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  • Attorney general wants lawsuit against treasurer’s office dropped Aug 18, 2014 7:14 PM
    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan wants portions of a lawsuit filed against Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s office dropped, and a court to sanction the former staff lawyer who filed it.

     
  • New Illinois laws target senior care complaints Aug 18, 2014 6:19 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn has signed two pieces of legislation giving seniors and the disabled greater access to people who can address complaints about their care or their living conditions.

     
  • Home rule question put on the ballot by Barrington board Aug 18, 2014 6:18 PM
    Barrington voters will be asked in November whether their village should become a home-rule community, a move supported by an independent committee of residents impaneled to explore the issue. Village trustees pledged not to raise taxes if home rule is granted.

     
  • Blagojevich, state corruption feature in ruling Aug 19, 2014 9:12 AM
    A U.S. appeals court took on the issue of Illinois corruption under now-imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich as it revived a lawsuit alleging that racetrack owners bribed the Democrat to get him to push through legislation that cost casinos $90 million.

     
  • Constable: Worried refugees in suburbs help families in Iraq Aug 17, 2014 7:52 AM
    Settling into their new lives as suburbanites iin DuPage County, recent Iraqi immigrants worry about the loved ones who remain in the war-torn nation, targeted by Islamic militants. World Relief in Wheaton has offered support.

     
  • No term limits in Arlington Heights’ near future Aug 17, 2014 5:36 PM
    With a referendum on term limits off the November ballot, the idea may be dead in Arlington Heights for the foreseeable future. Last week, the village’s electoral board for the second time in two years threw out a petition asking that voters decide the term-limit question. Mayor Tom Hayes said it is not likely the village board will take up the issue anytime soon.

     
  • Illinois increases penalties for drug crimes Aug 16, 2014 4:30 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn signed three drug-related pieces of legislation Saturday. One bill makes it illegal for anyone under 18 to buy or possess products containing the herbal stimulant Kratom.

     
  • Perry latest 2016 hopeful facing troubles Aug 16, 2014 9:58 PM
    “From a personal standpoint, this is a tragedy for Perry,” said Matt Mackowiak, a Texas-based Republican strategist. “This new uncertainty about Perry’s future will stall his positive political momentum for 2016 until this is resolved, which could take a year.”

     
  • Island Lake trustee resigns Aug 15, 2014 2:27 PM
    Island Lake Trustee Shannon Fox has resigned from the board, citing a recent move out of town.

     
  • Congressman wants to curb military surplus program Aug 15, 2014 9:17 AM
    Images of police outfitted in paramilitary gear clashing with protesters in suburban St. Louis after the weekend shooting death of unarmed black teenager are giving new impetus to efforts to rein in a Pentagon program that provides free machine guns and other surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies. “Our Main Streets should be a place for business, families and relaxation, not tanks and M16s,” said Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga.

     
  • Perry calls indictment abuse of power Aug 16, 2014 5:18 PM
    Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry vowed Saturday to fight a criminal indictment in a defiant response that showed an old slice of swagger that he’s kept holstered lately while seeking to remake his image for a potential 2016 presidential run.Perry called two felony counts of abuse of power issued by an Austin grand jury “outrageous” and made no apologies for his 2013 veto that prompted a criminal investigation against the longest-serving governor in Texas history.

     
  • No bidders for possibly booby-trapped land Aug 15, 2014 5:30 PM
    The auction of Ed and Elaine Brown’s fortress-like home on 100 acres in Plainfield was held at U.S. District Court in Concord on Friday. The minimum bid was $250,000. Prospective bidders were not allowed to tour the properties, in part because the U.S. Marshals Service raised the possibility that explosives or other booby traps could be buried on the residential property.

     
  • Kirk says Duckworth’s ‘deserter’ comment overblown Aug 15, 2014 12:08 PM
    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, a Highland Park Republican, criticized Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth for saying a company that leaves the country to lower its tax burden is a “deserter.”“If we use comments like ‘deserter’ and ‘traitor,’ that normally those crimes have capital punishment consequences, I would say that that rhetoric is probably too overblown for a country that wants to stick together and hang together,” Kirk said.

     
  • Military base shelters for young immigrants close Aug 14, 2014 10:52 AM
    Officials have closed the three shelters for unaccompanied immigrant children that were set up temporarily on military bases to cope with a surge of Central Americans illegally crossing the border.

     
  • Gay marriages could begin in Va., barring delay Aug 14, 2014 10:52 AM
    A federal appeals court appears to have cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin in Virginia as early as next week, but that could be put on hold indefinitely if the nation’s highest court intervenes. The state also would need to start recognizing gay marriages from out of state next Wednesday after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision not to delay its ruling that struck down the state’s gay marriage ban.

     
  • Rauner revs up GOP at state fair Aug 14, 2014 7:24 PM
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner roared into the state fairgrounds on a Harley Thursday, revving up the party faithful by pledging to help loosen the Democrats’ long hold on power in Illinois government. After removing his helmet, the Winnetka businessman said he would lead an administration that is efficient and transparent.

     
  • No term limits vote in Arlington Hts. this fall Aug 14, 2014 9:03 PM
    Residents in Arlington Heights will not vote this November on whether their mayor and trustees should be bound by term limits — after a petition asking for a referendum on the ballot was thrown out on Thursday. All three members of the electoral board — Mayor Tom Hayes, senior Trustee Bert Rosenberg, and Village Clerk Becky Hume — voted to uphold objections filed by a resident to the term limits petition.

     
  • Group continues fight to put term limits on ballot Aug 14, 2014 4:59 PM
    A group that wants to put legislative term limits on the November ballot told an Illinois appeals court Thursday that voters deserve a chance to approve a measure the General Assembly never will pass on its own.

     
  • Quinn wants apology over ‘cow tipping’ remark Aug 14, 2014 5:17 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn says his Republican challenger’s running mate should apologize for a 2013 comment asking if “cow tipping” was a job requirement in Springfield. The remark came from an email Evelyn Sanguinetti sent to a Department of Human Rights staff attorney asking if there were any job openings.

     
  • $25.3 million class action lawsuit filed over McHenry court fines Aug 14, 2014 4:37 PM
    Four people have filed a lawsuit against McHenry County 22nd Judicial Circuit Clerk Katherine Keefe, arguing her office improperly assessed fines instead of fees after their traffic and misdemeanor cases were adjudicated. The federal lawsuit seeks class action status, a collective refund of $3,525 to the four plaintiffs and a reimbursement of $25.3 million collected from defendants in thousands of other cases.

     
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