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  • Wisconsin elections board to discuss audit Dec 16, 2014 9:36 AM
    The state board that oversees elections and ethics in Wisconsin plans to discuss a new audit that found problems with its operations that is fueling calls by Republicans for an overhaul. Tuesday’s meeting of the Government Accountability Board comes just days after the audit’s release. The 6-year-old board is comprised of nonpartisan former judges. It handles ethics, elections and campaign finance issues and has drawn the ire of both Democrats and Republicans over the years on a variety of issues. Republicans who control the legislature say an overhaul is needed and they are working on legislation to do that. The audit found a number of problems, including that board staff did not consistently follow a penalty schedule for enforcing campaign finance, lobbying and code of ethics laws.

     
  • Three challengers file to run for Barrington village board Dec 16, 2014 10:20 PM
    A slate of three challengers, including former village president hopeful Mike Kozel, filed paperwork this week to run for the Barrington village board. None of the three incumbent trustees — Robert Windon, Paul Hunt and Jim Daluga — have filed for re-election.

     
  • Five candidates vie for three Schaumburg library seats Dec 16, 2014 4:37 PM
    There will be a contested race for the Schaumburg Township District Library board April 7, with five candidates already having filed for three available seats. Filing their nominating papers Monday were incumbents Julie Wroblewski Bosshart and Nick Scipione of Schaumburg and newcomers Theresa “Terry” Seyring and Jillian Bernas of Schaumburg and Lisa Trousdale of Hanover Park.

     
  • School candidate lottery: Dec 16, 2014 4:55 PM
    Lake County Clerk Carla N. Wyckoff will conduct a public lottery on Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 10 a.m. in the main lobby of the Lake County Courthouse and Administrative Complex, 18 North County St., Waukegan.

     
  • Unions sue to stop Chicago pension overhaul Dec 16, 2014 3:56 PM
    urrent and retired city workers and their labor unions have filed a lawsuit arguing a law overhauling Chicago’s pension systems is unconstitutional.

     
  • Rauner: State agencies say they’ll run out of money Dec 16, 2014 4:21 PM
    Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner said Tuesday state agencies are asking for about $760 million to prevent running out of money by the summer, but he didn’t outline a plan to address it. The Winnetka businessman said agencies have been spending faster than they should instead of making their budgets last a full year.

     
  • District 211 board President Robertson not seeking re-election Dec 17, 2014 10:04 AM
    [No Paragraph Style]NewsPalatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 board President Bill Robertson has announced he won’t seek re-election in the April 7 race. Robertson, who also serves as superintendent of Creston Community Consolidated School District 161 west of DeKalb, said he wanted to dedicate all of his time to that position.

     
  • Hearing focuses on Hoffman candidate’s residency Dec 15, 2014 5:24 PM
    Questions over where Hoffman Estates trustee candidate Prajesh “Pat” Patel actually lives became the hub of an electoral board hearing Monday on objections filed against his nominating papers.

     
  • Des Plaines aldermen Robinson, Sayad, Charewicz file for re-election Dec 15, 2014 12:40 PM
    At least three incumbent Des Plaines aldermen will try to hold onto their seats in the upcoming spring election. On the first day candidates were allowed to file their nomination papers at the city clerk’s office, 2nd Ward Alderman Jack Robinson, 4th Ward Alderman Dick Sayad and 8th Ward Alderman Mike Charewicz were among the first to file.

     
  • Sussman, Braiman file for Buffalo Grove president Dec 15, 2014 5:49 PM
    Buffalo Grove Trustee Beverly Sussman officially challenged Village President Jeffrey Braiman Monday as both filed their candidacies for the village’s highest office. As well, five candidates have filed so far for three seats on the BG village board.

     
  • Lake County Clerk Carla Wyckoff says first day of filing went smoothly Dec 15, 2014 7:48 PM
    The start of candidate filing for the April 2015 consolidated election was the first big test of new Lake County Clerk Carla Wyckoff’s fledgling political career. Fortunately, Wyckoff said, things couldn’t have gone better Monday.

     
  • Prosecutor outlines how grant fraud occured Dec 15, 2014 8:30 PM
    By gaining access to and influence with the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, a Chicago couple stole more than $3 million in taxpayer money that was intended for AIDS awareness and other pressing health campaigns, and instead bought Mercedes Benzes and helped pay their son’s mortgage, a prosecutor told a federal jury Monday.

     
  • Prison watchdog group: Overcrowding worse after closing Dwight Dec 15, 2014 10:21 AM
    Moving about 1,000 female inmates from a closed prison in Dwight to another in Logan County has exacerbated overcrowding and not generated meaningful cost savings, according to a report from a Chicago-based prison watchdog group. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn ordered the closing of the Dwight Correctional Center last year as a cost-cutting move.

     
  • School board filing going smoothly in Cook County Dec 15, 2014 4:56 PM
    School board candidate filing is going surprisingly smoothing Monday morning in Cook County, officials say, even though candidates now must file with the county clerk and not their individual school districts.

     
  • Lines expected for first day of candidate filing Dec 15, 2014 5:30 AM
    For the first time, school board candidates will be filing at county clerk's offices and election commissions around the suburbs.

     
  • Fox Valley municipal, school board races spark interest Dec 15, 2014 7:18 PM
    It wasn’t a mad rush, yet a number of candidates vying for seats on village and school boards throughout the Fox Valley turned out Monday for the first day of filing petitions for the April 7 election. Among the municipal races, Huntley’s is already contested with two incumbents and two challengers vying for three, 4-year term seats on the board.

     
  • Volo’s Burnell Russell, Lindhurst’s Susan Lahr say they won’t seek re-election in April Dec 15, 2014 5:52 PM
    Two incumbent Lake County village presidents said Monday they won’t seek re-election in 2015. Lindenhurst’s Susan Lahr said she won’t run for a third term because she believes in term limits. Burnell Russell, the only village president Volo has had since its incorporation in 1993, said it’s time for a change.

     
  • Batavia school board hot among Tri-Cities races Dec 15, 2014 7:59 PM
    The Batavia school board race in April will be a highly contested one, as eight people filed this morning for theree seats. And one of those candidates is also seeking a seat on the Batavia City Council.

     
  • Candidates line up to get on ballot in Lake County Dec 15, 2014 5:17 PM
    A few political showdowns surfaced Monday in Lake County as candidates began filing for the April 2015 consolidated election. The hottest action on the first day of filing was for the Wauconda village board race, where eight candidates filed for four trustee seats.

     
  • Madigan: Rauner gets to appoint comptroller for full term Dec 15, 2014 4:52 PM
    Republican Gov.-Elect Bruce Rauner has the authority to appoint a new state comptroller to a full term next month, Attorney General Lisa Madigan says. Gov. Pat Quinn, meanwhile, can appoint a successor for the late Judy Baar Topinka until her term is out in mid-January.

     
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