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  • Rauner tackles full transition agenda Nov 22, 2014 12:00 PM
    From dealing with a rush of jobseekers to a leaky roof and hard feelings among opponents he now needs, Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has been busily preparing to take over Illinois. His plans include staging a “big party” to celebrate “our great state” at his inauguration, even as he struggles to get a handle on the state’s “horrible” budget situation.

  • Rauner: State finances are 'stunningly bad' Nov 21, 2014 9:22 AM
    Republican Bruce Rauner today tried to set the stage for the challenges he now faces when he's sworn in as governor in January. “The financial condition of the state of Illinois is stunningly bad,” Rauner said, speaking to reporters at the Capitol in Springfield. The Winnetka Republican started his transition into the job two weeks ago after being elected Nov. 4.

  • Seeking ideas, Rauner creates transition website Nov 18, 2014 6:17 AM
    Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner is launching a website that will allow individuals to apply for jobs in his administration. The website is Visitors also can submit ideas to improve the state.

  • Business leaders look forward to Rauner administration Nov 9, 2014 7:35 AM
    Some business leaders see Bruce Rauner as the symbol of potential change in Illinois’ reputation. “Bruce Rauner’s election will solve 50 percent of our perception problem,” Illinois Manufacturers Association President Greg Baise said.

  • Local Democrats power past Rauner machine with fists Nov 7, 2014 7:28 AM
    Everywhere Rauner won, Democrats running for the Illinois House — many of them freshman who are often among the most vulnerable lawmakers — also won. How is that possible? The Democratic lawmakers used their fists. To knock on doors.

  • Rauner to tour Illinois after winning office Nov 7, 2014 9:02 AM
    Republican Governor-elect Bruce Rauner is planning a statewide tour by plane after ousting Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. Rauner spokesman Lance Trover says stops on Friday will include Springfield and Marion. Rauner is a venture capitalist from Winnetka who sought office for the first time. It was a tight contest between him and Quinn, who was seeking a second full term.

  • State GOP: Rauner win a rebirth for the party Nov 5, 2014 4:54 PM
    Bruce Rauner’s Election Night win is being hailed as the “rebirth of the Illinois Republican Party” by party officials who are looking to emulate Rauner’s success in years to come. “For Republicans, this means we’re back in the game,” said Palatine state Sen. Matt Murphy.

  • Wheaton’s Sanguinetti will lead Rauner transition team Nov 5, 2014 5:21 PM
    Republican Bruce Rauner named his running mate, Evelyn Sanguinetti of Wheaton, to lead his transition team to the governor’s office.

  • Quinn: It’s clear we do not have the votes to win Nov 5, 2014 5:41 PM
    Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has conceded his re-election campaign to Winnetka businessman Bruce Rauner, setting up the first transition in a dozen years to a Republican in the governor’s mansion.

  • Rauner might start lonely at the top Nov 5, 2014 5:20 PM
    Despite his decisive win throughout the collar counties, Rauner’s political coattails were short. Suburban Democrats in the Illinois House kept their seats, so Rauner will have to deal with a group of lawmakers less receptive to his ideas than he'd hoped.

  • 5 reasons why Quinn lost Nov 5, 2014 4:22 PM
    More than 20 hours after the polls closed, Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn conceded he lost his race against Republican businessman Bruce Rauner. Why did he lose? Here are five reasons.

  • 5 reasons why Rauner won Nov 5, 2014 4:23 PM
    Big margins in the suburbs and downstate Illinois carried the day for Winnetka Republican Bruce Rauner over Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. But why did Rauner win voters over? Here are five reasons.

  • Governors: Wisconsin’s Walker bests Democrat Burke Nov 4, 2014 11:54 PM
    Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker won re-election over Democratic challenger Mary Burke Tuesday, overcoming fierce opposition from organized labor for his third election victory in four years — and clearing the way for a potential presidential campaign in 2016. Walker’s victory in Wisconsin was part of a larger Republican sweep in governor’s races across the country.

  • Images: Election Night in the suburbs Nov 5, 2014 12:49 AM
    Images of Election Night in the suburbs of Chicago. Voters selected members of Congress, State Senators and Representatives, and county-level leaders .

  • Rauner claims victory, Quinn says not so fast Nov 5, 2014 1:36 AM
    Winnetka businessman and first-time candidate Bruce Rauner claimed victory as Illinois’ first Republican governor in a dozen years. But Quinn didn’t concede.

  • Images: Bruce Rauner Claims Victory in Race for Governor Nov 5, 2014 1:12 AM
    Images of Election Night as Bruce Rauner claimed victory over Pat Quinn in the race for Governor of the State of Illinois.

  • Analysis: Big numbers in suburbs mean big Rauner win Nov 5, 2014 10:22 AM
    “The suburbs were absolutely critical” in Bruce Rauner's win, said state Sen. Matt Murphy of Palatine. Rauner's big margins in the collar counties far oupaced the 2010 GOP effort.

  • Governor candidates make final appeal for votes Nov 3, 2014 8:48 PM
    From restaurants to airports, the candidates for Illinois governor made a frenzy of statewide campaign stops Monday in a final appeal to voters in one of the nation’s most competitive gubernatorial matchups. Both Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican businessman Bruce Rauner greeted the Chicago breakfast crowd before launching plane tours and evening rallies ahead of Tuesday’s election, which also features a U.S. Senate race, hotly contested congressional matchups and five ballot measures.

  • Social issues take back seat in governor’s race Nov 1, 2014 11:53 PM
    Normally hot-button social issues like gay marriage and abortion rights have remained on the backburner for much of the Illinois governor’s race, with candidates more focused on the state’s dire fiscal problems.

  • Democrats dig deep to keep governor’s office Oct 31, 2014 6:49 PM
    At first blush, Illinois would seem to be a lock for an incumbent Democratic governor: The population leans left. Democrats control most of state government, and this year’s race is likely to turn on the Chicago area, one of the few places President Barack Obama can still bring large crowds to their feet. But Gov. Pat Quinn is battling to survive against Republican Bruce Rauner.

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