Pulse: 3 percent voter turnout in Homer Township
March 3, 2013 11:12PM
Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots
Updated: April 5, 2013 6:06AM
How low did it go?
Tuesday’s primary election turnout in Will County was even more dismal than most, especially in Homer Township, according to County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots.
Of 24,929 registered voters, only 733, or 3 percent, cast ballots.
“It’s pitiful,” Voots said.
Turnout in the 27 Will County precincts that are in the 2nd Congressional District was better. Of 32,515 registered voters, 5,408 voted.
With early voting and absentee voting, there really is no excuse, Voots said.
“I tell people don’t wait until Election Day because you never know what’s going to happen.”
Changing the colors
It still says Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center on the signs around the hospital. But that will be changing, said Beth Hughes, chief executive of what is now Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center.
The blue and brown colors will be replaced, too, she said. Expect shades of green.
Mark the date
Veterans Affairs opens its new Joliet Community Based Outpatient Clinic on March 11, which gives it plenty of time to get ready for the official ribbon-cutting. That won’t happen until May 3.
In the meantime, said VA spokeswoman Maureen Dyman, the clinic will hold a few open houses to show the facility to veterans and their families.
The next proposal for a wine, food and video gaming storefront goes to the Joliet City Council for a possible vote on Monday. Bonny’s, proposed by two brothers from Chicago, would open up in at the former site of a Fannie May candy shop in the North Ridge Plaza on Larkin Avenue.
With the April 9 municipal election getting closer, the city of Joliet issued a reminder last week: “All signs placed illegally in the right-of-way, or any other public property, will be removed by the city and discarded immediately.”
Bob Okon and Cindy Wojdyla Cain contributed to Pulse.