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Friday, Jul 18, 2014 at 4:44 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Mistakenly Vows to Tax "Trailer Parks" If Elected Governor

Rauner Mistakenly Vows to Tax

Bruce Rauner handed Pat Quinn yet another opening to attack his one-percenter lifestyle when the Republican gubernatorial candidate mistakenly pitched a plan to tax trailer parks. Read »

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 at 6:43 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Rauner Releases Detailed Budget Plan

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner released a full budget plan Thursday following months of criticism for the lack of a detailed plan. Read »

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 at 4:08 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chris Christie Pretends Not to Run for President in Chicago

Chris Christie Pretends Not to Run for President in Chicago

Let's be clear: Chris Christie is up to something. Because every presidential hopeful who visits Chicago to stump for someone else has a self-serving ulterior motive: money, money and more money. The Windy City,... 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 »

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 4:01 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Invests $750K Into Illinois Republican Party

Rauner Invests $750K Into Illinois Republican Party

Once a venture capitalist, always a venture capitalist. Bruce Rauner, Illinois' Republican candidate for governor, received $853,450 in campaign donations from July 3-9 and invested another $750,000 into the... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 3:48 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Political Attack Ads Target 'Drama'-Craving Crime Show Viewers

Political Attack Ads Target 'Drama'-Craving Crime Show Viewers

There's a reason why your primetime "Law & Order: SVU" binges are being interrupted with an increasing number of negative political commercials. As it happens, politicians' campaigns and the special interests... Read »

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 4:22 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner 'Regrets' Bad Investment With Firm Tied to Daley's Son

Rauner 'Regrets' Bad Investment With Firm Tied to Daley's Son

Bruce Rauner says he regrets investing in a Chicago venture capital firm that did shady business with City Hall under the reign of Mayor Richard. M. Daley, the Sun-Times reports. Read »

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 2:21 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Midterm Elections: Rauner Leads Quinn 51-39 in New Poll

Midterm Elections: Rauner Leads Quinn 51-39 in New Poll

Come November, Springfield could very well see a changing of the guard from Gov. Pat Quinn to Bruce Rauner. Another Capitol Fax/We Ask America survey shows Rauner consistently polling ahead of Quinn -- this... Read »

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 4:55 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Quinn Mocks Rauner's $100,000 Parking Spot

Opinion: Quinn Mocks Rauner's $100,000 Parking Spot

WARNING: This news might make you spit out your coffee. According to the Sun-Times' Michael Sneed, Bruce Rauner paid $100,000 for one parking spot. We repeat: $100,000. For a parking spot. Just one. Read »

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 2:08 PM
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By Erin Carlson

New Rauner Attack Ad Blasts Quinn's 'Broken Promises'

New Rauner Attack Ad Blasts Quinn's 'Broken Promises'

"When you hear Pat Quinn's false attacks, remember his broken promises," intones the woman narrator in Bruce Rauner's latest ad targeting Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. The 30-second TV spot, unleashed Friday, is... Read »

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