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Obama to headline early voting rally for Quinn

chicagotribune.com — President Barack Obama on Sunday night is scheduled to launch an all-out effort by Democrats to push voters toward the polls for Gov. Pat Quinn, telling thousands gathered at a South Side rally to cast their ballots when early voting starts Monday. The rally is set for Chicago State University's Emil and Patricia A.

Gov. Quinn says he's seeking final term

chicagotribune.com — Gov. Pat Quinn marched down Cermak Road where Cicero meets Berwyn, a white sash designating him grand marshal of a mushroom festival parade perched across his shoulder, but it was his celebrity sidekick who captured the crowd's attention. "I love you, baby! Keep doing what you're doing, baby!"

New Illinois laws for 2010 include no texting while driving

articles.chicagotribune.com — Nearly 300 new laws taking effect with the new year, ranging from ethics reforms in the wake of ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich's ouster to how credit card companies can market on college campuses Take your thumbs off the keypad and put your hands on the wheel -- it's now illegal to text-message while driving.

Ex-Quinn chief of staff denies grant program about politics

chicagotribune.com — Gov. Pat Quinn's former chief of staff Thursday denied accusations from Republicans that a 2010 anti-violence program was created solely to turn out Democratic votes in a tight election contest.

Michelle Obama back home to raise money, rally troops for Quinn

chicagotribune.com — First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to return home today to raise money and headline a rally for Gov. Pat Quinn , marking the latest Democratic celebrity to hit the campaign trail for the governor as he seeks to fire up his base of support and drive voter turnout in a non-presidential election year.

Obama to raise money for Quinn, speak at Northwestern

chicagotribune.com — President Barack Obama is back in Chicago today to raise campaign cash for Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and talk about the economy in a speech at Northwestern University. First up is a morning Gold Coast fundraiser for Quinn, who is about to enter the final month of a hard-fought campaign against Republican challenger Bruce Rauner, who has put $12.6 million of his own money into the contest.

Rauner, Quinn clash on Obamacare expansion ahead of president's Chicago visit

chicagotribune.com — Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner acknowledged Wednesday he would have vetoed legislation expanding government-subsidized Medicaid to low-income people under President Barack Obama's signature health care law, but does not support a rollback in coverage. Rauner's remarks come as Democratic Gov.

Rauner hits Quinn on tax hike timing

chicagotribune.com — Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner today criticized Gov.

Three fired Rutherford aides say treasurer's office retaliated for sexual harassment probe cooperation

chicagotribune.com — Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford fired three top aides who were accused of falsifying timekeeping records, but the former employees say they were targeted in retaliation for participating in a probe looking into allegations of sexual harassment and political pressure made against their boss.

Rauner talks crime, pivots from nursing home trial

chicagotribune.com — Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner on Tuesday tried to shift the conversation away from a nursing home firm bankruptcy trial in Florida by contending that an early prison release program under Quinn led to the shooting death of a 9-year-old last month.
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Oct 19, 2014

@DHStatehouse I would live Tweet the experience but you know, hands free law and all.

Oct 19, 2014

Now the fun begins: getting out of the parking lot.

Oct 19, 2014

Final crowd count from Quinn campaign: 6200.

Oct 19, 2014

Obama closes by saying don't give away power, support Quinn and Durbin. "Thank you Chicago."

Oct 19, 2014

Obama encouraging people to reject cynicism, idea everyone is "in the tank." Says choose hope and vote.

Oct 19, 2014

Obama starting to get hoarse: says he's out of practice.

Oct 19, 2014

Obama says the wealthy don't need tax breaks, "you do," even though Quinn running to make income tax hike permanent.

Oct 19, 2014

He says he believes Republicans good people, "they just have bad ideas."

Oct 19, 2014

Obama notes he had GOP friends in Springfield, including some who got in trouble for saying nice things about him. (Dillard)

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