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Gov. J.B. Pritzker vowed to ‘think big’ as a candidate, but is his agenda too big? Lawmakers will decide this week.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker vowed to ‘think big’ as a candidate, but is his agenda too big? Lawmakers will decide this week.

J.B. Pritzker said it was “time to think big” to deal with the state’s challenges when he introduced himself to Illinois voters as a candidate for governor in a TV ad a little more than two years ago.

Now, five months into office, the Democratic governor finds himself just days away from lawmakers deciding the fate of his “think big” agenda. With the spring legislative session scheduled for a May 31 adjournment, the outcome figures to have a significant impact not only on the state but on the governor’s political future.

Pritzker vowed to change the income tax system and legalize sports betting and recreational marijuana. He proposed a series of tax hikes to balance the budget and unveiled a massive public works construction program with its own accompanying tax increases.

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Bolingbrook Second Annual Pride Picnic and Puppies

Bolingbrook Second Annual Pride Picnic and Puppies

Sunday, June 9th, 2019

Noon to 6:00 pm

Bolingbrook Village Hall

375 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook, Illinois 60440

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More than 34,000 Illinoisans have lost their right to own a gun. Nearly 80% may still be armed.

More than 34,000 Illinoisans have lost their right to own a gun. Nearly 80% may still be armed.

As many as 30,000 guns may still be in the possession of Illinois residents deemed too dangerous to have them, according to a Tribune investigation.

In an analysis of data released for the first time, the Tribune found the state has repeatedly failed to ensure that people surrender their weapons and gun permits after their Firearm Owner’s Identification cards are revoked, resulting in the breakdown of a system put in place to deter gun violence.

In all, nearly 27,000 Illinois residents over the past four years have not informed authorities what they did with their guns after state police stripped their licenses, according to the analysis. That means law enforcement has no idea whether 78% of revoked cardholders since 2015 still possess guns.

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Wheatland Township Democratic Party - Spring Trivia Fundraiser

Wheatland Township Democratic Party - Spring Trivia Fundraiser

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

7:00 pm

Aurelio's Pizza

1975 Springbrook Square Drive, Naperville, IL

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Wheatland Township Democratic Organization Monthly Meeting

Wheatland Township Democratic Organization Monthly Meeting

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

SPECIAL LOCATOIN

Wheatland Twp Democratic Organization Campaign Office

4003 Plainfield-Naperville Rd #105, Naperville, IL 60564

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Congresswoman Underwood to host town hall in Plainfield on May 5

Congresswoman Underwood to host town hall in Plainfield on May 5

Sunday, May 5h, 2019

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Plainfield Village Hall

24401 Lockport Street, Plainfield, IL

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Democrats need to give Hispanic voters something worth voting for

Democrats need to give Hispanic voters something worth voting for

Wasn't the 2016 presidential election the event that taught us to distrust polls? Didn't almost everyone get it wrong, eroding the public's trust in both journalism and their fellow citizens, who made electoral choices that seemed to go against their own self-interest?

Welcome to the 2020 campaign season, which is already making me — and probably many others — want to tear my hair out.

It's because I'm looking at new poll numbers from Latino Decisions, the nation's (perhaps not incorrectly) self-proclaimed "leading polling and research firm on Latino Americans." But instead of fearing that the numbers are wrong, they seem frighteningly on-target.

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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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It's official — new park to be built on Naperville's south side will be Wolf's Crossing Community Park

It's official — new park to be built on Naperville's south side will be Wolf's Crossing Community Park

Southwest Community Park in Naperville has a new name.

Ground will be broken at 4:30 p.m. June 19 on Wolf’s Crossing Community Park. The Naperville Park Board approved the new moniker at Thursday night’s meeting.

The name change had been discussed for several months. It recognizes the contributions of the Wolf family, which helped settle the area now known as Naperville.

 

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West suburban school districts cry foul over proposed PE mandate, saying it will cost millions and cut academic classes

West suburban school districts cry foul over proposed PE mandate, saying it will cost millions and cut academic classes

A legislative proposal to mandate the number of minutes of physical education students would have to take every week has met with strong push back from local school district officials worried about the cost of such a requirement.

In a joint letter to the bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Linda Holmes, D-Aurora, superintendents and board presidents from West Aurora District 129, Indian Prairie District 204 and Oswego District 308, school officials questioned why the state would mandate at least 150 minutes per week of physical education for elementary students and 225 minutes for middle/junior high and high school students. Similar legislation is sponsored in the House by state Rep. Sonya Harper, D-Chicago.

“With all of the concentration on student achievement, STEM, the art and the social-emotional well-being of our students, this is one more scenario where we have to make a choice of what not to do for our kids in lieu of providing two more days of PE at the elementary level,” the school district officials wrote in their letter to Holmes.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker vowed to ‘think big’ as a candidate, but is his agenda too big? Lawmakers will decide this week.

J.B. Pritzker said it was “time to think big” to deal with the state’s challenges when he introduced himself to Illinois voters as a candidate for governor in a TV ad a little more than two years ago.

Now, five months into office, the Democratic governor finds himself just days away from lawmakers deciding the fate of his “think big” agenda. With the spring legislative session scheduled for a May 31 adjournment, the outcome figures to have a significant impact not only on the state but on the governor’s political future.

Pritzker vowed to change the income tax system and legalize sports betting and recreational marijuana. He proposed a series of tax hikes to balance the budget and unveiled a massive public works construction program with its own accompanying tax increases.

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Will Co. Board Member Mark Ferry Fundraiser

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm Heroes West Sports Bar 1530 Commerce Lane, Joliet, IL 60431 $40 per person Includes food, draft beer, and ...
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Illinois Senate approves legalizing sports betting, gambling expansion and funding for nearly $45 billion capital construction plan

“For the first time in many years, we met our most basic responsibility in this state — a real balanced budget,” Pritzker said Sunday during a Capitol news conference. “Just a few years ago, just ...
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