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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 »

Friday, Sep 5, 2014 at 5:02 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Getting Dovish: Rauner Scraps Hunting Event

Getting Dovish: Rauner Scraps Hunting Event

Bruce Rauner has scrapped plans to take donors on a dove hunt. The Republican governor candidate had initially invited contributors pledging $10,000 the chance to join him for some dove-shooting action at the... Read »

Friday, Sep 5, 2014 at 12:50 PM
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By Erin Carlson

This Week in Mudslinging: Rauner's Foot-in-Mouth Disease Takes Turn for the Worse; Candidates Play Wealth Card

This Week in Mudslinging: Rauner's Foot-in-Mouth Disease Takes Turn for the Worse; Candidates Play Wealth Card

Now that Labor Day Weekend has come and gone, it's time for the real games to begin. The end of summer is when election season really starts to rev up, and with Nov. 4 just two months away, political... Read »

Thursday, Sep 4, 2014 at 5:11 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Pulls a Romney In Minimum Wage Confession

While Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn subsists on minimum wage in what some view as an election-cycle PR stunt, his Republican rival Bruce Rauner's past statements on the issue continue to haunt the Winnetka venture... Read »

Wednesday, Sep 3, 2014 at 1:36 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn Lampoons Rauner's Wine Club Confession in New Ad

Quinn Lampoons Rauner's Wine Club Confession in New Ad

Well, that was quick. A day after Bruce Rauner made headlines for admitting he spent $140,000 on an elite wine club membership, Gov. Pat Quinn fast-tracked an ad attacking his Republican rival for the six-figure... Read »

Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014 at 4:36 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn Adopts Mr. Fix-It Persona In Snappy New Campaign Spot

Quinn Adopts Mr. Fix-It Persona In Snappy New Campaign Spot

Whomever orchestrated Gov. Pat Quinn's new campaign ad deserves props for pulling off the seemingly impossible feat of making a political spot seem refreshingly upbeat. Read »

Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 at 3:25 PM
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By Associated Press

Quinn to Live on Minimum Wage for Week

Quinn to Live on Minimum Wage for Week

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is hoping to show first-hand what it's like to live on the state's minimum wage of $8.25 an hour. Read »

Friday, Aug 29, 2014 at 2:24 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn vs. Rauner: Who Won the Pseudo-Debate?

Quinn vs. Rauner: Who Won the Pseudo-Debate?

It wasn't a debate-debate, but Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner's Thursday showdown could be classified as such—the first round in a series of public mud-slinging appearances preceding November's Illinois governor... Read »

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 »

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 »

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