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  • Arlene Hickory

    Hearing officers recommend who’s on the ballotJan 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.

  • Lauren Beth Gash

    Convention delegates home to focus on getting out suburban voteSep 9, 2012 12:00 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.

  • Editorial: Time is short for candidates, voters Sep 7, 2012 12:00 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.

  • More than a week after Clint Eastwood delivered a speech to the Republican National Convention, the veteran Hollywood actor-director continues to be mocked for his peculiar, rambling conversation with an imaginary President Barack Obama in an empty chair onstage.

    Eastwood talks about convention chat with chair Sep 7, 2012 12:00 AM
    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.

  •  President Barack Obama, left, is joined on stage Thursday by first lady Michelle Obama, left, their children Sasha and Malia, right, on the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

    Obama approval hits 15-month high Sep 7, 2012 12:00 AM
    President Barack Obama's job approval hit a 15-month high during the Democratic National Convention this week, according to a Gallup Poll.

  • Obama adviser: President’s speech had specifics Sep 7, 2012 12:00 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.

  • Romney launches new ad campaign Sep 7, 2012 12:00 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.

  •  Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney boards his campaign plane for an event in Iowa on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 in Portsmouth, N.H.

    Romney: Jobs report a hangover after Obama speech Sep 7, 2012 12:00 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.

  •  President Barack Obama shakes hands with Charlotte, N.C. Mayor Anthony Foxx, left, as first lady Michelle Obama, right, greets Foxx’s children Hillary, and Zachary, before leaving leave Charlotte, N.C., after the Democratic National Convention, Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. Foxx’s wife Samara Foxx is second from left.

    Obama’s task: Keep the race a choice Sep 7, 2012 12:00 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.

  •  President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, wave as they board Air Force One before their departure from Charlotte International Airport, Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, in Charlotte, N.C.

    Convention over, Obama hit with weak job report Sep 7, 2012 12:00 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.

  •  Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama wave to the delegates at the conclusion of Presdident Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday.

    Fact Check: Obama and the phantom peace dividend Sep 7, 2012 12:00 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.

  •  Vice President Joe Biden addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday.

    Biden: ‘Conviction. Resolve. Barack Obama’ Sep 7, 2012 12:00 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.

  • Adrian Stone talks to a customer about the T-shirts he is selling during Carolina Fest in Charlotte, N.C. on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. Stone had to spend six months getting his designs approved by the Democratic National Convention and getting permission to sell the shirts in the convention zone.

    Convention can be profitable for small businesses Sep 6, 2012 12:00 AM
    For entrepreneurs outside the Democratic National Convention, the easy part may be the hours of smoking meat, screen-printing T-shirts or pumping out pedicab rides. Those small business owners have needed a balance of patience and scrappiness to negotiate a series of physical and bureaucratic barriers for a share of the $200 million visitors are expected to spend this week in Charlotte. But the hustle pays off when they're able to make a big score, such as selling $10,000 in barbecue sandwiches in one day.

  • Editorial: Mr. President, tell us why we should believeSep 6, 2012 12:00 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial calls on President Barack Obama to use his speech tonight to explain why deserves to be elected rather than why Mitt Romney does not.

  • Editorial: Mr. President, tell us why we should believeSep 6, 2012 12:00 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial calls on President Barack Obama to explain tonght why he deserves to be elected rather than why he believes Mitt Romney does not.

  •  David Grohl of the Foo Fighters performs at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday.

    A conventional love affair for stars, Democrats Sep 6, 2012 12:00 AM
    Clint Eastwood's oddball GOP convention monologue didn't sit well, but Democrats proved they know how to exploit their unabashed love affair with Hollywood.

  • Republican Robert Dold, left, opposes Democrat Brad Schneider in the 10th Congressional District for the 2012 General Election.

    Absent from convention, Schneider ‘focused on the district’Sep 6, 2012 12:00 AM
    The 10th Congressional District has been called the most Democratic-leaning district in the nation that's now held by a Republican. Yet, Illinois delegates leave the Democratic National Convention today without having seen 10th District candidate Brad Schneider. He stayed in Illinois, opting to host local parties to watch President Barack Obama's speech Thursday night.

  •  Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, right, walks with Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, from Florida, to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the Democratic National Convention Thursday.

    Giffords inspires crowd at Democratic convention Sep 6, 2012 12:00 AM
    Gabrielle Giffords has inspired the cheering delegates at the Democratic National Convention by leading the Pledge of Allegiance.

  •  Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, campaigns in Colorado Springs, Colo., Thursday.

    Ryan says Obama fell ‘woefully short’ as president Sep 6, 2012 12:00 AM
    President Barack Obama has broken too many promises to earn a second term and four more years under his leadership could leave America as a "welfare state with a debt crisis," Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan said Thursday.

  •  Though former President Bill Clinton said he combed Wednesday nights’ speech carefully for lines that might be taken out of context and used against President Barack Obama, it took only a day for Mitt Romney’s campaign to produce an ad doing just that.

    New Romney ad uses Clinton’s words against Obama Sep 6, 2012 12:00 AM
    A new television ad from Mitt Romney's campaign is using Bill Clinton's words against President Barack Obama.

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