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  • Senate control could rest with well-funded women Aug 20, 2014 9:57 AM
    Control of the Senate could lie in the fortunes of female candidates and the deep-pocketed donors, like former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who are sending piles of cash their way. So far this election cycle, donors have handed over $46 million to a collection of political committees and candidates linked to Emily’s List, which backs female contenders who support abortion rights.

  • Texas’ Perry smiles for mug shot, but what’s next? Aug 20, 2014 10:55 AM
    Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry gave a confident, wry smile beneath flawless hair for his mug shot. Then he went out for a vanilla ice cream. That’s how the possible 2016 presidential candidate greeted his booking on criminal charges of abuse of power. But what’s next for the longest-serving governor in Texas history isn’t so glib: Perry’s high-powered and pricey legal team will now quickly try to extinguish the case against him.

  • Sullivan beats Tea Party in Alaska GOP Senate race Aug 20, 2014 10:54 AM
    Former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan became the latest mainstream Republican to turn back a Tea Party challenger, winning the Alaska GOP primary to become his party’s candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in the fall. Republicans see the Alaska race as a key contest in their attempt to capture the Senate majority from Democrats.

  • Virginia prepares for possibility of gay marriage Aug 20, 2014 10:56 AM
    Virginia officials are preparing for the possibility that same-sex couples will be able to wed in the state Thursday by drafting a revised marriage license form for courthouse clerks to use as soon as they open their doors.

  • Governor candidates don’t agree on debates, either Aug 20, 2014 12:35 PM
    After weeks of pressure from Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, Republican candidate Bruce Rauner agreed to eight forums and debates including one in Lake County, but the governor slammed the choices and said his opponent is “hiding.” So far, the two candidates have agreed to three meetups in common, including one hosted by ABC 7 in Chicago.

  • Appeals court says term limits can’t be on ballot Aug 20, 2014 6:25 PM
    Proponents of term limits for Illinois lawmakers were preparing a last-minute appeal to the state Supreme Court after an appeals court ruled Wednesday that a measure asking voters to approve such a measure could not appear on the November ballot.

  • Des Plaines outlines succession plan following alderman’s death Aug 20, 2014 7:59 PM
    Des Plaines leaders Wednesday outlined the succession plan following the unexpected death of 29-year-old Alderman Joanna Sojka. Mayor Matt Bogusz will make an appointment of someone from the ward to fill Sojka’s 7th Ward seat. The appointment is subject to city council approval.

  • Wisconsin ourt set to release John Doe documents Aug 19, 2014 9:02 AM
    A federal appeals court is poised to release nearly three dozen files in a lawsuit over an investigation into Gov. Scott Walker's 2012 recall campaign and a host of conservative groups.

  • Rauner urges quick decision on term limits measure Aug 19, 2014 1:21 PM
    Advocates for term limits in Illinois say the state Supreme Court likely will decide whether the issue can appear on the November ballot, no matter how an appeals court rules.Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is urging the high court to take up the issue “immediately” once the lower court issues a ruling.

  • Concussion classes now required for high school coaches Aug 19, 2014 5:31 PM
    As football season gets underway, high school sports coaches in Illinois soon will have to take classes on how to best reduce concussions among young athletes under a new law signed by Gov. Pat Quinn today. The effort comes from state Rep. Carol Sente, a Vernon Hills Democrat, who first proposed last year limiting tackling in youth and high school football practices.

  • Emanuel’s critics scurry to find 2015 challenger Aug 19, 2014 8:51 AM
    Rahm Emanuel swept into the Chicago mayor’s office with citywide support and a promise — some might say a threat — to tackle Chicago’s many problems. The former White House chief of staff has been true to his word. Along the way, he’s ticked off enough people to expect a serious challenge when he seeks a second term early next year.

  • Lake Zurich board puts home rule on ballot Aug 19, 2014 5:00 AM
    Lake Zurich voters will decide whether village government should have more control over taxes and other issues through home-rule power. Village board members Monday night voted 5-1 to place a home-rule question on the Nov. 4 ballot. Lake Zurich voters overwhelmingly rejected home rule in 1998. If home rule is approved, an ordinance passed by the board states Lake Zurich would commit to limiting a property tax increase to 5 percent or the national rate of inflation known as the Consumer Price Index — whichever is less.

  • Perry rejecting indictment says charges driven by politics Aug 18, 2014 11:54 AM
    Texas Governor Rick Perry said an indictment against him stemming from a budget veto was a politically motivated “farce of a prosecution” and vowed to fight it. “We don’t settle political differences with indictments in this country,” Perry said yesterday in a televised press briefing in Austin, the capital. “This indictment amounts to nothing more than abuse of power.” Perry, a possible 2016 Republican candidate for the White House who will end 14 years as governor in January, was indicted Aug. 15 on charges of abusing his powers by vowing to veto funds for prosecutors who investigate public corruption. An arraignment date will be set next week, said Michael McCrum, the special prosecutor in the case.

  • Attorney general wants lawsuit against treasurer’s office dropped Aug 18, 2014 7:14 PM
    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan wants portions of a lawsuit filed against Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s office dropped, and a court to sanction the former staff lawyer who filed it.

  • New Illinois laws target senior care complaints Aug 18, 2014 6:19 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn has signed two pieces of legislation giving seniors and the disabled greater access to people who can address complaints about their care or their living conditions.

  • Home rule question put on the ballot by Barrington board Aug 18, 2014 6:18 PM
    Barrington voters will be asked in November whether their village should become a home-rule community, a move supported by an independent committee of residents impaneled to explore the issue. Village trustees pledged not to raise taxes if home rule is granted.

  • Blagojevich, state corruption feature in ruling Aug 19, 2014 9:12 AM
    A U.S. appeals court took on the issue of Illinois corruption under now-imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich as it revived a lawsuit alleging that racetrack owners bribed the Democrat to get him to push through legislation that cost casinos $90 million.

  • Constable: Worried refugees in suburbs help families in Iraq Aug 17, 2014 7:52 AM
    Settling into their new lives as suburbanites iin DuPage County, recent Iraqi immigrants worry about the loved ones who remain in the war-torn nation, targeted by Islamic militants. World Relief in Wheaton has offered support.

  • No term limits in Arlington Heights’ near future Aug 17, 2014 5:36 PM
    With a referendum on term limits off the November ballot, the idea may be dead in Arlington Heights for the foreseeable future. Last week, the village’s electoral board for the second time in two years threw out a petition asking that voters decide the term-limit question. Mayor Tom Hayes said it is not likely the village board will take up the issue anytime soon.

  • Illinois increases penalties for drug crimes Aug 16, 2014 4:30 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn signed three drug-related pieces of legislation Saturday. One bill makes it illegal for anyone under 18 to buy or possess products containing the herbal stimulant Kratom.

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