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Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 at 1:58 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Rauner’s Rapid Response Hits Back at Attack Ads

Rauner’s Rapid Response Hits Back at Attack Ads

Once again, Bruce Rauner’s campaign is proving the political value of having very deep pockets. Read »

Friday, Feb 7, 2014 at 1:36 PM
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By Associated Press

Brady Sorry For "Insensitive" Jobless Remark

Brady Sorry For

Republican candidate for Illinois governor Bill Brady says he was "insensitive" when he said out-of-work people don't want jobs because they enjoy collecting unemployment benefits. Read »

Thursday, Feb 6, 2014 at 6:23 AM
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By MaryAnn Ahern
      

Rutherford Employee Alleges Sexual Harassment in Letter

A resignation letter submitted by an employee of GOP gubernatorial candidate and state treasurer Dan Rutherford makes claims of sexual harassment. Read »

Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 9:26 PM
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By MaryAnn Ahern
      

Lawyer Says More Claims May Be Made Against Rutherford

The Republican race for the Illinois gubernatorial nomination continues to swirl around state treasurer Dan Rutherford and allegations filed by an employee. NBC 5's MaryAnn Ahern reports that part of the... Read »

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 3:42 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

NBC 5 and University of Chicago Hosts Candidate Forum

NBC 5 and University of Chicago Hosts Candidate Forum

The 60-minute forum will be broadcast live on NBC 5 (WMAQ-TV) from the David and Reva Logan Center for the Arts’ Performance Hall. The event will also be webcast live and will include an additional 30-minute... Read »

Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 1:26 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

For Critics, Rauner’s Image Gift That Keeps on Giving

For Critics, Rauner’s Image Gift That Keeps on Giving

At today’s candidate forum for Republican governor, wealthy businessman Bruce Rauner gave his critics yet another easy sound bite to hang around his neck. Read »

Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 10:43 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

GOP Forum: "It's Been a Beat-up-Brucey Kind of Morning"

GOP Forum:

In the first forum with all four GOP candidates for governor, the focus Thursday was on business and the economy but the spotlight was on Bruce Rauner. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 at 9:53 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Rutherford Shows Respectable 4Q Numbers

Rutherford Shows Respectable 4Q Numbers

It’s not $4 million. But maybe it doesn't have to be. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014 at 11:36 PM
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By MaryAnn Ahern
      

GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Square Off

Three of the candidates, state Sen. Bill Brady, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford and state Sen. Kirk Dillard attended the Will County Tea Party forum in Plainfield, but the front-runner -- Bruce Rauner -- was a... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014 at 10:36 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Dillard Suffers Continuing Fundraising Woes

Dillard Suffers Continuing Fundraising Woes

When running a political campaign, self-financing can mean one of two things: either you have deep pockets and can spend as much as you want, or you’re in trouble. Read »

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Mark W. Anderson Ward Room Blogger Mark W. Anderson is a writer and journalist specializing in public policy, politics and economics. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2006, and has operated a full service communications and strategy firm while working in and out of politics for more than a decade. A lifelong Chicagoan and White Sox fan, he lives in a Rogers Park apartment stacked with books and records.
Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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