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Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, left, and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner meet for a third debate before the Nov. 4 election last week. (AP File Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

EXCLUSIVE POLL: Dead heat in gov race — divisions Downstate?

With less than a week until Tuesday’s election, Gov. Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner are in a statistical dead heat with a surprising division among deep Downstate voters, according to a new Early & Often poll.

Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner and Diana Rauner campaigned at the Dunton House restaurant in Arlington Heights on Tuesday. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times

Rauner stumps in suburbs, limits press questions

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner worked to make Ebola an issue in the governor's race for the second consecutive day, even as his campaign severely limited questions from the press just one week before the election. 

Vice President Joe Biden campaigning in Vernon Hills last week. | Gilbert R. Boucher II/AP/Daily Herald

VP Joe Biden fires up Rockford crowd, stumps for Quinn, Durbin

ROCKFORD — Vice President Joe Biden visited Illinois for the second time in five days on Monday, rallying Democrats in the politically divided, voter-rich Winnebago County to back Gov. Pat Quinn and a slate of Illinois Democrats.

The answers Quinn and Rauner won't give you

As the final in a series of debates between Gov. Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner played out last week, there were distinct questions both candidates dodged. This might be a good time to bring you the answers they wouldn’t give — and explore why. 

Republican gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner urges supporters to take advantage of early voting during a campaign event at The Savory House on Tuesday. (AP File Photo/Journal Star, Fred Zwicky)

Rauner plows another $3 million into campaign; Nears record

In two days, Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner plowed another $3 million of his personal fortune into his candidacy for governor, bringing the venture capitalist's total investment in his own campaign to more than $23 million. 

Gov. Pat Quinn (left) and Mayor Rahm Emanuel watch as President Barack Obama gives his speech in Cahn Auditorium at Northwestern University earlier this month. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

Rahm finally puts money where his mouth is for Quinn

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel finally put some juice behind his insisted endorsement of Gov. Pat Quinn, giving the Quinn campaign $175,000 in recent days, according to a new campaign finance filing.

American feminist, journalist and political activist Gloria Steinem participates in a panel discussion during the White House Summit On Working Families last June. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Iconic feminist Gloria Steinem to give Gov. Quinn boost Friday

Iconic feminist Gloria Steinem lands in Chicago on Friday in an effort to energize the female vote for Gov. Pat Quinn, a source tells Early & Often.