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By Erin Carlson

Failed Motel Owner's Shady Development Project Suckered Quinn, Madigan and Durbin

Failed Motel Owner's Shady Development Project Suckered Quinn, Madigan and Durbin

Anshoo Sethi, the young owner of a failed O'Hare-area motel, managed to trick Illinois' political heavies into supporting his grand ambition to erect a massive $913 million hotel-and-convention center near... Read »

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 3:37 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Michelle Obama Attends Beyonce Concert After Chicago Fundraiser

After headlining a fundraiser at Chicago's Waldorf Astoria on Thursday, Michelle Obama stopped by River North eatery Sunda (where she posed for a photo with spotlight-chasing restaurateur Billy Dec) before... Read »

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 11:47 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Gov. Quinn Donates $1,000 to Cover Shamiya Adams' Funeral: Report

Gov. Quinn Donates $1,000 to Cover Shamiya Adams' Funeral: Report

Gov. Pat Quinn wrote a personal check for $1,000 to help the family of slain 11-year-old Shamiya Adams pay for her funeral this weekend. Read »

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 6:46 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

NJ Gov. Christie to Stump for Rauner in Chicago

NJ Gov. Christie to Stump for Rauner in Chicago

Groups supporting gay marriage and other causes say they plan to protest outside the fundraiser. Read »

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 10:56 PM
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By associated press

Rauner's "Headlines" Ad Questioned for Accuracy

A campaign ad from the Republican candidate for Illinois governor is being called into question for tailoring — and even making up — headlines from news stories to make them appear more negative about his... Read »

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 »

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