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  • 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.

  • Illinois to ask voters about taxing millionaires Jul 30, 2014 6:47 AM
    Illinois voters will get a chance in November to weigh in on whether millionaires should pay an additional income tax to help fund schools after Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Tuesday adding a nonbinding resolution to the ballot. The resolution asks voters whether incomes over $1 million should be taxed with a 3 percent surcharge. It comes as Quinn is locked in a hotly contested gubernatorial race with multimillionaire businessman Bruce Rauner, a Republican.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rauner keeps up push for term limits Jul 21, 2014 6:22 PM
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner kept up his drumbeat for Illinois term limits, saying Monday that “voters deserve a voice” on the issue and that the effort to put a measure on the November ballot isn’t over despite recent court decisions and a tight timeline.

  • Rauner wants freeze on local property taxes Jul 17, 2014 6:31 PM
    Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner announced details of his job growth and tax reform plan at a Schaumburg business Thursday, including a proposal to require voter approval before any local government can raise its property tax. Rauner outlined his plan to phase out the income tax increase over four years, reform business taxes and fees, phase in an increase of the minimum wage up to $10 per hour and make changes to workers’ compensation policies.

  • Rauner, Quinn trade accusations on transparency Jul 11, 2014 5:15 PM
    Allegations of concealing information and impeding transparency bubbled up in the Illinois governor’s race Friday as Republican Bruce Rauner accused Gov. Pat Quinn of hiding while federal officials investigate a 2010 anti-violence program and the Chicago Democrat’s campaign questioned Rauner’s financial dealings.

  • Topinka: Income tax rollback means ‘$2 billion collapse’ Jul 9, 2014 4:42 PM
    State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka is warning of “a $2 billion collapse” next year when the state’s temporary income tax increase begins to roll back. Lawmakers approved a temporary income tax hike in 2011. But it’s set to decrease from 5 percent to 3.75 percent in January.

  • Report: Rauner firm gave contribution after deal Jul 9, 2014 7:48 PM
    A company once partially owned by Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner’s investment firm started making campaign contributions to Illinois Democrats after it won a multimillion-dollar Cook County contract, according to a report published Wednesday in Crain’s Chicago Business.

  • Quinn makes Rauner’s tax returns a campaign issue Jul 8, 2014 9:17 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn called on Republican challenger Bruce Rauner to release complete income tax returns, saying Tuesday that the documents could reveal potential conflicts of interest or tax loopholes ahead of November. A spokesman for Rauner called the move 'a political stunt."

  • Voters as state elections loom: Can we just leave Illinois? Jul 7, 2014 7:00 PM
    The people of Illinois are feeling particularly gloomy about their state, with its high unemployment, billions of dollars in debt, decades-long battles against corruption — and another possible tax hike waiting for them after the November election. The bad mood surfaces in public-opinion polls that startle even the pollsters, with one survey showing that more people want to leave Illinois than anywhere else in the U.S.

  • Editorial: Frat party politics bad for Illinois Jul 3, 2014 10:32 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial says voters deserve better than sophomoric gimmicks from the candidates for governor.

  • Quinn makes minor cuts to $35.7 billion budget Jun 30, 2014 5:03 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday largely approved a 2015 state budget he has criticized as “incomplete” for not extending a temporary income tax increase, setting off another back-and-forth with his Republican rival over how best to fix Illinois’ huge financial problems.

  • Fake news releases latest twist in governor’s race Jun 27, 2014 8:14 PM
    The latest campaign tactic in a heated race for Illinois governor — fake news releases — has drawn a scolding from the state’s highest-ranking Democrat. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Friday a fake press release sent by the Illinois Republican Party marked “a new low.” But it was Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn’s campaign that started the shenanigans.

  • Admission questions resurface for Rauner Jun 26, 2014 7:38 PM
    The issue of how Republican Bruce Rauner’s daughter was admitted into an elite Chicago public school resurfaced in the Illinois governor’s race this week with a top school official and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn raising new questions.

  • Quinn dismisses Rauner’s business plan Jun 26, 2014 4:35 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn is brushing off proposals by Republican challenger Bruce Rauner that call for ending some corporate tax breaks and “special deals” he claims are unfair to families.

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