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Earth Day Is Every Day For The Conservation Foundationposted April 22nd, 2014
Efforts to reduce pollution and other planet friendly initiatives get their time in the spotlight today. But for many organizations Earth Day is just another day in their year-round push to improve the environment. For 42 years, the Naperville based Conservation Foundation has worked to preserve open space and improve water quality in the region’s rivers and streams. Foundation CEO Brook McDonald tells WDCB News beyond today there are plenty of chances for people to act locally. He says this time of year there's an 'eco-event' just about every weekend. McDonald says many communities sponsor Earth Day and 'green' fairs to show residents what they can do to make a difference. The Conservation Foundation will be at four events across the region this coming weekend alone. McDonald says the Foundation created its ‘Conservation at Home’ program to show people how they can make a difference. He says there are so many ways for people to ‘act locally’ and they are things that are incredibly affordable.
Republican Leaders Rally For Immigration Reformposted April 21st, 2014
Many of the state’s leading Republicans, including the party’s gubernatorial candidate will take part in an immigration reform rally tomorrow. Bruce Rauner, former Governors Jim Edgar and Jim Thompson and former, Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert will be at the event at the Chicago Club. College of DuPage Political Science professor Dr. David Goldberg says immigration reform is an issue that appeals to voters from both parties. He tells WDCB News the latest push for reform comes from traditional Republicans. Goldberg says there are both self-interested political considerations for Rauner and in a larger sense an acknowledgement that the system is broken. He says you can take partisanship out of the debate and anyone can recognize that the system is broken and needs reform. Goldberg says increasingly the issue is being cast as something that is good for business. The Illinois Business Immigration Coalition organized Tuesday’s rally as part of a national effort to encourage Congress to approve reform legislation.
State Bike Plan Is a Step Forward for Alternative Transportationposted April 17th, 2014
Typically when you think of the Illinois Department of Transportation you think of roads, bridges, highways, and railroads. But this week the agency released a state bike plan. Ron Burke is Executive Director of the Chicago based Active Transportation Alliance. The group advocates on behalf ofcyclists, pedestrians, and alternative transportation projects. Burke tells WDCB News the plan represents a changing attitude among transportation agencies. He says I-DOT and other transportation planners recognize that the region's streets need to be 'complete streets.' Burke says that means they work for everyone whether you are driving, riding a bike or walking. He says I-DOT’s own research shows more people would use their bike for short trips if they didn’t feel threatened by traffic. The plan calls for developing more protected bike lanes…more sidewalks and improved crossings.
Combination Storage Unit and Ultimate Man Cave Coming To Napervilleposted April 17th, 2014
The Naperville City Council recently gave the green light for an unusual condo development just north of I-88. Iron Gate Motor condos is a first of its kind facility in Illinois, it offers a mix of storage unit, private garage, and ultimate man-cave. Developer Tom Burgess says the 160 units include a designer garage with heated floors and a loft space to give the owners a place to hang out. He tells WDCB News the ‘motor condos’ are primarily designed for people with collector cars. Burgess says the spaces are a place to keep a special vehicle away from the dings of bicycles, wagons, and lawnmowers. He says they also offer a refuge for people to share their hobby with like minded individuals. Preliminary work on the project is already underway and Burgess expects the first ‘motor condos’ will be complete by late summer. He says more than half of the units are already sold with most owners buying more than one.
New Ideas Surface For Expanded Gamblingposted April 16th, 2014
State Representative Bob Rita holds another in his series of public hearings on gambling expansion today in Chicago. The Blue Island Democrat continues to advocate for adding casinos as a way to boost revenue for schools and construction projects. His latest proposal would see only one additional casino and it would be located in Chicago. Rita tells WDCB News even a single facility in the city would benefit the entire state. He says everyone in Illinois would benefit because Chicago would get half the recvenue for city services and pensions. The other half of the proceeds would be split with every other county in the state. The House Executive committee will hold a second hearing Wednesday afternoon to discuss Rita’s alternate proposal. That plan would allow a small casino in Chicago and four smaller gaming houses around the state.
Employment Picture For Teens And Grads Is Improvedposted April 16th, 2014
With most school spring breaks now complete, it’s just a matter of weeks until students wrap up another school year. For many teens, that will mean looking for a job, in some cases their first job. Chicago based employment expert John Challenger says the prospects for employment this summer are better than they’ve been in recent years. He tells WDCB News the best advice for young people is to get out there and knock on some doors. Challenger says teens should walk a shopping mall and talk with each of the store managers. He thinks that strategy will result in quick results and it gets young people out ahead of the rush for summer jobs in late May and early June. Challenger says it’s not too late to start a search for a summer job, but as with most things, the sooner you start the better. He says new graduates looking to start their career will also find a healthier job market this summer.
State Bike Plan Is a Step Forward for Alternative Transportationposted April 16th, 2014
Typically when you think of the Illinois Department of Transportation you think of roads, bridges, highways, and railroads. But this week the agency released a state bike plan. Ron Burke is Executive Director of the Chicago based Active Transportation Alliance. The group advocates on behalf of cyclists, pedestrians, and alternative transportation projects. Burke tells WDCB News the plan represents a changing attitude among transportation agencies. He says I-DOT and other transportation planners recognize that our streets need to become complete streets. Burke says that means they need to be adapted to work for everyone, whether you are driving, riding a bike, or walking. He says I-DOT’s own research shows more people would use their bike for short trips if they didn’t feel threatened by traffic. The plan calls for developing more protected bike lanes, more sidewalks, and improved crossings.\