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Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 4:55 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Opinion: Quinn Mocks Rauner's $100,000 Parking Spot

Opinion: Quinn Mocks Rauner's $100,000 Parking Spot

WARNING: This news might make you spit out your coffee. According to the Sun-Times' Michael Sneed, Bruce Rauner paid $100,000 for one parking spot. We repeat: $100,000. For a parking spot. Just one. Read »

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 2:08 PM
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By Erin Carlson

New Rauner Attack Ad Blasts Quinn's 'Broken Promises'

New Rauner Attack Ad Blasts Quinn's 'Broken Promises'

"When you hear Pat Quinn's false attacks, remember his broken promises," intones the woman narrator in Bruce Rauner's latest ad targeting Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. The 30-second TV spot, unleashed Friday, is... Read »

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 5:25 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Midterm Elections: Brad Schneider Nets $185K Edge Over Bob Dold

Midterm Elections: Brad Schneider Nets $185K Edge Over Bob Dold

Illinois congressman Brad Schneider's war chest grew by $795,000 in the second quarter, bringing the 10th-district Democrat's total campaign stash to $1.9 million. Read »

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 2:48 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Rauner’s Latest Memory Loss Par for the Course

Opinion: Rauner’s Latest Memory Loss Par for the Course

If Rauner can't remember or doesn't know how lucrative business deals with influential politicians are done in his name, how can voters trust him once he gets the keys to the state treasury as governor? Read »

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 1:51 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Midterm Elections: Illinois Democrats Worried About Quinn Liability

Midterm Elections: Illinois Democrats Worried About Quinn Liability

Forget President Obama. It's Pat Quinn that Illinois Democrats should worry about, say operatives within the party. With Gov. Quinn's approval ratings in the tank -- only House Speaker Mike Madigan is more... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014 at 3:58 PM
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By Associated Press

Rauner Firm Gave Contribution After Deal

Rauner Firm Gave Contribution After Deal

In 2000 the Cook County Board approved a deal with HealthRev Inc. to collect Medicaid bills. County records show HealthRev was paid $8.8 million. HealthRev was owned until 2004 by GTCR LLC, a firm partially... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014 at 2:52 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Quinn Slams Rauner: "We Don't Need a Loophole Governor'

Quinn Slams Rauner:

The worst thing to happen to Bruce Rauner's campaign is a gift to the re-election efforts of Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 6:30 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Lauren Petty
      

Some Workers Say $13 Minimum Wage Isn't Enough

While they certainly won't look a gift horse in the mouth, there were some on Tuesday looking at a panel's recommendation to raise Chicago's minimum wage by more than $4 an hour with a bit of disappointment. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 1:32 PM
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By Associated Press

Rauner Says He'll Release Taxes Before Election

Rauner Says He'll Release Taxes Before Election

Rauner Spokesman Mike Schrimpf says Rauner got a six-month extension of the April 15 filing deadline. He says Rauner will make his returns public before the Nov. 4 election. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 6:30 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Panel Recommends $13 Minimum Wage in Chicago

Minimum Wage Working Group says wages would increase earnings for about 410,000 people and inject nearly $800 million into the Chicago economy. Read »

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