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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...

Illinois GOP Voters Seek To Shake Up State's Political Order

AP | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

BY SARA BURNETT AND SOPHIA TAREEN, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO (AP) — With a hunger to reclaim the governor's office, Republican voters set out ...

Illinois Governor Candidates Gear Up For Primary

AP | By SOPHIA TAREEN and SARA BURNETT | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — The contenders for Illinois governor crisscrossed the state Monday on the final day of campaigning before the primary elections, with...

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

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.13.2014 | 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 03.12.2014 | 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.

GOP Eyes Big Opportunity In Illinois Governor's Race

Reuters | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics

By Mary Wisniewski and Edith Honan March 7 (Reuters) - Illinois, the longtime home of President Barack Obama, has chosen Democrats for...

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

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.27.2014 | 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.

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...

The Baron and the Brain

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.18.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

No, Baron Von Carhartt, Shady Bill Brady and Pat Quinn's Brain aren't characters from a board game. They're among the fake Twitter accounts issuing satiric posts in the voices of the candidates for governor.

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...

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.

Judge to Quinn: Pay 'em! Decision and Reactions

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.27.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

You probably know by now that Gov. Pat Quinn lost his attempt to cancel paychecks for lawmakers. Cook County Circuit Judge Neil Cohen sided with House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton in their lawsuit against Quinn.

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.

Daley on Exit: I Could Have Won, That's Why I Quit

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.18.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Bill Daley offered a unique excuse Tuesday for why he had abandoned his bid for governor the previous day: He was confident he'd win. And he realized that, at 65, he wasn't prepared for the 5- to 9-year commitment winning the governorship would entail.

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.

What Metra and Transit Agency Improvements Will We Achieve?

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 10.20.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

With news of another group looking at fixing our transit oversight in Illinois, we wonder what will be the legacy of the Metra Memogate? What will we have accomplished?

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.

Social Media Buzz-Meter: Who's Got More Friends, Followers?

Madison Bondi | Posted 10.06.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

When Bill Daley announced his official entry into the 2014 race for governor on July 30, his press release touted the number of Facebook friends and T...