Illinois Gubernatorial Election 2014

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Welcome to Chicago Tonight’s online coverage of Illinois' 2014 Gubernatorial Election. We’ve gathered information here about the two final candidates, Democrat Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner. 

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Argument Against E15 Ordinance

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The City Council’s Finance Committee held a meeting to discuss a proposed ordinance to require self-service gas stations to provide E15 gasoline. While the move is being touted as a way to save consumers cash, an analyst at The Heartland Institute says E15 gasoline won’t save motorists money at the pump.

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Pension Problems

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July 28, 2014 - Pension Problems

The state continues to struggle financially as a result of many obligations - pensions being one of the most immediate. As constitutionality of Senate Bill 1 becomes more uncertain, some lawmakers are looking to amend the constitution in order to move forward. But how will this affect state workers and who will ultimately pay the price?

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Toni Preckwinkle and the future of Cook County

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July 24, 2014 - Toni Preckwinkle and the future

As Toni Preckwinkle gears up to keep her job as Cook County Board president, she is faced with a number of issues. We ask about some of her greatest challenges and where she plans to go from here.

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Update on Malaysian Plane Crash in Ukraine

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July 23, 2014-Update on Malaysian Plane Crash in Ukraine

Ukrainian separatists have returned the bodies of those who died in the recent plane crash after much negotiation. We have the latest on the situation in Ukraine after a Malaysian Airlines plane was shot down near the Russian border.

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President Obama Signs LGBT Non-Discrimination Order

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July 21, 2014-President Obama Signs LGBT Non-Discrimination

President Obama signed an executive order that protects workers for the federal government and workers of federal contractors from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. We take a look at the order and its impact. 

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Fate of Term Limits Initiative

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July 21, 2014 - Fate of Term Limits Initiative

Is an initiative backed by Bruce Rauner to institute term limits on lawmakers all but dead? Paris Schutz has the latest.

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Conflict in the Middle East Escalates

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July 17, 2014 - Conflict in the Middle East Escalates

An escalating war in the Middle East as Israel sends ground forces into Gaza. We discuss the latest conflict with Israel's Consul General in Chicago and a local Palestinian professor.

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Mayoral Race Toss-up

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July 16, 2014 - Mayoral Race Toss-up

Preckwinkle is out but who else is in? We discuss with our panel who the likely challengers are that will put up a fight against Rahm Emanuel in the upcoming Chicago mayoral race.

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PACs Spar in Mayoral Race

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July 28, 2014 - PACs Spar in Mayoral Race

Big money, bare-knuckle, Washington-style politics come to Chicago. Two new Political Action Committees, or PACs, are going head-to-head over Mayor Rahm Emanuel's re-election, as well as the election of aldermanic candidates who support or oppose him. Paris Schutz has the latest.

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Retired US General Talks International Crises, Ethanol Gas

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July 28, 2014 - Retired US General

Will Chicago gas stations be required to offer E15 fuel? Gen. Wesley Clark joins Chicago Tonight to discuss the new E15 fuel legislation and more.  

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Riverfront Development

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July 24, 2014 - Riverfront Development

Mayor Emanuel unveils a multi-million dollar plan for an office tower along the Riverwalk. Brandis Friedman has the details.

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Examining Illinois’ Unemployment Numbers

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July 21, 2014 - Examining Illinois’ Unemployment Numbers

Illinois officials are touting one of the largest drops in unemployment in Illinois history. But is the picture really that rosy? Paris Schutz goes behind the numbers. 

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The Failure of Mandated Disclosure

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July 21, 2014-The Failure of Mandated Disclosure

Ever click "I agree" before reading the disclosure? Omri Ben-Shahar speaks with us about his book focused on the purpose and shortcomings of mandated disclosures.

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Malaysia Airlines Plane Crashes in Ukraine

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July 17, 2014 - Malaysia Airlines Plane Crashes in Ukraine

A Malaysia Airlines plane crashes in the politically heated Ukrainian territory. Was it an accident or terrorism? And could the incident touch off new international tensions. 

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Rauner Unveils Comprehensive Tax Plan

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July 17, 2014 - Rauner Unveils Comprehensive Tax Plan

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner comes out with a comprehensive tax plan. Which taxes would go down, which would go up, and how did Gov. Pat Quinn respond?

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Anti-Violence Investigation Continues

Hearing Begins Despite 90-Day Delay Request

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July 16, 2014 - Anti-Violence Investigation Continues

A panel of lawmakers goes forward today with a hearing on Gov. Pat Quinn's controversial $54.5 million Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, despite the Feds telling them not to. Paris Schutz has the details.

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