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Monday, Jul 7, 2014 at 6:15 AM
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By The Associated Press

Cullerton Son Charged With Sexual Battery

Cullerton Son Charged With Sexual Battery

Carroll Cullerton, son of Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, allegedly groped a woman in a bar. 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 »

Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 at 10:02 AM
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By The Associated Press

State's High Court: Burge Can Keep Pension

State's High Court: Burge Can Keep Pension

Attorney General wanted to challenge police pension board concerning payments to former Chicago police commander convicted of perjury. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 2, 2014 at 3:19 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Bruce Rauner's Tax Returns Reveal Millions Saved Through Fee Waiver Loophole

Bruce Rauner's Tax Returns Reveal Millions Saved Through Fee Waiver Loophole

Tax returns released by Bruce Rauner reveal that Republican gubernatorial nominee took advantage of a fee waiver loophole to avoid paying the full federal rate for the nation's wealthiest. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 2, 2014 at 1:16 PM
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By The Associated Press

Illinois Lawmaker Resigns From Post

Illinois Lawmaker Resigns From Post

Chuck Jefferson is a Rockford Democrat who has held office since 2001. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014 at 4:40 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Asks Supporters for $5 Donations After Griffin Windfall

Rauner Asks Supporters for $5 Donations After Griffin Windfall

Bruce Rauner is not resting on his laurels after receiving a record-shattering, bombshell $2.5 donation from hedge fund mogul Ken Griffin, the richest person in Illinois. The Republican gubernatorial nominee... Read »

Monday, Jun 30, 2014 at 3:11 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Durbin Calls Fake Press Release Attacks "New Low"

Durbin Calls Fake Press Release Attacks

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is not amused by the Illinois GOP's distribution of a fake press release claiming that he would pressure Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn to testify about his scandal-plagued anti-violence... Read »

Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 12:17 PM
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By The Associated Press

Illinois Sen. Dillard to Resign in July

Illinois Sen. Dillard to Resign in July

The Hinsdale Republican is set to become chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority. 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 3:01 PM
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By Erin Carlson

How Bruce Rauner Would Block a Minimum Wage Hike in Illinois

How Bruce Rauner Would Block a Minimum Wage Hike in Illinois

Bruce Rauner is doubling down on his stance against a minimum wage hike in Illinois. Making the media rounds Wednesday, the Republican gubernatorial nominee firmed his position on the issue: He'd "OK" an... Read »

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