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Jul

2014

County Compensation: What do elected board members make?

Author: Editor

As with municipalities throughout the area, the paychecks and perks that go with jobs for elected county board officials vary widely across the region.

Although county board members are expected to log in at least 21 hours of work a week to be eligible for pension benefits, board members in Kane and Will counties make half as much as those in DuPage County.

And in the smaller Kendall County — population 116,000, according to the 2011 U.S. Census report — board members receive a base salary of $2,400 a year, with another $85 for each meeting attended, with chairmen of the Finance Committee and the Planning, Building and Zoning Committee each getting an additional stipend.

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19

Jul

2014

Republican Board member & Protesters rally on I-355 bridge against illegal immigration

Author: Editor

Members of Southland Tea Party groups and others protested on the 127th Street bridge over Interstate 355 on Saturday in response to the thousands of undocumented children crossing the border into the United States,

“We are trying to bring attention to our topic that we don’t want any of these people in our area, and if we found out where they’re at, we’ll go protest where they’re at,” said organizer and Will County Board member Steve Balich, R-Homer Glen, a member of the Will County Tea Party Alliance. “I’m talking about the children, but that’s the other fallacy, they’re not just children, they’re under 18.”

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Jul

2014

Will County OKs training cops to stop heroin overdoses

Author: Editor

Will County added another tool in its fight against the heroin epidemic as it launched a Naloxone distribution and education program to reverse the effects of a heroin overdose.

It is another step in the county’s continuing collaborative effort to fight heroin, which began over two years ago with its HELPS (Heroin Education Leads to Preventative Solutions) program.

Through a grant with the U.S. Department of Justice, the Will County Board approved a one-year $36,000 contract with Dr. Kathleen Burke to train police officers in how to use Naloxone — more commonly known as Narcan ­— a nasal spray that can save the life of someone overdosing on heroin.

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Jul

2014

Pat Quinn: The Most Women and Child Friendly Governor in the US

Author: Editor

With all due respect to the Governors of California and New York, Pat Quinn is the greatest champion of women and children of any sitting Governor. And Illinois voters should take note when voting in 2014.

The ongoing assaults in other states on women in health care, in the workplace and in government are escalating with each passing day. These attacks include: attempts to de-fund and shut down Planned Parenthood; forced ultrasounds before a woman can obtain an abortion; requiring insurance companies to refuse coverage for birth control and abortion; outright refusal to give rape victims information about emergency contraception in hospital emergency rooms following an assault; the lack of equal pay laws coupled with no family medical leave; and legislation to make abortion illegal, unsafe and unavailable to millions of women. These are just some of the horrible circumstances now a reality in other states where anti-woman Governors rule. Think of the nightmares that are Rick Perry's Texas or Scott Walker's Wisconsin and you'll get the picture.

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Jul

2014

Rep. Gutierrez responds to Sen. Kirk's remarks on immigrant children

Author: Editor

After Republican Sen. Mark Kirk said Thursday that 429 unaccompanied minors from the Mexican border crisis were in Chicago and urged they undergo criminal background checks, he drew fire today from an immigrant-rights group and Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Chicago.

Kirk, an Illinois Republican, said in a news release that the children were in the custody of the U.S. Health and Human Services Department. Kirk’s spokeswoman did not respond to questions about where the children were.

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