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State Senate, Rauner need to approve bill to provide coverage for rare autoimmune disorder
As a mother, I understand the heartbreak a parent experiences when their child is suffering. When I was first approached by local mom Kate Grobe Drury three years ago, I was horrified to learn that her son Charlie’s treatments for a rare autoimmune disorder were not covered by insurance and angry about the financial hardship that families like hers face simply to help their children feel like themselves again. With the help and perseverance of Kate and another local mom named Wendy Nawara, whose children also suffered from PANDAS/PANS, I passed legislation to require insurance companies to cover treatment for this disorder. Because of our hard work together, other parents will not have to incur the incredible cost of treatment in order to provide basic care that their kids need to be healthy. I applaud my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for standing with me to support these families, and I urge the Senate and Governor Rauner to act quickly and approve this measure to ensure children in Illinois have access to this life changing treatment. This legislation is a perfect example of what can happen when community members take action to address their concerns. Kate and Wendy took the initiative to get involved in the legislative process and approach me about this issue, and now their idea is on its way to becoming a law. Countless children will have access to the medication they need because of their advocacy.
Deb Conroy State Representative, 46th District
Fifth-graders submit award winning letters
Editor’s note: Many fifth-graders from Lombard elementary schools participated in the Lombard Historical Society’s annual Sheldon Peck Letter Writing Contest. The winners of the 2017 letter-writing contest were recently announced. The students’ letters are written using language appropriate for 1848, as well as facts from the era. The following letter is published as written:
Dear Congressman Lincoln, My name is Sheldon Peck. I am an artist and sheep farmer in Babcocks Grove, Illinois. About a month ago I was painting a portrait down in Springfield (it was of Mrs. Garfield, you may remember her?) and everyone was might proud of you. I am married to Harriet Peck, and we have 11 children! In fact, my 11th child, a son Sanford was born only 12 days ago! My children are a big blessing, sometimes too big! There is a lot of hubbub going on in Babcocks Grove because of our very own train connecting us to Galena, Illinois! Everyone is almost as proud as when you got elected congressman. My family and I had the honor of watching Babcocks Grove’s first train come rolling in. If eleven children were not enough, we have 20 more children coming to our home every day, plus a teacher! That is because our home is a school for the children of Babcocks Grove, negro or white. Which leads me to the sole reason of this letter. I am an abolitionist. Actually I am a radical abolitionist, meaning that I not only think that slaves should be free but should also be treated the same as white men. Though I know that you are an abolitionist, though one day you will became a radical abolitionist like me. Your life story is one of my favorites – a man with humble beginnings, who learns to do things on his own and who grows to pass all the expectations of his family, friends, and neighbors. You are the kind of leader that I hope will one day run our country. The kind of leader who would fight for what he knows is right. Nothing great ever came easily, you know. And I believe that you and our country will grow to be something greater than anyone knew it would be. Thank you for taking the time to read my letter. I hope that one day I will be able to paint a portrait of you. All Best, Sheldon Peck This honorable mention was written by Lisa Olson, a student at St. John’s Lutheran School.
York Township supervisor says thanks
On behalf of “Your York Team,” I wish to express our appreciation to the voters of York Township for reelecting our team by an overwhelming majority. We proudly accept this victory as a public mandate to continue our fiscally responsible policies which enable us to expand and enhance existing programs and services in order to improve the quality of life in York Township.