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  • Jack Roeser, founder of Otto Engineering in Carpentersville, encouraged Tea Party members to run for GOP precinct committeemen spots in an effort to take over the party from the inside Tuesday night in St. Charles.

    Illinois Tea Party members call for GOP mutinyApr 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    A gathering of about 250 people plotted a GOP mutiny in St. Charles. The annual gathering served as a more of a rally to encourage Tea Party adherents to fill as many local Republican precinct committeemen slots as possible. “You want to know what you can do?” Jim Oberweis told the crowd. “Take over the Illinois Republican Party.”

     
  • Gambling proponent doesn’t have a favored planApr 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Democrat pushing for more gambling in Illinois says he’s not yet picked whether to push forward with a plan just for a Chicago casino or one that also would include slots at Arlington International Racecourse and a casino in Lake County. State Rep. Bob Rita, a Blue Island Democrat, met with the Daily Herald editorial board Tuesday in advance of today’s scheduled daylong House committee hearing in Chicago on both plans.

     
  • Del Mar, Cleveland will battle for Cook GOP postApr 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Cook County Republican Party Chairman Aaron Del Mar faces a challenge for the post from Chicago GOP vice chairman Chris Cleveland when the GOP meets Wednesday to pick its leader in Illinois’ biggest county.

     
  • State House orders new audit of anti-violence fundsApr 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Illinois lawmakers are seeking a new audit of anti-violence spending under Gov. Pat Quinn after a review in February found “pervasive” mismanagement in an earlier program.

     
  • Illinois is one of only six states in the country to ban teens from using equipment that emits ultraviolet radiation, including sun lamps and tanning booths.

    Tanning salons adjust to new Illinois lawApr 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Illinois tanning salon owners have adapted to a law banning customers under 18 from tanning beds since the new policy was implemented about four months ago. Prom season is often a busy time for the salons, but some young clients have been disappointed they can’t use the tanning beds.

     
  • State Sen. Dan Kotowski says the Illinois State Rifle Association is wrong to call an upcoming town hall meeting a “gun control recruitment meeting.”

    Kotowski: Rifle association not truthful about upcoming meetingApr 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Illinois State Rifle Association is urging members to flood what it calls a gun control recruitment meeting Thursday being held in Roselle by Democratic state Sen. Dan Kotowski. Kotowski's flier for the meeting, though, says nothing about guns and he calls the group "reckless."

     
  • With the White House asserting that Russia is stoking instability in eastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama is once again faced with the complicated reality of following through on his tough warnings against overseas provocations.

    Russia tests Obama’s ability to stop its advancesApr 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    With the White House asserting that Russia is stoking instability in eastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama is once again faced with the complicated reality of following through on his tough warnings against overseas provocations. Obama has vowed repeatedly to enact biting sanctions against Russia if the Kremlin tries to replicate its actions in Crimea elsewhere. Despite those warnings, Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to be testing Obama’s limits.

     
  • Bob Rita

    Chicago-only casino option to face oppositionApr 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    The regionally divisive concept of expanding gambling only in Chicago is expected to be a central issue in hearings Wednesday as an Illinois lawmaker works to ready a gambling package for a vote this spring.

     
  • Bill Fleischli, vice president of the Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association, explains his group’s opposition to raising the state fuel tax on Monday in Springfield.

    Gas station owners oppose fuel tax hikeApr 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Increasing fuel taxes to pay for Illinois road construction will hurt businesses — and hit consumers at the pump, gas station owners said Monday. A transportation advocacy group wants to hike the motor fuel tax by 4 cents a gallon as a way to fund a new statewide road-building program that would replace a $31 billion, five-year program expiring this year.

     
  • A copy of the Obamas’ federal tax form for the 2013 tax year.

    Obamas pay $98,169 in taxes on income of $481,098Apr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama paid $98,169 in taxes on $481,098 income last year, according to tax returns the White House released Friday. They paid an effective federal income tax rate of 20.4 percent.

     
  • President Barack Obama speaks at the LBJ Presidential Library, Thursday, April 10, 2014, in Austin, Texas, during the Civil Rights Summit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act.

    Obama to focus civil rights message on votingApr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    A day after hailing the Civil Rights Act as a lasting legacy of Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency, President Barack Obama is using another civil rights forum to issue an election-year warning against erosion of the Voting Rights Act, the landmark 1965 law that helped pave Obama’s path in politics. On Friday, Obama was to address Al Sharpton’s National Action Network conference in New York where, the White House says, the president will take issue with Republican measures in some states that make it more difficult for Americans to vote.

     
  • Carter, Dole wives to aid White House troop effortApr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are offering relief to millions of people who care for wounded service members and veterans. At the White House on Friday, the first lady and the wife of Vice President Joe Biden are announcing new steps by private and public sector organizations to help ease the heavy burden on what many say is a vital but largely invisible workforce. They are being joined by former first lady Rosalynn Carter and former Sen. Elizabeth Dole.

     
  • Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton ducks as an object is thrown onstage during an address to members of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries during their annual convention at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Thursday, April 10, 2014, in Las Vegas.

    Shoe thrown at Hillary Clinton during speechApr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Hillary Rodham Clinton ducked a thrown shoe, expressed surprise, cracked a couple of jokes that drew applause and continued her keynote speech on stage in front of a Las Vegas convention audience. Moments later, still in the stage spotlight, the former secretary of state reflected calmly on what she called “an atmosphere and attitude in politics” that she said rewards inflexibility and extremism. “That is not the way democracy works,” Clinton said.

     
  • ‘Conversion therapy’ ban defeated in HouseApr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Illinois lawmakers voted down a bill banning so-called conversion therapy aimed at changing the sexual orientation of gay youth. The measure sponsored by Chicago Democratic Rep. Kelly Cassidy was defeated Thursday in the Illinois House on a 44-51 vote, although 22 members did not vote.

     
  • Fed up with traditional taxis, city dwellers are using mobile apps, such as Lyft, Uber and Sidecar, that allow riders and drivers to find each other.

    Illinois House OKs ridesharing regulationsApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Illinois lawmakers took steps Thursday toward creating rules for unregulated ridesharing companies, which have gained popularity in Chicago the past few years. The companies — such as Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar — use smartphone apps to connect passengers with willing drivers.

     
  • Ex-health department aide pleads guilty to fraudApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    A former top aide at the Illinois Department of Public Health pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to bribery and taking kickbacks in connection with $13 million in state grants and contracts and to obstructing a grand jury investigation.

     
  • State Sen. Jim Oberweis, a Sugar Grove Republican, wants to raise the minimum wage for people over 26.

    Oberweis proposes limited minimum wage hikeApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis wants to gradually raise the Illinois minimum wage to $10 an hour for workers 26 and older. The Sugar Grove Republican's proposal in the state Senate would boost the minimum wage for most workers from $8.25 an hour to $9 on Jan. 1, 2015. It would jump again on the first day of 2016 to $9.50 and finally to $10 on Jan. 1, 2017.

     
  • State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, an Aurora Democrat, apologized for saying Illinois House Republicans have “a half” minority among them.

    Chapa LaVia apologizes over racial commentsApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, an Aurora Democrat, apologized on the Illinois House floor today for comments she made Wednesday saying Republicans have “a half” minority among them in the chamber.

     
  • A supporter of gay rights wears a shirt bearing the likeness of two robots carrying a rainbow flag at a protest outside the Federal Courthouse in downtown Denver on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.

    Gay marriage’s win streak tested in appeals courtApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    With its recent string of high-profile victories in federal court, the gay marriage movement is hoping to build momentum to help it attain its long-held goal: a Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. But first it must convince federal appellate courts of the merits of the case.

     
  • Julie Morrison

    Democrat’s boat safety plans advanceApr 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    BoatSafety...6-8 inches. Julie Morrison gets her handful of Tony Borcia-related boat safety bills through the Senate.

     
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