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  • A look back at 2012's top Lake County stories Dec 27, 2012 3:03 PM
    From the weather to crime to the extracurricular activities of local officials, 2012 featured a wide range of stories that made news in Lake County. Lingering drought, big news from the top prosecutor's office, controversy on the business front, the arrival of video gaming and tragedy for a local fan in Florida for a Bears game were among the top stories in Lake County in 2012.

     
  • No regrets for Michael Waller as he leaves office Dec 2, 2012 8:00 AM
    Lake County State's Attorney Michael Waller will retire Monday after 22 years as the county's top prosecutor. Despite criticism he's faced in the past two years stemming from four high-profile cases overturned because of evidence of wrongful prosecutions and false confessions, Waller says he'll leave office with his "head held high" and with no regrets over how those cases were handled by his office.

     
  • Nerheim tops Kennedy for Lake state’s attorney Nov 6, 2012 10:53 PM
    Republican Mike Nerheim won the race to become the first new Lake County state's attorney in more than two decades. Nerheim of Gurnee bested Democrat Chris Kennedy of Libertyville in a battle between former prosecutors to succeed Republican state's attorney Michael Waller. Waller opted not to seek re-election after 22 years in office.With all 415 precincts reporting, unofficial totals showed Nerheim with 136,771 votes over Kennedy with 131,257.

     
  • Patlak leads; Alvarez, Brown win big in Cook Nov 6, 2012 11:59 PM
    Democrats continued their domination of Cook County's top elected offices Tuesday, with incumbents State's Attorney Anita Alvarez and Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown appearing to sail to victory with considerable margins. With about 98 percent of precincts reporting, unofficial election results also showed Democrats prevailing in races for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District board and recorder of deeds. Appearing to defy the trend was Wheeling Republican Dan Patlak, who was leading in a close race for the Board of Review.

     
  • Naperville Republicans hold Will County seats Nov 6, 2012 10:46 PM
    Two Republican incumbents retained their Will County Board seats Tuesday in District 11, which covers southern Naperville. Unofficial final vote totals show board members Suzanne Hart and Charles "Chuck" Maher defeated Democrat Chris Griffin.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Endorsement: Alvarez over Yokoyama for Cook state’s attorney Oct 18, 2012 5:00 AM
    The Daily Herald endorses Democrat Anita Alvarez of River Forest over Republican Lori Yokoyama of Chicago for Cook County state's attorney.

     
  • Endorsement: Nerheim over Kennedy for Lake County state’s attorney Oct 18, 2012 5:00 AM
    Republican Mike Nerheim of Gurneed is endorsed over Chris Kennedy of Libertyville for Lake County State's Attorney.

     
  • Candidates pledge to reform Lake County state’s attorney’s office Oct 18, 2012 5:10 PM
    As they have throughout their campaigns, the two men vying to be Lake County's next state's attorney sounded like crusading reformers during a debate Wednesday night in Grayslake.

     
  • Forum planned for Wednesday at CLC: Oct 12, 2012 5:42 PM
    Candidates for three Lake County offices will discuss the issues Wednesday at the College of Lake County in Grayslake.

     
  • Candidates to debate Wednesday: Oct 9, 2012 6:16 PM
    Political candidates who want to represent Lake County will discuss the issues in their races Wednesday in Waukegan.

     
  • Candidate forums planned for Waukegan, Grayslake Sep 27, 2012 10:23 AM
    Lake County voters can learn where candidates for state and county offices stand on important issues at a pair of public forums next month. One event will be Oct. 10 in Waukegan. The second will be Oct. 17 in Grayslake.

     
  • Kennedy, Nerheim say reforms needed for Lake County State’s Attorney’s office Sep 24, 2012 7:54 PM
    With wrongful prosecutions of four men in separate cases making headlines, both candidates for Lake County State's Attorney say reforms in the office are necessary. Democrat Chris Kennedy, an attorney from Libertyville and Republican Mike Nerheim, a criminal defense attorney from Gurnee agree that the approach to high-profile cases needs to change but differ on how best that should be done. Kennedy wants in-house review, while Nerheim advocates outside experts. Both are former Lake County prosecutors looking to replace Republican Michael Waller, who is retiring after 22 years in office.

     
  • Mike Nerheim: Candidate Profile Sep 21, 2012 4:38 PM
    Candidate information for Mike Nerheim, running for Lake State's Attorney

     
  • Chris Kennedy: Candidate Profile Sep 21, 2012 4:38 PM
    Candidate information for Chris Kennedy, running for Lake State's Attorney

     
  • Dave Carlson: Candidate Profile Sep 21, 2012 4:40 PM
    Candidate information for Dave Carlson, running for Will State's Attorney

     
  • James Glasgow: Candidate Profile Sep 21, 2012 4:40 PM
    Candidate information for James Glasgow, running for Will State's Attorney

     
  • Louis Bianchi: Candidate Profile Sep 21, 2012 4:39 PM
    Candidate information for Louis Bianchi, running for McHenry State's Attorney

     
  • Joseph McMahon: Candidate Profile Sep 21, 2012 4:37 PM
    Candidate information for Joseph McMahon, running for Kane State's Attorney

     
  • Lori Yokoyama: Candidate Profile Sep 21, 2012 4:32 PM
    Candidate information for Lori Yokoyama, running for Cook State's Attorney

     
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