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Gov. Pat Quinn is sitting pretty with $8.8 million in his campaign warchest as he heads into battle against Republican challenger Bruce Rauner.

Quinn's war chest swells to nearly $9 million as Rauner recovers

Emanuel may have allies in fight to fix police and fire pensions

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel can expect to have plenty of mayors from both parties on his side when he lobbies legislators on police and fire pensions. That's because those communities, like Chicago, have their own police and fire pension funds — more than 600 in all, and some of them are in a financial state similar to Chicago's. But Emanuel also could find every current and retired police officer and firefighter in the state converging on Springfield to oppose him.
 

No kidding? Dan Rutherford's campaign fund closed out with about $1.1 million after a federal lawsuit derailed his chances for governor.

No kidding? Dan Rutherford closes quarter with $1.1 million

Illinois State Treasurer's Dan Rutherford's crash and burn campaign for governor left him with a campaign balance of more than $1.1 million — largely due to a decision within the campaign to cut off spending. 

Say yes to a fair income tax

This November, Illinois voters will get the chance to ratify two potential amendments to the state’s Constitution. The first would establish rights for crime victims. The second would expand protections of the right to vote. Here’s hoping a third amendment gets on the ballot — the one proposed by state Senator Harmon and Representative Mitchell that would allow state income tax rates to track ability to pay, by assessing lower rates on lower levels of income and higher rates on higher levels of income.

Gov. Pat Quinn is sitting pretty with $8.8 million in his campaign warchest as he heads into battle against Republican challenger Bruce Rauner.

Quinn's war chest swells to nearly $9 million as Rauner recovers

Thanks to an easy primary, Gov. Pat Quinn holds a huge fund-raising advantage over Bruce Rauner as the two head into the general election.

State Rep. Derrick Smith

Feds: Rep. Derrick Smith admits to FBI he screwed up over bribe

In the two years since he was indicted on bribery charges, State Rep. Derrick Smith has defiantly maintained his innocence in public. But within hours of his arrest in March 2012, the West Side Democrat admitted to FBI agents that he “f - - - ed  up” when he accepted a $7,000 cash bribe to write a letter of support for a daycare operator seeking a $50,000 state grant, prosecutors allege in court papers filed late Monday.

Rep. David Reis, R-Willow Hill, pictured in this 2011 budget debate, has succeeded in pushing for a new audit of anti-violence spending under Gov. Pat Quinn. | AP Photo/Seth Perlman

House orders new audit of anti-violence spending under Quinn

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois House members have ordered up a deeper financial dive into the remnants of Gov. Pat Quinn’s scandal-tainted Neighborhood Recovery Initiative after a damning state audit in February found the now-disbanded program was beset by “pervasive” mismanagement.

Gov. Pat Quinn (left) and his Republican rival, Bruce Rauner, shake hands after they appeared together for the first time Friday during the annual meeting of the Illinois Education Association. | AP Photo

Rasmussen poll indicates early trouble for Quinn

There's a long way to go before the Nov. 4 general election, but there are some signs of early trouble for Gov. Pat Quinn, based on a Rasmussen Reports poll released today.

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