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Casten tackles high cost of diabetes medication June 14, 2019
Lakeland Newspapers
Speaking to a crowd of nearly 50 people gathered at the DuPage County Health Department June 14, U.S. Rep. Sean Casten, D-Downers Grove, said legislation was pending to address drug companies’ unfair price hikes. The Forcing Limits on Abusive and Tumultuous – or FLAT – Drug Prices Act of 2019 is intended to prevent large prices spikes by imposing penalties on pharmaceutical corporations.
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https://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2019/06/14/casten-tackles-high-cost-of-diabetes-medication/aulg54z/


Moran: Waukegan makes 'such a powerful statement' by hosting first celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month June 14, 2019
The NewsSun
“It is an evolution,” Mayor Sam Cunningham said this week, reflecting on Waukegan’s history of welcoming immigrants, particularly during and after World War II. “It’s pretty normal for us to say, ‘If you’re a resident abiding by the laws — whether you’re black, white, male, female, if you’re LGBTQ — you’re a member of our community.’”
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-moran-waukegan-pride-event-st-0615-story.html


Income tax town-hall meeting set for Wednesday in Arlington Heights June 7, 2019
Daily Herald
Two Arlington Heights legislators will host a town-hall meeting Wednesday Jun 12 to discuss the proposed graduated state income tax. State Rep. Mark Walker and state Sen. Ann Gillespie will welcome Ralph Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, to discuss the proposal from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 administration building, 1200 S. Dunton Ave.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190607/income-tax-town-hall-meeting-set-for-wednesday-in-arlington-heights


Waukegan's bid to land a casino goes back to 1990 on the Waukegan River June 6, 2019
The NewsSun
Mayor Sam Cunningham and the City Council now will be guiding the establishment of a casino with 2,000 gaming positions in the 21st century, which will need hundreds of employees. Waukegan will receive the largest portion of the 5% casino tax windfall, at 70%, according to the legislation.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-selle-waukegan-casino-st-0606-story.html


Waukegan gets clean-up grant June 6, 2019
Daily Herald
Waukegan has been awarded a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to clean up an 11-acre site along Lake Michigan. The funds will be used at the former Fansteel property, 801 S. Market St., according to an announcement Thursday by Mayor Sam Cunningham and U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190606/waukegan-gets-clean-up-grant


After bringing a gambling package home, Link says Waukegan casino could break ground next year June 5, 2019
The NewsSun
Asked what crossed his mind when it became clear that a Waukegan casino was actually going from possible to probable, Terry Link admitted that, “When you work on something for over 20 years, and you finally realize it’s going to get done — knowing that (the) governor is going to sign it — it was definitely emotional.”
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-ct-lns-moran-waukegan-casino-speculation-st-0605-story.html


Underwood bill aims to provide tax relief for Gold Star families June 3, 2019
Lakeland Newspapers
“Our men and women in uniform should never fear that their children and loved ones will suffer if the worst should happen,” Lauren Underwood said.
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https://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2019/05/31/underwood-bill-aims-to-provide-tax-relief-for-gold-star-families/az2a2wo/


Waukegan casino OK'd by General Assembly would be 'big shot in the arm' to area towns, Lake County June 3, 2019
The NewsSun
The casino “is going to be a big shot in the arm for not only Waukegan and North Chicago but all of Lake County,” North Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham said.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-waukegan-casino-next-st-0604-story.html


'We are taking a strong stance': EtO regulation bills head to governor's desk May 31, 2019
The NewsSun
“Lake County residents can soon rest assured that the air they’re breathing is safe from ethylene oxide,” Melinda Bush said. “These new regulations will allow the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to keep a close eye on Medline and Vantage and make sure they’re meeting these strict environmental safeguards.”
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-eto-legislation-passed-st-0601-story.html


Waukegan among 6 new casino sites in gambling expansion proposal taking shape in Springfield May 31, 2019
The NewsSun
“I am beyond excited that we’re finally here with this legislation, because Waukegan is ready,” Sam Cunningham said Friday afternoon. “I mean we’re shovel ready for a casino in Lake County for Waukegan.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-waukegan-casino-proposal-bill-st-0601-story.html


U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood discusses local foster care needs in Crystal Lake May 31, 2019
NorthWest Herald
The Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act would authorize $270 million for the expansion of prevention services to reach more than 3 million children annually, as well as an additional $270 million to support new research and help Illinois’ child protective agencies expand their services, Lauren Underwood said.
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/05/31/u-s-rep-lauren-underwood-discusses-local-foster-care-needs-in-crystal-lake/asa0phs/


Congresswoman Lauren Underwood to host foster care roundtable Friday in Crystal Lake May 30, 2019
NorthWest Herald
Lauren Underwood has backed the Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act which would strengthen child abuse protections and require research examining the association between parental substance abuse and its impacts on adoption outcomes, according to the release.
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/05/30/congresswoman-lauren-underwood-to-host-foster-care-roundtable-friday-in-crystal-lake/axuleku/


Underwood bill addressing veteran suicide passes House of Representatives May 23, 2019
Lakeland Newspapers
U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood’s, D-Naperville, bill to ensure high-quality mental health and suicide prevention care for veterans passed the House of Representatives unanimously.
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https://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2019/05/22/underwood-bill-addressing-veteran-suicide-passes-house-of-representatives/aqoxmw7/


Underwood's legislation to ban 'junk insurance' plans passes in U.S. House May 17, 2019
NorthWest Herald
As someone who has lived with a pre-existing condition since she was eight years old, Lauren Underwood remains committed to protecting those with similar circumstances. “In Illinois’ 14th District, I’m one of 300,000 people who have a pre-existing condition, so the fight for health care is personal,” Underwood said. “No person in this country should be denied insurance coverage as a result of a pre-existing condition. Americans deserve quality and affordable health care.”
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/05/17/underwoods-legislation-to-ban-junk-insurance-plans-passes-in-u-s-house/a9ftq4z/


Lake County adds to roster of 'most pristine and sensitive' areas protected as Illinois Nature Preserves May 16, 2019
The NewsSun
“The nature preserves are a way of saving our most pristine and sensitive environmental areas,” forest preserves board President Angelo Kyle said. “We have a significant number of endangered species in our preserves. This will protect our very high quality portions of the forest preserve. We’re very proud to continue to maintain the quality of the nature preserves.”
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-forest-preserve-dedication-nature-st-0515-story.html


Lake County Board adopts rules to improve member decorum, transparency May 15, 2019
Daily Herald
Board members will be required to disclose, on the county website, spending related to county work and post copies of taxpayer-funded mailers on the site. That last point was particularly important to board member Paul Frank, who leads the rules committee. "Board members will have to be transparent about where that money is being spent and what those mailings look like," said Frank, a Highland Park Democrat.
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Lake County Board pledges to fight effects of climate change, backs Paris Agreement May 14, 2019
Daily Herald
Board member John Wasik called the pledge a "road map" for protecting the environment. He talked about the many endangered species living in Lake County that are imperiled by climate change, as well as trails and infrastructure damaged by weather events. "Climate change has gone beyond theory. It's observable fact," the Grayslake Democrat said. "We can think locally and heal globally." Hawthorn Woods Democrat Jessica Vealitzek spoke in favor of the measure, too. Environmental change has become a public health issue and an economic issue that will affect future generations, she said. "Our children need us to act now," Vealitzek said.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190514/lake-county-board-pledges-to-fight-effects-of-climate-change-backs-paris-agreement


U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood honors Crystal Lake boy AJ Freund in House speech May 10, 2019
NorthWest Herald
U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood delivered a speech Friday morning on the floor of the House of Representatives in memory of 5-year-old Andrew “AJ” Freund.
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/05/10/u-s-rep-lauren-underwood-honors-crystal-lake-boy-aj-freund-in-house-speech/aswmq7x/


Democrats to talk politics in Gurnee on May 13 May 10, 2019
Daily Herald
The Illinois Tenth Congressional District Democrats and the Newport Township Democrats are holding "Let's Talk Politics in Gurnee," the latest edition in Tenth Dems University's Let's Talk Politics series. The event is set for 7 p.m. Monday, May 13, at the Warren-Newport Public Library, Meeting Room B, 224 O'Plaine Road, Gurnee.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190510/democrats-to-talk-politics-in-gurnee-on-may-13


Lake County Leaders Support State Capital Bill for Infrastructure Funding May 8, 2019
The NewsSun
Leading the Lake County panel was Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart, who outlined the state of affordable housing programs and the efforts being done at the local level.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/buffalo-grove/community/chi-ugc-article-lake-county-leaders-support-state-capital-bil-2019-05-08-story.html


Casten to lead infrastructure discussion in Barrington May 8, 2019
Daily Herald
U.S. Rep. Sean Casten will join local officials and representatives of the American Society Of Civil Engineers for a panel discussion on the financial impact of infrastructure investment from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11, in Barrington.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190508/casten-to-lead-infrastructure-discussion-in-barrington


Underwood: Trump administration's 'relentless' attacks on Obamacare are 'shameful' May 7, 2019
NorthWest Herald
Lauren Underwood, a health care policy expert who helped implement the ACA during the Obama Administration, argued in a press release that the Trump administration is working to limit access to health care and protections under the law.
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/05/07/underwood-trump-administrations-relentless-attacks-on-obamacare-are-shameful/ar3p6f3/


U.S. Rep. Underwood discusses students' mental health during roundtable May 4, 2019
NorthWest Herald
“We don’t hear this conversation – ever,” Lauren Underwood said. “This conversation has never come up in a town hall – to date – even in private conversations. … I am so grateful you were so candid in flagging these issues. My commitment is to see it through and see where we can be helpful.”
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/05/03/u-s-rep-underwood-discusses-students-mental-health-during-roundtable/atoidrq/


'A path to net zero': New Lake County Board committee focuses on reducing emissions May 3, 2019
The NewsSun
There’s a new Lake County Board committee that aims to bring energy and the environment to the forefront with a goal of having a zero carbon footprint by 2040. The Energy and Environment Committee was the idea of board Member Terry Wilke, who now chairs the panel.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-new-committee-progress-st-0503-story.html


U.S. senators, representatives ask for air testing in Lake County May 3, 2019
Daily Herald
This week's plea to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry was made by both U.S. senators from Illinois -- Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin -- and U.S. representatives Brad Schneider, Bill Foster, Dan Lipinski, Sean Casten and Lauren Underwood. All seven lawmakers are Democrats. The representatives serve the Chicago suburbs.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190503/us-senators-representatives-ask-for-air-testing-in-lake-county


Zion District 6 school board seeking applicants for three board vacancies May 2, 2019
The NewsSun
Applications are available in the superintendent’s office at the district administrative office, 2800 29th Street in Zion. The office is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-zion-6-three-vacancies-st-0502-story.html


Environmental town hall May 2, 2019
Daily Herald
A town hall on environmental issues hosted by Sierra Club Illinois will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Prairie Crossing Charter School gym, 1531 Jones Point Road, Grayslake. State Rep. Sam Yingling, of Grayslake, will speak at the event.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190502/environmental-town-hall


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