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  • House GOP sues administration over health care law Nov 21, 2014 2:03 PM
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi criticized Republicans for spending taxpayer money to use a private attorney to bring a “meritless” case. “This lawsuit is a bald-faced attempt to achieve what Republicans have been unable to achieve through the political process. The legislative branch cannot sue simply because they disagree with the way a law passed by a different Congress has been implemented,” said Pelosi, D-Calif.

     
  • Obama visits Chicago Tuesday to discuss immigration plan Nov 21, 2014 2:19 PM
    The White House announced today that President Obama will travel to Chicago Tuesday “to meet with members of the community and discuss the executive actions he is taking to fix our broken immigration system.” The announcement said that following his Chicago visit Obama ”will return to Washington, D.C. Further details about the President's travel to Illinois will be made available in the coming days.”

     
  • State to refund retiree health care money Nov 21, 2014 5:27 PM
    The state will refund money to about 75,000 state retirees who’ve been paying a portion of their pensions for health insurance over the last year and a half. Judge Steven Nardulli on Friday scheduled a Dec. 18 hearing to establish how to distribute more than $60 million to the retirees. Attorneys estimate the money will be returned by spring.

     
  • Rolling Meadows courthouse engineer a friend to all Nov 21, 2014 8:21 PM
    James Patrick Sheehan was a fixture around the Third Municipal District Courthouse in Rolling Meadows, who helped with everything from aiding visitors in finding their way inside the building, to managing the physical plant. Sheehan, chief engineer of the courthouse since its construction, a former Democratic committeeman in Palatine Township and a member of the Democratic State Central Committee, died Tuesday at age 73. “Jim was a pillar of the Palatine, Hoffman Estates and Rolling Meadows area, and throughout the Northwest suburban area,” said Cary Collins, a former Hoffman Estates trustee.

     
  • House intelligence panel debunks many Benghazi theories Nov 21, 2014 5:06 PM
    In the aftermath of the attacks, Republicans criticized the Obama administration and its then-secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is expected to run for president in 2016. People in and out of government have alleged that a CIA response team was ordered to “stand down” after the State Department compound came under attack, that a military rescue was nixed, that officials intentionally downplayed the role of al-Qaida figures in the attack, and that Stevens and the CIA were involved in a secret operation to spirit weapons out of Libya and into the hands of Syrian rebels. None of that is true, according to the House Intelligence Committee report.

     
  • Rauner: State finances are 'stunningly bad' Nov 21, 2014 9:22 AM
    Republican Bruce Rauner today tried to set the stage for the challenges he now faces when he's sworn in as governor in January. “The financial condition of the state of Illinois is stunningly bad,” Rauner said, speaking to reporters at the Capitol in Springfield. The Winnetka Republican started his transition into the job two weeks ago after being elected Nov. 4.

     
  • ‘I screwed up and have no defense,’ Cunningham says Nov 21, 2014 6:08 AM
    Kane County Clerk Jack Cunningham pleaded guilty Thursday to violating the county's ethics ordinance when he conducted campaign business via his county email. "I screwed up," he told reporters after his hearing.

     
  • Illinois Senate: Make tollway speed limit 70 mph Nov 20, 2014 11:25 AM
    The Illinois Senate sped forward to override Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of legislation that could raise speed limits on tollways to 70 mph. The proposal, from state Sen. Jim Oberweis, a Sugar Grove Republican, follows a new law from last year that raised the speed limits on downstate interstates.

     
  • Editorial: Sinister signals: Lawmakers show their loyalties with vote on union staffing bill Nov 20, 2014 5:43 PM
    Illinois lawmakers insulted local municipal leaders and property taxpayers with their vote on a union-backed proposal over firefighter staffing rules, a Daily Herald editorial says.

     
  • Editorial: Senators, it’s up to you to protect FOIA Nov 20, 2014 1:01 AM
    The House has taken the first step, so now it's up to the Senate to avoide a hurtful mistake softening the state's FOIA laws, a Daily Herald editorial says.

     
  • Orr: Reports of voters casting 2 ballots unfounded Nov 20, 2014 8:58 AM
    Cook County Clerk David Orr says Republican claims of inappropriate voting in the Nov. 4 election are unfounded. Orr told The Associated Press his office examined claims by representatives of Tom Cross’s campaign for state treasurer that 235 voters may have cast more than one ballot. He says none did.

     
  • Illinois Supreme Court green lights red-light cameras Nov 20, 2014 9:58 AM
    The Illinois Supreme Court dismissed a challenge to the state law that allows for red-light cameras, allowing the eyes in the sky to remain. A case before the high court focused on a challenge to the ordinance allowing the cameras in Chicago. But attorneys also argued the state law that allows for the cameras in the suburbs was unconstitutional.

     
  • Franks: Wait on Lincoln Library decision Nov 20, 2014 4:23 PM
    Democratic state Rep. Jack Franks, chairman of the State Government Administration Committee, says lawmakers should wait for an outside study before considering plans to separate the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum from a state agency.

     
  • U.S. Rep. Duckworth delivers healthy daughter Nov 20, 2014 1:27 PM
    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth has delivered a healthy daughter, her staff says. “My husband Bryan and I are thrilled to announce that we are the proud parents of a baby girl. Abigail O’kalani Bowlsbey was born on November 18,” she said in a statement. “Bryan and I were deeply honored that Senator Akaka acted as Hawaiian elder and selected her middle name.

     
  • Judge to rule Friday on Illinois pension law Nov 20, 2014 6:23 PM
    A judge said he will rule Friday on the constitutionality of the landmark Illinois pension patch after hearing arguments about whether the state can use the crisis of a $100 billion retirement-fund debt to cut benefits to retirees.

     
  • Local leaders react to Obama’s immigration plan Nov 20, 2014 9:22 PM
    Elected leaders representing the suburbs and state reacted to President Obama's speech Thursday that spares roughly 5 million people in the United States illegally from deportation. Obama's executive order protects those who have been in the country illegally for more than five years and have had children here who are U.S. citizens. Congressional Democrats hailed the president's directive, but Republicans have insisted Obama is overstepping his authority.

     
  • Quinn gets controversial firefighter staffing plan Nov 20, 2014 6:41 PM
    Legislation largely decried by suburban mayors is heading to Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk after lawmakers voted Thursday to require firefighter staffing to be a part of bargaining talks. Quinn’s staff said the governor will review it.

     
  • Palatine councilman resigns, plans to move out of village Nov 19, 2014 5:59 PM
    Jim Clegg, who’s served on the Palatine village council since January 2010, resigned his District 3 seat this week because he is moving out of town. “It’s been my goal to meet the needs of the constituents in the village and I tried to do that,” said Clegg, who’s lived in Palatine for more than 32 years.

     
  • Senate panel: Mayor, firefighters should bargain over staffing Nov 19, 2014 6:37 PM
    Firefighters won a round in their clash with mayors over whether the two sides should bargain over staffing levels. An Illinois Senate committee approved the requirement today and sent it to the full Senate. Mayors say it'll raises costs to taxpayers.

     
  • Frerichs wins Illinois treasurer race Nov 19, 2014 6:35 PM
    Republican Tom Cross of Oswego today conceded the historically close race for Illinois treasurer to Democrat Mike Frerichs of Champaign, ending speculation that there would be a recount.

     
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