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At What Point Should You Start Really Freaking Out About Climate Change? Right Now

At What Point Should You Start Really Freaking Out About Climate Change? Right Now

Last week, Andrew Wheeler, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, said climate change is not his top priority. “Yes, [the] climate is an issue and we are working to address it,” he told Reuters, while nonetheless downplaying recent findings by EPA scientists that detailed the size and time-sensitivity of the problem.

But Bill McKibben, author of the new book Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?, wants you to panic about climate change. He compares how people often talk about the health of the planet — as a vague, far-off risk — with what inspires people to actually take action in their own lives. “Imagine going to a doctor who says, ‘If you keep eating like this, some day your cholesterol will be too high.’ If you’re like most people,” he says, “you don’t change a thing. Bring on the cheese. But if the doctor says, ‘Your cholesterol is already in the zone where people have heart attacks — in fact, it looks like you may have had a mild stroke already’ — Well, that’s when you say, ‘What pill do I take?’”

McKibben says that the planet is already in that zone today — contending that, because we don’t worry enough about climate change, we don’t move to fix what’s wrong at the speed our planet requires. Watch his full argument in the video above.

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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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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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Naperville property tax bills to rise

The average Naperville homeowner will pay an additional $24 to the city in property taxes next year.

Councilmen on Tuesday approved a $47.9 million property tax levy, an increase of 3.3 percent over the previous year.

That means the owner of a $367,600 home would pay $937 in property taxes to the city next year, up from $913 this year.

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