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2014 Illinois Gubernatorial Race

A 'Have-Not' Denied the Right to Vote in Illinois

Margaret M. Kruse | Posted 01.04.2015 | Chicago
Margaret M. Kruse

Tonight, I was literally one minute -- check that, 7:01 p.m. -- late to my polling place, as witnessed by the school janitor who saw me sprint across the school's front lawn after I brought my car to a screeching halt out front.

Illinois Governor's Race Pushes Democrats To Dig Deep

AP | SARA BURNETT | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — At first blush, Illinois would seem to be a lock for an incumbent Democratic governor: The population leans left. Democrats control m...

Illinois Governor Candidates Trade Messy Verbal Blows Over Education, Ethics And Hair

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics

The mud flew between incumbent Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) and his Republican challenger, Bruce Rauner, during a meeting before the Chicago Tribune ed...

Political Ads From Gubernatorial Campaign Are Starting To Look Like Bad Infomercials

AP | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) -- Da Coach has weighed in on Da Campaign for Illinois governor. Former Chicago Bears football coach Mike Ditka appears in a new TV ad...

Bruce Rauner "Appalled" And "Outraged" But What's He Doing About It?

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 11.04.2014 | Chicago
Doug Ibendahl

But you're wrong. Enough is enough Mr. Rauner. Some of us think the Republican Party should be the leader on reform. If you're going to remain unserious about cleaning up this latest mess which has your fingerprints all over it, then you picked the wrong party to crash.

GOP Candidate Admits Spending More On Wine Club Than Most Families Make In A Year

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics

An Illinois GOP gubernatorial hopeful trying to downplay attacks related to his personal wealth has admitted he belongs to an elite California wine cl...

Illinois Libertarians Lodge Criminal Complaints Over Armed Intimidation

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 10.30.2014 | Chicago
Doug Ibendahl

The Libertarian Party of Illinois lodged complaints on Thursday with both the Office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the Office of Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez over intimidation tactics employed in an attempt to prevent the Libertarian's slate of statewide candidates from appearing on the November ballot.

Illinois Lawmaker Denies Making The Least Subtle Patronage Request Ever

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics

Patronage requests are usually made quietly, perhaps in a smoke-filled back room, but one Illinois Republican appears to have brought sunlight to the ...

New Revelations Cast More Doubt on Bruce Rauner's Fitness For Office

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
Doug Ibendahl

Veteran Illinois political reporter Kurt Erickson has detailed new bombshell revelations exposing yet more direct links between Bruce Rauner and the mistreatment and deaths of the most vulnerable of Americans.

Why the Illinois GOP Might Be Considering a Name Change to the Grand 'New' Party

Margaret M. Kruse | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
Margaret M. Kruse

Over the last couple years, Illinois' Grand Old Party has been receiving messages from its voter base letting them know that their rusty, old machine ...

Rauner, Oberweis Win Illinois Primaries

AP | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — Republican nominee for Illinois governor Bruce Rauner (ROW'-nur) says Gov. Pat Quinn is a failure and "we're going to get him gone th...

Bruce Rauner Wins GOP Primary In Illinois Gubernatorial Race

AP | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

BY SARA BURNETT & SOPHIA TAREEN, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO (AP) — Venture capitalist Bruce Rauner won the GOP primary Tuesday in his bid for I...

Rauner Wins Race To Challenge Pat Quinn

The Huffington Post | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics

Bruce Rauner has won the Republican primary to challenge Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) in his reelection race this fall, the Associated Press reports. ...

Pat Quinn Wins Primary In Illinois Gubernatorial Race

The Huffington Post | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) won the Tuesday primary to again be the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, the Associated Press reports. Quinn, who was...

Voters Head To The Polls In Illinois Primary

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — Voters in heavily Democratic Illinois go to the polls Tuesday for primary elections that will set the November slate for governor, U....

Here's the Cliff Notes Version of the GOP Governor's Race for You

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.13.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Still having trouble deciding who to vote for in next week's primary. Don't fret. We've got a side-by-side rundown of where the major candidates stand on our key challenges. Taxes? Schools? Jobs? Trust? Pensions? Spending? Term limits?

Would Dan Rutherford Like Any Popcorn with That?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.10.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

State Treasurer Dan Rutherford may be running last in the GOP gubernatorial primary race, according to the latest polls, but at least he's still running -- both in the race and on his treadmill.

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate: Sexual Harassment Suit 'Smells Of Politics'

AP | KERRY LESTER and SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — The campaign for Illinois governor took a jarring turn Monday when a former state employee accused a Republican candidate, state Trea...

Bruce Rauner, GOP Punching Bag?

Posted 01.25.2014 | Chicago

A Republican candidate in Illinois' gubernatorial race said the Land of Lincoln is so broken, his youngest child equates the state's highest office wi...

How Much Money Did the Candidates Raise in the Fourth Quarter?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.18.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

We knew Bruce Rauner would be a financial force in the Republican gubernatorial primary, but...

Minimum Wage a Maximum Headache for Rauner

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.12.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Bruce Rauner is in a bona-fide pickle over minimum wage.

Unions Coming Up Big for Quinn

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.10.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Pat Quinn has waged open warfare with public unions lately, but you'd never know it based on labor's generosity to Quinn in the latest campaign finance reports.

Who Gained the Most Twitter Followers in 2013?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.19.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

If Twitter followers were votes and the election was today, one candidate would be celebrating a landslide victory.

Illinois Election 2014: What Are the Candidates for Governor Tweeting About?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.11.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Did the candidates for governor use their Twitter accounts wisely in 2013?

Does Illinois Have the Friendliest Governor's Race?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.27.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Our candidates for governor follow each other on Twitter. Does this make them friendly or paranoid?