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03/07/12 Suburban races for Springfield among most expensive
By Mike Riopell - An analysis of campaign donations released Tuesday shows a handful of suburban primary races for seats in the state capital are among the highest-priced in Illinois. The report, released by the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, shows the... FULL STORY
03/06/12 Franks looking for compromise on tree trimming
By Mike Riopell State Government Writer - State Rep. Jack Franks, a Marengo Democrat, says hes looking for a compromise on a plan that would make it easier for utility companies like ComEd to trim trees away from power lines and try to avoid long-term power... FULL STORY
03/02/12 Pankau takes aim at Ramey for exceeding contribution limits
By Mike Riopell and Kerry Lester mriopell@dailyherald.com - Sen. Carole Pankau is criticizing her opponent in the Republican primary election for Illinois Senate, Rep. Randy Ramey, saying Ramey took donations from one political committee over the legal $50,000 limit. FULL STORY
03/02/12 Pricey primary shaping up in Pankau, Ramey race
By Kerry Lester and Mike Riopell - In this week's Suburban Political Recount column, Kerry Lester and Mike Riopell talk about how Illinois state Senate races continue to grow more bitter and expensive, how an Illinois senator says Rick Santorum hasn't changed, and the surprise visit... FULL STORY
02/28/12 Rep. Hensel of West Chicago dies
By Mike Riopell State Government Writer - Don Hensel, a former 10-year state lawmaker from West Chicago, died Sunday, state Rep. Mike Fortner said on the House floor Tuesday. "He will be greatly missed by me, by his friends, and I think by the people of Illinois," Fortner said. FULL STORY
02/24/12 Early voting starts Monday
By Kerry Lester and Mike Riopell - Suburban offices have spent recent weeks making special efforts to remind voters of the plethora of ways to cast their vote. Early voting starts Monday and runs until March 15, giving voters a chance to make their picks and get their democratic task... FULL STORY
02/23/12 Bandmates, fans gearing up for 15 years of Lucky Boys Confusion
By Mike Riopell - It's been 15 years now since a handful of DuPage County teenagers, some just out of high school, formed Lucky Boys Confusion. That's why singer Stubhy Pandav says that their shows like the upcoming Feb. 25 date at the Montrose Room in Rosemont now... FULL STORY
02/23/12 Quinn wants to cut state money for retired teachers' healthcare
By Mike Riopell State Government Writer - Gov. Pat Quinn has proposed the state stop paying into the health insurance plan that covers retired suburban and downstate teachers, and how he'd plan to keep the program going is unclear. FULL STORY
02/22/12 Suburban lawmakers hold key roles in budget debate
By Mike Riopell and Ryan Voyles - A number of suburban lawmakers are top budget leaders who are likely to have substantial influence in how Gov. Quinn's budget plan plays out in the General Assembly. State Sen. Dan Kotowski, a Park Ridge Democrat and a budget committee chairman,... FULL STORY
02/21/12 Quinn wants to close Aurora facility
By Mike Riopell State Government Writer - Gov. Pat Quinn wants to close the Fox Valley Adult Transition Center in Aurora, a facility where female inmates in Illinois go to transition from prison to daily life. FULL STORY
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