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  • Cleveland tops Dallas in bid to host RNC in 2016 Jul 8, 2014 6:11 PM
    Cleveland won the unanimous backing of a Republican National Committee panel on Tuesday, all but guaranteeing the GOP’s 2016 presidential pick will accept the party’s nomination in perennially hard-fought Ohio. The Republicans’ site selection committee backed Cleveland over donor-rich Dallas, and the full 168-member RNC is expected to ratify the choice next month.

  • Six cities vie for Democratic Convention Jun 7, 2014 7:22 PM
    New York, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s political base, and two cities in presidential battleground Ohio are among the six locations under consideration for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, officials announced Saturday.

  • 5 apply to be GOP national committeeman Jan 13, 2014 4:58 PM
    Five men, including former DuPage County Board chairman Robert Schillerstrom, have applied to fill the Republican national committeeman post left open after Rich Williamson died last month.

  • Hearing officers recommend who’s on the ballot Jan 8, 2014 6:53 PM
    The primary election opponent for Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider and two Republicans hoping to run for U.S. Senate could see their campaigns end Thursday if the Illinois Board of Elections agrees they don’t qualify to be on the ballot. Officers who have reviewed objections to candidates across the state also recommend the board should allow Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican congressional candidate Manju Goel of Aurora to remain.

  • Kirk meets with families of Sandy Hook victims Apr 17, 2013 7:53 PM
    Both Illinois senators voted yes on a series of gun control measures in the U.S. Senate Wednesday after meeting with the families of children killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting.

  • GOP governor contenders mostly mum on Brady Jan 24, 2013 7:59 AM
    Should Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady should keep his party post after voicing support for same-sex marriage? The growing field of likely GOP gubernatorial primary bidders is largely silent on the issue. Only state Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale, who described Pat Brady as a “gregarious and fearless leader,” said he agreed with Pat Brady that the party needs to be more open and inclusive and gain additional supporters.

  • Brady still thinking about a second term as chair Jan 24, 2013 5:32 AM
    In the wake of calls for his removal over statements supporting gay marriage, Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady reflects on the last few years at the helm of the state party and says he's not ruling a bid for another term. "I feel like we're in the process of taking a good hard look at where's the party's at," he says.

  • Will gay marriage stance cost GOP chairman his job? Jan 24, 2013 9:13 AM
    Newly elected suburban state Sen. Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove is rounding up fellow Illinois Republican officials to try to oust the chair of the beleaguered party, Pat Brady of St. Charles, over Brady's support for legalizing same-sex marriage. “All of my time is now being spent responding to emails on social issues,” he said. “I don't think those are the most pressing issues we should be dealing with.”

  • Obama in Wisconsin Thursday Oct 31, 2012 8:54 AM
    President Obama's campaign says he'll make a stop in Wisconsin on Thursday. The president is to make remarks on the tarmac at Austin Straubel International Airport near Green Bay.

  • Convention delegates home to focus on getting out suburban vote Sep 9, 2012 6:56 AM
    Now that the national political conventions are over, hundreds of Illinois convention delegates will be on the front lines in the final weeks of election campaigns. Armed with talking points and playbooks full of snappy applause lines, they'll go door-to-door, make phone calls, raise money and host events to try to get voters to swing their way.

  • Romney launches new ad campaign Sep 7, 2012 10:53 AM
    On the same night Democrats conclude their national convention, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney released plans to launch a television advertising campaign across eight swing states.

  • Romney: Jobs report a hangover after Obama speech Sep 7, 2012 10:52 AM
    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says the latest disappointing jobs report shows President Barack Obama's policies are not working and the country deserves new leadership. Romney says news that employers created only 96,000 jobs last month is giving Americans a hangover the morning after Obama's closing speech to the Democratic National Convention.

  • Obama’s task: Keep the race a choice Sep 7, 2012 10:51 AM
    President Barack Obama's fall mission: Remind voters why they chose him in the first place, hope the economy doesn't get worse — and paint Mitt Romney as an unacceptable alternative. "On every issue, the choice you face won't be just between two candidates or two parties. It will be a choice between two different paths for America," the Democrat said Thursday as he accepted his party's nomination.

  • Convention over, Obama hit with weak job report Sep 7, 2012 10:40 AM
    His convention over, President Barack Obama ran smack into the harsh reality of a bleak new report on the nation's unemployment outlook Friday. Republican rival Mitt Romney pounced on the disappointing jobs figures as fresh evidence that it's time to put someone new in the Oval Office. The candidates both campaign in New Hampshire and Iowa, improbable battleground states in the too-close-to-call race.

  • Biden: ‘Conviction. Resolve. Barack Obama’ Sep 7, 2012 1:23 AM
    Joe Biden stepped forward Thursday as Barack Obama's chief character witness, link to middle class voters and potentially the most biting critic of Republican rival Mitt Romney. Speaking candidly about his front-row seat to Obama's presidency, Biden used his speech to Democrats' convention to paint his friend as a gutsy leader who helped the nation turn the corner on its dour economy.

  • Obama approval hits 15-month high Sep 7, 2012 1:26 PM
    President Barack Obama's job approval hit a 15-month high during the Democratic National Convention this week, according to a Gallup Poll.

  • Editorial: Time is short for candidates, voters Sep 7, 2012 9:21 AM
    Now that the conventions are over and both Presdient Obama and challenger Mitt Romney have made their cases to the party faithful, time is short for them to make their case to the rest of the country. A Daily Herald editorial urges voters to keep paying attention, listen carefully and vote.

  • Obama adviser: President’s speech had specifics Sep 7, 2012 10:53 AM
    A senior adviser to President Barack Obama's campaign says the Democrat's convention speech offered plenty of specifics that show voters where he wants to take this country.

  • Fact Check: Obama and the phantom peace dividend Sep 7, 2012 1:32 AM
    President Barack Obama laid claim to a peace dividend that doesn't exist when he told the nation he wants to use money saved by ending wars to build highways, schools and bridges. The wars were largely financed by borrowing, so there is no ready pile of cash to be diverted to anything else. The claim was one of several by Obama in his acceptance speech Thursday.

  • Eastwood talks about convention chat with chair Sep 7, 2012 2:52 PM
    Clint Eastwood said the idea to use an empty seat as a prop at the Republican National Convention was a spur-of-the-moment decision when someone backstage asked him if he wanted to sit down. In his first interview since he attended the convention to pledge his support for Mitt Romney, Eastwood told the Carmel Pine Cone, a small California weekly newspaper, that his speech was not only unscripted, it was pretty much spontaneous. "There was a stool there, and some fella kept asking me if I wanted to sit down," Eastwood told the newspaper.

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