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First poll of the election cycle to show Quinn ahead of Rauner

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.16.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Until last week, all polls taken after the March 18 primary election showed Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner leading Gov. Pat Quinn, in...

What Did Bruce Rauner Do to Cherrydale Farms?

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Doug Ibendahl

Cherrydale Farms is a Pennsylvania-based company which survived the Great Depression and two World Wars. But it couldn't survive Bruce Rauner.

Illinois Green Groups Push to Stop Fracking With All Eyes on JCAR

Will Reynolds | Posted 09.12.2014 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

The second draft of Illinois' controversial fracking regulation has been presented to JCAR, the state legislature's Joint Committee for Administrative Rules. The powerful group of twelve legislators will give final approval, or rejection, of the updated rules.

Quinn and Rauner Go Head to Head for the First Time

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.10.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

One thing came though loud and clear Tuesday at the Pat Quinn, Bruce Rauner debate before the Chicago Tribune editorial board: These two really don't like each other.

Rauner and Quinn: Is neither telling the truth?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.09.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The gloves are off, and both Illinois gubernatorial candidates are leaving nothing out while making their cases to Illinois voters. But does this go-f...

Illinois voters think Bruce Rauner is more trustworthy than Pat Quinn

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.05.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

A Reboot Illinois/We Ask America poll earlier this week Republican Bruce Rauner leading Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn by eight points. The numbers were m...

Ashley Alman

Pat Quinn: Chris Christie Is 'On The Wrong Track' | Ashley Alman | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics

Gov. Pat Quinn (D-Ill.) made the case for a minimum wage hike and hit back at Republican governors from whom he's garnered criticism during a Tuesday ...

Will Bruce Rauner's Real Thoughts on the Minimum Wage Please Stand Up?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.29.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Quinn's gubernatorial opponent Bruce Rauner said he favored reducing Illinois' $8.25-an-hour minimum wage to the federally mandated $7.25 minimum. No sooner did those remarks become public -- generating swift backlash from nearly all sides -- than Rauner backtracked.

As the election grows nearer, education makes its way into the Illinois governor's race

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.28.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois education funding has become one of the main battlefields in the race for governor between Gov. Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner. Here'...

Governor Quinn Has Baghdad Bob Moment During Fracking Protest

Will Reynolds | Posted 08.28.2014 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

Quinn's support for fracking continues to be a problem with environmental voters, particularly downstate, as it undermines his claim to "stand with the people, not the powerful."

The Hidden Concerns Behind Northstar's Firing

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | Posted 08.27.2014 | Chicago
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

But all the coverage of Northstar's underperformance and of the increasingly insistent calls by Rep. Jack Franks to sever ties with the company have missed two aspects of the privatization process that raises unsettling questions about whether the contract should have been awarded at all.

Rauner Camp Brings A Gun To A Petition Fight

Doug Ibendahl | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
Doug Ibendahl

Friday, August 22 was a very bad day for GOP gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner. He lost on two fronts.

Is Pat Quinn's Reelection in Trouble?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.26.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

As the Ilinois governor's race marches ever closer to the November election, both candidates have nine weeks of hard campaigning ahead of them.

Chris Christie: Illinois Governor Is 'Miserably Unpopular,' Has 'Failed'

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Monday had harsh words for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D), calling him a "failed" governor and accusing Illinois' D...

Illinois Term Limits Effort Comes to an End in Court

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.21.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Wednesday's ruling from the First District Court of Appeals about legislative term limits in Illinois upholds a June decision by Cook County Circuit Judge Mary Mikva that found the proposed amendment unconstitutional and ineligible for inclusion on the ballot.

Illinois GOP Gov. Nominee Under Scrutiny For Caribbean Investments, Punching Remark

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics

Illinois GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is under heightened scrutiny in light of new revelations regarding his use of investment funds in th...

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

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.18.2014 | 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 08.15.2014 | 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 08.13.2014 | 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...

Do Recent Polls Really Spell Certain Victory for Bruce Rauner?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.12.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Two polls had Rauner winning by 10 and 14 percentage points, but other polls showed him ahead by only a few percentage points. On the other hand, a different poll had Rauner ahead, leading by 13 points. Why such large margins of differences?

Is Bruce Rauner More of a Reformer Than Gov. Pat Quinn?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.11.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

From the day he first entered politics, Pat Quinn has made his name on being a reformer. Most famously, Quinn spearheaded a protest against legislativ...

Gov, Opponent Clash Over Investments

AP | SARA BURNETT | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — As one of the nation's most competitive governor's races picks up, voters in Illinois are hearing a whole lot about a British territo...

Who Are the Top Five Fossil Fools in Illinois Politics?

Will Reynolds | Posted 08.11.2014 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

Illinois may be more famous for imprisoned governors, but as a coal state struggling with its energy future, some of our politicians have wacky things to say about fossil fuels. With the threatened start of fracking plus backlash to EPA proposing new rules on carbon emissions, you can expect more foolishness to come.

Gubernatorial Candidate Steps Back From Government Shutdown Threat

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics

Shortly after video surfaced of Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner (R) stating that he is open to shutting down the state government in ord...

Kids Get Governor To Increase Penalties For Animal Abuse. This Is How Government Should Work

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 08.05.2014 | Good News

The youth of today! They're pretty great for animals, if what just happened in Illinois is any indication. Three third-graders from the Chicago sub...