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Laura Murphy's first Senate day includes Rauner meeting
By Mike Riopell
Oct 20, 2015 6:34 PM
State Sen. Laura Murphy started at the Capitol Tuesday in the midst of a historically long budget stalemate, and her first day included a meeting with Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Former Des Plaines alderman will replace Kotowski in state Senate
By Mike Riopell
Sep 28, 2015 9:50 PM
Democrat Laura Murphy of Des Plaines will be the newest member of the Illinois Senate after being picked by party leaders Monday to finish the term of the departing Dan Kotowski of Park Ridge.
Des Plaines-area legislators to discuss Springfield news
Daily Herald report
Sep 23, 2015 4:20 PM
State legislators will talk about the latest happenings in Springfield during a breakfast roundtable hosted Friday by the Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce.
State Sen. Dan Kotowski to resign in three weeks
By Kerry Lester
Sep 15, 2015 7:48 PM
After nine years in the Illinois Senate, Democrat Dan Kotowski of Park Ridge says he'll step down to take the helm of the non-profit group ChildServ.
Kotowski to receive award from Des Plaines hospital
Daily Herald report
Apr 18, 2014 4:22 PM
Presence Holy Family Medical Center in Des Plaines will present State Sen. Dan Kotowski with its Inspire Award for exceptional community service on Tuesday, April 22, at the hospital.
Politics of scare tactics unproductive
The Daily Herald Editorial Board
Apr 16, 2014 5:00 AM
A Daily Herald editorial says the state rifle association's truth-bending tactics to protect gun rights are problematic on several levels.
Lawmakers ready to tinker with concealed carry
By Marty Hobe
Jan 14, 2014 10:28 AM
Just days after Illinois started accepting applications for concealed carry permits, lawmakers are putting forth all kinds of proposals to change the controversial law. For example, Rep. Deborah Conroy wants to raise fines for violators and Sen. Dan Kotowski wants to ban concealed weapons in churches.
Senate Democrats want more school money, not cuts
May 17, 2013 5:01 PM
Illinois Senate Democrats are proposing a $156 million boost in primary and secondary education next year. Key budget negotiators say the money would help schools keep pace with funding levels this year.
Kotowski beats O'Donnell to keep Senate seat
By Madhu Krishnamurthy
Nov 7, 2012 12:26 AM
Democratic state Sen. Dan Kotowski beat Republican challenger Jim O'Donnell in the race to represent the 28th Senate District. During the campaign, Kotowski focused on his track record and accomplishments in the Senate over six years.
Endorsement: Kotowski over O'Donnell in 28th Senate District
Oct 15, 2012 5:00 AM
The Daily Herald endorses Democratic state Sen. Dan Kotowski over Republican Jim O'Donnell in Illinois Senate District 28.
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