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  • Moylan and Thillens exchange differences one last time before election Oct 29, 2014 6:18 PM
    Candidates engaged in a tight battle for state representative of the 55th District met for one final time before Election Day to lay out their differences. State Rep. Marty Moylan, a Des Plaines Democrat, and Republican opponent Mel Thillens, the Park Ridge park board president, largely held to familiar campaign themes Wednesday at their debate.

  • Morrison will lead way to better Illinois Oct 27, 2014 5:01 AM
    Letter to the editor: Patrick Beach of Palatine is impressed with state Rep. Tom Morrison' point of view. "I believe he will bring to Illinois government solutions for seemingly intractable problems while not vilifying public employees," Beach writes.

  • Singh’s views more in line with 54th district Oct 27, 2014 5:01 AM
    Letter to the editor: Joanne Bohman Gurion of Rolling Meadows says Laddi Singh, not Tom Morrison, has views more in line with the changing demographics of thed 54th House District.

  • Munger outstanding choice in House 59 Oct 27, 2014 5:01 AM
    Letter to the editor: Ron MacFarlane of Buffalo Grove urges House 59 voters to get behind Leslie Munger.

  • Says Sente is too tied into Madigan Oct 27, 2014 5:01 AM
    Letter to the editor: Christine Dolgopol says state Rep. Carol Sente is too tied into Mike Madigan to be a true independent.

  • Singh good, but Morrison is better Oct 27, 2014 5:01 AM
    Letter to the editor: Dennis Lange of Rolling Meadows says a recent LWV candidates' forum solidified his support for state Rep. Tom Morrison.

  • What counts as ‘earned’ for pensions divides 41st House hopefuls Oct 27, 2014 4:30 PM
    The Illinois Constitution protects participants in state pension systems from having benefits cut once they are earned. But do future annual 3 percent cost of living adjustments that compound each year count as already earned? Candidates for state House in the 41st District in Naperville and Warrenville disagree, and the distinction shapes their opposite views on pension reform.

  • Link, Wilson: Should administrators get paid during teachers strike? Oct 27, 2014 6:36 PM
    Spurred by the Waukegan teachers strike, Democratic state Sen. Terry Link is floating the idea of prohibiting school administrators from being paid during an employee walkout. His Republican opponent, Don Wilson, disagrees.

  • 55th District candidates Moylan and Thillens to meet twice more before Election Day Oct 27, 2014 4:36 PM
    The candidates for state representative in the 55th District will appear together publicly two more times before Election Day to discuss the issues. Democratic state Rep. Marty Moylan is facing Republican Mel Thillens in the Nov. 4 election.

  • Madigan, Rauner spend big on Illinois House races Oct 24, 2014 4:02 PM
    State Rep. Marty Moylan's seat is one of several Democrats view as critical to maintaining their veto-proof supermajority in the Illinois House this fall. Because of that, he is getting significant help in his campaign from Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, including a campaign strategist and half of his $800,000 war chest. Moylan’s opponent, Republican Mel Thillens, of Park Ridge, received the majority of his $250,000 from the Illinois Republicans.

  • House 20th District candidates McAuliffe, Khan debate income tax increase, social issues Oct 24, 2014 5:32 AM
    From fiscal to social issues, a longtime Republican state legislator and his Democratic opponent have staked out their differences in a race for the state House’s 20th District seat. State Rep. Mike McAuliffe, an 18-year incumbent from Chicago, is being challenged by political newcomer Mo Khan, a full-time law student from Park Ridge who has worked on the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Alexi Giannoulias.

  • 57th District candidates Nekritz, Grossi on opposite ends of pension reform, income tax Oct 24, 2014 6:42 PM
    There’s not much the candidates for the state House’s 57th District seat agree on, from pension reform to extending the income tax increase. Still, Bill Grossi, a Republican making his first run for public office, says 12-year incumbent Democrat Elaine Nekritz is beatable.

  • Mussman, Moynihan criticize each other’s ad claims Oct 23, 2014 4:47 PM
    Campaign advertising isn’t always known for its well-honed discourse, but both 56th District state House candidates are accusing the other of being especially misleading in recent mailings to voters. Republican challenger Jim Moynihan says he's being unfairly linked to the Tea Party, while Democratic incumbent Michelle Mussman said her opponent is falsely alleging she voted to raise her own pay.

  • Gloves come off in 55th District debate Oct 22, 2014 11:33 PM
    With less than two weeks to go before Election Day, candidates in a hotly contested Horthwest suburban race for state representative sparred Wednesday night on issues ranging from their fiscal records to airport noise. Democratic state Rep. Marty Moylan is being challenged by Republican Mel Thillens, a businessman and Park Ridge park board president, in a race for the state House’s 55th District seat.

  • GOP incumbent holds big money lead in 64th House race Oct 22, 2014 4:38 PM
    If Democrat Joel Mains tops Republican state Rep. Barbara Wheeler in next month’s election, it won’t be because of his campaign’s deep pockets. State records show Wheeler, who holds the 64th District House seat, had $22,363 in available campaign funds as of Sept. 30. Mains as of Wednesday had yet to exceed the $3,000.

  • Early voting problems arise in Cook County suburbs Oct 20, 2014 5:34 PM
    Problems were reported in the Northwest suburbs of Cook County on the first day of early voting Monday — including one case of a Republican candidate being unable to vote for himself or other members of his party on a touch screen. The other issue, which occurred at Arlington Heights village hall and a few other locations, involved the wrong signatures popping up for voters who came in to cast ballots.

  • Moylan too tied to Madigan to suit him Oct 20, 2014 5:01 AM
    Letter to the editor: Ron Flowers doesn't think Marty Moylan is significantly independent of Mike Madigan to solve the problems at the state legislature.

  • School districts host forum on Senate Bill 16 Oct 19, 2014 4:26 PM
    The public is invited to a forum hosted by Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54, Palatine Township Elementary District 15 and Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 to share information about Senate Bill 16 at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 at Schaumburg High School, 1100 W. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg. Officials from the three districts say Senate Bill 16 would dramatically reduce their state funding by redistributing general state aid they now receive to districts in other communities.

  • Sente, Munger engaged in bitter battle for 59th House District Oct 18, 2014 7:41 AM
    A bitter political battle is emerging in the North suburbs in a closely contested race for state representative. The 59th House District race between incumbent Democrat Carol Sente and Republican challenger Leslie Munger has been marked by negative mailers, TV ads and robocalls from both sides, fueled by a steady stream of campaign cash from state party leaders.

  • Endorsement: Sandack in House Dist. 81 Oct 17, 2014 1:01 AM
    The Daily Herald endorses Republican Ron Sandack for another term in Illinois House Dist. 81.

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