Will County grants aim to benefit environment

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The Will County Resource Recovery and Energy Division is offering two grant programs as a way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and encourage environmentally-friendly actions.

Municipalities, park districts, libraries and other taxing bodies are able to apply for a grant for up to $3,500 to install level 2 electronic vehicle charging stations to encourage residents to use electric vehicles according to a news release. There are also grants for $250 for level 1 charging stations available.

Educational and park district entities can also apply for a program for reimbursement of up to $500 on the installation or switch out of water fountains to refill stations. There are 20 grants available. They are meant to encourage residents to use durable, refillable bottles and reduce water waste.

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Campaign continues to raise awareness of 2020 Census in Joliet, Crest Hill

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Local efforts to raise awareness about the 2020 U.S. Census are in full swing as groups work to educate the public on the importance of getting counted.

Community organizations and government officials have focused on informing residents about the census, especially in undercounted areas.

Data from the 2010 U.S. Census showed parts of Crest Hill and Joliet, specifically the near west side by the Des Plaines River and in and around the downtown area, qualified as “hard-to-count.” That means 73%, or fewer, of residents in those areas responded to the census that year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Will County area candidates earn endorsement from abortion rights PAC

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A political action committee focused on advocating for abortion rights in Illinois announced a long list of endorsements in state and local races, including for several Will County area races.

Personal PAC's Board of Directors released its list of endorsed candidates ahead of the Illinois primary election yesterday.

The group said they're working to elect candidates who will keep Illinois a "safe haven for choice in the Midwest." All endorsed candidates were Democrats.

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The Real Vote Fraud

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Many years ago, as a college Republican, I spent one summer in Austin working for a candidate in a special election for the Texas senate. My hometown was a liberal enclave with many college students -- unwashed, longhaired, pot-smoking students, it seemed to me -- who were predominantly Democrats. The more students who came out to vote the less likely our candidate was to win.

But our campaign strategists came up with a plan. They sent mailings to all the registered voters in precincts near the campus. Many cards came back because the addressee had moved, as college students often do. Voters no longer at the address on file with election authorities were not eligible to vote.

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