State News
4:32 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Same-sex marriage and the governor’s race

Although same-sex marriage will soon be law in Illinois, the issue could remain a factor in the 2014 elections.

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4:06 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Gov. Quinn taps Vallas as running mate

Paul Vallas says he has no problem playing a subordinate role to Governor Pat Quinn who has chosen him as his 2014 running mate.

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State News
3:37 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

A competitive GOP primary for Gov. could help other challengers

Some political strategists say a competitive Republican primary for governor could help challengers further down the ballot, like for state representative or senator.  Four candidates are seeking the GOP nomination for governor.

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State News
6:24 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Pension plan could be nearing completion

Legislators writing an overhaul of the state's pension systems could be nearing the end of their work. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky has the latest.                                                             

Feedback's been plentiful since late last month, when a draft of a pension plan drawn up by a bipartisan legislative committee was leaked.

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11:25 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Rauner pushing term limits for governor

Venture capitalist Bruce Rauner is drumming up his campaign for governor with a second campaign. Rauner, a Republican, is trying to get a question on the 2014 ballot that could lead to major changes in state government.  Illinois Public Radio Statehouse Bureau Chief Amanda Vinicky spoke with Rauner about the petition drive:                                                         


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8:41 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Kwame Raoul not entering governor’s race

State Sen. Kwame Raoul watched candidate speeches from the back of the room at the Democratic County Chairmen’s Association annual brunch earlier this month in Springfield. He was considering a run for governor at the time, but on Thursday said he will not seek the office.
Credit (Brian Mackey/Illinois Public Radio)

A potential Democratic challenger for Illinois governor has taken himself out of contention.  State Senator Kwame Raoul had been flirting with a run for nearly a month. But he ended that Thursday. IPR’ Brian Mackey has more: 

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4:07 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Quinn praises Madigan’s service as AG

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn praised Lisa Madigan’s service as attorney general Tuesday.  That comes after Madigan decided not to challenge Quinn in next year’s Democratic primary for governor.  Madigan said she wouldn’t run since her father plans to continue serving as Speaker of the Illinois House.  Quinn said little about Madigan’s decision when asked about it by reporters Tuesday:

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3:02 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Dillard kicks-off run for governor across state

Illinois State Senator Kirk Dillard is toured the state Monday to kick off his campaign for governor.  IPR’s Tony Arnold reports: 

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5:28 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

George Ryan released from prison

Federal Inmate number 16627-424, better known as former Illinois Governor George Ryan, is done serving time.  IPR’s Robert Wildeboer reports: 

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7:01 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Rauner joins Republican Governors race

A wealthy Chicago area businessman is joining the race for the Republican nomination for Governor. Bruce Rauner used the internet to make his announcement.   IPR’s Sean Crawford reports:

Rauner's video is both a good way to deliver a message and avoid reporter's questions. 

The millionaire venture capitalist who co-founded a private equity firm  has been rumored to be a candidate for months.  He's been traveling the state on what he called "listening tours." 

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