Will County, Illinois
Will County is one of 102 counties in Illinois. This county is part of the Chicago metropolitan area. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the population was 677,560, making it one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. The county seat of Will County is Joliet, Illinois.
- Main Article: Evaluation of Illinois county websites
Will County has launched a transparency portal on their local website, detailing budgets, meeting minutes, contract bids, tax information and public filings for the county's departments. The county also posts its checkbook register. In 2011 Will County earned a Sunny Awards for having a perfect website transparency score.
- The most current budget is listed.
- Budgets are archived for four years.
- Administrative officials
- Department heads are listed for each department.
- Contact information for administrative officials is provided, including a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.
- Elected officials
- Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.
- Meeting minutes are archived for four years.
- Meeting agendas are archived for four years.
- A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.
- The most recent audit is posted.
- Audits dating back to 2004 are available.
- Public records
- The county discloses that it hires lobbyists and provides the total amount spent on lobbying.
- Permits and zoning
The Will County Board consists of 27 members, 3 each from 9 districts. Will County operates under the county executive form of government, whereby the county executive is elected at large and is responsible for day-to-day administration and the county board is the legislative body responsible for establishing policy. It represents unincorporated areas of Will County.
As the policy-making body of county government, the Will County Board establishes budgets and funds county agencies providing roads, community health programs, courts, police protection, jails, workforce training, victim-witness programs and veterans assistance. The board sets the budgets for all county agencies and plays a key role in transportation issues (including road building and airports, most notably the airport proposed for eastern Will County). The board plans for commercial and residential development by planning for transportation, land use and zoning, while maintaining modern building codes for the protection of the public.
- Main article: Lobbying in Will County, Illinois
Will County has spent at least $1,214,588.96 since 2005 on government sector lobbying.
Will County's lobbying consists of three contracts with lobbyists, including William F. Mahar. It belongs to six government sector lobbying associations, including the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools.
For more on Will County lobbying, see the main article.
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Public employee salaries
- Main article: Will County employee salaries
Will County pays salaries to elected officials and county employees.The Will County website does not include information on compensation for elected officials or county employees. The website also does not list a total number of county employees.
- Main article: Illinois public pensions
The Will County website does not include employee pension information. While there are no reform issues listed on the county website, there are pension reforms taking place in the municipalities. In Lockport, officials are considering offering early retirement to some municipal employees to save money in the long run. The state has authorized two incentive programs for early retirement. One early retirement plan would allow employees who are 55 or older with 25 years employment to retire early without any penalties, while the other plan would allow early retiring employees to receive an extra month of pension payments per year of service.
Illinois is facing a crisis with its publicly funded pensions. In 2010, state government was responsible for over $130 billion in pension payments; however, the state had only $46 billion set aside, leaving an unfunded liability of about $85 billion. Finding a way to fund that $85 billion was to be the focus of the 2011 session of the Illinois General Assembly. The Pew Center for the States reported that as of 2008, Illinois was one of the worst states at contributing to its pension. State lawmakers were expected to consider selling $4 billion worth of bonds to pay the state's annual payment on the five pension programs it runs. In April 2010, the state legislature created a two-tier system for all municipal and state employees—including teachers and state lawmakers—hired after Jan 1, 2011. Police and fire were included in an earlier draft but removed shortly before the vote. For the others, retirement was raised to 67.
Chambers of commerce
|Chamber of Commerce||Year||Amount|
|Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerece||2010||$110|
|Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerece||2009||$935|
|Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerece||2008||$300|
|Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerece||2007||$415|
|Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerece||2006||$460|
|Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerece||2005||$100|
|Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce||2008||$350|
|Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce||2006||$100|
|Romeoville Chamber of Commerce||2009||$550|
|Romeoville Chamber of Commerce||2007||$80|
|Romeoville Chamber of Commerce||2006||$80|
|Romeoville Chamber of Commerce||2005||$120|
- Will County official website
- Will County Auditor's Website
- Will County Circuit Court Clerk's Website
- Will County Treasurer's Website
- Will County Recorder's Website
- Will County Health Department's Website (dead link)
- Will County Quick Facts from the U.S. Census Bureau
- Open Government Transparency Portal
- Checkbook Register
- Will County, Budgets, Accessed: December 16, 2012
- Will County, Elected Officials, Accessed: December 16, 2012
- Will County, Board Members, Accessed: December 16, 2012
- Will County, Meetings, Accessed: December 16, 2012
- Will County, Audits, Accessed: December 16, 2012
- Will County, Government open bids, Accessed: December 16, 2012
- Will County, Closed government bids, Accessed: December 16, 2012
- Will County, Public Information, Accessed: December 16, 2012
- Will County, Public Records Request Form, Accessed: December 16, 2012
- Will County, Taxes, Accessed: December 16, 2012
- Will County, Pay Taxes Online, Accessed: December 16, 2012
- Will County, Lobbying, Accessed: December 16, 2012
- Will County, Zoning, Accessed: December 16, 2012
- Will County, Building Permits, Accessed: December 16, 2012
- About the County Board
- Lockporrt Journal', City Taking Hard Look at Employee Buyouts, August 4, 2010
- Illinois Issues, The Pension Chasm, November 15, 2010
- State House News, November 4, 2010
- 'Patch.com' Illinois Senate to Vote on Public Safety Pension Reforms Thursday Morning, Dec. 1, 2010 (dead link)
- Will County Board membership to lobbying organizations