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Underwood's legislation to ban 'junk insurance' plans passes in U.S. House May 17, 2019
NorthWest Herald
As someone who has lived with a pre-existing condition since she was eight years old, Lauren Underwood remains committed to protecting those with similar circumstances. “In Illinois’ 14th District, I’m one of 300,000 people who have a pre-existing condition, so the fight for health care is personal,” Underwood said. “No person in this country should be denied insurance coverage as a result of a pre-existing condition. Americans deserve quality and affordable health care.”
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/05/17/underwoods-legislation-to-ban-junk-insurance-plans-passes-in-u-s-house/a9ftq4z/


Lake County adds to roster of 'most pristine and sensitive' areas protected as Illinois Nature Preserves May 16, 2019
The NewsSun
“The nature preserves are a way of saving our most pristine and sensitive environmental areas,” forest preserves board President Angelo Kyle said. “We have a significant number of endangered species in our preserves. This will protect our very high quality portions of the forest preserve. We’re very proud to continue to maintain the quality of the nature preserves.”
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-forest-preserve-dedication-nature-st-0515-story.html


Lake County Board adopts rules to improve member decorum, transparency May 15, 2019
Daily Herald
Board members will be required to disclose, on the county website, spending related to county work and post copies of taxpayer-funded mailers on the site. That last point was particularly important to board member Paul Frank, who leads the rules committee. "Board members will have to be transparent about where that money is being spent and what those mailings look like," said Frank, a Highland Park Democrat.
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Lake County Board pledges to fight effects of climate change, backs Paris Agreement May 14, 2019
Daily Herald
Board member John Wasik called the pledge a "road map" for protecting the environment. He talked about the many endangered species living in Lake County that are imperiled by climate change, as well as trails and infrastructure damaged by weather events. "Climate change has gone beyond theory. It's observable fact," the Grayslake Democrat said. "We can think locally and heal globally." Hawthorn Woods Democrat Jessica Vealitzek spoke in favor of the measure, too. Environmental change has become a public health issue and an economic issue that will affect future generations, she said. "Our children need us to act now," Vealitzek said.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190514/lake-county-board-pledges-to-fight-effects-of-climate-change-backs-paris-agreement


U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood honors Crystal Lake boy AJ Freund in House speech May 10, 2019
NorthWest Herald
U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood delivered a speech Friday morning on the floor of the House of Representatives in memory of 5-year-old Andrew “AJ” Freund.
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/05/10/u-s-rep-lauren-underwood-honors-crystal-lake-boy-aj-freund-in-house-speech/aswmq7x/


Democrats to talk politics in Gurnee on May 13 May 10, 2019
Daily Herald
The Illinois Tenth Congressional District Democrats and the Newport Township Democrats are holding "Let's Talk Politics in Gurnee," the latest edition in Tenth Dems University's Let's Talk Politics series. The event is set for 7 p.m. Monday, May 13, at the Warren-Newport Public Library, Meeting Room B, 224 O'Plaine Road, Gurnee.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190510/democrats-to-talk-politics-in-gurnee-on-may-13


Lake County Leaders Support State Capital Bill for Infrastructure Funding May 8, 2019
The NewsSun
Leading the Lake County panel was Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart, who outlined the state of affordable housing programs and the efforts being done at the local level.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/buffalo-grove/community/chi-ugc-article-lake-county-leaders-support-state-capital-bil-2019-05-08-story.html


Casten to lead infrastructure discussion in Barrington May 8, 2019
Daily Herald
U.S. Rep. Sean Casten will join local officials and representatives of the American Society Of Civil Engineers for a panel discussion on the financial impact of infrastructure investment from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11, in Barrington.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190508/casten-to-lead-infrastructure-discussion-in-barrington


Underwood: Trump administration's 'relentless' attacks on Obamacare are 'shameful' May 7, 2019
NorthWest Herald
Lauren Underwood, a health care policy expert who helped implement the ACA during the Obama Administration, argued in a press release that the Trump administration is working to limit access to health care and protections under the law.
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/05/07/underwood-trump-administrations-relentless-attacks-on-obamacare-are-shameful/ar3p6f3/


U.S. Rep. Underwood discusses students' mental health during roundtable May 4, 2019
NorthWest Herald
“We don’t hear this conversation – ever,” Lauren Underwood said. “This conversation has never come up in a town hall – to date – even in private conversations. … I am so grateful you were so candid in flagging these issues. My commitment is to see it through and see where we can be helpful.”
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/05/03/u-s-rep-underwood-discusses-students-mental-health-during-roundtable/atoidrq/


'A path to net zero': New Lake County Board committee focuses on reducing emissions May 3, 2019
The NewsSun
There’s a new Lake County Board committee that aims to bring energy and the environment to the forefront with a goal of having a zero carbon footprint by 2040. The Energy and Environment Committee was the idea of board Member Terry Wilke, who now chairs the panel.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-new-committee-progress-st-0503-story.html


U.S. senators, representatives ask for air testing in Lake County May 3, 2019
Daily Herald
This week's plea to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry was made by both U.S. senators from Illinois -- Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin -- and U.S. representatives Brad Schneider, Bill Foster, Dan Lipinski, Sean Casten and Lauren Underwood. All seven lawmakers are Democrats. The representatives serve the Chicago suburbs.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190503/us-senators-representatives-ask-for-air-testing-in-lake-county


Zion District 6 school board seeking applicants for three board vacancies May 2, 2019
The NewsSun
Applications are available in the superintendent’s office at the district administrative office, 2800 29th Street in Zion. The office is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-zion-6-three-vacancies-st-0502-story.html


Environmental town hall May 2, 2019
Daily Herald
A town hall on environmental issues hosted by Sierra Club Illinois will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Prairie Crossing Charter School gym, 1531 Jones Point Road, Grayslake. State Rep. Sam Yingling, of Grayslake, will speak at the event.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190502/environmental-town-hall


U.S. Rep. Sean Casten talks to St. Charles Chamber members about first 100 days in office May 1, 2019
NorthWest Herald
Sean Casten said he is also working on legislation that would lower drug prices. “There’s a bill that I introduced in the House that Senator Dick Durbin has introduced in the Senate called the FLAT (Forcing Limits on Abusive and Tumultuous Prices Prices Act),” he said. The legislation would reduce the government-granted monopoly period for medications if their prices are significantly increased, enabling lower-cost generic drugs to come to market earlier.
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/04/30/u-s-rep-sean-casten-talks-to-st-charles-chamber-members-about-first-100-days-in-office/au0q9hj/


Position Opening: Ela Township Highway Commissioner May 1, 2019
Daily Herald
Ela Township is accepting applications for the position of Highway Commissioner. To qualify for the position of Highway Commissioner, the applicant must reside in Ela Township.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/submitted/20190501/position-opening-ela-township-highway-commissioner


Township assessor sought April 28, 2019
Daily Herald
Libertyville Township is inviting qualified residents to apply for the position of township assessor to replace Peggy Freese, who is retiring June 4. Candidates must have lived in the township for one year, be a registered voter and have a CIAO certificate.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190428/township-assessor-sought


Rep. Lauren Underwood talks first 100 days at town hall event April 22, 2019
NorthWest Herald
“In the United States, we should not have tens of millions of people that are without health care coverage,” Lauren Underwood said. “None of those things involve taking away health care coverage for people.”
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/04/19/rep-lauren-underwood-talks-first-100-days-at-town-hall-event/a58ljnj/


Lake County leaders host town halls on environment April 22, 2019
Daily Herald
Several Lake County Board members and state representatives will host environmental town halls on Saturday, April 27 and May 4. On April 27, State Representatives Mary Edly-Allen and Daniel Didech will be joined by County Board Member Jessica Vealitzek. The second town hall, on May 4, will feature Representative Sam Yingling and Board Member John Wasik. Lake County Board Chairwoman Sandy Hart will speak at both events. The events are sponsored by Sierra Club and Livable Lake County. Updates will be provided and public input sought on transportation solutions for Lake County, clean energy initiatives, and protection for woods, wetlands, biodiversity and open space. The April 27 event is at 2 p.m. at Hawthorn Woods Village Hall, 2 Lagoon Drive. The May 4 town hall is at noon at Prairie Crossing Charter School, 1531 Jones Point Road, Grayslake.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190422/lake-county-leaders-host-town-halls-on-environment


Waukegan joins other Great Lakes cities to share ideas and solutions for lakefront April 18, 2019
The NewsSun
Brad Schneider said President Donald Trump planned to cut all funding to the program when taking office, but Schneider was surprised that Congress never backed down on funding, and it was not slashed. “I’m excited Waukegan has joined this effort,” Schneider said of the initiative.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-port-district-announcement-waukegan-harbor-st-0419-story.html


Suburban representatives say Mueller report 'deeply disturbing,' raises 'serious concerns' April 18, 2019
The NewsSun
U.S. Rep. Sean Casten, who represents the 6th Congressional District, said the report contains “deeply disturbing” information. “It seems to be a hallmark of the Trump Administration to try to sell the American people an illusion,” the Downers Grove Democrat said in a prepared statement. “They do not want us to believe what we can see and hear for ourselves.”
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-suburban-congress-mueller-react-st-0419-story.html


How some county board members are already collecting public pensions April 17, 2019
Daily Herald
"By its very definition these are retirement benefits, which means you should get them when you've stopped working, not while you're still getting paid for that job," said Democratic state Sen. Terry Link of Indian Creek.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190417/how-some-county-board-members-are-already-collecting-public-pensions


Underwood gets to work on prescription drug cost relief April 16, 2019
Daily Herald
"It's important we negotiate directly and incent the drug manufacturers and those intermediaries that work with the drug companies to negotiate the rebates to get the best deal for the consumer," Lauren Underwood said in an interview.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190416/underwood-gets-to-work-on-prescription-drug-cost-relief


County Dems work to ensure blue wave doesn’t ebb April 15, 2019
The NewsSun
It’s been a little over five months since Lake County Republicans were drowned by the blue wave that swept many of them out of office. From Lake County Board members to state representatives, the GOP had its clock cleaned by a fired up Democrat Party. Democrats control the County Board and are in all but two of the countywide offices. The county’s congressional delegates are all Democrats, and most of the Springfield delegation is blue.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/opinion/ct-lns-selle-lake-county-democrats-st-0416-story.html


What surprised Underwood, Casten and Garcia in their first 100 days in Congress April 11, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times
Lauren Underwood sponsored a measure to protect pre-existing conditions in health insurance coverage. At a hearing, she grilled departing Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen about “horrendous” treatment of children at the border. Sean Casten was named to a Select Committee on the Climate Crisis and is the New Dem Climate Change task force co-chair.
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https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/underwood-casten-garcia-first-100-days-congress/


Food pantry donations sought April 11, 2019
Daily Herald
State Rep. Daniel Didech and the Vernon Township Food Pantry are collecting canned and nonperishable food donations, including kosher food for Passover, during the Passover and Easter holiday season. Didech is collecting donations until Friday, April 26, at his constituent service office at 3050 N. Main St. in Buffalo Grove during regular business hours.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190411/food-pantry-donations-sought


Underwood reacts to Nielsen ousting as Homeland Security secretary April 9, 2019
NorthWest Herald
“When I questioned Secretary Nielsen in the Homeland Security Committee just last month, it was clear she either did not know the extent of the consequences of the department’s policies, including what family separation is doing to children’s mental and physical health, or knew and continued anyway,” Lauren Underwood said in a statement.
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/04/08/underwood-reacts-to-nielsen-ousting-as-homeland-security-secretary/ajcm9v8/


'We know it’s toxic': Gurnee crowd protests emissions as county announces plans for tests at local plants April 8, 2019
The NewsSun
“I live right down the street — you can walk there from here,” Rep. Joyce Mason, D-Gurnee told the rally crowd at Hunt Club and Grand Avenue. “This is about all of our families, our parents, our children, our grandparents. It’s too important to be ignored."
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-eto-gas-update-gurnee-waukegan-st-0409-story.html


Underwood provisions pass in Violence Against Women Act reauthorization April 7, 2019
NorthWest Herald
U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, successfully got two provisions passed in the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization of 2019, which passed the House last week.
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/04/05/underwood-provisions-pass-in-violence-against-women-act-reauthorization/atz6620/


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