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  • Rauner’s term limits plan rejected Aug 22, 2014 7:10 PM
    Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner saw his showpiece issue permanently removed from November ballots Friday when the Illinois Supreme Court said it wouldn’t hear an appeal to ask voters if they want term limits in Illinois.

     
  • Term-limit backers seek state Supreme Court ruling Aug 21, 2014 5:08 PM
    Republican Bruce Rauner and other supporters of political term limits asked the Illinois Supreme Court Thursday to jump into the debate about whether the question can go to voters this fall, just a day before the deadline for approving the November ballot.

     
  • IDOT cuts positions amid hiring scandal Aug 21, 2014 6:48 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration, stung by a federal lawsuit alleging illegal hiring amid a tough re-election campaign, announced Thursday it will eliminate 58 transportation agency jobs at the center of the dispute.

     
  • Simon calls for increased efficiency by comptroller Aug 21, 2014 5:30 AM
    Sheila Simon, Democratic candidate for comptroller and current lieutenant governor, tells the Daily Herald editorial board she'd end a consumer affairs office that duplicates services available in other state offices but would not necessarily merge the comptroller and treasurer as opponent Judy Baar Topinka suggests.

     
  • Could online voter registration affect election outcome? Aug 21, 2014 11:25 PM
    Illinoisans started registering to vote online for the first time in June, and the daily tally of applications is beginning to grow. About 100 people apply every day now, and Illinois Board of Elections Executive Director Rupert Borgsmiller expects that to keep growing ahead of the Oct. 7 deadline to register to vote on Nov. 4.

     
  • Appeals court says term limits can’t be on ballot Aug 20, 2014 6:25 PM
    Proponents of term limits for Illinois lawmakers were preparing a last-minute appeal to the state Supreme Court after an appeals court ruled Wednesday that a measure asking voters to approve such a measure could not appear on the November ballot.

     
  • Des Plaines outlines succession plan following alderman’s death Aug 20, 2014 7:59 PM
    Des Plaines leaders Wednesday outlined the succession plan following the unexpected death of 29-year-old Alderman Joanna Sojka. Mayor Matt Bogusz will make an appointment of someone from the ward to fill Sojka’s 7th Ward seat. The appointment is subject to city council approval.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • $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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
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