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  • Quinn and Rauner both just say no to legalized pot Jul 11, 2014 5:10 AM
    Could Illinois' two candidates for governor be tempted to follow Washington and Colorado and back legalized retail sales of marijuana -- and the tax money that could come with it? Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican opponent Bruce Rauner find some common ground on the issue. Both, as the saying goes, just say no.

     
  • DuPage panel keeps two Democrats on the ballot, removes a third Jul 11, 2014 12:44 AM
    The name of state representative hopeful Marian Tomlinson shouldn’t appear on the November ballot because the DuPage Democratic Party failed to comply with the state election code when it slated her, a county electoral board has ruled. But the panel also concluded on Thursday night that Democratic leaders followed the rules when they appointed Robert Peickert to run for DuPage County Board chairman and Roland “Rolly” Waller to run for a county board seat.

     
  • Democrats offer pushback against Hobby Lobby ruling Jul 10, 2014 1:42 PM
    U.S. Reps. Brad Schneider of Deerfield and Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates are among the Democrats nationally behind legislation that could undo the U.S. Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby contraception decision, but the plan might face a tough path forward.

     
  • Topinka: Income tax rollback means ‘$2 billion collapse’ Jul 9, 2014 4:42 PM
    State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is warning of “a $2 billion collapse” next year when the state’s temporary income tax increase begins to roll back. Lawmakers approved a temporary income tax hike in 2011. But it’s set to decrease from 5 percent to 3.75 percent in January.

     
  • Report: Rauner firm gave contribution after deal Jul 9, 2014 7:48 PM
    A company once partially owned by Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner’s investment firm started making campaign contributions to Illinois Democrats after it won a multimillion-dollar Cook County contract, according to a report published Wednesday in Crain’s Chicago Business.

     
  • Quinn makes Rauner’s tax returns a campaign issue Jul 8, 2014 9:17 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn called on Republican challenger Bruce Rauner to release complete income tax returns, saying Tuesday that the documents could reveal potential conflicts of interest or tax loopholes ahead of November. A spokesman for Rauner called the move 'a political stunt."

     
  • Singer Pat Boone backs suburban Republican Jul 8, 2014 4:01 PM
    Legendary singer Pat Boone, famous for hit songs in the 1950s and 1960s, praised Republican Larry Kaifesh of Carpentersville for Congress Tuesday on behalf of a national organization for seniors. “I’m still singing at concerts, but today I’m singing the praises of Larry Kaifesh,” Boone said.

     
  • Illinois Democrats outpace GOP in fundraising Jul 7, 2014 4:39 PM
    Democrats have almost twice as much cash on hand as Illinois Republicans with $26.9 million. Democrats control the governor’s mansion and the state legislature.

     
  • Voters as state elections loom: Can we just leave Illinois? Jul 7, 2014 7:00 PM
    The people of Illinois are feeling particularly gloomy about their state, with its high unemployment, billions of dollars in debt, decades-long battles against corruption — and another possible tax hike waiting for them after the November election. The bad mood surfaces in public-opinion polls that startle even the pollsters, with one survey showing that more people want to leave Illinois than anywhere else in the U.S.

     
  • Emanuel super PAC raises $1 million in 2 weeks Jul 3, 2014 5:41 PM
    A super PAC created to help re-elect Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his allies on the Chicago City Council has raked in $1 million largely from high profile members of Chicago’s business community.

     
  • Jesiel sworn in as state's new 61st House District representative Jul 3, 2014 5:30 AM
    Republican Sherri Jesiel of Winthrop Harbor was sworn in Wednesday as the new House District 61 state representative. She replaces JoAnn Osmond, who resigned Tuesday. Jesiel said she is looking to assist in fixing the state, which she said is "broken."

     
  • Editorial: Frat party politics bad for Illinois Jul 3, 2014 10:32 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial says voters deserve better than sophomoric gimmicks from the candidates for governor.

     
  • Quinn wins backing from teachers whose pensions he cut Jul 2, 2014 2:33 PM
    Months after Gov. Pat Quinn signed a controversial plan to cut its members’ retirement benefits, the state’s largest teachers union is backing him for re-election. The Illinois Education Association today announced their pick over Republican Bruce Rauner, a Winnetka businessman.

     
  • First black judge in Kane County set to retire Jul 1, 2014 5:24 AM
    F. Keith Brown, the first black judge and chief judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit, is stepping down after nearly 23 years on the bench. The 57-year-old Elgin native held his final court call last week, and now plans to work for a Chicago mediation firm, among other things. “This is a great job, and I love it. I could do it another 20 years and still be a happy person,” Brown said

     
  • Oberweis wants to square off with Durbin seven times Jul 1, 2014 5:11 PM
    Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis wants Democratic U.S. Sen Dick Durbin to agree to seven debates in their race for U.S. Senate.

     
  • Quinn makes minor cuts to $35.7 billion budget Jun 30, 2014 5:03 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday largely approved a 2015 state budget he has criticized as “incomplete” for not extending a temporary income tax increase, setting off another back-and-forth with his Republican rival over how best to fix Illinois’ huge financial problems.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.”

     
  • 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.

     
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