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A Surge of Women Candidates, but Crowded Primaries and Tough Races Await

A Surge of Women Candidates, but Crowded Primaries and Tough Races Await

Just as the women’s marches and #MeToo helped define 2017, the surging numbers of female candidates have defined the midterm races now underway. Yet for all that, the November elections may not produce a similar surge in the number of women in Congress.

More than half the female candidates for House and Senate seats are challenging incumbents, who historically almost always win; there were far more wide-open races in 1992’s so-called Year of the Woman, which doubled the number of women in Congress. A large percentage of the women now running for open seats are in districts that favor the other party. And many female candidates are clustered in the same districts, meaning many will be eliminated in this spring and summer’s primaries.

Last Tuesday’s primary elections in Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana and North Carolina help illustrate the steep path. Two women ran for Senate, both were long shots, and both lost. In House races, 27 women won — more than half. But 16 will challenge incumbents in November, 15 of them in districts firmly favoring their opponents.

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Naperville Mayor Chirico adds more than $45,000 to campaign trove, signaling possible bid for re-election

Naperville Mayor Chirico adds more than $45,000 to campaign trove, signaling possible bid for re-election

Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico reported raising more than $45,000 in campaign contributions earlier this year, an effort that suggests he might be preparing a run for re-election in 2019. On Friday, he confirmed he’s at least thinking about it.

“I am getting my campaign prepared,” he said. “I haven’t officially announced anything yet.”

Chirico’s spring fundraising came in two batches, according to campaign finance records. Among the donors are at least eight people — two of whom have contributed at least $2,500 each — who hold mayoral-appointed positions on city advisory committees.

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Congressional town halls: Old-fashioned and inefficient or vital to the fabric of democracy?

Congressional town halls: Old-fashioned and inefficient or vital to the fabric of democracy?

U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam found himself in the national spotlight last year after critics said he refused to meet with constituents and dodged requests to hold a town-hall style public meeting.

Roskam, however, dismissed the traditional in-person format as unproductive and boasted of his ability to reach far more people via convenient telephone town halls, which are arranged by his campaign.

As election season returns. so does the debate over the way candidates communicate with voters.

 

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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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U.S. House grants longer use of Will County landfill

A bill that would allow Will County to continue to use the Prairie View Landfill in Florence Township for an additional 15 years passed the U.S. House on Thursday, with bipartisan support from U.S. Reps. Bill Foster, D-11th, and Adam Kinzinger, R-16th.

The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2015, which has yet to be voted on in the Senate, included a provision inserted by Kinzinger and Foster that allows Will County to continue using the 455-acre dump on the site of the former Joliet Arsenal through 2041.

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District 204 schools outrank Naperville 203 in report

District 204 schools outrank Naperville 203 in report

In the battle for best school bragging rights, Indian Prairie School District 204 bested Naperville School District 203 in the 2015 Niche Rankings.

Each year Niche.com ranks the top K-12 schools and schools districts, colleges and communities across the Americas. The company bases its grading and ranking system on statistics from various public sources and its own proprietary data and 4.6 million survey responses across a variety of topics from 287,606 students, recent alumni and parents.

While both districts 204 and 203 each received A+ grades, Indian Prairie ranked fifth in Illinois right above the Naperville district, which was ranked sixth.

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A Surge of Women Candidates, but Crowded Primaries and Tough Races Await

Just as the women’s marches and #MeToo helped define 2017, the surging numbers of female candidates have defined the midterm races now underway. Yet for all that, the November elections may not produce a similar surge in the number of women in Congress.

More than half the female candidates for House and Senate seats are challenging incumbents, who historically almost always win; there were far more wide-open races in 1992’s so-called Year of the Woman, which doubled the number of women in Congress. A large percentage of the women now running for open seats are in districts that favor the other party. And many female candidates are clustered in the same districts, meaning many will be eliminated in this spring and summer’s primaries.

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