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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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State Senator Pat McGuire Fundraiser

State Senator Pat McGuire Fundraiser

Monday, June 17th, 2019 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm IBEW Local 176 Hall  1100 NE Frontage Road, Joliet, IL Individual: $35, Couple: $50 Sponsorships: ...
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Congressman Foster resolution to promote financial literacy for students

Congressman Foster resolution to promote financial literacy for students

“In our increasingly complex financial marketplace, young people often find themselves lacking the knowledge to make tough financial decisions that can have profound effects on their futures,” ...
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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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Progressive Capitalism Is Not an Oxymoron

Progressive Capitalism Is Not an Oxymoron

The sugar rush produced by President Trump’s largess to corporations in the 2017 tax law didn’t deal with any of these long-run problems, and is already fading. Growth is expected to be a little ...
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Local Democratic members of Congress react to Mueller report

Local Democratic members of Congress react to Mueller report

“The report makes clear that the facts and legal standards preclude the special counsel from exonerating the president of obstruction of justice,” Foster said in the statement. “Attorney General ...
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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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Will County, City of Joliet, Housing Authority partner on fair housing study

Will County, City of Joliet, Housing Authority partner on fair housing study

“Our Land Use Department does a tremendous job to ensure safe housing for our residents,” Will County Executive Larry Walsh said. “We are proud of our efforts to restore and preserve neighborhoods ...
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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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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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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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Will County hosts summit on opioid epidemic, Pritzker speaks

“Opioid-use disorder is a chronic illness,” Burke said. “It doesn’t go away.” The event featured panels on topics such as the history of opioid use, how pregnant women are treated, ...
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Congresswoman Underwood to host town hall in Plainfield on May 5

Underwood’s district includes parts of McHenry, Lake, DuPage, Kendall and Will counties. The town hall in Plainfield will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Plainfield Village Hall, located at  ...
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New Lenox Loyalty Day Parade

Join the New Lenox Township Democrats  for the New Lenox Loyalty Day Parade enjoy a good time.  Sunday, May 5th, 2019 Line up is at 1:00 pm, Parade steps off ...
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DuPage Township Democratic Organization Monthly Meeting

Monday, May 20th, 2019 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Dupage Twp Dems Campaign office 684 W Boughton Rd #100, Bolingbrook,  IL 60440-1753 Click here for more ...
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