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Trump News May 20, 2017

Watch President Donald J. Trump’s Weekly Address:


8:30 AM: Vice President Pence hosts a breakfast meeting with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia

11:00 AM: President Trump and Vice President Pence meet with Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney

12:15 PM: Vice President Pence delivers remarks at the Business Council’s Annual Meeting

1:20 PM: Vice President Pence delivers remarks at the Council for National Policy’s 2017 Meeting

1:50 PM: President Trump departs the White House to begin his trip abroad, making his first stop in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


President Trump begins his trip abroad this afternoon, where he will make five stops. The President will be departing the White House at 1:50 PM. The President will seek to reaffirm America’s global leadership, continue building key relationships with world leaders, and deliver a message of unity to America’s friends and allies. He will be making stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel, Italy, and Belgium, and will be attending both the NATO and G7 summits. First Lady Melania Trump will join the President for the eight-day trip overseas. Stay up to date with the President’s trip at WH.gov/POTUSAbroad and on Twitter #POTUSAbroad.

First Lady Melania Trump announced yesterday some of the stops on her first foreign trip as First Lady of the United States of America.

Yesterday, President Trump held a joint press conference with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia.

President Donald Trump and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos participate in a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks).

President Trump announced his intent to nominate G. Keith Bryant to the Department of Homeland Security and Elizabeth Erin Walsh to the Department of Commerce.

Yesterday, Vice President Pence delivered remarks at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Invest in America! Summit, and said, “today I say with confidence that with your continued help, with your innovation and with your industry, the companies that are represented here today, along with the leadership of President Donald Trump, I know the best days for America and all of her friends across the world are yet to come.”

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that it has adopted the American Cancer Society (ACS) breast cancer screening guidelines that give women a choice to begin screening at age 40.


“The United States is the only developed country that does not guarantee new mothers or fathers a single day of paid time off. Trump’s proposals would change that…”The Washington Post

“Ford Motor Co (F.N) said it would invest $350 million to upgrade its Livonia transmission plant in Michigan as the company expands its lineup of fuel-efficient powertrains.”Reuters

“Speaking at a meeting with the chief editors of three Egyptian newspapers, Sisi expressed his confidence in Trump, saying ‘I believe in him and his abilities to resolve conflict’ … ‘Trump is a great man who is not satisfied with anything but success, and we have confidence in his abilities and his promises’”The Jerusalem Post

Source: Will County News

Senior Fraud Prevention Seminar & Lunch

Tom Bennett

Millions of people in the United States are victims of financial exploitation, including mail, telemarketing, and Internet fraud, each year and many of the individuals who fall prey to these crimes are seniors.

State Representative Jim Durkin invites you to attend a free Fraud Prevention Seminar to make you aware of the latest scams and how to protect yourself so you do not become a victim.

Senior Fraud Prevention Seminar & Lunch
Thursday, May 25, 2017
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 PM
Darien Park District
7301 Fairview Ave., Darien IL

RSVP to 630-325-2028 (RSVP is required to ensure there is enough food).

Special thanks to Detective Rob Wish of the Burr Ridge Police Department and the Illinois State Police.

The event is sponsored by State Representative Jim Durkin’s Senior Council.
State Representative Jim Durkin
16W281 83rd Street
Suite C
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
Phone: 630-325-2028
Fax: 630-325-2291

Source: Will County News

Indiana shows that unions certainly can grow in Right-to-Work states.

Indiana added five times more union members than Illinois since passing Right to Work

Indiana shows that unions certainly can grow in Right-to-Work states.

Michael Lucci

Illinois Policy
MAY 9, 2017
Indiana’s sharp rise in union members is due to its robust economic growth and increase in manufacturing jobs, while Illinois’ economy continues to lose factories and sees little growth in union members.

Indiana is a Right-to-Work state – it’s also home to union growth five times greater than neighboring Illinois, where forced-unionism is still the law of the land.

One of the most common criticisms of Right-to-Work laws is that they make it harder for workers to form unions and collectively bargain. But if this is true, then why is union membership growing so much more rapidly in Indiana than in Illinois?

The short answer? Jobs growth and population growth. 

Right to Work doesn’t hurt unions – it just gives workers a choice

Right-to-Work laws guarantee that workers have a choice in whether or not they join and pay fees to a union. They don’t prohibit unions, and they don’t make it harder to organize unions. But without Right to Work, all workers in a unionized workplace must pay union fees or else they can be fired, even if they don’t want union representation.

That’s unfair. Right to Work makes sure that unions earn the fees and dues they collect from members. Gary Casteel, the Southern region director for United Auto Workers even admitted this fact in a statement reported by the Washington Post, saying:

“This is something I’ve never understood, that people think right to work hurts unions … To me, it helps them. You don’t have to belong if you don’t want to. So if I go to an organizing drive, I can tell these workers, ‘If you don’t like this arrangement, you don’t have to belong.’ Versus, ‘If we get 50 percent of you, then all of you have to belong, whether you like to or not.’”

Indiana’s economy is thriving – and so is union membership

Indiana shows that unions certainly can grow in Right-to-Work states. And union membership is growing much faster in Indiana than it is growing in Illinois.

Indiana passed statewide Right-to-Work legislation in 2012. Since then, union membership has grown by 58,000 in Indiana, compared to union membership growth of only 11,000 in Illinois, according to union membership data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

illinois union membership

The comparison is even starker in percentage terms. Indiana’s economy is half the size of Illinois’, yet they have added five times as many union members since enacting Right to Work.

Union membership is up 24 percent in Indiana since enacting Right to Work, compared to growth of just over 1 percent in Illinois.

illinois union membership

One of the reasons Right-to-Work states can experience better union membership growth is because they generally have better jobs growth. Taken as a group, Right-to-Work states have double the jobs growth rate of forced-union states since 1990.

illinois union membership

Indiana has experienced much better jobs growth than Illinois in sectors that tend to have more unionization. For example, Indiana has added 55,700 manufacturing jobs since enacting Right to Work, while Illinois has lost 11,800 manufacturing jobs in the same time period.

illinois union membership

Illinois should embrace worker freedom

These facts put Right-to-Work opponents in a bind. They can no longer claim that Right to Work crushes union membership because the comparison of Indiana and Illinois disproves that claim. And if they want to argue that Indiana has lower wages since Right to Work, then they have to address the fact that Indiana’s lower wages have happened with better union membership growth than most states have achieved, especially Illinois.

Right to Work should be debated on its merits in Illinois. The Land of Lincoln is surrounded by Right-to-Work states, and has the weakest industrial labor market in the region.

The facts about Illinois and Indiana make it clear: A Right-to-Work law does not crush union membership, nor does it prohibit collective bargaining. But Illinois has certainly figured out the formula to stunt union growth by having slow job creation and heavy out-migration.

Unions need what all Illinoisans need – more business formation, outside investment, productivity gains and job creation. Illinois lawmakers should get about the business of making the Land of Lincoln a more tolerable state for business, and then all workers will benefit.

Source: Will County News

Trump News May 19, 2017

Today, President Donald J. Trump will welcome President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia to the White House. The two leaders will participate in bilateral meetings and then hold a joint press conference later in the afternoon. This is the President’s third state visit this week before he departs on an 8 day international swing across 4 countries.


12:15 PM: Vice President Pence delivers the keynote address at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Invest in America! 2017 Summit

12:30 PM: President Trump meets with National Economic Director Gary Cohn

2:00 PM: Vice President Pence delivers remarks at the Laffer Associates 57th Washington Conference

2:50 PM: President Trump welcomes President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia and leads a bilateral meeting. Vice President Pence will also participate in the bilateral meeting.

3:45 PM: President Trump holds a joint press conference with President Santos – Watch Live


Yesterday, President Trump delivered remarks at the United States Coast Guard Academy Commencement Ceremony

President Trump signed H.J.Res. 66 which nullifies the Department of Labor’s rule on Savings Arrangements Established by States for Non-Governmental Employees.

President Trump issued a Memorandum on the Presidential Determination Pursuant to Section 1245(d)(4)(B) and (C) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012.

Vice President Pence spoke at the AAPI Heritage Month Reception yesterday, and was accompanied by Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao as well as the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Seema Verma.

President Donald Trump arrives at the White House aboard Marine One on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 shortly after returning from Grodon, Connecticut, where he delivered remarks at the United States Coast Guard Academy Commencement Ceremony (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks).

Press Secretary Sean Spicer held a press gaggle aboard Air Force One yesterday, where he delivered a statement to the press and answered questions.


“Since President Donald Trump took office, Marin said, some policies have changed. “In the past administration, there were classes of aliens that were exempt from being arrested,” he said. Trump has reversed some Obama immigration policies and has said that anyone who is in the United States illegally could face deportation.”Reuters

Source: Will County News