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  • IDOT cuts positions amid hiring scandal Aug 21, 2014 6:48 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration, stung by a federal lawsuit alleging illegal hiring amid a tough re-election campaign, announced Thursday it will eliminate 58 transportation agency jobs at the center of the dispute.

     
  • Appeals court says term limits can’t be on ballot Aug 20, 2014 6:25 PM
    Proponents of term limits for Illinois lawmakers were preparing a last-minute appeal to the state Supreme Court after an appeals court ruled Wednesday that a measure asking voters to approve such a measure could not appear on the November ballot.

     
  • Rauner revs up GOP at state fair Aug 14, 2014 7:24 PM
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner roared into the state fairgrounds on a Harley Thursday, revving up the party faithful by pledging to help loosen the Democrats’ long hold on power in Illinois government. After removing his helmet, the Winnetka businessman said he would lead an administration that is efficient and transparent.

     
  • Quinn wants apology over ‘cow tipping’ remark Aug 14, 2014 5:17 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn says his Republican challenger’s running mate should apologize for a 2013 comment asking if “cow tipping” was a job requirement in Springfield. The remark came from an email Evelyn Sanguinetti sent to a Department of Human Rights staff attorney asking if there were any job openings.

     
  • Rauner keeps up property tax pressure Aug 12, 2014 10:47 PM
    Republican governor hopeful Bruce Rauner has launched a website and enlisted a suburban homeowner for a robocall supporting his effort to freeze suburban property taxes. A recorded call from Joan Zaleski of St. Charles urges people to sign a petition at FreezeMyTaxes.com to back a plan that would keep local government from asking for more tax money unless voters approve. Gov. Pat Quinn, his opponent, says a freeze wouldn't work.

     
  • Quinn signs bills to better emergency response Aug 12, 2014 10:21 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn has signed two pieces of legislation aimed at improving emergency response in rural areas of Illinois.

     
  • Quinn calls on Rauner to confirm debates Aug 11, 2014 10:24 PM
    With less than three months until the November election, Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday called on Republican challenger Bruce Rauner to firm up the candidates’ debate schedule. Quinn’s campaign said the Chicago Democrat has committed to eight debates and forums statewide ahead of Nov. 4, along with a ninth potential event. Rauner’s campaign said the businessman plans to appear at several debates and will announce the schedule soon.

     
  • Quinn, Rauner lob new accusations Aug 8, 2014 6:47 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday accused Republican rival Bruce Rauner of dodging responsibility for another business dealing he called “very troubling,” while Rauner’s campaign hit back over new allegations of patronage at the Illinois Department of Transportation.

     
  • Rauner in Montana for vacation, fundraiser Aug 5, 2014 5:51 PM
    Republican Bruce Rauner has traveled to his family’s ranch in Montana to vacation and raise money for his Illinois governor campaign. The fundraiser is scheduled for Tuesday at Rauner’s 6,000-square-foot home near Yellowstone National Park.

     
  • Editorial: Faith is the forerunner of prosperity Aug 3, 2014 1:01 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial says that the historic depths of public cynicism in Illinois pose a challenge to politicians and voters alike. Life in Illinois can improve, but believing it can is the first step.

     
  • Quinn signs water-related laws in Chicago Aug 3, 2014 6:14 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation aimed at protecting water supplies. One of the three bills Quinn signed Sunday creates the Urban Flooding Awareness Act. The new law forms a working group to evaluate research urban flooding policies.

     
  • Report: Rauner funneled money into Caribbean tax haven Aug 4, 2014 11:44 AM
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner funneled part of his wealth to a Caribbean territory long considered a tax haven, a business practice the venture capitalist defended on Sunday, stressing there was no impact on his personal tax rate. Rauner spoke with reporters the same day a published report detailed how three of five of Rauner's Cayman Island holdings are tied to GTCR, a Chicago-based private equity firm Rauner helped found.

     
  • Campaigns working to get people to vote early, by mail Aug 1, 2014 5:21 AM
    Labor Day and the unofficial open of campaign season is still a month away, but one potentially big and new strategy in politicians' campaigns for votes starts next week. Wednesday — about 90 days before Election Day — is the first day eager voters can start requesting ballots to vote by mail. And campaigns are developing strategies to capitalize from the new headstart.

     
  • Rauner says he’ll be ‘champion’ for farmers Jul 31, 2014 5:44 PM
    Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner said Thursday he would work to reduce taxes and regulatory burdens on farmers and would travel the globe on his own dime to promote Illinois products if elected.

     
  • Quinn: State will ‘prevail’ in Shakman lawsuit Jul 30, 2014 5:48 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn says attorneys representing the state will be ready to defend their position in a lawsuit scrutinizing hiring in his Department of Transportation.

     
  • Lawsuit against Quinn back in court in October Jul 29, 2014 5:39 PM
    A legal battle between an anti-patronage lawyer and Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration will return to federal court less than two weeks before voters will decide if they want to re-elect the Chicago Democrat.

     
  • Christie campaigns for Rauner in Chicago Jul 25, 2014 8:28 PM
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stopped in Chicago Friday to campaign for Republican Bruce Rauner, calling his bid to defeat Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn “among the most important governor’s races in the country.” Christie said he’s fighting for Rauner because he believes he will create jobs and improve education.

     
  • Quinn tends to teen who fainted Jul 24, 2014 3:59 PM
    A Chicago teenager has been released from the hospital after appearing to faint at a campaign event where the Illinois governor ended up kneeling over him and holding his hand before an ambulance arrived.

     
  • Rauner’s campaign ad uses made-up headlines Jul 24, 2014 4:01 PM
    A campaign ad from the Republican candidate for Illinois governor is being called into question for tailoring — and even making up — headlines from news stories to make them appear more negative about his opponent.

     
  • Court OKs expedited appeal of term limits case Jul 21, 2014 5:32 PM
    An Illinois appellate court has agreed to hear an expedited appeal of a ruling that banned a question on term limits from the November ballot. The Chicago-based First District Appellate Court issued its order Monday.

     
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