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Joliet City Manager search restarts

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By Rex Robinson | The Times Weekly

As far as Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk is concerned it’s been far too long for the city to be without a permanent City Manager.

Steve Jones has worked month to month as Joliet’s interim City Manager since March 1 under the current contract and served for more than a year in the position prior to that. O’Dekirk and some of the other council members said the time is now for change.

It doesn’t appear, however, that is going to happen anytime soon as five of the council members – Pat Mudron, Bettye Gavin, Sherry Reardon, Mike Turk and Don “Duck” Dickinson – voted Tuesday to re-hire a search firm to start the process yet again of finding a permanent city manager. This will be the second search for a permanent city manager since Jones has been in the interim position.

“It’s been a year now – or about a year – since five council members removed interim city manager Marty Shanahan and replaced him with a different (interim) city manager,” O’Dekirk said. By keeping Jones in place as an interim city manager, O’Dekirk added, the city is not in compliance with its own ordinance. Also, Jones doesn’t live in Joliet and retired from the city.

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Drop in Bolingbrook Teen Birthrate Comes from Solid Team Effort

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When teen births decreased by 52% in Bolingbrook from 2014-2017, it was certainly noticed and celebrated by the community.  And it appears that a team effort by the Bolingbrook Alliance for Teen Pregnancy Prevention (BATPP), following a grant awarded to the Will County Health Department (WCHD), may have contributed to this good news.

“It is our responsibility to help our young people succeed as adults,” said Will County Board Member Jackie Traynere (D-Bolingbrook) “Part of their success is tied to sex education and providing young people with the tools to responsibly plan for their futures. This collaboration will lead to happier, healthier adults and families in our community and that’s good for everyone.”

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