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Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 8:18 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Illinois GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Face Off In Forum

Two weeks, to the day, before the Illinois Primary, the 2014 Republican gubernatorial candidates will participate in a forum cosponsored by NBC 5 Chicago and the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics and... Read »

Sunday, Mar 2, 2014 at 5:08 PM
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By Associated Press

Second Teacher's Union Endorses Dillard

Second Teacher's Union Endorses Dillard

A second major teachers union has endorsed state Sen. Kirk Dillard in the four-way Republican primary for Illinois governor. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 4:30 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Brady Latest to Claim Race Between Him and Rauner

Brady Latest to Claim Race Between Him and Rauner

These days, everybody wants somebody else to get out of the GOP primary race for governor. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 3:40 PM
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By MaryAnn Ahern

Teacher's Union Endorses Kirk Dillard

Teacher's Union Endorses Kirk Dillard

GOP gubernatorial candidate Kirk Dillard received a big endorsement Friday, with the Illinois Education Association throwing its support behind the state senator. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 3:40 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Meet Your New Republican Candidate for Governor

Opinion: Meet Your New Republican Candidate for Governor

Meet your new Republican candidate for Illinois governor, ready to take on Pat Quinn: Bruce Rauner. Read »

Friday, Feb 7, 2014 at 1:36 PM
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By Associated Press

Brady Sorry For "Insensitive" Jobless Remark

Brady Sorry For

Republican candidate for Illinois governor Bill Brady says he was "insensitive" when he said out-of-work people don't want jobs because they enjoy collecting unemployment benefits. Read »

Thursday, Feb 6, 2014 at 6:23 AM
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By MaryAnn Ahern

Rutherford Employee Alleges Sexual Harassment in Letter

A resignation letter submitted by an employee of GOP gubernatorial candidate and state treasurer Dan Rutherford makes claims of sexual harassment. Read »

Monday, Feb 3, 2014 at 9:26 PM
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By MaryAnn Ahern

Lawyer Says More Claims May Be Made Against Rutherford

The Republican race for the Illinois gubernatorial nomination continues to swirl around state treasurer Dan Rutherford and allegations filed by an employee. NBC 5's MaryAnn Ahern reports that part of the... Read »

Monday, Jan 20, 2014 at 1:42 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Dillard Calls for Gas Sales Tax Cut

Dillard Calls for Gas Sales Tax Cut

Saying Illinois motorists need relief at the pump, Republican gubernatorial candidate Kirk Dillard has called for a cut in the state sales tax on gasoline. Read »

Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 at 10:43 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

GOP Forum: "It's Been a Beat-up-Brucey Kind of Morning"

GOP Forum:

In the first forum with all four GOP candidates for governor, the focus Thursday was on business and the economy but the spotlight was on Bruce Rauner. Read »

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