Pulse: Council wars trouble Thanas
July 21, 2013 7:50PM
Rockdale police Officer Thomas Insley receives a thank-you card and hug from a 22-month-old girl last week. | Supplied photo
Updated: August 23, 2013 6:07AM
Joliet City Manager Tom Thanas hasn’t talked a lot about his reasons for resigning, a move expected to be effective sometime this fall. But a comment he made to The Herald-News last week about the most recent city council meeting says a lot. At the very end of the meeting, a brouhaha broke out about the mayor’s appointments to an economic committee.
“It’s like watching your parents fight in public,” Thanas said of the squabbling. “You just put your head down and hope it’s over soon.”
The Will County Democratic Party is spending some of the summer recruiting candidates for the November 2014 election. For instance, Debbie Halvorson, a former U.S. representative and state senator from Crete, was approached by senior party officials to run against incumbent Republican Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots, said Scott Pyles, chairman of the Will County Democratic Party. But Halvorson told Pulse on Friday that she declined.
Pyles said Paige Vanderhyden, a member of the Joliet Township High School District Board and director of work force development at Joliet Junior College, also has been approached. Vanderhyden said she is mulling over her decision.
“It’s a big position for our county and the position cannot be taken lightly,” she said. Nominating petitions for the March 18 primary start going out in September.
Will County East Campus?
Former Will County Board member Judy Bredeweg spent much of her 14-year career on the county board struggling with the county’s space crunch, a problem that exists to this day. The Bolingbrook Republican, who was elected in 1982 and served until 1996, said she remembers offering to pay $2 million for the Joliet East High School campus after that school closed.
“We could have moved the courthouse there, the jail there — everything,” said Bredeweg, who was chairwoman of the county board’s capital improvements committee at the time.
The offer was rejected and in the end the county board voted in 1983 to stay in downtown Joliet. The county subsequently bought the old Sears department store, which houses the county office building today at 302 N. Chicago St.
Rockdale police officer Thomas Insley received a thank-you card and hug from a 22-month-old girl last
Insley was passing by on patrol June 23 when the toddler collapsed with a febrile seizure.
“Her family appreciated the rescue and asked him to stop by so she could thank him,” Chief Robert Dykstra said.
Reporters Cindy Wojdyla Cain and Brian Stanley contributed to Pulse.