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    Madigan, Rauner spend big on Illinois House races

    Speaker Michael Madigan is using well-honed strategies to maintain the Democrats’ veto-proof supermajority in the state House.

    Oct 24, 2014 4:02 PM

    State Rep. Marty Moylan's seat is one of several Democrats view as critical to maintaining their veto-proof supermajority in the Illinois House this fall. Because of that, he is getting significant help in his campaign from Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan, including a campaign strategist and half of his $800,000 war chest. Moylan’s opponent, Republican Mel Thillens, of Park Ridge, received the majority of his $250,000 from the Illinois Republicans.

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    Next Illinois governor faces tough decisions

    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, left, and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner met for a third debate this week. The winner will face a pile of tough decisions over the next four years.

    Oct 24, 2014 5:08 AM

    As the candidates for Illinois governor make their final pitches to voters with two weeks to go until Election Day, it's clear the winner faces four years littered with big issues and tough decisions. And Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn or Republican challenger Bruce Rauner will be in the thick of it.

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    Governor candidates court female voters

    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, left, is running for re-election against Republican Bruce Rauner.

    Oct 24, 2014 9:39 PM

    The candidates for Illinois governor tried to garner support from female voters Friday as Gov. Pat Quinn hosted an event for noted feminist Gloria Steinem and Republican Bruce Rauner’s wife was scheduled for a round of television interviews.

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    Sheriff’s candidates debate adding marine deputies

    Mark Curran, left, and Jason Patt, right, are running for Lake County sheriff in the Nov. 4 election.

    Oct 23, 2014 5:30 AM

    Lake County sheriff candidate Jason Patt says more needs to be done to enforce laws and patrol waterways like the Chain O’ Lakes, but incumbent Sheriff Mark Curran said that would mean cuts in other important services.

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    Congress candidates cite debt, dysfunction as top woes

    Democrat Dennis Anderson, left, opposes Republican Randy Hultgren in the 14th Congressional District.

    Oct 24, 2014 7:35 PM

    Congressman Randy Hultgren says the biggest problem facing the nation is out-of-control debt, but he thinks it can be addressed with some long-term planning. His Democratic challenger, Dennis Anderson, said congressional dysfunction and gridlock is the biggest problem facing the nation. He's advocating compromise.

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    Hundreds fill Vernon Hills gym for Biden

    Vice President Joe Biden spoke to a crowd of more than 750 in Vernon Hills on Wednesday at a campaign rally for several Illinois Democrats, including U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider and Sen. Dick Durbin.

    Oct 23, 2014 1:16 AM

    An estimated 750 people packed the Sullivan Community Center’s gym Wednesday afternoon for Vice President Joe Biden’s appearance, part of a rally for three Democrats on the Nov. 4 ballot: U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Paul Vallas, who’s running for lieutenant governor as Gov. Pat Quinn’s mate. “It’s not something that happens every day,” a resident said.

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    Kane sheriff hopefuls explain why each deserves your vote

    Don Kramer, left, and Willie Mayes Sr. are candidates for Kane County sheriff.

    Oct 23, 2014 5:27 AM

    As early voting begins, the two men running to be the next Kane County sheriff state their cases for why they should succeed Pat Perez. Don Kramer, a Geneva Republican, hopes to follow in his father's footsteps as sheriff; Willie Mayes Sr., an Aurora Democrat, cites his law enforcement experience and community involvement.

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    Corporate giants funding state ballot initiatives

    Voters may not know it, but the millions of dollars paying for ads on ballot measures they will consider next month come from large companies and national advocacy groups. Many of the messages are tailored to defend or expand the business interests of companies such as Coca-Cola, Monsanto and ExxonMobil, yet few have their names in the ads.

    Oct 23, 2014 10:37 AM

    Voters may not know it, but the millions of dollars paying for ads on ballot measures they will consider next month come from large companies and national advocacy groups. Many of the messages are tailored to defend or expand the business interests of companies such as Coca-Cola, Monsanto and ExxonMobil, yet few have their names in the ads.

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