Ward Room
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Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 at 10:06 PM
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By Erin Carlson

The 10 Most Riveting Moments in the Rauner-Quinn (Non) Debate

Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican opponent Bruce Rauner hurled the lowest of blows at one another during the rivals' first official debate, held Tuesday morning before the Chicago Tribune... 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 "Punching Someone" at Parade

Video surfaced Monday of Illinois governor candidate Bruce Rauner telling supporters he came close to "punching someone" at a parade last spring. 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 "Reckless"

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 »

Friday, Jun 20, 2014 at 2:43 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Quinn Campaign Muzzles Paul Vallas

Opinion: Quinn Campaign Muzzles Paul Vallas

Inquiring minds want to know why Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's administration has muzzled running mate Paul Vallas from publicly discussing his charter school past. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 at 5:29 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Vallas Sticks Foot in Mouth

Opinion: Vallas Sticks Foot in Mouth

Whoopsies! When voicing disapproval of the state budget, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's running mate, Paul Vallas, could do well to tone down his rhetoric -- or risk making the boss look bad. Read »

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 12:18 PM
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By Dave Collins

Connecticut Supreme Court: Judge Wrong to Order Vallas Ouster

Connecticut Supreme Court: Judge Wrong to Order Vallas Ouster

Vallas, however, already has decided to leave the post to be Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's running mate for the 2014 election. Vallas previously led school districts in Chicago, Philadelphia and New Orleans. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 5:23 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Quinn, Vallas Vow to Fix Pension Problem

Quinn announced Vallas as his pick in an email Friday. During Tuesday's appearance, the two said addressing the state's pension problems will be a top priority for their ticket. Read »

Monday, Nov 11, 2013 at 4:34 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Bridgeport Tenure Shows Vallas May Be Failing Upward in Illinois

Opinion: Bridgeport Tenure Shows Vallas May Be Failing Upward in Illinois

By the time Gov. Quinn tapped Paul Vallas to be his running mate, his tenure in Bridgeport, CT, was seen by many as a disaster, not only for his own reputation but for the larger, nationwide school reform... Read »

Friday, Nov 8, 2013 at 7:25 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Quinn Picks Paul Vallas as Running Mate

Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday announced Paul Vallas, the former chief of Chicago Public Schools, as his running mate in the 2014 governor's race. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

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

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

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.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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