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Mar

2017

'Repeal and Replace' meets Defeat

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Republican leaders abruptly pulled their overhaul of the nation’s health-care system from the House floor on Friday, a dramatic defeat for President Trump and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan that leaves a major campaign promise unfulfilled and casts doubt on the Republican Party’s ability to govern.

The decision leaves President Barack Obama’s chief domestic achievement in place and raises questions about the GOP’s ability to advance other high-stakes priorities, including tax reform and infrastructure spending. Ryan (R-Wis.) remains without a signature accomplishment as speaker, and the defeat undermines Trump’s image as a skilled dealmaker willing to strike compromises to push his agenda forward.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Trump deflected any responsibility for the setback and instead blamed Democrats. “We couldn’t get one Democratic vote,” he said.

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Mar

2017

Trump, GOP struggle to find healthcare votes

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House Republican leaders on Tuesday struggled to pick up votes for their ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill, even after President Trump visited Capitol Hill to sell the plan.

With only a day before a scheduled vote on the House floor, the White House and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) are facing an uphill climb to get the majority — 216 votes — needed to clear the lower chamber.

In a closed-door meeting with House Republicans, Trump warned that failure to pass the legislation might trigger a backlash for the GOP in the 2018 midterm elections. Republicans, the president said, could lose their seats next year, give Democrats the majority and derail Trump’s ambitious 2017 agenda if they fail to fulfill their campaign promise of repealing ­ObamaCare, said sources in the room.

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Mar

2017

Local elections getting hot in some spots in Will County

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It might not be Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton, but hundreds of candidates in Will County are running for mayor, city councils, park boards, school boards and more.

You name it, there’s probably a local office for it on the April 4 ballot.

The spirit of democracy is lively in many places, including Bolingbrook, where there is a fierce fight for mayor, and Joliet, where there is a crowded contest for City Council
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11

Mar

2017

Will County to review full-time salaries

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Will County board member Ray Tuminello said he wants to review the salaries and duties of the county's full time elected officials to make sure their compensation is "fair."

Currently, the circuit court clerk, coroner, recorder of deeds, auditor and state's attorney all earn $93,000. But Tuminello, R-New Lenox, noted that they all don't have the same size staff, or equal responsibilities.

Tuminello said the review will not include county board members.

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10

Mar

2017

IDOT seeks private developers for South Suburban Airport

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Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn said it is time to get long-awaited answers on the future of the South Suburban Airport.

Next week, IDOT will send out requests for information (RFI) to see if anyone in the private sector is interested in building and operating the airport, he said Thursday.

"It's time to put this to rest," Blankenhorn said. "We have been treating the people out there very badly for years. They deserve an answer."

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