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  • Kirk Dillard: 'I'm ready to move on' from elected life Jun 27, 2014 5:02 AM
    As Republican state Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale steps away from more than 20 years being elected from DuPage County to serve in Springfield, he says he's doing more looking forward than back. “I will certainly miss the state Senate,” Dillard said. “It's been a huge part of my life. I was an intern, a staff member, a governor's liaison to the Senate and a state senator.”

  • Judge rejects referendums on term limits, remap Jun 27, 2014 5:20 PM
    Measures that would allow Illinois voters to decide on term limits for legislators and a new political redistricting process can’t appear on November’s ballot, a Cook County judge ruled Friday. Attorneys for the term limits group vowed to appeal, while the redistricting group announced it would scrap efforts for 2014.

  • Fake news releases latest twist in governor’s race Jun 27, 2014 8:14 PM
    The latest campaign tactic in a heated race for Illinois governor — fake news releases — has drawn a scolding from the state’s highest-ranking Democrat. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Friday a fake press release sent by the Illinois Republican Party marked “a new low.” But it was Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn’s campaign that started the shenanigans.

  • Admission questions resurface for Rauner Jun 26, 2014 7:38 PM
    The issue of how Republican Bruce Rauner’s daughter was admitted into an elite Chicago public school resurfaced in the Illinois governor’s race this week with a top school official and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn raising new questions.

  • Barrington to consider referendum on home rule Jun 26, 2014 5:30 AM
    This fall, Barrington residents may be asked whether or not their village should become a home-rule community, which officials say would allow the local government to be exempt from some legislation approved by the state government. “Those home-rule communities then are free to not follow that legislation and act otherwise,” Village President Karen Darch said.

  • Quinn dismisses Rauner’s business plan Jun 26, 2014 4:35 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn is brushing off proposals by Republican challenger Bruce Rauner that call for ending some corporate tax breaks and “special deals” he claims are unfair to families.

  • Quinn won’t testify about anti-violence program Jun 26, 2014 4:32 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn says he has no intentions of testifying before a legislative commission about the scandal-laden anti-violence program he started in 2010.

  • Gay marriage advocates criticize Rauner’s stance Jun 26, 2014 7:02 PM
    Gay rights supporters are using the upcoming Chicago Pride Parade to draw attention to Republican Bruce Rauner’s statements that he would have vetoed Illinois’ same-sex marriage bill.

  • Rauner proposes ending some corporate tax breaks Jun 25, 2014 9:49 PM
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner called Wednesday for ending certain corporate tax breaks and “special deals” he says are unfair to Illinois’ working families. The wealthy Winnetka businessman ripped Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn for allowing tax incentives for companies that later laid off workers and tax “loopholes” for the oil industry and people who own yachts and jets.

  • Lawmaker signs most subpoenas for Quinn program Jun 24, 2014 8:25 PM
    Five former state officials under Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration will be subpoenaed to testify about a troubled 2010 anti-violence program next month, but the rejection of two other subpoenas by a key Democratic lawmaker on Tuesday reignited claims of election year politics.

  • New GOP chairman Schneider: Governor’s race will be decided in Cook County Jun 23, 2014 6:23 PM
    Tim Schneider's supporters say he takes the helm of the Illinois Republican Party with a reputation as a uniter. He says he’s honed his skills in nearly two terms on the Cook County Board and a couple terms as Hanover Township Republican committeeman. “We’re all in agreement on 90 percent of what we do,” Schneider said.

  • Lake County giant Robert ‘Bob’ Depke dies Jun 21, 2014 7:16 PM
    A major player in Lake County politics and growth has died. Former county board chairman and Warren Township supervisor Bob Depke "didn't back down from any challenges," said Jim LaBelle, a former county board leader.

  • State Rep. JoAnn Osmond to resign July 1 Jun 20, 2014 2:31 PM
    State Rep. JoAnn Osmond will resign effective July 1, which will give her choice for successor a chance to get time in as an incumbent before the November general election. Osmond, a lawmaker since 2002, announced last year she wouldn’t seek re-election. She said she’s stepping down early because her son is getting married in September.

  • Event honoring Quinn raises ‘pay to play’ issues Jun 20, 2014 6:23 PM
    A lobbying firm with close ties to a key subcontractor hired to promote the nation’s health care law in Illinois is hosting a fundraiser for one of Gov. Pat Quinn’s top political donors, raising questions about “pay to play” politics amid the state’s highly competitive governor’s race.

  • Roskam could be out of leadership after losing whip bid Jun 19, 2014 8:29 PM
    U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam of Wheaton lost his bid to move up the House Republican power ladder today, losing the whip job to Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana. Roskam could be out of the leadership picture for now as Scalise gets to pick his right-hand lawmaker and could be expected to reward an ally who helped him rise.

  • Term limit, political map lawsuit unfolds in court Jun 18, 2014 4:34 PM
    The decision of whether two November ballot measures dealing with term limits and redistricting are constitutional is in the hands of a Cook County judge. Oral arguments were heard Wednesday in Chicago in a lawsuit attempting to keep both measures off the ballot.

  • Election officials vote on 2 ballot items Jun 17, 2014 8:12 PM
    A measure calling for lawmaker term limits is all but ready for the November ballot, elections officials decided Tuesday as they also reluctantly agreed to give backers of an initiative changing how Illinois draws political boundaries more time to validate signatures.

  • Four DuPage candidates face fight to stay on the ballot Jun 15, 2014 4:43 PM
    Four candidates the DuPage Democratic Party put on the November ballot will need to overcome legal challenges to stay there. “This is what the Republicans do when we have nominations," said Robert Peickert, who is chairman of the local Democratic organization and a candidate for DuPage County Board chairman.

  • GOP presidential hopefuls talk of unifying party Jun 14, 2014 4:39 PM
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal spent much of his time criticizing President Barack Obama, who he said has presided over “the most liberal, most ideologically extreme administration we’ve seen in our lifetimes.”

  • Quinn’s running mate calls Rauner’s plan a ‘joke’ Jun 13, 2014 4:28 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn’s running mate, Paul Vallas, says Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner’s plan to cut spending is a “joke.” The former Chicago Public Schools CEO held a news conference Friday to address Rauner’s proposals.

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