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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 »

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013 at 11:48 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Battle Breaks Out Among Republicans Over Who Likes Dems More

Battle Breaks Out Among Republicans Over Who Likes Dems More

In Illinois Republican circles, modest support for Dems enough to be seen as suspect in race for governor. Read »

Monday, Dec 2, 2013 at 8:25 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson
      

Dillard Odd Man Out on Pension Deal Reaction

Seemingly, everyone’s got an opinion about the proposed pension deal struck in Springfield. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 at 8:55 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Poll Shows Quinn Unpopular, But Governor’s Race Anybody’s Game

Poll Shows Quinn Unpopular, But Governor’s Race Anybody’s Game

Next year’s election remains tight between Quinn and any of the four Republican candidates. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 3:43 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Rauner’s Folksy Image At Odds With Great Wealth

Rauner’s Folksy Image At Odds With Great Wealth

For a state that has seen its share of wealthy political candidates, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner truly stands out. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 3:43 PM
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By Associated Press

Rauner Gives Self Another $500K

Rauner Gives Self Another $500K

A Republican candidate for Illinois governor has contributed another $500,000 to his campaign. Read »

Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 8:14 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Dillard Turns Governor's Race Into High School Confidential

Opinion: Dillard Turns Governor's Race Into High School Confidential

Republican gubernatorial candidate Kirk Dillard thinks fellow Republican candidate Bruce Rauner, Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel are all in cahoots to, well, I’m not really sure Read »

Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013 at 9:37 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Rauner’s Taking a Risk with Untested Running Mate

Rauner’s Taking a Risk with Untested Running Mate

Voters understand the entrenched political structure in Springfield isn't exactly the kind of a place to learn on the job. 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 »

Friday, Sep 6, 2013 at 3:32 PM
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By Associated Press

Former Governors Ask GOP Leaders to Back Dillard

Former Governors Ask GOP Leaders to Back Dillard

Two former GOP Illinois governors are asking party leaders to back state Sen. Kirk Dillard in the 2014 gubernatorial primary, saying he's the only Republican who can win the general election. Read »

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Mark W. Anderson Ward Room Blogger Mark W. Anderson is a writer and journalist specializing in public policy, politics and economics. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2006, and has operated a full service communications and strategy firm while working in and out of politics for more than a decade. A lifelong Chicagoan and White Sox fan, he lives in a Rogers Park apartment stacked with books and records.
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