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04/08/14 Republicans want more information on schools fix
By Mike Riopell Political Editor - State Sen. Matt Murphy, a Palatine Republican, raised concerns today that a plan to change how Illinois pays for its schools is moving forward before it's clear how local districts would fare. The complex proposal from state Sen. Andy Manar,... FULL STORY
04/05/14 Aurora lawmaker, IHSA clash over sports proposal
By Mike Riopell Political Editor - A suburban Democrat has clashed with the Illinois High School Association over whether the state would take over its responsibilities to run a vast prep sports domain that includes everything from football to bass fishing. While the control issue is... FULL STORY
04/03/14 Illinois House wants new three-year virtual charter school ban
By Mike Riopell - State lawmakers are moving to keep virtual charter schools like the one that tried to set up in the Fox Valley last year from being created for another three years. FULL STORY
04/03/14 Vallas: Don't ask local schools to pay for pensions
By Mike Riopell - Gov. Pat Quinn's running mate says he doesn't like the idea of making local school districts pay more of the cost of their teachers' and administrators' retirements. The hot-button idea to save the state millions of dollars... FULL STORY
04/02/14 Moeller starts in Springfield after Farnham resignation
By Mike Riopell - New state Rep. Anna Moeller, an Elgin Democrat, started her work at the Capitol this week as lawmakers start their push toward finishing a budget by the end of May. Moeller's transition from her spot on the Elgin City Council to the Illinois House... FULL STORY
04/01/14 Dillard says RTA chair job a possibility
By Mike Riopell and Marni Pyke mriopell@dailyherald.com - State Sen. Kirk Dillard, a Hinsdale Republican and runner up two weeks ago in the primary for governor, says he's been asked about being chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority, a post he would consider taking. FULL STORY
03/28/14 Quinn defends tax plan, calls Rauner ideas a ‘scheme'
By Mike Riopell - In defending his own plan to make 2011's Illinois income tax hike permanent, Gov. Pat Quinn Friday called Republican Bruce Rauner's plan to let the tax lapse and make deep cuts to government a "scheme." Quinn met with the... FULL STORY
03/27/14 Elgin councilwoman among 8 candidates for Farnham's seat
By Elena Ferrarin and Mike Riopell eferrarin@dailyherald.com - Elgin Councilwoman Anna Moeller is among eight candidates interested in the seat left vacant after Keith Farnham' resignation as state House representative, officials said Thursday. Kane County Democratic Party Chairman Mark Guethle said... FULL STORY
03/26/14 How would Quinn's property tax break work?
By Mike Riopell and Zachary White mriopell@dailyherald.com - A proposed $500 property tax break in Gov. Pat Quinn's budget plan would replace an existing credit and would give the least additional help to homeowners in relatively wealthy areas like some suburbs. FULL STORY
03/26/14 Local election results detail Rauner's sweep of suburbs
By Mike Riopell Political Editor - Township-level results show the extent of Republican businessman Bruce Rauner's suburban sweep in last week's primary election. State Sen. Kirk Dillard, a Hinsdale Republican, won only one township in his home DuPage County -- Downers Grove... FULL STORY
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