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March 3, 1989
Former Chicago Alderman Edward R. Vrdolyak, who launched a write-in campaign less than a week before the Republican mayoral primary, apparently defeated the GOP-endorsed candidate, a city elections official said. Vrdolyak received 11,621 votes, or 52.5%, to 10,478 votes, or 47.4%, for Dr. Herbert Sohn, said Ray Jagielski, a member of the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners.
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August 8, 2001 | ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
During 35 years in politics, Illinois Gov. George Ryan has never lost a race. But the affable, thoughtful, moderate Republican also has never faced the kind of corruption scandal, deep party divisions and the strikingly low approval ratings that have marked his first term in the governor's office. At a gathering tonight in his hometown of Kankakee, the 67-year-old is expected to announce whether he will seek a second term.
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July 19, 1990 | Reuters
A bitterly contested GOP primary election for the Illinois Legislature that became a battleground in the fight over abortion was decided Wednesday by the toss of a coin. Rosemary Mulligan was declared the winner over Penny Pullen, an outspoken abortion foe who had held her suburban Chicago seat 14 years. Unofficial returns showed she lost by about a dozen votes in the primary. A court declared a tie after Pullen demanded a recount. Her lawyer promised an appeal of the coin toss decision.
NEWS
July 19, 1990 | Reuters
A bitterly contested GOP primary election for the Illinois Legislature that became a battleground in the fight over abortion was decided Wednesday by the toss of a coin. Rosemary Mulligan was declared the winner over Penny Pullen, an outspoken abortion foe who had held her suburban Chicago seat 14 years. Unofficial returns showed she lost by about a dozen votes in the primary. A court declared a tie after Pullen demanded a recount. Her lawyer promised an appeal of the coin toss decision.
NEWS
August 8, 2001 | ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
During 35 years in politics, Illinois Gov. George Ryan has never lost a race. But the affable, thoughtful, moderate Republican also has never faced the kind of corruption scandal, deep party divisions and the strikingly low approval ratings that have marked his first term in the governor's office. At a gathering tonight in his hometown of Kankakee, the 67-year-old is expected to announce whether he will seek a second term.
NEWS
June 19, 1988 | CATHLEEN DECKER, Times Staff Writer
Resuming his post-primary drubbing of his Democratic foe, Vice President George Bush castigated Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis on Saturday for his support of a prison furlough program and demanded that Dukakis explain to Americans why he let "murderers out on vacations."
NEWS
February 15, 1990 | LARRY GREEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cook County's Republican Party chairman was engulfed in a firestorm of controversy on Wednesday after federal prosecutors disclosed a tape recording of an alleged mob boss who boasted that he paid $10,000 monthly bribes to the GOP official when he served as Cook County undersheriff. James Dvorak, backed as county GOP chairman two years ago by Illinois Gov. James R. Thompson, declared his innocence Wednesday and defied party leaders who called for his resignation after the U.S.
NEWS
October 2, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
The Supreme Court today agreed to decide whether police nationwide can try to curb drunk driving by stopping motorists at sobriety checkpoints. The justices said they will review Michigan court rulings that struck down that state's sobriety checkpoint program as an unconstitutional invasion of privacy. Courts in other states, including California, have upheld checkpoint programs. Michigan state police first used sobriety checkpoints, modeled after a program used in Maryland, in 1986.
NEWS
June 22, 1990 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Supreme Court sounded the death knell for patronage in public employment Thursday, ruling that most government jobs may not be handed out on the basis of politics. In a 5-4 decision, the high court said that the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of speech and association protects public employees from discrimination because of their political views or party affiliations. Top policy-making officials in government still may be chosen for political reasons, the court said.
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July 11, 2004 | P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writer
After years of financial woes and fallen politicians, the state Republican Party in Illinois had hoped that the race to fill the open U.S. Senate seat would be its first step toward a scandal-free future. Now, less than four months before the federal election, the party itself is struggling not to fall apart. In a state where politics and controversy often go hand in hand, the race to fill the open seat held by Republican Sen.
NEWS
February 15, 1990 | LARRY GREEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cook County's Republican Party chairman was engulfed in a firestorm of controversy on Wednesday after federal prosecutors disclosed a tape recording of an alleged mob boss who boasted that he paid $10,000 monthly bribes to the GOP official when he served as Cook County undersheriff. James Dvorak, backed as county GOP chairman two years ago by Illinois Gov. James R. Thompson, declared his innocence Wednesday and defied party leaders who called for his resignation after the U.S.
NEWS
March 3, 1989
Former Chicago Alderman Edward R. Vrdolyak, who launched a write-in campaign less than a week before the Republican mayoral primary, apparently defeated the GOP-endorsed candidate, a city elections official said. Vrdolyak received 11,621 votes, or 52.5%, to 10,478 votes, or 47.4%, for Dr. Herbert Sohn, said Ray Jagielski, a member of the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners.
NEWS
June 19, 1988 | CATHLEEN DECKER, Times Staff Writer
Resuming his post-primary drubbing of his Democratic foe, Vice President George Bush castigated Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis on Saturday for his support of a prison furlough program and demanded that Dukakis explain to Americans why he let "murderers out on vacations."
NEWS
October 24, 1988 | DAVID LAUTER, Times Staff Writer
Democratic leaders Sunday accused Vice President George Bush of using racism in his presidential campaign, with Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Lloyd Bentsen and the Rev. Jesse Jackson leveling new attacks against GOP tactics. The new attacks came as Democratic nominee Michael S. Dukakis flew west for a campaign swing through California.
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February 20, 2005 | P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writer
Andrew McKenna Jr. stands before a tense crowd and prepares his plea. The audience, like the ones at four other local events he has faced in the last 36 hours, has gathered to celebrate Abraham Lincoln's birthday. McKenna, however, is here for one reason. He is here to rebuild an organization that has become so troubled that many people consider it politically irrelevant: the Republican Party in Illinois. A former governor faces federal corruption and racketeering charges.
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