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  • GOP appeal seeks to knock Libertarian off ballot Sep 17, 2014 11:08 PM
    A Sangamon County judge is considering an appeal by Republican attorneys to remove a Libertarian candidate for Illinois governor from the November ballot. Circuit Judge Patrick Kelley heard arguments Wednesday in Springfield over the appeal, in which the GOP attorneys question the validity of the voter signatures Chad Grimm, a Lake Zurich High School alumnus now living in Peoria, gathered to get on the ballot. Grimm could draw votes that otherwise would go to Republican candidate Bruce Rauner. Attorneys representing the Libertarians had asked a judge to dismiss the case, arguing the Sangamon County court did not have proper jurisdiction. The court overruled that motion on the grounds that the State Board of Elections meeting was held via video conference in Springfield as well as in Chicago. The State Board of Elections decided last month to allow Grimm to appear on the ballot alongside Rauner and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. At the same time, the board ruled that Green Party, Constitution and Independent candidates should not be included on the ballot because the parties gathered too few valid signatures. Democratic Party attorneys had challenged the validity of the signatures for the Green candidate, who could have taken votes away from Quinn.

  • Rauner: Let voters recall lawmakers Sep 17, 2014 4:54 PM
    Bruce Rauner wants to let voters recall lawmakers. Gov. Pat Quinn has tried to use recall as his shield against Rod Blagojevich connections, but the policy fits in with Rauner's anti-Springfield message.

  • Quinn, Duckworth to address Schaumburg Democrats Sep 17, 2014 4:20 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth will be the keynote speakers at the Schaumburg Area Democrats’ annual Meet the Candidates Breakfast from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, Oct. 12, at Chandler’s Chophouse & Grill, 401 N. Roselle Road in Schaumburg.

  • Quinn criticizes NFL owners with dig at Rauner Sep 17, 2014 7:05 PM
    The NFL’s handling of the Ray Rice case cropped up in Illinois’ gubernatorial race Wednesday when Gov. Pat Quinn indirectly called on his Republican challenger Bruce Rauner — a part owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers — to condemn domestic violence.

  • Moeller, Meyer in race for 43rd House Sep 17, 2014 7:30 PM
    From factoids such as history being their favorite school subject to their positions on education and the income tax, it might seem difficult at first glance to pinpoint the differences between the two candidates running for the 43rd House District. Incumbent Anna Moeller, 42, is running against Republican challenger Jeffrey Meyer, an attorney. Both are from Elgin.

  • New subpoena issued for anti-violence program Sep 16, 2014 4:31 PM
    Federal authorities in Chicago issued a new subpoena over records involving Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled anti-violence program, state officials confirmed Tuesday.

  • Lake County election ballot now online Sep 16, 2014 6:01 PM
    Registered Lake County voters can preview the official November election ballot online at using the “What’s on My Ballot?” link.

  • Schneider gets endorsement from union that backed Dold in 2012 Sep 16, 2014 4:20 PM
    The Illinois Education Association, a labor union for teachers, has changed horses and endorsed U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider in his re-election bid against former congressman Robert Dold. The union backed Dold two years ago when he lost to Schneider in a close race.

  • Chicago Bar Association releases judge recommendations Sep 16, 2014 7:28 PM
    The Chicago Bar Association releases its recommendations for judicial candidates running in the general election in November.

  • Rauner tours Elk Grove factory, talks jobs Sep 16, 2014 5:38 PM
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner stopped in Elk Grove Village on Tuesday morning to tour a local manufacturing company and talk about his plans to help Illinois businesses before making a statement on medical marijuana in Chicago.

  • Term limits needed in Arlington Hts. Sep 15, 2014 5:01 AM
    Letter to the editor: Keith Moens argues that the will of Arlington Heights residents is to have their village board representatives be subject to term limits.

  • Veteran Link versus newcomer Wilson for Lake County state senate seat Sep 15, 2014 5:30 AM
    Despite a sizable advantage in campaign funding over an upstart opponent, a longtime state senator from Lake County says the political climate dictates he work as hard as ever before the November election.

  • Three Woodland school board seats up for election next year Sep 15, 2014 5:55 PM
    Three seats on the seven-member Woodland Elementary District 50 board of education will be filled in the April 7 election. Candidates elected to the seats in the Gurnee-based district will serve four-year terms expiring in April 2019.

  • Rauner's education plan raises eyebrows Sep 15, 2014 2:50 PM
    Proposals to tie teacher merit pay to student test scores and alter tenure policies to make it easier to fire bad teachers are among the most recent education ideas being pushed in Illinois by Bruce Rauner, the Republican businessman challenging Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn this fall.

  • Quinn says monitor not needed to oversee state hiring Sep 15, 2014 9:55 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn contended in a federal court filing late Monday that a court-appointed monitor is not necessary to ensure compliance with political hiring bans, as suggested by an anti-patronage attorney.

  • Governor candidates focus on business, hiring Sep 15, 2014 9:18 PM
    Illinois’ gubernatorial campaigns clashed over business dealings and state hiring Monday, with Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn’s running mate accusing Republican businessman Bruce Rauner of profiting “from fraud” and Rauner calling hiring under Quinn’s Department of Transportation a “scam.”

  • Jesse White vows this will be his last term – again Sep 16, 2014 8:30 AM
    Democrat Jesse White, 80, of Chicago, says he's running for his fifth and final term as Illinois secretary of state in November. Challenger Michael Webster, a Hinsdale Republican attorney, CPA and father of four, wants to end White's tenure before that.

  • DuPage board hopefuls differ on O’Hare noise Sep 15, 2014 5:53 PM
    Both candidates in the race to decide who represents District 1 on the DuPage County Board say something must be done to address airplane noise from O’Hare International Airport. They differ on what role the county board should play in making that happen.

  • Alderman challenging Emanuel for mayor Sep 13, 2014 3:51 PM
    A Chicago alderman announced Saturday he’ll challenge Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2015, saying the city deserves a leader who looks out for everyday people and not just downtown businesses and the wealthy.

  • Same party, different taxes stance Sep 12, 2014 2:43 PM
    On taxes, Pat Quinn is nearly alone in the suburbs. As he works to convince voters the state would collapse if it loses the tax hike money, suburban Democrats running for re-election at the Statehouse are campaigning door to door on the opposite view.

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