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  • New law means you can keep your license after violation Aug 8, 2014 5:17 AM
    A small consolation is coming for lead-footed drivers caught speeding. Gov. Pat Quinn is set to sign a new law soon that will let people who get pulled over for minor traffic violations keep their driver's licenses. “This is going to let them get on with their lives,” said state Sen. Mike Noland, an Elgin Democrat and author of the so-called “sign and go” law.

     
  • GOP may need more cash to win back legislative seats Jul 18, 2014 9:41 AM
    Republicans in November will try to undo some of the 2012 damage Democrats did to their ranks in Springfield, but the campaign cash reports released this week showed the challenges they'll face trying to raise their numbers in the Illinois House, in particular.

     
  • Kirk Dillard: 'I'm ready to move on' from elected life Jun 27, 2014 5:02 AM
    As Republican state Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale steps away from more than 20 years being elected from DuPage County to serve in Springfield, he says he's doing more looking forward than back. “I will certainly miss the state Senate,” Dillard said. “It's been a huge part of my life. I was an intern, a staff member, a governor's liaison to the Senate and a state senator.”

     
  • Dold, Schneider engage over VA wait times May 30, 2014 5:02 AM
    The scandal brewing at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs over veterans' health care has made it to the suburbs' highest-profile race for Congress. Republican Bob Dold of Kenilworth criticized Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider of Deerfield for, he said, not being vocal enough about the lengthy wait times faced by some veterans at VA hospitals.

     
  • Chapa LaVia apologizes over racial comments Apr 10, 2014 6:09 PM
    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.

     
  • Dillard begins TV ads in GOP governor race Mar 7, 2014 5:24 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.

     
  • Foster: Stop cutting heroin addiction help Feb 7, 2014 4:11 PM
    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.

     
  • Local lawmaker’s role grows in same-sex marriage effort Nov 1, 2013 5:26 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.

     
  • Goel shows big early fundraising in 8th District Oct 18, 2013 10:12 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.

     
  • Why was Illinois Capitol on 'SNL'? And more politics Oct 11, 2013 5:32 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: 'Life went on' after last shutdown Oct 4, 2013 5:26 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."

     
  • Who's challenging Durbin? Settle it in a poker game Sep 27, 2013 5:30 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.

     
  • Gay rights group raises money for suburban Republicans Sep 19, 2013 2:22 PM
    One of the state’s leading gay rights groups held a fundraiser Wednesday for two suburban Republican lawmakers who support same-sex marriage.

     
  • Schillerstrom not sure what his next move will be Sep 13, 2013 4:52 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.

     
  • Quinn evokes opposite reactions for single-county laws Aug 2, 2013 9:23 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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