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Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 at 2:52 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Rauner, Part Steelers Owner, Won't Weigh in on Abuse Scandals

Rauner, however, wants no part of the domestic abuse mess currently bedeviling the National Football League, and he declined to take questions on the topic. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 11:13 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn Rejects Pitch to Hire Patronage Watchdog; Rauner Calls Him a 'Bumbling Fool'

Quinn Rejects Pitch to Hire Patronage Watchdog; Rauner Calls Him a 'Bumbling Fool'

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is rejecting a proposal from clout-busting attorney Michael Shakman to hire an independent watchdog to clean up allegedly improper hiring practices inside the scandal-soaked Department of... Read »

Monday, Sep 15, 2014 at 11:22 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Despite Dismal Approval Ratings, Quinn Surges Past the Untested Rauner: Poll

Despite Dismal Approval Ratings, Quinn Surges Past the Untested Rauner: Poll

In the Illinois governors' race, it seems voters would rather go with the one they know over the one untested. Gov. Pat Quinn takes the lead in a revealing new survey from the Chicago Tribune that shows... Read »

Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 10:51 AM
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By Erin Carlson

This Week in Mudslinging: Quinn Out-Polls Rauner; GOP Ices Out Oberweis

This Week in Mudslinging: Quinn Out-Polls Rauner; GOP Ices Out Oberweis

If you thought last week was bad, the gloves are off between Gov. Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner as they lob toxic verbal grenades back and forth with the latter treading carefully not to step in... Read »

Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 8:43 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Democratic Poll Shows Quinn Ahead for First Time

Democratic Poll Shows Quinn Ahead for First Time

After weeks of losing ground to Bruce Rauner, Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is three points ahead of his Republican rival in a new poll released Thursday by the Democratic Governors Association. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 11:26 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Mocks Quinn Aide For 'Passing Notes' During Non-Debate

Rauner Mocks Quinn Aide For 'Passing Notes' During Non-Debate

Now that the gloves are off, Bruce Rauner is going after Gov. Pat Quinn's re-election team. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 at 10:06 PM
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By Erin Carlson

The 10 Most Riveting Moments in the Rauner-Quinn (Non) Debate

Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican opponent Bruce Rauner hurled the lowest of blows at one another during the rivals' first official debate, held Tuesday morning before the Chicago Tribune... Read »

Monday, Sep 8, 2014 at 7:08 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Why Ditka Filmed That Rauner Commercial

Why Ditka Filmed That Rauner Commercial

The legendary Chicago Bears coach is as beloved as he is ubiquitous here in the Windy City, where the 74-year-old sports icon and ESPN radio host hawks all sorts of national and local brands—raking in an... Read »

Monday, Sep 8, 2014 at 12:29 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Anti-Rauner Political Ad Spoofs the Country Club Set

Anti-Rauner Political Ad Spoofs the Country Club Set

A new political ad targeting Bruce Rauner takes a big swipe at the country club set in a spoof worthy of Saturday Night Live. Read »

Sunday, Sep 7, 2014 at 2:43 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Quinn, Rauner Showcase "Everyday Lifestyles"

The battle for governor in Illinois continued Friday as both Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican candidate Bruce Rauner took on new challenges. Read »

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