Naperville Now 10-05-18

Downtown Protests

Local activists held a vigil on Wednesday night at the Dandelion Fountain to oppose the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Dozens of protester held signs and chanted, urging senators to vote no to Kavanaugh. The U.S. Senate will vote on the nomination tomorrow.

 

Debates

Debate season has begun and last night the League of Women Voters of Naperville hosted an evening of three debates at Old Main on North Central College’s campus. Running for DuPage County Sheriff is Democrat Gregory Whalen, who led a forum-based Q and A on his own, after his Republican opponent James Mendrick couldn’t attend due to a family emergency. Then it was the County Clerk candidates turn as Democrat Jean Kaczmarek (Kaz-MEER-ick) and incumbent Republican Paul Hinds took the podium. The last debate of the evening was between the four women running for a seat on the DuPage County Board in District 5. Republican incumbent Janice Anderson, Republican Patty Gustin, Democrat Dawn DeSart, and Democrat Sadia (Saw-dia) Covert (Co-vert) finished up the evening’s discussions. The general election will be held on November 6.

 

Leon Lederman Dies at 96

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Leon Lederman died Wednesday at the age of 96. Lederman served as director of Fermilab from 1978 until 1989 and remained Director Emeritus after stepping down. He also helped found the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in 1985. Lederman was known for his many contributions in particle physics and his charismatic personality.

 

Football Re-conferencing

After a unanimous vote, it was announced yesterday that the East Suburban Catholic Conference, which features Benet Academy, and the Chicago Catholic League will merge for football in 2019. The new 24-team football mega-conference is expected to have six divisions of four teams. Each team would play three conference games, four crossover games and two non-conference games starting next season. Though the merger only applies to football, it is possible more sports in ESCC and CCL could be merged in future years.

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