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  • Quigley wins easily in Congress Dist. 5 Nov 5, 2014 12:28 AM
    As expected, incumbent Congressman Mike Quigley breezed to an easy victory Tuesday night in Illinois’ 5th Congressional District. With just over 90 percent of the vote counted in unofficial totals, Quigley had 98,873 votes or 64 percent of the vote.

  • Discontented voters hand Senate to Republicans Nov 5, 2014 1:29 AM
    Rising discontent with President Barack Obama produced a Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday that will join the House in confronting the White House on energy, the environment, health care and other issues for the next two years. The new GOP-led Congress is poised to force Obama repeatedly to choose when to veto, compromise or acquiesce.The half-dozen new GOP senators who will replace Democrats in the South, Midwest and Rockies have one common bond: They ran campaigns focused almost entirely on attacking the president and a governing style they called both overbearing and aloof.

  • Durbin re-elected, says race was toughest of his career Nov 5, 2014 12:14 AM
    Dick Durbin won re-election to his U.S. Senate seat but called the campaign the toughest of his career. He held 53 percent of the vote over Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis and Libertarian Sharon Hansen.

  • Takeover: Republicans surge to Senate control Nov 5, 2014 12:24 AM
    Riding a powerful wave of voter discontent, resurgent Republicans captured control of the Senate and tightened their grip on the House Tuesday night in elections certain to complicate President Barack Obama’s final two years in office.

  • GOP keeps control of House, expands majority Nov 5, 2014 1:33 AM
    Republicans claimed a commanding majority in the House on Tuesday, pushing their dominance to near-historic levels as they dispatched the last white Democrats in the South and made inroads in Democratic strongholds nationwide. The GOP easily won the 218 seats required and was on track to match or surpass the 246 seats they held in President Harry S. Truman’s administration more than 60 years ago.

  • Dold wins back 10th District seat, defeats Schneider Nov 5, 2014 9:23 AM
    Former Republican Congressman Robert Dold of Kenilworth is headed back to Washington, unseating incumbent Brad Schneider on Tuesday in a tough race for the 10th District seat.

  • Schakowsky wins easily in 9th House District Nov 5, 2014 12:13 AM
    Longtime U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky easily outpaced a trio of long shots Tuesday night to win her eighth term in Congress. With 521 of 537 precincts in Chicago and northeastern suburban Cook County reporting, the Evanston Democrat is leading GOP candidate Susanne Atanus with 66 percent of the vote.

  • Hot races in DuPage County Nov 3, 2014 5:30 AM
    Voters throughout DuPage County will travel to the polls on Tuesday to pick who will represent them at the county, state and congressional level. Here’s a look at four of the hottest races DuPage voters will be deciding.

  • Hot races in Lake County Nov 3, 2014 5:30 AM
    Many incumbent candidates in federal, state and local governments have faced stiff, and often contentious challenges, during what has been a heated and often nasty midterm election campaign. The Lake County ballot contains several hot races, including the 10th Congressional, Lake County Sheriff and the 62nd and 59th state legislative districts.

  • Hot races in the Northwest suburbs Nov 3, 2014 5:30 AM
    Voters in the Northwest suburbs will travel to the polls Tuesday to pick who will represent them at the county, state and congressional level. Here’s a look at four of the hottest races voters will be deciding.

  • Hot races in the Fox Valley Nov 3, 2014 5:30 AM
    New sheriffs will be elected in Kane and McHenry counties on Tuesday. They are among the most hotly contested countywide and legislative contests on the ballot for Fox Valley voters this year.

  • Hot races in the Tri-Cities area Nov 3, 2014 5:30 AM
    The Kane County sheriff's race highlights a roster of election contests Tuesday that are guaranteed to produce a new office holder. Other hotly contested races include: Kane County Board District 11, the 14th and 11th Congressional Districts, and the 50th State House seat.

  • Senate control could turn on 2 independents’ moves Oct 30, 2014 9:03 AM
    After millions of Americans vote next week, it’s possible that one or two men will decide which party controls the Senate. One is Sen. Angus King, a Maine independent who generally “caucuses” — or cooperates — with Democrats but says he might switch to the Republicans. The other is Greg Orman of Kansas, an independent candidate trying to oust Republican Sen. Pat Roberts.

  • Endorsement: Quigley for Congress, Dist. 5 Oct 29, 2014 1:01 AM
    The Daily Herald endorses Democrat Mike Quigley for Congress in District 5.

  • Foster, Senger debate political advertising Oct 29, 2014 5:56 PM
    The 11th Congressional District race hasn’t been littered with attack ads, but both candidates have made it a point to raise questions about the political advertising put out by their opponent. Early in the campaign, Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster of Naperville sent out a mailer that said his top priority is “to support policies that strengthen the middle class and bring good jobs to our region.”

  • Durbin, Oberweis see red over environmental issues Oct 29, 2014 9:37 PM
    In their last debate before the election, Sen. Dick Durbin and Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis didn't pull any punches. Such as on the Keystone oil pipeline: “I generally believe in doing the right thing to bring down energy costs so we’re no longer dependent on Middle Eastern oil,” Oberweis said. “Is it appropriate to say, ‘Hell, no?” asked Durbin. “I’ll just say no.”

  • Lack of debate, money highlight 14th Congress race Oct 28, 2014 5:45 PM
    Despite both 14th Congressional candidates saying they welcomed debate in the race, it never materialized. Democratic challenger Dennis Anderson and his supporters have called out GOP Randy Hultgren on the issue.

  • Viewers invited to tweet during live Senate debate on WTTW Oct 28, 2014 6:26 PM
    The U.S. Senate candidates will debate live at 7 p.m. Wednesday on WTTW Channel 11’s “Chicago Tonight,” in a broadcast that will use Twitter to provide real-time viewer feedback. Democrat Sen. Richard Durbin and his challenger, Republican Jim Oberweis, will face off in their second debate, this one moderated by Phil Ponce before a live studio audience. The debate also will be streamed live at wttw.com.

  • Foster, Senger talk guns, national security Oct 28, 2014 1:39 PM
    Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster and his Republican challenger, state Rep. Darlene Senger, go toe-to-toe on issues involving gun control and the war on terror in the 11th Congressional District race.

  • Bidens rally for Illinois Democrats on Monday Oct 27, 2014 5:54 PM
    Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, are in Illinois campaigning for Democrats ahead of the Nov. 4 election. U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider’s campaign says Jill Biden attended a morning coffee event with him and approximately 100 women at a Northbrook deli on Monday.

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