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Friday, Aug 22, 2014 at 11:19 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Patronage Charges May Prove Quinn’s Undoing

Opinion: Patronage Charges May Prove Quinn’s Undoing

Every time there’s another headline or report released suggesting Quinn is corrupt, the Rauner campaign has to smile. 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 »

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 at 11:34 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner and Quinn Go to War on Outsourcing Issue

Rauner and Quinn Go to War on Outsourcing Issue

Illinois' GOP governor candidate Bruce Rauner says he's "never closed a plant and moved jobs overseas or that sort of thing." But evidence proves otherwise. Read »

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 at 11:40 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Can Joe Biden's Charm Help Quinn Defeat Rauner?

Can Joe Biden's Charm Help Quinn Defeat Rauner?

The White House is deploying Joe Biden to Chicago on Monday, where the veep will stump for Gov. Pat Quinn and other Illinois Democrats up for re-election this November. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 12:21 PM
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By Erin Carlson

The Messy Politics of Illinois and Uber

The Messy Politics of Illinois and Uber

As Uber plows into the taxi industry in Illinois, its eye on dominating Chicago, the fast-growing ride-share start-up has recruited David Plouffe to handle the messy political side of things. President Barack... Read »

Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 8:21 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Admits Nearly "Punching Someone" at Parade

Rauner Admits Nearly

Video surfaced Monday of Illinois governor candidate Bruce Rauner telling supporters he came close to "punching someone" at a parade last spring. Read »

Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 at 1:29 PM
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By Chicago Sun-Times

Rauner Firm Faces Fines for Illegal Sign in Rogers Park

Rauner Firm Faces Fines for Illegal Sign in Rogers Park

A Cook County judge will decide whether Bruce Rauner, the Republican candidate for governor, and his business partners must pay fines for illegally erecting a digital billboard on a building in West Rogers... Read »

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 7:33 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Quinn Wants Apology Over GOP "Cow Tipping" Crack

Quinn Wants Apology Over GOP

Gov. Pat Quinn says his Republican challenger's running mate should apologize for a 2013 comment asking if "cow tipping" was a job requirement in Springfield. Read »

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 at 8:18 PM
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By Erin Carlson
      

Rauner's State Fair Day: Cheers, Beers and Steers

The unofficial CEO of the Winnetka chapter of the Hell's Angels, Bruce Rauner arrived by Harley Davidson to celebrate Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair. Read »

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 at 8:19 PM
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By Associated Press
      

Rauner Rides to State Fair on Harley

After removing his helmet, the Winnetka businessman said he would lead an administration that is efficient and transparent. He repeated a vow, made following his primary victory, to sweep Gov. Pat Quinn into... Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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

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