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Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 5:40 PM
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By Regina Waldroup
      

Quinn, Rauner Make First Joint Appearance

Gov. Pat Quinn and his GOP rival, Bruce Rauner, appeared together for the first time in the 2014 campaign for Illinois governor. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 at 1:12 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Quinn, Rauner Square Off on Friday

Quinn, Rauner Square Off on Friday

It's not a debate, but the two men have agreed to sit down together and answer questions in front of more than 1,200 teachers about their policy proposals. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014 at 1:11 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Illinois Voters Favor Term Limits

Illinois Voters Favor Term Limits

GOP Candidate Bruce Rauner wants question put to voters in November. Read »

Friday, Apr 4, 2014 at 12:22 PM
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By Colleen Connolly

Rauner Ad With Wife Pushes New Bipartisan Platform

Rauner Ad With Wife Pushes New Bipartisan Platform

Rauner finds common ground with his Democratic wife Diana in new ad campaign. Read »

Thursday, Mar 27, 2014 at 12:53 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
 

Rauner Sends Quinnocchio to Governor's Events

The GOP candidate for Governor has sent a character named Quinnocchio to Quinn's Thursday press conference at Linne Elementary School. 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 1:05 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 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 »

Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 11:02 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Bruce Rauner Wins GOP Gubernatorial Race

Bruce Rauner has a new opponent in the race for Illinois governor: Gov. Pat Quinn. Read »

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Jesse Jackson Jr.

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Rod Blagojevich

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Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

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Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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