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  • Women in politics: Gillibrand and Davis memoirs Sep 20, 2014 6:45 AM
    Two prominent women in politics, New Yorker Kirsten Gillibrand, who replaced Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Senate, and Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, who shot to fame in pink sneakers with an abortion-rights filibuster, are out this month with memoirs. “Forgetting to Be Afraid” chronicles Davis’ hardscrabble journey from teen mom in a trailer park to Harvard Law School. Gillibrand’s “Off the Sidelines” is a “Lean In”-style exhortation about women in a man’s world.

     
  • Secret Service boosts security outside White House Sep 20, 2014 7:01 PM
    The Secret Service chief has stepped-up security outside the White House after a man who jumped the fence made it into the presidential residence before being apprehended, the Secret Service said Saturday, as President Barack Obama insisted he still has confidence in the beleaguered agency.

     
  • Grayslake fire district cites declining revenue in seeking tax hike Sep 20, 2014 7:20 AM
    The Grayslake Fire Protection District is seeking a tax rate increase to fund operations. Voters in 2008 approved a tax hike but a drop in property values meant the expected revenue didn't materialize, according to Fire Chief John Christian. "This is certainly the last thing I wanted to do as a fire chief and our board wanted to do, but it's a necessary thing to continue the services," he said.

     
  • Kane Sheriff hopefuls differ on staffing plans, personnel levels Sep 20, 2014 7:15 AM
    Kane County sheriff candidates Willie Mayes Sr. and Don Kramer both agree the department is understaffed, but they differ on how to address the problem. Mayes, an Aurora Democrat, is a lieutenant in the department and Kramer, a Geneva Republican, is a retired lieutenant. Each hopes to be elected Nov. 4 to replace Pat Perez, who will not seek a third term.

     
  • Big-money race could spark look at campaign finance laws Sep 19, 2014 5:30 AM
    The two candidates for governor appear headed to an Illinois record for compaign spending, and a suburban Democrat behind the state law that limits campaign donations in most races thinks it might be time to review the standards next year. “I don’t think we anticipated the full extent of this current gubernatorial election,” state Sen. Don Harmon said.

     
  • Republican candidates featured at Niles open house Sep 19, 2014 4:34 PM
    Republican candidates running for federal, state, county and local political offices will be available to answer voters’ questions at an open house from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Royal Kitchen and Bath showroom, 7530 N. Caldwell, Niles.

     
  • Quinn says there’s no pension ‘Plan B’ Sep 19, 2014 5:58 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn argued Friday that it makes no sense to develop a contingency plan to solve Illinois’ pension crisis despite urgent financial difficulties and signals the landmark law signed by the Chicago Democrat in 2013 could be found unconstitutional.

     
  • Kane Co. Board Dist. 11 candidates clash on Settler’s Hill projects Sep 19, 2014 4:37 PM
    The future redevelopment of Settler's Hill is a key issue for the Geneva and Batavia residents who live near the former landfill. The two candidates for the District 11 seat on the Kane County Board have vastly different views on what should happen to the property. Republican John Martin is largely on board with the vision expressed in the concept plan. Democrat Martha Hanna favors more passive and green-friendly use of the property.

     
  • DuPage board candidates debate job training Sep 19, 2014 4:41 PM
    Two Aurora residents vying for the same spot on the DuPage County Board have differing views on whether the county is doing enough to help unemployed and underemployed residents find jobs.

     
  • Family of CIA contractor slain in Benghazi files claims Sep 19, 2014 1:33 PM
    The family of Glen Doherty, led by his mother, Barbara Doherty, filed a claim with the two government agencies last week seeking $1 million for wrongful death. Doherty’s friend and executor of his estate, Sean Lake, filed a separate claim seeking a little over $1 million.

     
  • DuPage board candidates debate outreach efforts Sep 18, 2014 9:19 AM
    A longtime incumbent on the DuPage County Board says he’s always been accessible to residents who reach out to him. But his opponent in the Nov. 4 election is promising to be the type of board member who reaches out to the constituents.

     
  • Duckworth, Kaifesh spar over U.S. business environment Sep 18, 2014 8:17 PM
    Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth last month compared companies that move operations overseas for lower taxes to military “deserters,” sparking a debate with Republican challenger Larry Kaifesh over the U.S. business environment, taxes and the economy.

     
  • County candidates say jobs, spending are priorities Sep 18, 2014 8:44 PM
    Both candidates running for the Lake County Board’s 10th District seat say economic concerns will be among their top priorities if elected in November. Republican Chuck Bartels, a consultant, will face Democrat Mike Jennings, a retired firefighter, are running for the seat long held by the retiring Diana O'Kelly.

     
  • Lake Zurich seeks home rule to raise revenue Sep 19, 2014 5:30 AM
    Exactly what happens if Lake Zurich becomes a home rule community likely will be determined at budget time, but village officials say there is no shortage of need for increased revenue. That’s the bottom line behind a measure voters will decide Nov. 4.

     
  • Schneider, Dold to appear Tuesday at Stevenson High School Sep 18, 2014 4:22 PM
    Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider of Deerfield and Republican challenger Robert Dold of Kenilworth are scheduled to appear Tuesday at Stevenson HS. The event is open to the public.

     
  • Judge rules Libertarian candidate can be on ballot Sep 18, 2014 5:37 PM
    A Sangamon County judge on Thursday rejected the Republican Party’s attempt to have a Libertarian candidate for Illinois governor struck from the Nov. 4 ballot.

     
  • Emanuel backs away from naming school after Obama Sep 18, 2014 5:40 PM
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Thursday he has scuttled his plan to name a new high school after President Barack Obama. Emanuel, Obama’s former White House chief of staff, said in a statement that the decision to back away from naming the school after his former boss comes after listening to “questions and concerns from the community.”

     
  • Jeb Bush stumps for Rauner Sep 18, 2014 5:57 PM
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was expected to headline a Thursday luncheon fundraiser for Illinois GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, who’s trying to unseat Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn.

     
  • Rauner not a fan of gambling, airport slots Sep 18, 2014 7:23 PM
    Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner said Thursday he’s not a fan of gambling or a plan to put slot machines at Chicago’s international airports, but he wouldn’t stand in the way of adding casinos if local communities support it.

     
  • Durbin vs. Oberweis debate set Sep 18, 2014 7:39 PM
    It's unclear if they'll wear costumes but one things for certain, the two candidates for U.S. Senate will clash Oct. 29 in Chicago. Incumbent Dick Durbin and rival Jim Oberweis will go head to head at a debate sponsored by WTTW and the City Club of Chicago.

     
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