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Monday, Aug 25, 2014 at 12:14 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn Vetoes Uber Bill In a Win for Ride-Share Companies

Quinn Vetoes Uber Bill In a Win for Ride-Share Companies

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has vetoed a bill targeting Uber and other ride-share companies with stiff state-wide regulations including mandatory commercial issurance and chaffeur's licenses for drivers. Read »

Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Bruce Rauner Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge

Bruce Rauner Accepts Ice Bucket Challenge

Bruce Rauner jumped on the Ice Bucket Challenge bandwagon this weekend. Read »

Friday, Aug 22, 2014 at 7:55 PM
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By Phil Rogers

Report Finds IDOT Broke Hiring Rules For Years

Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration not only failed to rein-in political hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation, the practice seems to have gone into high gear after Quinn replaced disgraced former... 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 »

Friday, Aug 22, 2014 at 11:19 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Patronage Charges May Prove Quinn’s Undoing

Opinion: Patronage Charges May Prove Quinn’s Undoing

Every time there’s another headline or report released suggesting Quinn is corrupt, the Rauner campaign has to smile. Read »

Friday, Aug 22, 2014 at 12:41 AM
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By Associated Press/NBC Chicago

Rauner Pushes Term Limits Issue

Quinn says he's been pushing for term limits for 20 years, asks Rauner to release taxes 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 »

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 at 11:40 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Can Joe Biden's Charm Help Quinn Defeat Rauner?

Can Joe Biden's Charm Help Quinn Defeat Rauner?

The White House is deploying Joe Biden to Chicago on Monday, where the veep will stump for Gov. Pat Quinn and other Illinois Democrats up for re-election this November. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014 at 12:21 PM
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By Erin Carlson

The Messy Politics of Illinois and Uber

The Messy Politics of Illinois and Uber

As Uber plows into the taxi industry in Illinois, its eye on dominating Chicago, the fast-growing ride-share start-up has recruited David Plouffe to handle the messy political side of things. President Barack... 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 »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

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.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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