House Republican leaders on Tuesday struggled to pick up votes for their ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill, even after President Trump visited Capitol Hill to sell the plan.
With only a day before a scheduled vote on the House floor, the White House and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) are facing an uphill climb to get the majority — 216 votes — needed to clear the lower chamber.
In a closed-door meeting with House Republicans, Trump warned that failure to pass the legislation might trigger a backlash for the GOP in the 2018 midterm elections. Republicans, the president said, could lose their seats next year, give Democrats the majority and derail Trump’s ambitious 2017 agenda if they fail to fulfill their campaign promise of repealing ObamaCare, said sources in the room.
Categories: Local Issues, State Issues, National Issues
It might not be Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton, but hundreds of candidates in Will County are running for mayor, city councils, park boards, school boards and more.
You name it, there’s probably a local office for it on the April 4 ballot.
Categories: Local Issues
Will County board member Ray Tuminello said he wants to review the salaries and duties of the county's full time elected officials to make sure their compensation is "fair."
Currently, the circuit court clerk, coroner, recorder of deeds, auditor and state's attorney all earn $93,000. But Tuminello, R-New Lenox, noted that they all don't have the same size staff, or equal responsibilities.
Tuminello said the review will not include county board members.
Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn said it is time to get long-awaited answers on the future of the South Suburban Airport.
Next week, IDOT will send out requests for information (RFI) to see if anyone in the private sector is interested in building and operating the airport, he said Thursday.
"It's time to put this to rest," Blankenhorn said. "We have been treating the people out there very badly for years. They deserve an answer."
Categories: Local Issues, State Issues, 2nd Congressional Dist.
Will County's new long range transportation plan — Will Connects 2040 — got one step closer to being an official government document Tuesday, as the public works committee recommended approval.
Final approval of the plan, which took nearly two years to develop, is expected at the March 16 county board meeting.
Given the uncertainty of the proposed but shelved Illiana toll road project, the plan identifies transportation priorities and potential funding over the next 25 years, with and without the toll road.