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  •  Mitt Romney greets jubilant supporters at a rally in Schaumburg after winning the Illinois primary March 20. In Cook County, Romney’s numbers were best among higher-income voters, the clerk’s analysis says.

    Clerk releases primary election post-mortem in suburban Cook May 9, 2012 12:00 AM
    Suburban Cook County Republicans turned out in greater numbers for the March 20 primary than four years ago, but more Democratic ballots were pulled anyway, according to a postelection report for suburban Cook County released Wednesday by Cook County Clerk David Orr. Despite the low (primary) turnout, Republican voters made their mark this time around, Orr said.

  • Politics cannot get in way of reforms May 7, 2012 12:00 AM
    Today, I stand with the governor in believing that meaningful, constitutional and fair pension reform must occur during this legislative session.

  • The weather certainly won't be an issue for voters today as they head to polling places like the Gail Borden Library in Elgin.

    Ballot problems could mean slow resultsMar 20, 2012 12:00 AM
    A power outage in Wheeling, oversized ballots in Aurora and a computer that crashed overnight in Kane County were a few problems have cropped up on an otherwise serene primary election day. It's too early to tell if voter turnout will be lower today than was anticipated. "We don't know at this point if it'll end up being lower than expected, but I can say I'd love to see more people get out and vote," said Cook County Clerk David Orr.

  • Patlak for Cook Board of Review, GOP Feb 28, 2012 12:00 AM
    The Daily Herald endorses Dan Patlak in the Republican primary for Cook County Board of Review, District 1.

  • Republican candidate night in Barrington Township Feb 6, 2012 12:00 AM
    The Barrington Township Republican Organization will be hosting a Republican Candidates Night, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at Millrose Restaurant and Banquets, 45 S. Barrington Road, South Barrington.

  • Lauren Turelli

    GOP candidates compete for 58th House seat Feb 3, 2012 12:00 AM
    With state Rep. Karen May not running for re-election for the first time since winning the 58th district seat in 2000, two Lake Forest Republicans are hoping to turn the longtime Democratic district red in 2012.

  • Julie Morrison

    With Garrett retiring, race is on in Senate District 29 Jan 30, 2012 12:00 AM
    With Susan Garrett retiring from the Illinois state Senate after a decade, a race has emerged in the Democratic primary for that seat, between Garrett's chosen heir, Township Supervisor Julie Morrison, and Milton Sumption, a former Tom Daschle legislative aide who is a business consultant.

  • Backs Brownfield in state Senate primary Jan 30, 2012 12:00 AM
    Letter to the editor: Linda Douglas of Bartlett has found her candidate in the Democratic primary for the 23rd state Senate seat. "Greg Brownfield is a respectful, honest man who is more interested in helping people than using a political office for personal gain," she writes.

  • Nekritz, Morrison, Sumption visiting Wheeling Dems Wednesday Jan 23, 2012 12:00 AM
    State Rep. Elaine Nekritz of Northbrook and Democratic candidates for the 29th State Senate District, Julie Morrison and Milton Sumption, will speak to the Wheeling Township Democratic Organization Wednesday night.

  • Dems struggle for cash in Kane races Jan 1, 2012 12:00 AM
    Getting your message out is a big part of getting elected, and that takes money. A look at the money so far in Kane's countywide races shows who may be the real contenders at this point as several candidates have not raised any cash, while others are way ahead in the race for funds.

  • Bob Chwedyk/ ¬ 8th Congressman Joe Walsh, of McHenry

    Walsh to announce election plans Thursday Dec 6, 2011 12:00 AM
    Eighth District Congressman Joe Walsh is postponing an announcement on his re-election decision until Thursday, his office confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

  • Proft to speak to Elk Grove Township Republicans Nov 30, 2011 12:00 AM
    The Republican Organization of Elk Grove Township will feature WLS talk radio host Dan Proft at its monhly meeting 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. The meeting will be held at Rose Garden Café, 111 Higgins Road, at the corner of Arlington Heights and Higgins roads in Elk Grove Village.

  • Democrats hold candidate night in Arlington Hgts. Nov 21, 2011 12:00 AM
    The Wheeling Township Democratic Organization will feature a candidates’ night question and answer session at its monthly meeting, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, in the Buechner Room on the 1st Floor of Arlington Heights Village Hall, 33 S. Arlington Heights Road.

  • Toni Preckwinkle

    Four U.S. Senators target controversial Cook County ordinance Nov 5, 2011 12:00 AM
    Four Republican Senators are paying attention to Cook County's recent controversial ordinance allowing the release of suspected illegal immigrants if they can make bail despite federal detainer requests. Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa and three others wrote a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano urging her to take a direct role in the issue and compel Cook County to reverse the law in the interest of public safety.

  • Joe Walsh, left, chats with fellow freshman congressman Randy Hultgren in the hallway of the Cannon House Office Building in Washington D.C. last March. The two are gearing up for a bitter and costly primary race against one another.

    Hultgren ramping up offensive: Walsh cries foul play Nov 3, 2011 12:00 AM
    As Congressman Joe Walsh's legal team preps for a pretrial conference in his child-support suit next week, his primary election opponent, Congressman Randy Hultgren, has taken a poll that among other issues, looks at how Walsh's personal past might cost him politically. Walsh is calling the poll evidence of a dirty campaign.

  • Wheeling Township Republicans host straw poll Nov 3, 2011 12:00 AM
    The Arlington Heights headquarters of Republicans of Wheeling Township will be a voting site in the Saturday, Nov. 5, presidential straw poll being held by the Illinois Republican Party. All Republicans are invited to participate; donation per vote is $5 to support the 2012 statewide GOP campaign. Voting will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 909 E. Rand Road.

  • Mt. Prospect gets own tea party chapter Oct 11, 2011 12:00 AM
    Mount Prospect resident Ernie Lasse has launched a local chapter of the national tea party movement in his hometown. The group, called Tea Party Mount Prospect, will hold its first meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 12. Tea party chapters have already sprouted up in nearby suburbs, but Lasse said there still aren’t enough of them. “We need more of this kind of discussion here in the suburbs,” he said.

  •  Texas Gov. Rick Perry, GOP presidential contender, speaks Saturday at McCarthy & Bailey’s Irish Pub in Sioux City, Iowa.

    Subdued Perry tries to steady campaign in Iowa Oct 9, 2011 12:00 AM
    Rick Perry has lost some of his Texas swagger. Maybe that's what happens when a governor tops Republican presidential polls the minute he joins the race, only to plummet after a shaky debate performance.

  • Right Nation postpones November conference Sep 28, 2011 12:00 AM
    With an eye on drawing more attendees closer to the 2012 election, Right Nation, a conservative conference that drew roughly 6,000 to Hoffman Estates last year, is postponing a second conference originally scheduled for Nov. 3-5.

  • System broken for enforcing campaign finance rules Sep 24, 2011 12:00 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial says the state elections board must do a better job of collecting the fines it levies for violations of campaign finance rules. Otherwise, its existence is pointless.

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