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  • Porter to address Schaumburg Township GOP May 31 May 29, 2014 2:23 PM
    Illinois Republican National Committeeman Richard Porter will be the special guest speaker at the Schaumburg Township Republican Organization’s monthly breakfast meeting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 31 at Chandler’s Chophouse, 401 N. Roselle Road in Schaumburg. Other speakers will be U.S. 8th Congressional District candidate Larry Kaifesh, 44th state House District candidate Ramiro Juarez and 56th state House District candidate Jim Moynihan.

  • Vallas in Arlington Hts. May 28 May 27, 2014 10:32 AM
    Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Paul Vallas will speak to the Wheeling Township Democrats at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 28 in Arlington Heights.

  • Will the tea party rally behind GOP establishment? May 26, 2014 7:11 AM
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is nobody’s example of a tea party Republican. Just two months ago, in an interview with the New York Times, he said of the tea party candidates challenging establishment Republicans, “We will crush them everywhere.” That’s exactly what McConnell did on Tuesday when he raced passed tea party favorite Matt Bevin to win the Senate primary in Kentucky.

  • Rauner to speak at GOP Lincoln Day Dinner May 26, 2014 5:01 PM
    Republican gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner will be the keynote speaker at the Northwest Suburban Republican Lincoln Day Dinner Tuesday, June 17 at The Cotillion banquet hall in Palatine. The event is aimed to raise money for local Republican township organizations and their work to elect candidates.

  • Iowa Republicans size up presidential options May 26, 2014 8:38 AM
    Iowa’s presidential caucuses long have been the first event in the nominating process, but for Republicans, they lately have been a poor indicator of future success. The state’s quadrennial GOP straw poll has been even more discredited, an event that no longer draws some of the top candidates.

  • GOP sues to overturn limits on contributions May 23, 2014 8:32 PM
    “In an era when independent-expenditure accounts can solicit unlimited contributions and spend enormous amounts to influence political races, political parties are constitutionally entitled to compete equally with them with their own independent campaign activity,” said James Bopp Jr., the lawsuit’s lead attorney.

  • Democrats advance budget with extension of tax increase May 13, 2014 7:46 PM
    Democratic lawmakers are moving forward with a 2015 budget that is based upon an extension of Illinois’ temporary income tax increase. The plan follows weeks of hearings where chiefs from state agencies overseen by Gov. Pat Quinn’s office— painted doomsday scenarios about what would happen if their budgets were cut because the tax increases scheduled to end next January were allowed to expire, with an estimated revenue loss of $1.6 billion.

  • Clay Aiken wins Democratic primary May 13, 2014 5:55 PM
    “American Idol” entertainer Clay Aiken has won what had been a hotly contested Democratic primary for a North Carolina congressional seat.The unofficial tally posted by the state Tuesday confirms Aiken got more than 40 percent needed to win in the three-candidate race. It came a day after his closest rival died in a home accident.

  • Report: Hires had political clout with Quinn, Democrats May 12, 2014 6:20 PM
    Dozens of state jobs involved in a dispute over whether they should be free of politics were filled by Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration with candidates who were politically connected or gave campaign money to the governor’s party, an Associated Press review of state documents shows.

  • Examples of hires’ political connections May 12, 2014 4:02 PM
    Here are examples of state employees with political connections who were hired at the Illinois Department of Transportation under Gov. Pat Quinn. An Associated Press review of emails and other state documents shows that dozens of government jobs involved in a dispute over whether they should be free of politics were filled with candidates who were politically involved or gave campaign money to the governor’s party. The administration says the jobs should be exempt from a court ruling banning political hires because they are policy-making positions. . Kathleen Vehovic is the daughter of former Sangamon County Democratic Party chairman Todd Renfrow. Vehovic was hired to a $39,000-a-year post after holding a temporary position that was “continually renewed” on a 60-day emergency basis, according to the emails. One email said Vehovic was “critical” to bureau operations because she coordinates pre-employment screening for snow removal and highway maintenance workers. Anti-patronage activist Michael Shakman, who has challenged the hiring in federal court, said the job “obviously” should not have been exempt from state hiring rules. Vehovic did not respond to requests for comment left by phone and during a visit to her home. . Doris Bartolotti, of Benton, is listed as the chair of the Franklin County Democratic Committee in an online county directory. Her husband and brother-in-law are county committeemen. State records show her son — who is mayor of a small southern Illinois community — has worked for IDOT since 2004. Reached at her home, Doris Bartolotti — who made about $49,000 at IDOT in 2013 — said she would be happy to discuss her employment but needed to talk with her boss first. She later could not be reached. . Nick Lay of Johnson County is a former county Democratic committeeman. He’s listed as a technical manager IV and made $64,400 last year. When reached, he referred the AP to IDOT for comment. . Former Alderman John Rice got his $84,000-a-year IDOT job months after losing his seat on the Chicago City Council. A 2012 report published by The New York Times about Illinois politics stated that his newly created position of safety manager was never posted, and his application was filed the same day he started work. At the time, an IDOT spokesman denied the job was created just for Rice. Rice could not be reached for comment. . Bill Helm was the former president of the 47th Ward Democratic Party in Chicago who has donated money to Democrats. Helm was deputy supervisor of the Cook County Forest Preserve District under then-county board President Todd Stroger but was replaced shortly after Toni Preckwinkle was elected county board president in November 2010. He was hired a few months later as a deputy director of operations at IDOT. State records show he made about $111,000 last year, but is no longer working at IDOT. A phone message left with Helm’s mother — who confirmed he had left IDOT — was not returned.

  • Deputy voter registrars sought May 12, 2014 5:52 PM
    Tenth Congressional District Democrats is seeking Lake County Democrats to serve as deputy voter registrars authorized to register voters.

  • Suburban Democrats undecided on extending income tax hike May 12, 2014 5:41 AM
    Suburban Democrats' numbers in Springfield have never been higher, and as a result how they feel about extending the 2011 income tax hike could make all the difference when votes started getting counted soon. Most suburban Democrats either are on the fence or openly oppose the extension.

  • Maine Twp. to appoint new assessor May 27 May 9, 2014 4:15 PM
    Maine Township trustees are expected to consider appointing a successor to longtime Assessor Tom Rueckert, who died Tuesday at age 73, at their next meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, at township hall, 1700 Ballard Road in Park Ridge. Township spokesman Dick Barton said the law requires any appointee to be state certified to be an assessor and of the same political party as the person being replaced — in this case, Republican.

  • Rice backs out of Rutgers commencement May 4, 2014 1:01 AM
    The news of Rice’s decision came a day after Rutger's president Robert Barchi spoke with students who are protesting Rice’s planned speech and told them the board of governors would not rescind its invitation.

  • Three legislators to speak at Palatine Township GOP meeting Apr 25, 2014 4:48 PM
    A trio of Republican legislators are slated to speak at the Palatine Township Republican Organization's regular public monthly meeting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 3, at 839 N. Quentin Road in Palatine.

  • Hastert among Republicans supporting immigration reform Apr 22, 2014 8:20 PM
    Some of Illinois’ highest-profile Republicans voiced support Tuesday for an immigration overhaul that’s stalled in the U.S. House as a “morally right” and business-minded decision, an election-year move they hoped would help break the stalemate.

  • Rand Paul says school choice could expand GOP Apr 23, 2014 11:13 AM
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said voters in perennial Democratic strongholds such as Chicago and Milwaukee will think differently if they see Republicans not just visiting these places, but discussing issues pertinent to their circumstances. That’s the thinking behind the 2016 GOP presidential prospect’s current visit to the two Midwestern metropolitan areas, where Paul said the Republican issue of school choice could appeal to minority parents.

  • New Lake County GOP leader wants unity Apr 19, 2014 8:00 AM
    The newest leader of Lake County’s Republican Party calls himself a conservative. But unlike those conservatives who dismiss anyone with views even slightly different from theirs, Mike Amrozowicz isn’t about to write off socially moderate members of the GOP. “I think it’s foolish,” Amrozowicz said of the all-or-nothing attitude. “It’s really simple math.”

  • Illinois GOP leaders to urge immigration reform Apr 18, 2014 5:53 AM
    Candidate for governor Bruce Rauner and other top Illinois Republicans will join the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition at a gathering next week to urge Congress to adopt immigration reform. The event — called “Immigration Reform: Bottom-Line 2014” — will be at the Chicago Club on Tuesday. CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, state trade associations and hundreds of Latino and Asian business people will urge a vote on Capitol Hill. They say reform is “politically smart, economically sound, and morally right.” Along with Rauner, GOP leaders expected to attend are former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, former governors Jim Edgar and James Thompson, Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, and Republican legislative leaders Sen. Christine Radogno and Rep. Jim Durkin.

  • Kane Co. GOP selects Hartwell as new party chairman Apr 16, 2014 10:40 PM
    Kane County Republicans elected Tom Hartwell as their new party chairman Wednesday night, the third person to hold the gavel in as many conventions. “For too long, too much of our energy here in Kane County has been focused inward on our differences, both personal and philosophical, and not on our real task — taking our state and country back with the help of Republicans, independents and even Democrats," Hartwell wrote.

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