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  • Hanover Twp. board to appoint new member after trustee steps down Jan 12, 2015 6:19 PM
    Hanover Township trustees will appoint a new board member to fill the remaining term of Bill Burke, who stepped down to head the township’s emergency services department. Applicants must turn in their paperwork by the end of the day Jan. 30.

  • Sanguinetti emphasizes Latina roots at inauguration Jan 12, 2015 4:33 PM
    Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti emphasized her Latina roots after being sworn into office Monday, taking her place as Gov. Bruce Rauner’s No. 2. “As the daughter of immigrant parents, and the first Latina lieutenant governor, I am the living embodiment that anything, absolutely anything is possible,” Sanguinetti said.

  • Process to become a write-in is straightforward Jan 12, 2015 5:41 PM
    Because no signatures are required, the process for becoming a write-in candidate is simpler than for other candidates for elected office. However, their names don't appear on the ballot, making voter education a key.

  • Images: Inauguration Day in Springfield Jan 12, 2015 5:13 PM
    See images of inauguration day in Springfield, as Bruce Rauner was sworn in as the 42nd governor of Illinois. Michael Frerichs was sworn in as Illinois State Treasurer. Jesse White was sworn in as Secretary of State. Former Wheaton City Council member Evelyn Sanguinetti highlighted her Latino roots in giving part of her inaugural speech in Spanish after she was sworn in as Lt. Governor.

  • Half-dozen Kirk staffers move over to Rauner Jan 12, 2015 6:46 PM
    As Republican Bruce Rauner takes over as governor , he’ll have the help of more than a half-dozen top staff who used to work for U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk. Rauner’s chief of staff, Mike Zolnierowicz, worked as the Highland Park Republican’s deputy chief of staff. And three of Rauner’s four deputy chief of staff, as well as his downstate director and spokesman, are alumni of Kirk’s office, too.

  • Just before Rauner inaugural, Quinn signing bills Jan 12, 2015 6:29 PM
    Even as Gov. Bruce Rauner’s inauguration celebration was beginning, departing Gov. Pat Quinn was announcing action on bills and clemency petitions.

  • Some residents weary of Campton squabbles Jan 11, 2015 7:42 AM
    Some Campton Hills residents are growing weary of infighting on the village board and the costs of lawyers associated with it. “The fighting — you make the Congress look good,” resident Chuck Johnson told the board last week.

  • Top Rauner inaugural donors includes Duchossois Jan 11, 2015 12:36 PM
    Arlington International Racecourse Chairman Richard Duchossois and the CEO of a Bolingbrook company that makes floor mats for cars are among the top donors to Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner’s inauguration and transition committees.

  • Numerous races have more ballot spots than candidates Jan 11, 2015 5:30 AM
    Scott Coffey is the only candidate for three seats on the Cary Elementary District 26 school board. “We have two incumbents who aren’t running for re-election, and no one else in the community has put their name in the hat yet,” Coffey said. The lack of competition isn’t unique. Several suburban races have fewer candidates than available seats.

  • Quinn changes election rules days before leaving office Jan 10, 2015 1:30 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn Saturday made permanent new election rules that were first tested in the race he lost two months ago. They allow people to register to vote on Election Day. And he OK’d a special election in 2016 for Illinois comptroller, shortening the term of Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner’s first big appointee, Leslie Munger of Lincolnshire, to two years, pending possible legal action.

  • Two file as Libertyville board write-in candidates Jan 12, 2015 11:13 AM
    The race for Libertyville village trustee had been uncontested with two incumbents running for three seats. But the race has become more interesting as two write-in candidates are joining Scott Adams and Donna Johnson in seeking election.

  • Des Plaines candidates withdraw objection Jan 9, 2015 11:21 PM
    Two candidates for aldermanic seats on the Des Plaines city council have withdrawn their challenges to their opponents’ candidacy petitions. Both Dick Sayad and Bob Porada said they didn't think they'd get a fair hearing with Mayor Matt Bogusz on the electoral board.

  • Cross, Quinn and others exit next week Jan 8, 2015 5:06 PM
    Tom Cross on his way out, talks about a career leading a minority: "I would have loved to work with a Republican governor. But you work with what you have." Former Quinn budget director David Vaught says the governor's legacy will be that he wasn't re-elected because he made tough choices. Chris Christie is coming to the suburbs next month. And a federal lawsuit is filed over an anti-Sam Yingling mailer.

  • Two Des Plaines alderman won’t hear cases against each other Jan 8, 2015 6:35 PM
    Des Plaines two most senior aldermen will recuse themselves from the city’s electoral board when it convenes Friday night, preventing them from hearing cases involving each other. Fourth Ward Alderman Dick Sayad has challenged the candidacy petitions of challenger Mark Setzer, and Bob Porada has challenged the petitions of his opponent, 7th Ward Alderman Don Smith.

  • Does form matter? Kaneland candidates differ in petition challenges Jan 7, 2015 6:28 PM
    Form 7 or 7A? Does it matter? Kaneland school board candidates defended themselves at petition challenges hearings Wednesday. "It's bush league. It's bullying," candidate Tony Valente said. But the four objectors said following proper procedure was something all candidates should do.

  • Lombard’s Fitzpatrick not running for reelection Jan 7, 2015 5:21 PM
    After serving eight years on the Lombard village board, Trustee Laura Fitzpatrick has decided it’s time to move on. “I took my turn in the village of Lombard,” said Fitzpatrick, who is not seeking re-election in April.

  • Palatine District 15 board, not voters, to choose Bokor’s successor Jan 7, 2015 2:57 PM
    The Palatine Township Elementary District 15 school board next week will begin the process of choosing a new member to complete the term of Richard Bokor, the board’s vice president and former high school teacher who died Sunday from colon cancer. Officials say voters won’t get to elect Bokor’s replacement because his death occurred with fewer than 868 days left in his term.

  • U-46 election petition challenged on dates, penmanship, other details Jan 7, 2015 5:14 PM
    Elgin Area School District U-46 candidate Brian Sauvageau admitted Wednesday he probably should have paid closer attention to the details on his candidate petition forms, at hearing where objectors tried to get him removed from the April 7 ballot.

  • Two Des Plaines electoral boards to hear aldermanic candidate objections Friday Jan 6, 2015 6:28 PM
    Des Plaines’ electoral board will meet Friday night to begin the process of hearing objections to the petitions of aldermanic candidates Don Smith and Mark Setzer. But in a weird twist, there actually will be two electoral boards convened.

  • Hyman kicked off ballot in South Elgin Jan 5, 2015 9:53 PM
    A former South Elgin village board member’s attempt to run again in April was thwarted when he was kicked off the ballot by an electoral board. The South Elgin electoral board — comprised of Village President Steve Ward, Village Clerk Margo Gray and Village Trustee John Sweet — ruled Monday that Gary Hyman didn’t submit enough signatures in support of his election petition.

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