Rep. Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran beginning her second term in the House of Representatives, said Monday that she's ready to explore the possibility of a challenge to Sen. Mark Kirk in 2016.
Duckworth, a Democrat from Hoffman Estates, spoke in an interview with the Tribune about a possible run against Kirk, a Republican from Highland Park.
"I'm humbled by the encouragement that I'm receiving to run for the Senate," Duckworth said, "and I think it's pretty clear that people are looking for a change, and I'm going to explore the possibility. I'm ready to really explore the possibility of a run."
Categories: Local Issues, State Issues, National Issues
Tags: US Senate, Tammy Duckworth
Republican Bruce Rauner spent a record $65.3 million — or nearly $36 a vote — to become Illinois' new governor, newly filed state records showed Thursday.
In the last three months of 2014 alone, Rauner spent nearly $24 million, including nearly $22.8 million from Oct. 1 to Election Day on Nov. 4, according to the State Board of Elections filing.
Rauner, who was inaugurated Monday as Illinois' 42nd governor, is a private equity investor who is perhaps the wealthiest person to run for the state's top job. He has estimated his wealth at more than $500 million.
Categories: State Issues
Thirty-four attorneys have applied to be an associate Will County judge.
The vacancy was created last month when David Carlson, an associate judge since August 2013, was elected as the judge of a newly created subcircuit.
The new judge likely will be selected in mid-February, Will County Chief Judge Richard Schoenstedt said.
Categories: Local Issues
Tags: Will County, Courts, Judges, Courthouse, Judge Candidate
On Wednesday, Will County officials joined with leaders from First Midwest Bank to assume possession of the bank building upper floors at 50 W. Jefferson St. in downtown Joliet.
The county is planning to relocate some of its offices to the second, third, and fourth floors of the building and First Midwest will continue operations on the first floor until 2017.
Tags: County Board, Joliet, Courthouse, County Executive
A bill that would allow Will County to continue to use the Prairie View Landfill in Florence Township for an additional 15 years passed the U.S. House on Thursday, with bipartisan support from U.S. Reps. Bill Foster, D-11th, and Adam Kinzinger, R-16th.
The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2015, which has yet to be voted on in the Senate, included a provision inserted by Kinzinger and Foster that allows Will County to continue using the 455-acre dump on the site of the former Joliet Arsenal through 2041.
Categories: Local Issues, National Issues
Tags: Bill Foster, County Board, County Executive
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