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  • 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 .

  • Cross clings to narrow lead for state treasurer; Topinka edges Simon Nov 5, 2014 6:55 AM
    With most of the vote counted, former House Republican Leader Tom Cross took a narrow lead over state Sen. Mike Frerichs in their battle for state treasurer. In other state offices, Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka edged Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon for re-election, and incumbent Democrats Jesse White and Lisa Madigan easily won re-election as secretary of state and attorney general.

  • 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.

  • Edgar to campaign with Rauner Oct 31, 2014 6:46 PM
    Former Gov. Jim Edgar will campaign with fellow Republican Bruce Rauner as Rauner makes his final push to become Illinois’ next governor. Edgar is scheduled to join Rauner Monday in Bloomington, Springfield, Moline, Rockford and the Chicago suburbs.

  • Quinn, Rauner talk jobs, early voting Friday Oct 31, 2014 5:19 PM
    The candidates for Illinois governor are spending the final days before the Nov. 4 election at events in the Chicago area portraying themselves as the best choice for job creation.

  • Quinn campaign to focus on ‘sporadic’ voters Oct 30, 2014 7:12 PM
    Field director Nellie Sires says the campaign is confident Gov. Pat Quinn will be helped by early and mail-in votes. The campaign also will be encouraging trips to the polls by Democrats who don’t faithfully show up every election cycle.

  • Rauner says women will decide governor’s race Oct 30, 2014 7:13 PM
    Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner says women will decide the close race between him and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. The Winnetka businessman and his wife, Diana, appeared at a Chicago women’s event on Thursday to encourage get-out-the-vote efforts ahead of next Tuesday’s election.

  • Rauner tours Wheeling plant; Quinn at fertilizer factory site Oct 29, 2014 7:01 PM
    Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner made a stop Wednesday at the Penray Co. in Wheeling, where he called incumbent Pat Quinn “the worst governor in America” and held a short question-and-answer session with workers. Quinn, meanwhile, was downstate touting a new fertilizer plant that will employ 175 people.

  • No school in Waukegan Thursday Oct 29, 2014 9:38 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn Wednesday moved to intervene in the nearly monthlong Waukegan teacher strike, telling Illinois State Board of Education Chairman Gery Chico to try to strike a deal. But an accord still hadn’t been reached as of 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to a news release from Waukegan Unit District 60, and there is no school on Thursday.

  • Quinn touts job news ahead of election Oct 28, 2014 5:28 PM
    Illinois this week received a three-part dose of news about new jobs and economic expansion a week before a gubernatorial election in which the state’s business climate has been at issue.

  • Libertarian gets union cash in governor’s race Oct 28, 2014 2:56 PM
    The Libertarian candidate for Illinois governor is receiving financial help from an unexpected source — one of the unions campaigning against Republican Bruce Rauner.

  • Rauner tours suburbs, Quinn touts Amazon coming to Illinois Oct 28, 2014 7:09 PM
    The governor candidates today traded punches over a disease that hasn’t infected anyone in Illinois and a company that plans to build a warehouse in the state next year. Republican Bruce Rauner and his wife, Diana, met commuters in Arlington Heights and reiterated his support for a travel ban from Ebola-ridden countries. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn announced online retail giant Amazon will open a large facility in Illinois next year that will hire 1,000 people.

  • Gasp! Rauner orders ketchup on hot dog Oct 28, 2014 8:11 PM
    Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner stopped at a Portillo’s in Vernon Hills today and committed what some believe to be a cardinal Chicago sin: He ordered ketchup on a hot dog.

  • Lt. gov candidates campaign statewide Oct 27, 2014 4:35 PM
    The lieutenant governor candidates are campaigning in different parts of Illinois, with Democrat Paul Vallas pushing for a minimum-wage increase and Republican Evelyn Sanguinetti encouraging early voting.

  • Governor candidates stump on jobs Oct 27, 2014 4:34 PM
    Illinois’ gubernatorial candidates are focusing on the economy, with Gov. Pat Quinn touting his jobs record and Republican Bruce Rauner stopping at Chicago-area businesses.

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