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Fewer than 1% want concealed carry

Fewer than 1% want concealed carry

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE DAILY HERALD (published August 21, 2014) The title of your August 11th story (“Illinois concealed carry process getting easier”) ignores the most important fact contained in that story. Only 84,000 applications for concealed carry permits have been filed in the entire state of Illinois. The Illinois State Police had said they expected to process 300,000 to 400,000 applications in 2014. As recently as May 8th  the Daily Herald reported that officials “expect about 300,000 applications to be filed this year.” 84,000 people is fewer than one percent of the population of Illinois. That confirms what common sense tells us: 99 percent of people do not want to carry guns... »

Protestors say Rauner puts money above people

Protestors say Rauner puts money above people

Residents of the northwest suburbs held a rally Tuesday in Palatine to protest the policies of Bruce Rauner, Republican candidate for Governor. The rally was held outside the Cotillion Ballroom, where Republicans were holding a fundraising event at which Rauner was the featured speaker. “Minimum wage workers can’t support themselves and their families without food stamps and other government assistance,” said  Nancy Shepherdson of Deer Park. “But Rauner has said he wants to lower Illinois’ minimum wage.” “Rauner’s policies would benefit the most fortunate people in our state at the expense of working families, “ said Joe Gump of Palatine. “He would cut taxes on millionaires and billionaires ... »

Doing what’s right, not what’s popular

Doing what’s right, not what’s popular

President Obama’s announcement that the EPA will require power plants to reduce carbon emissions by 30% may prove to be the most important thing he has done. Cynical pundits say this will hurt Democrats in November, but the consensus of scientists is that we must start dealing with man-made climate change now. President Obama is the rare politician who does what’s right, not what’s popular. He has guided the country through the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, ended the Iraq War and wound down the war in Afghanistan, accomplished reform of  the health care system, and now taken decisive action on climate change. In contrast, Republicans have obstructed prog... »

Palatine Area Democrats March in Memorial Day Parades

Palatine Area Democrats March in Memorial Day Parades

We had a great turnout for the Memorial Day parades in Rolling Meadows and Palatine. Thanks to all of you who participated. »

Palatine-Area Democrats Adopt New Name

Palatine-Area Democrats Adopt New Name

The Palatine Township Democratic Organization has changed its name to “Greater Palatine Area Democrats.” Matt Flamm, who was elected Committeeman in the March 18th primary, explained the name change. “Our old name may have made people think we were only interested in Palatine Township elections. We’re active in everything from Presidential elections to local park districts, school boards, municipal and state elections. We welcome Democrats who live in Palatine, Rolling Meadows, Hoffman Estates, and the other communities that include parts of Palatine Township.” For more information, call (847)454-0134 or email info@gpadems.org. »

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