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DuPage County Launches New App

posted February 10th, 2016

Tuesday, DuPage County launched its first ever app.  The new Navigate DuPage mobile device app aims to make it easier for users to get information and interact with county government.  County board member Brian Krajewski is the chairman of the board’s technology committee.  He tells WDCB News it seemed like the right time to develop an app, given how many residents use their mobile devices to access the county’s website. Krajewski says the app is still evolving. He says eventually the app could be used to send emergency notifications.

President Obama Set to Return to Illinois General Assembly

posted February 10th, 2016

It will be a familiar setting when President Barack Obama returns to address the Illinois General Assembly Wednesday afternoon.  And not just because Obama served as a state Senator for seven years before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004.  The gridlock that exists in Springfield parallels the struggles the President has had in Washington DC.  McCormick Foundation political scholar Dr. Shawn Healy tells WDCB News Obama can speak to the repercussions of a prolonged partisan gridlock. Healy expects Obama to focus his remarks on broader themes of coming together for the greater good.  Today marks the nine year anniversary of Obama’s announcement that he was running for President.

SCARCE Aims to Fix New Recycling Problems.

posted February 9th, 2016

Local consumers who splurged on a new television before the Super Bowl, might find it hard to find places to unload their old one.  A 2012 Illinois law made it illegal to throw certain electronics in the trash.  Kay McKeen is the executive director of SCARCE, a Glen Ellyn-based non-profit dedicated to promoting recycling and composting.  She says the new state law didn’t account for several factors including the cost of recycling tons of old TVs. McKeen tells WDCB News complicating matters even more, some thrift AND big-box stores have stopped accepting TV donations – because they have too many.  She says state lawmakers will need to address the issue to ensure the original intent of the 2012 law is followed. 

What Will New Hampshire Results Mean?

posted February 9th, 2016

Polls are opening across New Hampshire.  Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders come into today’s contests leading in the polls there.  McCormick Foundation political scholar Dr. Shawn Healy says today’s results in the GOP primary could help decide who make it to Super Tuesday on March first. He says Trump and Texas Senator Ted Cruz appear to have the resources and support to stay in the race for a while.  Healy tells WDCB News the biggest questions revolve around the establishment candidates and which ones should stay in the race.  Healy says things are a little different on the Democratic side since there are only two candidates.  He says while Sanders is expected to win tonight’s primary, many of the next several primary contests are in southern states which could benefit Hillary Clinton.



Chicago Aims to Host Largest Chinese New Year Celebration In U.S.

posted February 8th, 2016

Chinese are flocking to temples and fairs to pray for good health and fortune on the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday.  Chinese New Year celebrations will also be taking place in Chicago. Two years ago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans to make Chicago’s Chinese New Year celebration the biggest in North America.  Julie Tiao Ma is the president of the Chinese Fine Arts Society.  She helps program the city’s Chinese New Year events.