13

Dec

2016

The Trump Promise Tracker

Author: Editor

The Fact Checker is pleased to announce the launch of its very first presidential promise tracker: the Trump Promise Tracker.

Since the Fact Checker was relaunched in 2011, we had missed the start of President Obama’s term, and so it was too late to track his 2008 promises. But, with a new president, we can start afresh.

During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump made more than 280 promises, though many were contradictory or just uttered in a single campaign event. So that posed a conundrum: What would be a good list of promises to track that Trump was really serious about? We did not think it would be fair to rate a promise that might have been tossed out without much serious discussion by the candidate and his staff.

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13

Dec

2016

Without Obamacare, 52 million Americans could be denied insurance

Author: Editor

One in four non-elderly adults has a medical condition, ranging from diabetes to pregnancy to severe obesity to arthritis, that would make them uninsurable under the health coverage rules that prevailed before the Affordable Care Act, according to a new study.

Before President Obama's signature health-care law took effect, insurers could deny coverage to people buying individual health plans or charge them higher rates based on their health history, occupation or the medications they took. Through one of the law's most popular provisions, insurers can't deny people coverage — and the factors they use to determine people's premiums are extremely limited.

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11

Dec

2016

Voter turnout in Will County highest since 2008

Author: Editor

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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5

Dec

2016

Transition official: Trump will not rip up NAFTA

Author: Editor

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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25

Nov

2016

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

Author: Editor

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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