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DuPage County sees high voter turnout in primary; Hispanic Heritage Festival planned for September in Naperville; Naper Settlement holding deed scrubbing workshops – Chicago Tribune

DuPage County Clerk Jean Kaczmarek said voter turnout in Tuesday’s primary election was nearly 22% and set several records.

With more than 22,000 votes cast during the early voting period, the number exceeded the number in the 2018 primary, Kaczmarek said in a news release. The nearly 35,000 ballot applications were six times higher the number requested in 2018, she said.

The primary was the first election using the new 100% paper voting system. The county replaced its 20-year-old equipment with the Hart InterCivic Verity system that was selected for its security, transparency and user-friendliness, the release said.

DuPage is the first county in Illinois to use the complete print-on-demand system. The county also implemented a vote anywhere initiative in which voters could cast a ballot at any of the 263 polling places instead of their assigned precinct.

The Naperville Sister Cities Foundation will hold its second Hispanic Heritage Festival Sept. 17 with an array of activities throughout downtown Naperville.

The event will include a bilingual story time at Nichols Library, Latin American-inspired cooking classes, painting classes and a scavenger hunt throughout the downtown area.

From 5 to 9 pm there will be live music, food and a marketplace in Central Park, 104 E. Benton Ave.

The foundation has chosen authentic vendors, diverse musical acts and food that represents several Latin American countries to participate in the festival, Sister City Foundation member Bill Donofrio said in a news release.

More activities will be added. The foundation is also looking for volunteers and sponsors.

Two of Naperville’s city sisters are Patzcuaro, Mexico, and Cancun, Mexico.

Naper Settlement programs on the history of racial covenants and the ways homeowners can remove them from housing deeds will be held at 2 pm Thursdays in July.

On Jan. 1, a new state law allows Illinois homeowners to remove racially or religiously restrictive covenants from their property deeds for a small fee. The covenants were declared illegal with the 1968 Fair Housing Act but are a legacy of housing discrimination.

The 30-minute workshop is included with admission to Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. Those who attend do not have to be a homeowner or a Naperville resident.

DuPage County Board this week voted to take steps to allow the sale of cannabis in unincorporated areas of the county.

The vote reverses the board’s October 2019 decision to prohibit recreational cannabis sales in unincorporated areas. The board’s development committee and staff will now create a zoning and licensing program to regulate how and where the businesses operate.

Incorporated towns are allowed to decide individually if they will allow the sale of medicinal or recreational marijuana. They are impacted by the board’s action.

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