Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers
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 »

Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 8:21 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Admits Nearly "Punching Someone" at Parade

Rauner Admits Nearly

Video surfaced Monday of Illinois governor candidate Bruce Rauner telling supporters he came close to "punching someone" at a parade last spring. Read »

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 at 5:46 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Madigan Skips Democrat Day at Illinois State Fair

Madigan Skips Democrat Day at Illinois State Fair

It's Democrat Day at the Illinois State Fair, which means another stump speech from embattled Gov. Pat Quinn. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 4:32 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: It's Time for Rauner to Own Up to GTCR Management Flubs

Opinion: It's Time for Rauner to Own Up to GTCR Management Flubs

Bruce Rauner needs to take some responsibility for the ConvergEx debacle and other failures of corporate management, says Crain's Chicago Business' Greg Hinz in one of his best -- and most eviscerating --... Read »

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 11:36 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn-Rauner Spending Skyrockets 355 Percent Over 2010 Election: Report

Quinn-Rauner Spending Skyrockets 355 Percent Over 2010 Election: Report

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and opponent Bruce Rauner have collectively spent more cash this election cycle than any other governor race in recent state history. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014 at 1:51 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rothenberg Report Changes Illinois Governor Race to Favor Rauner

Rothenberg Report Changes Illinois Governor Race to Favor Rauner

Less than a week after Politico switched its projected outcome of of Illinois' gubernatorial race from "toss-up" to "leans Republican," The Rothenberg Report is following suit to tweak its rating to favor GOP... Read »

Monday, Aug 4, 2014 at 8:30 PM
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By Erin Carlson
      

Rauner and Quinn Trade Barbs Over Cayman Controversy

Which surprises you the most: A) That Bruce Rauner diverted some of his millions to the Cayman Islands, Mitt Romney-style; B) That Pat Quinn immediately jumped on the news to cast Rauner as a villainous tax... Read »

Monday, Aug 4, 2014 at 11:42 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Bruce Rauner Donates $1.5 Million to Self

Bruce Rauner Donates $1.5 Million to Self

Bruce Rauner has poured another $1.5 million of his own fortune into an increasingly expensive campaign to defeat Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. Read »

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 12:57 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Politico Switches Illinois Governor Race to 'Leans Republican'

Politico Switches Illinois Governor Race to 'Leans Republican'

Too early to call this for Bruce Rauner? Nobody who follows Illinois politics will be the least bit surprised by news that Politico switched its projected outcome of the state's gubernatorial race from "toss-up"... Read »

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