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Manley Highlights Efforts to Protect Middle Class Families as Legislative Session Adjourns

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Natalie Manley

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As the legislative session for the 101st General Assembly comes to a close, state Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, reflects on legislation passed by the General Assembly to help people in her district.  

“My job in Springfield is to make tough decisions that are going to benefit our community and the state as a whole. After years of feeling like we were just taking on water, this year we finally passed significant reforms that will help build a stronger middle class across the state,” said Manley.  “We passed a realistic, balanced budget that will absolutely control spending while paying down the enormous backlog of unpaid bills racked up by the previous administration.  This progress will allow for greater investments toward health care, education and services for our most vulnerable citizens.”

Manley’s focus this legislative session was to provide financial relief to middle class families. She was able to accomplish this by raising the minimum wage, taking steps to seriously overhaul the state’s property tax system eliminating double taxation on residents who live in Illinois and work out of state, working to close the wage gap for women and minorities, and passing a balanced budget that will address the backlog of unpaid bills that the failed Rauner administration’s left us to deal with. Manley also voted for the Fair Tax amendment which will provide tax relief to 99% of taxpayers in the 98th District if it’s enacted.

Manley also sponsored and passed legislation recommended by her very active legislative advisory committees. House Bill 3503, suggested by her Retirees Legislative Advisory committee will help make hearing aids more affordable by requiring insurance companies to help cover the cost. House Bill 2188, advocated by her Women’s Legislative Advisory Committee, to change the school physical form to include questions that will provide doctors with the opportunity to educate parents about the mental health of their children.

“While lawmakers passed legislation to address many issues facing our state, I am incredibly proud to have led efforts to pass legislation that came from members here in our community,” continued Manley. “Their expertise and input helped me to be a strong advocate for our local families while in Springfield.”

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The Clock Begins To Find Permanent Joliet City Manager

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The Joliet City Council voted 5 to 3 last night to retain Steve Jones as Interim City Manager until he retires in February of next year. Jolie City Councilman Pat Mudron believes that within 6 months the City Council can hire a permanent City Manager.

It’s unclear if the City Council will hire GovHR to handle the screening of candidates following the last hire of David Hales who left the position after less than a year.

The Joliet City Manager position has been influx since October of last year when Hales left. Jones was the Deputy City Manager but didn’t want the job, so Marty Shanahan who is the Corporation Counsel for the city, stepped into the job until the City Council ousted him in June with the idea that they needed to do a formal search for a permanent City Manager. Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk says all this shuffling of managers is hurting the city. O’Dekirk says there’s been three investors who may pull out or put their plans on hold.

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Joliet City Council stays divided, but has Jones on the job for now

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By Bob Okon | The Herald-News

The City Council divide stayed wide a day after a human resource specialist advised some unity was needed to attract city manager candidates.

The council on Tuesday cast a now familiar 5-3 vote for an employment agreement that locks in Steve Jones as interim city manager for six months but opens the door for what one council member repeatedly called “double dipping” after that.

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Plainfield moves closer to Costco approvals, including incentive

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Special meeting of the Village Board to be held Monday

By Sarwat S. Ahmad | The Herald-News

A new Costco Wholesale on the border of Plainfield and Joliet is closer to becoming a reality.

Plainfield trustees Monday night moved two measures forward for a large-scale development on about 
54 acres at the northwest corner of the Interstate 55 and Route 30 interchange that Costco will anchor.

Village trustees agreed to allow ordinances to be prepared for an updated annexation agreement for the property as well as an ordinance granting approval of the special use request for the proposed Boulevard project.

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