Sunday, April 26, 2015

Will County Transportation Issues to be Discussed at Open Houses

Will County is inviting citizens to share their thoughts on the county's transportation future.

Will County is creating a long-range transportation plan--Will Connects 2040-- which will delineate how the county will use transportation resources.

Will County gained population during the housing boom.  Furthermore, Will County is home to two intermodals that together comprise the largest inland port in North America.  At the open house, the public will be able to provide input on how to prioritize solutions to the increased traffic.

The dates and times of the open houses are:

April 28, 4-7pm
Joliet Junior College
1215 Houbolt Road
Concourse C*1031
Joliet, IL 60431

April 29,4-7pm
Wilmington City Hall
Council Chambers
1165 S. Water Street
Wilmington, IL 60481

May 5, 4-7pm
New Lenox Village Hall
Community Room
1 Veterans Parkway
New Lenox, IL 60451

May 12, 4-7pm
Governors State University
Hall of Honors
One University Parkway
University Park, IL 6048

Mural Installed at Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville

The Forest Preserve District of Will County's Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville documents the history of the 1700's in the land that is now Illinois.  The museum features exhibits on the Great Lakes Fur Trade and the Potawatomi Native Americans.  The museum recently added a mural by artist Jeanine Hattas Wilson.  

Museum Supervisor Chris Gutmann sent Wilson photos of items on display at the Museum, including its birch bark canoe, and she incorporated them into the mural. The scene is set on the Des Plaines River, as is the museum, and a Potawatomi summer lodge sits across the river in the mural’s background.

“That’s definitely my favorite thing to do, working in a museum and public spaces,” she said. “Using murals is a great way to tell historical stories. You want to capture a feeling for a moment. You’re capturing the story in one shot.”

The mural cost $9,900 and was paid for with funds from the Forest Preserve's operating fund.

Video of the mural's creation:

Hattas Public Murals: "Painting Fur Trade Mural" from Jeanine Hattas Wilson on Vimeo.

The mural can be viewed during museum hours: 

Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday: Noon-4 p.m.
Monday: Closed

The Isle a la Cache Museum is located at 501 E. Romeo Road (135th Street), east of Route 53, in Romeoville. 

Monday, April 20, 2015


Joliet Catholic Academy's Original Victory Light

Church, Downtown Joliet

Harrah's Casino and Church in Downtown Joliet

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Enbridge Energy Makes Donation to Friends of the Forest Preserve District of Will County

Enbridge Energy officials present a donation to the Friends of the Forest Preserve District Foundation on April 9. Pictured from left to right are: Foundation Board member Mike Fricilone, Foundation Board Chairwoman Ann Dralle, Forest Preserve District Board President Suzanne Hart, Enbridge executives John Gauderman and Scott Clark, and Foundation Board member Denise Winfrey.  Photo by the Forest Preserve District of Will County.

Enbridge Energy recently made a donation to the Friends of the Forest Preserve District of Will County.  According to its website, "Enbridge owns and operates the world’s longest crude oil and liquids pipeline system, exporting 65 per cent of Western Canadian oil and importing 13 per cent of U.S. daily imports as the largest single conduit of crude oil into the United States."

The Enbridge Southern Lights Pipeline begins in Manhattan, Illinois and ends in Alberta, Canada.
Enbridge tanks in Manhattan, Illinois

Enbridge's Line 78 Project is a pipeline that will cross Will County as it goes from Flanagan, Illinois to Griffith, Indiana.  

Press release on the donation from the Forest Preserve District of Will County:
"Enbridge Energy donated $266,400 to Friends of the Forest Preserve District of Will County, the Forest Preserve District’s non-profit Foundation, during the April 9 meeting of the District’s Board of Commissioners.

The donation will be used to purchase trees, tree and shrub groupings and seeds for a restoration project at the District’s 790-acre Forked Creek Preserve, which is located in Florence and Wesley townships and a portion of Wilmington. The project will restore a 24-acre wooded corridor and a complementary 18-acre buffer site, which will benefit bats, migratory birds and other wildlife species for years to come.

The check, which is the largest donation to the District’s Foundation to date, was accepted by Foundation Board Chairwoman Ann Dralle. Forest Preserve Board of Commissioners President Suzanne Hart thanked Enbridge for voluntarily mitigating the impact of the Superior, Wis.-based company’s new Line 78 crude oil pipeline that will run from Pontiac to Griffith, Ind.

Scott Clark, Enbridge’s Line 78 project director, said the company always searches for ways to mitigate its pipeline projects and it has donated $50 million to communities where it does business over the past decade.

“As we come through (areas), we leave them either the same or better than we found them,” he said. “We really strive to give back to the local communities.”

John Gauderman, director of Enbridge’s Chicago region operations, said the company’s partnership with the District and its Foundation “provides us another opportunity to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the communities where we operate and the environment,” he said.

Past donations from Enbridge have been used by the Forest Preserve District to purchase signs for Isle a la Cache Museum, Centennial and Veterans Memorial trails, and land restoration and tree planting at O’Hara Woods."