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Pete Couvall, longtime Lake County Democratic Party vice chairman, dead at 73 December 11, 2018
The NewsSun
Pete Couvall, an old-school Waukegan Democratic party official who worked for decades, both before and after the party made serious inroads in Lake County, died Sunday at age 73. At the time of his death, Couvall was serving his long-held post as first vice-chair of Democratic Party in Lake County, the second highest local Democratic party position behind chairman and state Sen. Terry Link of Vernon Hills.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-couvall-news-obit-st-1212-story.html


Democrats formally take control of Lake County Board in wake of 'blue wave' election December 3, 2018
The NewsSun
November’s election saw the Lake County Board turn Democratic for the first time in its history, and members elected Sandy Hart as the first ever Democratic chairwoman Monday morning.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-change-guard-lake-county-st-1204-story.html


No more GOP majority on Lake County Board: Sandy Hart named its first Democratic leader December 3, 2018
Daily Herald
In the most significant symbol of the blue wave that swept over Lake County on Election Day, Sandy Hart has been named the county board's first Democratic leader. Hart, of Lake Bluff, was elected chairwoman Monday during a special re-organizational meeting of the panel in Waukegan. Voters sent enough Democrats to the board on Election Day to give the party a 12-9 majority, ending decades of Republican Party dominance. They also elected a Democratic sheriff, clerk and treasurer -- all of whom participated in swearing-in ceremonies Monday.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20181203/no-more-gop-majority-on-lake-county-board-sandy-hart-named-its-first-democratic-leader


John Idleburg sworn in as Lake County sheriff December 1, 2018
The NewsSun
John Idleburg said in the statement that “I am honored to serve as your Lake County Sheriff and am grateful to the citizens of Lake County for putting your trust in me to lead Lake County’s largest law-enforcement agency.” “We have an exciting future ahead of us,” he added, “and I look forward to working alongside the great men and women of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.”
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-idleburg-sworn-in-lake-county-sheriff-st-1203-story.html


Lake County's small township road districts could be eliminated as part of bill on governor's desk November 30, 2018
The NewsSun
The bill, sponsored by State Sen. Terry Link, D-Vernon Hills, calls for the abolishment of township highway districts that maintain less than 15 miles of road. Six Lake County township highway departments would be affected if the bill becomes law.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-township-road-districts-st-1201-story.html


The scientist-turned-congressman aiming for a climate-change breakthrough November 27, 2018
Washington Examiner
Congress is divided over climate policy. Sean Casten thinks he can build a bridge between them.
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https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/economy/the-scientist-turned-congressman-aiming-for-a-climate-change-breakthrough


'Blue tsunami' should be wake-up call for county GOP November 26, 2018
The NewsSun
“Democrats did very well in 2016 and in the municipal elections in 2017, so this year's success continues that trend,” Lauren Beth Gash said. “These victories show that Democrats in the 10th District are energized, organized and winning over voters while local Republicans prove themselves to be out of the mainstream and out of touch. There's a clear contrast and voters are clearly siding with Democrats.”
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/opinion/ct-lns-selle-lake-county-blue-tsunami-st-1127-story.html


Lake County’s BLUE WAVE November 21, 2018
Politico.com
"These victories show that Democrats in the 10th District are energized, organized, and winning over voters while local Republicans prove themselves to be out of the mainstream and out of touch,” Tenth Dems' founding Chair Lauren Beth Gash said in a release.
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https://www.politico.com/newsletters/illinois-playbook/2018/11/21/a-blue-wave-in-lake-county-serafin-bash-bezos-gives-25m-to-chicago-nonprofit-350418


Democrats pledge smooth transition, 'no wholesale firings' after Lake County 'blue wave' November 21, 2018
The NewsSun
“The sweep is complete, it was as blue as blue could be,” said State Sen. Terry Link of Vernon Hills, the county's Democratic Party chairman. The Democrats now hold 12 seats, and the Republicans hold 9on the county board, and the sheriff, treasurer and clerk are all in the Democratic camp now. “It was an extremely fulfilling night. It’s an exciting day,” Link said.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-election-results-impact-st-1122-story.html


Will Sandy Hart be the Lake County Board's first Democratic chairwoman? November 21, 2018
Daily Herald
"Sandy Hart has shown phenomenal resilience fighting for ethics and transparency on the county board and would be an outstanding chairwoman," said commissioner-elect Adam Didech, a Buffalo Grove Democrat. "I think her progressive, good-government values exactly reflect the changes voters asked for this year."
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20181121/will-sandy-hart-be-the-lake-county-boards-first-democratic-chairwoman


After final count, Democrats gain control of Lake County Board November 20, 2018
Daily Herald
With the last votes from the Nov. 6 election finally counted, Democrats have a majority on the Lake County Board for the first time in the county's 179-year history. And Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran -- who won office as a Democrat in 2006 and infamously jumped to the GOP two years later -- looks to be out of a job.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20181120/after-final-count-democrats-gain-control-of-lake-county-board


New vote totals show Democrat pulling ahead in north suburban state rep race previously separated by 1 vote November 20, 2018
Pioneer Press
Mary Edly-Allen claimed victory in a Tuesday evening statement that emphasized her role as a teacher and the message she hopes her win sends to her students. “It is for this reason that my message from the beginning has been about standing up for what’s right: reforming our broken property tax system, defending heath care protections for people with pre-existing conditions, demanding safe classrooms for our children, and standing up for women’s health,” the statement read.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/mundelein/news/ct-mun-51st-district-state-rep-vote-tl-1129-story.html


Democrat Idleburg unseats incumbent Sheriff Curran, and Republicans lose another seat on County Board November 20, 2018
The NewsSun
“I want to say to the voters of Lake County, thank you for your trust and faith in me. I’m honored to be your Lake County sheriff,” John Idleburg said Tuesday night after the last batch was added. “To the men and women in blue, we begin a new chapter centered on law enforcement, and I am looking forward to working with you over the coming years,” he added.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-election-final-st-1121-story.html


Lauren Underwood makes history, will be sworn in as youngest black woman elected to Congress November 14, 2018
Chicago Tribune
“I’m ready to get to work,” Lauren Underwood told campaign volunteers. “My team is thinking of ways that we can be back on the road in every community to figure out how to pull together this agenda so that when he get sworn in on Jan. 3, we are ready to be that voice. … This is not some kind of one-sided mission. This is all of us, together.”
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-met-lauren-underwood-makes-history-20181113-story.html


Schneider sees Democratic-controlled House keeping White House in check November 12, 2018
Pioneer Press
Asked about his single highest priority, Brad Schneider said his number one issue is always the economy and creating opportunities for all Americans, and particularly working families, to earn a middle-class lifestyle and achieve the American dream. He believes legislators of both parties would back continued support for innovation and investment in infrastructure. “Those would not only help us not only invent and make things in the U.S., but to ship them around the world,” Schneider said.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/highland-park/news/ct-hpn-schneider-10th-district-outlook-tl-1115-story.html


Lauren Underwood says upset election win was about representation, not just Trump November 11, 2018
Chicago Tribune
As one of the faces of Democrats’ successful bid to flip the U.S. House in their favor in last week’s midterm elections, Lauren Underwood talked Trump, her party’s leadership and her upset victory in Illinois’ 14th Congressional District on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday morning.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-lauren-underwood-meet-the-press-20181111-story.html


Suburban House Democrats adjusting quickly to majority status November 10, 2018
Daily Herald
U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider of Deerfield said other priorities include taking action to reduce gun violence and helping undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20181110/suburban-house-democrats-adjusting-quickly-to-majority-status


Lauren Underwood on stunning upset against 4-term GOP congressman: 'Together we have built a movement' November 7, 2018
Chicago Tribune
Lauren Underwood, a Democrat from Naperville who has never held elected office, pulled off a stunning victory Tuesday, unseating four-term Republican incumbent Randy Hultgren to win a seat in Congress from Illinois’ 14th Congressional District.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/elections/ct-met-illinois-14th-district-randy-hultgren-lauren-underwood-20181106-story.html


Blue wave washes over Lake County ballot, flipping County Board to Democrats November 7, 2018
The NewsSun
“It was a blue wave in a lot of ways, but people are more independent these days,” said state Sen. Terry Link of Vernon Hills, the county's Democratic Party chairman. He said that for years, Republicans felt all they had to do was win the primary and they were in office. “Those days are long gone, and I think it escalated this year. We got our message out and got it out strong,”
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-blue-wave-hits-county-st-1108-story.html


Democrat from Buffalo Grove wins open Illinois House seat held by longtime Rep. Carol Sente November 7, 2018
Pioneer Press
A Democrat from Buffalo Grove, and current township supervisor, coasted to victory during the recent election, securing the Illinois House’s 59th District seat occupied by longtime Democratic Rep. Carol Sente. Daniel Didech said he now will turn his attention to transitioning to being a state representative, which includes plans to resign as supervisor of Vernon Township by early next year.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/buffalo-grove/news/ct-bgc-district-59-election-recap-tl-1115-story.html


Trump effect? Suburbs turn deep blue with Democratic inroads across the board November 7, 2018
Daily Herald
Perhaps nowhere in the country was Tuesday's Democratic blue wave more devastating to Republicans than in suburban Chicago. In the suburbs, the midterm election flipped at least seven state House and Senate seats to the Democrats and turned 19 county board seats Democratic across six counties.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20181107/trump-effect-suburbs-turn-deep-blue-with-democratic-inroads-across-the-board


How activism, health care concerns pushed Casten to Congress November 7, 2018
Daily Herald
Democratic Rep.-elect Sean Casten says he'll look for ways to keep the grass-roots momentum that propelled him to win the 6th District congressional seat going and address issues such as climate change and health care.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20181107/how-activism-health-care-concerns-pushed-casten-to-congress


Underwood pledges a pro-woman agenda and a fight in Congress November 7, 2018
Daily Herald
"I aspire to be a bold representative," Lauren Underwood declared. "You stood up, and you declared this community deserves better. We stood up to say health care is a human right. We deserve a tax code that benefits all our families. Our communities should not have to live in fear of gun violence."
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20181107/underwood-pledges-a-pro-woman-agenda-and-a-fight-in-congress


Democrats make inroads, and maybe history, in Lake County November 7, 2018
Daily Herald
Democratic victories for county board seats also have brought the party to the precipice of a historic situation, as no one can remember when -- or if -- the Lake County Board was ever controlled by Democrats.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20181107/democrats-make-inroads-and-maybe-history-in-lake-county


Suburbs' congressional representatives all Democrats November 7, 2018
Daily Herald
"For me, the massive reward is that you get to talk to anybody about anything," Sean Casten said. "The true blessing of this job is that you're expected to be an expert in things that no possible human being could be an expert in. And so going out and meeting with people in all the diversity that they exist is the perk of the job; it's not a penalty."
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20181107/suburbs-congressional-representatives-all-democrats


Simpson defeats Brown in Lake County Board District 18 November 7, 2018
Daily Herald
The Lake County Board's 18th District has switched to Democrat as a battle between two Vernon Hills residents ended with Julie Simpson defeating Karimar "Kari" Brown.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20181106/simpson-defeats-brown-in-lake-county-board-district-18


Early votes propel Mason to 61st House seat November 7, 2018
Daily Herald
With a big boost from early voters, Democratic challenger Joyce Mason defeated Republican state Rep. Sheri Jesiel on Tuesday for the 61st District House seat representing northern Lake County.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20181106/early-votes-propel-mason-to-61st-house-seat


Lauren Underwood, Sean Casten bask in Democrats’ suburban victories November 7, 2018
Chicago Tribune
A day after political newcomers Lauren Underwood and Sean Casten flipped two congressional districts in the Chicago suburbs and helped Democrats take over the U.S. House, the duo contended their victories in areas long held by Republicans weren’t a one-year anomaly.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/elections/ct-met-lauren-underwood-sean-casten-illinois-midterm-20181107-story.html


Seeing red over Trump and Rauner, Democrats paint suburbs blue November 7, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times
In Lake County, Democrats were celebrating their first majority on the county board in its 182-year history after picking up at least five seats Tuesday night, with two more still a possibility. “I’ve been the chairman of the party for 27 years, and this was the best year we ever had,” said Sen. Terry Link of Vernon Hills, the Lake County Democratic chair. Lake County Democrats also chalked up wins in the county clerk and treasurer races. Link, who has been around long enough to see the pendulum swing both ways, wasn’t quite ready to mark Lake County in permanent blue marker on the political maps. But, he added, “I can predict one thing: it will never be a red county again.”
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https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/seeing-red-trump-rauner-democrats-suburbs-blue-chicago-cook-dupage-will-lake-kane/


How the suburbs went from reliably Republican to Democrat November 6, 2018
Daily Herald
The once-reliably Republican collar county voters helped Democrats sweep statewide offices and flip two U.S. House seats Tuesday.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20181106/how-the-suburbs-went-from-reliably-republican-to-democrat


Didech defeats Mathias for term on Lake County Board in District 20 November 6, 2018
Daily Herald
After early and mail in votes were counted, Adam Didech upset incumbent Sidney Mathias for Lake County Board District 20, unofficial vote totals show.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20181106/didech-defeats-mathias-for-term-on-lake-county-board-in-district-20


Democrat Sean Casten declares victory over U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam in pivotal 6th Congressional District November 6, 2018
Chicago Tribune
“It wasn’t the party that won. It was our values,” said Sean Casten, a clean-energy businessman from Downers Grove.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/elections/ct-met-illinois-6th-district-peter-roskam-sean-casten-20181106-story.html


Wasik defeats incumbent Werfel for Lake County Board District 6 seat November 6, 2018
Daily Herald
John Wasik, 61, of Grayslake, is the co-founder of Citizens Action Project, a nonpartisan group which works toward property tax relief.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20181106/wasik-defeats-incumbent-werfel-for-lake-county-board-district-6-seat


Vealitzek beats incumbent in Lake County Board District 10 November 6, 2018
Daily Herald
After early and mail-in votes were counted late Tuesday night, Democratic challenger Jessica Vealitzek squeaked out a late victory against incumbent Republican Charles "Chuck" Bartels in the race for the Lake County Board's 10th District seat.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20181106/vealitzek-beats-incumbent-in-lake-county-board-district-10


Terry Link wins 30th District Illinois Senate seat November 6, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times
As Assistant Majority Leader in the Senate, Sen. Terry Link was charged with gathering votes in the chamber for the “grand bargain” budget negotiated in 2017 by Senate President John Cullerton and then-Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno to end two years of impasse. While campaigning for reelection, the Democrat told the Sun-Times he would “continue to prioritize causes to help the middle class through fair taxes, economic development, public education, and human services.”
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https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/30th-district-illinois-senate-election-results-terry-link-soojae-lee/


14th Congressional District candidate Underwood galvanizes supporters before Election Day November 5, 2018
NorthWest Herald
Lauren Underwood, a registered nurse and political newcomer, told supporters Monday at her Woodstock office, 129 E. Van Buren St., that she’s ready for the job. “We cannot be swayed. We cannot doubt because this is what we built – not in a day, not in a week, not in a month, but over a year and a half,” Underwood told supporters who went out to canvass the neighborhoods.
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https://www.nwherald.com/2018/11/05/14th-congressional-district-candidate-underwood-galvanizes-supporters-before-election-day/a6faaw5/


Suburban 6th, 14th district races have national implications November 3, 2018
Daily Herald
Voters on Tuesday will decide who will represent the suburbs for the next two years in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20181103/suburban-6th-14th-district-races-have-national-implications


Lawmakers seek investigation of toxic emissions at two Lake County plants November 2, 2018
Daily Herald
State Sen. Terry Link, a Democrat from Waukegan, said he hopes the IEPA "steps up immediately on this and doesn't hesitate like they did" with Sterigenics. He chastised the Republican governor for not acting more quickly. "This administration is not taking the lead on this like they should," he said.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20181102/lawmakers-seek-investigation-of-toxic-emissions-at-two-lake-county-plants


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