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Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 at 5:20 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Private Equity Co-Worker Takes the Stand in Seedy Nursing Home Trial

Rauner Private Equity Co-Worker Takes the Stand in Seedy Nursing Home Trial

New testimony in the Florida federal bankruptcy case involving Bruce Rauner's former private equity firm presents GTCR as having no knowledge of its 2006 sale of a problem-filled nursing home chain to an... Read »

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 at 11:42 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Illinois Lawmakers Proceed With Hearing on Quinn's Scandal-Drenched Anti-Violence Program

Illinois Lawmakers Proceed With Hearing on Quinn's Scandal-Drenched Anti-Violence Program

While he gains traction in the race to keep his job, Gov. Pat Quinn is not off the hook amid lingering questions about the troubled anti-violence program he launched four years ago. Read »

Monday, Sep 29, 2014 at 1:04 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Illinoisans on Forbes' List of Richest in U.S.

Illinoisans on Forbes' List of Richest in U.S.

Forbes has released its annual ranking of the 400 richest people in America, and Chicago hedge fund tycoon Ken Griffin—who's donated millions to Illinois' GOP governor candidate Bruce Rauner—jumps ahead 14 spots... Read »

Monday, Sep 29, 2014 at 3:56 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Clinton to Campaign for Quinn in Illinois: Report

Clinton to Campaign for Quinn in Illinois: Report

Hillary Clinton is heading home to her native Illinois to campaign for Gov. Pat Quinn, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Read »

Friday, Sep 26, 2014 at 1:19 PM
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By Erin Carlson

This Week in Mudslinging: Rauner Plays the Harold Washington Card; Rahm Slams Lewis' Pitch to Legalize Pot

This Week in Mudslinging: Rauner Plays the Harold Washington Card; Rahm Slams Lewis' Pitch to Legalize Pot

Still want to run for governor, Bruce? The successful private equity exec-turned-GOP political candidate is learning the hard way that the campaign trail can be unforgiving—especially for a rookie. Read »

Friday, Sep 26, 2014 at 11:13 AM
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By Erin Carlson

5 Developments in Bruce Rauner's Nursing Home Drama

5 Developments in Bruce Rauner's Nursing Home Drama

As a federal trial targeting Bruce Rauner's venture capital firm unfolds in Florida, a string of new developments has emerged in an especially tawdry and disturbing bankruptcy case that threatens to derail... Read »

Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 at 3:19 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Mellows on Decriminalizing Pot: 'I'm Open to the Discussion'

Rauner Mellows on Decriminalizing Pot: 'I'm Open to the Discussion'

Since Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel made the case Tuesday for decriminalizing pot possession statewide, Illinois' Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner is seeming to mellow from a harder stance that has... Read »

Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 at 3:15 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Second City Spoofs Quinn-Rauner Race With Rival Political Ads

Second City Spoofs Quinn-Rauner Race With Rival Political Ads

Anyone who felt mildly annoyed at the "me time"-interrupting barrage of gloomy political attack ads that aired during Sunday's otherwise perfect installment of The Good Wife is going to appreciate these... Read »

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 at 12:39 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Sheila Simon vs. Judy Baar Topinka: The Illinois Comptroller Race Is Unsurprisingly One-Sided

Sheila Simon vs. Judy Baar Topinka: The Illinois Comptroller Race Is Unsurprisingly One-Sided

Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is running to unseat Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka this November—and the outlook does not look good. Read »

Monday, Sep 22, 2014 at 11:37 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn, Rauner Neck and Neck in Competitive Illinois Governor Race

Quinn, Rauner Neck and Neck in Competitive Illinois Governor Race

Two months ago pollsters were shifting predictions to favor GOP candidate Bruce Rauner over Democratic incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn in the Illinois gubernatorial race. But now, with the Nov. Read »

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