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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?

 
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Who's winning the endorsement battle in Illinois?

With the Nov. 4 election right around the corner, political endorsements from newspapers across the state are starting to roll out — and those candidates will begin touting those endorsements in their campaign ads. Here's a roundup of endorsements from newspapers across the state.

Sam Yingling

Campaign hits, runs and errors

No, Alice, all gay men do not look alike. But if you live in the northern suburbs of Lake County where an Illinois House race is hard fought, you might wonder if that isn’t the subtext of a campaign mailer attacking incumbent Democratic state Rep. Sam Yingling. Or maybe worse, that it’s just a dumb mistake.

Chad Grimm, the Libertarian candidate for Illinois governor, speaks with The Associated Press during an interview at the state Capitol in Springfield in September. (AP File Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

GOP robocalls, mailers on abortion, equal marriage rankle Dems

A new round of robocalls and mailers that Democrats are calling anti-choice and anti-marriage equality is causing a last-minute ruckus in the Illinois governor's race.

Voters cast their ballots for Illinois' primary at an early voting polling location in Chicago in 2010. (AP File Photo/M. Spencer Green)

It's not too late to be early!

Despite our name, we don't advocate voting "early and often." Early, yes. Often, no. Unless you consider Illinois' frequent elections to cover the "often" part. But either way, you still have a couple of days to "early vote." And this time, you can even vote on Sunday

Off Message: Election Preview

Natasha Korecki, Lynn Sweet, Madeleine Doubek and Mary Mitchell preview the upcoming election from the race for a U.S. senate seat to the referendums that will show up on the ballot.

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.

Republican Bruce Rauner addresses the congregation at New Beginnings Church of Chicago, whose pastor, Corey Brooks, has endorsed him. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Why Quinn and Rauner are suddenly interested in black voters

The latest twist in the increasingly strange, ugly race for governor came over the weekend, when south-side minister Corey Brooks said he received death threats, and his church was burglarized, after he appeared in TV commercials for Republican Bruce Rauner.

(From left) Paul Schimpf, Lisa Madigan, Michael Webster and Jesse White. Schimpf is running against Madigan for attorney general, and Webster is challenging White for secretary of state. Sun-Times file photos.

Lonely at the bottom for GOPers taking on Dems at the top

As candidates going up against two of Illinois’ most popular Democratic incumbents, Paul Schimpf and Mike Webster — the Republican nods for Attorney General and Secretary of State — know they face long odds. But neither thought support within their own party would also be hard to come by.

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

Looking for true outsider in Quinn-Rauner race? Keep looking

Less than two weeks before the election, we’ve seen more than enough about each of the major-party gubernatorial candidates to know that Bruce Rauner and Pat Quinn alike have been plenty willing to play along with the political game as we know it here.

 
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