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  • State Senate hopeful explains delayed tax payments Jan 24, 2012 1:45 PM
    Cliff Surges, a Republican candidate for the new 33rd State Senate District, has intentionally missed his first property tax installment for at least nine years, but says it was a business decision. His opponent, Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay, is questioning him. “Only now that he is a candidate for office has he decided to follow the rules and make the simple change he could have made 11 years ago,” McConnaughay said.

  • Why some suburban politicians are aiming for higher — or lower — office Jan 23, 2012 5:07 AM
    State Sen. Chris Lauzen is running for Kane County Board instead of seeking re-election to the Senate. Karen McConnoughay is running for Illinois Senate instead of seeking a new term as Kane County Board chairman. What compels candidates to switch gears and look to different levels of government for jobs?

  • GOP candidate for 33rd District withdraws Dec 28, 2011 5:48 PM
    Republican candidate Craig Powers has withdrawn from the primary race for Illinois State Senate. His petitions were challenged by a Gilberts Republican and Powers decided against defending the signatures before the Illinois State Board of Elections. Powers of Geneva, plans to run as an Independent in the 33rd District.

  • Struggle begins to cut 2012 Kane budget Oct 27, 2011 5:30 AM
    Kane County Board members are fighting about what truly represents a lean budget for 2012. The current budget for 2012 represents an overall drop in expenses. But some members believe the county must cut its actual operating budget to show fiscal restraint. A new plan would achieve that by leaving the county almost no wiggle room to stay out of the red next year. The good news is, either way, taxpayers won’t pay more money to the county next year because of increased expenses.

  • Kotowski: Cuts “going to take some time” Oct 10, 2011 9:32 PM
    Park Ridge Sen. Dan Kotowski hopes a series of hearings around the state beginning tomorrow will serve to remind and energize residents about new efforts to fix the state's broken budget. Little by little, at least.

  • Surges adds to GOP options in 33rd State Senate race Oct 7, 2011 5:00 AM
    Former Gilberts village trustee Cliff Surges is bringing a small business owner's perspective to his candidacy in the 33rd District State Senate race. That race already features Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay and regional school trustee Chad Koppie vying for the Republican nomination.

  • Kotowski announces candidacy for 28th Senate District Sep 20, 2011 5:04 PM
    State Sen. Dan Kotowski, a Park Ridge Democrat, announces a bid for the new 28th Senate District, which extends all the way out to Hoffman Estates. Two Republicans have so far announced bids as well.

  • Kotowski grades effect of state budget reform Aug 8, 2011 5:29 PM
    State Sen. Dan Kotowski last year heralded the passage of legislation that would reform the way the state lays out its budget as "fundamentally the most important thing" he'd done in office. But how's it work now that it's in practice?

  • Lobbyists a hot topic in Kane County Jul 24, 2011 4:27 PM
    An argument over the use of lobbyists by Kane County's Division of Transportation is fueling an ongoing war over the employment of a firm with publicly acknowledged political ties to County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay.

  • Suburban chiefs: Early intervention prevents crime Apr 27, 2011 2:09 AM
    Four police chiefs and a politician enter a preschool with one mission — fighting crime. Though it may sound like the beginning of a joke, the message delivered by four Northwest suburban police chiefs and a state Senator Tuesday at a preschool in Elk Grove Village was serious.

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