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Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 12:57 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Politico Switches Illinois Governor Race to 'Leans Republican'

Politico Switches Illinois Governor Race to 'Leans Republican'

Too early to call this for Bruce Rauner? Nobody who follows Illinois politics will be the least bit surprised by news that Politico switched its projected outcome of the state's gubernatorial race from "toss-up"... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 3:57 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Gov. Quinn Will Have a Terrible, No Good, Very Bad October

Gov. Quinn Will Have a Terrible, No Good, Very Bad October

October is looking rough for embattled Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn as two corruption investigations slated for that month could derail his campaign so close to election day. Read »

Monday, Jul 28, 2014 at 2:41 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Can Bruce Rauner Topple Illinois' Democratic Machine?

Can Bruce Rauner Topple Illinois' Democratic Machine?

Bruce Rauner is working behind the scenes -- and spending gobs of money -- to help the GOP bust up Illinois' powerful Democratic Machine. 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 »

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 »

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 »

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