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  • Wauconda trustee candidate calls vaccines dangerous Jan 30, 2015 4:18 PM
    With a measles outbreak in the western U.S. prompting a renewed public debate about vaccinations, a Wauconda trustee candidate is raising concerns about inoculations and the material they contain. During a group interview at the Daily Herald's Libertyville office, candidate Jason Anderson voiced religious and medical objections to vaccines. "There's aborted fetuses in vaccines," Anderson said. Health experts have contested that allegation for years. So has the Catholic Church.

  • Gurnee village board trustee candidates address financial incentives for business, property tax Jan 30, 2015 5:31 PM
    Financial incentives as a tool to attract business and the practice of not levying a local property tax are among the issues addressed by Gurnee village board candidates. Voters will select from five candidates for three Gurnee trustee seats in the April 7 election.

  • Kane clerk on sprint to Feb. 24 primary, early voting begins Monday Jan 30, 2015 5:36 PM
    A judge's order that a Feb. 24 primary election be held for Campton Hills village trustee and clerk has the Kane County Clerk scrambling to hold an election in less than a month. Early voting will begin Monday at two locations and Cunningham's staff is working on the ballot right now. In the primary, two write-in candidates are trying to get enough votes so they will be on the April 7 ballot.

  • Wauconda candidate accuses trustee of being behind local critics Jan 29, 2015 5:30 AM
    One of the challengers seeking a seat on Wauconda’s village board on Wednesday accused Trustee Linda Starkey of orchestrating local political unrest — an allegation Starkey vehemently denied.

  • Naperville City Council candidate suspends campaign Jan 29, 2015 4:18 PM
    One of the 20 candidates pursuing eight city council spots in Naperville says he’s suspending his campaign because of a possible conflict of interest if he wins a seat in the April 7 election. Jim Bergeron said Thursday his name likely will remain on the ballot, but he does not intend to attend any forums or fundraisers in the immediate future.

  • Ye Olde Town Inn dispute mishandled, some candidates say Jan 29, 2015 1:21 PM
    The 2014 settlement of a six-year legal battle between Mount Prospect and Tod Curtis has become a key talking point in the 2015 race for the village board. Some challengers are accusing the village of mishandling the litigation and being too secretive about the $6.5 million settlement with Curtis, the owner of Ye Olde Town Inn. The incumbent trustees, however, say approval of the settlement was in the best interest of Mount Prospect taxpayers.

  • Elburn candidates say better communication needed Jan 29, 2015 10:08 PM
    A challenger and an incumbent in the Elburn village board race say village officials need to do a better job communicating with residents about village matters.

  • Judge orders Feb. 24 primary for trustees, clerk Jan 29, 2015 6:34 PM
    A judge Thursday ordered a Feb. 24 primary election for Campton Hills trustees and clerk. Unlike other primary elections, where candidates are eliminated, this one will determine if two write-in candidates are added to the April 7 general ballot if they receive a certain number of votes. 

  • Hoffman Estates candidates debate Sears’ future in the village Jan 30, 2015 8:25 PM
    Though Hoffman Estates has worked hard in recent years to keep Sears Holdings Corp.’s headquarters in the village, candidates for village trustee differ greatly in their forecast of the company’s long-term presence. Former trustee Cary Collins, who is challenging incumbents Anna Newell, Gary Pilafas and Gary Stanton for one of three village board seats, says the village should be making plans for life without the retailer.

  • Should hotel remain a priroty for Fox Lake? Candidates can’t agree Jan 28, 2015 5:09 PM
    Numerous village administrations have tried for years without success to bring a hotel to the vacant Sayles property on Route 12 in Fox Lake. A candidate for village board says that’s because town leaders have approached the issue the wrong way.

  • All Lombard village board races now uncontested Jan 28, 2015 8:36 PM
    Two candidates have dropped out of the running for Lombard village board, resulting in uncontested races for all three district seats that are up for grabs.

  • Naperville mayor candidate Krause suggests finding new city manager Jan 27, 2015 5:35 PM
    Naperville could be in store for a new city manager if one candidate for mayor -- Doug Krause -- wins the race. Krause, who has worked with four city managers during his 26 years on the council, says it could be time to look into hiring a new top administrator to replace Doug Krieger. “Personally, I think we should review the possibility of having a new city manager to address the new current issues that are coming up," Krause said.

  • Mundelein candidate slams branding project as waste of time and money Jan 27, 2015 2:21 PM
    A Mundelein trustee candidate on Monday soundly criticized the village's recent branding campaign, calling it “a waste of time.”

  • Campton Hills ballot battle drags on Jan 26, 2015 6:02 PM
    If the campaign for Campton Hills village president and trustee offices is as hard-fought as the battle to just get on the ballot, it will be quite an election. Attorneys for people seeking village offices this spring had another day in Kane County court Monday trying to sort out who voters will choose from — be it either a primary election on Feb. 4 or the municipal election on April 7.

  • Des Plaines candidate forums scheduled Jan 26, 2015 4:12 PM
    The Veterans of Foreign Wars of Des Plaines is sponsoring three candidate forums for those running in contested city aldermanic races in the April 7 election. Residents of the 4th, 6th and 7th wards will be able to ask questions of the candidates, either orally or in writing.

  • Candidate drops out: Jan 26, 2015 6:13 PM
    One of the candidates running for seats on the Wauconda village board on Monday announced she’s withdrawing.

  • Naperville mayor candidates offer different traffic fixes Jan 26, 2015 4:56 PM
    The average Naperville resident struggling to drive north during the morning rush and south in the evening has at least one thing in common with the candidates to be the city’s mayor: They’re all concerned about traffic. All four mayoral candidates say traffic is a problem in Naperville, but they offer different solutions to fix it. “We have traffic problems because people want to be in Naperville,” candidate Marty Walker said. “The unfortunate side is you can’t get through Naperville.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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