Congratulations, House Republicans! You did it. After seven years and more than five dozen failed votes, you finally passed a bill to repeal Obamacare. And by doing so, you handed President Trump something he so desperately wanted: a victory.
The president was so excited that he blew up his schedule so that he could fete the GOP members in the Rose Garden. By all the back-slapping and cheering, you’d think it was the final touchdown in the last second of the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl instead of the end of the first quarter that it really is.
Here’s a little reality checkup.
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Plans for the new Will County courthouse have come within the budgeted amount of $195 million, but officials said they may consider adding items that were omitted if it makes financial sense.
The board's capital improvements committee was given a list of $2.2 million in optional items, that the full board will consider at a Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting May 11.
In tweaking the design to stay within budget, Wight and Company architect Jason Dwyer recently told the committee Tuesday that there were "no significant changes" in the layout of the 10-story building that has 28 courtrooms.
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Chicago businessman Chris Kennedy, who is running for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2018, spoke at the Will and Grundy Counties Trades and Labor Council Dinner on Friday night.
Kennedy is the son of Robert Kennedy, the former U.S. attorney general and senator, and the nephew of President John F. Kennedy. He moved to Illinois after he graduated from Boston College to begin his business career, earned his MBA at Northwestern University and has served as chairman of the board of trustees for the University of Illinois.
Like many of his Democratic rivals have been, Kennedy was critical of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, who has not agreed to a full operating budget with Democrats in Springfield for nearly two years.
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Tags: Governor, 2018 elections, Chris Kennedy.
Jean Sinzdak could see right away that this year would be different for women in politics. For the first time in her 12 years of running a seminar for women interested in public office, she had to start a waitlist.
Registrations for the “Ready to Run” program, run by Rutgers University’s Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), began pouring in after the presidential election. Whether it was Hillary Clinton’s loss or Donald Trump’s victory despite multiple sexual harassment accusations and a video that shows him brag about grabbing women, the election results have been a mobilizing force.
“We had a lot of women who said, ‘I never considered running myself, but this year I woke up or I realized I had to do it,’” says Sinzdak, the associate director for CAWP.
A large and lively crowd came out in St. Charles Tuesday night to hear U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren talk about a range of topics that drew a combination of jeers and applause.
About 750 people came out to question the Plano Republican at the Arcada Theater. The line of people waiting for the Arcada doors to open for the event wrapped around the building on Riverside Drive to almost Illinois Avenue.
The nonpartisan League of Women Voters from five regions across Hultgren's 14th congressional district hosted the public question-and-answer session. The district covers parts of Kane, DuPage, Kendall, DeKalb, Lake, McHenry and Will counties.
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