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Updated: March 27, 2013 2:12AM

Last day to register: North Chicago, Waukegan and Waukegan Township residents have until Tuesday, Jan. 29, to register to vote with local deputy registrars for the Feb. 26 Democratic primary election. “New residents in North Chicago, Waukegan or the unincorporated areas of Waukegan Township, persons who moved to a new address in these areas, turn 18 on or before Election Day, or have changed one’s name will need to register by Tuesday,” said Lake County Clerk Willard Helander, noting residents can visit or call (847) 377-2410 to confirm registration status. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years old on or before the election, a resident of the precinct for 30 days immediately prior to Election Day, and must provide two forms of identification with one form of identification showing the current address for registration. Registration is available at the County Clerk’s office and at the municipal, township and library facilities. Helander also said registered voters in North Chicago, Waukegan, and Waukegan Township can preview their official ballot for the primary at using the “What is on My Ballot?” link.

Garrett, May fete: A party honoring former state Sen. Susan Garrett, D-Lake Forest, and former state Rep. Karen May, D-Highland Park, will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m., today, Jan. 26, at a private home in Highland Park. Hors d’oeuvres will be served. Minimum contribution of $35 includes 2013 Moraine Township Democratic Organization dues. For more information and to RSVP, call (847) 702-6635.

Yingling office: State Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Round Lake Beach, is inviting constituents to join him for the opening of his new full-time constituent service office in Hainesville on Feb. 22. Yingling’s new office is located at 20 W. North St. He will be sharing space with the village of Hainesville Department of Public Works. “During these challenging times, elected officials need to work together for the good of their constituents,” said Yingling. “I appreciate Mayor Linda Soto and the Hainesville board of trustees’ commitment to intergovernmental cooperation.” The open house will be held at the office Feb. 22 from 3 until 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The office will regularly be open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Link endorsed: The Waukegan International Association of Fire Fighters Local 473 voted overwhelmingly to endorse Terry Link for mayor of Waukegan in the upcoming Democratic primary Election. Link previously was endorsed by the Waukegan Police Benevolent Labor Committee Lodge 42.

Lincoln Day Dinner: The Grant Township Republican Club will be holding its 65th annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Feb. 9 at Maravelas Banquet Hall in Fox Lake. Cocktails will begin at 6 p.m. and a prime rib dinner at 7 p.m. This year’s guest speaker will be Dan Proft, radio personality on radio WLS-AM 890 where he co-hosts the mid-morning show weekdays from 9 to 11 a.m. Also making a guest appearance will be Abraham Lincoln as channeled by Fritz Klein, considered one of the nation’s foremost Lincoln actors and has been seen on the History Channel, Discovery Channel and National Geographic Television. Tickets need to be purchased in advance and are $45 each or $340 for a table of eight. Contact Nancy Kubalanza at (847) 587-5954 or for more information.

Morrison committees: State Sen. Julie Morrison, D-Deerfield, has been assigned to five Senate committees for the 98th General Assembly. Morrison will serve on the Appropriations, Education, Environment, Human Services and State Government and Veterans’ Affairs Committees. “These committees reflect the interests of the 29th District,” said Morrison. “I look forward to improving education in Illinois and restoring ethics in state government.” Morrison was elected to the Senate in November and is beginning her first term in office. Prior to being elected to the General Assembly, she was West Deerfield Township supervisor for 15 years.

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