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  • Rauner sworn in as governor, says business as usual would be 'morally corrupt'

    Rauner sworn in as governor, says business as usual would be 'morally corrupt'
    Bruce Rauner took over as Illinois governor Monday and asked for shared sacrifice to help him restore a state he described as in decline, beset by financial, moral and ethical crises. The first Republican chief executive in a dozen years laid out what...
  • Illinois lawmakers quickly approve special comptroller election in 2016

    Illinois lawmakers quickly approve special comptroller election in 2016
    Democrats gave speedy approval Thursday to a measure that would require a special election to fill part of the term left vacant after the death of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, as Republicans railed against the move as a power grab aimed at undermining...
  • Former Park Ridge Rep. Rosemary Mulligan dies

    Former Park Ridge Rep. Rosemary Mulligan dies
    The brother of former state lawmaker Rosemary Mulligan says she has died after her health suffered in recent months. Stephen Granzyk (Gran-SIC') says the 73-year-old Republican died Tuesday, months after moving into a retirement community in Des Plaines....
  • Former state Rep. Rosemary Mulligan dies at 73

    Former state Rep. Rosemary Mulligan dies at 73
    A wake will be held Wednesday for former state Rep. Rosemary Mulligan, who died last week at the age of 73. Visitation will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. at Oehler Funeral Home, 2099 Miner St. in Des Plaines. Funeral services will be private. Mulligan,...
  • Lyons Township Republicans join in mourning loss of Judy Baar Topinka

    Lyons Township Republicans join in mourning loss of Judy Baar Topinka
    Lyons Township Republicans also are saddened by the sudden death of Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. “She was an amazing public servant, but more than that she was a terrific person and a good friend,” said Republican Committeeman...
  • Thomas Durkin, accountant with prominent sons, dies at 84

    Thomas Durkin, accountant with prominent sons, dies at 84
    Thomas Durkin spent 40 years working as an accountant, rising up to become the national managing partner of a large accounting firm. Five of his eight sons became attorneys, among them state Rep. Jim Durkin, R-Westchester, the House minority leader, and...
  • For Rauner and GOP, magic number in Illinois House is 1

    For Rauner and GOP, magic number in Illinois House is 1
    There are 118 Illinois House seats on the ballot Tuesday, but for Republicans, the magic number is one. The GOP knows it's highly unlikely it will catch a tidal wave and sweep Speaker Michael Madigan out of power. But all the House Republicans need to...
  • Madigan fends off Republican attempts to cut into veto-proof House

     Madigan fends off Republican attempts to cut into veto-proof House
    Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan convincingly fended off Republicans who were struggling Tuesday to cut into his lopsided Democratic majority by even a single seat. The effort to reduce the Democrat's 71-47 edge represented a critical test for...
  • Rauner runs risks moving from attack dog to pragmatist

     Rauner runs risks moving from attack dog to pragmatist
    Bruce Rauner long has spoken of the need to demand more from teachers and students alike. But before a conservative audience in Lake County last fall, the then-Republican candidate for governor lashed out at new Common Core education standards aimed at...
  • Another unnecessary layer of government in Illinois

    Another unnecessary layer of government in Illinois
    Three west suburban school districts say they have a nifty way to save thousands of dollars. The schools want to sever ties to the Lyons Township school treasurer's office. The treasurer, who is appointed by the Lyons Township trustees of schools, is...
  • Quinn, Rauner get personal in Tribune exchange

     Quinn, Rauner get personal in Tribune exchange
    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner lobbed a nonstop volley of character attacks at each other during their first face-to-face meeting in five months, a strong signal that the homestretch of the governor's race will focus on...