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MORRIS – The Grundy Economic Development Council and the Grundy Area Vocational Center will have 50 paid internship opportunities for the 2017 Grundy County Summer Internship program.

According to a news release from GEDC CEO Nancy Norton, the program, now in its fifth year, has grown exponentially thanks to the successful partnership between the education and business communities.
“This is a great opportunity for our young people to have real-world experience that will help them as they make future education and career choices. It also opens up their eyes to the great opportunities right here in Grundy County,” Norton said.
Summer internships are available to all juniors and seniors from the four area high schools, Coal City, Gardner/South Wilmington, Minooka and Morris. A wide variety of paid internships are available, in field including but not limited to accounting, engineering, IT, health care, machinists, and much more.
Most positions are fulltime, however, part-time opportunities are available to accommodate interns who might have other summer commitments. Students can view the positions and apply online at gavc-il.org. All applications must be submitted by Feb. 22. If students have additional questions, they can speak with the guidance counselors at their respective schools.
“Many thanks to this year’s participating businesses: Aux Sable Liquid Products, City of Morris, “D” Construction, GEDC, Grainger, Grundy County Health Department, Illinois Truck, Joliet Junior College, LyondellBasell, Mack & Associates, Metalstamp, Midwest Industrial Sales, Morris Hospital, Regency Care, Rezin Orthopedics, SpaceCo Engineering, Standard Bank, US Cold Storage, Utility Concrete, and Village of Minooka,” Norton said in the release.
From the Morris Daily Herald

“Today the House Democrats forced through an antiquated set of House Rules that truly stop the Democratic process in Illinois. These rules prohibit good legislation brought to us by our constituents from ever seeing the light of day. It allows unbalanced budgets to be dropped without notice and be forced to a vote; It simply continues to give one person too much power.
When I took over as Grundy County Board Chairman the first thing we did was sit down as a whole and rewrite the rules to be fair and balanced for all members. The new rules allowed for open hearings, transparency, and a fair and equal process. The committee chairmanships were given equally to both parties and everyone was given a voice to represent their constituents.
I have a history of reforming rules and believe that the House Rules needed to eliminate Lame Duck sessions, allow the body as a whole to decide if legislation needs a hearing in committee, and allow a public review period for all state budgets. “

SPRINGFIELD--State Representative David Allen Welter (R-Morris) was sworn in to serve in the historical 100th General Assembly on Wednesday.
“We have a lot of problems facing the state of Illinois right now between the business climate, the growing pile of unpaid bills, and the lack of a state budget. But I believe I am in the right place at the right time to make a difference. It will take time and a lot of hard work but these are not unsurmountable issues,” said Welter. “It has truly been an honor to serve the people of the 75th district and I am eager to continue to represent them in Springfield.”
Welter was sworn in as State Representative of Illinois’ 75th District on July 15, 2016. Prior to his appointment to the Illinois General Assembly, Representative Welter served as Chairman of the Grundy County Board where he was first elected in 2010. 
The House of Representatives for the new 100th General Assembly is comprised of 67 Democrats and 51 Republicans. Representative Michael J. Madigan of Chicago was re-elected Speaker of the House for another two-year term. Representative Jim Durkin of Western Springs was re-elected Minority Leader.