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Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 1:51 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Midterm Elections: Illinois Democrats Worried About Quinn Liability

Midterm Elections: Illinois Democrats Worried About Quinn Liability

Forget President Obama. It's Pat Quinn that Illinois Democrats should worry about, say operatives within the party. With Gov. Quinn's approval ratings in the tank -- only House Speaker Mike Madigan is more... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014 at 2:52 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn Slams Rauner: "We Don't Need a Loophole Governor'

Quinn Slams Rauner:

The worst thing to happen to Bruce Rauner's campaign is a gift to the re-election efforts of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. Read »

Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 at 2:43 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Fox Yanks Quinn's Anti-Rauner Ad Over Repeat Mr. Burns Appearance

Fox Yanks Quinn's Anti-Rauner Ad Over Repeat Mr. Burns Appearance

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn crossed the Fox Network for the second time this week when his campaign re-used an image of "Simpsons" villain Mr. Burns in a video spot attacking Quinn's Republican challenger Bruce... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014 at 4:40 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Asks Supporters for $5 Donations After Griffin Windfall

Rauner Asks Supporters for $5 Donations After Griffin Windfall

Bruce Rauner is not resting on his laurels after receiving a record-shattering, bombshell $2.5 donation from hedge fund mogul Ken Griffin, the richest person in Illinois. The Republican gubernatorial nominee... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014 at 4:37 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn Approves Same-Day Voter Registration in Illinois

Quinn Approves Same-Day Voter Registration in Illinois

Gov. Pat Quinn has approved same-day voter registration in Illinois, stoking criticism from Republicans who dismiss the move as a political tactic to entice Democratic voters to the polls in November. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014 at 4:35 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn Finally Caves on Repairing Illinois Governor's Mansion

Quinn Finally Caves on Repairing Illinois Governor's Mansion

After months of extensive water damage, the Executive Mansion -- built in the 19th century as living quarters for the Illinois governor -- is finally getting some long-awaited repairs. Read »

Monday, Jun 30, 2014 at 3:11 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Durbin Calls Fake Press Release Attacks "New Low"

Durbin Calls Fake Press Release Attacks

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is not amused by the Illinois GOP's distribution of a fake press release claiming that he would pressure Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn to testify about his scandal-plagued anti-violence... Read »

Monday, Jun 30, 2014 at 3:08 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Cook County Clerk Dorothy Brown Allegedly Paid Husband $90K in Campaign Funds

Cook County Clerk Dorothy Brown Allegedly Paid Husband $90K in Campaign Funds

The Dorothy Brown drama continues with damning new allegations that the Cook County Circuit Court clerk reached into her campaign war chest to pay her husband a total of $90,000. Read »

Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 12:11 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Sends Quinnocchio to Anti-Bullying Event

Rauner Sends Quinnocchio to Anti-Bullying Event

Bruce Rauner's campaign dispatched its Quinnocchio mascot to protest outside a press conference on the anti-bullying bill Gov. Quinn signed into law Thursday. Read »

Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 9:17 PM
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By Erin Carlson
      

Rauner Responds to Criticism Before Pride Parade

Capital Fax's Rich Miller reports that anti-Bruce Rauner signs are being plastered around Chicago's Boystown as the gay-friendly neighborhood prepares for the 45th Annual Pride Parade on Sunday. Read »

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Accidental gov no longer.

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Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

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