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  • What issues roil Washington? Obama’s veto threats are clues Jan 23, 2015 11:12 AM
    President Barack Obama has a telling hit list. The veto threats that he’s issued over the last three weeks are a microcosm of American politics, representing the roiling issues of the day, the power struggle playing out between Congress and the White House, and even the pique between the president and GOP congressional leaders.

     
  • Obama veto threat targets Kirk plan on Iran Jan 22, 2015 1:01 AM
    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, an Highland Park Republican, said he expects the Senate to move forward with a proposal increasing sanctions on Iran desipte President Barack Obama’s threat in Tuesday’s State of the Union Address to veto it.

     
  • Rauner visiting Harper College career and tech center Friday after $38 million renovation Jan 22, 2015 1:25 PM
    Gov. Bruce Rauner will speak at the opening of Harper College’s Career and Technical Education Center on the Palatine campus Friday. The ceremony will begin 10 a.m. in a welding lab at the center, which recently underwent a two-year, $38 million renovation.

     
  • Editorial: Facts don’t support gambling expansion Jan 22, 2015 5:01 AM
    Though proponents of expanding gambling in Illinois say they'll present a new bill this session, the time for that is past. Casino revenue continues to drop and it's evident adding casinos simply rearranges the pot of gambling dollars, a Daily Herald editorial says.

     
  • US, Cuba address obstacles to resuming diplomatic ties Jan 22, 2015 10:31 AM
    The United States and Cuba are trying to eliminate obstacles to normalized ties as the highest-level U.S. delegation to the communist island in more than three decades holds a second day of talks with Cuban officials. U.S. objectives during Thursday’s session include the lifting of restrictions on American diplomats in Cuba and assurances that Cubans will have unfettered access to a future U.S. Embassy in Havana.

     
  • Republicans playing the long game on term limits Jan 22, 2015 6:46 PM
    State Rep. Ron Sandack, a Downers Grove Republican, proposes an amendment to the Illinois Constitution calling for 10-year term limits for state lawmakers. Rauner tried to get a similar measure put before voters on the November ballot, but it was tossed in court. Still, it remained a major talking point for a campaign running against the Springfield establishment.

     
  • Obama highlights child care in GOP strongholds Jan 22, 2015 2:26 PM
    Wrapping up a two-day sales trip to conservative states to sell his State of the Union proposals, President Barack Obama pitched expanded child care Thursday to help families make ends meet, while calling for less of the political division that has rendered Washington virtually dysfunctional.

     
  • Amid 2016 chatter, Romney and Jeb Bush to meet in Utah Jan 22, 2015 1:53 PM
    Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney are meeting in Utah as the two men explore 2016 presidential bids.

     
  • Township will again ask for tax increase for road maintenance Jan 22, 2015 5:23 PM
    Fourth time's the charm? Blackberry Township officials are again asking voters to increase property taxes to pay for road repairs and paving. "Roads are really starting to deteriorate in Blackberry Township," Highway Commissioner Rodney Feece says, as they have been patched, not repaved.

     
  • Lew says Congress should turn efforts toward business taxes Jan 22, 2015 1:57 PM
    The Obama administration is pushing Congress to simplify federal business taxes after Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Democrats and Republicans are too far apart to agree on sweeping changes to taxes paid by individuals and families.

     
  • Local Republican tries to do away with red-light cameras Jan 22, 2015 6:01 PM
    A suburban Republican wants to do away with the state law that allows red-light cameras to spy on drivers. State Rep. David McSweeney, a Barrington Hills Republican, introduced the legislation following reports that cameras in Chicago didn’t help intersections become safer.

     
  • Analysis: Obama seizes on recovery, bets on staying power Jan 21, 2015 8:37 AM
    President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address marked a sweet spot in his presidency when economic signs and his own personal approval are on the rise. He made sure to capitalize, taking credit for policies he said raised the country out of its recession. But sweet spots are by definition fleeting — moments in time that can just as quickly sour.

     
  • Campton Hills hopefuls face last hurdle to ballot Jan 21, 2015 5:30 AM
    Four people running for Campton Hills president and trustee seats in April need to clear one more hurdle to get on the April 7 ballot. They have filed court papers to have a judge order the Kane County Clerk to accept their petitions. The petitions were not turned over to the clerk in December because a challenge was filed against Trustee Harry Blecker, who is running for village president, and three others. The matter is due in court on Monday.

     
  • Joe Walsh speaking to Elk Grove Republicans Saturday Jan 21, 2015 7:09 PM
    Former congressman and current radio show host Joe Walsh will speak to the Republicans of Elk Grove Township at their monthly meeting, 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24. The blunt and controversial speaker will offer his thoughts on a variety of topics and answer questions on local, state and national issues.

     
  • Woodland Dist. 50 seeking temporary tax cap hike for A/C Jan 21, 2015 6:42 PM
    Woodland Elementary District 50 voters will decide in April whether to grant the district a higher property tax cap for one year to raise money for installation of air conditioning at the primary school and other needs. At a special meeting Tuesday night, board members of the Gurnee-based district voted 4-2 in favor of placing a referendum on the April 7 ballot .

     
  • U.S. reps from suburbs sound off on Obama’s speech Jan 20, 2015 11:06 PM
    Suburban members of Congress had these reactions to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. His speech sought to highlight recent economic gains and propose, among other things, free community college for qualifying students.

     
  • Sleepy Hollow to ask voters for 82% tax hike Jan 20, 2015 6:03 PM
    Sleepy Hollow again will be seeking a roughly 82 percent property tax increase on April 7 after a similar request failed last November by a 3 to 1 margin. The village is seeking to collect an additional $428,571 yearly from its more than 3,300 residents — nearly double what they pay now. If approved, the owner of a $200,000 home would pay roughly $316 more in property taxes in 2016.

     
  • Gambling backers renew casino push despite declines Jan 20, 2015 6:50 AM
    Backers of more gambling in Illinois are getting ready to introduce legislation that would create five new casinos and allow slot machines at horse racing tracks like Arlington International, similar to previous bills. Lawmakers want to build off previous efforts, this time under new Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, and a plan could emerge in the next few weeks, state Sen. Terry Link, a Waukegan Democrat, said.

     
  • 5 goals from Obama’s 2014 State of the Union: Yay or Nay? Jan 19, 2015 9:58 AM
    President Barack Obama used his last State of the Union to declare 2014 a “Year of Action,” and he can claim credit for accomplishing several of the goals he laid out. The smaller ones. That’s because while he was able to check off most of what he promised to do through executive action in last year’s speech, Obama was unable in the bitterly partisan election year to get Congress to go along with the bigger plans he had for the country that required their approval.

     
  • Pyke: Transportation agencies wading through Rauner's orders Jan 19, 2015 5:57 AM
    Is Gov. Bruce Rauner's word law or are growing pains emerging as he and a massive state bureaucracy come to grips? We look at how Rauner's ban on new hiring fared at the Illinois tollway, and what last week's executive orders mean for summer road construction.

     
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