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Community responds with support in wake of Jewish cemetery vandalism

The vandalism at a Waukegan Jewish cemetery has prompted a quick response from the city and continued condemnation of the hate crime from the community. About 40 tombstones at the Am Echod Cemetery were defaced with red spray paint, including more than a dozen stones that were painted with red swastikas. The vandalism at the …

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Gun Safety Report Card A+

“We congratulate you on receiving an A+ on the Gun Violence Prevention Action Committee’s 2021 Gun Safety Report Card and to thank you for being a Gun Safety Champion. The Gun Safety Report card awards grades to legislators on an A-F scale, with an emphasis on the historic Block Illegal Gun Ownership (BIO) and Fix …

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City, state representatives call for complete removal of coal ash from Waukegan power plant

The representatives gathered at Waukegan City Hall for a news conference Monday to address heightened environmental concerns surrounding a coal plant owned and operated by Midwest Generation, a branch of New Jersey-based power company NRG Energy. While the plant’s coal-fired units were shut down in June, two coal ash ponds — pools of toxins that …

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State Rep. Mayfield Responds to Hospital’s Failing Grade on Safety

05/20/2022 WAUKEGAN, Ill. – State Representative Rita Mayfield, D-Waukegan, expressed concern after a hospital in her district received a failing grade on patient safety from Leapfrog, a non-government watchdog. Vista Medical Center East, on Sheridan Rd. in Waukegan, was the only hospital in Illinois to receive a grade of ‘F’. “For any hospital to fail …

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‘RIGHT TO READ’ SPONSORS ANNOUNCE AMBITIOUS SUMMER PLANS FOR LITERACY REFORM DISCUSSIONS

SPRINGFIELD – State Senate Majority Leader Kimberly A. Lightford (D—Maywood) and State Representative Rita Mayfield (D—Waukegan), along with numerous education stakeholders, are excited to announce a collaboration-filled summer of literacy discussions. Recent literacy policy efforts sparked robust, productive conversations among state, local, and national experts, who have agreed to meet throughout the spring and summer …

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Gun Safety Report A+

The safety and well being of everyone in our community is of the utmost importance to me. Far too often it is young people who are killed in incidents involving firearms. That is why I puruse sensible firearm safety legislation. I am proud and thankful to receive an A+ rating from the Gun Violence Prevention …

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Letter to Mauricio Gutierrez President and CEO NRG Energy, Inc. Regarding Coal Plant

Mauricio Gutierrez President and CEO NRG Energy, Inc. 910 Louisiana Street Houston, TX 77002 Dear Mr. Gutierrez, As federal and state representatives for the people living in and around Waukegan, IL, we write on behalf of our constituents’ concerns about the long-term impact of the NRG coal plant on the surrounding community. With the understanding …

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Mayfield Measure to Protect Immigrant Families Signed into Law

WAUKEGAN, Ill. – A new law spearheaded by state Rep. Rita Mayfield, D-Waukegan, will prohibit local governments from signing contracts with the federal government to detain immigrants and will institute protections for immigrants to ensure law enforcement personnel and resources are not being deputized by the federal government for immigration enforcement. “Local sheriffs and police …

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