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Jan

2018

Meet the 24-year-old Trump campaign worker appointed to help lead the government’s drug policy office

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In May 2016, Taylor Weyeneth was an undergraduate at St. John’s University in New York, a legal studies student and fraternity member who organized a golf tournament and other events to raise money for veterans and their families.

Less than a year later, at 23, Weyeneth, was a political appointee and rising star at the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the White House office responsible for coordinating the federal government’s multibillion dollar anti-drug initiatives and supporting President Trump’s efforts to curb the opioid epidemic. Weyeneth would soon become deputy chief of staff.

His brief biography offers few clues that he would so quickly assume a leading role in the drug policy office, a job recently occupied by a lawyer and a veteran government official. Weyeneth’s only professional experience after college and before becoming an appointee was working on Trump’s presidential campaign.

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13

Jan

2018

Rep. Kelly rallies south suburbs against GOP tax plan

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U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly invoked the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Saturday to criticize the GOP's tax overhaul legislation.

"Our struggle is for genuine equality, which means economic equality," Kelly told a crowd of 100 gathered at Victory Apostolic Church in Matteson for a town hall meeting.

Kelly, D-Chicago, said the GOP's tax plan is economically unfair and its tax increases will eventually hurt most working families.

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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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