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  • Rauner’s plan would change education funding formula Sep 8, 2014 6:40 PM
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner outlined an education reform plan Monday that touched on teacher merit pay, overhauling tenure and changing the state’s school funding formula, but the proposal didn’t contain specifics on what exactly he would change or how he would accomplish his goals.

     
  • Ditka returns to political fray in Rauner ad Sep 8, 2014 4:41 PM
    Republican Bruce Rauner’s campaign debuted an ad during Sunday’s Bears game showing Ditka praising the Winnetka businessman’s toughness. But almost exactly four years ago, it was Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn who released a Ditka video to try to bolster his hopes.

     
  • Candidates for Congress will meet on TV next month Sep 6, 2014 7:15 AM
    Republican Bob Dold of Kenilworth and Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider of Deerfield will appear for a joint interview on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” Oct. 22. And Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster of Naperville will appear Oct. 23 with Republican challenger Darlene Senger of Naperville.

     
  • Taxes, home rule, size of government on ballot for suburban Cook Co. voters Sep 12, 2014 1:41 PM
    Residents of Northwest suburban Cook County will have several opportunities on the Nov. 4 ballot to weigh in directly on the operations of their local governments. Ballot questions run the gamut from financial to administrative, including a tax hike for fire services, giving a local municipality greater authority and reducing the size of a couple of government boards.

     
  • Rauner gives nearly $1 million to credit union, foundation Sep 5, 2014 6:32 PM
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner has invested nearly $1 million in a credit union aimed at providing loans to small, black-owned businesses on Chicago’s South Side.

     
  • Quinn wants new review of IDOT hiring Sep 5, 2014 9:11 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn said Friday that he’ll ask the Illinois Department of Transportation’s secretary for a new review of hiring connected to a position that’s been the subject of an investigative report and federal lawsuit.

     
  • State funding talks: 16 suburban school districts would lose 70%+ Sep 5, 2014 10:44 PM
    A number of top Democratic House lawmakers have been quietly meeting to discuss a proposed overhaul of Illinois’ dated school funding formula, which, if approved, would direct more state money to poorer rural districts at the expense of wealthier suburban districts. School districts like Leyden, West Chicago, Carol Stream and Schaumburg would lose nearly 80 percent or more; Elgin's U-46 would gain.

     
  • Residents of Grayslake’s Prairie Crossing subdivision compete for county board Sep 4, 2014 5:30 AM
    Two Grayslake residents who live in the same subdivision and have a history of community involvement are competing against each other for a regional political office. Republican Jeff Werfel and Democrat John Wylie are vying for the District 6 County Board seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Pat Carey of Grayslake.

     
  • Riopell: Democrat calls Rauner ‘carnival barker’ over tax plan Sep 4, 2014 6:41 PM
    Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner released another ad this week aimed at the suburbs and touting his plan to freeze property taxes. Former Cook County Assessor Jim Houlihan responded on behalf of Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, calling Rauner a “carnival barker” and arguing the Winnetka businessman’s vague plans are "impossible to do."

     
  • Dueling TV ads hit the air for Dold, Schneider Sep 4, 2014 5:30 AM
    Dueling TV ads have hit the air in the suburbs' highest-profile battle for Congress as U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider tries to outline his Democratic Party credentials with voters and Republican Bob Dold tries to strike a more middle-of-the-road tone.

     
  • Lake County clerk candidates tout their experience Sep 3, 2014 10:28 PM
    The two women running for Lake County clerk have vastly different professional backgrounds — and each says her resume makes her better suited for the job.

     
  • Lake County treasurer candidates envision changes Sep 3, 2014 5:30 AM
    With the retirement of Robert Skidmore, the Lake County treasure's post for the first time since 1998 will be open. Buffalo Grove Republican David Stolman, a Lake County Board member for 22 years including two years as chairman. He faces Democrat Glenn Ryback, a Wadsworth village board member since 1993 who is serving his second term as village president.

     
  • Arlington Hts. denial of term limits not a pretty picture Sep 1, 2014 5:01 AM
    Letter to the editor: Stanley P. Szott of Arlington Heights isn't happy that the electoral board turned away the term limits petition from the November ballot.

     
  • Arlington Hts. board should put term limits to voters Sep 1, 2014 5:01 AM
    Letter to the editor: Frank J. Biga III of Arlington Heights urges the village board to devise their own term limits referendum and "let the citizens decide. This would go a long way toward redeeming the board’s stature with many of us," he writes.

     
  • Indiana gay marriage supporters push hard in 2014 Sep 1, 2014 3:58 PM
    Indiana voters who’d hoped to decide whether to place the state’s gay marriage ban in the constitution won’t find the issue on the November ballot. But same-sex marriage is still playing a role in many political races, giving Democrats hopes of gaining a critical foothold in the heavily Republican state.

     
  • Republican family picnic Sept. 14 in Busse Woods Sep 1, 2014 4:31 PM
    The Northwest Suburban Republican Family Picnic 2014 will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, in Busse Woods, Grove 27, in Elk Grove Village.

     
  • Beyond governor race, big stakes in Illinois vote Aug 31, 2014 7:30 AM
    Anyone in Illinois who’s turned on a television in recent weeks knows the race for governor is shaping up as a no-holds-barred, no-expenses-spared slugfest. While the contest between Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn and Republican businessman Bruce Rauner could be one of the hardest fought and closely watched races in the nation, there’s plenty more at stake up and down the Nov. 4 ballot. As the campaign heats up after Labor Day, here are five things to watch for as the election nears:

     
  • Tax appeal seminar scheduled in Des Plaines Aug 31, 2014 4:35 PM
    Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak will hold a property tax assessment appeal seminar Monday, Sept. 15, at the Des Plaines Public Library.

     
  • GOP sees gains in Illinois voters tuning out Aug 31, 2014 6:39 AM
    DECATUR — The candidates for Illinois congressional seats heard all about it during visits with voters in August: Disgust with Washington. Dismay over accusations and negative advertising in Illinois’ state races. Lack of interest in the Nov. 4 election. While the complaints transcend party allegiances and demographic boundaries, Republicans are aiming to capitalize on the frustrations and predicted low voter turnout to take back a number of congressional districts across Illinois and help the GOP solidify its hold on the House just two years after losing most of the state’s competitive seats. Among the incumbents targeted as vulnerable are freshmen Democrats Brad Schneider, who represents the 10th Congressional District, Bill Enyart, who represents southern Illinois, and Cheri Bustos, who represents a swath of northwestern and central Illinois. Two of the races are rematches from 2012, when Schneider defeated first-term GOP Rep. Bob Dold and Bustos defeated first-term GOP Rep. Bobby Schilling. The Democratic victories two years ago were aided by turnout for President Barack Obama and a new congressional district map, drawn by Democrats in Springfield that heavily favors Democrats. They currently hold a 12-6 majority in the state’s congressional delegation, having reversed the Republicans earlier 11-8 advantage. Illinois lost one seat after the 2010 census. David Yepsen, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University, says the sour voter mood compounds the typical problems faced by the party in power during midterm elections. To many, Washington appears to be paralyzed by partisan conflicts while national and international crises have unfolded. “Some (voters) are just giving up on the political process, and I think that will help Republicans,” he said. “The party in power always has trouble in midterms, but this could be more pronounced.” Another possible factor is a Democrat at the top of the ticket, Gov. Pat Quinn. Quinn’s approval ratings are among the lowest of the nation’s governors and he has angered some traditional Democratic allies, such as union members, for supporting reduced state worker benefits to deal with the state pension crisis. “I think you’re going to see a lot of Democrats just staying home,” Yepsen said. “I think that starts to hurt other Democrats up and down the tickets.” Congressional candidates have encountered the general malaise as they make their campaign rounds. Congress “has lost sight of the average Americans’ needs and wants and concerns,” said Albert Weidlich, an 84-year-old retiree after a candidate forum in Decatur during Congress’ annual August recess. Katie Prill, a spokeswoman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, said the GOP’s Illinois strategy has changed from defense to offense. The NRCC has spent a half-million dollars on television ads to support Dold against Schneider. Prill singled out the Dold-Schneider race as a “huge pickup opportunity” for Republicans. The independent-leaning district elected Schneider by a little more than 1,000 votes in 2012. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has spent $800,000 on ads so far in the Dold-Schneider race. U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently appeared in Chicago to rally with Schneider, and push the Democratic campaign themes of equal pay for women and raising the minimum wage. DCCC spokesman Brandon Lorenz rejected the idea of GOP gains, saying voters will recognize that the GOP “rewards the ultrawealthy and the special interests.”

     
  • DuPage referendums concern roads, airport noise, facilities Aug 30, 2014 7:40 AM
    More than two dozen referendum questions will appear on the November ballot in DuPage County and cover a variety of topics, from deteriorating streets in Villa Park to complaints about airplane noise in towns neighboring O'Hare International Airport. “The residents are really getting clobbered with plane noise,” Itasca Village President Jeff Pruyn said.

     
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