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Lake County Democrats among those calling for Mueller's full report to be released March 25, 2019
The NewsSun
“We deserve more information and transparency than we have received,” U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, said in a statement Sunday. “The entirety of Special Counsel Mueller’s report should be released immediately.”
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-mueller-lake-county-reaction-st-0326-story.html


Waukegan aldermanic candidates share views at Sunday forum March 24, 2019
The NewsSun
Candidates running in the Waukegan aldermanic race for the April 2 election took the opportunity to share with the community their views on issues and offer ideas for improving the city at a forum Sunday at the Waukegan Public Library.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-waukegan-candidates-forum-st-0325-story.html


Can tax deadline be extended? Casten seeks May 20 date March 23, 2019
Daily Herald
As tax deadlines loom, Sean Casten is co-sponsoring legislation with Naperville Democratic U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood to push back the deadline from April 15 to May 20. The 35-day postponement reflects the length of the government shutdown early in 2019.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190323/can-tax-deadline-be-extended-casten-seeks-may-20-date


Bills addressing sexual harassment in private sector advance March 20, 2019
Daily Herald
A package of bills to increase private-sector protections for sexual harassment victims has advanced out of the state Senate Judiciary Committee. The four bills, sponsored by Grayslake Democratic Sen. Melinda Bush, add to lawmakers' work last session to address sexual harassment and ethics issues in the legislature.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190320/bills-addressing-sexual-harassment-in-private-sector-advance


Ethylene oxide emissions, manufacturing jobs and immigration addressed by Sen. Durbin, Rep. Schneider at Zion public forum March 9, 2019
The NewsSun
A diverse number of issues that touched on employment-based green cards, gun-owner rights and nationwide standards for ethylene oxide emissions were raised by a crowd Saturday at a “Congress on Your Corner” event hosted by U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider along with Sen. Richard Durbin at Zion City Hall.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-durbin-schneider-forum-st-0311-story.html


For first time in a decade, suburban voters have more options in local elections March 9, 2019
Daily Herald
In Lake County, voters will decide 38.2 percent of the races, up from 33.4 percent in 2017. Early voting throughout the state begins on March 18, with Election Day slated for April 2.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190309/for-first-time-in-a-decade-suburban-voters-have-more-options-in-local-elections


U.S. Rep. Underwood grills Homeland Security secretary on child separation policy March 8, 2019
NorthWest Herald
U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, recently took part in a Committee on Homeland Security hearing, during which she questioned Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen about the separating of migrant children from their families after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/03/08/u-s-rep-underwood-grills-homeland-security-secretary-on-child-separation-policy/aozikkz/


Pollwatcher credentials, training available in Lake County March 8, 2019
Daily Herald
Pollwatcher credentials are available to qualified political organizations for the April 2 consolidated election in Lake County. Pollwatchers are required to have credentials issued by the county clerk or Illinois State Board of Elections to observe at any early or Election Day voting site. Pollwatcher training is offered at 9:30 a.m. March 14, in the 6th floor Conference Room E at the Lake County Main Courthouse, 18 N. County St., Waukegan.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190308/pollwatcher-credentials-training-available-in-lake-county


Foster, Underwood laud bill aiming to expand background checks for gun sales March 4, 2019
NorthWest Herald
“Gun violence is happening in communities all over the country – we saw it 11 days ago in Aurora, and we saw it 11 years ago at Northern Illinois University,” U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, said in a statement shortly after the bill passed the House. “I refuse to accept the frequency of these tragedies as routine.”
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/03/02/foster-underwood-laud-bill-aiming-to-expand-background-checks-for-gun-sales/abfbui2/


Vote by mail registration period open March 3, 2019
Daily Herald
Registered Lake County voters can now apply to request a ballot by mail for the April 2 election, Lake County Clerk Robin M. O'Connor announced this week. There are several ways to begin voting by mail, including completing the steps online at LakeVoterPower.info. You also can call (847) 377-2406
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190303/vote-by-mail-registration-period-open


Pritzker expected to roll out new tollway leaders this week February 26, 2019
Daily Herald
Gov. J.B. Pritzker is expected to announce a new slate of Illinois tollway board directors this week, making a clean sweep at the turbulent agency.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190226/pritzker-expected-to-roll-out-new-tollway-leaders-this-week


What you need to know for Tuesday's Waukegan primary election February 25, 2019
The NewsSun
Early voting numbers have been lower than normal leading up to Election Day in Waukegan’s aldermanic primary races, a Lake County election official said. Polls are set to open at 6 a.m. Tuesday Feb 26 and close at 7 p.m. in the four wards with competitive primaries. No other Lake County communities have primaries this year.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-waukegan-primary-day-st-0226-story.html


Lake County Board leaves legislative meeting with priorities set February 25, 2019
The NewsSun
The Lake County Board plans to target property tax relief, a transportation consensus plan and continued efforts to educate everyone on ethylene oxide emissions at two businesses in the wake of a breakfast meeting Monday with local state lawmakers. “We’re really going to push for real property tax relief through consolidation and dissolution,” County Board Chairwoman Sandy Hart said.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-legislative-priorities-county-board-st-0226-story.html


Air monitoring urged near plants in Gurnee, Waukegan February 25, 2019
Daily Herald
In a news release Friday, 10th District U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider said he and 14th District U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood had joined Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth in urging the EPA to begin air monitoring near the two facilities.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190225/air-monitoring-urged-near-plants-in-gurnee-waukegan


Gurnee legislator seeks legislation on senior scams February 24, 2019
The NewsSun
Senior citizens would have more time to cancel contracts with “predatory and deceptive” door-to-door salesmen under legislation introduced by state Rep. Joyce Mason, D-Gurnee. Mason has introduced House Bill 2643 which would strengthen Illinois’ consumer protection laws by allowing seniors up to 15 days to cancel agreements with door-to-door contractors.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-law-and-order-st-0225-story.html


Underwood worries about debt as she considers universal healthcare February 23, 2019
Daily Herald
Being careful with the federal government's pocketbook as she searches for the solutions her constituents elected her to find was a repeated theme last week at a town hall hosted by U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190223/underwood-worries-about-debt-as-she-considers-universal-healthcare


State senator seeks air quality testing at Lake County plants that emit carcinogens via letter to EPA, resolution February 22, 2019
The NewsSun
“Public health and safety must be the state and federal government’s overriding concern,” Melinda Bush said in the letter. “These reports prove it is unwise, and unsafe, to trust emitters of carcinogens to accurately self-report their emissions.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-ethylene-oxide-lake-county-st-0223-story.html


Gun violence discussion in Deerfield includes call to change 'what is acceptable and what is not' February 22, 2019
The NewsSun
A forum on gun violence prevention hosted by U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider Thursday drew a large crowd to the Patty Turner Center in Deerfield and had to turn some people away due to lack of space.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-gun-rights-round-table-deerfield-st-0223-story.html


Rep. Brad Schneider says he can't promise a 'when' on immigration reform, but he'll keep pushing February 22, 2019
The NewsSun
Brad Schneider said his approach is a “looking forward” one that aims to find a solution that gives the 11 million to 13 million people living in the U.S. without documentation a permanent legal status.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-immigration-round-table-waukegan-st-0223-story.html


Underwood co-sponsors bill to create paid family leave February 22, 2019
Lakeland Newspapers
U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, co-sponsored the FAMILY Act, which would create a universal, gender-neutral paid family and medical leave plan to cover all workers for any medical event.
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https://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2019/02/15/underwood-co-sponsors-bill-to-create-paid-family-leave/a4dswvg/


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


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