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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 1:14 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Billionaire Ken Griffin Files For Divorce

Billionaire Ken Griffin Files For Divorce

Chicago hedge fund tycoon Ken Griffin has filed to divorce wife Anne Dias Griffin after 10 years of marriage. 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 »

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 »

Monday, Jul 21, 2014 at 10:56 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Rauner’s Irresponsible Tax Plan Polls Well Among Voters

Opinion:  Rauner’s Irresponsible Tax Plan Polls Well Among Voters

If there’s one trick Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner knows well, it’s telling people what they want to hear. Read »

Friday, Jul 18, 2014 at 4:44 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Mistakenly Vows to Tax "Trailer Parks" If Elected Governor

Rauner Mistakenly Vows to Tax

Bruce Rauner handed Pat Quinn yet another opening to attack his one-percenter lifestyle when the Republican gubernatorial candidate mistakenly pitched a plan to tax trailer parks. Read »

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 at 6:43 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Rauner Releases Detailed Budget Plan

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner released a full budget plan Thursday following months of criticism for the lack of a detailed plan. Read »

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 at 4:08 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Chris Christie Pretends Not to Run for President in Chicago

Chris Christie Pretends Not to Run for President in Chicago

Let's be clear: Chris Christie is up to something. Because every presidential hopeful who visits Chicago to stump for someone else has a self-serving ulterior motive: money, money and more money. The Windy City,... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 11:59 AM
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By Associated Press

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to Stump for Rauner

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to Stump for Rauner

Christie is expected to appear at a July 25 downtown Chicago fundraiser with Rauner and his lieutenant governor running mate, Evelyn Sanguinetti. That's according to Rauner campaign emails sent to supporters on... Read »

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