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  • Suburban lawmakers among those seeking to overturn Trump emergency
    Daily Herald:  February 15, 2019
    Brad Schneider said the emergency declaration was unconstitutional and if left unchecked, "it will do great damage to our long-standing system of checks and balances."

  • Didech office open house
    Daily Herald:  February 15, 2019
    State Rep. Dan Didech is inviting all members of the community to an open house at his new 59th District office in the Vernon Township building 3050 N. Main St., Buffalo Grove on Saturday, Feb. 16. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Casten, Underwood to host Town Hall Monday at McHenry County College
    NorthWest Herald:  February 14, 2019
    The area's two U.S. Representatives will be together on one stage Monday night Feb 18 for a Town Hall meeting with constituents at McHenry County College. U.S. District 14 Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, and District 6 Rep. Sean Casten, D-Downers Grove, will be at the event answering questions from the public. Doors at MCC will open at 6:30 p.m. and the event will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The college is located at 8900 Route 14 in Crystal Lake.

  • Lake County dissolves inactive government body: the Seavey Drainage District
    Daily Herald:  February 12, 2019
    "This is exciting that we're closing a unit of government, but I definitely think we have a lot more work to do," said Adam Didech, a Democrat from Buffalo Grove, elected in November as part of a historic shift on the Lake County Board to Democratic control.

  • House Democrats prioritize Underwood, Casten 2020 re-election
    Chicago Sun-Times:  February 8, 2019
    Lauren Underwood and Sean Casten are two of the freshmen who flipped Republican districts last November, contributing to the Democrats winning the House. Underwood has emerged as one of the high-profile freshmen female members, a millennial whose oft-worn green coat, purchased on sale at a J. Crew in downtown Naperville, has become a meme of its own with a Twitter handle, “Lauren Underwood’s Green Coat.”

  • Rep. Underwood to host office hours this weekend in Marengo
    NorthWest Herald:  February 8, 2019
    U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, will make a stop in Marengo Saturday Feb 9 to talk with residents in the 14th Congressional District. Underwood will hold office hours from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Marengo City Hall, 132 E. Prairie St., Marengo, according to a news release.

  • Pelosi names U.S. Rep. Sean Casten to climate crisis committee
    NorthWest Herald:  February 7, 2019
    "Having spent the last 20 years profitably reducing greenhouse gas emissions, I can offer the Select Committee real-world expertise and a lifelong commitment to action on climate change," Sean Casten said in a statement. "I look forward to working with my colleagues under the leadership of [Chairman] Castor to address the existential challenge to our species.”

  • 'We’re not criminals': Waukegan DACA recipient invited by Schneider to attend State of the Union
    The NewsSun:  February 4, 2019
    "Under no circumstances should we be talking about shutting down the government," Brad Schneider said. “Declaring a national emergency to build the wall would be a serious overreach of the president’s emergency powers, and may not even achieve the President’s goal due to likely court challenges,” Schneider said.

  • Meet congressman in Lake Villa Saturday
    Daily Herald:  February 4, 2019
    Congressman Brad Schneider will host a "Congress on Your Corner" event Saturday, Feb. 9, in Lake Villa, to answer questions from constituents and brief attendees on his work in Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public. It begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Lake Villa District Library, 1001 E. Grand Ave. It's Schneider's second Congress on Your Corner town hall of the new year and new Congress.

  • College scholarship applications available
    The NewsSun:  February 3, 2019
    Applications are now available at the Sheriff’s Office in Waukegan or on the Sheriff’s Association website — Students must complete the application, answer an essay question and return all documentation to the Sheriff’s Office by March 15. Applications must be be postmarked by that date. “I’m very proud to participate in awarding two college students with these $500 scholarships, “ John Idleburg said. “The money will certainly help to offset some college expenses.”

  • Underwood, Casten call for IRS to help with local tax burden
    NorthWest Herald:  February 2, 2019
    Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, and Rep. Sean Casten, D-Downers Grove, are urging the IRS to address what they call the disproportionate tax burden on Illinois taxpayers because of the changes in the law, which limit the state and local tax deduction, according to a news release. Underwood and Casten wrote a letter expressing their concerns about IRS efforts being “insufficient.”

  • Underwood invites 7-year-old to State of the Union
    Daily Herald:  February 1, 2019
    A 7-year-old Naperville girl will be in the audience for President Donald Trump's State of the Union address on Tuesday at the invitation of U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, a Naperville Democrat.

  • Primary ballots online
    Daily Herald:  January 30, 2019
    Registered voters in Waukegan wards 2, 3, 7, and 8 can preview their ballot online for the Feb. 26 consolidated primary election. The primary election is not a countywide election and is only for Waukegan residents in those four wards.

  • Election 2019: Waukegan 3rd Ward primary pits longtime incumbent against local activist
    The NewsSun:  January 28, 2019
    Incumbent Greg Moisio, a longtime Waukegan High School teacher and coach who has served as Waukegan's 3rd Ward alderman since 2003, is facing a primary challenge from community activist Margaret Carrasco. No other candidates have filed in the ward, which means the winner of the Feb. 26 primary will run uncontested in the April consolidated election.

  • U.S. Rep. Sean Casten sworn in
    Lakeland Newspapers:  January 28, 2019
    U.S. Rep. Sean Casten (D-Downers Grove) was sworn in during ceremony and reception Jan. 26 in Wheaton. Multiple Illinois democrats were in attendance including U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.

  • Hundreds attend Casten’s district swearing-in ceremony
    Lakeland Newspapers:  January 28, 2019
    Hundreds of people gathered Jan. 26 to see the district swearing-in ceremony for U.S. Rep. Sean Casten, D-Downers Grove, in the auditorium of the DuPage County JTK Administration Building in Wheaton.

  • Casten takes Congressional oath in Wheaton, committing to freedom and equality
    Daily Herald:  January 26, 2019
    "We are entitled to freedom no less than we are entitled to equality," Sean Casten said. "My responsibility and our responsibility is to live up to that promise."

  • Illinois House bill seeks more updates on closed nuclear facilities, including lakefront plant in Zion
    The NewsSun:  January 25, 2019
    In what she describes as an effort to ensure protections for residents and the environment from residual radioactivity, state Rep. Joyce Mason, D-Gurnee, has introduced legislation to require biannual reports on nuclear power plants going through decommissioning. Mason, whose district includes the former nuclear reactor facility in Zion that is currently being decommissioned, is sponsoring a bill that would require the Illinois Commerce Commission to provide a biannual report to the Illinois General Assembly on the issue.

  • Why Lake County's new sheriff is taking a stand on shutdown, immigration
    Daily Herald:  January 25, 2019
    Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg is less than two months into his tenure, but already he's proving not to be shy when it comes to taking a stand on a controversy. Idleburg on Tuesday joined about 50 law enforcement leaders from across the country in signing a letter urging President Donald Trump and members of Congress to settle their differences over immigration and end the partial government shutdown. Idleburg -- himself a former federal agent -- is the only official from Illinois to endorse the letter.

  • Greater Palatine Area Democrats starting monthly meetings
    Daily Herald:  January 25, 2019
    Greater Palatine Area Democrats will launch a monthly public meeting program next week. The kickoff session is set for 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at Palatine Public Library District, 700 N. North Court in Palatine. Organization officials say a presentation is planned on the Palatine area's increased Democratic turnout in the November election, focusing on the party's precinct captain program.

  • Illinois lawmakers demand answers about monitoring for cancer-causing chemical during government shutdown
    Pioneer Press:  January 25, 2019
    “With the EPA shuttered, and many outstanding questions remaining about monitoring for EtO emissions from these facilities in these counties, we’re asking Acting Administrator (Andrew) Wheeler for answers,” said U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, who outlined the concerns in a letter Friday co-signed by five other Illinois Democrats: Sen. Tammy Duckworth and Reps. Sean Casten, Bill Foster, Dan Lipinski and Brad Schneider.

  • Didech opens consituent office in Buffalo Grove
    Daily Herald:  January 23, 2019
    Newly elected 59th District state Rep. Daniel Didech has opened a full-time constituent service office in the Vernon Township administrative building, 3050 N. Main St. in Buffalo Grove. An open house to introduce the facility and available services will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16.

  • Lake County Treasurer Holly Kim Receives Drum Major Award from Waukegan Township
    The NewsSun:  January 22, 2019
    The Lake County Treasurer's Office is pleased to announce Treasurer Holly Kim was presented the "Drum Major Award" at the Waukegan Township's 17th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Dreamers Breakfast.

  • U.S. Rep. Casten decries Trump, McConnell during town hall in Algonquin
    NorthWest Herald:  January 22, 2019
    “What the founders didn’t contemplate was an era when we would have elected officials so willing to break norms. ... No one man should have the power to hold the entire country hostage. That’s where we are right now.” Sean Casten, a biochemist and entrepreneur, said Trump’s plan for a wall is too vague and would be a waste of taxpayers’ money.

  • More than 500 attend annual Waukegan Township Martin Luther King Jr. event
    The NewsSun:  January 21, 2019
    “I am so honored to be selected to receive the Drum Major Award. The support and confidence I’ve received from the Lake County community, as well as the members of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, has been truly inspirational,” John Idleburg said afterwards. “I look forward to the great things we as a sheriff’s office will accomplish over the years for our community,” he said.

  • U.S. Rep. Sean Casten to visit Algonquin to discuss government shutdown
    Daily Herald:  January 20, 2019
    U.S. Rep. Sean Casten, D-Downers Grove, will host a roundtable discussion Tuesday Jan 22 in Algonquin on the partial federal government shutdown. Casten, who represents the state’s 6th Congressional District, will host the public event from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Ganek Municipal Center, 2200 Harnish Drive. “Casten will provide an update to constituents on the current status of the shutdown and efforts by Congress to reopen the government and put federal employees back to work providing services to the public,” according to a news release.

  • Big crowd floods downtown Geneva for women's march; Lauren Underwood among those to applaud change
    Pioneer Press:  January 19, 2019
    "Thank you for braving the cold but more importantly for all that you have done in these last two years, and it started with marching," Lauren Underwood said. "Look at where we are now," she said to applause. "We are stronger and more represented than ever before in Congress.” Sean Casten said it's remarkable to be among a freshmen Congressional class that has so much diversity. "We are in a class that looks like America," he told the crowd.

  • Applicants sought for new associate judge opening in Lake County Circuit Court
    The NewsSun:  January 18, 2019
    Chief Judge Jay Ukena announced Friday that applications will be accepted for an associate judge opening created by the retirement of Judge John J. Scully, effective March 1.

  • Rep. Mason seeks public input on state legislation
    Daily Herald:  January 17, 2019
    State Rep. Joyce Mason of Gurnee is encouraging area residents and local organizations to submit ideas for new legislation to be drafted and introduced during this year's legislative session.

  • Link: Despite 'hypocritical' Rauner veto, township road district consolidation bid is not dead
    The NewsSun:  January 16, 2019
    “Everyone loves to talk about how Illinois has too many units of government,” Terry Link said. “This bill would help fix that. Everyone loves to complain about high property taxes. This bill would help provide property tax relief.”

  • Underwood celebrates making history in Naperville
    NorthWest Herald:  January 15, 2019
    Celebrating a first, U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, took time this weekend to take part in a special swearing-in ceremony at her alma mater – Neuqua Valley High School. Saturday’s event drew supporters from across the Congressional 14th District of Illinois, which includes portions of Will County.

  • Shutdown is the topic of Casten’s town hall meeting
    Lakeland Newspapers:  January 15, 2019
    A standing-room-only crowd greeted U.S. Rep. Sean Casten at his first town hall meeting Jan. 13 at the Wheaton VFW Post 2164. “I didn’t plan on my first time meeting with my constituents to be about the (government) shutdown,” Casten said.

  • Underwood votes to reopen federal government
    Lakeland Newspapers:  January 15, 2019
    “The people of the Illinois 14th [District] deserve a fully functioning federal government,” Lauren Underwood said in the statement.

  • U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood returns to Neuqua Valley: 'She is what Naperville looks like'
    Pioneer Press:  January 12, 2019
    Lauren Underwood spoke about the issues she made central to her campaign including health care and the difficulty individuals with pre-existing conditions can face. She also touched on education, the need for background checks for firearm purchasers and the current government shutdown, which she declared “unacceptable.” “We have elected the most diverse Congress in our history and we must have higher standards,” she said.

  • New suburban lawmakers take their Springfield seats: What they want to do now
    Daily Herald:  January 9, 2019
    Gurnee's Joyce Mason made a similar pledge of bipartisanship, saying she stands "ready to work with members on both sides of the aisle to make the tough decisions necessary to shift our state upward."

  • Schneider appointed to powerful House Ways & Means
    Daily Herald:  January 9, 2019
    U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider has been appointed to serve on the influential House Committee on Ways & Means for the 116th Congress. The committee, the oldest of the Congress, is the chief tax-writing committee in the House of Representatives. It exercises broad jurisdiction over health care, Social Security, Medicare, pensions, trade and other issues.

  • 'Americans are really hurting': Schneider discusses shutdown with constituents
    The NewsSun:  January 8, 2019
    “My goal is to, as much as I can, meet people where they live, where they are, to talk about the issues that are important to them," Brad Schneider said. Medicare, immigration, veterans affairs, Social Security and IRS issues are some of the most common topics people need assistance from Schneider’s office, officials said.

  • Underwood, Foster, Lipinski react to swearing in of new Congress with more women
    Lakeland Newspapers:  January 7, 2019
    Lauren Underwood took to social media to thank her supporters. “Proud of all we’ve accomplished – and thinking of the young women of the future who’ll be stepping forward to serve in the coming years,” Underwood said. “A greater change is on the way.”

  • Lauren Underwood sworn in as youngest ever black woman in Congress
    Pioneer Press:  January 4, 2019
    Registered nurse Lauren Underwood, 32, of Naperville, became the youngest black woman in U.S. history to serve in the House when lawmakers took the oath Thursday afternoon. Clean-energy entrepreneur Sean Casten of Downers Grove, another political newcomer holding elected office for the first time, joined her in representing vast swaths of suburban territory in Chicago’s collar counties long held by Republicans.

  • Underwood: 'Time's Up' in Washington
    NorthWest Herald:  January 4, 2019
    “It is a new day in the House of Representatives,” Lauren Underwood said in a statement. “In the Democratic majority, when the American people have elected the most diverse Congress with more women serving than ever before, we are demonstrating a commitment to conducting the business of our nation with the highest standards of ethics and decency. My contributions to this legislation will prevent abuse, harassment, intimidation, threats and discrimination that would be illegal in other workplaces.”

  • Attention, candidates! We want your email addresses
    Daily Herald:  January 4, 2019
    We are collecting email addresses from local candidates in contested races. Please go to to fill out a brief form so we can send you a questionnaire.

  • Lauren Underwood sworn in as youngest ever black woman in Congress; Illinois' freshmen Democrats vote Pelosi for speaker
    Pioneer Press:  January 3, 2019
    Three new Illinois Democrats were sworn into Congress on Thursday, capping a blue wave that helped the party win the U.S. House and taking their seats amid ongoing partisan wars over President Donald Trump, his policies and a federal government shutdown that has halted services across the country. Registered nurse Lauren Underwood, 32, of Naperville, became the youngest black woman in U.S. history to serve in the House when lawmakers took the oath Thursday afternoon. Clean-energy entrepreneur Sean Casten of Downers Grove, another political newcomer holding elected office for the first time, joined her in representing vast swaths of suburban territory in Chicago’s collar counties long held by Republicans.

  • Underwood, Casten make history in Washington and in the suburbs
    Daily Herald:  January 3, 2019
    Two new suburban members of the U.S. House, Lauren Underwood and Sean Casten, made history on several fronts Thursday when they took the oath of office. It marked the beginning of the suburbs' time being represented in Congress entirely by Democrats. It was the first inauguration to take place with the government partially closed. And Underwood, 32, became the youngest black woman to serve in Congress.

  • Lake County Board forms committee to tackle energy, climate change issues
    Daily Herald:  January 3, 2019
    Among the changes initiated by the newly reconstituted Lake County Board is the creation of its first energy and environment committee to deal with the impact of climate change, the county's carbon footprint and related matters.

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