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  • Dueling TV ads hit the air for Dold, Schneider Sep 4, 2014 5:30 AM
    Dueling TV ads have hit the air in the suburbs' highest-profile battle for Congress as U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider tries to outline his Democratic Party credentials with voters and Republican Bob Dold tries to strike a more middle-of-the-road tone.

     
  • Number of child immigrants at border declining Sep 3, 2014 11:07 AM
    The number of immigrant children caught alone illegally crossing the Mexican border into the United States is continuing to drop.

     
  • GOP Family Picnic at Busse Woods Sept. 14 Sep 3, 2014 1:25 PM
    The 34th annual Northwest Suburban Republican Family Picnic will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, at Busse Woods Forest Preserve — Grove 27 near Elk Grove Village. Tickets are $10 per family, which includes hamburgers, brats, hot dogs, grilled corn, soda, water and beer. There also will be a police K9 show, a farm petting zoo, face painting, games and an inflatable bounce house for kids.

     
  • Lake County clerk candidates tout their experience Sep 3, 2014 10:28 PM
    The two women running for Lake County clerk have vastly different professional backgrounds — and each says her resume makes her better suited for the job.

     
  • Lake County treasurer candidates envision changes Sep 3, 2014 5:30 AM
    With the retirement of Robert Skidmore, the Lake County treasure's post for the first time since 1998 will be open. Buffalo Grove Republican David Stolman, a Lake County Board member for 22 years including two years as chairman. He faces Democrat Glenn Ryback, a Wadsworth village board member since 1993 who is serving his second term as village president.

     
  • Slain U.S. journalist was also an Israeli citizen Sep 3, 2014 6:20 PM
    Israel confirmed on Wednesday that slain American journalist Steven Sotloff was also an Israeli citizen, while President Barack Obama vowed to build a coalition to “degrade and destroy” the extremist group that carried out the videotaped beheading.

     
  • Obama calls Ukraine ‘a moment of testing’ for West Sep 3, 2014 7:48 PM
    President Barack Obama on Wednesday harshly condemned Russian aggression in Ukraine as a threat to peace in Europe and pledged that NATO will protect allies who fear they will be Moscow’s next target. Standing on Russia’s doorstep, Obama declared “this is a moment of testing” for the Western alliance to stand up to the Kremlin.

     
  • Russia’s gains cloud Obama’s assurances to Baltics Sep 2, 2014 2:13 PM
    For the second time this year, President Barack Obama will travel to Russia’s backyard to assure nervous nations of his ironclad commitment to their security. But his objectives will be clouded by the West’s inability to halt the Russian aggression in Ukraine that has stoked fears in other former Soviet republics.

     
  • Palatine Township Republicans hold pig roast fundraiser Sept. 7 Sep 2, 2014 6:43 PM
    The Palatine Township Republican Organization (PTRO) is holding its annual pig roast fundraiser from noon to 6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 7, at Plum Grove Reservoir in Palatine. Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner and/or his running mate, Evelyn Sanguinetti, as well as U.S., Rep. Peter Roskam, will be attending the event.

     
  • Pregnancy rare for member of Congress Sep 3, 2014 9:43 AM
    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s pregnancy is rare for a member of Congress as the Hoffman Estates Democrat is set to be the 10th sitting federal lawmaker in history to give birth.

     
  • Arlington Hts. denial of term limits not a pretty picture Sep 1, 2014 5:01 AM
    Letter to the editor: Stanley P. Szott of Arlington Heights isn't happy that the electoral board turned away the term limits petition from the November ballot.

     
  • Arlington Hts. board should put term limits to voters Sep 1, 2014 5:01 AM
    Letter to the editor: Frank J. Biga III of Arlington Heights urges the village board to devise their own term limits referendum and "let the citizens decide. This would go a long way toward redeeming the board’s stature with many of us," he writes.

     
  • Indiana gay marriage supporters push hard in 2014 Sep 1, 2014 3:58 PM
    Indiana voters who’d hoped to decide whether to place the state’s gay marriage ban in the constitution won’t find the issue on the November ballot. But same-sex marriage is still playing a role in many political races, giving Democrats hopes of gaining a critical foothold in the heavily Republican state.

     
  • Republican family picnic Sept. 14 in Busse Woods Sep 1, 2014 4:31 PM
    The Northwest Suburban Republican Family Picnic 2014 will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, in Busse Woods, Grove 27, in Elk Grove Village.

     
  • Beyond governor race, big stakes in Illinois vote Aug 31, 2014 7:30 AM
    Anyone in Illinois who’s turned on a television in recent weeks knows the race for governor is shaping up as a no-holds-barred, no-expenses-spared slugfest. While the contest between Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn and Republican businessman Bruce Rauner could be one of the hardest fought and closely watched races in the nation, there’s plenty more at stake up and down the Nov. 4 ballot. As the campaign heats up after Labor Day, here are five things to watch for as the election nears:

     
  • Kochs took genes, money in different directions Aug 31, 2014 6:52 AM
    They are an outsized force in modern American politics, the best-known brand of the big money era, yet still something of a mystery to those who cash their checks. Meet the Koch brothers. Perhaps the first thing you need to know is that there are four of them. They’re all fabulously wealthy, all donate lavishly to charity, all tall — Frederick is the shortest at 6-foot-2 — and all are prostate cancer survivors. Beyond that, there are plenty of differences.

     
  • Tax appeal seminar scheduled in Des Plaines Aug 31, 2014 4:35 PM
    Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak will hold a property tax assessment appeal seminar Monday, Sept. 15, at the Des Plaines Public Library.

     
  • GOP sees gains in Illinois voters tuning out Aug 31, 2014 6:39 AM
    DECATUR — The candidates for Illinois congressional seats heard all about it during visits with voters in August: Disgust with Washington. Dismay over accusations and negative advertising in Illinois’ state races. Lack of interest in the Nov. 4 election. While the complaints transcend party allegiances and demographic boundaries, Republicans are aiming to capitalize on the frustrations and predicted low voter turnout to take back a number of congressional districts across Illinois and help the GOP solidify its hold on the House just two years after losing most of the state’s competitive seats. Among the incumbents targeted as vulnerable are freshmen Democrats Brad Schneider, who represents the 10th Congressional District, Bill Enyart, who represents southern Illinois, and Cheri Bustos, who represents a swath of northwestern and central Illinois. Two of the races are rematches from 2012, when Schneider defeated first-term GOP Rep. Bob Dold and Bustos defeated first-term GOP Rep. Bobby Schilling. The Democratic victories two years ago were aided by turnout for President Barack Obama and a new congressional district map, drawn by Democrats in Springfield that heavily favors Democrats. They currently hold a 12-6 majority in the state’s congressional delegation, having reversed the Republicans earlier 11-8 advantage. Illinois lost one seat after the 2010 census. David Yepsen, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University, says the sour voter mood compounds the typical problems faced by the party in power during midterm elections. To many, Washington appears to be paralyzed by partisan conflicts while national and international crises have unfolded. “Some (voters) are just giving up on the political process, and I think that will help Republicans,” he said. “The party in power always has trouble in midterms, but this could be more pronounced.” Another possible factor is a Democrat at the top of the ticket, Gov. Pat Quinn. Quinn’s approval ratings are among the lowest of the nation’s governors and he has angered some traditional Democratic allies, such as union members, for supporting reduced state worker benefits to deal with the state pension crisis. “I think you’re going to see a lot of Democrats just staying home,” Yepsen said. “I think that starts to hurt other Democrats up and down the tickets.” Congressional candidates have encountered the general malaise as they make their campaign rounds. Congress “has lost sight of the average Americans’ needs and wants and concerns,” said Albert Weidlich, an 84-year-old retiree after a candidate forum in Decatur during Congress’ annual August recess. Katie Prill, a spokeswoman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, said the GOP’s Illinois strategy has changed from defense to offense. The NRCC has spent a half-million dollars on television ads to support Dold against Schneider. Prill singled out the Dold-Schneider race as a “huge pickup opportunity” for Republicans. The independent-leaning district elected Schneider by a little more than 1,000 votes in 2012. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has spent $800,000 on ads so far in the Dold-Schneider race. U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently appeared in Chicago to rally with Schneider, and push the Democratic campaign themes of equal pay for women and raising the minimum wage. DCCC spokesman Brandon Lorenz rejected the idea of GOP gains, saying voters will recognize that the GOP “rewards the ultrawealthy and the special interests.”

     
  • Obama’s Wisconsin visit comes amid tight race Aug 30, 2014 6:21 PM
    President Obama’s visit to this year’s “Laborfest” will mark the first time he and governor's candidate Mary Burke have appeared at the same public event, but there are no plans for them to share the stage. Burke will meet privately with Obama, her spokesman Joe Zepecki said, and she will not be speaking at the labor rally because it’s not a campaign event.

     
  • DuPage referendums concern roads, airport noise, facilities Aug 30, 2014 7:40 AM
    More than two dozen referendum questions will appear on the November ballot in DuPage County and cover a variety of topics, from deteriorating streets in Villa Park to complaints about airplane noise in towns neighboring O'Hare International Airport. “The residents are really getting clobbered with plane noise,” Itasca Village President Jeff Pruyn said.

     
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