Friday, February 15, 2013
What do you think of State Rep. Laura Fine’s legislation that could ban the sale of energy drinks to minors? Tell us in the comment section.
State Rep. Laura Fine (D-Glenview) has introduced legislation that targets energy drinks like Red Bull, 5-Hour Energy and Monster and would ban the sale of such drinks to anyone under 18 years old, Evanston Now reported. The number of emergency-room visits linked to energy drinks doubled in four years, going from 10,000 in 2007 to 20,000 in 2011, and of those visits, 42 percent had mixed the energy drink with another stimulant while 58 percent had consumed just the drink, according to a survey of U.S. hospitals by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, ABC News reported. Fines told Evanston Now that energy drinks can contain as much as 20 times the amount of caffeine found in coffee. Caffeine levels in energy drinks…
Monday, February 11, 2013
Recently elected State Representative Laura Fine (D-Glenview) is set to serve on six house committees this year.
State Representative Laura Fine (D-Glenview) will serve on six committees in the House of Representatives, assignments the freshman lawmaker says will allow her to more effectively advocate on behalf of the concerns of her constituents, according to a press release issued Friday. “While we all know Illinois has to make some difficult decisions in the future, these decisions are not limited to the budget and pensions,” Fine said. “State officials must continue to implement policies that encourage businesses to grow and create jobs, strengthen education, protect consumers, and ensure that health care is accessible and affordable for all. "My committee appointments will help me have a greater influence in crafting these policies," she added…
Monday, January 28, 2013
Want to know which groceries came from Illinois farms? State Rep. Laura Fine is promoting a program that makes it easier to identify "Where Fresh Is."
State Rep. Laura Fine (D-Glenview) is promoting an Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) program designed to help consumers identify locally grown produce, a press release from Fine's office announced. “Fresh produce has the most vitamins and nutrients for our children and families, but at the grocery store it is difficult to know where the produce is grown,” Fine said in the press release. “This will allow grocery stores and farmers markets to promote locally grown products so consumers can make the choice to buy Illinois-first.” IDOA received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to rebrand and promote the the “Where Fresh Is” program, according to the release. Grocery stores and farmers' markets can receive new, …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Fine took nearly two out of every three votes.
FINAL UPDATE AT 11:22 p.m.: Laura Fine (D-Glenview) has defeated Kyle Frank (R-Skokie) to take the Illinois’ 17th district legislative seat. With 85 of 86 precincts reporting, Fine has 65.5 percent of the vote. “I’m just thrilled," Fine said. "We just worked so hard. I started knocking on doors last November and talking to people and finding out what their different issues and concerns were. All that hard work and staying positive in our campaign paid off. I was in many of the precincts today, and I can’t tell you how many people I bumped into that I remember when we talked at my door. And I just feel like I have a good grasp of what people are really concerned about in our district. And I hope that I can properly represent everybody and …
Friday, October 19, 2012
17th District Illinois House candidates Laura Fine and Kyle Frank, 18th District Illinois House candidates Robyn Gabel and Eric Lieberman, and 9th District Illinois Senate candidate Glenn Farkas spoke in Evanston.
At a forum in Evanston last night, Illinois legislative candidates sparred over how to create jobs and reduce corruption, but agreed on one thing: that the state needs a massive budget overhaul. Hosted by the Central Street Neighbors Association at Haven Middle School, the forum included State Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston) and her 18th District Republican challenger, Eric Lieberman, as well as 17th district house candidates Laura Fine (D-Glenview) and Kyle Frank (R-Skokie.) Ninth district Illinois senate candidate Glenn Farkas (R-Glenview), was also in attendance, but his opponent, State Rep. Daniel Biss, had a previously scheduled appearance. Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl took his seat, answering questions on behalf of Biss from …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
The Chicago Tribune editorial board described both candidates as "good," but endorsed Laura Fine (D-Glenview) for the 17th District House seat.
While the Chicago Tribune editorial board writes that Laura Fine and Kyle Frank are "both good candidates," for the 17th District House seat, the board chose Fine over Frank for endorsement. Both candidates are newcomers in the race for the position currently occupied by Daniel Biss (D-Evanston), who is running for Illinois Senate in the ninth district. Fine, a Democrat from Glenview, is a Northeastern Illinois University professor and former Northfield Township clerk, while Frank is a Republican from Skokie who works as an attorney. Earlier: Get To Know State Rep. Candidate Laura Fine Earlier: Get To Know State Rep. Candidate Kyle Frank The Tribune praised Fine's positions on pension reform and legislative pay, but said Frank, too, had …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
18th District House candidates Robyn Gabel and Eric Lieberman, 17th District House candidates Laura Fine and Kyle Frank and 9th District Senate candidate Glenn Farkas will appear in Evanston.
Candidates for the 18th and 17th district house races and the 9th district senate race will appear at a moderated forum in Evanston Thursday. 18th District incumbent Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston), challenger Eric Lieberman (R-Evanston), 17th district house candidate Laura Fine (D-Glenview), 17th district house candidate Kyle Frank (R-Skokie) and 9th district senate candidate Glenn Farkas (R-Glenview) are scheduled to appear at the forum hosted by the Central Street Neighbors Association. State Rep. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston), who is also running for the 9th district senate seat, had a previously scheduled appearance that evening. "While the national presidential race is naturally the focus of most interest this election year, critical fiscal…
Monday, October 1, 2012
Get to know the candidates for Illinois State Representative in the 17th District, who will be on the Nov. 6 ballot. Patch sat down to talk with Laura Fine (D), who will face Kyle Frank (R).
Patch sat down recently with the two candidates running for Illinois' 17th District state representative seat, Democrat Laura Fine and Republican Kyle Frank to get information on their views. The seat is being vacated by Rep. Daniel Biss, who is running for the Illinois Senate. Our questions, and Laura Fine's answers, follow. Click here to read our Q&A with Frank. Patch: How would you approach pension reform if elected? The state has made progress on this, but I believe that more needs to be done and done soon. For example, we need to ensure that those individuals working their final days at an inflated salary do not exploit the pension systems by unfairly boosting their pensions. Additionally, we need to find a way to roll back pension …
Monday, September 17, 2012
One Glenview reader shares a letter in support of Fine, who is running for a State Rep. seat in the 17th District.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Dear Editor, Every year we hear about politicians who claim they want to go down to Springfield and fix the problems that have plagued our state for many years. Usually it is just political rhetoric, but this year I believe we have a candidate that can truly make a difference. Laura Fine, candidate for state representative, is an individual who I believe stands out from the rest. She’s not a career politician; she is a mother, a teacher and a neighborhood volunteer. She’s not running for office for personal gain, she is doing this for the community that rallied around her and her family with they needed it the most. She is doing this for the right reasons, which is to represent the people, not the special interests. She knows that our …