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  • Sex slavery rampant in the suburbs, experts say Oct 24, 2014 1:35 PM
    Sex slavery is rampant in the suburbs and Chicago, say FBI agents and victims advocates. About 25,000 women and underage girls are trafficked in, around and through local neighborhoods each year. "The people responsible for these crimes are the pimps and johns and those making money from the slaves,” said Congressman Randy Hultgren. "It's a local problem."

  • House 20th District candidates McAuliffe, Khan debate income tax increase, social issues Oct 24, 2014 5:32 AM
    From fiscal to social issues, a longtime Republican state legislator and his Democratic opponent have staked out their differences in a race for the state House’s 20th District seat. State Rep. Mike McAuliffe, an 18-year incumbent from Chicago, is being challenged by political newcomer Mo Khan, a full-time law student from Park Ridge who has worked on the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Alexi Giannoulias.

  • Next Illinois governor faces tough decisions Oct 24, 2014 5:08 AM
    As the candidates for Illinois governor make their final pitches to voters with two weeks to go until Election Day, it's clear the winner faces four years littered with big issues and tough decisions. And Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn or Republican challenger Bruce Rauner will be in the thick of it.

  • Madigan, Rauner spend big on Illinois House races Oct 24, 2014 4:02 PM
    State Rep. Marty Moylan's seat is one of several Democrats view as critical to maintaining their veto-proof supermajority in the Illinois House this fall. Because of that, he is getting significant help in his campaign from Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, including a campaign strategist and half of his $800,000 war chest. Moylan’s opponent, Republican Mel Thillens, of Park Ridge, received the majority of his $250,000 from the Illinois Republicans.

  • Victims rights, voting rights among proposed amendments Oct 24, 2014 6:38 AM
    When voters go to the polls on Nov. 4, they won't just be picking among candidates who have bombarded them with TV ads and mailers for months now. They also will be voting on two possible amendments to the Illinois constitution — one dealing with victims' rights and the other with voting rights.

  • Governor candidates court female voters Oct 24, 2014 9:39 PM
    The candidates for Illinois governor tried to garner support from female voters Friday as Gov. Pat Quinn hosted an event for noted feminist Gloria Steinem and Republican Bruce Rauner’s wife was scheduled for a round of television interviews.

  • 57th District candidates Nekritz, Grossi on opposite ends of pension reform, income tax Oct 24, 2014 6:42 PM
    There’s not much the candidates for the state House’s 57th District seat agree on, from pension reform to extending the income tax increase. Still, Bill Grossi, a Republican making his first run for public office, says 12-year incumbent Democrat Elaine Nekritz is beatable.

  • 14th Congressional District candidates cite debt, dysfunction as top woes Oct 24, 2014 7:35 PM
    Congressman Randy Hultgren says the biggest problem facing the nation is out-of-control debt, but he thinks it can be addressed with some long-term planning. His Democratic challenger, Dennis Anderson, said congressional dysfunction and gridlock is the biggest problem facing the nation. He's advocating compromise.

  • Judge names monitor for IDOT hiring Oct 24, 2014 6:41 PM
    A federal judge has named the same attorney who oversaw hiring in the city of Chicago to monitor hiring problems at Gov. Pat Quinn’s Department of Transportation.

  • Noteworthy ballot measures in upcoming election Oct 23, 2014 10:36 AM
    More than 140 ballot measures will be decided by voters in 42 states in the Nov. 4 general election. Among the noteworthy subjects being addressed.

  • Officials rethink vote-counting after attorney general decree Oct 23, 2014 8:51 PM
    An Illinois attorney general’s opinion has election officials worried about delays in announcing results on Election Day if they can’t count early votes before polls close.

  • Mussman, Moynihan criticize each other’s ad claims Oct 23, 2014 4:47 PM
    Campaign advertising isn’t always known for its well-honed discourse, but both 56th District state House candidates are accusing the other of being especially misleading in recent mailings to voters. Republican challenger Jim Moynihan says he's being unfairly linked to the Tea Party, while Democratic incumbent Michelle Mussman said her opponent is falsely alleging she voted to raise her own pay.

  • Illinois GOP files lawsuit over poll practices Oct 23, 2014 4:33 PM
    Illinois Republicans are asking for court intervention in Rock Island County because, they say, proper election procedure isn’t being followed.

  • Lawmaker: Controversial school funding plan won’t move soon Oct 23, 2014 7:14 PM
    The suburban Democratic state lawmaker who controls the fate of a controversial school funding proposal that has scared superintendents throughout the suburbs says she won’t push it forward until at least the spring, after a new class of lawmakers has been sworn into office.

  • Corporate giants funding state ballot initiatives Oct 23, 2014 10:37 AM
    Voters may not know it, but the millions of dollars paying for ads on ballot measures they will consider next month come from large companies and national advocacy groups. Many of the messages are tailored to defend or expand the business interests of companies such as Coca-Cola, Monsanto and ExxonMobil, yet few have their names in the ads.

  • Kane sheriff hopefuls explain why each deserves your vote Oct 23, 2014 5:27 AM
    As early voting begins, the two men running to be the next Kane County sheriff state their cases for why they should succeed Pat Perez. Don Kramer, a Geneva Republican, hopes to follow in his father's footsteps as sheriff; Willie Mayes Sr., an Aurora Democrat, cites his law enforcement experience and community involvement.

  • Sheriff’s candidates debate adding marine deputies Oct 23, 2014 5:30 AM
    Lake County sheriff candidate Jason Patt says more needs to be done to enforce laws and patrol waterways like the Chain O’ Lakes, but incumbent Sheriff Mark Curran said that would mean cuts in other important services.

  • Quinn says he’ll comply with hiring monitor Oct 23, 2014 7:04 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn says he’ll comply with a court-ordered monitor to review hiring at his administration’s Department of Transportation. The order comes less than two weeks before the Nov. 4 election.

  • Editorial: Candidates should educate voters, not denigrate each other Oct 23, 2014 9:58 AM
    In the last days of the political campaign, a Daily Herald editorial urges political candidates to spend more time educating voters and less degrading their opponents.

  • Emanuel picks new Chicago treasurer Oct 22, 2014 8:13 PM
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s choice for the city’s new treasurer is an executive with an asset-management firm. Emanuel announced on Wednesday that he has chosen Kurt Summers Jr. to fill the city’s vacancy on Dec. 1.

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