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  • Antioch Fire Department invites residents to ‘Coffee at the Firehouse’ to meet, discuss issues Jan 30, 2015 1:52 PM
    Antioch Fire Department officials are inviting community members to join them at their kitchen table each week to get to know each another. Deputy Chief Chris Lienhardt said the aim of the new “Coffee at the Firehouse,” which begins Saturday, Jan. 31, is allowing residents and firefighters to meet and exchange ideas.

     
  • Riopell: Lieutenant governor from Wheaton there to help Rauner Jan 30, 2015 5:27 AM
    “I made it very clear that I wanted to work alongside him. I see the lieutenant governor’s role as kind of an understudy,” new Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti said. “I should be able to hit the ground running and lead the state. And how could I do that unless I’m working alongside Bruce Rauner.”

     
  • COD board candidates largely oppose buyout package for Breuder Jan 30, 2015 5:35 AM
    Candidates for the College of DuPage board of trustees are nearly unanimous in their opposition to the existing board's controversial decision to approve a $762,000 buyout package for the president of the Glen Ellyn school. One incumbent defends the amount. Here are their responses one by one.

     
  • Lawmakers: Don’t use state money for severance deals like Breuder’s Jan 30, 2015 4:17 PM
    Suburban Republicans are getting ready to unveil measures they say could prevent big buyouts like the $762,868 severance package the College of DuPage board gave President Robert Breuder. For starters, they don't want state money used in such deals.

     
  • Wauconda trustee candidate calls vaccines dangerous Jan 30, 2015 4:18 PM
    With a measles outbreak in the western U.S. prompting a renewed public debate about vaccinations, a Wauconda trustee candidate is raising concerns about inoculations and the material they contain. During a group interview at the Daily Herald's Libertyville office, candidate Jason Anderson voiced religious and medical objections to vaccines. "There's aborted fetuses in vaccines," Anderson said. Health experts have contested that allegation for years. So has the Catholic Church.

     
  • Rauner picks DuPage official to lead disaster prep agency Jan 30, 2015 7:59 PM
    A DuPage County emergency management leader soon could be in charge of preparing Illinois for floods, tornadoes, earthquakes and other disasters. Gov. Bruce Rauner Friday appointed James Joseph of Carol Stream to lead the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

     
  • Low-income parents face day care crisis as funding runs out Jan 30, 2015 6:26 PM
    A state program that helps low-income parents pay for day care will run out of money on Monday. A Des Plaines child care provider says she'll have to charge more and many families will be forced to drop out -- a situation mirrored across the suburbs and state. “This is a domino effect,” the provider said. “Parents won’t have child care because they can’t afford it, and then they’ll be out of a job."

     
  • Gurnee village board trustee candidates address financial incentives for business, property tax Jan 30, 2015 5:31 PM
    Financial incentives as a tool to attract business and the practice of not levying a local property tax are among the issues addressed by Gurnee village board candidates. Voters will select from five candidates for three Gurnee trustee seats in the April 7 election.

     
  • Kane clerk on sprint to Feb. 24 primary, early voting begins Monday Jan 30, 2015 5:36 PM
    A judge's order that a Feb. 24 primary election be held for Campton Hills village trustee and clerk has the Kane County Clerk scrambling to hold an election in less than a month. Early voting will begin Monday at two locations and Cunningham's staff is working on the ballot right now. In the primary, two write-in candidates are trying to get enough votes so they will be on the April 7 ballot.

     
  • Wauconda candidate accuses trustee of being behind local critics Jan 29, 2015 5:30 AM
    One of the challengers seeking a seat on Wauconda’s village board on Wednesday accused Trustee Linda Starkey of orchestrating local political unrest — an allegation Starkey vehemently denied.

     
  • Naperville City Council candidate suspends campaign Jan 29, 2015 4:18 PM
    One of the 20 candidates pursuing eight city council spots in Naperville says he’s suspending his campaign because of a possible conflict of interest if he wins a seat in the April 7 election. Jim Bergeron said Thursday his name likely will remain on the ballot, but he does not intend to attend any forums or fundraisers in the immediate future.

     
  • Ye Olde Town Inn dispute mishandled, some candidates say Jan 29, 2015 1:21 PM
    The 2014 settlement of a six-year legal battle between Mount Prospect and Tod Curtis has become a key talking point in the 2015 race for the village board. Some challengers are accusing the village of mishandling the litigation and being too secretive about the $6.5 million settlement with Curtis, the owner of Ye Olde Town Inn. The incumbent trustees, however, say approval of the settlement was in the best interest of Mount Prospect taxpayers.

     
  • Elburn candidates say better communication needed Jan 29, 2015 10:08 PM
    A challenger and an incumbent in the Elburn village board race say village officials need to do a better job communicating with residents about village matters.

     
  • Judge orders Feb. 24 primary for trustees, clerk Jan 29, 2015 6:34 PM
    A judge Thursday ordered a Feb. 24 primary election for Campton Hills trustees and clerk. Unlike other primary elections, where candidates are eliminated, this one will determine if two write-in candidates are added to the April 7 general ballot if they receive a certain number of votes. 

     
  • Lawmakers: COD should pay consequences for Breuder buyout Jan 29, 2015 9:56 PM
    State lawmakers of both parties have started to pile on as critics of COD President Robert Breuder's $762,868 severance package. Some want the college audited, and others want state money taken away. “The board had a chance to correct this decision. Now I join with Rep. Jeanne Ives in calling for an audit,” Rep. Steve Andersson, a Geneva Republican, posted online Thursday.

     
  • Hoffman Estates candidates debate Sears’ future in the village Jan 30, 2015 8:25 PM
    Though Hoffman Estates has worked hard in recent years to keep Sears Holdings Corp.’s headquarters in the village, candidates for village trustee differ greatly in their forecast of the company’s long-term presence. Former trustee Cary Collins, who is challenging incumbents Anna Newell, Gary Pilafas and Gary Stanton for one of three village board seats, says the village should be making plans for life without the retailer.

     
  • Should hotel remain a priroty for Fox Lake? Candidates can’t agree Jan 28, 2015 5:09 PM
    Numerous village administrations have tried for years without success to bring a hotel to the vacant Sayles property on Route 12 in Fox Lake. A candidate for village board says that’s because town leaders have approached the issue the wrong way.

     
  • Proposal would bar more sex offenders from carnivals Jan 28, 2015 8:19 PM
    A suburban state lawmaker wants state law to be more aggressive in keeping sex offenders from working at carnivals and fairs. The new legislation, introduced by Rep. Marty Moylan, a Des Plaines Democrat, would bar registered sex offenders from working at carnivals and fairs in any capacity.

     
  • All Lombard village board races now uncontested Jan 28, 2015 8:36 PM
    Two candidates have dropped out of the running for Lombard village board, resulting in uncontested races for all three district seats that are up for grabs.

     
  • Naperville mayor candidate Krause suggests finding new city manager Jan 27, 2015 5:35 PM
    Naperville could be in store for a new city manager if one candidate for mayor -- Doug Krause -- wins the race. Krause, who has worked with four city managers during his 26 years on the council, says it could be time to look into hiring a new top administrator to replace Doug Krieger. “Personally, I think we should review the possibility of having a new city manager to address the new current issues that are coming up," Krause said.

     
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