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Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 8:12 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Rivals Rip Rauner in Republican Debate

He is the only non-elected official of the four republicans running for governor and first-time candidate and venture capitalist Bruce Rauner is leading the polls, the only one currently with enough money to run... Read »

Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 10:42 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Rutherford’s Candidacy, Credibility on the Line

Opinion: Rutherford’s Candidacy, Credibility on the Line

Let's assume, for the sake of discussion, that Dan Rutherford is trying to create a political smokescreen over allegations of misconduct in his office. If so, he better hope the smoke never blows over. Read »

Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 at 3:21 PM
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By Associated Press

Bruce Rauner Wins Cook County GOP Endorsement

Bruce Rauner Wins Cook County GOP Endorsement

Winnetka venture capitalist Bruce Rauner on Saturday won the Cook County Republican Party's endorsement in his bid for the GOP gubernatorial nomination in Illinois. Read »

Friday, Nov 29, 2013 at 11:33 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Pension Deal Puts Rauner in a Tight Spot

Opinion: Pension Deal Puts Rauner in a Tight Spot

A big part of Rauner’s outsider campaign for governor has relied in part on his plans to fix Illinois’ pension crisis. Read »

Friday, Nov 8, 2013 at 7:25 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Quinn Picks Paul Vallas as Running Mate

Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday announced Paul Vallas, the former chief of Chicago Public Schools, as his running mate in the 2014 governor's race. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013 at 9:14 PM
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By Sophia Tareen
      

Bruce Rauner Picks Wheaton's Sanguinetti as Running Mate

The 2014 Republican ticket for the Illinois governor's race came into focus on Tuesday as businessman Bruce Rauner announced Wheaton City Councilwoman Evelyn Sanguinetti as his lieutenant governor pick,... Read »

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013 at 10:59 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Rauner’s Fundraising Will Make Other Repub Hopefuls Jobs Harder

Rauner’s Fundraising Will Make Other Repub Hopefuls Jobs Harder

Once perception starts to set in who the front runner is in raising campaign cash, the smart money from all quarters is likely to start following. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2013 at 11:47 AM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Daley Thinks Republicans Will Win Governor's Race

One the most high-profile names in the Illinois gubernatorial race appears to have taken himself out of the running. Read »

Thursday, Sep 5, 2013 at 11:35 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Who's Running with Pat Quinn?

Who's Running with Pat Quinn?

It appears it isn’t easy to choose a political partner. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013 at 9:06 PM
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By Kerry Lester

GOP Hopeful Rauner Rolls Out Term-Limit Proposal

GOP Hopeful Rauner Rolls Out Term-Limit Proposal

Declaring the moment ripe to address "failure in Springfield," Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner unveiled a proposal Tuesday to impose eight-year term limits on Illinois lawmakers while also... Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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Jesse Jackson Jr.

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Rod Blagojevich

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Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

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Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

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