CHICAGO | Allegations painting a culture of patronage hiring in Gov. Pat Quinn's administration became an election-year obstacle for the Chicago Democrat on Wednesday as good government groups raised concerns about the potential for corruption and his Republican challenger latched onto the idea.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, left, and his Republican rival, Bruce Rauner, shake hands after they appeared together at the annual meeting of the Illinois Education Association in Chicago. Rauner's campaign said Wednesday that Quinn was continuing with a history of hires that rewarded "friends an…
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn speaks April 11 at the annual meeting of the Illinois Education Association in Chicago. Allegations of patronage hiring in Quinn's administration could be a re-election hurdle for the Chicago Democrat.
INDIANAPOLIS | Former Indiana schools chief Tony Bennett kept multiple campaign databases on Department of Education servers and ordered his staff to dissect a speech by his Democratic opponent for inaccuracies last fall in apparent violations of Indiana election and ethics laws, documents o…
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Republicans in the Illinois General Assembly have finally unveiled a plan that addresses the state's key financial issue: spending.
INDIANAPOLIS | Some voters in Newton County received the wrong ballots in Tuesday's election.
CHICAGO | First lady Michelle Obama returned to the campaign trail Wednesday for the first time in nearly two years, raising money for an Illinois Democrat locked in a close race for the U.S. Senate seat once held by her husband, President Barack Obama.
WASHINGTON | The Senate's No. 2 Democrat is asking the Internal Revenue Service to investigate spending by groups like Crossroads GPS, a third-party group backed by Republican operative Karl Rove, that have pumped millions into advertisements targeting Democrats.
CHICAGO | Even in this Democratic-leaning home state of President Barack Obama, the White House isn't taking anything for granted with an election that could mean big gains for Republicans just three weeks away.
INDIANAPOLIS | Conservative Indiana provided the first sign of a Democratic sweep in 2006 when Republicans lost three House seats in the Hoosier state, then glumly watched dozens more fall as polls closed across the country.
In two of the last three gubernatorial elections in Illinois, voters disregarded federal corruption investigations and elected governors who later would be convicted in federal court.
WASHINGTON | With just six weeks to avoid a possible election catastrophe, Democrats are trying to limit the damage with a closing argument that's more plea than platform: We know you voters are furious with us, but just let us explain why the Republicans would be worse.
BERWYN, Ill. | The Republican candidate for Illinois governor, state Sen. Bill Brady, said Wednesday he doesn't support amnesty for illegal immigrants, but he wouldn't say much else about immigration reform.
CHICAGO | Republican Bill Brady said Thursday that he received campaign donations from 4,200 people during the first half of the year to raise $3.6 million in his bid to be Illinois governor.
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