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Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 8:35 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Illinois Governor Candidates Spar Over Jobs

Quinn lauds new state job numbers, Rauner claims people have stopped looking for work. Read »

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 2:21 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Dueling Quinn-Rauner Attack Ads Spew Venom on Moral Character

Out-campaigned on the income inequality issue, Bruce Rauner is pumping up a media campaign to redirect focus upon Illinois' most powerful Democrats and tying Gov. Pat Quinn, House Speaker Michael Madigan and... Read »

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 at 2:52 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Rauner, Part Steelers Owner, Won't Weigh in on Abuse Scandals

Rauner, however, wants no part of the domestic abuse mess currently bedeviling the National Football League, and he declined to take questions on the topic. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 9:33 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Rauner Objects to Illinois Medical Marijuana Bill

Republican gubernatorial candidate says he wouldn't have signed bill, believes process is corrupt. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 5:18 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Rauner Bars College Journalists from Presser

Rauner Bars College Journalists from Presser

"When I asked about future events, she said that it was their 'policy' that only credentialed press would be allowed in," Lawrence told Korecki. "When I mentioned that some of the students were published in the... Read »

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 11:13 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn Rejects Pitch to Hire Patronage Watchdog; Rauner Calls Him a 'Bumbling Fool'

Quinn Rejects Pitch to Hire Patronage Watchdog; Rauner Calls Him a 'Bumbling Fool'

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is rejecting a proposal from clout-busting attorney Michael Shakman to hire an independent watchdog to clean up allegedly improper hiring practices inside the scandal-soaked Department of... Read »

Monday, Sep 15, 2014 at 11:22 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Despite Dismal Approval Ratings, Quinn Surges Past the Untested Rauner: Poll

Despite Dismal Approval Ratings, Quinn Surges Past the Untested Rauner: Poll

In the Illinois governors' race, it seems voters would rather go with the one they know over the one untested. Gov. Pat Quinn takes the lead in a revealing new survey from the Chicago Tribune that shows the... Read »

Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 10:51 AM
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By Erin Carlson

This Week in Mudslinging: Quinn Out-Polls Rauner; GOP Ices Out Oberweis

This Week in Mudslinging: Quinn Out-Polls Rauner; GOP Ices Out Oberweis

If you thought last week was bad, the gloves are off between Gov. Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner as they lob toxic verbal grenades back and forth with the latter treading carefully not to step in... Read »

Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 8:43 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Democratic Poll Shows Quinn Ahead for First Time

Democratic Poll Shows Quinn Ahead for First Time

After weeks of losing ground to Bruce Rauner, Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is three points ahead of his Republican rival in a new poll released Thursday by the Democratic Governors Association. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 11:26 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Mocks Quinn Aide For 'Passing Notes' During Non-Debate

Rauner Mocks Quinn Aide For 'Passing Notes' During Non-Debate

Now that the gloves are off, Bruce Rauner is going after Gov. Pat Quinn's re-election team. 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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