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  • Gaming Board chief on job status: ‘I have no idea’ Jan 14, 2015 2:52 PM
    The flurry of changes Gov. Bruce Rauner is making to state government is causing some confusion about who’s in and who’s out. Asked Wednesday morning if he is still chairman of the Gaming Board, which regulates casinos and video gambling in Illinois, Aaron Jaffe said: “I have no idea.”

     
  • Judge upholds Hoffman Estates candidate’s removal from ballot Jan 14, 2015 7:17 PM
    A Cook County judge Wednesday upheld the Hoffman Estates electoral board’s decision removing village trustee candidate Prajesh “Pat” Patel from the April 7 ballot over questions about his residency.

     
  • Conservatives cheer on Romney as establishment field grows Jan 14, 2015 10:24 AM
    Mitt Romney’s unexpected step into the 2016 presidential contest is drawing enthusiasm from the GOP’s most passionate conservatives. But not because they want him to win. For the first time in recent memory, prominent conservatives see a Republican presidential field that could have as much competition among the party’s establishment-minded prospects — like Romney — as its fiery conservatives.

     
  • Palatine puts video gambling on April ballot Jan 13, 2015 5:12 AM
    Palatine residents will have an opportunity to let village officials know how they feel about video gambling. The village council on Monday voted to place an advisory referendum question on the April 7 ballot. The question will read: “Should the Village of Palatine consider video gaming (as defined by the Illinois Video Gaming Act) at restaurants and bars that hold a liquor license?”

     
  • Downtown plan died because of politics Jan 13, 2015 5:01 AM
    Letter to the editor: Franks Sears believes the real thing that killed the proposal for a downtown Buffalo Grove was Trustee Beverly Sussman's decision to run for mayor.

     
  • $84 million building referendum set for West Aurora Jan 13, 2015 4:46 PM
    Should West Aurora School District 129 borrow $84 million to replace an elementary school, build a new early learning center, add air conditioning to schools and more? Voters get to decide April 7, as Monday the school board put a referendum on the ballot.

     
  • Glimpses of Rauner’s inauguration day Jan 12, 2015 7:10 PM
    Republican Bruce Rauner’s inauguration as Illinois governor Monday brings a new face to a Capitol often full of conflict. But before reality sets in, there was a party topping off a day of pomp and ceremony. Here are some glimpses.

     
  • Hanover Twp. board to appoint new member after trustee steps down Jan 12, 2015 6:19 PM
    Hanover Township trustees will appoint a new board member to fill the remaining term of Bill Burke, who stepped down to head the township’s emergency services department. Applicants must turn in their paperwork by the end of the day Jan. 30.

     
  • Sanguinetti emphasizes Latina roots at inauguration Jan 12, 2015 4:33 PM
    Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti emphasized her Latina roots after being sworn into office Monday, taking her place as Gov. Bruce Rauner’s No. 2. “As the daughter of immigrant parents, and the first Latina lieutenant governor, I am the living embodiment that anything, absolutely anything is possible,” Sanguinetti said.

     
  • Process to become a write-in is straightforward Jan 12, 2015 5:41 PM
    Because no signatures are required, the process for becoming a write-in candidate is simpler than for other candidates for elected office. However, their names don't appear on the ballot, making voter education a key.

     
  • Images: Inauguration Day in Springfield Jan 12, 2015 5:13 PM
    See images of inauguration day in Springfield, as Bruce Rauner was sworn in as the 42nd governor of Illinois. Michael Frerichs was sworn in as Illinois State Treasurer. Jesse White was sworn in as Secretary of State. Former Wheaton City Council member Evelyn Sanguinetti highlighted her Latino roots in giving part of her inaugural speech in Spanish after she was sworn in as Lt. Governor.

     
  • Half-dozen Kirk staffers move over to Rauner Jan 12, 2015 6:46 PM
    As Republican Bruce Rauner takes over as governor , he’ll have the help of more than a half-dozen top staff who used to work for U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk. Rauner’s chief of staff, Mike Zolnierowicz, worked as the Highland Park Republican’s deputy chief of staff. And three of Rauner’s four deputy chief of staff, as well as his downstate director and spokesman, are alumni of Kirk’s office, too.

     
  • Just before Rauner inaugural, Quinn signing bills Jan 12, 2015 6:29 PM
    Even as Gov. Bruce Rauner’s inauguration celebration was beginning, departing Gov. Pat Quinn was announcing action on bills and clemency petitions.

     
  • Some residents weary of Campton squabbles Jan 11, 2015 7:42 AM
    Some Campton Hills residents are growing weary of infighting on the village board and the costs of lawyers associated with it. “The fighting — you make the Congress look good,” resident Chuck Johnson told the board last week.

     
  • Top Rauner inaugural donors includes Duchossois Jan 11, 2015 12:36 PM
    Arlington International Racecourse Chairman Richard Duchossois and the CEO of a Bolingbrook company that makes floor mats for cars are among the top donors to Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner’s inauguration and transition committees.

     
  • Numerous races have more ballot spots than candidates Jan 11, 2015 5:30 AM
    Scott Coffey is the only candidate for three seats on the Cary Elementary District 26 school board. “We have two incumbents who aren’t running for re-election, and no one else in the community has put their name in the hat yet,” Coffey said. The lack of competition isn’t unique. Several suburban races have fewer candidates than available seats.

     
  • Quinn changes election rules days before leaving office Jan 10, 2015 1:30 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn Saturday made permanent new election rules that were first tested in the race he lost two months ago. They allow people to register to vote on Election Day. And he OK’d a special election in 2016 for Illinois comptroller, shortening the term of Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner’s first big appointee, Leslie Munger of Lincolnshire, to two years, pending possible legal action.

     
  • Two file as Libertyville board write-in candidates Jan 12, 2015 11:13 AM
    The race for Libertyville village trustee had been uncontested with two incumbents running for three seats. But the race has become more interesting as two write-in candidates are joining Scott Adams and Donna Johnson in seeking election.

     
  • Des Plaines candidates withdraw objection Jan 9, 2015 11:21 PM
    Two candidates for aldermanic seats on the Des Plaines city council have withdrawn their challenges to their opponents’ candidacy petitions. Both Dick Sayad and Bob Porada said they didn't think they'd get a fair hearing with Mayor Matt Bogusz on the electoral board.

     
  • Cross, Quinn and others exit next week Jan 8, 2015 5:06 PM
    Tom Cross on his way out, talks about a career leading a minority: "I would have loved to work with a Republican governor. But you work with what you have." Former Quinn budget director David Vaught says the governor's legacy will be that he wasn't re-elected because he made tough choices. Chris Christie is coming to the suburbs next month. And a federal lawsuit is filed over an anti-Sam Yingling mailer.

     
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