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Oak Forest park commissioners bill taxpayers for downtown conventions

March 4, 2014
SouthTown Star

Being an Oak Forest Park District commissioner is an unpaid position — but at least once a year membership has had its perks.

Editorial: Look behind the campaign cash

February 27, 2014
Daily Herald

By The Daily Herald Editorial Board:

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Unions try novel approach to silence Rauner's millions

February 26, 2014
Chicago Tribune

By, Rick Pearson:

A coalition of labor unions is using Rod Blagojevich–inspired ethics law to try to block Bruce Rauner from spending more of his personal wealth to attempt to win the Republican nomination for governor, according to a complaint union officials released Wednesday. 

At issue is a provision of the state's procurement code prohibiting any business entity or top official of business that has contracts with state agencies from making donations that promote the candidacy of someone who will be responsible for awarding the contracts.

Sheriff seeks to review the finances and police of suburbs

February 12, 2014
Chicago Tribune
By Matthew Walberg and Joe Mahr Tribune reporters

Mine safety regulator took campaign cash from coal magnate

February 20, 2014
Illinois Times

Mother and son running for same political seats in Cook County

February 20, 2014
Fox News Chicago

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

"All in the family" is nothing new in Illinois politics.

FOX 32 News has learned that two of the candidates for a Cook County race are mother and son, something neither person seems anxious to talk about.

Frank Gardner, 24, is one of ten democratic candidates on the primary ballot running for three open seats on the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. This district is the $1.5 billion agency that treats wastewater in Cook County.

Supreme Court races have become public policy battlegrounds, says observer

February 20, 2014
Madison St. Clair Record


By Ken Lowe

The Illinois Supreme Court Justice whose campaign set a record for contributions 10 years ago is up for retention in November.