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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 »

Friday, Jun 13, 2014 at 5:20 PM
      

Gutierrez to Discipline Staffer for Klan Comments

Rep. Luis Gutierrez plans to discipline a staffer for a comment he made comparing Republicans to the Ku Klux Klan at a campaign event for Gov. Pat Quinn Thursday, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Read »

Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 at 9:27 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Rauner Uses Live Chickens to Illustrate Cost-Cutting Plan

GOP gubernatorial candidate presents ideas to cut government waste. Read »

Monday, May 19, 2014 at 9:22 PM
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By mary ann ahern
      

Rauner, Quinn Trade Campaign Jabs

Rauner blasts Quinn on state income tax increase while Democrats criticize Rauner over a photo showing the Republican candidate shaking hands with a man with a Confederate flag on his jacket sleeve. Read »

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 5:13 PM
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By associated press

Judge Halts Illinois' State Pension Overhaul

Judge Halts Illinois' State Pension Overhaul

Judge issues a stay on the law until the court can rule on its constitutionality. Read »

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 8:48 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

State Lawmakers to Probe Quinn's Embattled Program

Gov. Pat Quinn is facing more scrutiny for his anti-violence program after a legislative panel approved subpoena powers for itself Tuesday to dig into how the program's money was spent before and after... Read »

Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 8:40 PM
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By mary ann ahern

Feds Probe Quinn's Anti-Violence Program

Feds Probe Quinn's Anti-Violence Program

Federal prosecutors have asked for information related to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's troubled anti-violence program which has also been the subject of a scathing state auditor's report and a probe by the Cook... Read »

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