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Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 4:29 PM
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By Associated Press
      

Teen Collapses at Gov. Quinn Campaign Event

A Chicago teenager has been released from the hospital after appearing to faint at a campaign event where the Illinois governor ended up kneeling over him and holding his hand before an ambulance arrived. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 5:45 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: What Bruce Rauner's Uber Love Means For Illinois

Opinion: What Bruce Rauner's Uber Love Means For Illinois

When Bruce Rauner professed his love for Uber on Tuesday, calling for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to veto a bill that would impose heavy regulations upon the rapidly growing ride-share start-up, his gushing message... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 11:14 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Judy Baar Topinka's Hot Mic Gaffe Flares Up Illinois Comptroller Race

Judy Baar Topinka's Hot Mic Gaffe Flares Up Illinois Comptroller Race

Caught making an apparent clout request during a media event, Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has learned a valuable lesson: Always think before you speak, especially when your mic's still hot. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 at 4:55 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Bruce Rauner: "I Love Uber"

Bruce Rauner:

Republican gubernatorial candidate says stifling ride-share companies sends message that "Illinois is closed to innovation." Read »

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 at 4:26 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Paul Vallas Slams Rauner's Tax Plan as "Reckless"

Paul Vallas Slams Rauner's Tax Plan as

Gov. Pat Quinn's running mate, Paul Vallas, unleashed his inner Rahm Emanuel while slamming Bruce Rauner's newly released tax plan as "totally disingenuous if not totally dishonest." Read »

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 at 2:56 PM
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By Associated Press

Quinn Signs $1 Billion Road Project Plan

Quinn Signs $1 Billion Road Project Plan

The Chicago Democrat approved the bipartisan legislation that also will provide lawmakers with opportunities to attend popular ribbon-cutting ceremonies in an election year. The plan got overwhelming support in... Read »

Monday, Jul 21, 2014 at 11:07 AM
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By The Associated Press

Quinn OKs MediPot for Kids With Epilepsy

Quinn OKs MediPot for Kids With Epilepsy

The measure adds seizures to the list of treatable conditions in the state's medical cannabis program and allows children with seizures from epilepsy to consume oil from the marijuana plant with a parent's... Read »

Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 at 4:11 PM
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By Kerry Lester

Illinois Law a Boost to Ex-Offenders Seeking Jobs

Illinois Law a Boost to Ex-Offenders Seeking Jobs

Ex-offenders in Illinois won't have to disclose their criminal pasts until private employers first evaluate their job skills, under a new law signed Saturday by Gov. Pat Quinn. Read »

Friday, Jul 18, 2014 at 4:44 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Mistakenly Vows to Tax "Trailer Parks" If Elected Governor

Rauner Mistakenly Vows to Tax

Bruce Rauner handed Pat Quinn yet another opening to attack his one-percenter lifestyle when the Republican gubernatorial candidate mistakenly pitched a plan to tax trailer parks. Read »

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 at 4:08 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chris Christie Pretends Not to Run for President in Chicago

Chris Christie Pretends Not to Run for President in Chicago

Let's be clear: Chris Christie is up to something. Because every presidential hopeful who visits Chicago to stump for someone else has a self-serving ulterior motive: money, money and more money. The Windy City,... Read »

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