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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 4:37 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 »

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 »

Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 at 12:31 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Illinois Teachers Spend $325,000 to Defeat Bruce Rauner

Illinois Teachers Spend $325,000 to Defeat Bruce Rauner

An Illinois teachers group has donated $325,000 to a union-backed super PAC whose main agenda is to defeat Republican Bruce Rauner's campaign for governor. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 4:53 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Legislative Group Votes to Subpoena Quinn Associates Over Botched Anti-Violence Program

Legislative Group Votes to Subpoena Quinn Associates Over Botched Anti-Violence Program

Illinois lawmakers voted Monday to subpoena associates of Gov. Pat Quinn amid a federal and state investigation into Quinn's scandal-soaked anti-violence program. Read »

Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 at 2:25 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn's Anti-Violence Program Director Could Get Subpoenaed

Quinn's Anti-Violence Program Director Could Get Subpoenaed

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's troubled anti-violence program continues to be a target for Republicans backing Bruce Rauner's bid to depose the Democratic incumbent. A legislative panel will decide Monday whether to... Read »

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 3:22 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Illinois Governor's Mansion Continues to Fall Apart

Illinois Governor's Mansion Continues to Fall Apart

Perhaps it's time Gov. Pat Quinn did something about his decaying home. The Illinois governor's Civil War-period Executive Mansion was practically falling apart last month when its curator, Dave Bourland,... Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

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Jesse Jackson Jr.

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Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

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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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