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  • New law to help students with dyslexia Jul 12, 2014 4:46 PM
    A new Illinois law aims to help dyslexic students by training educators on how to better identify and teach young people with the learning disability. The measure signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn on Saturday entitles dyslexic students to special education services.

  • Mortgage relief workshop: Jul 25, 2013 7:58 PM
    A mortgage relief workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the Gonzalez Office Center, 2106 Grand Ave., Waukegan.

  • Various factors led to Democratic wins in Lake County races Nov 7, 2012 5:01 PM
    Democrats get hammered for just about everything wrong in Springfield yet they pulled off two major victories in Lake County, with Sam Yingling upsetting incumbent Republican state Rep. Sandy Cole and Melinda Bush grabbing a vacant seat that last had been Republican. Observers say the candidates were very hard working and sincere in a desire to get something done in Springfield.

  • Bush edges Neal to win 31st state Senate seat Nov 6, 2012 11:21 PM
    The Democrats took back the 31st state Senate seat as Melinda Bush edged Republican Joe Neal in a see-saw race. Unofficial totals had Bush with 42,097 votes to 39,945 for Neal for the seat covering northern and parpart of central Lake County formerly held by Suzi Schmidt, who did not run for reelection.

  • Hot races to watch in Lake County Nov 5, 2012 6:10 AM
    Lake County voters will decide some particularly close races on Election Day. Key races include State Senate District 31, House District 59, House District 62, Lake County State's Attorney and Lake County Board District 13. Here's a look at those contests.

  • Political parties see opportunity, pour money into open state Senate 31 race Oct 29, 2012 4:44 PM
    With the seat open, the 31st state Senate race to replace Republican Suzi Schmidt has drawn great interest from the respective parties. Between them, Democrat Melinda Bush and Republican Joe Neal have raised more than $1 million. "This is a targeted race," said Kent Redfield, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Illinois Springfield. "The legislative leaders ... have taken an interest in the race so you have a lot of money," being contributed.

  • Tax hike claim on political ad stirs debate in 31st state Senate race Oct 20, 2012 8:00 AM
    A claim of being a "tax and spend politician" in campaign literature has riled Melinda Bush, a Democrat running for the 31st District state Senate seat in northern and central Lake County. Republican opponent Joe Neal says the facts are documented. The seat is open as incumbent Suzi Schmidt is not running for reelection.

  • Big money follows suburban legislative candidates Oct 16, 2012 2:12 PM
    NewsCandidates for seats at the Statehouse are sprinting toward Election Day, and their growing accounts of campaign cash show where both parties are spending their money in the suburbs.

  • Endorsement: Bush over Neal in 31st Senate District Oct 14, 2012 5:00 AM
    In the 31st Illinois Senate District, the Daily Herald endorses Democrat Melinda Bush of Grayslake over Republican Joe Neal of Wadsworth

  • State Senate candidates in District 31 cite jobs, budget woes as priorities, differ on income tax hike rollback Oct 11, 2012 11:14 AM
    Creating jobs and addressing budget woes are priorities for candidates running for the 31st state Senate seat covering most of northern and parts of central Lake County. Democrat Melinda Willen Bush and Republican Joe Neal each cite needed reforms but differ on whether to end the state's increased taxes on individuals and companies or let them run their course. They are running to replace Republican state Sen. Suzi Schmidt, who last November decided not to run for re-election because of family issues.

  • Schmidt not guilty of criminal damage, trespassing charges Oct 10, 2012 7:52 PM
    State Sen. Suzi Schmidt was found not guilty of walking onto her neighbor’s land and puncturing a bag of chicken feed during a dispute, Lake County Judge George Strickland ruled Wednesday. However, a civil order of protection against her remains for now. “I’m happy this part is over, though it’s sad that it had to turn out this way,” she said.

  • Lake County candidates sound off at forum Oct 8, 2012 5:25 AM
    Lake County voters had the chance Sunday to hear candidates on the local, state and national level talk about issues at a forum sponsored by the Lake County League of Women Voters and the Round Lake Area Public Library at the Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center.

  • Key statehouse battles take shape in suburbs Oct 2, 2012 6:59 AM
    With a lot at stake in the upcoming election, several key suburban legislative races are receiving extra attention from Republican and Democratic leaders. If issues including cutting teachers retirements and gambling expansion aren’t settled this fall, they’ll land in the laps of lawmakers elected in November.

  • Joe Neal: Candidate Profile Sep 21, 2012 4:41 PM
    Candidate information for Joe Neal, running for 31st District Senate

  • Melinda Bush: Candidate Profile Sep 21, 2012 4:41 PM
    Candidate information for Melinda Bush, running for 31st District Senate

  • Lake County state senator’s harassment case continued to August Jul 18, 2012 4:18 PM
    A protection order obtained by neighbors of state Sen. Suzi Schmidt will continue at least until her next court date in August, a judge ruled Wednesday. Schmidt faces misdemeanor charges of criminal damage to property and criminal trespass following a June 12 arrest for harassing her neighbors in Lake Villa Township for more than two years over a reputed romantic affair involving her estranged husband.

  • Lake County senator pleads not guilty to harassment Jun 27, 2012 8:00 PM
    State Sen. Suzi Schmidt pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges stemming from what authorities say was the harassment of neighbors for more than two years over an alleged romantic affair involving her estranged husband. Schmidt made her first appearance in Lake County circuit court since being charged by the Lake County state's attorney's office with single misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property and criminal trespass.

  • Police: Schmidt dispute involves love triangle claim Jun 14, 2012 1:40 AM
    State Sen. Suzi Schmidt harassed neighbors for more than two years over an alleged romantic affair involving her estranged husband, according to police reports. Lake County Sheriff's documents obtained by the Daily Herald after Schmidt's Tuesday arrest state the Lake Villa Republican routinely confronted the family starting in December 2010. Schmidt claimed her husband, Robert Schmidt, was involved with the female neighbor, reports say.

  • Sen. Suzi Schmidt charged with damaging neighbor's property Jun 13, 2012 11:08 AM
    State Sen. Suzi Schmidt, who faced questions of abusing her political influence during a domestic dispute last fall, was arrested Tuesday on charges of damaging her neighbor's bag of feed, according to police. Lake County political leaders downplayed the arrest. "Let's put it this way, if the other hadn't happened this wouldn't be in the spotlight," said Sen. Terry Link, a Waukegan Democrat.

  • Education groups spend big in 31st Senate race Mar 23, 2012 5:22 AM
    Education-related organizations already are proving to be top donors to the candidates seeking a 31st Senate District seat in Lake County. Republican Joe Neal has received significant cash from Stand for Children Illinois while Democrat Melinda Bush has collected donations from the Illinois Federation of Teachers and its Lake County branch.

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