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Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 at 11:51 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Amtrak Answers Quinn's Call on Revamping Chicago-to-Carbondale Track

Amtrak Answers Quinn's Call on Revamping Chicago-to-Carbondale Track

Amtrak says it's "happy to do the work suggested" by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Sen. Dick Durbin, who have jointly asked the rail company to commission a study on adding extra trains to its fast-growing... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014 at 1:51 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rothenberg Report Changes Illinois Governor Race to Favor Rauner

Rothenberg Report Changes Illinois Governor Race to Favor Rauner

Less than a week after Politico switched its projected outcome of of Illinois' gubernatorial race from "toss-up" to "leans Republican," The Rothenberg Report is following suit to tweak its rating to favor GOP... Read »

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 4:54 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn Scores Teachers Union Endorsement in Bitter Governors Race

Quinn Scores Teachers Union Endorsement in Bitter Governors Race

Surprise! Not one but two powerful Illinois teachers unions have come forward to formally endorse Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn for governor over Republican challenger Bruce Rauner, who's basically the... Read »

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 4:05 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner's Campaign Donors Are Forbes-Branded Billionaires

Rauner's Campaign Donors Are Forbes-Branded Billionaires

We all know Bruce Rauner is rich -- Gov. Pat Quinn reminds us all the time -- but his campaign donors are even richer. 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 »

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 11:47 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Gov. Quinn Donates $1,000 to Cover Shamiya Adams' Funeral: Report

Gov. Quinn Donates $1,000 to Cover Shamiya Adams' Funeral: Report

Gov. Pat Quinn wrote a personal check for $1,000 to help the family of slain 11-year-old Shamiya Adams pay for her funeral this weekend. Read »

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 2:08 PM
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By Erin Carlson

New Rauner Attack Ad Blasts Quinn's 'Broken Promises'

New Rauner Attack Ad Blasts Quinn's 'Broken Promises'

"When you hear Pat Quinn's false attacks, remember his broken promises," intones the woman narrator in Bruce Rauner's latest ad targeting Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. The 30-second TV spot, unleashed Friday, is... Read »

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 3:45 PM
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By Erin Carlson

What Pat Quinn Has to Do With Uber Expansion

What Pat Quinn Has to Do With Uber Expansion

Uber's goal to explain its Midwest branch by 500 employees within the next two years depends upon the approval of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. Read »

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 »

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