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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 »

Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 at 12:58 PM
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By Associated Press

Illinois Colleges to Be Smoke-Free Indoors and Out

Illinois Colleges to Be Smoke-Free Indoors and Out

Illinois' public colleges are going smoke-free — indoors and out — starting next summer. Read »

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 7:33 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Quinn Wants Apology Over GOP "Cow Tipping" Crack

Quinn Wants Apology Over GOP

Gov. Pat Quinn says his Republican challenger's running mate should apologize for a 2013 comment asking if "cow tipping" was a job requirement in Springfield. Read »

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 at 8:18 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner's State Fair Day: Cheers, Beers and Steers

The unofficial CEO of the Winnetka chapter of the Hell's Angels, Bruce Rauner arrived by Harley Davidson to celebrate Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair. Read »

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 7:34 AM
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By Associated Press

Quinn Claims Credit for Declining Unemployment

Quinn Claims Credit for Declining Unemployment

He addressed reporters Thursday at a Chicago pipe and conduit manufacturer calling it a "momentous" day. Officials say unemployment fell in July to 6.8 percent. That's a drop from 9.2 percent one year ago and... Read »

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 at 5:46 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Madigan Skips Democrat Day at Illinois State Fair

Madigan Skips Democrat Day at Illinois State Fair

It's Democrat Day at the Illinois State Fair, which means another stump speech from embattled Gov. Pat Quinn. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 4:32 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: It's Time for Rauner to Own Up to GTCR Management Flubs

Opinion: It's Time for Rauner to Own Up to GTCR Management Flubs

Bruce Rauner needs to take some responsibility for the ConvergEx debacle and other failures of corporate management, says Crain's Chicago Business' Greg Hinz in one of his best -- and most eviscerating --... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 5:03 PM
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By Carol Marin, Don Mosely

Politics Reign at Illinois State Fair's Governor's Day

Democrats try to rally the vote during traditionally difficult non-presidential election year. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 at 10:03 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Wisconsin Politicians Criticize Illinois, Obama and O'Hare at RNC Meeting

Wisconsin Politicians Criticize Illinois, Obama and O'Hare at RNC Meeting

A trio of Wisconsin politicians -- Gov. Scott Walker, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus -- came down to Illinois with claws out, deploying insults about President... Read »

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 8:37 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern, Associated Press

Quinn Urges Rauner to Commit to Debates

New poll shows Rauner leading incumbent Quinn. 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.

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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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