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13

Jan

2018

AG hopefuls spar over corruption, contributions — and Lisa and Mike Madigan

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Democratic candidates for attorney general on Thursday agreed on the need to fight public corruption and battle conflicts of interest in Illinois — but some said that needs to start with contributions raised by the perceived front runner that “fly in the face of the campaign finance laws.”

Also coming under fire in the joint appearance at the Chicago Sun-Times was the outgoing occupant of the office, Lisa Madigan. Some of the Democrats vying to succeed her said she was limited in how far she pursued investigations because of her father, Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan.

The eight Democrats, who have just weeks to get their messages across before the March 20 primary, appeared before the Sun-Times Editorial Board. Lisa Madigan in September surprised many in announcing she wouldn’t seek re-election.

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13

Jan

2018

Joliet appears to be a 'hot spot' for opioid-related deaths in Will County, official says

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Joliet appears to be a "hot spot" for opioid-related deaths in Will County as officials continue battling the problem, the county's director of substance abuse initiatives said. 

Kathleen Burke recently reported to the county board's Public Health Committee that as of Dec. 19, 88 such overdose deaths have occurred in Will County, compared to 94 deaths in all of 2016.

Of those 88 fatalities, 34 were in Joliet, eight in Romeoville, five in Lockport, four each in Mokena and New Lenox and three in Bolingbrook, according to Burke's data. Many other areas had one or two deaths, she said.

 

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12

Jan

2018

I-80 Safety Must Be Addressed Now: Town Hall Crowd

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The threat of freezing rain did not stop more than 150 people from traveling to the University of St. Francis campus on Thursday night for a first-ever town hall discussion to address the dangerous I-80 corridor from New Lenox, through Joliet, to Shorewood and Minooka. Sadly, just last week came another fatality when Angela Dominguez of Bradley was killed near the Minooka interchange in a crash involving a 2017 Freightliner box truck. She was only 27.

Several politicians attended the Moser Performing Arts Center forum including Joliet Mayor Bob O'Dekirk, Will County Executive Larry Walsh, Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, Senator Pat McGuire and Representative Natalie Manley among many others. "Attending the I-80 information meeting at St. Francis, hosted by WJOL and RUSH. This stretch from New Lenox thru Minooka needs to be dealt with," New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann posted on Facebook. "The number of fatalities and serious crashes, along with crumbling bridges and infrastructure, are among the worst in the State and haven't been addressed for decades."

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5

Dec

2017

Will County raises state's bicentennial flag

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Will County officials helped launched the state's 200th birthday celebration Monday by raising the official bicentennial flag during a brief ceremony in front of the county's administration building. 

"When anyone hits 200 we should celebrate," said County Executive Larry Walsh, D-Elwood, who opened the program, as the Will County Sheriff's Department honor guard presented colors and the members of the Joliet Central High School sang the national anthem.

"As we embark on a year-long celebration, we are proud to display this flag to mark this important anniversary," he said, adding that he is "proud of the rich history of our state."

 

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Sep

2016

NYT: HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT

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In any normal election year, we’d compare the two presidential candidates side by side on the issues. But this is not a normal election year. A comparison like that would be an empty exercise in a race where one candidate — our choice, Hillary Clinton — has a record of service and a raft of pragmatic ideas, and the other, Donald Trump, discloses nothing concrete about himself or his plans while promising the moon and offering the stars on layaway. (We will explain in a subsequent editorial why we believe Mr. Trump to be the worst nominee put forward by a major party in modern American history.)

But this endorsement would also be an empty exercise if it merely affirmed the choice of Clinton supporters. We’re aiming instead to persuade those of you who are hesitating to vote for Mrs. Clinton — because you are reluctant to vote for a Democrat, or for another Clinton, or for a candidate who might appear, on the surface, not to offer change from an establishment that seems indifferent and a political system that seems broken.

Running down the other guy won’t suffice to make that argument. The best case for Hillary Clinton cannot be, and is not, that she isn’t Donald Trump.

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