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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 »

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 »

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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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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