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Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka (pictured) faces a challenge from Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon. | AP file photo

5 things to watch in Illinois as election nears

 
Rahm Emanuel (center) and Bruce Rauner (second from right) outside the Paradise Valley Grill near Livingston, Montana, in 2010. Emanuel is carrying a bottle of Napa Valley Reserve, a wine produced by an exclusive invitation-only club. | David S. Lewis/Montana Pioneer

Rauner admits $100K wine club; Quinn whines of banana breakfast

Republican Bruce Rauner is known for wearing an $18 watch in TV campaign ads. But when it comes to wine, he’s not exactly popping open bottles of “Two-Buck Chuck.” On Tuesday, Rauner disclosed he belonged to an invitation-only, exclusive wine club that cost upward of $100,000 to join.  Meanwhile, Gov. Pat Quinn told reporters of his dinner of graham crackers to spotlight the need to raise the minimum wage — and to underscore Rauner's wealth.

See, who says opposing sides can't get along? Rauner and Quinn dueling mascots, Quinnocchio and Baron von Moneybags spent some time together at the Illinois State Fair.

The art of digging up political dirt

WBEZ has taken a look at opposition researchers, and specifically, who is shoveling what during the campaign season.

LEFT: Scott K. Summers, candidate for Illinois governor. RIGHT: Sheldon Schafer, candidate for secretary of state.

2 Green Party candidates to run as write-ins

Two Illinois Green Party candidates whose statewide slate was knocked off the ballot last month will run as write-in candidates this November.

Republican Bruce Rauner and Gov. Pat Quinn both appear in Chicago on Tuesday.

Quinn talking schools today; Rauner talking veterans

On the first day of school, Pat Quinn will be on the South Side talking education. Bruce Rauner, meanwhile, will appear with U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., to announce Veterans for Rauner coalition.

GOP sees gains in Illinois voters tuning out

DECATUR — The candidates for Illinois congressional seats heard all about it during visits with voters in August: Disgust with Washington. Dismay over accusations and negative advertising in Illinois' state races. Lack of interest in the Nov. 4 election. While the complaints transcend party allegiances and demographic boundaries, Republicans are aiming to capitalize on the frustrations and predicted low voter turnout to take back a number of congressional districts across Illinois and help the GOP solidify its hold on the House just two years after losing most of the state's competitive seats.

Court ruling a shot in the arm for Illinois labor

When the U.S. Supreme Court weakened labor protections for 26,000 home care providers in Illinois, most analysts saw it as a dire portent for unions representing low-wage workers. But home care workers in Illinois are determined to push back against this denial of their basic human, civil and labor rights.

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Quinn announces $102 million investment for high-speed rail

A key swath of the high-speed rail line between Chicago and St. Louis is set to get $102 million in upgrades, Gov. Pat Quinn announced on Sunday. Officials plan to build a second set of tracks between downstate Mazonia and Elwood and a new bridge over the Kankakee River between Joliet and Dwight.

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka (pictured) faces a challenge from Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon. | AP file photo

5 things to watch in Illinois as election nears

Anyone in Illinois who's turned on a television in recent weeks knows the race for governor is shaping up as a no-holds-barred, no-expenses-spared slugfest. While the contest between Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn and Republican businessman Bruce Rauner could be one of the hardest fought and closely watched races in the nation, there's plenty more at stake up and down the Nov. 4 ballot. As the campaign heats up after Labor Day, here are five things to watch for as the election nears.

 
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