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  • Lake Zurich board puts home rule on ballot Aug 19, 2014 5:00 AM
    Lake Zurich voters will decide whether village government should have more control over taxes and other issues through home-rule power. Village board members Monday night voted 5-1 to place a home-rule question on the Nov. 4 ballot. Lake Zurich voters overwhelmingly rejected home rule in 1998. If home rule is approved, an ordinance passed by the board states Lake Zurich would commit to limiting a property tax increase to 5 percent or the national rate of inflation known as the Consumer Price Index — whichever is less.

     
  • Home rule question put on the ballot by Barrington board Aug 18, 2014 6:18 PM
    Barrington voters will be asked in November whether their village should become a home-rule community, a move supported by an independent committee of residents impaneled to explore the issue. Village trustees pledged not to raise taxes if home rule is granted.

     
  • No term limits in Arlington Heights’ near future Aug 17, 2014 5:36 PM
    With a referendum on term limits off the November ballot, the idea may be dead in Arlington Heights for the foreseeable future. Last week, the village’s electoral board for the second time in two years threw out a petition asking that voters decide the term-limit question. Mayor Tom Hayes said it is not likely the village board will take up the issue anytime soon.

     
  • Island Lake trustee resigns Aug 15, 2014 2:27 PM
    Island Lake Trustee Shannon Fox has resigned from the board, citing a recent move out of town.

     
  • No term limits vote in Arlington Hts. this fall Aug 14, 2014 9:03 PM
    Residents in Arlington Heights will not vote this November on whether their mayor and trustees should be bound by term limits — after a petition asking for a referendum on the ballot was thrown out on Thursday. All three members of the electoral board — Mayor Tom Hayes, senior Trustee Bert Rosenberg, and Village Clerk Becky Hume — voted to uphold objections filed by a resident to the term limits petition.

     
  • Group continues fight to put term limits on ballot Aug 14, 2014 4:59 PM
    A group that wants to put legislative term limits on the November ballot told an Illinois appeals court Thursday that voters deserve a chance to approve a measure the General Assembly never will pass on its own.

     
  • Quinn wants apology over ‘cow tipping’ remark Aug 14, 2014 5:17 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn says his Republican challenger’s running mate should apologize for a 2013 comment asking if “cow tipping” was a job requirement in Springfield. The remark came from an email Evelyn Sanguinetti sent to a Department of Human Rights staff attorney asking if there were any job openings.

     
  • Rauner revs up GOP at state fair Aug 14, 2014 7:24 PM
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner roared into the state fairgrounds on a Harley Thursday, revving up the party faithful by pledging to help loosen the Democrats’ long hold on power in Illinois government. After removing his helmet, the Winnetka businessman said he would lead an administration that is efficient and transparent.

     
  • $25.3 million class action lawsuit filed over McHenry court fines Aug 14, 2014 4:37 PM
    Four people have filed a lawsuit against McHenry County 22nd Judicial Circuit Clerk Katherine Keefe, arguing her office improperly assessed fines instead of fees after their traffic and misdemeanor cases were adjudicated. The federal lawsuit seeks class action status, a collective refund of $3,525 to the four plaintiffs and a reimbursement of $25.3 million collected from defendants in thousands of other cases.

     
  • State treasurer race heats up over accusations Aug 12, 2014 10:19 PM
    Republican candidate for treasurer Tom Cross’ campaign accused his Democratic opponent Tuesday of financial mismanagement and political patronage, stirring controversy in the race for a typically overlooked statewide office.

     
  • Rauner keeps up property tax pressure Aug 12, 2014 10:47 PM
    Republican governor hopeful Bruce Rauner has launched a website and enlisted a suburban homeowner for a robocall supporting his effort to freeze suburban property taxes. A recorded call from Joan Zaleski of St. Charles urges people to sign a petition at FreezeMyTaxes.com to back a plan that would keep local government from asking for more tax money unless voters approve. Gov. Pat Quinn, his opponent, says a freeze wouldn't work.

     
  • Quinn signs bills to better emergency response Aug 12, 2014 10:21 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn has signed two pieces of legislation aimed at improving emergency response in rural areas of Illinois.

     
  • Objection filed to Arlington Hts. term limit petition Aug 12, 2014 6:22 PM
    An Arlington Heights resident has filed an objection to a petition asking that voters decide whether the village’s elected officials should be subject to term limits. The electoral board — made up of the village clerk, Mayor Tom Hayes and the village’s more senior trustee, Bert Rosenberg — will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday to hear the objection and decide if a term-limit referendum will appear on the November ballot.

     
  • Community center plan headed to Wauconda voters Aug 13, 2014 5:30 AM
    A $4.75 million plan to expand the Wauconda Community Center now is in voters’ hands. The Wauconda Park District board on Tuesday unanimously agreed to put the proposal on the Nov. 4 ballot.

     
  • Quinn calls on Rauner to confirm debates Aug 11, 2014 10:24 PM
    With less than three months until the November election, Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday called on Republican challenger Bruce Rauner to firm up the candidates’ debate schedule. Quinn’s campaign said the Chicago Democrat has committed to eight debates and forums statewide ahead of Nov. 4, along with a ninth potential event. Rauner’s campaign said the businessman plans to appear at several debates and will announce the schedule soon.

     
  • Voting by mail for November election Aug 10, 2014 4:26 PM
    All Lake County registered voters, including students away at school and traveling snowbirds, who choose to vote by mail in the Nov. 4 election can visit LakeVoterPower.info to complete an electronic request or download a paper ballot application.

     
  • Treasurer candidate late on property taxes Aug 9, 2014 1:01 AM
    The Democratic candidate for Illinois treasurer is being asked to explain why he didn’t pay more than $1,800 in back taxes and interest to the Illinois Department of Revenue.

     
  • Candidate asked for state job, joked about capital Aug 8, 2014 6:51 PM
    The Republican candidate for Illinois lieutenant governor asked a state official if he knew of any jobs in the agency where he worked and made a joke suggesting the state’s capital city lacks sophistication.

     
  • Quinn, Rauner lob new accusations Aug 8, 2014 6:47 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday accused Republican rival Bruce Rauner of dodging responsibility for another business dealing he called “very troubling,” while Rauner’s campaign hit back over new allegations of patronage at the Illinois Department of Transportation.

     
  • Term limits may be on Arlington Hts. ballot in November Aug 7, 2014 7:59 PM
    An Arlington Heights resident is trying again to get term limits for elected officials enacted in Arlington Heights, and has presented petitions that may get the initiative on the Nov. 4 ballot.

     
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