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  • Rauner promises ‘competitive’ salaries for business leaders joining team Jan 23, 2015 10:13 PM
    Business leaders tapped to join Illinois’ new executive team will be offered “competitive” salaries to lure them out of the private sector, Gov. Bruce Rauner said Friday. The Winnetka Republican said he plans to announce more advisors in the next few weeks. “We’re going to pay what we need to to bring in talented people,” Rauner said.

  • Obama veto threat targets Kirk plan on Iran Jan 22, 2015 1:01 AM
    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, an Highland Park Republican, said he expects the Senate to move forward with a proposal increasing sanctions on Iran desipte President Barack Obama’s threat in Tuesday’s State of the Union Address to veto it.

  • Republicans playing the long game on term limits Jan 22, 2015 6:46 PM
    State Rep. Ron Sandack, a Downers Grove Republican, proposes an amendment to the Illinois Constitution calling for 10-year term limits for state lawmakers. Rauner tried to get a similar measure put before voters on the November ballot, but it was tossed in court. Still, it remained a major talking point for a campaign running against the Springfield establishment.

  • Township will again ask for tax increase for road maintenance Jan 22, 2015 5:23 PM
    Fourth time's the charm? Blackberry Township officials are again asking voters to increase property taxes to pay for road repairs and paving. "Roads are really starting to deteriorate in Blackberry Township," Highway Commissioner Rodney Feece says, as they have been patched, not repaved.

  • Campton Hills hopefuls face last hurdle to ballot Jan 21, 2015 5:30 AM
    Four people running for Campton Hills president and trustee seats in April need to clear one more hurdle to get on the April 7 ballot. They have filed court papers to have a judge order the Kane County Clerk to accept their petitions. The petitions were not turned over to the clerk in December because a challenge was filed against Trustee Harry Blecker, who is running for village president, and three others. The matter is due in court on Monday.

  • Joe Walsh speaking to Elk Grove Republicans Saturday Jan 21, 2015 7:09 PM
    Former congressman and current radio show host Joe Walsh will speak to the Republicans of Elk Grove Township at their monthly meeting, 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24. The blunt and controversial speaker will offer his thoughts on a variety of topics and answer questions on local, state and national issues.

  • Woodland Dist. 50 seeking temporary tax cap hike for A/C Jan 21, 2015 6:42 PM
    Woodland Elementary District 50 voters will decide in April whether to grant the district a higher property tax cap for one year to raise money for installation of air conditioning at the primary school and other needs. At a special meeting Tuesday night, board members of the Gurnee-based district voted 4-2 in favor of placing a referendum on the April 7 ballot .

  • Sleepy Hollow to ask voters for 82% tax hike Jan 20, 2015 6:03 PM
    Sleepy Hollow again will be seeking a roughly 82 percent property tax increase on April 7 after a similar request failed last November by a 3 to 1 margin. The village is seeking to collect an additional $428,571 yearly from its more than 3,300 residents — nearly double what they pay now. If approved, the owner of a $200,000 home would pay roughly $316 more in property taxes in 2016.

  • Reports: Duckworth will consider Senate run Jan 19, 2015 8:13 PM
    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a Hoffman Estates Democrat, is weighing a run for U.S. Senate, reports say. If nominated as the Democrat for the 2016 Senate race, Duckworth would be lined up to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, a Highland Park Republican.

  • Lombard library director’s goal: New library Jan 18, 2015 7:45 AM
    From the time she interviewed for her new job last year, Barb Kruser has made no secret of her desire to have a new library built in Lombard. The new library director hasn’t even been on the job for six months, but she has already hit the ground running, making changes in the existing Helen Plum Memorial Library and starting the process of possibly getting a referendum on the ballot for a new building in 2017.

  • What Bruce Rauner can do without the Legislature Jan 18, 2015 7:30 AM
    Rauner has tried to promote the idea of bipartisanship in his first week in office. But what will be be able to do alone? Aside from executive orders, he doesn’t have to spend the money lawmakers give him. And he has broad powers to direct his agencies.

  • Rauner orders posting local government salaries online Jan 15, 2015 7:12 PM
    Gov. Bruce Rauner Thursday says he’s directing the state to start posting local government employment and salary data online. State Rep. Jack Franks won approval for that measure in 2012, but Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration never implemented it, Daily Herald Political Editor Mike Riopell writes.

  • Suburban faces will change at the Capitol Jan 14, 2015 6:35 AM
    As Gov. Bruce Rauner grapples with the opening days of his administration, most of the changes among the lawmakers he'll work with are on the Republican side of the Illinois House, where a handful of longtime suburban faces are leaving office Wednesday. Here's who's coming and going.

  • Gaming Board chief on job status: ‘I have no idea’ Jan 14, 2015 2:52 PM
    The flurry of changes Gov. Bruce Rauner is making to state government is causing some confusion about who’s in and who’s out. Asked Wednesday morning if he is still chairman of the Gaming Board, which regulates casinos and video gambling in Illinois, Aaron Jaffe said: “I have no idea.”

  • Judge upholds Hoffman Estates candidate’s removal from ballot Jan 14, 2015 7:17 PM
    A Cook County judge Wednesday upheld the Hoffman Estates electoral board’s decision removing village trustee candidate Prajesh “Pat” Patel from the April 7 ballot over questions about his residency.

  • Conservatives cheer on Romney as establishment field grows Jan 14, 2015 10:24 AM
    Mitt Romney’s unexpected step into the 2016 presidential contest is drawing enthusiasm from the GOP’s most passionate conservatives. But not because they want him to win. For the first time in recent memory, prominent conservatives see a Republican presidential field that could have as much competition among the party’s establishment-minded prospects — like Romney — as its fiery conservatives.

  • Palatine puts video gambling on April ballot Jan 13, 2015 5:12 AM
    Palatine residents will have an opportunity to let village officials know how they feel about video gambling. The village council on Monday voted to place an advisory referendum question on the April 7 ballot. The question will read: “Should the Village of Palatine consider video gaming (as defined by the Illinois Video Gaming Act) at restaurants and bars that hold a liquor license?”

  • Downtown plan died because of politics Jan 13, 2015 5:01 AM
    Letter to the editor: Franks Sears believes the real thing that killed the proposal for a downtown Buffalo Grove was Trustee Beverly Sussman's decision to run for mayor.

  • $84 million building referendum set for West Aurora Jan 13, 2015 4:46 PM
    Should West Aurora School District 129 borrow $84 million to replace an elementary school, build a new early learning center, add air conditioning to schools and more? Voters get to decide April 7, as Monday the school board put a referendum on the ballot.

  • Glimpses of Rauner’s inauguration day Jan 12, 2015 7:10 PM
    Republican Bruce Rauner’s inauguration as Illinois governor Monday brings a new face to a Capitol often full of conflict. But before reality sets in, there was a party topping off a day of pomp and ceremony. Here are some glimpses.

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