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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Private Equity Co-Worker Takes the Stand in Seedy Nursing Home Trial

Rauner Private Equity Co-Worker Takes the Stand in Seedy Nursing Home Trial

New testimony in the Florida federal bankruptcy case involving Bruce Rauner's former private equity firm presents GTCR as having no knowledge of its 2006 sale of a problem-filled nursing home chain to an an... Read »

6 hours ago
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By Erin Carlson

Illinois Lawmakers Proceed With Hearing on Quinn's Scandal-Drenched Anti-Violence Program

Illinois Lawmakers Proceed With Hearing on Quinn's Scandal-Drenched Anti-Violence Program

While he gains traction in the race to keep his job, Gov. Pat Quinn is not off the hook amid lingering questions about the troubled anti-violence program he launched four years ago. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 at 6:37 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

President, First Lady and Hillary to Stump for Quinn

President, First Lady and Hillary to Stump for Quinn

Some big name Democrats will be in Chicago in the next couple of weeks to help support Gov. Pat Quinn's campaign. Read »

Monday, Sep 29, 2014 at 10:58 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Durbin, Oberweis Butt Heads on ISIS, IRS

Illinois' Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the U.S. Senate, faced off against Republican rival Jim Oberweis in a frequently hostile "endorsement debate" before the Chicago Tribune editorial board on Monday. Read »

Monday, Sep 29, 2014 at 1:04 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Illinoisans on Forbes' List of Richest in U.S.

Illinoisans on Forbes' List of Richest in U.S.

Forbes has released its annual ranking of the 400 richest people in America, and Chicago hedge fund tycoon Ken Griffin—who's donated millions to Illinois' GOP governor candidate Bruce Rauner—jumps ahead 14 spots... Read »

Monday, Sep 29, 2014 at 3:56 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Clinton to Campaign for Quinn in Illinois: Report

Clinton to Campaign for Quinn in Illinois: Report

Hillary Clinton is heading home to her native Illinois to campaign for Gov. Pat Quinn, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Read »

Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 at 4:56 PM
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By Associated Press

Quinn, Rauner Address Students at NextGen Conference

The candidates separately addressed what's billed as the first statewide convention for millennials. Attendees ranged in age from late teens to about 34. Read »

Friday, Sep 26, 2014 at 9:12 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Diana Rauner Grants First Campaign Media Interview

Diana Rauner has appeared in campaign ads and news conferences to help support Republican Bruce Rauner's campaign for Illinois governor, but on Friday she gave her first one-on-one media interview to NBC 5. Read »

Friday, Sep 26, 2014 at 8:23 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Ground Stops Prevent Gloria Steinem From Stumping for Quinn

Ground Stops Prevent Gloria Steinem From Stumping for Quinn

Famed feminist Gloria Steinem was among thousands of travelers affected by Friday's Chicago airport ground stops prompted by a fire at an air control center in Aurora. Read »

Friday, Sep 26, 2014 at 1:19 PM
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By Erin Carlson

This Week in Mudslinging: Rauner Plays the Harold Washington Card; Rahm Slams Lewis' Pitch to Legalize Pot

This Week in Mudslinging: Rauner Plays the Harold Washington Card; Rahm Slams Lewis' Pitch to Legalize Pot

Still want to run for governor, Bruce? The successful private equity exec-turned-GOP political candidate is learning the hard way that the campaign trail can be unforgiving—especially for a rookie. Enter the... Read »

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Jesse Jackson Jr.

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

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