Voter turnout in Will County highest since 2008

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After a not-so-smooth March primary election for voters at various polling locations in Will County, Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots and her staff made several adjustments ahead of the Nov. 8 general election.

By all accounts, it worked well. The clerk’s office announced last week a voter turnout of 74.51 percent with 306,410 ballots cast.

It’s the highest percentage turnout since the 2008 general election, when 76.14 percent of registered voters cast ballots. The total number of ballots cast in November was the highest ever in Will County. The previous high was 284,661, according to data on the county clerk’s website.

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Transition official: Trump will not rip up NAFTA

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Members of the Trump transition team are trying to tamp down concerns among corporate leaders that the incoming administration may spark trade wars with Mexico, Canada and other major trading partners over the next four years.

Anthony Scaramucci, a senior advisor on the Trump transition team, told a group of business leaders convened at a bipartisan meeting by the group No Labels that President-elect Donald Trump is a free-trader who is looking to make trade deals more fair, not scrap them.

“I don’t think we’re looking to rip up NAFTA as much as we are looking to right-size it and make it fairer,” Scaramucci said Monday. “He’s got a great relationship, by the way, with the Mexican president. They talk regularly,” referring to Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

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Trump protest sparks group to challenge Claar, allies in Bolingbrook election

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A September rally in protest of Donald Trump's appearance in Bolingbrook has led to a slate of candidates making plans to challenge the village's long-time mayor, Roger Claar, and his allies in the spring municipal elections.

Recently re-elected Will County Board member Jackie Traynere, 54, will head the Bolingbrook United ticket and run against Claar, who is seeking a ninth term as mayor. The slate also includes candidates for village clerk and trustees.

"We're really excited about putting this slate together," said Traynere, who works as a labor organizer for the American Federation of Government Employees. "This has all bubbled up from the Trump rally."

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The GOP surrenders to the dark side

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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.

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Petitions for 2016 primary can be picked up starting in September in Will County

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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.

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