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Suzi Schmidt: Lawmaker in trouble over domestic 911 calls rose from outsider to insider

When Suzi Schmidt first won a seat on the Lake County Board in 1988, she was such an outsider that board leaders sometimes turned off … Read more ›


Senate Republican leader: Schmidt tapes ‘troubling’

Embattled state Sen. Suzi Schmidt now faces political pressure from Senate Republican leadership over allegations that she attempted to clout police into ignoring her husband’s … Read more ›

Young Republican BBQ takes place Sunday at Citizen’s Park

On Sunday the public is invited to a political barbecue event, featuring speakers, live music, candidates and games at a park in Barrington. The third … Read more ›

Madigan willing to discuss effort to avoid state layoffs

Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan said today he’s told Gov. Pat Quinn he’s willing to discuss shifting around money in the state budget to avoid … Read more ›

U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert is among the Republicans who have challenged the new district boundaries in court. (Benjamin Chernivsky / Photo for Chicago Tribune)

Judge rules Illinois congressional candidates can gather signatures

A federal judge in Chicago today ruled that candidates for Congress in next year’s election can go ahead and collect candidacy signatures after Labor Day … Read more ›

Many urge Illinois Tollway to build Route 53 extension in Lake County

At a recent public hearing, discussion of what the Illinois Tollway should to do with the Illinois Route 53 extension into Lake County carried a … Read more ›

Safe haven law for abandoned newborns expands

Parents have a new set of safe havens if they want to give up newborns anonymously. “Every parent wants their child to be raised in … Read more ›

From the community

Scott Drury Announces Candidacy For Lake County State's Attorney

HIGHWOOD AND WAUKEGAN, IL (August 9-10, 2011) – Former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Scott Drury announced his candidacy for Lake County State’s Attorney at an event … Read more ›

Drury Becomes 2nd Democrat, Fourth State’s Attorney Candidate reports: Highwood resident and Chicago lawyer Scott Drury, 37, will announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Lake County State’s Attorney Monday (Aug. … Read more ›

Gov. Pat Quinn signed a new law in March aimed at making the political map drawing more transparent. (Zbigniew Bzdak/ Chicago Tribune)

Republicans sue over Illinois congressional districts

Republican congressmen and a GOP-backed group filed a federal lawsuit today challenging the redrawing of the state’s congressional boundaries by Democrats in Springfield, alleging the … Read more ›