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  • Friday, October 19, 2018
    ENDORSEMENTS: Robert F. Martwick, Peter Breen and 14 more for Illinois House
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    Today, we offer our endorsements in 16 competitive Illinois House races in the Chicago area. This weekend, we’ll publish endorsements in 17 more.

     

    You can read our previous endorsements in the races for governor, Congress, Illinois comptroller, Illinois attorney general, Illinois secretary of state, Illinois treasurer, Illinois Senate, Cook County assessor and Cook C...   read more >

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  • Friday, October 19, 2018
    Unfriending Zuckerberg: State treasurer seeks Facebook chair’s ouster
    Treasurer (92)

    Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs is no friend of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

     

    The treasurer has joined officials from three other states in trying to force Zuckerberg out of his position as chair of the company’s board, citing the company’s handling of a string of scandals.

     

    It’s the second time the Illinois Democrat has called...   read more >

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  • Friday, October 19, 2018
    Enough trash talk. Rauner and Pritzker must tell Illinois their plans for the state's future.
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    The Tribune’s recent article about the money spent by Gov. Bruce Rauner and candidate J.B. Pritzker on their gubernatorial campaigns makes me so sad. Millions of dollars spent mostly on advertising, which tells us nothing about what these gentlemen will do for Illinois going forward. Money wasted on talk of toilets and failure while the citizens of Illinois crave substance and real plans ...   read more >

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  • Friday, October 19, 2018
    J.B. Pritzker labels staff discrimination lawsuit as 'untrue,' 'craziness' at end of political campaign
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker on Thursday disputed a lawsuit filed this week by 10 current and former minority campaign workers alleging racial harassment as “untrue” and part of the “craziness” of the final weeks of a campaign.

     

    Pritzker’s comments cam...   read more >

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  • Friday, October 19, 2018
    More picks for the Illinois House
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    The Tribune continues its endorsements for the Illinois House. You'll find the candidates' answers to our surveys, and all of our endorsements to date for the Nov. 6 general election, at chicagotribune.com/candidates.

    64th District: If voters want to send someone to Springfield who's prepar...   read more >
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  • Friday, October 19, 2018
    Morning Spin

    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle worked to shore up support for her mayoral run among young progressive and Latino voters Thursday, announcing the endorsements of two Logan Square-area elected officials and promising to close loopholes in Chicago’s welcoming city law if elected.

    Two days after Chance the Rapper threw his celebrity backing be...   read more >

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  • Friday, October 19, 2018
    Richard Ogilvie transformed Illinois. Rauner and Pritzker could learn from his legacy.

    Though he did not win re-election, legendary newspaper columnist Mike Royko wrote, “Ogilvie built one of the nation’s finest state governments; he was the best man in Illinois government, maybe the best governor in the country.”

    Ogilvie preferred executive management over electoral politics. His face creased by shrapnel that hit his tank in World War II, he cou...   read more >

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  • Friday, October 19, 2018
    There's a surprising lack of detail in the 'October surprise' against Pritzker
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    The first thing you notice in the complaint filed in federal court Tuesday against the gubernatorial campaign of Democrat J.B. Pritzker by lawyers for 10 current and former minority field workers is that it resembles a clumsily written news release as much as it does a le...   read more >

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  • Friday, October 19, 2018
    Kane County gets state money for election security but can't make changes yet
    Election Issues (not candidates) (39)

    Kane County officials will receive at least $70,000 from the state to boost election security ahead of Nov. 6 voting, but don't expect any big changes.

     

    Roger Fahnestock, the county's chief information officer, said large changes to the existing system will not happen because that would cause more harm than good with so little time left to implement them.

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  • Friday, October 19, 2018
    Election 2018 candidate: Heidi Henry, 38th Senate
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    Election 2018 candidate: Heidi Henry, 38th Senate

    The Times sent questionnaires to candidates throughout the area ahead of the fall election.

     

    Those questionnaires from each candidate who responded, as well as video of candidate interviews with our Editorial Board, are featured on our Election Central website to help readers make informed decisions when they cast t...   read more >

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  • Friday, October 19, 2018
    Election 2018 candidate: Sue Rezin, 38th Senate
    Candidates--Statewide (12) Rezin, Sue--State Senate 38

    Name: Sue Rezin

     

    Age: 55

     

    Hometown: Morris

     

    Office sought: 38th District State Senator

     

    Party: Republican

     

    Occupation: Full-time senator

     

    Previously elected positions: Illinois House

     

    Education: B.A. in International Business and Political Sci...   read more >

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  • Friday, October 19, 2018
    Family-focused art program launches Sunday at Governor’s Mansion

    A new program designed to let families with children ages 3-12 enjoy art together kicks off Sunday at the Governor’s Mansion, 410 E. Jackson St.

     

    The free “Families First Adventures” series will happen on the third Sunday of each month through January.

     

    The schedule of exhibits at the mansion is:

     

    • Sunday...   read more >

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  • Friday, October 19, 2018
    Opinion page endorsement: Kwame Raoul for attorney general
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    While we’ve come to expect political mudslinging in hotly contested races, the attack ads Republican Erika Harold and Democrat Kwame Raoul have flung at each other during the race for Illinois attorney general quickly grew tiresome. And that’s mainly because both can make a compelling case as to why they should be the state’s top lawyer without having to stoop to negative ads ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 18, 2018
    Like offshore accounts, Rauner and Pritzker campaign spending shields them from scrutiny
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    Sixteen dollars. We could have had $16.

    If Gov. Bruce Rauner and his Democratic challenger, J.B. Pritzker, had given every Illinoisan an equal portion of the $207.4 million they’ve spent thus far on their gubernatorial campaigns, each of the state’s roughly 12.8 million residents would have gotten $16.

    That’s enough to buy a few pumpkin spice lattes. Or a mo...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 18, 2018
    More choices for Illinois House
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    The Tribune continues its endorsements for the Illinois House. You'll find the candidates' answers to our surveys, and all of our endorsements to date for the Nov. 6 general election, at chicagotribune.com/candidates.

    48th District: Democratic newcomer Terra Costa Howard of Glen Ellyn gets ...   read more >
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  • Thursday, October 18, 2018
    Morning Spin
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    Hedge fund founder and Illinois’ richest person Ken Griffin gave $6 million to the state’s Republican legislative leaders as they fight for seats in Springfield, campaign records showed.

    Griffin gave $5 million to House Republican leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs and $1 million to Senate GOP leader Bill Brady of Bloomin...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 18, 2018
    The hypocrisy of the 'woke' Americans who don't vote
    Election Issues (not candidates) (39)

    There are some people in my family who do not vote.

    They are the descendants of a proud African-American family from Georgia, the grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren of wise men and women who understood the power of the ballot box even when they were barred from the polls.

    Along the way, some of my younger relatives lost sight of the determinat...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 18, 2018
    Toss the mailers and vote with pride
    Election Issues (not candidates) (39)

    I would never urge anyone not to vote in an election, but I've been reviewing campaign mailers from candidates for county, legislative and congressional races throughout the suburbs and this conclusion is inescapable: If you base your voting decision on the political advertising you see, that may be worse than if you did not vote at all.

     

    Keep in mind that this conclusion ...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 18, 2018
    Hemp It’s not weed anymore

    It’s only been legal since Aug. 26, but there are already farmers throughout the state who want to start growing Illinois’ latest cash crop.

     

    The Illinois Industrial Hemp Act was signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner this summer. It allows farmers to obtain state licenses to grow hemp for use in a wide range of products, from natural remedies to clothing to insu...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 18, 2018
    After 2016 hack, Illinois says election system secure
    Election Issues (not candidates) (39)

    — Illinois officials assured voters Tuesday that their Nov. 6 tallies “will be securely counted” following a data breach that’s part of the Justice Department’s investigation of Russian meddling in U.S. elections.

     

    Board of Elections Chairman William Cadigan and a group of state and local officials — including Illinois National Guard lea...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 18, 2018
    Rezin: Help business, help the state
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    State Sen. Sue Rezin believes compromise and a better business environment will help solve many of Illinois' problems.

     

    "I'm a conservative. My colleagues across the aisle are not, but we find common ground. I'm experienced in negotiating complex issues and high property taxes are the No. 1 issue," Rezin said.

     

    The two-term incumbent Republican from M...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 18, 2018
    : Davis ad cries ‘crony,’ but he agrees Londrigan didn’t pitch Madigan in person
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    U.S. Rep. RODNEY DAVIS, R-Taylorville, doesn’t dispute it when his Democratic opponent, BETSY DIRKSEN LONDRIGAN, says she never spoke with House Speaker MICHAEL MADIGAN, D-Chicago, about funding for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation.

     

    But that hasn’t stopped Davis from running ads on radio and TV saying Londrigan “turned to Mike Madigan&...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 18, 2018
    Collector donated three Lincoln documents to presidential library and museum
    Abraham Lincoln, Presidential Library and Museum (50)

    The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield has added three Lincoln documents to its collection. They were donated by a central Illinois collector who wishes to remain anonymous.

     

    The documents illustrate Lincoln’s duties both as an attorney and a president. One is from an 1851 libel case. Another, a note on White House stationery, apologizes f...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 18, 2018
    Illinois sports gambling bill probably won’t come until next year
    Gambling, Gaming

    Illinois lawmakers will move ahead with the idea of bringing legal sports gambling to the state, but it apparently will not be soon.

     

    Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, told a pair of House subcommittees Wednesday that he is working on a bill to bring sports betting to Illinois.

     

    After the hearing, though, Lang said it will be after a new General Assembly is se...   read more >

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  • Thursday, October 18, 2018
    Opinion page endorsement: Steve Dutner for Secretary of State
    Candidates--Statewide (12)

    There is no doubt that the Illinois Secretary of State’s office is run better now than it was prior to Jesse White taking the helm.

     

    Gone are the days when the state’s residents darkly joked that they would bring sleeping bags in order to stay comfortable during the inevitable hours-long wait to get a driver’s license. Now, the facilities run by the secre...   read more >

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