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  After years of avoiding direct mention of his religion, Mitt Romney will open up about his Mormon faith as he accepts the Republican nomination for president. "I think this is a speech where he's going to talk a lot about what's informed his values,...

Fellow Mormons praise Romney as a caring friend

Updated: 8/30/2012 09:18 PM

  The three dozen chanting anti-GOP protesters hit a lull of silence as they marched through a low-income neighborhood in west Tampa. "What are you guys doing? Taking a nap?" shouted one protester to his cohorts, exhorting them to yell. Another...

Protests fizzle during GOP convention

Updated: 8/30/2012 04:40 PM

  In a postcard from Tampa, Kerry Lester writes: The Republican National Convention wrapped up Thursday here in Tampa, and delegates left tired but energized. The scene on the convention floor Thursday night was crowded, hot and electric. Delegates...

Postcard from Tampa: People-watching at the convention

Updated: 8/30/2012 11:04 PM

  Republicans have strengthened the pro-gun-rights portion of their party platform, including a new call for unlimited bullet capacities in guns, in a defiant response to criticism that followed recent mass shootings at a Colorado cinema and an...

GOP platform calls for broader gun rights, unlimited clips

Updated: 8/30/2012 10:23 AM

  Mitt Romney launched his fall campaign for the White House night with a rousing, remarkably personal speech to the Republican National convention and a prime-time audience Thursday night, proclaiming that America needs "jobs, lots of jobs" and...

Romney's convention promise: 'Jobs, lots of jobs'

Updated: 8/31/2012 05:45 AM

  President Barack Obama says his re-election might help end the political stalemate in Washington, much like "popping a blister."

Obama: GOP could cooperate more in second term

Updated: 8/30/2012 09:08 AM

  Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said his party's anti-immigration policies are costing Republicans elections and contributing to lower fertility rates and gloom in the U.S.

Jeb Bush slams Republican anti-immigrant stance as loser

Updated: 8/30/2012 01:47 PM

  Six Flags Great America in Gurnee will "igNIGHT" the evenings in 2013. Theme park officials announced Thursday that the most "technologically advanced" stage show - entitled igNIGHT - is the latest attraction added for the 2013 season.

Lighting, sounds, pyrotechnics to be part of Six Flags' new 'igNIGHT' stage show in 2013

Updated: 8/30/2012 02:43 PM

  The City of Elgin partnered with the Grand Victoria Casino over the winter to explore collaborating on a downtown entertainment venue, but now casino management has backed away from the partnership and city council members are left with...

Elgin mayor seeks decision on Hemmens future

Updated: 8/30/2012 02:56 PM

  Hoping to land a job as a performer, Wheeling resident Alex Suha and Wheaton's Will Austin walk into an audition looking like clowns. But that's just the first step as they both vie to win spots in Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's famed Clown...

Local clowns strive for spot in coveted Ringling Bros. college

Updated: 8/30/2012 02:06 PM

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