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  • 10th Dems internship: Aug 21, 2014 1:01 AM
    The Illinois Tenth Congressional District Democrats grassroots political organization is accepting applications for its Fall 2014 Internship Program.

  • Simon calls for increased efficiency by comptroller Aug 21, 2014 5:30 AM
    Sheila Simon, Democratic candidate for comptroller and current lieutenant governor, tells the Daily Herald editorial board she'd end a consumer affairs office that duplicates services available in other state offices but would not necessarily merge the comptroller and treasurer as opponent Judy Baar Topinka suggests.

  • 10th Dems internship: Aug 21, 2014 4:20 PM
    The Illinois Tenth Congressional District Democrats grass-roots political organization is accepting applications for its Fall 2014 Internship Program.

  • Term-limit backers seek state Supreme Court ruling Aug 21, 2014 5:08 PM
    Republican Bruce Rauner and other supporters of political term limits asked the Illinois Supreme Court Thursday to jump into the debate about whether the question can go to voters this fall, just a day before the deadline for approving the November ballot.

  • Romney and Ryan reunite in Chicago appearance Aug 21, 2014 6:46 PM
    Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, have reunited in Chicago in their first joint public appearance since their unsuccessful White House bid two years ago.

  • IDOT cuts positions amid hiring scandal Aug 21, 2014 6:48 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration, stung by a federal lawsuit alleging illegal hiring amid a tough re-election campaign, announced Thursday it will eliminate 58 transportation agency jobs at the center of the dispute.

  • Could online voter registration affect election outcome? Aug 21, 2014 6:58 PM
    Illinoisans could start registering to vote online for the first time in June, and the daily tally of applications has started to grow.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Concussion classes now required for high school coaches Aug 21, 2014 8:26 AM
    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.

  • 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.

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