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  • Michelle Obama to appear on ABC’s ‘The Chew’ Sep 26, 2014 12:04 PM
    Michelle Obama is making her debut on the ABC daytime talk show “The Chew.” The network says a taped segment featuring the first lady talking about school nutrition and the benefits of cooking at home will air Oct. 3.

  • Illinois schools seeking CO detector installation Sep 26, 2014 4:31 PM
    Some Illinois school officials who don’t want to wait months to find out if they have to install carbon monoxide detectors are taking matters into their own hands. Last week, state Sen. Sam McCann introduced legislation requiring school buildings to be equipped with the detectors. The proposal follows a carbon monoxide leak in a Macoupin County school that sent 150 students and staff to a local hospital.

  • Obama to campaign with Quinn next week Sep 26, 2014 4:48 PM
    President Barack Obama is expected to be in Chicago next week to support Gov. Pat Quinn’s re-election bid. White House officials said Friday Obama will fly to Chicago on Wednesday night. He’s expected to attend a fundraiser and an official event on Thursday before returning to Washington.

  • McAuliffe, 18-year incumbent, faces political newcomer in 20th House District Sep 26, 2014 4:04 PM
    Longtime State Rep. Mike McAuliffe is facing a fall election challenge from Mo Khan, a political newcomer making his first general election run for public office. McAuliffe — the only elected Republican office holder in the city of Chicago — has been in the Illinois House for the last 18 years and faced contested elections all but in 2000.

  • Rauner: Specifics on property taxes will be worked out after election Sep 27, 2014 7:34 AM
    Republican Bruce Rauner said he’ll work with lawmakers after the election to decide how to deliver on his campaign promise to “freeze property taxes,” leaving voters without details until then.

  • Dold voices support for healthcare reform, says repeal isn’t the answser Sep 25, 2014 9:57 PM
    In something of a break from many of his Republican colleagues, former U.S. Rep. Robert Dold on Thursday said he'd rather fix certain elements of the Affordable Care Act than repeal the entire health-care reform law.

  • Quinn: I’ll pass income tax plan in lame duck session Sep 26, 2014 4:56 AM
    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn wants his tax plans put into action right after the Nov. 4 election, echoing his key campaign argument that the state can’t afford to let income taxes drop as scheduled at the end of the year. “I’m going to win this election, again, with truth-telling,” he said.

  • Help us question Rauner Sep 25, 2014 2:54 PM
    Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner will be speaking with the Daily Herald Editorial Board on Friday. Help us design our list of questions for him.

  • Lake County clerk candidates differ on website’s effectiveness Sep 25, 2014 9:45 AM
    The candidates running for Lake County clerk disagree on the effectiveness of the office's website. One called it cumbersome, while the other defended the electronic communications tool.

  • Fire station set for Lily Lake Sep 25, 2014 4:15 PM
    The Elburn fire district plans to open a third station next week in Lily Lake.

  • Riopell: Conservative radio host Dan Proft will spend $2 million in Illinois election Sep 25, 2014 6:19 PM
    Talk radio host Dan Proft says he’s planning to spend $2 million before Election Day trying to help Republicans get elected to seats in Springfield. The conservative WLS-AM morning host heads up the Liberty Principles PAC, which will do ads and mailers for suburban Republican candidates and has already made a TV ad for businessman Mel Thillens of Park Ridge, who is running against Democratic state Rep. Marty Moylan of Des Plaines.

  • 81st House candidates 'vehemently' disagree on school funding Sep 26, 2014 9:25 AM
    Education funding is one of many issues that divide the Republican incumbent and the Democratic challenger for the 81st state House District. Republican Ron Sandack said he disagrees “vehemently” with Democrat Elizabeth Chaplin that Senate Bill 16, which proposes education funding reforms, can be a conversation starter about how schools should be funded. "This is going on as we speak and this is the danger of one-party rule," Sandack said.

  • Quinn answers your questions on income tax, other issues Sep 26, 2014 1:14 PM
    We asked readers for questions they'd like us to ask Gov. Pat Quinn. A lot of them asked us to question him about the income tax increase, which they thought would be temporary when it was approved in 2011. We did, and here's what he said on that and other questions.

  • Quinn, Rauner focus on suburbs as key to their campaigns Sep 24, 2014 9:17 AM
    Suburban voters can expect to see a lot of the two candidates for Illinois governor in the five weeks before Election Day. Both sides have crafted messages they hope will play in the suburbs as they target the independent-minded voters who live here and could be key to four years as governor.

  • Quinn agrees to stall dismissal of IDOT workers Sep 24, 2014 5:27 PM
    Nearly five dozen Illinois Department of Transportation employees have been given a temporary reprieve from layoff because of a court agreement by Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration amid a hiring scandal.

  • Former state worker: ‘I’m playing hooky ... Shhhhh’ Sep 24, 2014 6:56 PM
    The top ethics officer in the Illinois treasurer’s office is taking to task three former employees, including one who sent photos of himself at Wrigley Field and lying on a couch during work hours. The investigation started when former director of Invest Illinois Ashvin Lad sent co-workers a cellphone photo of himself at Wrigley Field on a workday in May with the caption: “I’m playing Hooky ... SHHHHH.”

  • Batavia school board narrows list of priority building projects Sep 24, 2014 5:30 AM
    Two artificial-turf fields, but only a seven-lane new track, are what the Batavia school board Tuesday decided should be done first at Batavia High School, if voters approve borrowing $15 million for building projects districtwide.

  • Schneider, Dold talk issues at Stevenson High forum Sep 24, 2014 5:18 AM
    Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider and Republican challenger Robert Dold talked about the Middle East, health care and other issues before an auditorium filled with would-be voters Tuesday night at Lincolnshire's Stevenson High School.

  • What should we ask Gov. Quinn? Sep 24, 2014 2:35 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn will be speaking to the Daily Herald Editorial Board Thursday. Help us design our questions for him.

  • Education funding formula dividing 41st House candidates Sep 24, 2014 4:22 PM
    41st state House District candidates Grant Wehrli and Ed Agustin have different perspectives on the proposal referred to as Senate Bill 16, which would give more state money to school districts in poorer areas that don’t receive as much from property taxes. Both men seeking the seat to represent parts of Naperville and Warrenville say education funding could be adjusted. But Wehrli, a Republican, and Agustin, a Democrat, disagree on how close the proposal in Senate Bill 16 comes to creating a fair funding formula.

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