Pulse: Another shutdown impact — ‘no one’ at HUD
October 13, 2013 8:54PM
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Updated: November 15, 2013 6:06AM
The Housing Authority of Joliet has fulfilled the list of demands sought by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in November 2012 when the authority was downgraded to troubled status, chief executive officer Michael Simelton told the authority’s board last week.
Simelton said he has completed the paperwork to submit to the federal government, but ...
“I wish I had someone at HUD to submit it to. There’s no one there,” he said, because of the federal government shutdown.
Other than that, the Joliet authority, which is both regulated and funded by HUD, has not been hurt by the partial shutdown — as long as it does not last much longer, Simelton said.
“It will become a concern for us at the end of October,” he said.
Trader Joe said no
Joliet almost got a Trader Joe’s, but not the retail grocery that many people would like to see in town.
Trader Joe’s was close to putting a distribution center in a new building near Interstate 55 and Youngs Road when a company executive came to town and became concerned that one of its food storage facilities would be close to a chemical plant, said James Haller, the city’s director of community and economic development.
Trade Joe’s instead chose a site in Minooka.
Exit stage left
Will County Executive Larry Walsh was taking his turn at the microphone during a Pace bus event outside of Union Station in Joliet last week when his comments were interrupted by a passing truck sounding its air horn.
Taking it as a cue to wrap up, Walsh ad libbed, “That’s enough, I guess.”