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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Early Voting Snafus: Fact or Fiction?

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Monday marked the beginning of early voting in Illinois and emotions are running high in this close election. While some machine malfunctions are not uncommon in state races, the Illinois GOP is calling foul over ballot counting procedures in Rock Island and voting machine calibrations in the northern suburbs.

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Chicago’s Newly Appointed Treasurer

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October 23, 2014 - Chicago's Newly Appointed Treasurer

Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed Kurt Summers as the City of Chicago's Treasurer pending City Council approval.

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Sun-Times Reporter Dave McKinney Resigns

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October 22, 2014-Sun-Times Reporter Dave McKinney Resigns

Veteran political reporter and frequent Chicago Tonight contributor Dave McKinney resigned from the Chicago Sun-Times today. The resignation brings to a head the brewing controversy over the owner's association with GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, and whether or not that association has influenced the paper's reporting in recent days. Paris Schutz has the story.

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Illinois Treasurer Forum

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October 21, 2014 - Illinois Treasurer Forum

Republican candidate Tom Cross and Democrat Mike Frerichs face off on Chicago Tonight's candidate forum for the open treasurer's seat.

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Illinois Comptroller Forum

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October 20, 2014 - Illinois Comptroller Forum

Republican Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka and Democratic challenger Sheila Simon participate in Chicago Tonight’s forum.

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Examining the Proposed 2015 City Budget

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October 15, 2014 - Examining the Proposed 2015 City Budget

Mayor Rahm Emanuel reveals his proposed budget for 2015. Paris Schutz details the fees, fines, and taxes that will increase under the mayor’s budget.

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Quinn, Rauner Face Off in Second Debate

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October 14, 2014 - Quinn, Rauner Face Off in Second Debate

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner will debate for the second time ahead of the Nov. 4 election. Paris Schutz will have the latest from tonight's debate between the gubernatorial hopefuls, locked in a tight race.

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Karen Lewis Will Not Run For Mayor

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Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis will not run in the upcoming mayoral election, according to a statement released Monday afternoon.

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11th Congressional District Forum

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October 23, 2014 - 11th Congressional District Forum

Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster and Republican state Rep. Darlene Senger are vying to represent the 11th Congressional District. They go head-to-head on Chicago Tonight’s forum.

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Viewer Feedback: 10/23

Editorial Endorsements, Jobs, McKinney Resignation

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October 23, 2014 - Viewer Feedback: 10/23

We share what you had to say about Chicago Sun-Times reporter Dave McKinney's resignation, editorial endorsements and Illinois' job growth when we read some of our viewer feedback.

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Editorial Endorsements

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October 22, 2014 - Editorial Endorsements

Longtime Sun-Times political reporter Dave McKinney resigned today following what he called “disturbing developments” after reporting a story critical of GOP candidate Bruce Rauner. Meanwhile, the Sun-Times abruptly brought back editorial endorsements, supporting its onetime owner Bruce Rauner. Our panel explores the lines between independent journalism and political endorsements.

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Viewer Feedback: 10/21

Aldermen on City Budget, Mayor’s Race, More

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October 21, 2014 - Viewer Feedback: 10/21

We share what you had to say about our discussion of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposed 2015 budget with Chicago aldermen.

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Is Alderman Playing by the Rules?

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A top Emanuel ally and chairman of the powerful Committee on Committees, Rules and Ethics on City Council is in hot water with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office. 

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Aldermen on City Budget, Mayor’s Race, More

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October 15, 2014 - Aldermen on City Budget and Mayor’s Race

The Chicago City Council gets a look at Mayor Emanuel’s improved proposed budget plan. Some budget items have been known for a while, but there are a number of surprises in store for closing the $297 million budget hole. We discuss where Chicagoans can expect cuts, and what payments will be pushed back to next year. 

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The Growth of Incarceration

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October 14, 2014 - The Growth of Incarceration

As Illinois lawmakers look into ways to reform the state's prison system, we hear from the lead author of a comprehensive report on the U.S. prison system.

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Joe Ferguson on City’s Red Light Cameras

IG Audit Reveals City’s Red Light Camera Program Was “Fundamentally Deficient”

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October 13, 2014 - Joe Ferguson on City’s Red Light Cameras

City Inspector General Joe Ferguson goes in depth about his audit of the city's beleaguered red light camera program, which is found to have collected millions in tickets from drivers because of curious changes to protocols.

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