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Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 10:51 AM
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By Erin Carlson

This Week in Mudslinging: Quinn Out-Polls Rauner; GOP Ices Out Oberweis

This Week in Mudslinging: Quinn Out-Polls Rauner; GOP Ices Out Oberweis

If you thought last week was bad, the gloves are off between Gov. Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner as they lob toxic verbal grenades back and forth with the latter treading carefully not to step in... Read »

Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 8:43 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Democratic Poll Shows Quinn Ahead for First Time

Democratic Poll Shows Quinn Ahead for First Time

After weeks of losing ground to Bruce Rauner, Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is three points ahead of his Republican rival in a new poll released Thursday by the Democratic Governors Association. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 3, 2014 at 1:29 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Jeb Bush to Stump for Bruce Rauner Amid 2016 Buzz

Jeb Bush to Stump for Bruce Rauner Amid 2016 Buzz

Jeb Bush is hopping aboard the Bruce Rauner bandwagon. Weeks after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's pro-Rauner tour in Chicago, Bush—who governed Florida for an eight-year stretch ending in 2007—will travel here... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 8:31 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chris Christie's 5 Biggest "Quinn-sults"

If you don't have anything nice to say about Gov. Pat Quinn, well then sit next to Chris Christie! The mouthy New Jersey governor, Republican Governors Association Chairman and obsessed Springsteen fan returned... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 3:10 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Chris Christie Doesn't Like Democracy

Opinion: Chris Christie Doesn't Like Democracy

Maybe the next time Christie comes to town, he can check with the candidate he’s supporting to make sure they've got their stories straight on whether basic democracy is a good idea or not. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 11:12 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Biden Stumps for Quinn Amid GOP's Christie Offensive

Biden Stumps for Quinn Amid GOP's Christie Offensive

Joe Biden and Chris Christie, two regular-guy politicians with big mouths and even bigger Oval Office dreams, descended upon Chicago Monday to raise money for the hotly contested Illinois governor race on... Read »

Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 11:48 PM
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By Associated Press

Biden, Christie Stump for Quinn and Rauner

The closely watched race for Illinois governor got a high-profile boost Monday with Vice President Joe Biden fundraising for Gov. Pat Quinn and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stumping for the Chicago Democrat's... Read »

Monday, Jul 28, 2014 at 11:45 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Christie Raises $2.5 Million for Rauner Campaign

Christie Raises $2.5 Million for Rauner Campaign

Chris Christie might be down, but he's not out: The embattled New Jersey governor, still recovering from Bridge-Gate, used his remaining clout in the GOP to help Bruce Rauner raise $2.5 million to defeat... Read »

Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 at 9:47 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Christie's Visit to Chicago Includes Trip to Portillo's

Christie's Visit to Chicago Includes Trip to Portillo's

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was in Chicago Friday night to support Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner. Read »

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 6:46 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

NJ Gov. Christie to Stump for Rauner in Chicago

NJ Gov. Christie to Stump for Rauner in Chicago

Groups supporting gay marriage and other causes say they plan to protest outside the fundraiser. Read »

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