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D204 joins Will County school district push for 1% sales tax hike to fund building work

D204 joins Will County school district push for 1% sales tax hike to fund building work

Indian Prairie District 204 has joined a growing list of Will County school districts that will ask voters to implement a sales tax that could bring an extra $5.4 million in income to the district.

District 204 Chief School Business Official Jay Strang said more than a dozen school districts have signed on to place the question on the November ballot in Will County asking for a 1 percent “County School Facilities Sales Tax.”

Money collected by the county would be distributed to school districts based on the number of students who live in Will County.

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Will County Clerk to take over seven Aurora precincts

Will County Clerk to take over seven Aurora precincts

On March 20, 2018, the residents of Aurora voted to dissolve the Aurora Election Commission.  This means Aurora residents who live in Will County now have a new Election Authority.   “We are going to make this transition as seamless as possible,” says Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots.  According to Voots, “All Aurora residents who were registered with the Aurora Election Commission will be receiving voters cards as well as our Voter Information Guide providing them with their early voting location, polling place on Election Day, and other important information for the November 6, 2018 General Election.”

On July 19, the Will County Board approved the proposal to condense the current seven precincts Will County will be taking over into four.  “We decided to consolidate these seven precincts into four to reduce the cost of purchasing new equipment and other election supplies,” County Clerk Voots explains.

 

 

 
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'Show up for democracy': Naperville woman to protest every night at Riverwalk until mid-term election

'Show up for democracy': Naperville woman to protest every night at Riverwalk until mid-term election

Naperville resident Karen Peck knows what she’s doing from 6 to 7 every night until Nov. 6

Peck plans to be at the Naperville Riverwalk’s dandelion fountain with signs that say things like, “Reunite families now,” “45 traitor” and “Every child returned” for one hour every night until the mid-term election. She’s been doing it nightly since July 9 in an attempt to “show up for democracy” and “stand on every corner.”

“Show up for democracy every night is largely about education and encouragement to vote,” Peck said. “The visibility helps because people who aren’t already informed by the news or aren’t reading or keeping up, they do go out and live their lives and they’re walking by and seeing stuff.”

 

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Underwood outraises Hultgren in latest fundraising quarter, new finance reports show

Underwood outraises Hultgren in latest fundraising quarter, new finance reports show

Democrat Lauren Underwood accrued more money for her election war chest than her opponent, incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, in the second quarter of 2018.

Underwood, a registered nurse from Naperville, added $538,089 to her campaign fund from April through June, according to election disclosure forms. Hultgren in the same time added $388,172 to his campaign, $150,000 less than Underwood.

However, Hultgren has still accrued more money overall than his challenger.

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Its about to get harder to vote

Its about to get harder to vote

In late 2011, the Obama administration blocked a South Carolina law that required voters to show a photo ID before casting their ballots, finding that it could disenfranchise tens of thousands of minority voters, who were more likely than whites to lack such IDs.

But when South Carolina asked a federal court in Washington to approve the law, Brett Kavanaugh wrote the opinion upholding it. He ruled that the measure was not discriminatory, even though the Obama administration claimed that it violated the Voting Rights Act.

Judge Kavanaugh, whom President Trump nominated for the Supreme Court recently, pointed to a 2008 Supreme Court decision upholding Indiana’s voter ID law, which he interpreted as giving states broad leeway to restrict their voting procedures. “Many states, particularly in the wake of the voting system problems exposed during the 2000 elections, have enacted stronger voter ID laws, among various other recent changes to voting laws,” he noted in approval.

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District 204 calls for end of Tuesday voting in some elections

District 204 calls for end of Tuesday voting in some elections

Indian Prairie School District 204 officials are questioning why Illinois' consolidated elections have to be scheduled on a Tuesday.

Like many school districts across the state, Indian Prairie beefed up its security to prevent the public from entering any portion of a school building where children are located until a person's identification is vetted through a criminal database.

Yet on an election day, anyone can enter polling places located in schools.

The Indian Prairie School Board is appealing to the Illinois Association of School Boards and its member districts to support state legislation to move consolidated elections from the first Tuesday in April to a weekend day.

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Plainfield park board appoints Heather Kazmark as new commissioner

Downtown Plainfield resident Heather Kazmark has been appointed as the newest commissioner of the Plainfield Township Park District.

Kazmark was one of three candidates who were interviewed during closed session of a special board meeting Wednesday night.

She was appointed by the board to take over the term vacated by former Commissioner Janet Silosky, who resigned last month for personal reasons

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DuPage County starts initiative to drop greenhouse gas emissions

In an effort to be cool and at the same time save a little green, the DuPage County Board Tuesday approved joining the Sierra Club's Cool Counties program.

The stated goal of the initiative is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the county by 10 percent by 2020 and 20 percent by 2030, based on 2007 levels.

In a press conference after the County Board meeting, County Board Chairman Dan Cronin noted the steps already taken by the county to reduce its carbon footprint, including building its own power plant, purchasing more than 30 alternative fuel vehicles, installing a green roof and retrofitting aged mechanical equipment.

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Will County Heroin forum focuses on next steps in fight against drug's use

As politicians talked about the next move in the fight against heroin Friday, Alaina Malfeo stood in the back of the room by a memorial set up to victims of heroin overdoses.

Her brother Anthony was one who had fallen prey to the drug. He was 22 when he died of a heroin overdose in April 2014.

"It's so important for people to realize how bad the situation is ... whether it's Will County, Cook County or the surrounding area," said Malfeo, of Orland Park. "It could affect any family; it doesn't matter."

 

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Narcan training proves life-saving in Naperville heroin overdose

Two Naperville police officers had a chance to put their newly acquired death-thwarting skill into practice Jan. 23, when they responded to a report of a teenaged girl in the throes of a drug overdose.

Officers Jason Duffy and Jeremy Womack were credited with saving the life of the 17-year-old, who was found unconscious in the bedroom of an apartment in the 700 block of Benedetti Drive just before 10:30 p.m., police said.

Duffy and Womack delivered a nasal dose of naloxone, marketed under the trade name Narcan, and the girl regained consciousness before Naperville Fire Department paramedics arrived and took her to Edward Hospital for treatment.

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