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Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 1:43 PM
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By Colleen Connolly

Get To Know GOP Candidates For Governor

Get To Know GOP Candidates For Governor

Watch the candidates' introductory statements and get to know the main issues in the race before the March 18 primary election. Read »

Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 at 10:50 PM
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By associated press

GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Play it Safe In Final TV Debate

Candidates get final digs in before Tuesday's primary election. MaryAnn Ahern reports. Read »

Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 at 7:09 AM

Final TV Debate Today for GOP Gov Hopefuls

Final TV Debate Today for GOP Gov Hopefuls

Thursday's forum is hosted by Chicago's WTTW-TV. Read »

Friday, Mar 14, 2014 at 8:51 AM
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By Colleen Connolly

5 Illinois Political Races You Should Know

5 Illinois Political Races You Should Know

As the primaries get closer, make sure you're familiar with the most contentious and important races. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 8:43 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Dillard: 'I Will Be Able to Tell Mayor Rahm Emanuel No'

Dubbed one of the most powerful men in Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel isn’t the easiest man to say no to. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 8:18 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Illinois GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Face Off In Forum

Two weeks, to the day, before the Illinois Primary, the 2014 Republican gubernatorial candidates will participate in a forum cosponsored by NBC 5 Chicago and the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics and... Read »

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 4:30 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Brady Latest to Claim Race Between Him and Rauner

Brady Latest to Claim Race Between Him and Rauner

These days, everybody wants somebody else to get out of the GOP primary race for governor. Read »

Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 5:23 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Report Investigating Rutherford Allegations Cost $27K

Report Investigating Rutherford Allegations Cost $27K

The report that State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, a GOP candidate for governor, ordered after an employee voiced allegations of misconduct by Rutherford cost taxpayers more than $27,000. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 4:16 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Rutherford Not Leaving Race Despite Ad Pull

Rutherford Not Leaving Race Despite Ad Pull

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, a GOP candidate for Illinois governor, has pulled his TV ads, but his spokesman insists he’s not leaving the race. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 3:40 PM
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By MaryAnn Ahern

Teacher's Union Endorses Kirk Dillard

Teacher's Union Endorses Kirk Dillard

GOP gubernatorial candidate Kirk Dillard received a big endorsement Friday, with the Illinois Education Association throwing its support behind the state senator. Read »

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Who We're Covering
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.

Ed Burke

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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