Republican Bruce Rauner

State News
6:46 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Rauner distances himself from the resignation of reporter

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.

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State News
6:45 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Quinn and Rauner face off in final debate

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

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State News
7:04 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Rauner, Quinn file quarterly campaign financing reports

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.

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State News
7:23 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Failing schools and state intervention

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.

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State News
6:17 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Michelle Obama campaigns on behalf of Gov. Quinn

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.

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State News
2:21 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Quinn open to decriminalizing pot

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.

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State News
8:57 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Latest Poll Numbers on Gov's Race

  A new poll shows Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is gaining ground

on his Republican challenger Bruce Rauner.  

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State News
7:08 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Quinn using NFL domestic violence scandal as campaign issue

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:

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Peoria Public Radio News
2:48 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Sanguinetti: end political hiring in Illinois

Evelyn Sanguinetti holds press conference in Peoria Tuesday.
Credit 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.

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State News
7:14 am
Tue September 2, 2014

The practice of digging up dirt on politicians

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?"

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