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  • 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.

     
  • Candidate asked for state job, joked about capital Aug 8, 2014 6:51 PM
    The Republican candidate for Illinois lieutenant governor asked a state official if he knew of any jobs in the agency where he worked and made a joke suggesting the state’s capital city lacks sophistication.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Illinois comptroller rivals differ on merger idea Aug 3, 2014 6:13 PM
    The two candidates seeking the job of writing checks in a state notoriously behind in paying bills differ on a big issue hovering over the state comptroller’s office — whether to eliminate it by merging it with the treasurer’s office. Republican incumbent Judy Baar Topinka said it’s a no-brainer, since combining offices saves money, but her Democratic challenger, Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, said there are other ways to cut costs. The two explained their positions in an Associated Press candidate questionnaire focused on the matchup between the GOP veteran and the daughter of the late Democratic U.S. Sen. Paul Simon, which promises to be one of Illinois’ most watched November contests.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
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