continued to review the State Legislative Priorities.

Ms. Traynere said Mr. Palmer and Ms. Dunn did a great job of putting this together and cleaning it up. We looked scattered before because there wasn’t a clear ask. This is much better in my opinion. It is not inclusive to everything that we want in our County. We are just asking for your approval today on these base core high level issues today that we think we should move forward in our State Agenda.

Mr. Palmer stated we will make the changes that were recommended here, and I will run it by both of you from District #1. Then it will be put to the Agenda for approval at the County Board Meeting.

Mrs. Ogalla said I want everyone to know that tomorrow night there is a proposed update on the South Suburb Airport. The update on that will be on channel 9 at 9:00 p.m.

RESULT:MOVED FORWARD [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Meta Mueller, Member
SECONDER:Herbert Brooks Jr., Member
AYES:Jacqueline Traynere, Julie Berkowicz, Herbert Brooks Jr., Mimi Cowan, Tyler Marcum, Meta Mueller, Judy Ogalla, Laurie Summers
ABSENT:Beth Rice
Mar 21, 2019 9:30 AM  Will County Board Recessed Meeting
RESULT:APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Jacqueline Traynere, District 4 (D - Bolingbrook)
SECONDER:Denise E. Winfrey, Speaker, District 8 (D - Joliet)
AYES:Judy Ogalla, Laurie Summers, Amanda Koch, Jim Moustis, Donald A. Moran, Beth Rice, Kenneth E. Harris, Jacqueline Traynere, Gretchen Fritz, Meta Mueller, Donald Gould, Joe VanDuyne, Steve Balich, Mike Fricilone, Herbert Brooks Jr., Denise E. Winfrey, Annette Parker, Rachel Ventura, Gloria Dollinger, Tyler Marcum, Julie Berkowicz, Mimi Cowan, Tom Weigel, Mark Ferry, Tim Kraulidis
ABSENT:Ray Tuminello