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  • State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, an Aurora Democrat, apologized for saying Illinois House Republicans have “a half” minority among them.

    Chapa LaVia apologizes over racial commentsApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, an Aurora Democrat, apologized on the Illinois House floor today for comments she made Wednesday saying Republicans have “a half” minority among them in the chamber.

  • Clockwise from top left, Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, Dan Rutherford and Bruce Rauner are seeking the Republican nomination for governor.

    Dillard begins TV ads in GOP governor raceMar 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Public employee and teacher union support for state Sen. Kirk Dillard's campaign for governor has turned into TV ads with less than two weeks to go until the March 18 primary. The unions have given Dillard the campaign cash he's needed to air his own TV spot starting this week, and a third-party group that had been running an anyone-but-Bruce Rauner campaign in past weeks has now begun airing spots in support of Dillard in the four-way GOP race.

  • Bill Foster

    Foster: Stop cutting heroin addiction helpFeb 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, a Naperville Democrat, took to the House floor this week to criticize cuts to federal money used to fight heroin abuse in the same week award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died from an apparent overdose this week.

  • Sam Yingling

    Local lawmaker’s role grows in same-sex marriage effortNov 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    State Rep. Sam Yingling has increased his role in the debate over same-sex marriage during his freshman year in office. Lawmakers might or might not vote on the issue next week, and Yingling has tried to persuade suburban and downstate lawmakers to vote “yes” despite political worries, Mike Riopell says in his Suburban Political Recount column.

  • Manju Goel

    Goel shows big early fundraising in 8th DistrictOct 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    Republican Manju Goel of Aurora raises $200,000 in her bid to take on Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates. And Republican state Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale contributes to a group trying to draft an opponent for state Rep. Ed Sullivan of Mundelein over his support of same-sex marriage. Find that and more in Political Editor Mike Riopell's Suburban Political Recount column.

  • In the most recent installment of Weekend Update on “Saturday Night Live,” one of the jokes about the federal government shutdown was illustrated with a photo of a rally outside the Capitol — but the building in the photo was the Illinois Capitol.

    Why was Illinois Capitol on 'SNL'? And more politicsOct 11, 2013 12:00 AM
    The new Illinois House Republican leadership team brings a few new suburban lawmakers onto the squad and leaves another out, Political Editor Mike Riopell notes in his Suburban Political Recount column. And was that the Illinois Capitol doing a cameo on "Saturday Night Live"?

  • Dennis Hastert

    Dennis Hastert: 'Life went on' after last shutdown Oct 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    As the federal government shutdown heads into its first weekend, former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert reflected on the last time it happened — a three-week shutdown that lasted until early 1996. “Life went on. It was the Christmas holiday,” Hastert said. “You can cut a lot out of government without bothering people."

  • Jim Oberweis

    Who's challenging Durbin? Settle it in a poker game Sep 27, 2013 12:00 AM
    State Sen. Jim Oberweis talked about having a poker game with fellow conservative and former Republican congressman Joe Walsh of McHenry, over a campaign to take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin. “The loser has to run against Durbin,” Oberweis said. Oberweis finished second in primary races for Senate in 2002 and 2004.

  • Ron Sandack

    Gay rights group raises money for suburban Republicans Sep 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    One of the state’s leading gay rights groups held a fundraiser Wednesday for two suburban Republican lawmakers who support same-sex marriage.

  • Bob Schillerstrom

    Schillerstrom not sure what his next move will beSep 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    After abandoning his own bid for Illinois treasurer, former DuPage County Board Chairman Bob Schillerstrom said this week to “never say never” about him running for office again at some point. But he most likely plans to support other candidates in 2014, starting with House Republican Leader Tom Cross' bid for Illinois treasurer.

  • Aaron Lawlor

    Quinn evokes opposite reactions for single-county lawsAug 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    In one case, the DuPage County Board chairman welcomes Gov. Pat Quinn with open arms for the signing of a new law that helps just his county give the ax to some government agencies. In the other, the Lake County Board chairman is suing to block legislation Quinn signed that, in part, creates a new election commission for just his county. DuPage gets to eliminate governments; Lake County is fighting elimination of its clerk's election supervision.

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