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  • U.S. Rep. Duckworth delivers healthy daughter Nov 20, 2014 1:27 PM
    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth has delivered a healthy daughter, her staff says. “My husband Bryan and I are thrilled to announce that we are the proud parents of a baby girl. Abigail O’kalani Bowlsbey was born on November 18,” she said in a statement. “Bryan and I were deeply honored that Senator Akaka acted as Hawaiian elder and selected her middle name.

     
  • Judge to rule Friday on Illinois pension law Nov 20, 2014 6:23 PM
    A judge said he will rule Friday on the constitutionality of the landmark Illinois pension patch after hearing arguments about whether the state can use the crisis of a $100 billion retirement-fund debt to cut benefits to retirees.

     
  • Palatine councilman resigns, plans to move out of village Nov 19, 2014 5:59 PM
    Jim Clegg, who’s served on the Palatine village council since January 2010, resigned his District 3 seat this week because he is moving out of town. “It’s been my goal to meet the needs of the constituents in the village and I tried to do that,” said Clegg, who’s lived in Palatine for more than 32 years.

     
  • Senate panel: Mayor, firefighters should bargain over staffing Nov 19, 2014 6:37 PM
    Firefighters won a round in their clash with mayors over whether the two sides should bargain over staffing levels. An Illinois Senate committee approved the requirement today and sent it to the full Senate. Mayors say it'll raises costs to taxpayers.

     
  • Frerichs wins Illinois treasurer race Nov 19, 2014 6:35 PM
    Republican Tom Cross of Oswego today conceded the historically close race for Illinois treasurer to Democrat Mike Frerichs of Champaign, ending speculation that there would be a recount.

     
  • Republicans: Keystone pipeline down, but not out Nov 19, 2014 9:59 AM
    Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the new Republican majority will quickly resurrect Keystone XL pipeline legislation killed by Democrats, potentially setting up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama. “I look forward to the new Republican majority taking up and passing the Keystone jobs bill early in the new year,” the Kentucky Republican said Tuesday, shortly after the bill fell one vote short of the 60 votes needed to advance.

     
  • Illinois Democrats get minimum wage hike moving Nov 20, 2014 9:36 AM
    The Illinois Senate started advancing a plan Wednesday that would raise the state's minimum wage to $11 per hour by 2017, starting with an increase from $8.25 to $10 in July. A Senate committee voted for the bill, and the full Senate could consider it as early as Thursday.

     
  • Schools plead different sides of proposed state funding shakeup Nov 18, 2014 8:26 PM
    Illinois lawmakers Tuesday faced a parade of school officials, some begging the state to make them winners and the others fearing they’d soon be made losers. Indian Prairie District 204 Superintendent Karen Sullivan told the panel deep cuts would mean teacher layoffs and program cuts because asking local property taxpayers for more won’t work. “We view that option as unacceptable based on the rates they currently pay,” Sullivan said.

     
  • One more try at Illinois-run insurance marketplace? Nov 18, 2014 12:38 PM
    Illinois lawmakers may have one more chance to approve a state-run health insurance marketplace during the fall legislative session that starts Wednesday. But it could be an uphill slog despite new forces that change the political calculations. Supporters see increased urgency because of an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision and a looming deadline for federal grant money.

     
  • Seeking ideas, Rauner creates transition website Nov 18, 2014 6:17 AM
    Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner is launching a website that will allow individuals to apply for jobs in his administration. The website is www.MakeIllinoisGreat.com. Visitors also can submit ideas to improve the state.

     
  • SB16: A matter of give to vs. take from suburban schools Nov 18, 2014 6:44 AM
    In recent weeks, suburban school districts have been lining up on either side on what's known as Senate Bill 16. Some suburban districts would lose a lot of state money, which turned the proposed legislation into a campaign issue in the suburbs. But other school districts would fare well under the plan. A hearing in Springfield on the bill takes place today.

     
  • Nominating petitions ready for Wauconda Park District hopefuls Nov 18, 2014 7:31 PM
    Nominating petitions are available for anyone interested in running for three seats on the five-member Wauconda Park District board in the April 7, 2015 election.

     
  • Education coalition unveils policy reccomendations Nov 18, 2014 8:37 PM
    As legislators in Springfield debated Senate Bill 16, a group made up of some of the state’s largest education associations debuted its own education reform plan on Tuesday. The group met with the Daily Herald editorial board on Tuesday afternoon to discuss its ideas and the plan, which can be found in more detail at illinoisvision2020.org/.

     
  • One more candidate enters Aurora council race Nov 18, 2014 5:49 PM
    A new aldermanic candidate filed nominating petitions Tuesday to seek the 1st Ward seat in Aurora. The post, held by appointed alderman Tina Bohman, did not draw any candidates Monday when the filing period opened for the spring municipal election. But on Tuesday, Fred Collier filed petitions with the Aurora Election Commission to run for the position representing a section of northeast Aurora located completely in Kane County.

     
  • Editorial: A watchword for the legislative veto session: wait Nov 18, 2014 10:41 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial says lawmakers should certainly work during the upcoming veto session, but they shouldn't pass any new laws.

     
  • Autopsy set for ISU student found in dorm room Nov 17, 2014 9:34 AM
    An autopsy is scheduled later this morning for an Illinois State University student found dead in his dorm room. In a news release, McLean County Chief Deputy Coroner Seth Reynolds says the male student from Bartonville was found unresponsive by campus police late Saturday afternoon. Family members had requested a check on his well-being.

     
  • Election filing begins today in four DuPage cities Nov 17, 2014 5:30 AM
    Candidates for mayoral and city council races will be filing nomination petitions starting Monday morning in four of DuPage County’s largest cities. The filing period for the consolidated primary election — which, if necessary, will take place Feb. 24 — ends Nov. 24. Naperville, Wheaton, Downers Grove and Aurora all require people running for council and mayor to file during the primary filing period.

     
  • Candidate filing starts for three northwest Cook County villages Nov 17, 2014 5:30 AM
    Three Northwest suburban villages — Hoffman Estates, Palatine and Schaumburg — begin their weeklong filing period today for candidates wanting to run for a seat on their boards or councils. The villages have the potential for a primary election on Tuesday, Feb. 24. Primary races would be triggered if the number of candidates who file for a particular office exceeds four times the number of seats available.

     
  • Kirk wants voting investigation Nov 17, 2014 5:41 PM
    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is requesting a federal inquiry into what he’s calling “voting irregularities” and “mishandling of ballots” during this month’s election.

     
  • Eight file for six Aurora aldermanic seats Nov 17, 2014 5:35 PM
    Eight candidates filed Monday for six Aurora aldermanic seats that will be up for grabs in the spring election. The seats for the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 6th and 8th wards will be open, as well as one of the two at-large aldermanic positions.

     
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