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Proposed bill to let voters to choose county board chair draws mixed reviews

A proposed bill in the House would allow voters in larger counties the opportunity to elect their county board chairman. House Bill 3953, filed by … Read more ›

Tollway: Traffic down after rate hike

Car traffic on the Illinois Tollway fell during the first week after higher tolls went into effect Jan. 1, the agency said Tuesday. Passenger car … Read more ›

McHenry County State's Attorney Louis Bianchi hugs his attorney, Terry Ekl, during a press conference following his not guilty verdict outside the McHenry County Government Center in August. (Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune)

County settles Bianchi defense bills, focus now on special prosecutors

McHenry County is on the hook for less than half of the legal fees accrued to defend the county‚Äôs top prosecutor and his administrative assistant … Read more ›

Illinois congressional candidates seeks spots on ballot

Dozens of contenders for Illinois’ 18 newly drawn congressional districts filed candidacy paperwork on opening day Friday, setting the stage for potentially contentious contests in … Read more ›

RTA calls commuter tax-break cut ‘not good’

The amount of income that commuters who use mass transit will be eligible to shelter from taxes to pay their fares drops on Jan. 1 … Read more ›

County Board joins electrical aggregation debate

The McHenry County Board has joined a growing listing of local governments to place an electrical aggregation referendum question on the upcoming March primary ballot. … Read more ›

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn spots 4-month-old Wyatt Zimerman with his mom Specialist Kristi Goodin and dad Specialist Zachary Zimerman at the Illinois National Guard facility in Chicago Wednesday. (Phil Velasquez/Chicago Tribune / December 14, 2011)

Mortgage help on the way for veterans

Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday announced a program aimed at helping veterans and active-duty military members purchase homes by providing $10,000 grants for down payments … Read more ›

Federal judges uphold Democratic map for General Assembly

A three-judge federal court panel today rejected the final arguments raised in a lawsuit by Republican leaders challenging the new Democratic-drawn map for Illinois General … Read more ›

Couples in civil unions may file joint taxes

Illinois couples who have entered into civil unions will be able to jointly file their 2011 state tax returns, according to a state Revenue Department … Read more ›

Walsh on Occupy protesters: ‘Spoiled, pampered, unfocused, clueless’

In his latest salvo, freshman Congressman Joe Walsh of McHenry takes aim at the Occupy Wall Street protestors, characterizing them as either “spoiled, pampered, unfocused, … Read more ›