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Friday, Jul 18, 2014 at 4:44 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Mistakenly Vows to Tax "Trailer Parks" If Elected Governor

Rauner Mistakenly Vows to Tax

Bruce Rauner handed Pat Quinn yet another opening to attack his one-percenter lifestyle when the Republican gubernatorial candidate mistakenly pitched a plan to tax trailer parks. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 4:01 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Invests $750K Into Illinois Republican Party

Rauner Invests $750K Into Illinois Republican Party

Once a venture capitalist, always a venture capitalist. Bruce Rauner, Illinois' Republican candidate for governor, received $853,450 in campaign donations from July 3-9 and invested another $750,000 into the... Read »

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 4:22 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner 'Regrets' Bad Investment With Firm Tied to Daley's Son

Rauner 'Regrets' Bad Investment With Firm Tied to Daley's Son

Bruce Rauner says he regrets investing in a Chicago venture capital firm that did shady business with City Hall under the reign of Mayor Richard. M. Daley, the Sun-Times reports. Read »

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 2:21 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Midterm Elections: Rauner Leads Quinn 51-39 in New Poll

Midterm Elections: Rauner Leads Quinn 51-39 in New Poll

Come November, Springfield could very well see a changing of the guard from Gov. Pat Quinn to Bruce Rauner. Another Capitol Fax/We Ask America survey shows Rauner consistently polling ahead of Quinn -- this... Read »

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 4:55 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Quinn Mocks Rauner's $100,000 Parking Spot

Opinion: Quinn Mocks Rauner's $100,000 Parking Spot

WARNING: This news might make you spit out your coffee. According to the Sun-Times' Michael Sneed, Bruce Rauner paid $100,000 for one parking spot. We repeat: $100,000. For a parking spot. Just one. Read »

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 2:48 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Rauner’s Latest Memory Loss Par for the Course

Opinion: Rauner’s Latest Memory Loss Par for the Course

If Rauner can't remember or doesn't know how lucrative business deals with influential politicians are done in his name, how can voters trust him once he gets the keys to the state treasury as governor? Read »

Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014 at 2:52 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn Slams Rauner: "We Don't Need a Loophole Governor'

Quinn Slams Rauner:

The worst thing to happen to Bruce Rauner's campaign is a gift to the re-election efforts of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. 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 »

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 »

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 »

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