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May

2017

Tom Skilling, scientists at climate forum warn of severe weather changes ahead

Author: Editor

One of Chicago's most venerated meteorologists joined a Naperville congressman, several scientists and a former EPA regulator at North Central College Saturday to discuss climate change data and urge individuals to take action.

"I didn't come to my current view on climate change easily. I was skeptical," WGN-TV meteorologist Tom Skilling told the sold-out audience of 200. He explained how science can prove that greenhouse gases change the jet streams, which in turn affect weather. These changes are leading to more powerful hurricanes, more damaging tornadoes and more severe flooding, he said.

"It's costing money and lives," said Skilling, who showed slide after slide of graphs, charts, models and pictures that he said were proven evidence of climate change, including time-lapse photos over seven years that documented large sections of glaciers in Alaska melting.

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6

May

2017

House GOP cheers health-care vote, ignores iceberg dead ahead

Author: Editor

Congratulations, House Republicans! You did it. After seven years and more than five dozen failed votes, you finally passed a bill to repeal Obamacare. And by doing so, you handed President Trump something he so desperately wanted: a victory.

The president was so excited that he blew up his schedule so that he could fete the GOP members in the Rose Garden. By all the back-slapping and cheering, you’d think it was the final touchdown in the last second of the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl instead of the end of the first quarter that it really is.

Here’s a little reality checkup.

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Apr

2017

The Emerging Strategy for Capitalizing on Women's Unprecedented Interest in Politics

Author: Editor

Jean Sinzdak could see right away that this year would be different for women in politics. For the first time in her 12 years of running a seminar for women interested in public office, she had to start a waitlist.

Registrations for the “Ready to Run” program, run by Rutgers University’s Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), began pouring in after the presidential election. Whether it was Hillary Clinton’s loss or Donald Trump’s victory despite multiple sexual harassment accusations and a video that shows him brag about grabbing women, the election results have been a mobilizing force.

“We had a lot of women who said, ‘I never considered running myself, but this year I woke up or I realized I had to do it,’” says Sinzdak, the associate director for CAWP.

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Apr

2017

Flynn probably broke law by failing to disclose foreign income, House Oversight leaders say

Author: Editor

The lead Democrat and Republican on the House Oversight Committee meted out a rare bipartisan rebuke of former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn on Tuesday after seeing private information that confirmed the former administration official failed to disclose foreign income from Russia and Turkey.

The public criticism by the senior Republican on the House’s chief investigative panel is unusual and presents a dilemma for the White House, which was accused of failing to provide everything the committee asked for — an assertion White House press secretary Sean Spicer disputed.

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Apr

2017

Cheers, jeers for Rep. Hultgren at forum: 'I think he heard from us tonight'

Author: Editor

A large and lively crowd came out in St. Charles Tuesday night to hear U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren talk about a range of topics that drew a combination of jeers and applause.

About 750 people came out to question the Plano Republican at the Arcada Theater. The line of people waiting for the Arcada doors to open for the event wrapped around the building on Riverside Drive to almost Illinois Avenue.

The nonpartisan League of Women Voters from five regions across Hultgren's 14th congressional district hosted the public question-and-answer session. The district covers parts of Kane, DuPage, Kendall, DeKalb, Lake, McHenry and Will counties.

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