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  • ASSOCIATED PRESS You might think at first that Cardinal Timothy Dolan was strategically placed between presidential candidates President Barack and former Gov. Mitt Romney as a peacekeeper. But the 67th annual Alfred. E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner Thursday in New York has been campaign tradition where comic relief prevails. That’s Ann Romney, the governor’s wife, at the far right.

    A night of humor — after day of campaign criticism Oct 18, 2012 12:00 AM
    President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney poked gentle but sharp fun at one another Thursday night during an esteemed New York Catholic charity dinner that has long been a required stop for presidential candidates.

  •  Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin shake hands after the vice presidential debate at Centre College.

    Images: Biden vs. Ryan in vice presidential debate Oct 12, 2012 12:00 AM
    Vice President Joe Biden and challenging vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan go head to head in a debate in which neither candidate held back with claims and counterclaims, attacks and responses, even jeers at each other.

  • Legislative candidates at Round Lake Beach event Oct 4, 2012 12:00 AM
    The League of Women Voters of Lake County and the Round Lake Area Public Library will hold a public event for candidates in several contested races at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center, off Hook Drive, west of Route 83.

  •  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.

  •  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.

  •  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.

  •  Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus announces the display of the debt ticker during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 27.

    Analysis: Record US debt hardly dents the campaign Sep 5, 2012 12:00 AM
    Some unpleasant, uninvited guests dropped in on the Democratic convention. The federal debt hit $16 trillion. U.S. factory activity shrank for a third straight month. And a poll found President Barack Obama's "unfavorable" ratings higher than his "favorables."

  •  A delegate reacts after a vote held on the convention floor to pass a motion presented by Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday.

    Democrats change platform to add God, Jerusalem Sep 5, 2012 12:00 AM
    Needled by Mitt Romney and other Republicans, Democrats hurriedly rewrote their convention platform Wednesday to add a mention of God and declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel after President Barack Obama intervened to order the changes.

  •  An unidentified delegate holds a sign while watching a video presentation during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 30.

    Politics and truth: Uneasy partners, easy enemies Sep 5, 2012 12:00 AM
    It's unprecedented, the experts say: The volume and audacity of distortion, deception and truth-stretching in this year's presidential campaign has political fact-checkers busier than ever in their pursuit of the truth. But whose truth, precisely? And, in the context of a bitter campaign, does the actual truth — and the responsibility of a politician to tell it — really matter?

  • Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul†Ryan, addresses the Republican National Convention Wednesday night in Tampa, Fla..

    Fact check: Ryan ignores parts of his own recordAug 29, 2012 12:00 AM
    An occasional look at claims made in political campaigns and how they adhere to the facts: GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan took some factual shortcuts Wednesday night when he attacked President Barack Obama's policies on Medicare, the economic stimulus and the budget deficit.

  •  People play in the storm surge from Hurricane Isaac on Lakeshore Drive along Lake Pontchartrain, as the storm nears land Tuesday in New Orleans.

    Isaac aid: GOP exception to call for less spending Aug 29, 2012 12:00 AM
    One by one, Republican leaders have lined up at their national convention to push for less government and accuse President Barack Obama of profligate spending. About 500 miles away, under threat from a hurricane, they welcomed federal government aid. One GOP governor even accused Obama of being miserly with the help.

  • Romney still struggles to attract Latino voters Aug 29, 2012 12:00 AM
    It may have been a partisan barb from a Democrat, but Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's pointed criticism of the array of Hispanic speakers at the Republican National Convention laid bare a truth that could hurt the GOP: Mitt Romney is having a tough time winning over Latino voters.

  •  Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus speaks to delegates during an abbreviated session the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Monday

    The trick for GOP: Being heard above Isaac’s gales Aug 28, 2012 12:00 AM
    Tropical Storm Isaac forced the Republicans to do what the Democrats had already done voluntarily: shorten their national convention from four days to three. But the show, as they say, must go on. Political conventions are calibrated theater, after all, and as with any big show, random elements can cause chaos. As the GOP convenes in Tampa for a convention delayed by a major storm and clouded by the fraught, Katrina-scarred politics of major storms in general, what are audiences looking for from this gathering?

  • Sidney Mathias

    Illinois GOP delegates deal with storm as they make way to Tampa Aug 26, 2012 12:00 AM
    The Republican convention in Tampa, Fla. should be relatively calm — at least when it comes to choosing a nominee for president. But from a weather standpoint, matters were getting stormy for several Illinois delegates. Faced with the threat of Tropical Storm Issac approaching the host city, several delegates were adjusting their travel plans Sunday, though none intended to skip the event entirely.

  • Arlington Hts. Tea Party to meet on Obamacare, vote fraud Jul 29, 2012 12:00 AM
    The Arlington Heights Tea Party is meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, in the board room on the 3rd floor of Arlington Heights Village Hall, 33 S. Arlington Heights Road. Evanston attorney Bill Ward will speak on the Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare.

  • Judy Biggert

    Suburban lawmakers, candidates on Supreme Court ruling Jun 28, 2012 12:00 AM
    Suburban members of Congress react to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on health care, with some applauding the ruling and others pledging to continue trying to overturn the law.

  • Leslie Coolidge

    Coolidge takes on traditional Republican territory in bid against RoskamJun 11, 2012 12:00 AM
    Barrington Hills Democrat Leslie Coolidge, a Harvard-educated certified public accountant and retired partner in KPMG, says she decided to take on Republican Peter Roskam in the 6th Congressional District after last summer's crisis over raising the debt ceiling caused fears of default.

  •  Chief Deputy Whip Peter J. Roskam gives a TV interview on CNN in the rotunda of the Cannon House Office Building.

    Roskam lays out his role in this election year Jun 11, 2012 12:00 AM
    U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam of Wheaton speaks about his national role as the fourth highest ranking Republican in the House and about his leadership in helping Illinois Republicans win November -- especially in the 8th Congressional District battle between Tea Partyer Joe Walsh of McHenry and Democrat Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates.

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