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Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 1:16 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn Earmarks $10M for "Safe Passage"

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday announced the state is earmarking $10 million for Chicago Public Schools' "Safe Passage" program that aims to make kids' school routes more secure. Read »

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 1:16 PM
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By Associated Press

Oberweis, Durbin Spar Over Debate Plans

Oberweis, Durbin Spar Over Debate Plans

Durbin spokesman Ron Holmes says nothing is finalized and campaigns were still in discussions. He says the emails didn't include one asking Oberweis' campaign if they wanted to move forward with proposed... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 8:31 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chris Christie's 5 Biggest "Quinn-sults"

If you don't have anything nice to say about Gov. Pat Quinn, well then sit next to Chris Christie! The mouthy New Jersey governor, Republican Governors Association Chairman and obsessed Springsteen fan returned... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 4:29 PM
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By Erin Carlson

How Bruce Rauner Can Woo Chicago Voters (And Swing the Election)

How Bruce Rauner Can Woo Chicago Voters (And Swing the Election)

Bruce Rauner has loads of support in suburban and downstate Illinois, but can he trounce Pat Quinn in Chicago? Not a chance. But he's going to try. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 11:12 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Biden Stumps for Quinn Amid GOP's Christie Offensive

Biden Stumps for Quinn Amid GOP's Christie Offensive

Joe Biden and Chris Christie, two regular-guy politicians with big mouths and even bigger Oval Office dreams, descended upon Chicago Monday to raise money for the hotly contested Illinois governor race on... Read »

Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 11:48 PM
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By Associated Press

Biden, Christie Stump for Quinn and Rauner

The closely watched race for Illinois governor got a high-profile boost Monday with Vice President Joe Biden fundraising for Gov. Pat Quinn and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stumping for the Chicago Democrat's... Read »

Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 1:39 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Blames Quinn, Madigan for Blocking Term Limits Reform

Rauner Blames Quinn, Madigan for Blocking Term Limits Reform

It wasn't a lazy Sunday for Bruce Rauner. Pointing fingers at Springfield, the Republican governor candidate called a Chicago press conference to premiere an attack ad accusing Illinois Democrats of... Read »

Friday, Aug 22, 2014 at 11:18 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Once Called Quinn an 'Extraordinary' Leader

Rauner Once Called Quinn an 'Extraordinary' Leader

The Chicago Sun-Times unearths old footage of Bruce Rauner singing Democrats' praises during a November 2010 speech on the National Restaurant Association's decision to keep its annual trade show at McCormick... Read »

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 at 11:34 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner and Quinn Go to War on Outsourcing Issue

Rauner and Quinn Go to War on Outsourcing Issue

Illinois' GOP governor candidate Bruce Rauner says he's "never closed a plant and moved jobs overseas or that sort of thing." But evidence proves otherwise. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 10:42 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Aldermen Deserve Kudos for Admitting Mistakes

Opinion: Aldermen Deserve Kudos for Admitting Mistakes

For a politician, coming right out and saying you're sorry for past mistakes is never easy. Read »

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