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Naperville Now 08-25-17

Durbin Town Hall

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin came to Naperville to host a town hall meeting last night. More than 300 people filled Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College to hear the senator speak on topics ranging from his opinion on President Trump to the state of health care in America. Much of his talk focused on the Affordable Care Act, which he is in favor of, although he says it does need improvement. Durbin ended the event by saying town hall meetings like his are important and he encourages other elected officials to hold more.

Paramount nominated for awards

The Paramount Theater in Aurora has earned 15 Jeff Award nominations for its Broadway musical series. All four of Paramount’s 2016-17 productions earned nominations, with two of them – Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – being considered for the biggest honor, Best Production-Musical-Large. The winners will be announced on November 6, 2017.

Safety Expo

Kids and their families are invited to a free Children’s Safety Expo on Saturday at Frontier Sports Complex. Taking place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the event will feature a “Touch a Truck” exhibit with around 40 vehicles, the Air Methods Medical Helicopter and the Traveling World of Reptiles Show. State Senator Michael Connelly and State Representative Grant Wehrli are hosting this event.

Football Week One

Tonight at 7:30 p.m., week one of the high school football season kicks off. Waubonsie Valley hosts Lake Park, Naperville Central travels to Glenbard North, Benet Academy visits St. Laurence, while Neuqua Valley plays at Metea Valley. Tomorrow afternoon, Naperville North goes all the way down to Edwardsville at 3 p.m. Keep an eye out for the premiere of Football Friday arriving in your e-mail inbox tomorrow morning with highlights of all the football action. If you haven’t already, you can still sign up at


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