Republican Bruce Rauner

A bill that would raise the minimum wage statewide has passed an Illinois Senate committee. The measure would boost the minimum wage from $8.25 to $9 on July 1 and increase it every year until reaching $11 by 2019.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner says his campaign didn't cause a longtime Chicago Sun-Times reporter to quit. Springfield bureau chief Dave McKinney resigned Wednesday, after he says the paper tried to push him out of his political beat.

Quinn and Rauner face off in final debate

Oct 21, 2014

The debate portion of the Illinois governor’s race is over. The last debate gives voters a little clarity.

Republican Bruce Rauner is out raising and outspending Democratic Governor Pat Quinn in the race for Illinois governor. Quarterly campaign financing reports were due Wednesday.

Failing schools and state intervention

Oct 15, 2014

If you ask Illinois residents what’s most important to them and their families, education is often at the top of the list. So it’s no surprise that citizens expect high educational standards from government and solid financing. But most people prefer their state involvement at arm's length. As part of our HeyGov series about government’s role in the lives of voters, we look at a little-known muscle the state can flex, right in your school district.   

Bet you didn’t know that the state of Illinois has the power to take over your local schools. As in, fire school board members, even those you and your neighbors voted for. As in put a new superintendent in place.

Michelle Obama campaigns on behalf of Gov. Quinn

Oct 8, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama made a quick stop in Chicago Tuesday to help out a fellow Democrat - Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. 

Michelle Obama’s first order of business was raising money for Governor Quinn’s competitive re-election campaign. Then she addressed enthusiastic supporters at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, saying the competitive governor’s race is personal to her since she’s from Illinois.

After Chicago's mayor asked Illinois lawmakers to consider decriminalizing marijuana, the governor says he's open to the idea. 

With Illinois prisons stuffed, there's pressure on the General Assembly to look at sentencing policies. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel earlier this week gave a legislative panel a suggestion: lay off on sending low-level marijuana smokers to prison.

Latest Poll Numbers on Gov's Race

Sep 22, 2014

  A new poll shows Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is gaining ground

on his Republican challenger Bruce Rauner.  

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says the National Football League has been putting profits ahead of doing what’s right on domestic violence. And his campaign is trying to make it an issue in his bid for re-election. IPR's Patrick Smith has more.

The NFL and its commissioner are under fire for mishandling the situation around player Ray Rice who was caught on video assaulting his then-fiancee. Quinn addressed the issue Wednesday outside a Women’s Empowerment Event at the McCormick Center in Chicago:

Sanguinetti: end political hiring in Illinois

Sep 16, 2014
Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

The Bruce Rauner campaign says it’s time to end political hiring within the state of Illinois. The Republican gubernatorial candidate’s running mate was in Peoria Tuesday.

The practice of digging up dirt on politicians

Sep 2, 2014

Brace yourself, citizens. September is the unofficial start of campaign season. You’re about to be spun by dueling poll numbers, attack ads and negative messages in multiple guises. To help you decipher the onslaught, Illinois Public Radio is taking you behind the scenes this week to meet the practitioners of politics’ dark arts. Alex Keefe tracked down opposition researchers, the folks whose job it is to dig up dirt on politicians.

KEEFE: "Testing, testing. Hey - Hey, can I talk to you?"

You may not have realized, but Labor Day, was supposed to be a big kickoff of the fall campaign season. Here's IPR's Amanda Vinicky with an update.

The seemingly incessant campaign ads, which -- no joke, Gov. Pat Quinn began airing against his opponent the very night Bruce Rauner clinched the Republican nomination in March, have disguised a traditional highlight on the countdown to November's election.

Quinn and Rauner to face off in Peoria

Aug 20, 2014

Peoria will be among the few stops the candidates for governor will face off in traditional debates.

Governor Pat Quinn doesn't have plans to unilaterally halt consent searches by the state police he oversees.

Republican Bruce Rauner and education policy

Jul 30, 2014

The Republican candidate for Illinois governor says he’ll soon be talking more about his top priority - education. Bruce Rauner has been involved in education for years, giving lots of money to schools and programs he believes in. But expanding his vision in Illinois’ political climate is another matter altogether. Illinois Public Radio's Tony Arnold explains. 

Bruce Rauner, the Republican venture capitalist, has made a name for himself in education - literally. Rauner College Prep is a charter school on Chicago’s near west side. He’s been recognized by education groups for his philanthropic work…

Rauner continues pushing for term limits

Jul 21, 2014

The Republican candidate for Illinois governor says he’ll take his term limits proposal to the state Supreme Court. That’s after his effort received a setback late last week.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s campaign is distancing itself from a supporter who is linking Republicans to the Ku Klux Klan. IPR'S Alex Keefe reports. 

The Reverend Walter “Slim” Coleman was one of several clergy who endorsed Quinn at an event on the South Side Thursday. Coleman talked up the importance of registering “unlikely voters”, people who feel isolated from the political process.