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Thursday, Jan 11, 2018 at 6:19 PM

Rauner Ad Featuring Missouri Governor Will No Longer Play

A campaign ad for Gov. Bruce Rauner featuring embattled Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens will no longer be airing in Illinois, a spokesperson for Rauner said Thursday. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018 at 11:43 PM
Governor Race Ads Bring Blagojevich Into Mix

Governor Race Ads Bring Blagojevich Into Mix

A new television ad brings former Gov. Rod Blagojevich into the campaign. Gov. Bruce Rauner is critical not of his own primary opponent, but instead attacks democratic candidate JB Pritzker. Watch »

Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018 at 5:50 PM

Rauner Emerges From Vets Home, Kennedy Battles Emanuel

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner emerged from the Illinois Veterans' Home in Quincy Wednesday after a weeklong stay. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018 at 4:39 PM

Former Rauner Staffer Sues Office Over Abortion Bill Emails

Gov. Bruce Rauner's former communications director is suing the administration over emails on the signing of a controversial plan allowing taxpayer-funded abortions. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018 at 4:29 PM

Illinois to Replace Vets' Plumbing Amid Legionnaire's Crisis

Illinois to Replace Vets' Plumbing Amid Legionnaire's Crisis

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says the state will replace plumbing at a home for military veterans that's been troubled by Legionnaires' disease. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018 at 9:40 AM

Illinois Education Association Endorsing Pritzker for Governor

The largest teachers union, the Illinois Education Association, is endorsing Democrat JB Pritzker for governor. The 135,000 members of the IEA represent the state's largest education employee's organization. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 9, 2018 at 1:23 PM

Biss Releases First TV Ads in Race for Illinois Governor

Exactly 10 weeks before the Democratic primary election, state Sen. Daniel Biss is taking his campaign for Illinois governor to television airwaves. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 9, 2018 at 11:08 AM

Illinois Lawmakers to Query Rauner Cabinet on Legionnaires'

Illinois Lawmakers to Query Rauner Cabinet on Legionnaires'

Lawmakers are scheduled to question members of Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration about the deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy. Read »

Monday, Jan 8, 2018 at 5:24 PM

Handwriting Expert Needed in Silverstein Petition Challenge

The trouble continued Monday for embattled state Sen. Ira Silverstein, who's facing a highly unusual challenge to his petitions to run for re-election. Read »

Saturday, Jan 13, 2018 at 12:31 PM
By Shelby Bremer

A Look at the Candidates Running for Ill. Attorney General

These are the 10 candidates - eight Democrats and two Republicans - who have filed to run for Illinois attorney general.View gallery »

  • State Rep. Scott Drury (D)
  • COPA Chief Sharon Fairley (D)
  • Aaron Goldstein (D)
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