Lauren Underwood rally draws more than 300 supporters, including Pritzker and head of DNC

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Democrat Lauren Underwood called out U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, who she is challenging for his 14th Congressional district seat in November, for his lack of meetings with the public and his support of President Donald Trump’s American Health Care Act.

Underwood, a registered nurse from Naperville, was flanked by Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker, chairman of the Democratic National Committee Tom Perez and Mark Guethle, chairman of Kane County Democrats, as she rallied support from more than 300 people who gathered Wednesday afternoon under a gazebo in St. Charles.

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Naperville students host summit to address gun violence: 'Young people have always led the way'

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High school students from Naperville and beyond got a hands-on lesson in civic organizing at North Central College on Saturday, while running the Gun Violence Solutions Summit they created and promoted on their own. 

“Participants — that was easier to get than students. It’s harder to find students willing to come Saturday at 9 in the morning,” said Andy Wang, a senior at Neuqua Valley High School.


Wang said he organized the Students Speak Up event to continue the dialogue spurred by the national school walkout on March 14, one month after a shooter killed 17 people in Parkland, Fla.

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How the Loss of Union Power Has Hurt American Manufacturing

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Want to make America great again and keep factories in the United States? Try strengthening labor unions.

That may seem counterintuitive, and certainly contrary to the direction the country has been moving in lately. But the reality is that when organized labor dug in its heels — as it did regularly in the United States until late in the 20th century — manufacturing companies thought twice about shutting a factory and transferring production to another country.

As union membership declined, however, so did the political leverage of once nationally-known leaders like John L. Lewis, head of the United Mine Workers, and George Meany, the A.F.L.-C.I.O.’s first president. Not since the Nixon and Ford administrations in the 1970s has a union leader served in a president’s cabinet as secretary of labor, or in a similar post.

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The Trump Promise Tracker

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The Fact Checker is pleased to announce the launch of its very first presidential promise tracker: the Trump Promise Tracker.

Since the Fact Checker was relaunched in 2011, we had missed the start of President Obama’s term, and so it was too late to track his 2008 promises. But, with a new president, we can start afresh.

During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump made more than 280 promises, though many were contradictory or just uttered in a single campaign event. So that posed a conundrum: What would be a good list of promises to track that Trump was really serious about? We did not think it would be fair to rate a promise that might have been tossed out without much serious discussion by the candidate and his staff.

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A War on Workers in Illinois

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As one of his first official acts, the new Republican governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, issued an executive order this week that would weaken state unions by barring them from assessing fees on some of the workers they represent in collective bargaining. Worse, the damage from the order could reach far beyond Illinois.

At issue are so called “fair share” fees. In a unionized workplace, a union must extend collectively bargained pay raises and other benefits to nonmembers. The nonmembers — about 15 percent of unionized state employees in Illinois — do not have to pay union dues or contribute to the union’s political activities. Instead, under the law in Illinois and in many other states, they must pay the union a fair-share fee, which is less than full dues, to cover the cost of collective bargaining undertaken on their behalf.

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