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Underwood calls high Diabetes drug prices 'unjustified' at Plainfield event July 15, 2019
NorthWest Herald
U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, recently released a report on the prices of diabetes drugs for seniors and uninsured Americans. Underwood discussed the report's findings and highlighted the stories of residents in the 14th Congressional District Monday at a press conference at the Edward Hospital Campus in Plainfield.
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/07/15/underwood-calls-high-diabetes-drug-prices-unjustified-at-plainfield-event/aeel6h1/


Families describe challenges from rising cost of insulin July 15, 2019
Daily Herald
"People in our community are knowingly making themselves sicker because they don't have any other choice," said Lauren Underwood, a Naperville Democrat. "Their medicine is unaffordable. The market's broken, and while we've taken steps in Congress this year to decrease prescription drug costs, we need to do so much more."
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190715/families-describe-challenges-from-rising-cost-of-insulin-


Schneider holding hearing on Foxconn flooding July 15, 2019
Daily Herald
The field hearing, titled "Flooded Out: Vanishing Environmental Reviews and the SBA's Disaster Loan Program," is scheduled to begin at 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 19, 2019 at Wheeling Village Hall, 2 Community Blvd., Wheeling.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190715/schneider-holding-hearing-on-foxconn-flooding


U.S. Rep. Casten joins hundreds in McHenry County for human rights vigils July 13, 2019
NorthWest Herald
Patrick Watson, Democratic state central committeeman for the 6th District who was one of the speakers at the vigil, said it is up to concerned residents to speak up if they see something that doesn’t look right. “It will take all of us to stand up and say, ‘No, we must protect our immigrant communities,’ ” Watson said.
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/07/12/u-s-rep-casten-joins-hundreds-in-mchenry-county-for-human-rights-vigils/akc5xv4/


U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood: GOP challenge to Obamacare a fight worth having July 11, 2019
NorthWest Herald
“We must honor our promise to safeguard access to quality, affordable health care and to protect people with preexisting conditions,” Underwood said.
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/07/10/u-s-rep-lauren-underwood-gop-challenge-to-obamacare-a-fight-worth-having/aqgi51v/


Millburn school board president to run for Lake County Board July 9, 2019
Daily Herald
In her announcement, Carissa Casbon said she will be focused on fiscal responsibility, transparency and ethics reform. During her time on the Millburn board, she said, the district went from being millions in debt to having a positive balance and cutting property taxes. "I'm running to serve on the Lake County Board because I believe these simple but powerful principles of fiscal responsibility, transparency and community that lifted up our school district and earned our community confidence can do the same for our county," she said.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190709/millburn-school-board-president-to-run-for-lake-county-board


Underwood bill to improve medical screenings of migrants at southern border July 3, 2019
NorthWest Herald
"It wasn't the first time we've seen the horror of the humanitarian crisis at our border, and I saw it for myself when I went to the border this spring," Lauren Underwood said in the release. "What is happening is unacceptable."
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/07/03/underwood-bill-to-improve-medical-screenings-of-migrants-at-southern-border/asah5i6/


Underwood secures federal funding for substance abuse prevention, health care July 2, 2019
NorthWest Herald
“It is unconscionable to think that federal funds are being spent to undermine a law that protects people with pre-existing conditions, allows people up to 26 years old to stay on their parents’ health insurance, and helps make quality health care more affordable,” Lauren Underwood said in an official statement.
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/07/01/underwood-secures-federal-funding-for-substance-abuse-prevention-health-care/a22a0py/


Waukegan celebrates casino, investments in Lake County with Gov. Pritzker July 1, 2019
The NewsSun
“One of the reasons we were able to finally reach a bipartisan agreement on the capital bill was because of Terry Link,” Gov JB Pritzker said, adding that State Rep. Robert Rita was equal to Link in getting the capital bill passed. “The two of these leaders are the reason we stand here today,” he said.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/ct-lns-waukegan-pritzker-resigning-st-0702-20190701-sq5u2yara5afdczikp6jcvgfgm-story.html


U.S Rep. Lauren Underwood announces bid for re-election June 29, 2019
NorthWest Herald
U.S Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, has announced an official bid for re-election “With your help over the past year, we’ve improved health care, taken steps to fight climate change, and invested more in our working-class families,” she said in a social media statement Saturday. “We’ve passed legislation that is making life better for our community. And I’m not ready to stop there.”
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/06/30/u-s-rep-lauren-underwood-announces-bid-for-re-election/alnaq2e/


U.S. Rep. Sean Casten discusses federal legislation Friday in Algonquin June 29, 2019
NorthWest Herald
Sean Casten said one of the bravest things he has done since assuming office was voting to approve House Resolution 1, or the For the People Act, which proposed sweeping reforms to voting rights and campaign finances. Among other things, the bill offers incentives for elected officials to rely on smaller donors, expands early voting, establishes same-day registration, offers reenfranchisement of voting privileges for felons, requires paper ballots to be used in federal elections and requires presidential and vice presidential candidates to disclose their income tax returns.
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/06/28/u-s-rep-sean-casten-discusses-federal-legislation-friday-in-algonquin/ahghll5/


'It’s going to be an economic boon’: Waukegan finally gets a casino as Pritzker signs gambling expansion bill June 28, 2019
The NewsSun
Gov. J.B. Pritzker is scheduled for an appearance Monday Jul 1 in Waukegan for a ceremonial re-signing of the gambling bill he signed into law Friday, a move that Mayor Sam Cunningham said will help stabilize the city’s finances.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/ct-lns-waukegan-casino-bill-signed-st-0629-20190628-qgpfqyssajgwzlmdjw22772eb4-story.html


Underwood concerned over reports of hidden climate change research June 26, 2019
NorthWest Herald
U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, expressed concern this week over reports of Department of Agriculture officials hiding research on the effects of climate change.
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/06/26/underwood-concerned-over-reports-of-hidden-climate-change-research/ag3bdwm/


Rep. Underwood pushes gun control legislation during Batavia gathering June 25, 2019
NorthWest Herald
U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood is promoting gun legislation now stalled in Congress, hoping to pressure Senate Republicans into action. Underwood, D-Naperville, convened a gathering at Batavia City Hall on June 23, where she met with local elected officials and gun violence prevention advocacy groups.
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/06/24/rep-underwood-pushes-gun-control-legislation-during-batavia-gathering/amvwxh9/


Talk with Rep. Schneider in Lake Bluff June 25, 2019
Daily Herald
U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider will talk with interested constituents about issues facing Congress and the nation July 13 in Lake Bluff. The forum is scheduled for 10 to 11 a.m. at Lake Bluff village hall, 40 E. Center Ave.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190625/talk-with-rep-schneider-in-lake-bluff


'Donuts with Dan' coffee Saturday June 24, 2019
Daily Herald
State Rep. Daniel Didech, of Buffalo Grove, will hosting a 'Donuts with Dan' coffee gathering Saturday, June 29 at 12:30 p.m. at the Vernon Area Public Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road in Lincolnshire.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190624/donuts-with-day-coffee-saturday


Gun control advocates discuss mobilization efforts in Batavia June 23, 2019
Pioneer Press
The U.S. House earlier this year passed a bill expanding federal background checks for gun purchases and transfers, and another measure that would increase the waiting period that licensed firearm dealers and licensees have to wait from 3 to 10 days. "We all know that we have a long road ahead in getting these changes made into law," Lauren Underwood said at a news conference after her meeting.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/ct-abn-underwood-gun-violence-st-0624-20190623-vcplm5brq5frldsn6v65zjvnhu-story.html


Lawmakers to host town halls in Mount Prospect, Arlington Heights June 23, 2019
Daily Herald
State Rep. Mark Walker and state Sen. Ann Gillespie will co-host two town halls this week to discuss the recent busy legislative session in Springfield. The Arlington Heights Democrats will meet with constituents Monday Jun 24 at the Mount Prospect Public Library and Wednesday at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. Both events run from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190623/lawmakers-to-host-town-halls-in-mount-prospect-arlington-heights


Mason will host outdoor office hours June 23, 2019
Daily Herald
State Rep. Joyce Mason of Gurnee will host outdoor office hours with educational materials from 2 to 6 p.m. every other Thursday at the Antioch Farmer's Market, 900 Skidmore Drive, until Sept. 19.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190623/mason-will-host-outdoor-office-hours


State senator: New ethylene oxide legislation signed into law, allows EPA to ‘keep a close eye’ on companies using toxic substance June 21, 2019
The NewsSun
Declaring that Illinois “will now have the strictest limits in the nation on ethylene oxide emissions,” State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) announced that EtO legislation she initiated was signed into law Friday by the governor. “This is a major step forward to ensure the air we breathe is safe,” Bush said in a release Friday afternoon. “Ethylene oxide emitters will now have to follow stricter guidelines and will be required to be better stewards of the environment.”
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/ct-lns-bush-eto-law-st-0622-20190621-66pvaumxtbcrbep7qkrl66orvu-story.html


Woodland District 50 picks attorney to fill school board vacancy June 21, 2019
The NewsSun
“I would say that most of the criminal defendants that I represent, that if they had a good education early on, they wouldn’t have needed to employ me down the road,” David Weinstein said. “Access to education helps kids all the way through life.”
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/ct-lns-woodland-vacancy-appointment-st-0622-20190621-dpizzggvcvenhneh2die2d6toi-story.html


Schneider calls for Waukegan plant's temporary closure after carcinogenic gas detected June 21, 2019
Daily Herald
"The test results released today again highlight the inexplicable and inexcusable refusal of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to undertake ambient air monitoring in Lake County, forcing our local communities to undertake and fund testing on their own," Brad Schneider said.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190621/schneider-calls-for-waukegan-plants-temporary-closure-after-carcinogenic-gas-detected


Underwood concerned about farming obstacles June 17, 2019
NorthWest Herald
“The farmers I represent in DeKalb, Huntley, Minooka and so many other communities are optimistic, hardworking and resilient,” she said in the release. “Farming is hard work, and they take its challenges in stride.” Lauren Underwood cited historically low corn and soybean planting. In Illinois, only 45% of corn has been planted, compared with a 98% five-year average, and 21% of soybeans have been planted, compared with an 84% five-year average.
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https://www.nwherald.com/2019/06/13/underwood-concerned-about-farming-obstacles/alo2ce9/


U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood condemns Nazi salute at parade on Father's Day in Oswego: 'We will not be silent in the face of hate' June 17, 2019
Pioneer Press
A Kendall County Republican volunteer who gave a Nazi salute and shouted “sieg heil” as Kendall County Democrats passed the float on which he was riding at Oswego’s PrairieFest parade Sunday drew condemnation from those who witnessed it, including U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/ct-nvs-underwood-kendall-republicans-hate-speech-st-0619-story.html


U.S. Rep. Underwood mobile office hours coming to Gurnee library on Thursday June 16, 2019
Daily Herald
As part of U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood's Mobile Office Hours program, members of the congresswoman's staff will be at the Warren Newport Public Library in Gurnee on Thursday Apr 20 to hear from her constituents. The staff members will be able to help with questions about social security, military benefits, IRS and tax issues and more. Underwood, who is serving her first term as the representative of Illinois' 14th Congressional District, announced the program on May 30. Staff members will be at the Warren Newport Public Library in Gurnee from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. every third Thursday of the month.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190616/us-rep-underwood-mobile-office-hours-coming-to-gurnee-library-on-thursday


Casten tackles high cost of diabetes medication June 14, 2019
Lakeland Newspapers
Speaking to a crowd of nearly 50 people gathered at the DuPage County Health Department June 14, U.S. Rep. Sean Casten, D-Downers Grove, said legislation was pending to address drug companies’ unfair price hikes. The Forcing Limits on Abusive and Tumultuous – or FLAT – Drug Prices Act of 2019 is intended to prevent large prices spikes by imposing penalties on pharmaceutical corporations.
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https://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2019/06/14/casten-tackles-high-cost-of-diabetes-medication/aulg54z/


Moran: Waukegan makes 'such a powerful statement' by hosting first celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month June 14, 2019
The NewsSun
“It is an evolution,” Mayor Sam Cunningham said this week, reflecting on Waukegan’s history of welcoming immigrants, particularly during and after World War II. “It’s pretty normal for us to say, ‘If you’re a resident abiding by the laws — whether you’re black, white, male, female, if you’re LGBTQ — you’re a member of our community.’”
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-moran-waukegan-pride-event-st-0615-story.html


Income tax town-hall meeting set for Wednesday in Arlington Heights June 7, 2019
Daily Herald
Two Arlington Heights legislators will host a town-hall meeting Wednesday Jun 12 to discuss the proposed graduated state income tax. State Rep. Mark Walker and state Sen. Ann Gillespie will welcome Ralph Martire, executive director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, to discuss the proposal from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 administration building, 1200 S. Dunton Ave.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190607/income-tax-town-hall-meeting-set-for-wednesday-in-arlington-heights


Waukegan's bid to land a casino goes back to 1990 on the Waukegan River June 6, 2019
The NewsSun
Mayor Sam Cunningham and the City Council now will be guiding the establishment of a casino with 2,000 gaming positions in the 21st century, which will need hundreds of employees. Waukegan will receive the largest portion of the 5% casino tax windfall, at 70%, according to the legislation.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-selle-waukegan-casino-st-0606-story.html


Waukegan gets clean-up grant June 6, 2019
Daily Herald
Waukegan has been awarded a $400,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to clean up an 11-acre site along Lake Michigan. The funds will be used at the former Fansteel property, 801 S. Market St., according to an announcement Thursday by Mayor Sam Cunningham and U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider.
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https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190606/waukegan-gets-clean-up-grant


After bringing a gambling package home, Link says Waukegan casino could break ground next year June 5, 2019
The NewsSun
Asked what crossed his mind when it became clear that a Waukegan casino was actually going from possible to probable, Terry Link admitted that, “When you work on something for over 20 years, and you finally realize it’s going to get done — knowing that (the) governor is going to sign it — it was definitely emotional.”
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-ct-lns-moran-waukegan-casino-speculation-st-0605-story.html


Underwood bill aims to provide tax relief for Gold Star families June 3, 2019
Lakeland Newspapers
“Our men and women in uniform should never fear that their children and loved ones will suffer if the worst should happen,” Lauren Underwood said.
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https://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2019/05/31/underwood-bill-aims-to-provide-tax-relief-for-gold-star-families/az2a2wo/


Waukegan casino OK'd by General Assembly would be 'big shot in the arm' to area towns, Lake County June 3, 2019
The NewsSun
The casino “is going to be a big shot in the arm for not only Waukegan and North Chicago but all of Lake County,” North Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham said.
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https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-lns-waukegan-casino-next-st-0604-story.html


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