Joliet News Briefs


Last updated 1/29/2020 at 3:37pm

AARP Income Tax Preparation

Thanks to the success of recent years, Troy Township will once again be a site for A.A.R.P. Income Tax return. Volunteers from Senior Services of Will County will assist seniors with the preparation of simple income tax returns which will be filed via e-filing only. Complicated tax returns should be taken to other tax professionals. Appointments will be available on Tuesdays beginning on February 4, 2020 and ending on April 14, 2020. Appointments will be available on a first come first serve bases starting Friday, January 24, 2020. Please call 815-744-1968 or 815-744-1963 to make your appointment or for more information.

Wills and Living Trusts

All Troy Township residence are invited to come to this FREE informational presentation to learn about the advantages and disadvantages of wills and living trusts, how to protect your assets and your privacy if you become incapacitated, why putting property in children’s names may be a mistake, and much more. This free presentation is full of valuable information and will be presented by: Elder Law Attorney, Jerome J. Goergen, P.C.

The presentation will be held on Thursday, February 20 at 6 p.m. at the Troy Township Community Center, 25448 Seil Rd. in Shorewood. Please register by Tuesday, February 18 by contacting Angela at 815-744-1963 or [email protected] Refreshments will be served.

Duckworth, Durbin to Amtrak CEO: Commit to making Amtrak affordable, accessible, and reliable for customers with disabilities

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on Transportation and Security, which has jurisdiction over Amtrak, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), U.S. Representative Jesús “Chuy” García (D-IL-4) wrote to Amtrak President and CEO Richard Anderson today after Amtrak mistakenly charged a group of wheelchair advocates $25,000 to travel from Chicago to Bloomington-Normal, IL, before ultimately backing down and apologizing. In the letter, the Members of Congress express their disappointment in Amtrak for its initial price quote, urge Amtrak to review and improve its disability and accessibility policies, create a new position on Amtrak’s Executive Leadership Team and work with Congress to establish a new seat on the Amtrak Board of Directors to be filled by a member of the disability community.

“We are deeply disappointed by Amtrak’s initial quote of $25,000 that was offered to a group of disability advocates – five of whom use wheelchairs – when seeking to purchase tickets and arrange for reasonable accommodations to travel aboard Amtrak’s Lincoln Service from the City of Chicago to Bloomington-Normal, Illinois,” wrote the Members of Congress. “The time has come for Amtrak to hold itself accountable for making intercity passenger rail readily accessible to all Americans.”

“Amtrak’s decision to shift accommodation costs onto disabled commuters undermined trust with loyal customers and damaged the Corporation’s brand. We support your decision to reconsider and end the existing policies and practices that led to the unlawful initial charge to these commuters,” the Members of Congress continued. “We hope that this unfortunate incident will serve as a turning point in the long-standing effort to make sure Amtrak customers with disabilities can travel as seamlessly as any other passenger on the national network.”


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