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Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 at 2:29 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Quinn Proposes Making Income Tax Increase Permanent

Illinois' temporary income tax increase scheduled to roll back next year should remain in place, Gov. Pat Quinn proposed in his Wednesday budget address. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 at 12:40 PM
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By Sophia Tareen
      

Gov. Quinn Presents State Budget Proposal

Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to stress his election-year theme of protecting the middle class as he presents a budget address Wednesday that political experts and lawmakers say could be his toughest yet. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 1:27 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Poll Shows Voter Conflict in Solving State Budget Woes

Poll Shows Voter Conflict in Solving State Budget Woes

A majority of respondents said they don't want a temporary income tax hike to become permanent. On the flip side, a majority of respondents said they also don't want to see spending cuts to programs which... Read »

Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 8:01 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern & Associated Press
      

Quinn Gets SEIU Endorsement in Re-Election Bid

Gov. Pat Quinn has picked up a major labor endorsement for his re-election during a campaign that's already focused on union influence. Read »

Friday, Mar 21, 2014 at 1:31 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Quinn Strikes Out with Mr. Burns Ad

Quinn Strikes Out with Mr. Burns Ad

On Thursday, the incumbent released a web ad that compared Rauner to fictional Simpson's billionaire C. Montgomery Burns Read »

Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 at 9:53 PM
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By MaryAnn Ahern
      

Quinn Hits The Gap to Tout Minimum Wage Increase

While Bruce Rauner surrounded himself with Democrats and independents Thursday, Gov. Pat Quinn focused on the issue of raising the minimum wage in Illinois. Read »

Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 at 1:28 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Hillary Clinton to Receive Illinois' Highest Award

Hillary Clinton to Receive Illinois' Highest Award

Gov. Pat Quinn's office made the announcement Thursday, saying the honor is considered "the state's highest award." Clinton was raised in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge. Read »

Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 at 1:05 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Rauner Gets Support From Dems, Independents

Bruce Rauner says he has the ear of some key Democrats as the race for Illinois governor heats up. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 4:50 PM
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By Carol Marin

Hardiman, Not Quinn Carried Downstate Counties

Hardiman, Not Quinn Carried Downstate Counties

Even though incumbent Pat Quinn easily won the Democratic nomination Tuesday nights election results in some downstate counties show some troubling spots as he seeks his second full term. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 6:49 AM
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By BJ Lutz

Quinn Runs First Ad Against GOP Nominee Rauner

The 30 second spot, released before Bruce Rauner even officially earned the nomination, focuses on the candidate's opposition to raising the minimum wage in Illinois. Read »

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