Naperville Now 02-27-19

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Revoked FOID Card Retrieval Stepped Up:

The DuPage County Sheriff’s office is stepping up their efforts to retrieve revoked firearm owner’s identification cards, in light of the recent shooting tragedy in Aurora. Gary Martin, the gunman in that incident, had a revoked FOID card, but there was no record of it being retrieved. DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick says now, a social worker will be assigned to immediately contact an individual whose FOID card has been revoked, asking for its return, along with any guns they may have. If there’s no response, deputies will be sent to their residence after the 48-hour window to return the card has elapsed.

Smart Cities Talk:

Hub88 hosted a panel last night to discuss “smart cities” and innovation in the transportation industry. Experts in the field discussed autonomous vehicles, connectivity between systems, and how we can utilize upcoming technologies to make transportation safer and cleaner. Jerry Quandt, executive director of the Illinois Autonomous Vehicles Association, acted as moderator for the discussion, and then took questions from the audience to wrap up the tech talk.

D204 Candidate Forum:

Candidates running for the Indian Prairie District 204 School Board appeared last night at the Naperville Municipal Center at a forum hosted by the Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation. Natasha Grover, Mark Rising, Justin Karubus and Gautam “GB” Bhatia were in attendance, with Carole Jones absent due to being out of town. The group answered both prepared questions from the NAHC and audience questions, on topics ranging from redistricting due to new residential developments, to resources that could be offered to students with special needs. There are three open four-year board seats up for grabs in the April 2 election.

Global Citizen Finalist:

Congratulations to Jeremy Marks from Naperville, who has been named a finalist for the Global Citizen of the Year award, presented by IES Abroad. The not-for-profit study abroad and internship organization gives the honor to students who’ve made a meaningful impact through their time abroad, and who plan to continue their good work upon their return. Marks had a Cape Town internship in 2018 in which he worked with the senior leadership at New Somerset Hospital to improve operations, including helping to create a standardized medical equipment loan registry system. He also studied abroad in programs in Beijing and Shanghai. Marks will receive a $400 cash prize for the honor.