Jessica Jones available on Netflix

As of November 20, the first season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones is available for viewing on Netflix. The television series stars Krysten Ritter as the titular Jessica Jones, a superpowered woman that has started a private detective agency after a brief stint as a superhero. The series also stars Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor, Wil Traval, Erin Moriarty, Eka Darville, Carrie-Anne Moss, and David Tennant. All thirteen episodes of the first season are available for viewing.

The series is the second in a group of shows set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) that will lead to a crossover series called The Defenders. The first series was Daredevil, which starred Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil. The Defenders series will star Charlie Cox as Daredevil, Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, and Mike Colter as Luke Cage. The superhero Iron Fist will also be included in the Defenders, as well as in his own series, but the role has yet to be cast.

Mike Colter will reprise his role as Luke Cage in a Netflix series of the same name, set to follow Jessica Jones as the third MCU Netflix series. As part of the MCU, the Netflix series are all set in the same continuity as the Marvel film franchise and the Agents of Shield television series. Luke Cage is set for a 2016 release, with Iron Fist and The Defenders following in that order at as of yet unannounced times. Daredevil is also slated for its second season in 2016.

Clothes 4 Work Program Opens at Will County Center for Community Concerns

After six years, the Clothes 4 Work program has moved to a new location in Joliet. The Workforce Services Division of Will County has moved to the 2400 block of Glenwood Avenue  and will be sharing space with other organizations due to changes in federal legislation.

“Because we have other workforce partners moving into our new offices, we didn’t feel like we had the space for the Clothes 4 Work clothes closet any longer,” said Workforce Services Division Administrative Manager Susan Flessner. “Rather than scrap the idea, we consulted with Will County Center for Community Concerns and they offered to take it over.”

Kris White, Executive Director of the Will County Center for Community Concerns, is happy about the collaboration and sees the benefits for both parties involved.  “We are very pleased to have this opportunity to partner with Will County’s Workforce Services Division to house and administer their Clothes 4 Work program. WCCCC already offers programs such as Job Coaching and Training, Employment Support and a scholarship program to assist people who are preparing to enter the workforce, so it makes sense to add this component to our menu of services.”

White said her agency is currently accepting work-quality clothing. The Will County Center for Community Concerns is located at 2455 Glenwood Avenue and is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays except for holidays and can be reached at (815)-722-0722.

New Federal Highway Bill

A new federal highway bill could mean big things for Will County.  The U.S. House approved legislation that will give money to states that are important to freight movement and Illinois, as well as Will County, is certainly qualified.  If passed by the Senate, the bill will be the first in almost a decade to promise funding for more than a two-year period.  The bill promises six years of funding.  However, the House only has a plan for the first three years of funding and wants Congress to pay for the finals three years.  The Senate also agrees to only fund the first three years of the bill.  What would Will County do with this funding?  The plan would be to widen I-80 through Joliet and build a Houbolt Road Bridge over the Des Plaines River in Joliet to carry freight traffic from CenterPoint Intermodal straight to I-80.  Will County Center for Economic Development CEO John Grueling stated, “I think that’s extremely important for Will County.  Projects like widening I-80 and maybe the Houbolt Road bridge are projects that we can characterize as having national significance because of their importance in moving freight across the country.”