Note to readers: This is the first installment of a four-day series examining the cause of Will County’s record number of heroin-related deaths in 2016 and efforts to quell the epidemic.
The heroin death toll is getting worse because of the man-made additive fentanyl.
It’s a drug so powerful that Will County Coroner Patrick O’Neil recently decided to supply his morgue with an opiate antidote to protect workers from accidental overdoses.
Categories: Local Issues
• Hundreds of thousands of women gathered in Washington on Saturday in a kind of counterinauguration after President Trump took office on Friday. A range of speakers and performers cutting across generational lines rallied near the Capitol before marchers made their way toward the White House.
• They were joined by crowds in cities across the country: In Chicago, the size of a rally so quickly outgrew early estimates that the march that was to follow was canceled for safety. In Manhattan, Fifth Avenue became a river of pink hats, while in downtown Los Angeles, even before the gathering crowd stretched itself out to march, it was more than a quarter mile deep on several streets.
Categories: Local Issues, State Issues, National Issues
With the surrender of House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (Wis.) to the Trump crusade, it is fair to wonder what the Republican Party stands for.
Ryan’s endorsement of Trump, which appeared in an op-ed the speaker wrote for his hometown paper — rather than before a gaggle of reporters and newscasters with his arm draped around Trump’s shoulders — was a white flag from the establishment opposition.
In his op-ed, Ryan explained that though he doesn’t support all of Trump’s ideas (brave!), he’s confident that a President Trump would support the House agenda. Moreover, Ryan felt that his endorsement was needed to maintain a Republican majority in the House.
Starting Sept. 1, candidates can pick up nominating petitions and start circulating them for signatures for the March 15 primary election.
Signature requirements for established political parties are listed at www.thewillcountyclerk.com. The first day to file petitions is Nov. 23, and the last opportunity to file is 5 p.m. Nov. 30, according to a news release from Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots.
Tags: 2016 Elections
Mike Huckabee — former Fox News personality, Arkansas governor and Baptist preacher — gathered with a modest crowd here in the back of Breadeaux Pizza on his “Main Street American Family” tour and opened the floor to questions.
The very first one set the tone. Jeff Hontz, 49, a Baptist pastor in town, said he has been anxious because he sees “America going down the wrong roads morally.” God decreed unchanging standards in Scripture, Hontz argued, but society keeps changing — and fast.