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Jun

2017

Will County prosecutor tapped to fill McAsey's House seat

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Democratic Party leaders chose a Will County assistant state's attorney Saturday to fill the year and a half remaining to state Rep. Emily McAsey's term representing the 85th District. 

John Connor, 47, a Will County prosecutor for 14 years, has been involved in such high-profile cases as the murder trials for Drew Peterson, a former Bolingbrook police officer convicted of killing his second wife, and Christopher Vaughn, an Oswego man who's serving a life term for killing his wife and three children in Channahon.

Connor, a Lockport resident, said he's excited for the opportunity and knows he'll have to hit the ground running when he heads to Springfield Monday for the special session at which legislators could approve a state budget before a June 30 deadline.

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Jun

2017

Will County Democratic Party looking to fill Rep. Emily McAsey's 85th District seat

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Democratic Central Committee Chairman Scott Pyles and DuPage Democratic Party Chairman Robert Peichert, are accepting applications for someone to fill former State Rep. Emily McAsey's seat representing the 85th district until 5 p.m. June 19.

Interested applicants need to send a letter of interest about why they think they would be good for the appointment, and need to submit a resume including their educational and employment background. They also need to submit their voting records.

Applications can be sent to Pyles' law office at 3260 Executive Drive, Joliet, IL 60431. 

 

Interested applicants need to send a letter of interest about why they think they would be good for the appointment, and need to submit a resume including their educational and employment background. They also need to submit their voting records.

 

 

Applications can be sent to Pyles' law office at 3260 Executive Drive, Joliet, IL 60431. 

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Jun

2017

Weather Channel sends Trump a message: ‘Still Don’t Care? Proof You Should’

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When President Trump announced at 3 p.m. Thursday that he would be pulling the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, the Weather Channel editors were ready. They turned the “official homepage of Mother Nature” — usually devoted to tornadoes, blizzards, heat waves and hurricanes — into a not-so-subtle protest.

“So, What Happens to Earth Now?” said one headline that appeared on its home page.

“Still Don’t Care? Proof You Should,” said another, linking to a story about “ghost forests” that are dying off as a result of rising tides and sea levels.

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May

2017

Uninsured ranks still to grow by tens of millions under latest House health-care bill, CBO says

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Health-care legislation adopted by House Republicans earlier this month would leave 23 million more Americans uninsured by 2026 than under current law, the Congressional Budget Office projected Wednesday — only a million fewer than the estimate for the House’s previous bill.

The nonpartisan agency’s finding, which drew immediate fire from Democrats, patient advocates, health industry officials and some business groups, is likely to complicate Republicans’ push to pass a companion bill in the Senate.

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May

2017

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

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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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