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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 »

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... 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 campaigns... 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 »

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