Friday, October 10, 2014

Daily Herald Coverage of State Representative District 62 Race at Candidate Forum Held on October 8


Bob Susnjara | Staff Photographer 
Lake County posted: 10/9/2014 5:30 AM
Bob Susnjara

62nd House hopefuls debate minimum wage
Rod Drobinski, left, and Sam Yingling, right, are candidates for the 62nd State House Seat in the 2014 general election.
Lake County state representative candidates Rod Drobinski and Sam Yingling separated themselves on the minimum wage issue at a Round Lake Beach forum Wednesday night.

Joining Drobinski and Yingling at the village's cultural and civic center were candidates for Lake County Board, clerk, treasurer and sheriff. The election is Nov. 4.

Drobinski, a Republican who works as Lake County gangs prosecutor, is challenging the Democratic Yingling in the 62nd House District that represents all or parts of Grayslake, Hainesville, the Round Lake communities, Lake Villa, Gurnee, Wildwood and Gages Lake.

Written questions were posed to the candidates by a League of Women Voters member at the forum, organized by the Round Lake Area Public Library, Mano a Mano and other local organizations.

One question was whether Yingling or Drobinski support the idea of raising Illinois' minimum wage from $8.25 an hour.

Yingling said the minimum wage should be boosted except for workers 18 years old or younger. He said anyone working 40 hours a week deserves enough money to live properly.

"I believe in a rising tide raises all boats," said Yingling, a Grayslake resident.

Drobinski, a Wauconda resident, said a higher minimum wage "would kill jobs." He also disputed what he claimed are attempts by opponents to portray him in favor of cutting the minimum wage from $8.25 an hour.

"That's absolutely false," Drobinski said.

Drobinski took aim at Yingling for voting for a state budget that he contends will result in more spending than revenue.

"I'm running because we don't have proper representation in the 62nd District," Drobinski said.

Yingling said he voted for a balanced state budget and that he's worked in an effort to provide relief to taxpayers.

As for the Lake County Board candidates at the forum, Republican Jeff Werfel and Democrat John Wylie are running for a District 6 seat. The district includes Grayslake and Hainesville, along with portions of Round Lake Park and Round Lake Beach.

Werfel and Wylie, who reside less than a half-mile from each other in the Prairie Crossing conservation community, are vying for the seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Pat Carey of Grayslake.

Both candidates responded to a question on what can be done to spur Lake County's economy.

Wylie, an attorney and former Prairie Crossing Charter School board member, said he'd push for creation of green energy and technology jobs.

He said promotion of Lake County-produced food also would lead to more jobs.

Werfel, a Grayslake trustee, said he would want an aggressive public-private partnership in an effort to attract and retain jobs.


Thursday, October 9, 2014

WRLR 98.3 & Comcast Rebroadcast Schedules for Candidate Forum Held on October 8


WRLR 98.3 and Comcast will rebroadcast the candidate forum held on October 8 at the Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center.

WRLR 98.3 will rebroadcast the event on Sunday, October 12 at noon. You can find it on the radio at 98.3 FM, streaming at www.WRLR.fm, and Tune-In® App.

Comcast will show the forum on its Public Access Channel on every Sunday at 2 pm, through November 2. The Public Access Channel is Channel 17 in most of Lake County.

Candidates from the following races participated in the forum: 
  • State Representative District 62 (Drobinski & Yingling)
  • Lake County Board District 6 (Werfel & Wylie)
  • Lake County Clerk (Kilkelly & Wyckoff)
  • Lake County Sheriff (Curran & Patt)
  • Lake County Treasurer (Ryback & Stolman)
The forum was co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Lake County, Round Lake Area Public Library, WRLR 98.3, Mano a Mano Family Resource Center, Round Lake Area Exchange Club.


Candidates for Countywide Offices on Stage. 
Mano a Mano Executive Director, Megan McKenna de Mejia
distributing translation headsets
Sign at the RLBCCC
Some of the devoted folks from WRLR 98.3

Thursday, September 25, 2014

PRESS RELEASE: Candidate Forum, October 8, 2014 in Round Lake Beach ... Spanish Language Translation Will Be Provided



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     Contact:  Jim DiDonato
  
Candidate Forum Event 
October 8, 2014

Spanish language translation services will be provided.

Sponsored by: League of Women Voters, Round Lake Area Library, Mano a Mano, WRLR 98.3 FM, and Round Lake Area Exchange Club

For contested races in the 62nd State Representative, County Board District #6, and Lake County Clerk, Lake County Sheriff, and Lake County Treasurer.

This is a non-partisan activity presented by nonpartisan organizations.  None of the organizations hosting this event support any candidate or ballot issue.  The opinions of any candidates do not reflect the views of the organizations participating in this event.  All candidates in contested races in the 10th Congressional District, 62nd State House District, County Board 6th District, and Lake County Clerk, Lake County Sheriff, and Lake County Treasurer were invited to participate. [blogger's note: 10th Congressional Candidates will not be participating (answering questions) in the forum]
Voters and residents of the 62nd State House District, County Board 6th District, Lake County Clerk, Lake County Sheriff, and Lake County Treasurer will have an opportunity to meet the candidates and hear their positions on issues at the Candidates Forum being held Oct 8th at the Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic center at 2007 N. Civic Center Way, Round Lake Beach, IL 60073.  Sponsored by League of Women Voters, Round Lake Area Library, Mano a Mano, WRLR 98.3 FM, and Round Lake Area Exchange Club, the candidate forum will begin at 7:00pm.  Candidates will be available for Individual questions at tables at 6:30 and after the forum ends. Questions to candidates will be submitted by members of the audience and moderated by the League of Women Voters.  Spanish language translation services will be provided by Mano a Mano.  Live broadcast of the Candidate Forum will be carried on WRLR 98.3 at www.wrlr.fm.  Tune in via live streaming on the websitewrlr.fm or via Tune-IN® app (WRLR).  Comcast will rebroadcast at various times before the November 4 election.

SPONSORS:
·  The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
·  Mano a Mano’s mission is to empower immigrant and underserved families of Lake County, Illinois to become full participants in American life by providing quality programs and services that educate and establish links to essential community resources.
·  WRLR 98.3 is a public community radio station based in Round Lake Heights, IL that serves most of Lake County, focusing on the Greater Round Lake Area and Chain O’Lakes area.  WRLR is a not-for-profit organization that is operated by more than 80 volunteers.  We provide news/talk shows, and eclectic programming and connect people to community organizations.  Access to WRLR is through live streaming on our website or via the Tune-IN® app.
·  Round Lake Area Exchange Club is a group of men and women working together to make our communities better places to live through programs of service in Americanism, Community Service, Youth Activities, and our national program—The Prevention of Child Abuse.

Jim DiDonato 
Executive Director 
Round Lake Area Public Library District
906 Hart Rd, Round Lake, IL 60073 
Fax:      (847) 546-7104



Candidato Foro evento
08 de octubre de 2014

Se proporcionará servicios de traducción en español.
Patrocinado por: League of Women Voters, Round Lake Area biblioteca, Mano a Mano, WRLR 98.3 FM
y Round Lake Area Exchange Club
Esta es una actividad no partidista presentada por organizaciones no partidistas. Ninguna de las organizaciones organizando este evento apoyar cualquier tema candidato o boleta. Las opiniones de candidatos no reflejan las opiniones de las organizaciones que participan en este evento. Todos los candidatos en disputadas carreras en el décimo distrito del congreso, el distrito estatal de la cámara 62, la Junta directiva del Condado Distrito 6, la Secretaria del Condado de Lake, y el Sheriff del Condado de Lake y Tesorero del Condado Lake fueron invitados a participar.

Los votantes y los residentes del distrito estatal de la cámara 62, la Junta directiva del Condado Distrito 6, la Secretaria del Condado de Lake, el Tesorero del Condado de Lake, y el Sheriff del Condado de Lake tendrá la oportunidad de conocer a los candidatos y escuchar sus posiciones sobre temas en el foro de los candidatos que se llevara a cabo el 8 de octubre en el centro de Round Lake Beach Cultural y cívico 2007 N. Civic Center Way, Round Lake Beach, IL 60073. Este evento está patrocinado por la Liga de mujeres votantes, Round Lake Area biblioteca, Mano a Mano, WRLR 98.3 fm y Round Lake Area Exchange Club, el foro de candidatos comenzará a las 7:00 pm. Los candidatos estarán disponibles para preguntas individuales en mesas a partir de las 6:30pm y después de los extremos del foro. Preguntas a los candidatos serán presentadas por los miembros de la audiencia y moderados por la Liga de mujeres votantes. Servicios de traducción en español se proporcionará por Mano a Mano. Transmisión en vivo del Foro de candidatos se llevará en 98.3 WRLR en www.wrlr.fm. Sintoniza vía streaming en vivo en el sitio web wrlr.fm o vía Tune-IN ® app (WRLR). Comcast retransmitirá en varias ocasiones antes de las elecciones del 4 de noviembre.


Thanks for the support!

Sandra Lopez | Head of Outreach Services|
Round Lake Area Public Library District
906 Hart Rd, Round Lake, IL 60073 
Fax:      (847) 546-7104



Friday, September 19, 2014

Candidates Forum October 8, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center

The League of Women Voters of Lake County is sponsoring a candidate forum with Round Lake Area Public LibraryMano a Mano Family Resource CenterWRLR 98.3 Radioand the Exchange Club of the Round Lake Area on Wednesday, October 8

Candidates for the following races will be in attendance:
Wednesday, October 8
Meet and Greet the Candidates at 6:30 pm
Forum begins at 7:00 p.m. 
Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center
2007 Civic Center Way (map)
Round Lake Beach, IL 60073

6:30 p.m. Meet and Greet with the Candidates
7:00 p.m. Forums begin
  • 62nd State Representative
  • Lake County Board District 6
8:00 p.m. Forums for Countywide offices begin
  • Lake County Clerk
  • Lake County Sheriff
  • Lake County Treasurer
Schedule SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Charter School Position Update - Free Webinars Sunday, September 21, 4-5 pm & Wednesday, October 8, 7-8 pm


The League of Women Voters of Illinois is conducting a study to update its position on Charter Schools. Members are encouraged to register for two free webinars to receive updates of the study.

Position Update Study Webinar Registration
Two webinars have been scheduled for League members participating in the Charter School Study.

During the webinars, the PowerPoint will be presented and questions will be addressed. It is anticipated that the Sept. 21 webinar will focus on the first part of the PowerPoint--through the parts of Question 1--and the Oct. 8 webinar will focus on the rest of the PowerPoint.


Anyone who has questions about the issues addressed is invited to participate. We particularly invite members of local League committees which are organizing and presenting the study. But you must pre-register.


To register for the Sept. 21 meeting from 4-5 p.m., click HERE.
To register for the Oct. 8 meeting from 7-8 p.m., click HERE.

Following is the League of Women Voters of Illinois' CURRENT position, in brief, on charter schools.
The League of Women Voters of Illinois believes that: 
  • The Illinois State Board of Education should continue to monitor the progress of existing charters before supporting expansion, specifically looking for improvement in individual student test scores and achievement of the specific goals stated in the school's charter. 
  • Charters should be established by local school boards, with adequate provisions for public education and participation in the decision making process.  
  • An appeal process to the State Board of Education should remain in place as an option for charters who have been denied by their local school boards. 
While we feel that advantages of charters largely outweigh the disadvantages, we have identified the following areas of concern:
  • School funding.  Charters do nothing to address the issue of equitable and adequate funding of education, including special education.
  • Financial impact on underlying school districts, especially smaller districts. Charters place financial pressure on smaller districts by drawing money out of the traditional public schools. 
  • Privatization and profit-making.  The LWVIL opposes the presence of private, for-profit companies in the governance of public education, as there could be a conflict between the interests of shareholders in the corporation and the citizens of the state.

LWVIL has also identified areas of opportunity resulting from charter schools:
  • Innovation.  Charters have a mandate to share innovations in teaching methods, curricula and standards of assessment for all stakeholders.
  • Increased parental choice and involvement within the public school system. 
Click here to read the League's position, in full.

For general information about the League's study, please visit: http://www.lwvil.org/charter-schools.html

Friday, August 1, 2014

Stormwater From the Ground Up at the Waukegan Public Library, July 31, 2014

Krista Grimm, LWV-Illinois Issues Specialist for Water and delegate to the LWV-Lake Michigan Region, answers a question while Mike Novotney of the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission looks on. Spanish translation was offered for this program, as you can see by the headset worn by our co-organizer and translator, Susana Figueroa of Faith in Place.  The gentleman next to her is listening to the translation; you can see the earpiece wire descending from his left ear.  Faith in Place and the LWV-Lake County co-hosted the evening's program.
Mike Novotney of the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission explains some of the problems caused by stormwater runoff in the Lake Michigan watershed.  
   There will be another presentation next Thursday, August 7, 2014, 7 p.m., at the Highland Park Public Library,  494  Laurel Ave., Highland Park, hosted by the LWV-Highland Park/Highwood and the city of Highland Park.  Free and open to the public.