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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Political Pundits on Gubernatorial Race

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October 30, 2014-Political Pundits on Gubernatorial Race

The latest poll shows the gubernatorial race in a dead heat between the two front-runners. We analyze the numbers and the final five-day push before Election Day on Tuesday.

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Same Day Voter Registration

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October 30, 2014 - Same Day Voter Registration

For the first time, Illinois voters can register and vote on the same day. Chicago Tonight takes a look behind the new law that allows Illinois voters to register to vote on Election Day.

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Viewer Feedback: 10/30

U.S. Senate Candidate Forum

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October 30, 2014 - Viewer Feedback: 10/30

We share your reactions to last night's U.S. Senate Forum in tonight's Viewer Feedback.

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U.S. Senate Candidate Forum

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October 29, 2014 - U.S. Senate Candidate Forum

Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Republican challenger Jim Oberweis go head-to-head in Chicago Tonight’s Senate Forum.

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Lieutenant Governor Candidate Paul Vallas

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October 28, 2014 - Lieutenant Governor Candidate Paul Vallas

Paul Vallas, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, visits Chicago Tonight to discuss the vision he and running mate Gov. Pat Quinn have for Illinois. Republican candidate Evelyn Sanguinetti declined Chicago Tonight’s invitation to participate in a forum.

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Mayor Responds to Reports of Possible Challenger

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October 27, 2014 - Mayor Responds to Possible Challenger

Mayor Rahm Emanuel responds to the news of Cook County Commissioner Jesús “Chuy” García  -- a prominent Latino progressive -- running against him in the 2015 election.

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Could Prominent Latino Get in Race For Mayor?

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Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia is mulling whether or not to take on Rahm Emanuel and run for mayor, according to sources within the Democratic party, and within Chicago’s Latino and progressive communities.

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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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Libertarian Gubernatorial Candidate Chad Grimm

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October 30, 2014-Libertarian Gubernatorial Candidate Chad

Chad Grimm, the Libertarian Party candidate for Illinois Governor, visits Chicago Tonight to talk about his vision for Illinois and why he sees himself as the only legitimate candidate for change.

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‘Political Order and Political Decay’

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October 30, 2014 - ‘Political Order and Political Decay’

Historian Francis Fukuyama visits Chicago Tonight to talk about his new book, Political Order and Political Decay, the second volume of a sweeping study of how human societies develop good governance, and how those same societies can fall into decline.

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U.S. Senate Post-Forum News Conference

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U.S. Senate candidates for Illinois  -- Sen. Dick Durbin and Jim Oberweis -- gave a brief news conference following the forum.

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The Politics of Ebola

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October 28, 2014 - The Politics of Ebola

GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is calling for a travel ban on visitors from West African countries most affected by Ebola, while Gov. Pat Quinn has instituted mandatory quarantine for anyone thought to be at high risk of catching Ebola. But is the science being lost in this debate? Paris Schutz has the story. 

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Commissioner Jesús “Chuy” García on His Mayoral Run

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October 27, 2014 - Jesús “Chuy” García on His Mayoral Run

Cook County Commissioner Jesús “Chuy” García exclusively tells Carol Marin that he will run for mayor of Chicago in the 2015 election. García joins us in-studio to talk about his political future. 

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Railroad Tankers

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October 27, 2014 - Railroad Tankers

Illinois communities call for tougher regulations on the increasing numbers of railroad tanker cars filled with volatile crude oil rolling through their communities. Elizabeth Brackett has the story.

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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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