Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The bill, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont), would prohibit all teens 17 and younger from using UV tanning beds.
Legislation to ban minors from indoor tanning beds was sent to Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday after being approved by the Illinois Senate. House Bill 188, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont), would ban Illinois minors age 17 and younger from UV tanning beds. Currently, minors ages 14 to 17 are allowed to tan if they provide a parent's signature. Spray-on tanning is exempt from the legislation, as is phototherapy, which applies to situations where a physician supervises tanning when it is necessary to treat a medical condition. Radogno said in a press release that she sponsored the bill to protect Illinois minors from the serious health risks involved with indoor tanning beds. “Not only do children not realize there …
Monday, May 20, 2013
Burr Ridge Mayor Mickey Straub talked about his first meeting on the board of trustees in his latest "Friday Wrap" YouTube address.
Burr Ridge Mayor Mickey Straub discussed in his latest "Friday Wrap" YouTube address the "peaks and valleys" of his swearing-in on May 13, including the comments of two residents who criticized Straub's campaign this spring. "Here's a message to my detractors: I forgive you," Straub said. "The election is over and let's focus on the future." Straub cited an acquaintance who used the words "tasteless," "sad," and "poisonous" to describe the critical comments from Tom O'Toole and Elaine Milota. READ: Mickey Straub Sworn In, Then Criticized for 'Win-at-All-Costs' Politics All in all, Straub said May 13 was an "emotional night" and he was appreciative of his supporters who turned out at Village Hall. "It came and went pretty quickly, but it …
Friday, May 17, 2013
Passed by a 35-21 vote, the bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Pat Quinn, who has not yet said whether he intends to sign it.
By a vote of 35-21, the Illinois Senate approved legislation on Friday that would allow doctors in the state to prescribe marijuana as pain relief for severe medical conditions. The bill now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn for his signature. According to the Chicago Tribune, the bill covers 33 specific conditions—including multiple sclerosis, cancer and HIV infection—and includes several controls, with a four-year trial program, dosage limits, fingerprinting, background checks and licensed dispensing centers. “This bill is filled with walls to keep this limited,” the paper quoted sponsoring Sen. Bill Haine (D-Alton), who urged lawmakers to pass the legislation as a compassionate measure for those suffering with extreme pain. In opposition, Sen. …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
DuPage County residents affected by the mid-April flooding can apply for assistance via the Internet, phone or by going to the Lisle Police Department in person.
The following is a press release from DuPage County: DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin urges residents affected by the recent flood to apply for federal assistance to help alleviate expenses incurred in the recovery process from the April storms. “More than 9,000 DuPage County homes and businesses received extensive damage to their properties from the April flood. In an effort to help relieve some of the financial burden, the federal government is providing grants and low-interest loans to help cover some of the uninsured costs endured by families. I urge residents to apply for these grants and loans as they continue to work with their insurance companies during this recovery process,” said Cronin. Throughout the past month, DuPage…
Two residents said Straub employed questionable campaign tactics during the run-up to last month's election.
A packed Burr Ridge Village Hall boardroom watched as Mickey Straub was sworn in Monday night, and while many of those in attendance applauded the new mayor, a couple of residents had harsh words during the public comment session that followed. Straub, who won the April 9 election over longtime trustee Bob Sodikoff and fellow challenger John Bittner, smiled as he recited the oath of office and later saluted the neighbors, friends and family members who he said convinced him to run last winter. “Thank you so much,” he said. “I would not have run without your support and we could not have won without your support.” The thank-you came after two residents, Tom O’Toole and Elaine Milota, stepped to the microphone and criticized Straub’s …
The governor will speak at an annual fund-raising event for the Democratic Party of McHenry County.
Wednesday, May 15
Gov. Pat Quinn will speak this Saturday evening at the 8th Annual Thomas Jefferson Dinner in Huntley, which is an annual fund-raising event for the Democratic Party of McHenry County. The event will kick-off at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Sun City Prairie Lodge, 12880 Del Webb Boulevard in Huntley. “It will be a great evening as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Illinois granting women the right to vote for president. We are also honoring the contributions of local women to our democracy,” said Michael Bissett, the party chair for the McHenry County chapter. “Having Governor Quinn join us ampliﬁes the excitement and anticipation for our annual event.” Quinn's appearance marks the ﬁrst time the ggovernor has attended the event. Past …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Homeowners who sustained flood damage may now apply for FEMA assistance.
Monday, May 13
President Barack Obama on Friday issued a Disaster Declaration for DuPage County, along with several other counties in Illinois. Residents affected by the recent flooding may now apply for assistance online at www.disasterassistance.gov, or by calling (800) 621-FEMA (3362). Key federal disaster aid programs can be made available as needed and warranted under the disaster declaration issued for Illinois. Assistance for affected individuals and families can include: Those in the county designated for assistance to affected residents and business owners can begin the disaster application process by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, by web enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Disaster …
Numerous Hinsdale residents with an opinion on the current uses of Immanuel Hall and whether or not they conform with the building's special-use permit took to the microphone Wednesday night.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Governor Pat Quinn has been touring affected counties and said that the results of the assessments will be used to request federal aid.
Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and local governing bodies began assessing flood damage in DuPage County (as well as in Cook and Lake counties) this week, according to a press release from the Illinois Government News Network. The assessments are critical to attempts to secure federal government aid for counties affected by the mid-April floods, including grants and low-interest loans for individuals, and such loans for businesses, affected by the rising waters. Next week, assessors will begin discussions with local governments as well, which are eligible for up to 75 percent aid for flood-related expenses. “These …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
DuPage County will host a Vendor Outreach Fair and Networking Forum May 10. Learn more about the upcoming event.
Local businesses interested in working with DuPage County but not sure how to make connections and secure contracts are invited to an upcoming networking event. DuPage County will host a Local Vendor Outreach Fair and Netorking Forum May 10. The event will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the JTK Administration Building, 421 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton. “The vendor outreach program is a great opportunity for local businesses to directly promote their services to us and learn more about the County’s procurement process,” DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin said in a news release. During the fair, Finance Chairman Paul Fitchner and the county’s procurement staff will be on hand to provide information on the intricacies of doing business …