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Dems Get the Drubbing They Deserve

Andy Thayer | Posted 01.05.2015 | Chicago
Andy Thayer

We need to use their debacle as a wake-up call to focus on the street activism that produces real change, and not the fake, politicians' "change" of the last six years.

What Does It Mean for Republican Governor Candidate Rauner to Win in Democratic Illinois?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.05.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois voters pulled off quite a feat on Tuesday. They overwhelmingly gave their support to raising the minimum wage and imposing a tax on millionaires but also elected a governor who will do everything in his power to make sure neither of those things ever happen.

Mark Blumenthal

Here Are The Governor Races Still Too Close To Call | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics

While the battle for the U.S. Senate has captured attention nationwide, some of this year's closest contests are among the 36 governor's races, nearly...

Voting for the First Time? Check Out These Tips

Reboot Illinois | Posted 12.31.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Were you under the age of 18 last election season? Me too! But don't worry -- you're in good hands. Below is a checklist of all the things first-time voters like you (and I) need to know before hitting the polls.

Last-minute Vote Influences in Illinois's Gubernatorial Election

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.31.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Chicago Sun-Times reporter Dave McKinney resigned from his position as Springfield bureau chief after 19 years this month. He said ownership of the paper succumbed to pressure from the Bruce Rauner campaign over a story it didn't like.

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...

A Movement that Matters

Andrea L. Zopp | Posted 12.29.2014 | Chicago
Andrea L. Zopp

We must be civically engaged. Engagement inspires movement - a movement that matters. Since 1916, the Chicago Urban League has engaged with people to help them find jobs, start businesses and buy homes.

Shaw: Illinois Needs Responsible Voters

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.30.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The 2014 Illinois statewide election is only days away, and the Better Government Association's Andy Shaw wants Illinoisans to think very carefully about their candidate choices before they vote. He says the state needs informed, responsible voters to make Illinois great.

College Football and Tuesday's Elections

Glen Browder | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

Three of my political science colleagues conducted research showing that winning/losing that Saturday game could boost or cost the incumbent party and its gubernatorial candidate an average of 10 percent in the Tuesday election.

The Latino Policy Forum hoped to share candidates' views with Illinois Latinos

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.27.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The Latino Policy Forum is an organization that aims to encourage Latinos to get involved in the political process and helped register thousands of pe...

A Song For Bruce Rauner, Illinois' Uber-Rich GOP Governor Candidate

The Huffington Post | Andrew Hart | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics

While Bruce Rauner may not be able to bank on winning the Illinois governor's seat, the multi-millionaire Republican can count on coming out a winner ...

Illinois Wasting Millions on Another Coal-to-Gas Pork Project

Will Reynolds | Posted 12.23.2014 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

Depending on fossil fuel subsidies to provide false hope of reviving coal jobs will only send more money and better opportunities down the drain.

Plutocrat (The Ballad of Bruce Rauner)

Matt Farmer | Posted 12.23.2014 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

What do you give a guy who owns nine homes, made $60 million last year and wants to be governor of Illinois? I decided to give him the gift of music.

Pat Quinn vs. Bruce Rauner vs. Chad Grimm -- Nonpartisan Candidate Guide for Illinois Governor's Race 2014

Campus Election Engagement Project | Posted 12.21.2014 | Chicago
Campus Election Engagement Project

Here are the issue-by-issue stands for Pat Quinn, Bruce Rauner and Chad Grimm, with additional links at the bottom for each candidate if you'd like to dig deeper.

Bill Clinton Stumps For Illinois Governor, Dick Durbin In Chicago

AP | SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) -- Former President Bill Clinton became the latest high-profile Democrat to back the re-election bids of Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Dic...

Top Illinois Gubernatorial Campaign Donors for Third Quarter

Reboot Illinois | Posted 12.21.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican candidate Bruce Rauner raised and spent a staggering amount between July 1 and Oct. 1, the latest campaign funding reports show.

Chicago Sun-Times Endorses Rauner, But Not Without Controversy

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.21.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Are newspaper endorsements more trouble than they're worth?

You Should Know Who's Backing the Illinois Governor Candidates Before You Vote

Reboot Illinois | Posted 12.20.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The Illinois gubernatorial candidates are scrambling to convince voters to choose them in the Nov. 4 election. They're running ads, making appearances and accumulating endorsements to show Illinoisans whom they should vote for.

Obama Moves Into Campaign Mode

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — Marching onto the campaign trail for the first time this year, President Barack Obama cast Democrats' success in this year's midterm ...

Illinois Deserves Better Than the Chicago Tribune

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 12.17.2014 | Chicago
Doug Ibendahl

The Chicago Tribune endorsed Bruce Rauner in the GOP Primary and it's now endorsed him for the General Election too. This comes as a surprise to no one.

Koch-Backed Group Ramps Up Intervention In Tight Governor's Race

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics

With less than three weeks to go before voters head to the polls in one of the nation's most contentious gubernatorial races, a conservative advocacy ...

The Illinois Gubernatorial Candidates Spent $35 Million in the Third Quarter

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.16.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

All together, the 10 candidates for statewide office spent more than $42 million from July 1 to Oct. 1. The candidates for governor, Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner, spent more than $35 million.

Illinois Governor Candidates Focus On, Clash Over Jobs, Violence at Debate

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.15.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

At Tuesday's Illinois gubernatorial debate, candidates Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner clashed about issues important to the African-American community, such as jobs, education and dealing with violence in communities.

What Do the Shifting Poll Numbers Mean for Illinois' Gubernatorial Election? (VIDEO)

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.13.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

A new Reboot Illinois poll last week found Gov. Pat Quinn leading Bruce Rauner when respondents were asked for whom they'd vote if the election were today. But another poll found the numbers almost exactly reversed when the question was which candidate respondents believed to be more trustworthy.

Should Quinn get four more years to make his mark on Illinois?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.10.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

With less than four weeks remaining until Illinois voters choose their next governor, friends and political foes Democrat Dave Lundy and Republican Ch...