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Senators Durbin and Duckworth lead congressional demands for ethylene oxide testing near Lake County plants February 21, 2019
The NewsSun
Demands to test for ethylene oxide emissions around two Lake County facilities were issued Thursday in a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from Illinois congressional members, including Sens. Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin. The letter, addressed to Assistant Administrator Bill Wehrum of the EPA’s Air and Radiation Division, was also signed by U.S. Reps. Brad Schneider and Lauren Underwood, whose districts include parts of Lake County. The letter stated that their constituents deserve to know more about the emissions after air data for ethylene oxide testing was released recently for a Sterigenics facility in Willowbrook.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-lake-county-demand-tests-st-0222-story.html


Associate judge vacancy in Lake County Circuit Court draws 23 applicants February 21, 2019
The NewsSun
The public will have the opportunity to comment on the candidates in writing, by directing the letters to The Office of the Chief Judge, Lake County Courthouse, 18 N. County Street, Waukegan, IL 60085-4359. Letters will be accepted until March 4.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-lake-judge-applicants-st-0222-story.html


U.S. Rep. Underwood talks gun background checks, climate at Sycamore town hall February 20, 2019
NorthWest Herald
Lauren Underwood, a Democrat, gave an update on what is happening in Congress, including touching on the end of the federal government shutdown and it impacting a lot of people within her district. She also addressed issues and bills she is working on, including guaranteed paid family leave that goes beyond just the employment guarantee that's currently in place, addressing issues related to the southern border with resources and not with a physical barrier, and ways to address climate change and how it might impact the Midwest.
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/02/20/u-s-rep-underwood-talks-gun-background-checks-climate-at-sycamore-town-hall/ae2layy/


In wake of Aurora shooting, U.S. Reps. Bill Foster and Sean Casten push for stricter gun laws February 19, 2019
Pioneer Press
“Putting a stop to this epidemic of gun violence will take all of us, insisting on our right, and the rights of our children, to go to a concert, go to school, go to work, and come home safe and sound at the end of the day,” Sean Casten said in a statement in response to questions from the Tribune. “There is grass roots momentum pressing for Congress to take action. It is time to talk about sensible gun control, background checks, and assault weapons bans, because we don’t have any more time for thoughts and prayers. ”
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-aurora-mass-shooting-sean-casten-bill-foster-20190219-story.html


Suburban lawmakers among those seeking to overturn Trump emergency February 15, 2019
Daily Herald
Brad Schneider said the emergency declaration was unconstitutional and if left unchecked, "it will do great damage to our long-standing system of checks and balances."
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190215/suburban-lawmakers-among-those-seeking-to-overturn-trump-emergency


Didech office open house February 15, 2019
Daily Herald
State Rep. Dan Didech is inviting all members of the community to an open house at his new 59th District office in the Vernon Township building 3050 N. Main St., Buffalo Grove on Saturday, Feb. 16. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190215/didech-office-open-house


Casten, Underwood to host Town Hall Monday at McHenry County College February 14, 2019
NorthWest Herald
The area's two U.S. Representatives will be together on one stage Monday night Feb 18 for a Town Hall meeting with constituents at McHenry County College. U.S. District 14 Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, and District 6 Rep. Sean Casten, D-Downers Grove, will be at the event answering questions from the public. Doors at MCC will open at 6:30 p.m. and the event will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The college is located at 8900 Route 14 in Crystal Lake.
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/02/14/casten-underwood-to-host-town-hall-monday-at-mchenry-county-college/ae4nl8n/


Lake County dissolves inactive government body: the Seavey Drainage District February 12, 2019
Daily Herald
"This is exciting that we're closing a unit of government, but I definitely think we have a lot more work to do," said Adam Didech, a Democrat from Buffalo Grove, elected in November as part of a historic shift on the Lake County Board to Democratic control.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190212/lake-county-dissolves-inactive-government-body-the-seavey-drainage-district


House Democrats prioritize Underwood, Casten 2020 re-election February 8, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times
Lauren Underwood and Sean Casten are two of the freshmen who flipped Republican districts last November, contributing to the Democrats winning the House. Underwood has emerged as one of the high-profile freshmen female members, a millennial whose oft-worn green coat, purchased on sale at a J. Crew in downtown Naperville, has become a meme of its own with a Twitter handle, “Lauren Underwood’s Green Coat.”
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https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/house-democrats-prioritize-underwood-casten-2020-re-election/


Rep. Underwood to host office hours this weekend in Marengo February 8, 2019
NorthWest Herald
U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, will make a stop in Marengo Saturday Feb 9 to talk with residents in the 14th Congressional District. Underwood will hold office hours from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Marengo City Hall, 132 E. Prairie St., Marengo, according to a news release.
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/02/07/rep-underwood-to-host-office-hours-this-weekend-in-marengo/a6dk5gt/


Pelosi names U.S. Rep. Sean Casten to climate crisis committee February 7, 2019
NorthWest Herald
"Having spent the last 20 years profitably reducing greenhouse gas emissions, I can offer the Select Committee real-world expertise and a lifelong commitment to action on climate change," Sean Casten said in a statement. "I look forward to working with my colleagues under the leadership of [Chairman] Castor to address the existential challenge to our species.”
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/02/07/pelosi-names-u-s-rep-sean-casten-to-climate-crisis-committee/ap2xtfa/


'We’re not criminals': Waukegan DACA recipient invited by Schneider to attend State of the Union February 4, 2019
The NewsSun
"Under no circumstances should we be talking about shutting down the government," Brad Schneider said. “Declaring a national emergency to build the wall would be a serious overreach of the president’s emergency powers, and may not even achieve the President’s goal due to likely court challenges,” Schneider said.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-schneider-state-of-union-guest-st-0205-story.html


Meet congressman in Lake Villa Saturday February 4, 2019
Daily Herald
Congressman Brad Schneider will host a "Congress on Your Corner" event Saturday, Feb. 9, in Lake Villa, to answer questions from constituents and brief attendees on his work in Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public. It begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Lake Villa District Library, 1001 E. Grand Ave. It's Schneider's second Congress on Your Corner town hall of the new year and new Congress.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190204/meet-congressman-in-lake-villa-saturday


College scholarship applications available February 3, 2019
The NewsSun
Applications are now available at the Sheriff’s Office in Waukegan or on the Sheriff’s Association website — www.ilsheriff.org. Students must complete the application, answer an essay question and return all documentation to the Sheriff’s Office by March 15. Applications must be be postmarked by that date. “I’m very proud to participate in awarding two college students with these $500 scholarships, “ John Idleburg said. “The money will certainly help to offset some college expenses.”
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-law-and-order-st-0204-story.html


Underwood, Casten call for IRS to help with local tax burden February 2, 2019
NorthWest Herald
Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, and Rep. Sean Casten, D-Downers Grove, are urging the IRS to address what they call the disproportionate tax burden on Illinois taxpayers because of the changes in the law, which limit the state and local tax deduction, according to a news release. Underwood and Casten wrote a letter expressing their concerns about IRS efforts being “insufficient.”
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/02/01/underwood-casten-call-for-irs-to-help-with-local-tax-burden/afq9vym/


Underwood invites 7-year-old to State of the Union February 1, 2019
Daily Herald
A 7-year-old Naperville girl will be in the audience for President Donald Trump's State of the Union address on Tuesday at the invitation of U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, a Naperville Democrat.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190201/underwood-invites-7-year-old-to-state-of-the-union


Primary ballots online January 30, 2019
Daily Herald
Registered voters in Waukegan wards 2, 3, 7, and 8 can preview their ballot online for the Feb. 26 consolidated primary election. The primary election is not a countywide election and is only for Waukegan residents in those four wards.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190130/primary-ballots-online


Election 2019: Waukegan 3rd Ward primary pits longtime incumbent against local activist January 28, 2019
The NewsSun
Incumbent Greg Moisio, a longtime Waukegan High School teacher and coach who has served as Waukegan's 3rd Ward alderman since 2003, is facing a primary challenge from community activist Margaret Carrasco. No other candidates have filed in the ward, which means the winner of the Feb. 26 primary will run uncontested in the April consolidated election.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-waukegan-ward-3-primary-st-0127-story.html


U.S. Rep. Sean Casten sworn in January 28, 2019
Lakeland Newspapers
U.S. Rep. Sean Casten (D-Downers Grove) was sworn in during ceremony and reception Jan. 26 in Wheaton. Multiple Illinois democrats were in attendance including U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.
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https://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2019/01/28/u-s-rep-sean-casten-sworn-in/dq6styz/


Hundreds attend Casten’s district swearing-in ceremony January 28, 2019
Lakeland Newspapers
Hundreds of people gathered Jan. 26 to see the district swearing-in ceremony for U.S. Rep. Sean Casten, D-Downers Grove, in the auditorium of the DuPage County JTK Administration Building in Wheaton.
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https://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2019/01/27/hundreds-attend-castens-district-swearing-in-ceremony/ammdzl1/


Casten takes Congressional oath in Wheaton, committing to freedom and equality January 26, 2019
Daily Herald
"We are entitled to freedom no less than we are entitled to equality," Sean Casten said. "My responsibility and our responsibility is to live up to that promise."
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190126/casten-takes-congressional-oath-in-wheaton-committing-to-freedom-and-equality


Illinois House bill seeks more updates on closed nuclear facilities, including lakefront plant in Zion January 25, 2019
The NewsSun
In what she describes as an effort to ensure protections for residents and the environment from residual radioactivity, state Rep. Joyce Mason, D-Gurnee, has introduced legislation to require biannual reports on nuclear power plants going through decommissioning. Mason, whose district includes the former nuclear reactor facility in Zion that is currently being decommissioned, is sponsoring a bill that would require the Illinois Commerce Commission to provide a biannual report to the Illinois General Assembly on the issue.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-mason-nuke-bill-st-0126-story.html


Why Lake County's new sheriff is taking a stand on shutdown, immigration January 25, 2019
Daily Herald
Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg is less than two months into his tenure, but already he's proving not to be shy when it comes to taking a stand on a controversy. Idleburg on Tuesday joined about 50 law enforcement leaders from across the country in signing a letter urging President Donald Trump and members of Congress to settle their differences over immigration and end the partial government shutdown. Idleburg -- himself a former federal agent -- is the only official from Illinois to endorse the letter.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190125/why-lake-countys-new-sheriff-is-taking-a-stand-on-shutdown-immigration


Greater Palatine Area Democrats starting monthly meetings January 25, 2019
Daily Herald
Greater Palatine Area Democrats will launch a monthly public meeting program next week. The kickoff session is set for 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at Palatine Public Library District, 700 N. North Court in Palatine. Organization officials say a presentation is planned on the Palatine area's increased Democratic turnout in the November election, focusing on the party's precinct captain program.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190124/greater-palatine-area-democrats-starting-monthly-meetings


Illinois lawmakers demand answers about monitoring for cancer-causing chemical during government shutdown January 25, 2019
Pioneer Press
“With the EPA shuttered, and many outstanding questions remaining about monitoring for EtO emissions from these facilities in these counties, we’re asking Acting Administrator (Andrew) Wheeler for answers,” said U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, who outlined the concerns in a letter Friday co-signed by five other Illinois Democrats: Sen. Tammy Duckworth and Reps. Sean Casten, Bill Foster, Dan Lipinski and Brad Schneider.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-sterigenics-medline-vantage-epa-letter-20190125-story.html


Didech opens consituent office in Buffalo Grove January 23, 2019
Daily Herald
Newly elected 59th District state Rep. Daniel Didech has opened a full-time constituent service office in the Vernon Township administrative building, 3050 N. Main St. in Buffalo Grove. An open house to introduce the facility and available services will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190123/didech-opens-consituent-office-in-buffalo-grove


Lake County Treasurer Holly Kim Receives Drum Major Award from Waukegan Township January 22, 2019
The NewsSun
The Lake County Treasurer's Office is pleased to announce Treasurer Holly Kim was presented the "Drum Major Award" at the Waukegan Township's 17th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Dreamers Breakfast.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/barrington/community/chi-ugc-article-lake-county-treasurer-holly-kim-receives-drum-2019-01-22-story.html


U.S. Rep. Casten decries Trump, McConnell during town hall in Algonquin January 22, 2019
NorthWest Herald
“What the founders didn’t contemplate was an era when we would have elected officials so willing to break norms. ... No one man should have the power to hold the entire country hostage. That’s where we are right now.” Sean Casten, a biochemist and entrepreneur, said Trump’s plan for a wall is too vague and would be a waste of taxpayers’ money.
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/01/22/u-s-rep-casten-decries-trump-mcconnell-during-town-hall-in-algonquin/axmjpc6/


More than 500 attend annual Waukegan Township Martin Luther King Jr. event January 21, 2019
The NewsSun
“I am so honored to be selected to receive the Drum Major Award. The support and confidence I’ve received from the Lake County community, as well as the members of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, has been truly inspirational,” John Idleburg said afterwards. “I look forward to the great things we as a sheriff’s office will accomplish over the years for our community,” he said.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-waukegan-township-king-day-st-0122-story.html


U.S. Rep. Sean Casten to visit Algonquin to discuss government shutdown January 20, 2019
Daily Herald
U.S. Rep. Sean Casten, D-Downers Grove, will host a roundtable discussion Tuesday Jan 22 in Algonquin on the partial federal government shutdown. Casten, who represents the state’s 6th Congressional District, will host the public event from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Ganek Municipal Center, 2200 Harnish Drive. “Casten will provide an update to constituents on the current status of the shutdown and efforts by Congress to reopen the government and put federal employees back to work providing services to the public,” according to a news release.
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/01/18/u-s-rep-sean-casten-to-visit-algonquin-to-discuss-government-shutdown/apz4g77/


Big crowd floods downtown Geneva for women's march; Lauren Underwood among those to applaud change January 19, 2019
Pioneer Press
"Thank you for braving the cold but more importantly for all that you have done in these last two years, and it started with marching," Lauren Underwood said. "Look at where we are now," she said to applause. "We are stronger and more represented than ever before in Congress.” Sean Casten said it's remarkable to be among a freshmen Congressional class that has so much diversity. "We are in a class that looks like America," he told the crowd.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/news/ct-abn-geneva-womens-march-st-0120-story.html


Applicants sought for new associate judge opening in Lake County Circuit Court January 18, 2019
The NewsSun
Chief Judge Jay Ukena announced Friday that applications will be accepted for an associate judge opening created by the retirement of Judge John J. Scully, effective March 1.
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Rep. Mason seeks public input on state legislation January 17, 2019
Daily Herald
State Rep. Joyce Mason of Gurnee is encouraging area residents and local organizations to submit ideas for new legislation to be drafted and introduced during this year's legislative session.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190117/rep-mason-seeks-public-input-on-state-legislation


Link: Despite 'hypocritical' Rauner veto, township road district consolidation bid is not dead January 16, 2019
The NewsSun
“Everyone loves to talk about how Illinois has too many units of government,” Terry Link said. “This bill would help fix that. Everyone loves to complain about high property taxes. This bill would help provide property tax relief.”
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-link-road-district-veto-st-0117-story.html


Underwood celebrates making history in Naperville January 15, 2019
NorthWest Herald
Celebrating a first, U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, took time this weekend to take part in a special swearing-in ceremony at her alma mater – Neuqua Valley High School. Saturday’s event drew supporters from across the Congressional 14th District of Illinois, which includes portions of Will County.
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/01/14/underwood-celebrates-making-history-in-naperville/aqzgaie/


Shutdown is the topic of Casten’s town hall meeting January 15, 2019
Lakeland Newspapers
A standing-room-only crowd greeted U.S. Rep. Sean Casten at his first town hall meeting Jan. 13 at the Wheaton VFW Post 2164. “I didn’t plan on my first time meeting with my constituents to be about the (government) shutdown,” Casten said.
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https://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2019/01/15/shutdown-is-the-topic-of-castens-town-hall-meeting/awejzy/


Underwood votes to reopen federal government January 15, 2019
Lakeland Newspapers
“The people of the Illinois 14th [District] deserve a fully functioning federal government,” Lauren Underwood said in the statement.
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https://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2019/01/11/underwood-votes-to-reopen-federal-government/aap3xm4/


U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood returns to Neuqua Valley: 'She is what Naperville looks like' January 12, 2019
Pioneer Press
Lauren Underwood spoke about the issues she made central to her campaign including health care and the difficulty individuals with pre-existing conditions can face. She also touched on education, the need for background checks for firearm purchasers and the current government shutdown, which she declared “unacceptable.” “We have elected the most diverse Congress in our history and we must have higher standards,” she said.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/news/ct-nvs-underwood-neuqua-ceremonial-swearing-in-st-0113-story.html


New suburban lawmakers take their Springfield seats: What they want to do now January 9, 2019
Daily Herald
Gurnee's Joyce Mason made a similar pledge of bipartisanship, saying she stands "ready to work with members on both sides of the aisle to make the tough decisions necessary to shift our state upward."
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190109/new-suburban-lawmakers-take-their-springfield-seats-what-they-want-to-do-now


Schneider appointed to powerful House Ways & Means January 9, 2019
Daily Herald
U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider has been appointed to serve on the influential House Committee on Ways & Means for the 116th Congress. The committee, the oldest of the Congress, is the chief tax-writing committee in the House of Representatives. It exercises broad jurisdiction over health care, Social Security, Medicare, pensions, trade and other issues.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190109/schneider-appointed-to-powerful-house-ways-amp-means


'Americans are really hurting': Schneider discusses shutdown with constituents January 8, 2019
The NewsSun
“My goal is to, as much as I can, meet people where they live, where they are, to talk about the issues that are important to them," Brad Schneider said. Medicare, immigration, veterans affairs, Social Security and IRS issues are some of the most common topics people need assistance from Schneider’s office, officials said.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-schneider-open-houses-st-0108-story.html


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