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In this Nov. 20, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama awards former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Bradlee died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, according to the Washington Post. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

President Obama salutes Washington Post legend Ben Bradlee

Ben Bradlee's hallmark contribution to journalism was guiding the story that led to the only presidential resignation in U.S. history. 

Former President Bill Clinton appears with U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (left) and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn as they address workers, labor leaders and business leaders at Wheatland Tube Co. on Tuesday in Chicago. | AP Photo/M. Spencer Green

Bill Clinton stumps for Quinn; tells workers to look to future

It's just another day of a steady stream of star-studded pols strutting through town to stump for Gov. Pat Quinn's re-election. And Tuesday means former President Bill Clinton. For Bruce Rauner, it means Chris Christie in Rockford. 

Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's self-funding tops $20 million. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Bruce Rauner self-funding tops $20 million mark

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner has donated another $1.5 million into his own campaign fund, putting him over the $20 million mark in his quest to become the state's next governor. 

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn (left) and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner meet Monday night in Chicago for a third and likely final debate before the Nov. 4 election. | Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

Quinn, Rauner square off in last debate before election

The final televised debate between fierce opponents Gov. Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner pitted an everyman who would fight for the little people versus a businessman who would drive results. Or at least that’s how the two contenders for governor cast themselves during an ABC/7-Univision-League of Women Voters debate on Monday night.

Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner gives a thumbs up sign to (l-r) Steve Hu, Ching Yu, and Xue Hu outside Lao You Ju restaurant at 2002 S. Wentworth in Chicago on Thursday. | Al Podgorski / Chicago Sun-Times

On the campaign trail: Quinn, Rauner ramp up ground game

Gov. Pat Quinn’s campaign has centered on an everyman, outsider image. GOP nominee Bruce Rauner focuses on his business acumen and blames Quinn for a state in economic turmoil.

Republican gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner hosts a Latino Roundtable at La Catedral Cafe, 2500 S. Christiana Ave. Wednesday. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Rauner: Settled part of CEO’s lawsuit because ‘we’re nice folks’

Republican Bruce Rauner on Thursday defended his role in a case brought against him by a former CEO that’s been the subject of a TV attack ad, saying his firm settled part of the case “because we’re nice folks.” 

Gov. Pat Quinn's mother, Eileen, sits down to talk about the governor's race. Eileen Quinn turns 97 on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

‘Mama’ Quinn ‘disgusted’ by Rauner’s ads — he says ‘so be it’

In her nearly 97 years, Eileen Quinn has pretty much seen it all. But Gov. Pat Quinn’s mother, known as “Mama Quinn” in the campaign, said she’s “disgusted” by the ad war Republican Bruce Rauner has waged against her son. 

Illinois gubernatorial candidates Republican Bruce Rauner, left, and Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn participate in a debate at the DuSable Museum of African American History on Tuesday night. | AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

Quinn, Rauner accuse one another of lies, shirking responsibility

Each accused the other of lying about his record and refusing to take responsibility for his failures. The second televised debate of the gubernatorial campaign on Tuesday night was a dirtier, more contentious affair than the first, with Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner readily dredging up each other’s vulnerabilities before a live crowd.

Lt. Col. Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois National Guardsman with Joint Force Headquarters, retired with 23 years of military service. | Photo courtesy U.S. Army National Guard

Pregnant Tammy Duckworth retires from military career

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., is retiring from her military life, following 23 years of service with the Illinois National Guard. 

Radio talk show host William Kelly arrives at court in 2010 for CBS 2 reporter Jay Levine's trial on misdemeanor assault charges arising from an argument between the two at the Columbus Day Parade. Levine was found not guilty. File Photo by Brian Jackson.

Kelly blows funding caps to level ‘playing field’ in mayoral race

On the same day that Karen Lewis bowed out of the Chicago mayor's race for health reasons, another candidate sunk $100,000 of his own money into his campaign, which presumably blows the fund-raising caps in the race.