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  • Naperville mayor candidate Krause suggests finding new city manager Jan 27, 2015 5:35 PM
    Naperville could be in store for a new city manager if one candidate for mayor -- Doug Krause -- wins the race. Krause, who has worked with four city managers during his 26 years on the council, says it could be time to look into hiring a new top administrator to replace Doug Krieger. “Personally, I think we should review the possibility of having a new city manager to address the new current issues that are coming up," Krause said.

     
  • U-46 board candidate apologizes for offensive Facebook post Jan 27, 2015 5:45 PM
    “It was a youthful indiscretion,” said Cody Holt, a candidate for Elgin Area School District U-46 school board facing a slew of criticism for a Facebook post in which he used a derivative of the “N” word casually addressing his best friend, who is black. Screenshots of Holt’s original post from June 12, 2012, have been shared on various Facebook pages — “Elgin Township Democrats” and “School District U-46 Uncensored” — in the last couple of days. Holt took down his original post Monday.

     
  • Mundelein candidate slams branding project as waste of time and money Jan 27, 2015 2:21 PM
    A Mundelein trustee candidate on Monday soundly criticized the village's recent branding campaign, calling it “a waste of time.”

     
  • Des Plaines candidate forums scheduled Jan 26, 2015 4:12 PM
    The Veterans of Foreign Wars of Des Plaines is sponsoring three candidate forums for those running in contested city aldermanic races in the April 7 election. Residents of the 4th, 6th and 7th wards will be able to ask questions of the candidates, either orally or in writing.

     
  • Candidate drops out: Jan 26, 2015 6:13 PM
    One of the candidates running for seats on the Wauconda village board on Monday announced she’s withdrawing.

     
  • Naperville mayor candidates offer different traffic fixes Jan 26, 2015 4:56 PM
    The average Naperville resident struggling to drive north during the morning rush and south in the evening has at least one thing in common with the candidates to be the city’s mayor: They’re all concerned about traffic. All four mayoral candidates say traffic is a problem in Naperville, but they offer different solutions to fix it. “We have traffic problems because people want to be in Naperville,” candidate Marty Walker said. “The unfortunate side is you can’t get through Naperville.”

     
  • Trio of veteran school board members running again Jan 26, 2015 9:07 AM
    Plenty of incumbents will be on the ballot in April's local elections -- but few have served as long as school board veterans Merv Roberts, Terry Moons and Marge Loizzo. The trio has more than a century of combined experience, with tenures date back to the 1970s and 1980s.

     
  • Campton Hills ballot battle drags on Jan 26, 2015 6:02 PM
    If the campaign for Campton Hills village president and trustee offices is as hard-fought as the battle to just get on the ballot, it will be quite an election. Attorneys for people seeking village offices this spring had another day in Kane County court Monday trying to sort out who voters will choose from — be it either a primary election on Feb. 4 or the municipal election on April 7.

     
  • Former Kane County Sheriff George Kramer dies at 81 Jan 25, 2015 9:32 PM
    Former Kane County Sheriff George Kramer died Saturday at the age of 81. Just two months before passing, George Kramer got to see his son, Donald Kramer, be sworn in as Kane County Sheriff.

     
  • Rauner promises ‘competitive’ salaries for business leaders joining team Jan 23, 2015 10:13 PM
    Business leaders tapped to join Illinois’ new executive team will be offered “competitive” salaries to lure them out of the private sector, Gov. Bruce Rauner said Friday. The Winnetka Republican said he plans to announce more advisors in the next few weeks. “We’re going to pay what we need to to bring in talented people,” Rauner said.

     
  • Obama veto threat targets Kirk plan on Iran Jan 22, 2015 1:01 AM
    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, an Highland Park Republican, said he expects the Senate to move forward with a proposal increasing sanctions on Iran desipte President Barack Obama’s threat in Tuesday’s State of the Union Address to veto it.

     
  • Township will again ask for tax increase for road maintenance Jan 22, 2015 5:23 PM
    Fourth time's the charm? Blackberry Township officials are again asking voters to increase property taxes to pay for road repairs and paving. "Roads are really starting to deteriorate in Blackberry Township," Highway Commissioner Rodney Feece says, as they have been patched, not repaved.

     
  • Republicans playing the long game on term limits Jan 22, 2015 6:46 PM
    State Rep. Ron Sandack, a Downers Grove Republican, proposes an amendment to the Illinois Constitution calling for 10-year term limits for state lawmakers. Rauner tried to get a similar measure put before voters on the November ballot, but it was tossed in court. Still, it remained a major talking point for a campaign running against the Springfield establishment.

     
  • Campton Hills hopefuls face last hurdle to ballot Jan 21, 2015 5:30 AM
    Four people running for Campton Hills president and trustee seats in April need to clear one more hurdle to get on the April 7 ballot. They have filed court papers to have a judge order the Kane County Clerk to accept their petitions. The petitions were not turned over to the clerk in December because a challenge was filed against Trustee Harry Blecker, who is running for village president, and three others. The matter is due in court on Monday.

     
  • Woodland Dist. 50 seeking temporary tax cap hike for A/C Jan 21, 2015 6:42 PM
    Woodland Elementary District 50 voters will decide in April whether to grant the district a higher property tax cap for one year to raise money for installation of air conditioning at the primary school and other needs. At a special meeting Tuesday night, board members of the Gurnee-based district voted 4-2 in favor of placing a referendum on the April 7 ballot .

     
  • Joe Walsh speaking to Elk Grove Republicans Saturday Jan 21, 2015 7:09 PM
    Former congressman and current radio show host Joe Walsh will speak to the Republicans of Elk Grove Township at their monthly meeting, 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24. The blunt and controversial speaker will offer his thoughts on a variety of topics and answer questions on local, state and national issues.

     
  • Sleepy Hollow to ask voters for 82% tax hike Jan 20, 2015 6:03 PM
    Sleepy Hollow again will be seeking a roughly 82 percent property tax increase on April 7 after a similar request failed last November by a 3 to 1 margin. The village is seeking to collect an additional $428,571 yearly from its more than 3,300 residents — nearly double what they pay now. If approved, the owner of a $200,000 home would pay roughly $316 more in property taxes in 2016.

     
  • Reports: Duckworth will consider Senate run Jan 19, 2015 8:13 PM
    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a Hoffman Estates Democrat, is weighing a run for U.S. Senate, reports say. If nominated as the Democrat for the 2016 Senate race, Duckworth would be lined up to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, a Highland Park Republican.

     
  • What Bruce Rauner can do without the Legislature Jan 18, 2015 7:30 AM
    Rauner has tried to promote the idea of bipartisanship in his first week in office. But what will be be able to do alone? Aside from executive orders, he doesn’t have to spend the money lawmakers give him. And he has broad powers to direct his agencies.

     
  • Lombard library director’s goal: New library Jan 18, 2015 7:45 AM
    From the time she interviewed for her new job last year, Barb Kruser has made no secret of her desire to have a new library built in Lombard. The new library director hasn’t even been on the job for six months, but she has already hit the ground running, making changes in the existing Helen Plum Memorial Library and starting the process of possibly getting a referendum on the ballot for a new building in 2017.

     
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