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Contrary to "Progressive Belief," Obama Has Not Departed From his Campaign Rhetoric

Rich Rubino | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Rich Rubino

The failure to comprehend what Obama actually campaigned on is now leading to righteous anger by Progressives. However, the facts show that Obama's presidency is no great departure from the way in which he presented himself while campaigning for the Presidency.

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 05.17.2014 | 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Sponsor: Progressive Tax Push Coming in Spring

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.13.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

There are a handful of bills in the General Assembly seeking to change the state constitution to allow Illinois to drop its one-rate-for-all income tax system and implement a progressive income tax. But so far there's been no legislative push to get things moving.

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.

Tribune's Stantis Remembers 9/11

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.11.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

We remember 9/11 today and so does the Chicago Tribune's Scott Stantis.

2014: Former Govs. Thompson, Edgar endorse Dillard

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.09.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Kirk Dillard already had the endorsement of former Gov. Jim Edgar, for whom Dillard was chief of staff before launching his Illinois Senate career in 1993.

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.

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.