Pulse: New digs? Say a prayer
March 31, 2013 11:00PM
Will County Board member Herb Brooks Jr. arrives for a swearing in ceremony at the Will County Office Building in Joliet Monday, December 3, 2012. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 2, 2013 6:02AM
How desperate are sheriff’s department officials to get a new law enforcement complex built on Laraway Road? Very desperate. Before a tour of the department’s old buildings last week, Undersheriff Marty Nowak asked Will County Board Speaker Herb Brooks Jr., D-Joliet, to lobby for a bit of divine intervention.
“Would you say a prayer for us so we can get what we need?” Nowak asked Brooks, who is a pastor.
“I’m off duty today,” Brooks joked.
But Sheriff Paul Kaupas and his staff may need some prayers once county board members consider the $50 million to $60 million price tag for new buildings.
So, what’s up?
Will County Auditor Duffy Blackburn’s local “accountability tour” hasn’t attracted much notice for the past three years. But this year, when Blackburn sent out an email announcing his “Accountability for Illinois” tour and he talked about the state’s $8 billion in unpaid bills, some people wondered if he was considering a run for state comptroller in November 2014. Blackburn also urged email recipients to donate what they could so he could raise $8,000 by March 31. Blackburn, who just won re-election as auditor in November 2012, isn’t ready to announce anything at this point, however.
“I’m not officially running for any office,” he said.
Joliet police want to develop the capacity for “explosive breaching.”
Just what that is will be explained in detail to the Joliet City Council Public Safety Committee at its meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Police Chief Mike Trafton said he will defer to experts on the SWAT Team for a detailed explanation of explosive breaching. Basically, he said, “It’s a way to make entry through fortified walls and doors in a safe manner. It definitely will be used by experts only.”
Meet the candidates
The four candidates for Joliet City Council will be at a forum at 6:30 p.m. Monday sponsored by the African American & Hispanic Coalition. The forum will be at Family & Friends Adult Day Care, 701 Abe St. in Joliet.
The forum has defined the topics as economic issues, education crisis and community outreach.
Candidates in the April 9 election for three at-large council seats are the incumbents — Don Fisher, Jan Quillman and Michael Turk — and challenger Jim McFarland.
Cindy Wojdyla Cain and Bob Okon contributed to Pulse.