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>>Departing Daley Says Quinn Won't Win
(Chicago, IL) -- Bill Daley didn't shed much more light on why he's dropping out of the race for governor, but he did take some parting shots at Gov. Quinn during a morning news conference. Daley said it wasn't fear of losing that prompted him to drop out, but a realization of the enormity of the commitment required by the campaign and the job of running a state with such massive fiscal problems. Daley predicted though, that Quinn wouldn't win re-election, and said he wouldn't endorse Quinn's candidacy. Daley's voice trembled a bit as he said that giving up the race was the end of a life-long dream of serving in elected office as his brothers and father had.
>>Brady Taps Rodriguez For Lt. Governor
(Chicago, IL) -- State Sen. Bill Brady has named the former mayor of Long Grove, Maria Rodriguez, as his running mate in the Republican primary for governor. Rodriguez served two terms as mayor and lost the GOP primary for Congress in the 14th district to Joe Walsh in 2010. Rodriguez has been active in the conservative group For the Good of Illinois and in several Catholic women's groups. Brady's announcement means it's only businessman Bruce Rauner among the Republicans who hasn't announced a lieutenant governor selection.
>>Police Arrest Two In Caterpillar Heist
(East Peoria, IL) -- Police in East Peoria say they've got the goods to show that two men in custody stole nearly a million-dollars worth of parts and equipment from Caterpillar. Police say 50-year-old John Peters of East Peoria and 35-year-old Eliot Wells of Peoria had sold nearly 500-thousand-dollars worth of items online. In addition, police recovered more than 300-thousand-dollars worth of merchandise from Peters' home. Peters is a former Caterpillar employee, and Wells is a current Cat worker.
>>Rockford Adoption Agency Seeks Gay Couples
(Rockford, IL) -- In Rockford, an adoption agency is reaching out to same-sex couples, asking them to consider becoming parents. Children's Home and Aid is assuring gay couples that they'll be treated fairly in the adoption process. The agency says the process is nearly identical for same-sex couples seeking to adopt as it is for heterosexual couples. Children's Home and Aid will hold a meeting in Loves Park next month for gay couples seeking information about adoption.
>>Addison Man Finds Lottery Winner Stashed In His Car
(Addison, IL) -- Here's a reason to clean out that glove compartment -- an Addison man found a lottery ticket he forgot he'd purchased and it's bringing him a million dollars. Giuseppe Anelli found the ticket while he was at a gas station and when he took it inside to check, the scanning machine flashed "file a claim." He went home and checked the numbers and found that he'd won the 4th of July Millionaire Raffle. Anelli and his wife say they'll pay off their house and put money in college funds for their three children.
David Stewart/lr IL)
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