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Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 4:29 PM
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By Erin Carlson

How Bruce Rauner Can Woo Chicago Voters (And Swing the Election)

How Bruce Rauner Can Woo Chicago Voters (And Swing the Election)

Bruce Rauner has loads of support in suburban and downstate Illinois, but can he trounce Pat Quinn in Chicago? Not a chance. But he's going to try. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014 at 11:12 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Biden Stumps for Quinn Amid GOP's Christie Offensive

Biden Stumps for Quinn Amid GOP's Christie Offensive

Joe Biden and Chris Christie, two regular-guy politicians with big mouths and even bigger Oval Office dreams, descended upon Chicago Monday to raise money for the hotly contested Illinois governor race on... Read »

Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 11:48 PM
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By Associated Press

Biden, Christie Stump for Quinn and Rauner

The closely watched race for Illinois governor got a high-profile boost Monday with Vice President Joe Biden fundraising for Gov. Pat Quinn and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stumping for the Chicago Democrat's... Read »

Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 1:39 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Blames Quinn, Madigan for Blocking Term Limits Reform

Rauner Blames Quinn, Madigan for Blocking Term Limits Reform

It wasn't a lazy Sunday for Bruce Rauner. Pointing fingers at Springfield, the Republican governor candidate called a Chicago press conference to premiere an attack ad accusing Illinois Democrats of... Read »

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 »

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