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Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 4:22 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner's Nursing Home Drama Escalates Amid Federal Trial

Rauner's Nursing Home Drama Escalates Amid Federal Trial

Illinois governor candidate Bruce Rauner is keeping his lips zipped as a federal trial involving his former private equity firm and allegations of nursing home neglect launches in Florida. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 1:18 AM
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By Marion Brooks

Black Ministers Endorse Rauner for Governor

Rauner picks up several minority endorsements, answers questions about hiring at private equity firm. Read »

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 at 11:37 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn, Rauner Neck and Neck in Competitive Illinois Governor Race

Quinn, Rauner Neck and Neck in Competitive Illinois Governor Race

Two months ago pollsters were shifting predictions to favor GOP candidate Bruce Rauner over Democratic incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn in the Illinois gubernatorial race. But now, with the Nov. 4 election just six... Read »

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 11:49 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Illinois Governor Candidates Trade Jabs

The Illinois governor's race continues to heat up. Read »

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 11:29 AM
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By Erin Carlson

This Week in Mudslinging: Rauner's NFL About-Face; Lewis Calls Pro-Rahm DFER 'Racist'; Davis Loves a Good Steak

This Week in Mudslinging: Rauner's NFL About-Face; Lewis Calls Pro-Rahm DFER 'Racist'; Davis Loves a Good Steak

Who's ready for a mud bath? Another week, another shameless display of political character assassination. Let's jump in! Read »

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 8:35 PM
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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 »

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 2:21 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Dueling Quinn-Rauner Attack Ads Spew Venom on Moral Character

Out-campaigned on the income inequality issue, Bruce Rauner is pumping up a media campaign to redirect focus upon Illinois' most powerful Democrats and tying Gov. Pat Quinn, House Speaker Michael Madigan and... Read »

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 at 2:52 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Rauner, Part Steelers Owner, Won't Weigh in on Abuse Scandals

Rauner, however, wants no part of the domestic abuse mess currently bedeviling the National Football League, and he declined to take questions on the topic. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 9:33 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Rauner Objects to Illinois Medical Marijuana Bill

Republican gubernatorial candidate says he wouldn't have signed bill, believes process is corrupt. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 11:13 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn Rejects Pitch to Hire Patronage Watchdog; Rauner Calls Him a 'Bumbling Fool'

Quinn Rejects Pitch to Hire Patronage Watchdog; Rauner Calls Him a 'Bumbling Fool'

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is rejecting a proposal from clout-busting attorney Michael Shakman to hire an independent watchdog to clean up allegedly improper hiring practices inside the scandal-soaked Department of... 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.

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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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