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Jesse White has big lead as he seeks record 5th term — As he seeks a record fifth term, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White holds a better than 3-to-1 lead over his Republican opponent, according to a Chicago Tribune poll. White, known throughout the state for a Chicago tumbling team that bears his name, had 68 percent to 19 percent for Republican Mike Webster of Willowbrook.

Rauner, Quinn pile up cash, compete for women voters — Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner head into the final 10 days of the campaign competing for female voters and stockpiling record amounts of campaign cash as they try to drive turnout. Last week, Rauner put in $6 million more from his own pocket and has now contributed more than $26 million of his fortune into his campaign.

Federal judge deals Quinn ethics blow on IDOT patronage hiring — A federal judge has granted a request by a Chicago attorney to appoint a monitor to oversee hiring the Illinois Department of Transportation, dealing a blow to Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn less than two weeks before Election Day.

Bill Clinton campaigns with Quinn on Southwest Side — Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner will kick off the final, frenzied two weeks of campaigning before the Nov. 4 election with the help of some political star power on Tuesday. Quinn is scheduled to appear in Chicago with former President Bill Clinton, while Rauner will tour the state, including an afternoon stop in Rockford with New Jersey Gov.

Quinn, Rauner to square off in final debate — Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner will meet Monday night for their final televised debate before the Nov. 4 election. The matchup begins at 8 p.m. and will be aired live on and on tape delay at 10:35 p.m. on ABC-Ch. 7.

Obama to headline early voting rally for Quinn — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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.
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Oct 24, 2014

RT @ILCampaignCash: All in!! $3,000,000.00 from Rauner, Bruce to Citizens for Rauner, Inc.…

Oct 24, 2014

The details of exactly what Brennan's duties will entail are still being worked out. Attorneys to talk to judge on that matter next Wed.

Oct 24, 2014

Federal judge appointed Noelle Brennan as monitor to oversee hiring at Illinois Department of Transportation. Brennan was City Hall monitor.

Oct 24, 2014

Gloria Steinem stumps on behalf of Gov. Pat Quinn, calls him "virtuous." "We must not lose him."

Oct 23, 2014

RT @paschutz: In @wttw 's illustrious history, the only 2 candidates not to appear at said forum have ended up in jail. Just sayin....

Oct 23, 2014

RT @paschutz: @GovernorQuinn and @BruceRauner will both officially not attend the @WTTW/@CityClub gunbernatorial candidate forum next week.

Oct 23, 2014

RT @rap30: I'll be joining @PaulLisnek on @PoliticsTonight on @CLTVnews at 6p, then chatting with @FOX2now, KTVI-TV St. Louis, about #ILGov2014.

Oct 23, 2014

RT @ChiTribCloutSt: Remember those expensive doors put in at the Illinois Capitol? They're now AWARD-WINNING expensive doors. @BlairKamin…

Oct 23, 2014

Cockroach climbs City Council chambers as pest control commissioner testifies

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