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04/09/13 Schmit ousts Bender in Fox Lake
By Kerry Lester - Trustee Donald "Donny" Schmit upended incumbent Ed Bender for Fox Lake mayor, unofficial vote totals show. With ballots in all 13 precincts counted, Schmit defeated Bender 1,099 to 610 votes. Jeff Jensen, Ron Stochl and Bernice Kowent won trustee... FULL STORY
04/03/13 Duckworth returns pay to reflect sequestration cuts
By Kerry Lester Political Editor - U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a Democrat from Hoffman Estates, said Wednesday she wrote a $1,218 check to the U.S. Treasury Department to refund a portion of her pay to reflect federal sequestration cuts. FULL STORY
04/02/13 Sen. Mark Kirk backs same-sex marriage
By Kerry Lester Political Editor - U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, a Highland Park Republican, favors legalizing same-sex marriage. Kirk, who returned to Congress in January after recovering from a serious stroke, said, "Our time on this earth is limited, I know that better than most. Life... FULL STORY
04/01/13 Orr opposes motion to dismiss same-sex marriage suit
By Kerry Lester Political Editor - Cook County Clerk David Orr has filed a legal brief on behalf of legalizing same-sex marriage. The brief, filed in Cook County, opposes a motion to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to overturn Illinois' ban on same-sex marriage. "Over the years, we have... FULL STORY
03/31/13 Suburban offices can be steppingstones to something bigger
By Mike Riopell and Kerry Lester mriopell@dailyherald.com - As hopefuls for local offices shake hands and urge their neighbors to head to the polls in the waning days of their campaigns, the winners could be setting themselves up for future bids for higher office. If they do a good job. And if they want it. FULL STORY
03/29/13 Potential governor hopeful Rauner claimed extra exemptions
By Kerry Lester - A likely Republican gubenatorial bidder improperly claimed three homeowner exemptions for a number of years, a Daily Herald investigation has found. After being notified of the error Wednesday afternoon, Bruce Rauner Thursday paid Cook County... FULL STORY
03/26/13 Charges upgraded for man accused of threatening lawmaker
By Kerry Lester - Charges have been upgraded to a felony for a Chicago man accused of threatening a state representative over gay marriage remarks. Police say shortly after Stephen Bona, of Chicago, was charged with a misdemeanor for placing a threatening voice mail... FULL STORY
03/26/13 Is Schock courting the suburban Indian vote through trip?
By Kerry Lester Political Editor - Carol Stream engineer and businessman Shalli Kumar is leading a congressional trip to India featuring likely gubenatorial bidder Aaron Schock, of Peoria. Schock has made statements in support of controversial Indian official Narenda Modi, and could... FULL STORY
03/24/13 The art of an effective political yard sign
By Kerry Lester - Clean lines. Primary colors. A bold design. While these characteristics might suggest spring fashion trends, they are also major components of a successful political yard sign. Three weeks before the April 9 local election -- just as signs are... FULL STORY
03/21/13 Kirk, coalition reintroduces GPS privacy act
By Kerry Lester Political Editor - U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is introducing legislation to require law enforcement officials to obtain a warrant before accessing smartphone GPS data. FULL STORY
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