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Updated: April 3, 2013 2:00AM

Grace registration: Grace period voter registration for North Chicago, Waukegan, and Waukegan Township residents is available to Feb. 23 at the Lake County Clerk’s Office, Room 101, 18 N. County St., Waukegan. The clerk’s office will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday hours will be available only on Feb. 16 and Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, residents of their precinct for 30 days before Election Day, 18 years old on or before the election, and provide two forms of identification. Those who register under the grace period provision must vote at the time of registration. The Feb. 26 Consolidated Primary in the cities of North Chicago and Waukegan as well as Waukegan Township is a primary for only Democratic candidates because no contested Republican candidates or nonpartisan public questions were certified for the election.

Tenth Dems: Tenth Dems University will feature the program “Bringing Women to the Discussion Part III: Getting Involved: The Real Power” from 1 to 3 p.m. today, Feb. 2, at the College of Lake County, C Wing, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. This is the third session on “Bringing Women to the Discussion” sponsored by Tenth Congressional District Democrats, Lake County Women in Action, College of Lake County’s Women’s Center, Lake County League of Women Voters and Citizen Action Illinois. A keynote speaker will address the importance of advocacy, how to do it and how to help. Organizations offering information and opportunities for assistance will participate. RSVP online or for more information, contact Tenth Dems by email or at 847-266-VOTE (8683).

Firearms group: State Sens. Julie Morrison, D–Deerfield, and Melinda Bush, D-Grayslake, will work alongside other freshmen state legislators in Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon’s newly created bipartisan Firearms Working Group, created after the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Illinois’ concealed weapons ban was unconstitutional. The court gave Illinois lawmakers 180 days to pass legislation on concealed carry weapons. “When it comes to this issue, the legislature has no time to lose. I hope that we can reach a consensus that allows for responsible gun ownership with commonsense safety measures,” Morrison said. “The conversation needs to move from gun control to public safety.” Morrison is also the chief co-sponsor of Senate Bill 69 that deals with reporting lost or stolen handguns to law enforcement. “The Appellate Court gave us a timetable to pass concealed-carry legislation and I will to work to make sure that happens,” Bush said. “As we discuss this legislation, it is imperative that we make our decisions with as much information as possible. That is why I am a part of this working group.”

Sullivan award: State Rep. Ed Sullivan, R-Mundelein, has been awarded the 2012 Outstanding Legislator of the Year Award for the House of Representatives by the Illinois Association of Park Districts. “Park districts provide vital services that are a part of the American way of life and create precious memories,” said Sullivan. “Park districts teach our children how to swim, play soccer, and bring recreational activities that teach our children vital lessons while building family bonds.”

Sente committee: State Rep. Carol Sente, D-Vernon Hills, has been named chairperson of the newly formed House Committee on Business Growth and Incentives. “My Business Incentives and Growth Committee will focus on helping to get more individuals back to work, helping small and mid-sized businesses locate, grow and prosper in Illinois, evaluating our disparate tax incentive program, and working with federal, state and local partners to strengthen our economy,” she said. Sente’s other committee assignments include vice chair of the Environment Committee, and membership on the Veterans’ Affairs, State Government Administration, Pensions & Personnel, and Elementary & Secondary Education Appropriations committees.

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