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  • Jane Lentino, Schaumburg permit control clerk, tracks down information for a FOIA request in the basement archives.

    FOIA requests, costs increasing in many municipalitiesMay 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    Some municipal officials are complaining about the cost and time involved in processing a spike in public records requests under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. But First Amendment experts say it is worth the cost to increase transparency of government. “I can't think of anything more important for a governmental body to do,” said Don Craven of the Illinois Press Association.

     
  • Erin Merryn, 29, is taking her mission abroad. The mom-to-be and champion of Erin’s Law plans to travel to Canada and later Australia to encourage schools to teach age-appropriate curriculum on sex abuse.

    Elgin mom-to-be taking her Erin’s Law abroadApr 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    Erin Merryn is taking her campaign for better laws to protect children from sex abuse to Canada, Australia and other countries. Her growing mission isn't slowing down as she prepares for a personal milestone: the birth of her first child. "I am just go, go, go," the Elgin 29-year-old said.

     
  • Judge John G. Dolton swears in Anna Moeller as the new state representative for the 43rd District. Moeller, who recently resigned from the Elgin City Council, said she plans to run for election in November.

    Moeller takes oath of office in 43rd DistrictMar 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    Pledging to serve in bipartisan fashion and reach out to all parts of her new constituency, former Elgin City Council member Anna Moeller was sworn in Sunday as the new state representative for the 43rd District. Moeller replaces Keith Farnham, who resigned earlier this month amid a federal investigation.

     
  • Des Plaines Mayor Matt Bogusz

    Des Plaines wants to take lead on pension reformFeb 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Des Plaines will pay $10,000 to have a role in crafting police and fire pension reform legislation that Mayor Matt Bogusz says is sure to be considered by state lawmakers. The payment to the Pension Fairness for Illinois Communities Coalition will enable Des Plaines city leaders to “have a seat at the table,” Bogusz said, in crafting a bill over the coming months that attempts to address the state’s growing public safety pension liability.

     
  • Endorsement: Reboletti for state Senate Dist. 24, GOPFeb 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Daily Herald endorses Dennis Reboletti in the race for the GOP nomination for state Senate District 24.

     
  •  A coalition of public employee labor unions has filed suit over Illinois’ plan to cut retirement benefits.

    Labor unions sue over plan to cut pensions Jan 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Labor unions filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to throw out Illinois’ new law aimed at eliminating a worst-in-the-nation pension shortfall, a long-anticipated move that could delay implementation of the landmark measure.

     
  •  JoAnn Washington-Murry, 60, of East Hazelcrest has spent almost 20 years as a child welfare specialist. She had planned to retire in about five years, but now she isn’t sure.

    State workers, retirees worry about pension changes Dec 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    Teachers, welfare specialists and other public employees in Illinois are nervous about pension changes that lawmakers approved Tuesday in an attempt to resolve the state’s worst-in-the-nation pension crisis.

     
  • Pension fight could create deeper fiscal hole Dec 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    With the fight over solving Illinois’ worst-in-the-nation pension shortfall now headed to the courts, the financially troubled state faces a grim possibility: The plan could be tossed, and Illinois could wind up in an even deeper fiscal hole than the one it’s in now.

     
  • Lawmakers take no action on horse wagering Dec 3, 2013 12:00 AM
    The future of Arlington International Racecourse’s 2014 season — and perhaps beyond — is going right down to the wire. A day after a House committee approved a three-year agreement reached by a unified racing industry to extend advanced deposit wagering — an agreement that would help fund the Illinois Racing Board and assure that racing resumes as normal in 2014 — the legislation was not brought for a vote Tuesday as state lawmakers in Springfield instead passed pension reform before adjourning.

     
  • Candidate filing ends for March primary Dec 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    The deadline to file petitions to run for state office came and went Monday with five incumbent suburban Republicans facing primary challengers for Illinois House. One Democrat faces a similar primary challenge.

     
  • Term limit supporters halfway to 2014 ballot Nov 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    A group pushing to establish term limits for Illinois lawmakers said Thursday it’s more than halfway to its goal of putting the measure on the 2014 ballot. The Committee for Legislative Reform and Term Limits announced it has gathered more than 150,000 of the nearly 300,000 petition signatures needed.

     
  •  Hoffman Estates Mayor William McLeod, standing, moderates the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce’s annual legislative lunch at the Alexian Brothers Women and Children’s Hospital in Hoffman Estates Friday. From left to right are state senators Matt Murphy, Michael Noland and Dan Kotowski, and representatives Michelle Mussman, Tom Morrison and Fred Crespo.

    Legislators discuss state spending, business aid in Hoffman EstatesSep 7, 2013 12:00 AM
    Six local legislators offered their opinions about a variety of state issues during the Hoffman Estates Chamber of Commerce’s annual legislative lunch Friday. Concealed carry, pensions, campaign funding and other hot topics were briefly touched upon, but much of the 40-minute panel discussion — which took place at the Alexian Brothers Women and Children’s Hospital in Hoffman Estates — was dedicated to state spending and how to help businesses stay and succeed in Illinois.

     
  • Aaron Lawlor

    Editorial: Lake County right to fight unwarranted lawAug 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial says Lake County is right to fight a state law that would impose an expense election commission tha few can justify and many do not want.

     
  • Elk Grove Village’s bond rating drops Jul 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    Moody’s Investment Services has downgraded Elk Grove Village’s bond rating from the highest AAA rating, which the village has enjoyed for three years, to the second-highest AA1. The downgrading of bond ratings could result in increases in local property taxes and affect interest rates when the village needs to borrow funds.

     
  • Paddock_Stu_mg0297ahtBZ ZARS PHOTO cook C 97-750 Stu Paddock in the Daily Herald Office Center lobby in 1997.

    Editorial: Tanning salons no place for teensApr 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial supports a bipartisan effort in the state legislature to keep anyone younger than 18 out of tanning parlors. For those who just have to be a little browner, the safer alternative is a spray tan.

     
  • State Sen. John Cullerton

    Sweeping pension-cuts bill fails in state Senate; smaller teachers bill passes Mar 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Illinois Senate Wednesday approved a plan to cut working teachers' pensions while rejecting a more sweeping plan, sending mixed messages about where the debate over one of the state's biggest financial problems will go next. A plan by state Sen. Daniel Biss to cut the pensions of public employees including teachers and lawmakers was defeated 30-23.

     
  • And in West Chicago. District 33 teachers walk a picket line in February.

    Strikes a lasting part of Senate Bill 7's legacy? Mar 10, 2013 12:00 AM
    An education reform package pushed through the state legislature in the spring of 2011 was hailed as nothing short of historic — among its components, limiting teachers' ability to strike. Or so its authors thought. But two years after Senate Bill 7's passage — and a year after its implementation — many more strikes are occurring, making them a lasting part of the education reform package's legacy.

     
  •  State Sen. Daniel Biss of Evanston, top left, Illinois House Minority Leader Tom Cross of Oswego, bottom, and Rep. Elaine Nekritz of Northbrook, right, are behind one of several pension-reforming plans in Springfield.

    More pension proposals create less consensus Mar 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    The growing number of proposals to cut pension costs offers lawmakers a buffet of ideas for addressing Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension debt, but each new plan that's hatched also could make consensus hard to find. Here's a snapshot of the competing plans.

     
  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

    Emanuel calling on suburban lawmakers to help with gun-control quest Feb 14, 2013 12:00 AM
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is enlisting suburban state senators' help in his push for tougher gun control legislation. Republican Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale told the Daily Herald that he was among “several” suburban senators contacted by Emanuel and asked to “help in strengthening the sentencing laws for those who intentionally, illegally use a firearm.”

     
  • Illinois Sen. Dan Duffy, left, of Lake Barrington, got to know Jeffery Coleman, far right, and his brother Philip, during Barbershop Tours held for politician on the South Side of Chicago. Duffy is now researching legislation to better regulate the use of stun guns, after Philip Coleman died after Chicago police used a stun gun on him twice.

    Duffy mulls Taser legislation after friend's deathFeb 3, 2013 12:00 AM
    The death of a friend he made on a quest to learn more about the needs of black communities has inspired a suburban state senator to look into authoring legislation regulating the use of stun-guns, or Tasers. “We need to look at stricter guidelines and training regarding the use and power of these weapons,” state Sen. Dan Duffy said.

     
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