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Gubernatorial Elections

Some longtime Democrats throwing support to Rauner

CHICAGO | Several well-known Democratic supporters, including longtime allies of President Barack Obama, said Thursday that they're backing Republican venture capitalist Bruce Rauner for Illinois governor, signaling that the campaign will focus on swing voters crucial to winning in the heavi…

March 20, 2014 3:30 pm

Quinn keeps low profile ahead of Illinois primary

CHICAGO | Even though he's a target of Republican attack ads, faces an outspoken though little-known primary challenger and could see a tough road to November, Gov. Pat Quinn's re-election campaign has been barely visible.

March 17, 2014 12:00 am
Turnout could swing GOP race for Illinois governor

Turnout could swing GOP race for Illinois governor

CHICAGO | The Republican primary battle for Illinois governor is coming to a close after an unusual campaign featuring unprecedented involvement by labor unions, allegations of sexual harassment and a millionaire who sunk more money into his campaign than any candidate seeking a gubernatoria…

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
After years of running together, Brady and Rutherford now running against each other

After years of running together, Brady and Rutherford now running against each other

Republican gubernatorial candidate State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, left, shakes the hand of Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate State Sen. Bill Brady, right, after participating in a Republican gubernatorial candidate debate Feb. 18 in Springfield, Ill.

March 09, 2014 12:00 am
After years of running together, Brady and Rutherford now running against each other

After years of running together, Brady and Rutherford now running against each other

SPRINGFIELD | For a generation of central Illinoisans, the names "Bill Brady" and "Dan Rutherford" have been a mainstay on the ballot at election time, each of the men running for one state governmental post or another.

March 09, 2014 12:00 am

GOP candidates duke it out in debate

For a man who probably would be better off if voters just forgot about his recent problems, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford again shined a spotlight on his own campaign woes during a debate in Springfield on Tuesday.

February 24, 2014 12:00 am

Gov. Quinn ramping up 2014 re-election campaign

CHICAGO | Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is ramping up his re-election campaign.

February 22, 2014 9:55 am

GOP hopefuls: Prisons crowded, but fixes elusive

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | The four Republican candidates for governor are in agreement when it comes to Illinois prisons: There are too many inmates, not enough cells and quick action is needed to address what they say is a public safety threat.

February 22, 2014 12:00 am

Rutherford trip lodging becomes GOP campaign issue

CHICAGO | In his pitch to become Illinois governor, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford boasts of his cheap travel and lodging practices as part of a frugal conservatism that will serve taxpayers if he becomes the state's next chief executive.

February 15, 2014 12:00 am

Quinn won't debate ahead of gubernatorial primary

CHICAGO | Gov. Pat Quinn won't debate his lone Democratic challenger ahead of next month's primary.

February 07, 2014 1:28 pm

Rutherford: Gubernatorial foe behind staffer's allegations

CHICAGO | Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford announced Friday that his office has launched an external investigation over "allegations of misconduct" made against him by an employee he claims was put up to it by rival Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner.

January 31, 2014 6:03 pm

Governor hopefuls cool to more marijuana legalization

CHICAGO | Illinois may have a new medical marijuana law on the books, and two other states may have approved the drug's recreational use, but the candidates for Illinois governor this year don't support legalizing it outright in their state.

January 21, 2014 12:05 am

Durbin calls to raise minimum wage, blasts Rauner

CHICAGO | Illinois Democrats continued their election-year strategy of pushing for a minimum wage hike Friday when U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin used a Martin Luther King breakfast to call for an increase to the state's rate and blast a Republican gubernatorial candidate for his evolving stance on t…

January 17, 2014 3:30 pm

Quinn drops effort to kick opponent off ballot

SPRINGFIELD | Gov. Pat Quinn has dropped his bid to boot his opponent's running mate off the ballot, setting the stage for a full-fledged Democratic primary in March.

January 16, 2014 2:20 pm

Rauner keeps fundraising lead in GOP governor race

CHICAGO | The three lawmakers running for the Republican nomination for Illinois governor continue to lag behind newcomer Bruce Rauner in fundraising.

January 16, 2014 12:00 am

Fate of Quinn primary opponent in limbo

SPRINGFIELD | State election regulators could decide next week whether Gov. Pat Quinn has an opponent on the March 18 primary election ballot.

January 11, 2014 12:00 am
Ill. GOP candidate promotes 'average Joe' image

Ill. GOP candidate promotes 'average Joe' image

MCLEANSBORO, Ill. | Dressed down in a fleece vest and khakis, Bruce Rauner works potential voters at PJ's Cafe, greeting the locals as a waitress brings around the usual plates of eggs, hash browns and toast.

January 11, 2014 12:00 am

Madigan and Rauner playing a PR game?

In a move that could endanger efforts to keep Archer Daniels Midland from moving its top executives and support staff out of Illinois, House Speaker Michael Madigan last week said he wants to review how the state decides which companies get state tax breaks.

December 16, 2013 12:00 am

Quinn using new pension law to raise campaign cash

SPRINGFIELD | Gov. Pat Quinn is seeking to transform last week’s move to overhaul the state’s pension systems into some quick campaign cash.

December 09, 2013 7:30 pm
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