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By Mary Ann Ahern

Illinois Governor Candidates Spar Over Jobs

Quinn lauds new state job numbers, Rauner claims people have stopped looking for work. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 3, 2014 at 9:03 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Quinn Eats $2 Breakfast for Minimum Wage Challenge

Quinn Eats $2 Breakfast for Minimum Wage Challenge

Illinois governor is trying to live on $79 this week. Read »

Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 11:48 PM
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By Associated Press

Biden, Christie Stump for Quinn and Rauner

The closely watched race for Illinois governor got a high-profile boost Monday with Vice President Joe Biden fundraising for Gov. Pat Quinn and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stumping for the Chicago Democrat's... Read »

Friday, Aug 22, 2014 at 12:41 AM
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By Associated Press/NBC Chicago

Rauner Pushes Term Limits Issue

Quinn says he's been pushing for term limits for 20 years, asks Rauner to release taxes Read »

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 8:37 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern, Associated Press

Quinn Urges Rauner to Commit to Debates

New poll shows Rauner leading incumbent Quinn. Read »

Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 at 3:51 PM
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By associated press

Quinn Agrees to Live on Minimum Wage for a Week

Quinn Agrees to Live on Minimum Wage for a Week

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has agreed to briefly live on the equivalent of a minimum-wage salary as he rallies support for a ballot measure. Read »

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 10:56 PM
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By associated press

Rauner's "Headlines" Ad Questioned for Accuracy

A campaign ad from the Republican candidate for Illinois governor is being called into question for tailoring — and even making up — headlines from news stories to make them appear more negative about his... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 at 4:55 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Bruce Rauner: "I Love Uber"

Bruce Rauner:

Republican gubernatorial candidate says stifling ride-share companies sends message that "Illinois is closed to innovation." Read »

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 6:33 PM
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By Associated Press

Quinn Releases 2,000 Emails in Anti-Violence Program Probe

Quinn Releases 2,000 Emails in Anti-Violence Program Probe

Gov. Pat Quinn's administration has released thousands of emails to a panel of lawmakers investigating his troubled anti-violence program. Read »

Saturday, Jul 5, 2014 at 1:48 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Quinn Signs Illinois Boater Safety Regulations

Quinn Signs Illinois Boater Safety Regulations

Gov. Pat Quinn has approved several laws aimed at increasing boater safety on a holiday weekend that many Illinois residents are spending on lakes and rivers. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

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