Monday, March 13th, 2017
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Former labor secretary Thomas Perez was elected the first Latino chair of the Democratic National Committee on Saturday, narrowly defeating Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) at the end of a contentious battle over the fate of the beleaguered party in the age of President Trump.
Perez’s victory concluded the first contested race for the DNC leadership since 1985, a contest the party had extended by a month to allow more debate. It put in place the Democratic leadership that will navigate thousands of state and local elections — where the party hopes to reverse the losses of the past six years — and a 2020 presidential race that could divide the party again.
Categories: National Issues
White House press secretary Sean Spicer barred reporters from several large media outlets from participating in a scheduled press briefing Friday. Two months ago, in a panel discussion, he insisted that open access for the media is “what makes a democracy a democracy versus a dictatorship.”
While conservative outlets such as Breitbart, One America News and the Washington Times were allowed into Friday’s briefing, Politico, the New York Times and CNN were not, according to the Times’ Michael Grynbaum. The White House Correspondents’ Association, representing the White House press pool, released a statement indicating that it was “protesting strongly” against the way the briefing was handled. The New York Times’ executive editor, Dean Baquet, told his paper’s reporter that “nothing like this has ever happened at the White House in our long history of covering multiple administrations of different parties.” CNN called it “an unacceptable development” that was “how they retaliate when you report facts they don’t like.” On Twitter, The Washington Post’s executive editor, Marty Baron, called the move “appalling.”
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
Will County officials plan to work with state and federal lawmakers this year on a variety of issues that could impact county residents and services.
The board approved on Thursday its legislative agendas for 2017 — a prioritized list of possible laws on which members plan to focus their attention.
Funding issues are typically a top priority and this year, the county will seek money for road improvements at both the state and federal level. Officials currently are working on a community friendly freight study to improve truck traffic. To accomplish this, they are calling on Congress to implement the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, a five-year, $305 billion bill to target freight system improvements nationwide.