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  • Kirk vows to help end cyber bullying Mar 29, 2014 6:02 PM
    Sen. Mark Kirk said he will launch a public service video, and make a Top 10 list of the most dangerous apps that lead to cyberbullying. He met Saturday with about 20 high school students who talked about how the dangerous practice is rising. “My colleagues, who are 50 plus, have no idea what Yik Yak or Snap Chat are, and we have to make them aware of their dangers,” Kirk said.

  • New Republican faces line up for central committee posts Mar 28, 2014 5:41 PM
    Only one suburban member of the Illinois Republican Party State Central Committee is running for re-election next month. In the 10th Congressional District, committeeman Mark Shaw of Lake Forest is running for another term against challenger Louis Atsaves, also of Lake Forest. Other districts feature battles between newcomers.

  • Local election results detail Rauner's sweep of suburbs Mar 26, 2014 2:53 PM
    Township-level results show the extent of Republican businessman Bruce Rauner's suburban sweep in last week's primary election. State Sen. Kirk Dillard, a Hinsdale Republican, won only one township in his home DuPage County — Downers Grove Township — on his way to a narrow loss to Rauner.

  • GOP asks — again — for Atanus to quit 9th Congressional race Mar 21, 2014 6:56 PM
    State and local Republican leaders are once again asking Susanne Atanus to withdraw from the 9th congressional race. Atanus won the GOP primary Tuesday with a 1,400-vote margin and expressed hope the party would come around and back her in the general election against Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky. Those hopes were dashed this week by both the Cook County GOP and the state party. “The Cook County Republican Organization believes that Atanus should drop out of the race,” said Chairman Aaron Del Mar.

  • Will national Republicans support Kaifesh in 8th? Mar 20, 2014 6:06 AM
    After winning the Illinois 8th District GOP primary race, Larry Kaifesh is hopeful the National Republican Congressional Committee will financially help his bid to unseat incumbent U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth. Right now, Duckworth holds a funding edge of nearly $900,000.

  • Senger victorious in 11th Congressional District Mar 18, 2014 11:46 PM
    State Rep. Darlene Senger of Naperville won her hard-fought Republican primary Tuesday and will advance to challenge Democratic incumbent Bill Foster in the 11th Congressional District in the November general election.

  • Anderson to meet Hultgren in 14th District rematch Mar 19, 2014 7:36 AM
    Dennis Anderson wins the nod from the Dems in the 14th Congressional District, easily defeating John Hosta in Tuesday's primary.

  • Atanus holds lead in 9th Congressional GOP primary Mar 19, 2014 7:08 AM
    She was once asked by her own party to drop out of the race, but with only 29 precincts remaining to be counted, Susanne Atanus appears headed for a surprising victory in the Republican primary for the 9th congressional district.

  • Oberweis sets sights on uphill fight against Durbin Mar 19, 2014 7:35 AM
    In an unexpectedly close race, state Sen. Jim Oberweis, a senator and dairy magnate from Sugar Grove, beat insurance executive Doug Truax in the Republican primary. “If I win this Senate seat, it'd be so the Republicans can take control of the U.S. Senate, and that will change the direction of this country,” he said.

  • Kaifesh cruises to victory in 8th District GOP primary Mar 18, 2014 11:46 PM
    U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Col. Larry Kaifesh claimed victory in the 8th Congressional District GOP primary Tuesday night, leading opponent Manju Goel with 71.5 percent of the vote with nearly all ballots counted. Kaifesh will challenge Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth in November’s general election.

  • Voting smooth so far in the suburbs Mar 18, 2014 2:21 PM
    Voting appears to be moving smoothly — if slowly — in the suburbs today as voters face big decisions over who to nominate to go on to November. Polls are open until 7 p.m. Cook County Clerk David Orr spokeswoman Courtney Greve said the early hours of voting in the suburbs had been going relatively smoothly, with scant calls from poll watchers and no obvious complaints yet.

  • 8th District primary among suburbs’ hottest races Mar 16, 2014 8:00 AM
    Eighth Congressional District GOP rivals Manju Goel and Larry Kaifesh started their campaigns seeing eye to eye on most every major issue. Distinctions between the two boiled down to their professional backgrounds. But these personal differences quickly escalated into much more. That's among several key races Northwest suburban voters will be deciding in Tuesday's primary.

  • Plenty of hot DuPage County primary races Mar 16, 2014 8:00 AM
    Voters in Tuesday’s DuPage County primary will pick their party’s nominees for numerous county, state and congressional seats to advance to the November general election. Here’s a look at some of the hottest races DuPage voters will be deciding.

  • Slow cash flow for 14th Congressional Dems Mar 13, 2014 5:11 PM
    A look at the money involved in the 14th Congressional District Democratic primary shows there's not much of it. That will be a problem for either Democrat who moves on to the November general election against Republican incumbent Randy Hultgren. Hultgren has a sizable fundraising lead.

  • 9th Congressional candidates differ on economy, minimum wage Mar 13, 2014 5:30 AM
    The Republican candidates for the 9th District congressional seat have very different ideas about how to fix the economy, giving voters two distinct choices in the March 18 primary election. Susanne Atanus is in favor of eliminating the stock indexes and raising the minimum wage, while David Earl Williams III supports lower taxes and keeping the minimum wage where it is.

  • Indian-American group denies 'vote-buying' charge Mar 14, 2014 10:40 AM
    The founder of a nonprofit aimed at encouraging greater Indian-American participation in the electoral process is denying allegations that a recent effort to get people to early voting constituted illegal “vote-buying” or encouraged support for 8th Congressional District Republican candidate Manju Goel. The campaign of Goel's primary opponent, Larry Kaifesh, claims the actions are a violation of state and federal law.

  • Endorsement: No Republican endorsed in 8th Congressional District Mar 12, 2014 4:22 PM
    The Daily Herald rescinds its endorsement of Manju Goel for the 8th Congressional District.

  • Kaifesh video doesn’t support Goel’s ‘Hollywood mafia’ claim Mar 12, 2014 6:25 PM
    A video clip released Wednesday by 8th Congressional District GOP hopeful Manju Goel fails to back up her claim that her Republican primary opponent, Larry Kaifesh, used the term “Hollywood mafia” to describe his campaign funding sources. In the video, taken during a public forum shortly after Kaifesh entered the race last fall, he is asked by an audience member to describe how he intended to raise money for the race.

  • Take website down, Goel tells SuperPAC Mar 12, 2014 5:11 AM
    Republican congressional hopeful Manju Goel released a statement Tuesday evening that she is now asking an Indian-American SuperPAC to take down a misleading website critical of her Republican opponent Larry Kaifesh, as it “too closely resembles his official campaign.”

  • Schneider pushes for unemployment benefits vote Mar 11, 2014 5:31 PM
    U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider Wednesday will push for a House vote on extending unemployment insurance benefits. The move would require signatures from a majority of members of Congress, so the Deerfield Democrat would need at least some Republican support in GOP-controlled Congress.

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