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  • Emanuel picks new Chicago treasurer Oct 22, 2014 8:13 PM
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s choice for the city’s new treasurer is an executive with an asset-management firm. Emanuel announced on Wednesday that he has chosen Kurt Summers Jr. to fill the city’s vacancy on Dec. 1.

  • Durbin, Oberweis interested in finding O'Hare noise solutions Oct 22, 2014 5:34 AM
    Can a U.S. senator give folks stressed by O'Hare jet noise relief? Candidates Dick Durbin and Jim Oberweis explain what they could do. And, with limited cash in his war chest, tonight's debate is a big chance for Oberweis to get his message out for free.

  • Court-appointed monitor ordered for IDOT hiring Oct 22, 2014 6:57 PM
    A federal judge on Wednesday ordered a court-appointed monitor to review hiring problems at Gov. Pat Quinn’s Department of Transportation, a setback for the Democrat running for re-election largely on how he navigated Illinois away from ethical problems.

  • Gloves come off in 55th District debate Oct 22, 2014 11:33 PM
    With less than two weeks to go before Election Day, candidates in a hotly contested Horthwest suburban race for state representative sparred Wednesday night on issues ranging from their fiscal records to airport noise. Democratic state Rep. Marty Moylan is being challenged by Republican Mel Thillens, a businessman and Park Ridge park board president, in a race for the state House’s 55th District seat.

  • 11th hopefuls discuss foreign policy, environment Oct 22, 2014 11:29 PM
    With election season heating up, the two candidates for the U.S. 11th Congressional District seat have grown accustomed to debating popular topics such as immigration, healthcare and changes to the tax code.During a forum at Congregation Beth Shalom in Naperville Wednesday, however, Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster and his challenger, Republican State Rep. Darlene Senger, had a chance to offer their viewpoints on some less discussed items, such as international relations and environmental issues.

  • Oberweis, Durbin go into — and leave — debate swinging Oct 22, 2014 9:29 PM
    Who landed a body blow during a debate Wednesday between Jim Oberweis and Dick Durbin? It was a scrappy exchange between the Senate's No. 2, Durbin, and his Republican challenger Oberweis, a state senator.

  • Dold, Schneider sling mud during last TV debate Oct 22, 2014 9:16 PM
    It didn’t take long for the second and final televised debate between Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider and Republican challenger Robert Dold to turn into a verbal brawl.

  • Judge won’t rush results of Elburn fire district vote Oct 22, 2014 6:44 PM
    A Kane County judge has agreed not to immediately certify results of a Nov. 4 referendum asking if some properties should be allowed to disconnect from the Elburn Fire Protection District. Circuit Judge David Akemann agreed to the delay Monday at the request of the Elburn fire district, which is appealing his Aug. 28 decision to allow the referendum to take place. If voters approve the disconnection, Akemann would be asked to certify the vote and order the disconnection. If voters decide not to, Akemann would have to dismiss the petition, according to a motion filed by the Fox River district, which opposed the stay.

  • Quick start to early voting in suburbs Oct 22, 2014 7:33 PM
    Early voting is off to a fast start in the suburbs, with some counties reporting twice as many voters casting early ballots than during the 2010 gubernatorial election. Here's why...

  • GOP incumbent holds big money lead in 64th House race Oct 22, 2014 4:38 PM
    If Democrat Joel Mains tops Republican state Rep. Barbara Wheeler in next month’s election, it won’t be because of his campaign’s deep pockets. State records show Wheeler, who holds the 64th District House seat, had $22,363 in available campaign funds as of Sept. 30. Mains as of Wednesday had yet to exceed the $3,000.

  • Sun-Times reporter quits over paper's handling of story Oct 23, 2014 5:18 AM
    The Chicago Sun-Times' longtime Springfield bureau chief Dave McKinney has stepped down after the paper put him on leave following a tough story about Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner, he posted online Wednesday.

  • Hundreds fill Vernon Hills gym to see Vice President Joe Biden Oct 23, 2014 1:16 AM
    An estimated 750 people packed the Sullivan Community Center’s gym Wednesday afternoon for Vice President Joe Biden’s appearance, part of a rally for three Democrats on the Nov. 4 ballot: U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Paul Vallas, who’s running for lieutenant governor as Gov. Pat Quinn’s mate. “It’s not something that happens every day,” a resident said.

  • The Clintons, the Democrats’ 2014 super surrogates Oct 22, 2014 11:59 AM
    Defending their allies, Bill and Hillary Clinton are barnstorming the country for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular. With speculation rampant about whether Hillary Rodham Clinton makes a second presidential run, the power couple has blanketed the political map this fall.

  • State says Jimmy John’s founder owes taxes on planes Oct 21, 2014 6:27 PM
    The state of Illinois says two companies that belong to the founder of the Jimmy John’s sandwich chain owe the state more than $1.4 million in taxes on a pair of corporate jets. But attorneys for Jimmy John Liautaud say the state isn’t properly applying the tax code.

  • Suburban Cook County early voting off to strong start Oct 21, 2014 10:51 AM
    About 8,300 suburban Cook County voters cast ballots Monday, the first day of early voting, which Cook County Clerk David Orr called a “strong start.” “Monday’s impressive turnout demonstrated just how popular early voting has become,” Orr said.

  • Former President Clinton stumps for Quinn, Durbin Oct 21, 2014 6:23 PM
    Former President Bill Clinton became the latest high-profile Democrat to back the re-election bids of Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, saying Tuesday that the candidates focus on issues important to voters, like jobs and health care.

  • Vernon Hills preparing for Vice President Joe Biden’s visit Wednesday Oct 22, 2014 6:49 PM
    The giggling toddlers and energetic dancers who normally would occupy Vernon Hills’ Sullivan Community Center on Wednesday will make way for a political rally featuring Vice President Joe Biden. Biden is coming to the center on Aspen Drive in the afternoon to stump for some fellow Democrats on the Nov. 4 ballot.

  • Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ballot Oct 21, 2014 10:08 AM
    As Democrats across the country make an election-year push to raise the minimum wage, they often point to fast food workers, baristas and others who are struggling to raise families, pay rent or get through school — some on as little as $7.25 per hour. First, though, they are out to help themselves. For getting out the vote, the issue is “a winner with everybody in our state,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, who said he urged party leaders to put it on the ballot.

  • 14th candidates spar on keeping companies in America Oct 21, 2014 5:50 PM
    Incumbent U.S. Rep. Republican Randy Hultgren believes the United States must follow the examples of the tax codes in foreign nations attracting American corporations to end the phenomenon of corporate inversion. But his opponent, Democrat Dennis Anderson, believes the real problem is corporations putting too much emphasis on increasing shareholder value rather than reinvesting into the company.

  • A summary of Daily Herald endorsements Oct 20, 2014 1:01 AM
    A summary of Daily Herald endorsements in the Nov. 4 election.

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