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  • New guidelines could help many pregnant workers Jul 16, 2014 7:49 AM
    New federal guidelines on job discrimination against pregnant workers could have a big impact on the workplace and in the courtroom. The expanded rules adopted by the bipartisan Equal Employment Opportunity Commission make clear that any form of workplace discrimination or harassment against pregnant workers by employers is a form of sex discrimination — and illegal.

  • Save Buffalo Grove forms PAC Jul 16, 2014 4:07 PM
    Save Buffalo Grove, a citizen group that formed to oppose a proposal to build a 65-acre “downtown” project in the village, has formed the Save Buffalo Grove Political Action Committee, allowing the group to raise funds and engage in political activities. “We can do more to educate the entire community regarding the implications of the downtown development and how sad it will be to lose this land to another commercial development. I think that being a PAC will give us more clout,” said Marilyn Weisberg, the group’s communications director.

  • Quinn signs law barring double dipping on transit boards Jul 16, 2014 5:52 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn Wednesday signed a law barring CTA board members from holding other government work and further clarifying that other transit board members can’t, either.

  • Republicans have some catching up to do in suburban races, monetarily speaking Jul 15, 2014 5:15 PM
    Incumbent Democrats in the suburbs’ three biggest races for Congress are heading toward November with sometimes sizable cash advantages Republicans challengers will have to try to overcome, reports filed Tuesday show.

  • Quinn, Rauner campaigns trade barbs Jul 14, 2014 8:42 PM
    The candidates for Illinois governor hammered each other on Monday, with Republican Bruce Rauner saying that Gov. Pat Quinn hasn’t delivered for African-Americans and the Quinn campaign suggesting Rauner profited from a business that provided substandard care to the developmentally disabled.

  • Treasurer’s interns had political connections Jul 12, 2014 4:39 PM
    Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s office has offered paid internships to multiple young people with connections to influential politicians, campaign donors and lobbyists, according to a published report.

  • New law to help students with dyslexia Jul 12, 2014 4:46 PM
    A new Illinois law aims to help dyslexic students by training educators on how to better identify and teach young people with the learning disability. The measure signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn on Saturday entitles dyslexic students to special education services.

  • GOP keeps House edge in Democratic-leaning states Jul 12, 2014 5:04 PM
    Several other states have sent more Republicans to Congress than their presidential voting patterns would suggest. Obama carried Ohio twice, but Republicans control its U.S. House delegation 12-4. Pennsylvania hasn’t backed a GOP presidential nominee since 1988, but it has 13 House Republicans and five Democrats.

  • The Soapbox Jul 12, 2014 5:01 AM
    Daily Herald editors write about several topics of the week, including improvements to a special trail, ugly campaigning and a story that just won't quit.

  • Roskam: Federal money could push Kerr-McGee cleanup forward Jul 11, 2014 6:07 PM
    The U.S. House has approved money to push forward on the decades-long pollution cleanup at the site of the former Kerr-McGee factory in West Chicago, but the project could stall if the federal government doesn’t follow through.

  • Lawmakers seek lower price for bill on vets’ care Jul 11, 2014 7:30 PM
    More troubling for lawmakers are long-term costs. As currently designed, the legislation would relieve a big backlog of veterans awaiting appointments by letting them seek care outside the VA system, but that the expansion would expire after two years. Fiscal conservatives worried about swelling deficits fear lawmakers will yield to inevitable pressure from veterans to keep it.

  • U.S. given heads up about newspaper data destruction Jul 11, 2014 10:02 AM
    The Obama administration knew in advance that the British government would oversee destruction of a newspaper’s hard drives containing leaked National Security Agency documents last year, newly declassified documents show. The White House had said it would be nearly unimaginable for the U.S. government to do the same to an American news organization.

  • Quinn and Rauner both just say no to legalized pot Jul 11, 2014 5:10 AM
    Could Illinois' two candidates for governor be tempted to follow Washington and Colorado and back legalized retail sales of marijuana -- and the tax money that could come with it? Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican opponent Bruce Rauner find some common ground on the issue. Both, as the saying goes, just say no.

  • Fall elections loom over governors’ meeting Jul 11, 2014 9:46 AM
    Partisan divisions over immigration, education and health care are intensifying as dozens of the nation’s governors meet just months before elections thick with presidential implications. The three-day gathering of the National Governors Association represents the group’s final meeting before many state leaders face voters in an election season that will decide the balance of power in statehouses from Nevada to New Hampshire and could end some presidential campaigns before they begin.

  • Kirk demands background checks on immigrant kids Jul 11, 2014 4:09 PM
    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is demanding criminal background checks on the unaccompanied children that have crossed the U.S. border with Mexico. According to Kirk, 429 unaccompanied minors are living in Chicago. U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez on Friday called Kirk’s comments “shameful.”

  • Moylan, Crespo giving up extra pay Jul 11, 2014 4:14 PM
    Some Illinois lawmakers are taking matters into their own hands after the legislature moved for the first time in years not to take furlough days to save taxpayer dollars. Democratic state Reps. Fred Crespo, Marty Moylan and Republican Rep. Don Moffitt are among those who plan to donate to charity the minimum $3,100 in additional money they’ll see in their paychecks this year.

  • Former Marine named Illinois veterans director Jul 11, 2014 4:23 PM
    A U.S. Marine veteran who served three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan has been named acting director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Rodrigo Garcia has served as assistant director since 2011.

  • Rauner, Quinn trade accusations on transparency Jul 11, 2014 5:15 PM
    Allegations of concealing information and impeding transparency bubbled up in the Illinois governor’s race Friday as Republican Bruce Rauner accused Gov. Pat Quinn of hiding while federal officials investigate a 2010 anti-violence program and the Chicago Democrat’s campaign questioned Rauner’s financial dealings.

  • DuPage panel keeps two Democrats on the ballot, removes a third Jul 11, 2014 12:44 AM
    The name of state representative hopeful Marian Tomlinson shouldn’t appear on the November ballot because the DuPage Democratic Party failed to comply with the state election code when it slated her, a county electoral board has ruled. But the panel also concluded on Thursday night that Democratic leaders followed the rules when they appointed Robert Peickert to run for DuPage County Board chairman and Roland “Rolly” Waller to run for a county board seat.

  • Faster deportations? A possible border crisis deal Jul 10, 2014 8:48 PM
    Outlines of a possible compromise that would more quickly deport minors arriving from Central America emerged Thursday as part of President Barack Obama’s $3.7 billion emergency request to address the immigration crisis on the nation’s southern border. Republicans demanded speedier deportations, which the White House initially had supported but left out of its proposal after complaints from immigrant advocates and some Democrats. On Thursday, the top House and Senate Democrats pointedly left the door open to them.

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