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Friday, Aug 1, 2014 at 4:38 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Midterm Elections: Cook Report Dubs Illinois' Enyart-Bost Race a 'Toss-Up'

Midterm Elections: Cook Report Dubs Illinois' Enyart-Bost Race a 'Toss-Up'

The Cook Political Report has switched the dial on the congressional battle over Illinois' 12th District, dubbing the race between Democratic incumbent Bill Enyart and Republican challenger Mike Bost a toss-up. Read »

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 4:54 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn Scores Teachers Union Endorsement in Bitter Governors Race

Quinn Scores Teachers Union Endorsement in Bitter Governors Race

Surprise! Not one but two powerful Illinois teachers unions have come forward to formally endorse Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn for governor over Republican challenger Bruce Rauner, who's basically the... Read »

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 12:57 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Politico Switches Illinois Governor Race to 'Leans Republican'

Politico Switches Illinois Governor Race to 'Leans Republican'

Too early to call this for Bruce Rauner? Nobody who follows Illinois politics will be the least bit surprised by news that Politico switched its projected outcome of the state's gubernatorial race from "toss-up"... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 4:05 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner's Campaign Donors Are Forbes-Branded Billionaires

Rauner's Campaign Donors Are Forbes-Branded Billionaires

We all know Bruce Rauner is rich -- Gov. Pat Quinn reminds us all the time -- but his campaign donors are even richer. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 3:57 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Gov. Quinn Will Have a Terrible, No Good, Very Bad October

Gov. Quinn Will Have a Terrible, No Good, Very Bad October

October is looking rough for embattled Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn as two corruption investigations slated for that month could derail his campaign so close to election day. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 at 4:34 PM
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By Sara Burnett

Voters Get to Weigh In on Millionaire Tax

Voters Get to Weigh In on Millionaire Tax

The resolution asks voters whether incomes over $1 million should be taxed with a 3 percent surcharge. It comes as Quinn is locked in a hotly contested gubernatorial race with multimillionaire businessman Bruce... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 at 5:09 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Not All Illinois Republicans Are Thrilled with Bruce Rauner

Not All Illinois Republicans Are Thrilled with Bruce Rauner

If it turns out Bruce Rauner finds loses a tight race, social conservative voters who feel left out in the cold today might end up making a bigger difference than anyone thought. Read »

Monday, Jul 28, 2014 at 2:41 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Can Bruce Rauner Topple Illinois' Democratic Machine?

Can Bruce Rauner Topple Illinois' Democratic Machine?

Bruce Rauner is working behind the scenes -- and spending gobs of money -- to help the GOP bust up Illinois' powerful Democratic Machine. Read »

Monday, Jul 28, 2014 at 11:45 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Christie Raises $2.5 Million for Rauner Campaign

Christie Raises $2.5 Million for Rauner Campaign

Chris Christie might be down, but he's not out: The embattled New Jersey governor, still recovering from Bridge-Gate, used his remaining clout in the GOP to help Bruce Rauner raise $2.5 million to defeat... Read »

Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 at 3:51 PM
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By associated press

Quinn Agrees to Live on Minimum Wage for a Week

Quinn Agrees to Live on Minimum Wage for a Week

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has agreed to briefly live on the equivalent of a minimum-wage salary as he rallies support for a ballot measure. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

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

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Ed Burke

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