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  • In 2016 campaign, the lament of the not quite rich enough Mar 29, 2015 7:35 AM
    Bundlers who used to carry platinum status have been downgraded, forced to temporarily watch the money race from the sidelines. They’ve been eclipsed by the uber-wealthy, who can dash off a seven-figure check to a super PAC without blinking. Who needs a bundler when you have a billionaire?

  • Trust, communication key issues in Dist. 200 board race Mar 29, 2015 7:21 AM
    Better communication and increased trust with the community is a goal of all five candidates for the Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 board of education. The candidates, which include incumbents Jim Gambaiani and Jim Vroman, and newcomers Chris Crabtree and Judith Zapf, are vying for three open seats.

  • Springfield marks 150 years since Lincoln funeral Mar 29, 2015 7:00 AM
    Re-enactors plan to don period dress for a solemn, historically accurate funeral procession through Springfield just like what happened following Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Events are set for May 1-3 and might offer a fresh reason to tour Springfield’s history.

  • Wiggly words on immigration from potential Republican field Mar 28, 2015 7:00 AM
    Wiggly words on immigration from 2016 Republican prospects show volatility of the issue

  • Llama escapade brings government regulators Mar 28, 2015 3:04 PM
    “They just totally destroyed everything I had planned for my retirement,” Karen Freund said. “We’ve taken them to schools before. Now they’re telling me I can’t do anything, even like a photo shoot.”

  • Wiggly words on immigration policy from 2016 GOP contenders Mar 28, 2015 9:24 AM
    How tricky is immigration in 2016 campaign? Check out the wiggly words from the GOP prospects

  • Hundreds rally against Indiana religion law Mar 28, 2015 3:08 PM
    Since Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed the bill into law Thursday, Indiana has been widely criticized by businesses and organizations around the country, as well as on social media with the hashtag (hash)boycottindiana. Local officials and business groups around the state hope to stem the fallout, though consumer review service Angie’s List said Saturday that it is suspending a planned expansion in Indianapolis because of the new law.

  • St. Charles Park District hopefuls weigh in on $28M tax increase Mar 27, 2015 5:30 AM
    Candidates for the St. Charles Park District board weighed in on the district's pending $28 million tax increase referendum at a League of Women Voters forum Thursday night.

  • Are the early primary states a big deal anymore? Mar 27, 2015 11:27 AM
    Clout may be receding for the early primary states that have long shaped presidential races

  • Gov. Walker in Texas, out of sight during immigration flap Mar 27, 2015 5:55 PM
    Wisconsin's Walker visits Texas border out of public eye during dispute on immigration stance

  • Daily Herald disputes Long Grove candidates’ mailer Mar 27, 2015 6:03 PM
    A recent mailer in the Long Grove trustee race appeared to imply the Daily Herald had endorsed an entire slate when in fact the newspaper had endorsed only one of its members. “In my opinion, it’s an unconscionable effort to mislead voters and misrepresent who we actually endorsed,” said Daily Herald Assistant Manager Editor/Opinion Jim Slusher.

  • Will Grass Lake District 36 students get a new school? Voters to decide April 7 Mar 27, 2015 6:03 AM
    On April 7, Grass Lake District 36 residents will be asked to approve an $11.6 million school construction project. Under the plan, officials will borrow about $5.6 million to help pay for the work. The remaining $6 million will come from district savings.

  • Duckworth to announce Senate bid Monday Mar 27, 2015 5:58 PM
    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates will announce a 2016 bid for U.S. Senate Monday, a source said, possibly setting the stage for Democratic primary battle on the path toward a race with Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of Highland Park.

  • Sleepy Hollow referendum forums start Saturday Mar 27, 2015 5:56 PM
    Sleepy Hollow village officials will make their case for why they are seeking a roughly 82 percent increase in the village property tax rate on April 7 in the first of three forums, 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. The village seeks to collect an additional $428,571 yearly from its more than 3,300 residents. “The forecast is for the village to deplete its savings within the next three years,” Village President Stephan Pickett said. “We are drawing down our reserves and are not putting anything away for the expenses of tomorrow.”

  • What do Campton Hills candidates really want? The answers vary Mar 27, 2015 5:36 PM
    Eight candidates seeking the three trustee seats, along with that of the president on the Campton Hills village board, were asked if they had one wish for the village. Several opted for a town hall meeting to help mend wounds and end board strife while another openly wished that her opponents were completely off the board.

  • Six candidates tout what they would bring to Maine Township Dist. 207 school board Mar 27, 2015 5:30 AM
    Six people running for the Maine Township High School District 207 board are touting their experiences and what they would bring if elected to the board. The field of candidates includes a longtime incumbent, two other incumbents who were recently appointed to the board, and three political newcomers.

  • FACT CHECK: Myths in the political roar over Common Core Mar 27, 2015 7:00 AM
    FACT CHECK: Republicans reaching for White House take liberties when attacking Common Core

  • Jesse Jackson Jr. leaves federal prison for halfway house Mar 26, 2015 7:08 AM
    Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was released from an Alabama federal prison early Thursday, two years after pleading guilty to spending $750,000 in campaign money on personal items, his father said. The Rev. Jesse Jackson described his son’s release from the minimum security federal prison camp at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, as a “joyous reunion” and said the younger Jackson was doing “very well.” Jackson, a 50-year-old Illinois Democrat, began his sentence on Nov. 1, 2013. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons lists his release date as Sept. 20, 2015. Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, who visited Jackson on Monday, said Jackson would serve out the remainder of his 2 1/2-year term in a Washington, D.C., halfway house. Jackson must also spend three years on supervised release and complete 500 hours of community service. Jackson served in Congress from 1995 until he resigned in November 2012. In June of 2012 he took medical leave for treatment of bipolar disorder and other issues. Jackson’s wife, Sandra Jackson, a former Chicago alderman, was sentenced to a year in prison for filing false joint federal income tax returns that knowingly understated the income the couple received. She must serve her term after her husband completes his sentence. The couple has two children. According to court documents, the Jacksons spent campaign money on televisions, restaurant dinners and other costly personal items, including $43,350 on a gold-plated men’s Rolex watch and $9,587.64 on children’s furniture. During sentencing, the judge scolded Jackson for using campaign funds as a “piggy bank.” Jackson’s resignation ended a once-promising political career that was tarnished by unproven allegations that he was involved in discussions to raise campaign funds for imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich in exchange for an appointment to President Barack Obama’s vacated U.S. Senate seat. Jackson has denied the allegations.

  • Lawmakers trying to figure out how to punish COD, exempt other schools Mar 27, 2015 5:50 AM
    Lawmakers piled up a flurry of proposals after the controversy over a $763,000 severance package for College of DuPage President Robert Breuder, but some of them are going to need a little retooling. At issue: How to give COD a hard time for the severance deal without putting unnecessary limits on other colleges and universities across the state.

  • Rauner OKs budget fix averting shutdowns but cutting schools Mar 26, 2015 7:32 PM
    A state budget fix that helps save a program to help low-income families pay for day care by cutting what Illinois will send to local schools this year is on its way to Gov. Bruce Rauner for final approval.

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