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  • Trembley looks forward to serving Palatine for six months Nov 26, 2014 5:30 AM
    Palatine Mayor Jim Schwantz’s nomination to fill in for a departing District 3 village councilman says he hadn’t intended to ever run for political office but would be happy to serve for six months. “It wasn’t something that I had actually thought about or entertained,” said Matt Trembley, who has owned a State Farm insurance office in town since 1985. “But when (Schwantz) approached me about it I thought it would be great to give back in that limited time window.”

     
  • Barrington gave village board candidate incorrect nominating forms Nov 26, 2014 5:30 AM
    A Barrington village board candidate is accusing village officials of election tampering for providing him with nominating petitions that contained an error. “Messing with the integrity of elections is something you would expect from a third-world dictatorship, not Barrington,” the candidate said.

     
  • Cook Coounty clerk adds suburban filing locations for school candidates Nov 25, 2014 11:36 AM
    The Cook County Clerk’s office is setting up four locations in the city of Chicago and the suburbs for school board candidates in the April 7 election to submit their nominating petitions when the filing period begins Dec. 15. Under a new state law, school board hopefuls must file for candidacy through their county clerk rather than at their school district’s office.

     
  • Credit houses take no major action after pension ruling Nov 25, 2014 4:02 PM
    Two major credit houses aren’t overly worried about an Illinois judge tossing out a pension overhaul designed to close a $100 billion deficit, but neither is thrilled with the state’s financial condition.

     
  • Hoffman Estates candidates begin talking issues Nov 25, 2014 10:38 PM
    Hoffman Estates residents will have at least one reason to go to the polls April 7 when three incumbents and two challengers vie for the three available trustee seats on the village board. Former trustee Cary Collins and political newcomer Prajesh “Pat” Patel are looking to wrest two of the seats away from the united front of trustees Anna Newell, Gary Pilafas and Gary Stanton.

     
  • Sussman mulls run for Buffalo Grove president; Braiman says he’s in Nov 25, 2014 3:48 PM
    For the first time in 16 years, Buffalo Grove will likely have a contested election for village president. Buffalo Grove Trustee Beverly Sussman announced Tuesday she has picked up petitions to run for village president. Should she file them next month, she will be running against Village President Jeffrey Braiman, who confirmed Tuesday he will run for re-election in April 2015.

     
  • George W. Bush coming to Naperville for book signing Nov 26, 2014 5:26 AM
    Former President George W. Bush is scheduled to make two appearances next week in DuPage County, including one in Naperville to promote his new book, “41: A Portrait of My Father.” Bush’s Naperville appearance will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at the downtown Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave. Also on Monday, Bush is expected to attend a private charity event hosted by Daniel L. Goodwin, chairman and CEO for the Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, according to sources close to Goodwin.

     
  • Today is last day of election filing in 4 DuPage towns Nov 24, 2014 5:30 AM
    Nominating petitions for the consolidated primary election are due by 5 p.m. today in four of DuPage County’s largest towns. Naperville, Wheaton, Downers Grove and Aurora all require candidates for council and mayor to file during the primary filing period, which began last Monday.

     
  • Universities asked to explore budget cuts Nov 24, 2014 4:45 PM
    The head of the Illinois Board of Higher Education has issued a budget warning to the presidents of the state’s public universities after meeting with Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner’s budget transition team. Executive Director James Applegate sent an email to the presidents, obtained by the Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers, saying the schools should be prepared for possible funding cuts of up to 30 percent over the next 18 months. He described it as “bad budget news.” “They have asked us to prepare a budget recommendation for (fiscal year 2016) involving a 20 percent reduction. We may also be asked to create spending reserves of 5 percent or 10 percent out of our existing budget for the remainder of (fiscal year 2015),” Applegate wrote. Rauner spokesman Mike Schrimpf told The Associated Press on Monday that the Republican’s transition team was not ordering budget cuts but seeking information on how a rollback of the state’s temporary income tax would affect state agencies. Schrimpf said the team met with officials from many agencies — not just the universities — as part of Rauner’s own budget preparing process. He said the agencies were asked to “be prepared to talk about” budgets without the extra spending “as a starting point.” “This was purely a fact-gathering process,” Schrimpf said. “This was not some kind of edict. ... They were not told that this would be their budget.” During the gubernatorial campaign, Rauner opposed a proposal by Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn to lock in a temporary 2011 income tax increase, which is scheduled to drop back from 5 percent to 3.75 percent on Jan. 1. Rauner is scheduled to deliver his own budget plans in February. In his email, Applegate noted that “it is a long way until February and we are hopeful that the ultimate results will be less dire.” University administrators said the request to prepare for bad news wasn’t a surprise. “We knew something like this was coming,” Southern Illinois University President Randy Dunn said. “We’ve spent some time trying to get our ducks in a row.” Dunn said 20 percent in cuts would total $40.2 million across SIU’s campuses. Illinois State University spokesman Jay Groves said possible cuts could affect scholarships for low-income students, deferred maintenance and the university’s ability to attract students. Eastern Illinois University President William Perry said he wants more information before saying what the reductions could mean. “It is still early in the budget process, which involves many constituencies. I do not wish to comment on budget impacts until we are further along in the process, and when tax issues are resolved,” Perry said. Schrimpf said Rauner “is taking seriously his duty to responsibly manage the broken budget he will inherit and is also beginning preparations for next fiscal year.”

     
  • Chicago mayor’s race takes form on last filing day Nov 24, 2014 7:12 PM
    The race to challenge Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel crystallized Monday as a businessman, alderman and county commissioner were among the last candidates to file petitions before the deadline, setting up a lower-profile 2015 competition than once expected.

     
  • Wheaton mayor to run unopposed; 4 file for council seats Nov 24, 2014 6:15 PM
    Wheaton Mayor Michael Gresk will run unopposed in the spring election, but the race for the city council’s at-large seats is a little more crowded. City Clerk Sharon Barrett-Hagen said four candidates will appear on the ballot for the two seats, which are both for 4-year terms. They include: Tony Lyons, incumbent John Prendiville, Ronald Almiron and Suzanne Fitch.

     
  • Five seek 3 North Aurora village seats Nov 24, 2014 5:48 PM
    No primary will be needed in North Aurora, as only five people are running for the three seats on the village board.

     
  • Aurora to hold primary for 5th Ward seat Nov 25, 2014 12:53 AM
    It appears Aurora must hold a primary election Feb. 24 to narrow the field for its 5th Ward aldermanic seat from five candidates to four in advance of the April general election. The city council filing period ended Monday with five candidates submitting nominating petitions to replace 5th Ward Alderman John “Whitey” Peters, who is not seeking re-election. The 5th Ward hopefuls are Deena Bess Sherman, Suely Ann Cabral, Steve Solarz, Carl Franco and Kevin Mathews.

     
  • Naperville mayor’s race likely starting with February primary Nov 24, 2014 6:16 PM
    The race to replace George Pradel as mayor of Naperville looks like it will begin Feb. 24 with a primary to knock one of five candidates off the ballot. The mayor’s race already had four candidates — the maximum that can appear on the general election ballot April 7 — after the first day of filing Nov. 17. So when Matthew J. Dubiel filed Monday afternoon, the contest hit the magic number to trigger a primary. Assuming all five candidates remain on the ballot, the race for mayor will feature Dubiel, city council members Steve Chirico and Doug Krause, dental office manager James Haselhorst and retired firefighter and Exchange Club official Marty Walker.

     
  • Elgin mayor draws challenger, 11 file for city council Nov 24, 2014 8:34 PM
    Elgin Mayor David Kaptain is facing a challenge from resident Joseph Galvan in the April election, in which 11 city council hopefuls also are vying for four open seats. Incumbents John Steffen, Tish Powell, Rose Martinez and Toby Shaw, along with challengers Kyle Scifert, Julie Schmidt, Jason Dusenberry, Fred Moulton, Mohammad “Mo” Iqbal, Jaime Hjelm and Andrew Cuming, filed nominating petitions for council city council seats.

     
  • Schwantz taps nominee for temporary Palatine council vacancy Nov 25, 2014 1:38 PM
    Palatine Mayor Jim Schwantz said Monday he plans to nominate Matt Trembley to fill the District 3 village council vacancy left by the resignation of Jim Clegg last week. The council will vote on Schwantz’s nominee at the Dec. 1 meeting.

     
  • Larson uncontested for 8th term as Schaumburg mayor Nov 25, 2014 1:38 PM
    With no opponent having materialized Monday, Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson effectively won his eighth consecutive term in his current office. But it will still take until Election Day, April 7, for him to know the exact makeup of his village board.

     
  • Downstate Congressman blames loss on Quinn, Obama Nov 22, 2014 8:51 AM
    U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart says he hasn’t decided if he will seek public office again after losing his southwest Illinois seat in the November election. Enyart said Republicans didn’t run against him, but against President Obama and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn.

     
  • Obama broadens mission in Afghanistan Nov 22, 2014 5:30 PM
    The decision to expand the military’s authority does not impact the overall number of U.S. troops staying in Afghanistan. Earlier this year, Obama ordered the U.S. force presence to be reduced to 9,800 by the end of this year, a figure expected to be cut by half by the end of 2015.

     
  • Rauner tackles full transition agenda Nov 22, 2014 12:00 PM
    From dealing with a rush of jobseekers to a leaky roof and hard feelings among opponents he now needs, Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has been busily preparing to take over Illinois. His plans include staging a “big party” to celebrate “our great state” at his inauguration, even as he struggles to get a handle on the state’s “horrible” budget situation.

     
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