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  • Quinn signs bills to better emergency response Aug 12, 2014 10:21 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn has signed two pieces of legislation aimed at improving emergency response in rural areas of Illinois.

  • Objection filed to Arlington Hts. term limit petition Aug 12, 2014 6:22 PM
    An Arlington Heights resident has filed an objection to a petition asking that voters decide whether the village’s elected officials should be subject to term limits. The electoral board — made up of the village clerk, Mayor Tom Hayes and the village’s more senior trustee, Bert Rosenberg — will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday to hear the objection and decide if a term-limit referendum will appear on the November ballot.

  • Obama, Clinton to attend Martha’s Vineyard party Aug 12, 2014 11:02 AM
    President Barack Obama will spend a bit of his summer vacation with Hillary Rodham Clinton, a get-together that comes amid signs that the former secretary of state is seeking to distance herself from Obama’s foreign policy ahead of a possible 2016 White House bid.

  • Community center plan headed to Wauconda voters Aug 13, 2014 5:30 AM
    A $4.75 million plan to expand the Wauconda Community Center now is in voters’ hands. The Wauconda Park District board on Tuesday unanimously agreed to put the proposal on the Nov. 4 ballot.

  • New papers added to Lincoln collection Aug 11, 2014 8:14 PM
    A documentary project about Abraham Lincoln has scanned two previously unknown papers from the former president for its collection. The Papers of Abraham Lincoln is a project dedicated to identifying and publishing all documents written by or to the 16th president during his lifetime.

  • Quinn calls on Rauner to confirm debates Aug 11, 2014 10:24 PM
    With less than three months until the November election, Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday called on Republican challenger Bruce Rauner to firm up the candidates’ debate schedule. Quinn’s campaign said the Chicago Democrat has committed to eight debates and forums statewide ahead of Nov. 4, along with a ninth potential event. Rauner’s campaign said the businessman plans to appear at several debates and will announce the schedule soon.

  • Great-uncle of Obama dies at age 89 Aug 11, 2014 8:06 PM
    Charles T. Payne, a World War II veteran and great-uncle of President Barack Obama who was briefly in the public eye during his nephew’s first presidential bid, has died. He was 89.

  • Quinn signs Pace shoulder-riding program into law Aug 11, 2014 8:07 PM
    Legislation that allows a suburban Chicago bus agency’s vehicles to ride on the shoulders of a major roadway is now law. Gov. Pat Quinn signed a plan on Monday that makes Pace’s “Bus on Shoulders” pilot program permanent.

  • Hawaii’s governor ousted in stunning primary loss Aug 10, 2014 9:24 AM
    A 40-year political career came to a close after Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie lost his bid for a second term in a stunning primary-election defeat by a fellow Democrat and state senator who defied party leadership to challenge the incumbent.

  • Voting by mail for November election Aug 10, 2014 4:26 PM
    All Lake County registered voters, including students away at school and traveling snowbirds, who choose to vote by mail in the Nov. 4 election can visit to complete an electronic request or download a paper ballot application.

  • Treasurer candidate late on property taxes Aug 9, 2014 1:01 AM
    The Democratic candidate for Illinois treasurer is being asked to explain why he didn’t pay more than $1,800 in back taxes and interest to the Illinois Department of Revenue.

  • Was Ebola reaction too slow? Aug 9, 2014 2:15 PM
    Ghanaian authorities are carrying out tests on the body of a man from Burkina Faso who died near the border between the two West African countries after showing symptoms of Ebola, Accra-based Citi FM reported today, without saying when the man died. Canadian medics are also testing a patient in Ontario who has flu-like symptoms after recently traveling to Africa, health officials said.

  • Myanmar rules stack cards against Suu Kyi party Aug 9, 2014 4:20 PM
    Suu Kyi has faced international criticism for not being vocal enough about the treatment of the Rohingya, a stateless minority in Myanmar’s west who aren’t recognized as citizens or an ethnic group by the government. She has also come under fire at home, including when villagers near a copper mine berated her on a visit aimed at persuading them to stop fighting for its closure.

  • Duchossois: Nixon was gifted, honest and ‘brilliant’ Aug 9, 2014 6:45 AM
    Richard Duchossois supported Richard Nixon "down to the very end," the Arlington Park chairman says on the 40th anniversary of Nixon's resignation from the presidency. While not close friends, Duchossois, who was a major contributor to the Nixon presidential library, admired Nixon throughout his public life and believes one day history will treat him more kindly.

  • Why government fails, and what we should do Aug 8, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Lee Hamilton: What’s odd is that while the frequent failures in government’s performance are very much on ordinary people’s minds, politicians don’t talk much about fixing them

  • New law means you can keep your license after violation Aug 8, 2014 5:17 AM
    A small consolation is coming for lead-footed drivers caught speeding. Gov. Pat Quinn is set to sign a new law soon that will let people who get pulled over for minor traffic violations keep their driver's licenses. “This is going to let them get on with their lives,” said state Sen. Mike Noland, an Elgin Democrat and author of the so-called “sign and go” law.

  • Illinois posts marijuana patient application forms Aug 8, 2014 5:00 PM
    Illinois posted applications for patients and caregivers in the new medical marijuana program, but the state doesn’t want any submitted until Sept. 2.

  • Hanover Park to shop around for Springfield lobbyist Aug 8, 2014 5:30 AM
    Despite the mayor's defense of the village's Springfield lobbyist, Hanover Park trustees still want to see what other firms have to offer. The board agreed Thursday to put out a request for proposals from lobbyists that would represent Hanover Park before state lawmakers. Trustee Bill Cannon said that should have been done before the village inked another deal with its current lobbyist last month. "At least we're going to get some choices here," he said.

  • Candidate asked for state job, joked about capital Aug 8, 2014 6:51 PM
    The Republican candidate for Illinois lieutenant governor asked a state official if he knew of any jobs in the agency where he worked and made a joke suggesting the state’s capital city lacks sophistication.

  • Quinn, Rauner lob new accusations Aug 8, 2014 6:47 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday accused Republican rival Bruce Rauner of dodging responsibility for another business dealing he called “very troubling,” while Rauner’s campaign hit back over new allegations of patronage at the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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