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  • Oberweis, Durbin go into — and leave — debate swinging Oct 22, 2014 9:29 PM
    Who landed a body blow during a debate Wednesday between Jim Oberweis and Dick Durbin? It was a scrappy exchange between the Senate's No. 2, Durbin, and his Republican challenger Oberweis, a state senator.

     
  • Dold, Schneider sling mud during last TV debate Oct 22, 2014 9:16 PM
    It didn’t take long for the second and final televised debate between Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider and Republican challenger Robert Dold to turn into a verbal brawl.

     
  • Judge won’t rush results of Elburn fire district vote Oct 22, 2014 6:44 PM
    A Kane County judge has agreed not to immediately certify results of a Nov. 4 referendum asking if some properties should be allowed to disconnect from the Elburn Fire Protection District. Circuit Judge David Akemann agreed to the delay Monday at the request of the Elburn fire district, which is appealing his Aug. 28 decision to allow the referendum to take place. If voters approve the disconnection, Akemann would be asked to certify the vote and order the disconnection. If voters decide not to, Akemann would have to dismiss the petition, according to a motion filed by the Fox River district, which opposed the stay.

     
  • Quick start to early voting in suburbs Oct 22, 2014 7:33 PM
    Early voting is off to a fast start in the suburbs, with some counties reporting twice as many voters casting early ballots than during the 2010 gubernatorial election. Here's why...

     
  • GOP incumbent holds big money lead in 64th House race Oct 22, 2014 4:38 PM
    If Democrat Joel Mains tops Republican state Rep. Barbara Wheeler in next month’s election, it won’t be because of his campaign’s deep pockets. State records show Wheeler, who holds the 64th District House seat, had $22,363 in available campaign funds as of Sept. 30. Mains as of Wednesday had yet to exceed the $3,000.

     
  • Sun-Times reporter quits over paper's handling of story Oct 23, 2014 5:18 AM
    The Chicago Sun-Times' longtime Springfield bureau chief Dave McKinney has stepped down after the paper put him on leave following a tough story about Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner, he posted online Wednesday.

     
  • Hundreds fill Vernon Hills gym to see Vice President Joe Biden Oct 23, 2014 1:16 AM
    An estimated 750 people packed the Sullivan Community Center’s gym Wednesday afternoon for Vice President Joe Biden’s appearance, part of a rally for three Democrats on the Nov. 4 ballot: U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Paul Vallas, who’s running for lieutenant governor as Gov. Pat Quinn’s mate. “It’s not something that happens every day,” a resident said.

     
  • The Clintons, the Democrats’ 2014 super surrogates Oct 22, 2014 11:59 AM
    Defending their allies, Bill and Hillary Clinton are barnstorming the country for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular. With speculation rampant about whether Hillary Rodham Clinton makes a second presidential run, the power couple has blanketed the political map this fall.

     
  • 'Girlfriend' crack makes Obama voting all laughs Oct 22, 2014 8:47 AM
    Democrats say stay away from red states. Vladimir Putin says mitts off Ukraine. But “don't touch my girlfriend?” Not the usual admonition heard by President Barack Obama.

     
  • Court-appointed monitor ordered for IDOT hiring Oct 22, 2014 6:57 PM
    A federal judge on Wednesday ordered a court-appointed monitor to review hiring problems at Gov. Pat Quinn’s Department of Transportation, a setback for the Democrat running for re-election largely on how he navigated Illinois away from ethical problems.

     
  • Suburban Cook County early voting off to strong start Oct 21, 2014 10:51 AM
    About 8,300 suburban Cook County voters cast ballots Monday, the first day of early voting, which Cook County Clerk David Orr called a “strong start.” “Monday’s impressive turnout demonstrated just how popular early voting has become,” Orr said.

     
  • 14th candidates spar on keeping companies in America Oct 21, 2014 5:50 PM
    Incumbent U.S. Rep. Republican Randy Hultgren believes the United States must follow the examples of the tax codes in foreign nations attracting American corporations to end the phenomenon of corporate inversion. But his opponent, Democrat Dennis Anderson, believes the real problem is corporations putting too much emphasis on increasing shareholder value rather than reinvesting into the company.

     
  • Vernon Hills preparing for Vice President Joe Biden’s visit Wednesday Oct 22, 2014 6:49 PM
    The giggling toddlers and energetic dancers who normally would occupy Vernon Hills’ Sullivan Community Center on Wednesday will make way for a political rally featuring Vice President Joe Biden. Biden is coming to the center on Aspen Drive in the afternoon to stump for some fellow Democrats on the Nov. 4 ballot.

     
  • Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ballot Oct 21, 2014 10:08 AM
    As Democrats across the country make an election-year push to raise the minimum wage, they often point to fast food workers, baristas and others who are struggling to raise families, pay rent or get through school — some on as little as $7.25 per hour. First, though, they are out to help themselves. For getting out the vote, the issue is “a winner with everybody in our state,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, who said he urged party leaders to put it on the ballot.

     
  • Former President Clinton stumps for Quinn, Durbin Oct 21, 2014 6:23 PM
    Former President Bill Clinton became the latest high-profile Democrat to back the re-election bids of Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, saying Tuesday that the candidates focus on issues important to voters, like jobs and health care.

     
  • A summary of Daily Herald endorsements Oct 20, 2014 1:01 AM
    A summary of Daily Herald endorsements in the Nov. 4 election.

     
  • Early voting problems arise in Cook County suburbs Oct 20, 2014 5:34 PM
    Problems were reported in the Northwest suburbs of Cook County on the first day of early voting Monday — including one case of a Republican candidate being unable to vote for himself or other members of his party on a touch screen. The other issue, which occurred at Arlington Heights village hall and a few other locations, involved the wrong signatures popping up for voters who came in to cast ballots.

     
  • Berlin rejects DuPage clerk candidate’s request for investigation Oct 20, 2014 1:06 PM
    DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin says there's no evidence to support a claim that county clerk candidate Paul Hinds improperly used county employees to notorize his nominating papers.

     
  • Quinn, Rauner give voters feisty last look in final debate Oct 21, 2014 4:58 AM
    The debate between Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner ended a rough-and-tumble series of televised meetings with a feisty finale. Quinn sought to portray Rauner as a wealthy businessman with a dozen bankruptcies among the companies he invested in, and Rauner worked to paint Quinn as an ineffective, repeating the words “failed” and “failure” at nearly every turn.

     
  • Schneider, Dold spar over health care, Medicare in televised debate Oct 20, 2014 7:28 PM
    Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider slammed Republican challenger Robert Dold for repeatedly voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act when he represented the 10th District during a weekend televised debate. But Dold got some licks in, too, accusing Schneider of misleading voters on several issues.

     
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