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Illinois State Fair

Recapping Drama in Illinois: At the State Fair and With the Ashley Madison Hack

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.25.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Six state government emails were found among the list of hacked accounts at the dating site Ashley Madison, which encourages married users to have affairs.

Illinois State Fair: Deep-fried Politics

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.24.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

If you've had any trouble understanding why we've got gridlock in Springfield, a few minutes' worth of the rhetoric between the state's primary political combatants -- Gov. Bruce Rauner, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton -- should make things clear.

Gov. Bruce Rauner Talks Up Republican Values at Illinois State Fair

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.20.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday rallied the Republican faithful and predicted a comeback for the party in Illinois as he hosted his first Governor's Day at the Illinois State Fair.

Musical Acts Announced for 2015 Illinois State Fair

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.01.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The Illinois State Fair is only a few months away, and organizers already are getting Illinoisans excited for some of the musical acts. If you're a fan of country or classic rock, you'll definitely want to check it out.

Watch: Did Pat Quinn or Bruce Rauner Do Better at the Illinois State Fair?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.18.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Did Gov. Pat Quinn or his Republican challenger Bruce Rauner have the better Illinois State Fair? That was the topic last Friday as Reboot Illinois an...

Rauner reminds supporters that for him to win, they will need to come out to vote

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.15.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The headliner at Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair was candidate for governor Bruce Rauner, joined by running mate Evelyn Sanguinetti, candida...

Are Bruce Rauner's Political Donations an Attempt to Buy Republican Support?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.13.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner has worn his political-newcomer badge with pride, saying it makes him the right person to brin...

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.

Quinn and Daley Toe to Toe; Civil Committee Fahner's Faux Pas

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 10.10.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Well, just in time for the Illinois State Fair campaigning, the sniping has begun between Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and his opponent, Bill Daley.

Crime, debt, flight = Detroit? Not to a Chicago cartoonist

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.23.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

MOTOR (WINDY) CITY Chicago Tribune cartoonist Scott Stantis' view of crime-plagued, financially failing Detroit looks awfully familiar. He says a lot ...