The Lombard Village Board approved several changes to electrical and plumbing codes. The new codes, which take effect on Nov. 1, will be put in place to ensure the village's development regulations reflect the latest standards in construction.
State Sen. Pat McGuire (D-Dist. 43) has introduced a resolution that calls on the U.S. Congress to pass U.S. Rep. Bill Foster's (D-Dist. 11) Payer State Transparency Act. Foster introduced the measure in September 2014 to study how federal tax revenue provided by "payer" states is divided up among " taker" states.
U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley (D-Dist. 5) and Leonard Lance (R-NJ) recently held a bipartisan briefing late last week to discuss the distribution of non-confidential Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports to the public during International Open Access Week.
U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) spoke out against President Obama's veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) late last week. NDAA authorizes $611.8 billion for national security defense programs.
The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015 late last week. The bill was shepherded by U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the committee's chairman, and Dick Durbin (D-IL).
Benedictine University in Lisle recently dedicated its new Daniel L. Goodwin Hall of Business at a blessing and ribbon-cutting ceremony. "The addition brings students, educators and business leaders together to learn, lead and innovate for the future of the dynamic business industry," James Melsa, chairman of the university board of trustees, said.
The Wheaton City Council recently enacted an ordinance that places limits on garage sales, defined as sales, bartering, trading or giveaways conducted outdoors or partially outdoors. The ordinance prohibits residents from operating a garage sale at a single address before 8 a.m. or after 5 p.m., on more than two consecutive days, more than two times in a calendar year or on a public right-of-way.
U.S. Reps. Dan Lipinski (D-Dist. 3) and Mike Quigley (D-Dist. 5) joined leaders of the passenger- and freight-rail industry recently in urging Congress to take immediate action to extend the upcoming deadline for implementing positive train control (PTC) safety technology and prevent a shutdown of the nation’s passenger- and freight-rail systems.
The Village of Downers Grove's electronic recycling program has ended due to growing costs. The Village of Westmont will be working with DuPage County and other entities to identify or establish ongoing or new electronics recycling programs for residents.
The Village of Willowbrook will host a free utility bill informational clinic 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 30 at Willowbrook Village Hall, 835 Midway Drive. The event is sponsored by State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Dist. 82).
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) in writing a letter this week to the U.S. Department of Education (ED), urging immediate action to stop millions in federal funds from being provided to potentially fraudulent for-profit institutions.
Lisle Township recently posted a mosquito status report for September. The report indicated much of the Chicago area was impacted by three to four major floodwater mosquito-annoyance periods. "The above-normal temperature pattern, including three days in the 90s and 15 days at 80 degrees or above, created ideal conditions for the mosquitoes to be a significant factor," the report said.
The Wheaton Bicycle Advisory Committee Subcommittee of the Environmental Improvement Commission is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. today. The meeting will be held at the Wheaton City Hall Building, Conley Room, 303 W. Wesley St. The agenda will consist of approval of minutes, the October Walk/Bike to School Police Bike Project Update, Illinois Prairie Path 2016 and recruiting new committee members.
O'Hare International Airport 's new southernmost runway, 10R-28L, recently was completed through the O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP). The new runway will not be operational between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. as part of steps being taken to reduce noise for residents who live near the airport.
U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, along with representatives from Amtrak, the City of Chicago, Metra and the Regional Transportation Authority, unveiled plans on Friday to significantly improve Chicago’s Union Station.
Wheaton police and fire departments conducted an active-shooter simulation exercise on the campus of Wheaton College on Monday. “This exercise was imperative for Wheaton’s first-responders so we could get hands-on practice in how we would respond to a crisis like an active-shooter situation,” Wheaton Fire Chief Bill Schultz said.