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Naperville Now 06-13-17

Emergency Town Hall

State Senator Michael Connelly and State Representative Grant Wehrli are holding an emergency town hall meeting tonight at the Naperville Municipal Center. The two will be discussing the status of Illinois’ budget and giving an update on happenings in Springfield. Taking place at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers, the event is open the to public.

STEPS to Move

Parents of students in District 204’s STEPS program came out in force to last night’s board meeting. They were upset that the district had decided to move the STEPS program from Wheatland School to the district’s three high schools, splitting up the program’s students in the process. The district defended their decision, by citing safety concerns at Wheatland and by stating that this may only be a short-term move. The STEPS program provides post-secondary education to special-needs students.

Video Gambling Ban

There could be a repeal to the ban on video gaming in DuPage County. This morning the DuPage County Board’s Finance Committee discussed the pros and cons of lifting the ban, which was instituted in 2009. There is the potential for DuPage to generate millions in revenue, as other counties who have lifted the ban have done. However some members of the public in attendance argued that lifting the ban could lead to problems with gambling addiction and negatively affect the county’s wellbeing. The committee will continue to discuss this issue in the future.

Gatorade Honors Sullivan

It was announced yesterday that Naperville North boys soccer player, Chris Sullivan was named the Gatorade Illinois Boys Soccer Player of the Year. The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, as well as academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. The senior midfielder tallied 19 goals and 13 assists, while leading the Huskies to a 21-2-3 record and the Class 3A state championship this past season, while maintaining a 3.93 GPA in the classroom. Sullivan will play at Bowling Green next season, and is now eligible for Gatorade National Soccer Player of the Year. This is the second straight year that Naperville North has seen one of its athletes receive this distinction. State record holder Judy Pendergast was named the Gatorade Illinois Cross Country Athlete of the Year in 2016.


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