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  • Sun-Times reporter quits over paper's handling of story Oct 23, 2014 5:18 AM
    The Chicago Sun-Times' longtime Springfield bureau chief Dave McKinney has stepped down after the paper put him on leave following a tough story about Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner, he posted online Wednesday.

  • Vernon Hills preparing for Vice President Joe Biden’s visit Wednesday Oct 22, 2014 6:49 PM
    The giggling toddlers and energetic dancers who normally would occupy Vernon Hills’ Sullivan Community Center on Wednesday will make way for a political rally featuring Vice President Joe Biden. Biden is coming to the center on Aspen Drive in the afternoon to stump for some fellow Democrats on the Nov. 4 ballot.

  • Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ballot Oct 21, 2014 10:08 AM
    As Democrats across the country make an election-year push to raise the minimum wage, they often point to fast food workers, baristas and others who are struggling to raise families, pay rent or get through school — some on as little as $7.25 per hour. First, though, they are out to help themselves. For getting out the vote, the issue is “a winner with everybody in our state,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, who said he urged party leaders to put it on the ballot.

  • Former President Clinton stumps for Quinn, Durbin Oct 21, 2014 6:23 PM
    Former President Bill Clinton became the latest high-profile Democrat to back the re-election bids of Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, saying Tuesday that the candidates focus on issues important to voters, like jobs and health care.

  • Quinn, Rauner give voters feisty last look in final debate Oct 21, 2014 4:58 AM
    The debate between Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner ended a rough-and-tumble series of televised meetings with a feisty finale. Quinn sought to portray Rauner as a wealthy businessman with a dozen bankruptcies among the companies he invested in, and Rauner worked to paint Quinn as an ineffective, repeating the words “failed” and “failure” at nearly every turn.

  • Quinn, Rauner final debate: Replay on TV at 10:35 tonight Oct 20, 2014 8:41 PM
    As early voters start heading to the polls on Monday, Gov. Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner will make their closing arguments to the public in the final televised debate before Election Day. When the two face off on Monday night at 8 p.m., it will be the last chance for the sparring gubernatorial candidates to each make his case to the voters in what has become and expensive and bitter campaign.

  • Former U.S. attorney to look into Rauner-reporter controversy Oct 19, 2014 3:53 PM
    Chicago Sun-Times Capitol bureau chief Dave McKinney has hired former Assistant U.S. Attorney Pat Collins to look into whether Bruce Rauner’s campaign tried to influence the longtime reporter’s employment because of a story.

  • Bill Clinton to address workers at Quinn rally Oct 19, 2014 3:31 PM
    Former President Bill Clinton will stop at a Chicago manufacturing plant to campaign for Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. Quinn’s campaign says Clinton will discuss Illinois’ economic “comeback” when he addresses workers and business and labor leaders Tuesday.

  • Quinn: Bill Clinton expected in Chicago next week Oct 17, 2014 5:40 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn says former President Bill Clinton is coming to Chicago next week. Quinn told reporters Friday that he and Clinton share an alma mater of Georgetown University. He says Clinton will talk about what they learned there about growing an economy by investing in people and taking “care of everyone.”

  • AP Fact Check: Did school funding rise or fall under Quinn? Oct 16, 2014 5:32 PM
    Whether education funding in Illinois rose or fell under Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn depends on whose money you’re talking about, and during what time period. The question has surfaced repeatedly in the heated campaign between Quinn and his challenger, Republican businessman Bruce Rauner.

  • Biden coming to Vernon Hills next week to stump for Schneider Oct 15, 2014 2:13 PM
    Vice President Joe Biden will visit Vernon Hills next week to promote early voting and stump for U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider’s re-election bid. Biden will appear at the Sullivan Community Center on Oct. 22 with Schneider and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.

  • Obama plans push to help 7 Democratic governor hopefuls Oct 15, 2014 6:38 AM
    President Barack Obama is planning a major campaign push in seven governor’s races, where Democrats’ prospects are looking up, while largely avoiding the party’s tougher challenges in the Senate as midterm elections approach.

  • Quinn doesn’t stand by tax-extension timetable Oct 14, 2014 10:20 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn Tuesday declined to repeat his assertion to the Daily Herald that he’d try to extend the state’s 2011 tax increase right after the November election. “It’s going to happen in 2014, in November and December,” Quinn said in September. Rauner sharply criticized Quinn Tuesday for not directly answering when asked when he’d seek to move forward with extending the tax rate.

  • Governor debates Round 2: Are voters tired of sniping? Oct 14, 2014 5:03 AM
    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican businessman Bruce Rauner meet for their second televised debate in Chicago Tuesday. If last week's first round was an indicator, each candidate might try to persuade voters the other would be a nightmare governor. Will the sniping work? “With all of this negative stuff, I don't like anyone anymore," a Palatine resident said. "It just makes me not want to vote.”

  • Rauner explains ‘right to work zones’ Oct 13, 2014 5:07 PM
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner says his idea to create “right to work zones” also means designating areas where businesses face fewer “tax and regulatory burdens.” But the idea and its name are raising eyebrows in union-friendly Illinois.

  • Biden plans to show in suburbs for Schneider Oct 13, 2014 7:13 PM
    Vice President Joe Biden is set to join the parade of national Democrats flooding Illinois to help the party’s candidates when he stumps for U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider in the suburbs next week.

  • Governor’s race: Rauner an outsider? Or a rich man pulling strings? Oct 12, 2014 7:30 AM
    In the race for governor, who is the real reformer? Here's the case Bruce Rauner makes for his outsiderishness. “I’m not part of the system, and I can stand up and fight against it,” he says.

  • The race for governor: Is Quinn a reformer? Or longtime insider? Oct 12, 2014 7:30 AM
    In the race for governor, who is the real reformer? Here's the case Pat Quinn makes for his outsiderishness. “People know I work hard and I sweat," he said. "Everything I do (is) to help the common good.”

  • Riopell: A little could mean a lot to Libertarian Party Oct 10, 2014 5:27 AM
    Consider his task: The leader of the DuPage Libertarians and the party's statewide field organizer is trying to, among other things, get a meager 5 percent of Illinois voters to pick Chad Grimm of Peoria for governor.

  • Rauner releases tax returns: $61 million in 2013 income Oct 10, 2014 10:00 PM
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner on Friday released parts of his 2013 federal and state income tax returns, which showed that the multimillionaire and his wife, Diana, earned nearly $61 million last year.

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