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Underwood proposes five-point plant to lower prescription drug costs October 19, 2019
NorthWest Herald
U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, unveiled a five-point plan Friday to reduce the overbearing costs of prescription medication in the country. Underwood said the proposal is not only aimed at uninsured individuals or those whose coverage has lapsed, but also at middle-class families with good health insurance plans. “We all know the impact these prices have,” Underwood said. “They can break the bank of families of all income levels.”
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/10/18/underwood-proposes-five-point-plant-to-lower-prescription-drug-costs/advavad/


U.S. Reps. Underwood, Casten address Illinois election security concerns October 18, 2019
NorthWest Herald
U.S. Reps. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, and Sean Casten, D-Downers Grove, are among the suburban Illinois lawmakers who raised questions about election security during an Oct. 15 field hearing in Illinois’ 14th Congressional District.
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/10/17/u-s-reps-underwood-casten-address-illinois-election-security-concerns/abnylkg/


Congressional panel: 'Harder for adversaries to meddle’ in Illinois elections after upgrades following 2016 hacks October 15, 2019
The NewsSun
Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, who serves parts of northeastern and central Lake County, attended as vice chairwoman of the committee, and Rep. Sean Thomas Casten, D-Downers Grove, who serves many of Chicago’s western suburbs including Barrington, also sat on the panel.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/ct-lns-election-security-congressional-hearing-st-1016-20191015-hcfqmtrrvna6ljul23pe7frpue-story.html


Long Grove seeking to fill vacant village board trustee seat October 13, 2019
Daily Herald
Those interested in serving should provide a letter of interest and a resume, along with a completed volunteer application that can be downloaded from the Long Grove website at longgroveil.gov/volunteer/. The forms can also be picked up at Long Grove village hall, 3110 Old McHenry Road.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20191013/long-grove-seeking-to-fill-vacant-village-board-trustee-seat


Waukegan approves deal with EPA to clean south lakefront brownfield for residential development October 10, 2019
The NewsSun
Under the agreement, Waukegan will receive $400,000 in EPA funding, announced previously by U.S. Rep Brad Schneider, D-Deerfield, and the city will provide initial engineering services for the cleanup project. “That’s huge. That’s major for us,” Mayor Sam Cunningham said Tuesday of the funding agreement. “We’re very excited.”
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/ct-lns-fansteel-brownfields-cleanup-st-1010-20191010-xoignz2zsjbtbmvooymwl2twse-story.html


Deputy governor says Pritzker would sign new ethylene oxide regulations October 10, 2019
Daily Herald
Rep. Rita Mayfield, a Waukegan Democrat, is pushing House Bill 3888, which provides that by 2021 no sterilization company could use ethylene oxide within five miles of a region with a population density of at least 10 residents per square mile, or within the same distance from a school or day care.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20191010/deputy-governor-says-pritzker-would-sign-new-ethylene-oxide-regulations


Lake County Board formally bans harassment, bullying by its members October 10, 2019
Daily Herald
"One of the main reasons I ran for office was to improve ethics and transparency in county government," Jessica Vealitzek, a Hawthorn Woods Democrat, said in a Facebook post. "I said I would push for an overhaul, and that is what I have done."
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20191010/lake-county-board-formally-bans-harassment-bullying-by-its-members


Mary Edly-Allen hosts meet and greets October 6, 2019
Daily Herald
"Mary on the Matters" sessions will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 at Panera, 20530 Rand Road, Deer Park and at the same time Oct. 26 at Ela Township Library, 275 Mohawk Trail, Lake Zurich.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20191006/edly-allen-hosts-meet-and-greets


I sat through 6 hours of town halls. Here’s what I learned about impeachment. October 6, 2019
Politico.com
Freshman Democratic Rep. Sean Casten spoke at six town halls in a single day across the Chicago suburbs. POLITICO went to every one.
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https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/06/casten-trump-impeachment-town-hall-031212


Illinois EPA blasted at ethylene oxide town hall for ‘stalling on regulating’ plants in Gurnee and Waukegan October 4, 2019
The NewsSun
State Sen. Melinda Bush, D-Grayslake, who organized the town hall, said she’s committed to making sure Lake County residents feel confident the air they breathe is safe and will continue to champion for legislation restricting EtO.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/ct-lns-eto-town-hall-meeting-st-1004-20191003-vhhtyzeprra6vodvm2us62ubea-story.html


Residents, lawmakers call for shutdown of Lake County factories using ethylene oxide October 3, 2019
Daily Herald
"It's clear that these facilities have no regard for emitting a cancer-causing chemical into the air," said state Rep. Sam Yingling, a Democrat from Grayslake. "If they fail to shut down themselves, then the state will enact legislation that will shut them down."
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20191003/residents-lawmakers-call-for-shutdown-of-lake-county-factories-using-ethylene-oxide


Three Democrats want to challenge Morrison for state House seat October 2, 2019
Daily Herald
Maggie Trevor of Rolling Meadows, who narrowly lost to Morrison in 2018, will face Ryan Huffman of Palatine and Syed Hussain of Rolling Meadows in the March 2020 Democratic primary for the 54th state House District, pending their collection of enough signatures to get on the ballot.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20191002/three-democrats-want-to-challenge-morrison-for-state-house-seat


State senator: EtO town hall meeting should give Lake County residents the forum they have asked for on air quality concerns October 1, 2019
The NewsSun
“Lake County has yet to have a town hall on EtO, and we feel Lake County residents should have the same amount of information available to them as was available in Willowbrook,” Melinda Bush said Tuesday, referring to the site of the now-shuttered Sterigenics plant that also emitted ethylene oxide.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/ct-lns-eto-meeting-advance-st-1002-20191001-7jyvf75i4fdx5m2wku2zvj66ay-story.html


Underwood bills address terrorism, crisis at southern border October 1, 2019
Lakeland Newspapers
“As a member of the Homeland Security Committee, I believe it is imperative that our nation promotes intelligence sharing in an effort to enhance U.S. border security and counter terrorism operations," Lauren Underwood said in a news release.
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https://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2019/09/30/underwood-bills-address-terrorism-crisis-at-southern-border/aa6oved/


Lake County Lines: North Chicago’s mayor takes on statewide leadership role September 29, 2019
The NewsSun
North Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham Jr. will take the helm of an organization that represents nearly 1,300 cities and villages statewide, according to a news release. The Illinois Municipal League’s membership unanimously elected Rockingham - who has sat on the group’s Board of Directors since 2008 and last year was appointed to the role of first vice president - to the one-year term during its annual conference earlier this month.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/ct-lns-lake-county-lines-rockingham-st-0930-20190929-h4f75rt57vdhhnsdejyivbmbtm-story.html


Underwood responds to Taiwanese commitment to buy Illinois crops September 26, 2019
NorthWest Herald
“But, let me be clear, this is not enough to make up for the lack of access to overseas markets – the Trump Administration still has work to do or hardworking Illinoisans and the family farms they’ve run for generations are going to be left in the dust,” Lauren Underwood said in a release.
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/09/25/underwood-responds-to-taiwanese-commitment-to-buy-illinois-crops/az5kxpe/


Underwood, local students call for Senate action on gun reform September 26, 2019
Daily Herald
Lauren Underwood, a Naperville Democrat, has not yet raised her anchor on gun reform. "The Senate has acted in a cowardly way by not moving forward these pieces of legislation," she said in a phone interview. "And I am, quite candidly, a little dismayed that President Donald Trump has not really stepped forward and outlined for the American people what he is willing to support."
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190926/underwood-local-students-call-for-senate-action-on-gun-reform


Underwood bill aims to cut health care costs September 25, 2019
Lakeland Newspapers
“Costs of these drugs need to come down to help ensure no family struggles because a child has asthma or a mom has high blood pressure, and no patient gets sicker because they can’t afford to take their medicine as prescribed,” Lauren Underwood said in the release.
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https://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2019/09/25/underwood-bill-aims-to-cut-health-care-costs/agqob1n/


Didech hosts "super mobile" event for seniors Friday September 25, 2019
Daily Herald
State Rep. Daniel Didech is hosting a "super mobile" event for seniors needing services from the Illinois Secretary of State, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at William E. Peterson Park, 16652 N. Buffalo Grove Road, Prairie View.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190925/didech-hosts-x201csuper-mobilex201d-event-for-seniors-friday


With ‘no question, no dispute’ over facts, Lake County congressman calls for president’s impeachment September 24, 2019
The NewsSun
A Lake County congressman said President Donald Trump should be impeached for putting his own political interests ahead of the country’s in asking the Ukrainian president to investigate a Democratic presidential candidate.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/ct-lns-trump-impeachment-lake-county-st-0925-20190925-ru2lxgye2vcmpcgy6n6turucpa-story.html


Campaign 2020: Green Oaks nurse announces Democratic candidacy for Lake County coroner September 23, 2019
The NewsSun
A Green Oaks nurse announced Monday that she is running as a candidate for Lake County coroner in the Democratic primary election next year. Jennifer Banek, a nurse anesthetist, said she decided to run because she believes her skill sets in both medicine and community involvement make her a good fit for the position.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/ct-lns-coroners-candidate-announced-st-0924-20190923-rny4ekhqubfctdbam2d4nkdb7e-story.html


Suburban lawmakers back bill to limit use of cancer-causing gas September 23, 2019
Crain's Chicago Business
"We've reached the point where the legislature must make a decision about how much they will let their people be poisoned by pollution," said state Rep. Sam Yingling, one of the plan's chief co-sponsors. "I'm very optimistic this bill will get through the House."
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190923/suburban-lawmakers-back-bill-to-limit-use-of-cancer-causing-gas


Criminal justice to be focus new Lake County citizens council September 17, 2019
The NewsSun
A new Criminal Justice Citizen’s Council has been formed by Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg to address issues like justice reform, and to offer an opportunity for community groups and citizens to get involved. “We derive public trust and our authority through the community we serve. Therefore, it is imperative we include all sectors of our community when looking at any criminal justice reforms,” the sheriff said in a statement.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/ct-lns-lake-county-citizens-council-st-0918-20190917-km5rzul7y5av3gj5h5p4axy44u-story.html


Town hall meeting on EtO set in Lake County; new 90-day test period approved September 16, 2019
The NewsSun
During a media conference in Waukegan, state Sen. Melinda Bush, Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart and Waukegan Mayor Sam Cunningham announced plans for what Bush described as a “full, two-hour” town hall meeting on the subject of EtO, including the latest available updates and data.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/ct-lns-eto-townhall-announced-st-0917-20190916-j5osvrkbdbd6dh54sq3owh23ca-story.html


Illinois legislators unveil bill to keep ethylene oxide emissions away from ‘densely populated regions’ September 15, 2019
NorthWest Herald
Sponsored by state Rep. Rita Mayfield, D-Waukegan, the bill proposes that by 2021, no sterilization company can use ethylene oxide within 5 miles of a region with a population density of at least 10 residents per square mile, or within the same distance from a school or day care.
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/09/13/illinois-legislators-unveil-bill-to-keep-ethylene-oxide-emissions-away-from-densely-populated-regions/alm6b17/


How new group hopes to promote 2020 census in Lake County September 14, 2019
Daily Herald
"We are all affected by census totals," said Lake County Board member Jessica Vealitzek, a Hawthorn Woods Democrat who will serve on the new committee. "To receive the best representation, it's important that every person is counted."
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190914/how-new-group-hopes-to-promote-2020-census-in-lake-county


Congresswoman helps constituents recover money from federal agencies September 10, 2019
NorthWest Herald
U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, worked with different federal agencies to secure more than $100,000 to be returned local constituents.
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/09/09/congresswoman-helps-constituents-recover-money-from-federal-agencies/axntkrx/


Yingling bill to target use of ethylene oxide September 9, 2019
Daily Herald
State Rep. Sam Yingling plans to introduce legislation banning the use of the cancer-causing gas ethylene oxide as a sterilizer and significantly capping its use in manufacturing. The Grayslake Democrat announced on Twitter Saturday afternoon that he was drafting the legislation. Meanwhile, state Rep. Rita Mayfield, a Waukegan Democrat, is set to announce the details of her own bill. Mayfield said she has been working with local organizations, including Stop ETO in Lake County, in drafting her plan.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190909/yingling-bill-to-target-use-of-ethylene-oxide


U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood calls student loans 'predatory' September 5, 2019
NorthWest Herald
Addressing a room full of college students Tuesday on the Northern Illinois University campus, U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, called the current state of student loans “predatory” and said she hopes to make basic higher education affordable for everyone.
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/09/03/u-s-rep-lauren-underwood-calls-student-loans-predatory/as662sv/


U.S. Rep. Sean Casten discusses impeachment at Downers Grove town hall September 5, 2019
NorthWest Herald
“If in your head you’re thinking that an impeachment of the president of the United States or full exoneration of the president of the United States is a cause for celebration, mentally check out for a minute and come back when that thought is out of your head,” Sean Casten said. “This is not a cause for celebration; it’s a moment of truth.”
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/09/04/u-s-rep-sean-casten-discusses-impeachment-at-downers-grove-town-hall/ah2s8x2/


Sean Casten at Trump impeachment town hall in Downers Grove: Wants ‘a shared set of facts’ September 5, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times
Freshman Rep. Sean Casten, D-Ill., has hosted about a dozen formal town halls so far, plus more sessions open to the public where he has taken questions.
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https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/2019/9/5/20851916/sean-casten-trump-impeachment-inquiry-town-hall-wants-shared-set-facts


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