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05/11/13 Tough task awaits next state GOP chief
By Mike Riopell and Kerry Lester mriopell@dailyherald.com - With the exit of Pat Brady of St. Charles as its chairman this week, the Illinois Republican Party is hunting to fill an often thankless job with someone who could face immense pressure to turn the GOP's recent defeats around in a crucial 2014... FULL STORY
05/10/13 Texas' Cruz to address DuPage GOP
By Kerry Lester - Texas Sen. Ted Cruz headlines a DuPage County GOP dinner Friday night in Oak Brook. FULL STORY
05/08/13 Dold says he'll run for 10th District seat in 2014
By Kerry Lester Political Editor - Republican former congressman Bob Dold of Kenilworth, who narrowly lost last November to Deerfield Democrat Brad Schneider, told supporters that he will be making a bid for his former 10th District congressional seat in 2014. Dold, in a letter... FULL STORY
05/07/13 Brady resigns, citing family pressures, accomplishments
By Kerry Lester Political Editor - Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady resigned today, citing his wife's battle with cancer and his desire to focus on family after six tough years in Republican politics -- four as party chair and two as a national committeeman. "It has been an honor... FULL STORY
05/06/13 Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady resigns
By Kerry Lester Political Editor - Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady resigned Tuesday, citing his wife's battle with cancer and his desire to focus on family after six tough years in Republican politics. Opponents from within his party have persistently called for Brady to resign from... FULL STORY
04/29/13 Perfect storm launches 19-year-old Wheeling native into political punditry
By Kerry Lester Political Editor - One of the newest political pundits on the national scene comes from an apolitical family in Wheeling, and still sleeps in a bedroom with giraffes on the walls. Yet, Charlie Kirk -- founder of political Internet startup group Turning Point USA... FULL STORY
04/25/13 Senate GOP wants to keep cost shift issue on radar
By Kerry Lester Political Editor - Fearing an eventual public pension reform proposal might shift more costs to suburban and downstate school districts, Illinois Senate Republicans are pushing a school transparency initiative aimed at demonstrating Chicago schools are better funded... FULL STORY
04/24/13 Forum brings suburban community, experts together on state pension debate
By Mike Riopell and Kerry Lester klester@dailyherald.com - The vast majority of people planning to attend a forum on public pensions today consider it an urgent priority for Illinois to address the pension funding crisis. But how to fix that $100 billion dollar mess is far less clear. Learning about the... FULL STORY
04/22/13 Texas governor pushing Illinois out of 'comfort zone'
By Kerry Lester Political Editor - Despite outcry from political officials here, Texas Gov. Rick Perry says his trip to Illinois to personally encourage businesses to relocate is a healthy thing for the state. "The majority of people in Illinois want their government to be more... FULL STORY
04/17/13 Kirk 'disappointed' in Senate vote on background checks
By Kerry Lester Political Editor - While the Senate voted down background check legislation Wednesday, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, of West Virginia, tells the Daily Herald how he and lunch buddy Mark Kirk, a Highland Park Republican, came to work together on the issue and try to... FULL STORY
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