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Local News Digest: Lockport Township clerk honored

Lockport Township Clerk George Mushro | Supplied photo

Lockport Township Clerk George Mushro | Supplied photo

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Updated: February 6, 2014 6:24AM



The Township Clerks of Illinois recently honored Lockport Township clerk George Mushro with the William Z. Ahrends award, according to a press release.

The award was for Mushro’s 20 years of service as Lockport Township’s town clerk, the release said. He’s been in Lockport Township government for more than 33 years, the release said.

Staff report

New Illinois law lets some 17-year-olds vote in March

Some teenagers in Illinois can now register to vote in the state’s March primary, even if they’re still 17 when they cast their first ballots.

A new law that went into effect on Wednesday lets 17-year-olds register to vote in the primary if they turn 18 before the general election in November.

“Let’s get our children talking about current affairs at the diner table,” Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots said in a press release. “Parents and teachers need to stress the importance of getting eligible teens registered to vote and of voting at every election.”

People can register to vote at the clerk’s office, 302 N. Chicago St. in Joliet, or at the Secretary of State’s office when applying for a driver’s license or state ID.

Upcoming elections this year include the March 18 primary and the Nov. 4 General Election. The deadline for voter registration is Feb. 18, according to the release.

AP

Sierra Club seeks review of Illinois pollution waiver

The Sierra Club is asking an Illinois appeals court to overturn a state board’s ruling that allows Dynegy Inc. more time to install soot controls on five coal-fired power plants it recently acquired from Ameren Corp.

The appeal was recorded Thursday by the 4th District Appellate Court. It seeks reversal of the Pollution Control Board’s November decision to give Dynegy until 2020 to install state-required controls on sulfur dioxide emissions. The board agreed 3-1 that requiring significant pollution controls on the plants by 2015 would be a financial hardship.

Holly Bender is deputy director for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign. She said the board’s ruling went against the evidence and sets a “dangerous precedent.”

Dynegy spokeswoman Katy Sullivan said the variance is more stringent than one granted to Ameren.

AP



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