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Oct

2014

Rep. Natalie Manley and Bolton seek 98th House seat

Author: Editor

Democrat Natalie Manley wants to serve another term in the Illinois House representing the 98th District, but her opponent Yvonne Bolton – a Plainfield Township tax collector – says she’s the better woman for the job.

Bolton describes herself as a stay-at-home mom with a passion for public service. She serves on several local governmental and nonprofit entities, including the Republican National Hispanic Assembly of Will County, the Spanish Community Center in downtown Joliet and the Will County Republicans. She’s a Hispanic conservative – a “rarity in the Latino community,” Bolton said.

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Oct

2014

Will County Sheriff candidates make their case

Author: Editor

Don’t expect an architectural renaissance by either of the candidates – Ken Kaupas and Mike Kelley – seeking to be Will County Sheriff in the Nov. 4 election.

While the candidates differ on the best focus for the department’s 600 employees, both feel new headquarters are needed, but understand the budget will always be a concern.

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Oct

2014

Laurie Summers challenges Weber for county treasurer

Author: Editor

Democrat Laurie Summers will try to unseat Republican County Treasurer Steve Weber in the Nov. 4 election.

Summers of Crete said her management background in the private sector and civic organizations makes her qualified for the position.

Her opponent, Weber, was first elected to the treasurer’s office in 2010. He previously served as the county’s deputy auditor for 14 years and as auditor for eight years.

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14

Oct

2014

Quinn, Rauner rip each other on ethics, budget during Tribune endorsement session

Author: Editor

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner hammered each other on ethics, education and budget plans today during a  free-wheeling face-off during a joint appearance before the Chicago Tribune editorial board.

Sitting side by side, Quinn and Rauner repeatedly interrupted each other with sharp political attacks. Quinn slammed Rauner over business dealings at Rauner’s private equity firm that have gone bad and questioned how Rauner could pay for his education proposals. Rauner lashed out at Quinn over a patronage-style scandal at the state’s transportation agency and what he said has been a failed governorship.

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Oct

2014

Democrats pack Illinois ballot with referendum questions

Author: Editor

Before Illinois voters get to the main event of choosing between Gov. Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner, they'll be faced with five referendum questions asking about crime victims' rights, voting protections, a minimum wage hike, birth control and taxes on millionaires.

The Nov. 4 ballot is even busier in Chicago. After voters wade through the usual laundry list of judges asking to be kept on the bench, they'll find five more questions awaiting their verdict, none of which would have the power of law if approved.

This time around, Illinois will resemble California, where voters who have considerable power to get questions on the ballot famously decide a slew of propositions each election.

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