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Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 at 8:18 PM
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By Erin Carlson
      

Rauner's State Fair Day: Cheers, Beers and Steers

The unofficial CEO of the Winnetka chapter of the Hell's Angels, Bruce Rauner arrived by Harley Davidson to celebrate Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair. Read »

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 at 8:19 PM
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By Associated Press
      

Rauner Rides to State Fair on Harley

After removing his helmet, the Winnetka businessman said he would lead an administration that is efficient and transparent. He repeated a vow, made following his primary victory, to sweep Gov. Pat Quinn into... Read »

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 at 11:54 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Anti-Rauner PAC Releases 'Chief Executive Outsourcer' Video

Anti-Rauner PAC Releases 'Chief Executive Outsourcer' Video

A new video released Thursday by Illinois Freedom PAC, the union-backed group protesting Bruce Rauner's bid for governor, paints the Republican venture capitalist as a "Chief Executive Outsourcer." Read »

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014 at 5:46 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Madigan Skips Democrat Day at Illinois State Fair

Madigan Skips Democrat Day at Illinois State Fair

It's Democrat Day at the Illinois State Fair, which means another stump speech from embattled Gov. Pat Quinn. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 4:32 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: It's Time for Rauner to Own Up to GTCR Management Flubs

Opinion: It's Time for Rauner to Own Up to GTCR Management Flubs

Bruce Rauner needs to take some responsibility for the ConvergEx debacle and other failures of corporate management, says Crain's Chicago Business' Greg Hinz in one of his best -- and most eviscerating --... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 6:51 PM
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By Erin Carlson
      

Karen Lewis Defends Six-Figure Salary

Chicago Teachers Union boss Karen Lewis is defending her six-figure salary and three homes -- one of which is in Hawaii -- as "solidly middle class." Read »

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 at 10:03 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Wisconsin Politicians Criticize Illinois, Obama and O'Hare at RNC Meeting

Wisconsin Politicians Criticize Illinois, Obama and O'Hare at RNC Meeting

A trio of Wisconsin politicians -- Gov. Scott Walker, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus -- came down to Illinois with claws out, deploying insults about President... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 at 9:57 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Rauner Buying His Way Into Hearts of Local Pols

Rauner Buying His Way Into Hearts of Local Pols

First-time candidate is spreading his own brand of political love across the state among local Republican political organizations. Read »

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 8:37 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern, Associated Press
      

Quinn Urges Rauner to Commit to Debates

New poll shows Rauner leading incumbent Quinn. Read »

Monday, Aug 11, 2014 at 11:36 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn-Rauner Spending Skyrockets 355 Percent Over 2010 Election: Report

Quinn-Rauner Spending Skyrockets 355 Percent Over 2010 Election: Report

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and opponent Bruce Rauner have collectively spent more cash this election cycle than any other governor race in recent state history. Read »

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