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Dan Rutherford Joins Bruce Rauner In Club RICO

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 08.17.2014 | Chicago
Doug Ibendahl

Regardless of how the lawsuit against Dan Rutherford plays out, it's interesting to note that two of the four Republican candidates for governor are now linked to alleged racketeering conduct.

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...

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?

Time to Vote! Need a Cheat Sheet? Introducing Scorecards for Gov, Senate, Treasurer

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.12.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Uh oh. Have you checked the calendar lately? Yup, it's bad. Primary Election Day is next week and if you care about your home and our government, you really need to get involved, do some studying and vote.

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.

Poll: Negative Ads Only Making a Small Dent in Bruce Rauner's Lead

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.29.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Over the past three weeks, forces aligned against Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner have launched a barrage of anti-Rauner ads over the airwaves, on social media and in print. A new poll shows that, overall, the public isn't buying it.

Ex-Employee Claims GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Sexually Harassed Him

Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics

A former high-level employee of Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford went public Monday with allegations that the Republican gubernatorial candidate sexu...

Bruce Rauner's Troubling Past Puts His GOP Supporters in an Ugly Position

William J. Kelly | Posted 03.24.2014 | Chicago
William J. Kelly

After years of railing against corrupt pay-to-play schemes and insider deals, now Republicans are forced into a position of defending Rauner's insider record. My how things change. And the squirming has just begun.

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...

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?

Governor Candidates Compete in Race for Facebook Supremacy

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.25.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

You know what they say about politics: It's not what you know, it's how many Facebook friends you have. We track it for the five governor candidates i...

How Many People Actually 'Like' the 2014 Candidates?

Madison Bondi | Posted 11.06.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

What do I see when I look at the candidates' social media pages? Here's my breakdown of Facebook.

Check Out Our Illinois' Gubernatorial Candidates Fun Facts!

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.16.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

You may know some things about the candidates for governor in Illinois, but we have some fun facts about each candidate that you probably didn't know about them.

Take our Poll: Capitol Doors -- Sound Investment or Insane Boondoggle?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.25.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin is a staunch defender of the state Capitol refurbishing project that cost more than $50 million and included historically correct copper doors that cost $670,000.

Top 10: Illinois Remains in National Unemployment Cellar

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.23.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

New unemployment figures last week showed Illinois' jobless rate unchanged in August. That also means our second-worst national ranking is unchanged.

Twitter and the 2014 Election: Mysteries Revealed!

Madison Bondi | Posted 11.17.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

Dan Rutherford is playing by the social media rules, Kirk Dillard is one of the most engaging candidates on the Twitter-sphere, people must really want to hear what Gov. Quinn has to say, and Bill Brady writes golden tweets.

2014 Illinois Governor Candidate Expenses: How Are They Spending Their Campaign Dollars?

Madison Bondi | Posted 11.16.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

Think all campaign spending goes toward advertising, printing yard signs and making campaign T-shirts? You'd be amazed at the expenses incurred by candidates stumping for votes.

Rauner Leads In Facebook, Quinn Rules Twitter In Social Media Race

Madison Bondi | Posted 11.12.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

. We're following the social media trends of the six candidates for Illinois governor. The early returns show GOP candidate Bruce Rauner leading the pack in Facebook friends, though his numbers have begun to plateau after a meteoric initial rise.

2014: Dillard, Rutherford Announce Running Mates via Social Media

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.03.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Republican gubernatorial candidates Dan Rutherford and Kirk Dillard used social media over the long holiday weekend to preview their running mate choices.

My Top Quotes in Illinois

Madison Bondi | Posted 10.28.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

Only at the Illinois State Fair can you find corn dogs, politicians, and a 500-lb cow made of butter, all in the same place. Needless to say, it has been an exciting couple of weeks in Illinois, from our heated income tax debate to more messy Metra news, I don't know where to start!

GOP Day at IL State Fair: 4 Gov Candidates Square Off

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.16.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Republicans this year are giddy about their chances for retaking the governorship for the first time since Rod Blagojevich's victory in 2002.

2014: Bloomberg endorses Daley; Blog: Gun issues in 2014 election; Poll: Name trouble for Daley, L.Madigan? Stantis: Quinn's concealed weapon

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.02.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

2014: BLOOMBERG ENDORSES DALEY New York Mayor and staunch gun-control advocate Michael Bloomberg has endorsed Bill Daley in his run for governor. In a...

Great news, Illinois: Pension debt only costs you $5 million a day

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.01.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

GOOD NEWS For months, Gov. Pat Quinn's office has said Illinois' pension debt is growing by $17 million a day. But as we rang in Fiscal New Year 2014 ...