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  • Cook County sees 69% increase in early voting Dec 19, 2014 8:51 AM
    Cook County Clerk David Orr’s review of the Nov. 4 election shows a 69 percent increase in early voting and increased younger-voter participation.

     
  • Lawsuit shows resistance to legalization of pot Dec 19, 2014 4:11 PM
    Law-enforcement agencies have long said anecdotally that they are making more marijuana arrests and seizing more of the drug since Colorado voters legalized the drug. But there’s no way to know exactly how much legal pot is leaving the state.

     
  • Quinn signs bill increasing juror pay Dec 19, 2014 6:49 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn approved a measure Friday that requires counties to pay jurors $25 for the first day of service and $50 for each additional day. Counties now are allowed to pay jurors as little as $4 a day.

     
  • Madigan says T-Mobile settlement shields consumers Dec 19, 2014 5:58 PM
    The Illinois attorney general’s office says anyone who thinks he or she was among T-Mobile customers wrongly charged for cellphone text services can file a claim for a refund. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced Friday that T-Mobile US will pay at least $90 million, mostly in refunds, under a nationwide settlement with regulators.

     
  • New state law nixes deadline for asbestos lawsuits Dec 19, 2014 5:52 PM
    People exposed to asbestos now have more time to file lawsuits over related illnesses under a bill Gov. Pat Quinn has signed.

     
  • No challengers so far in Elk Grove Village board race Dec 19, 2014 5:36 PM
    So far no challengers have lined up to face the three longest-serving trustees on the Elk Grove Village board. Incumbent Trustees James Petri, Sam Lissner and Nancy Czarnik filed nomination papers this week for re-election.

     
  • Wheaton now must fill Evelyn Sanguinetti’s spot on city council Dec 19, 2014 2:51 PM
    The Wheaton City Council will soon pick a resident to fill a seat vacated this week by Evelyn Pacino Sanguinetti, who next month will be sworn in as the state’s lieutenant governor. Sanguinetti’s resignation was effective Monday at the close of a city council meeting. She made it a point during the meeting to thank residents and city staff and council members.

     
  • Helmer to seek second term Dec 19, 2014 5:30 AM
    Prospect Heights Mayor Nick Helmer said he would like another term as the city's top elected official "so we can finish the job that's been started." Helmer is the only person who has filed candidacy papers for the mayor's post so far, but the filing period remains open through Monday.

     
  • Bush officials gave CIA wide latitude Dec 19, 2014 4:30 PM
    The torture of Janat Gul is a useful case study of how the CIA interrogations were overseen because it occurred two years into the program, after a report by the CIA inspector general had made clear that the harsh techniques were being employed far in excess of what had been envisioned in clinical Justice Department memos.

     
  • Report analyzes Nov. 4 election in Cook County Dec 19, 2014 6:28 AM
    Cook County Clerk David Orr’s review of the Nov. 4 election shows a 69 percent increase in early voting and increased younger-voter participation.

     
  • U.S. attorney: No racial bias in Illinois office Dec 18, 2014 12:00 PM
    The U.S. attorney overseeing public-corruption convictions of several black defendants in central Illinois in recent years says racial bias is not involved. James Lewis is the Justice Department’s prosecutor in Springfield. He spoke Wednesday after black businessman Leon Dingle Jr. and his wife, Karin, who is white, were convicted of stealing $3.4 million in Illinois Department of Public Health grant money. Lewis says trial evidence “has no color.” Dr. Eric Whitaker — the black former public health director and President Barack Obama’s friend — testified outside the jury’s presence in the trial. He criticized Lewis for a disproportionate number of blacks prosecuted. Lewis’s boss, Attorney General Eric Holder — a black man and friend of Whitaker and Obama — has said his Springfield-based prosecutors act in a “neutral” manner.

     
  • Candidates file for seats on Bartlett village board Dec 18, 2014 4:46 PM
    Two candidates have filed nominating petitions for three available seats on Bartlett’s village board. Longtime Trustee T.L. Arends — first elected in 1991 — is seeking another four-year term on the board in the April 7 election. The other candidate is Raymond Deyne, chair of the village’s plan commission and the Hanover Township Foundation secretary and treasurer.

     
  • Jeb Bush said to end Barclays advisory role at end of year Dec 18, 2014 12:52 PM
    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will give up his senior adviser role at Barclays Plc at the end of the year after announcing he may run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. The decision, reached mutually, will allow him to focus on politics, said the person, who asked not to be identified because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly. Barclays Chief Executive Officer Antony Jenkins, 53, has cut thousands of jobs as he shrinks the London-based lender’s investment bank to boost profits. The CEO’s pledge to overhaul the bank’s culture after the company was fined for interest-rate manipulation has been set back by probes into equity and currency trading. The shares have declined 14 percent this year. Bush, 61, is the brother of former President George W. Bush and the son of former President George H.W. Bush. In 2007, Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. named Jeb Bush as a member of its private-equity advisory board. The Financial Times reported yesterday that Bush would be leaving Barclays at the end of the year. (An earlier version of this story corrected description of Bush in the first paragraph.) To contact the reporter on this story: Stephen Morris in London at smorris39bloomberg.net To contact the editors responsible for this story: Edward Evans at eevans3bloomberg.net Christine Harper, Simone Meier

     
  • Quinn wants 2016 special election for comptroller Dec 18, 2014 5:56 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn wants lawmakers to set up a special election in 2016 to replace former state Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. The outgoing Democrat called lawmakers to Springfield for a special session Jan. 8.

     
  • Quinn administration being committed to history Dec 18, 2014 4:29 PM
    David Joens director of the Illinois State Archives, is working with the Quinn administration to get six years of emails from top officials preserved for good.

     
  • Trustee race a popular one in Mount Prospect Dec 17, 2014 6:21 PM
    For the second straight municipal election, the village trustee race in Mount Prospect has attracted a crowd. So far, six people have filed candidacy papers for three seats on the village board. The filing period ends Monday, Dec. 22, so more candidates could still enter the race. Voters will decide who gets to fill the seats during the consolidated election on April 7.

     
  • Batavia candidate who filed in two races has choice to make Dec 17, 2014 4:33 PM
    Ron Rechenmacher of Batavia is seeking election to the Batavia City Council and the Batavia school board. Sort of. He doesn't want to serve both, and likely couldn't, but he filed for both offices to ensure competition for the seats, he said Tuesday.

     
  • Top leaders give Cuba move mixed reviews Dec 17, 2014 6:44 PM
    Local leaders react after President Barack Obama Wednesday announced the release of American prisoner Alan Gross from Cuba and a move toward a diplomatic relationship with the country.

     
  • Topinka remembered as honest, tough at memorial Dec 17, 2014 4:31 PM
    Late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has been remembered as a tough, honest leader with a signature sense of humor. Crowds filled a union hall in Countryside on Wednesday to pay respects. Individuals included the state’s top leaders, lawmakers, local leaders and Illinoisans who knew her for more than 70 years.

     
  • George Ryan, who took big trip to Cuba, praises move Dec 17, 2014 4:36 PM
    Former Gov. George Ryan, who made a famous trip to Cuba in his first year as governor 15 years ago, praised President Barack Obama’s move Wednesday to establish diplomatic ties to the country. Ryan said he wrote more than one letter to Cuban leaders since leaving federal prison to ask for the release of imprisoned American Alan Gross, who was released Wednesday.

     
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