. More than a year ago, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk wanted to make Illinois significant in the selection of a Republican presidential nominee. To do so, he invited Republicans around the state to participate in a straw poll to give Illinois' input to national Republican leaders. This spring, Kirk, from Highland Park, is getting his wish for Illinois votes to count. Republicans have not yet gotten behind a consensus candidate for president, which means Illinois' March 20 primary election will matter as the party decides its nominee, according to local GOP leaders.
Former U.S. House Speaker and Republican presidential candidate this week as part of his campaign tour. On Wednesday, March 14, Gingrich will hold a rally at 3 p.m. at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. After the rally, he will travel by police motorcade to Barrington Hills Country Club, where a reception will be held with Gingrich and his wife, Callista Gingrich, at 5 p.m.
A Carpentersville man is being held on $3 million bond after he was charged with a bevy of disturbing crimes including raping an 8-year-old girl, stabbing a dog and beating a woman unconscious with a hammer. Daniel Happ, 27, faces Class X felony charges of attempted murder, armed violence and committing a felony with a Category 2 weapon and predatory criminal sexual assault of a child under the age of 13. He further faces two aggravated criminal sexual assault charges plus felony counts of aggravated battery, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated cruelty to animals.
Legislation that would cut state lawmaker salaries and freeze raises otherwise outlined in Governor Pat Quinn's budget proposal advanced Thursday to the state House floor. The bill, proposed by state Sen. Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge), was passed unanimously by the state Senate and is slated for consideration by the state House of Representatives.