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 final candidates, Democrat Pat Quinn, Republican Bruce Rauner, and Libertarian Chad Grimm.

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Gov. Rauner Sets Up Fight with Unions

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January 28, 2015 - Gov. Rauner Sets Up Fight with Unions

Gov. Bruce Rauner has proposed "right-to-work zones" that would weaken union control in certain areas. The move is sure to touch off a fight with labor unions, and may need legislative action to become a reality. We'll talk about the governor's ideas about unions, his management style, as well as the new COO and CFO he's appointed.

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Rauner Takes Aim At Political Hires

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January 15, 2015 - Rauner Takes Aim At Political Hires

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed another executive order Thursday morning, this one requiring that the state of Illinois publish the names of political hires. Rauner accused the Quinn administration of carrying on in the tradition of imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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Rauner Sworn In as Illinois Governor

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January 12, 2015 - Rauner Sworn In as Illinois Governor

Bruce Rauner takes the oath of office as Illinois’ 42nd governor. Paris Schutz has more on what Rauner said during his inaugural address.

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Illinois' Budget Realities

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January 5, 2015 - Illinois' Budget Realities

Governor-elect Bruce Rauner is facing a dire fiscal reality when he takes the oath of office on Jan. 12, including some state agencies running out of money.

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Springfield Fall Veto Session Kicks Off

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November 18, 2014 - Springfield Fall Veto Session Kicks Off

Lawmakers head back to Springfield for their fall veto session. But will anything happen on the hot button issues of minimum wage, education funding, and Uber ridesharing before Governor-elect Bruce Rauner takes over?

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Viewer Feedback: 11/10

Alison Ruttan & Rauner's Relationship with IL Leaders

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November 10, 2014 - Viewer Feedback: 11/10

We share what you had to say about Artist Alison Ruttan and governor-elect Bruce Rauner’s relationship with the Illinois Senate and House leadership in tonight's viewer feedback.

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Looking Ahead With Legislators

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November 6, 2014 - Looking Ahead With Legislators

Illinois legislators talk about the upcoming Fall Veto Session and look ahead to working with Bruce Rauner's administration.

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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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Rauner Addresses State Budget Challenges

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January 22, 2015 - Rauner Addresses State Budget Challenges

New Gov. Bruce Rauner addresses the massive budget challenges ahead. Just how does the state plan to pay its bills? We will have the details.

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New Governor, New Illinois?

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January 13, 2015 - New Governor, New Illinois?

It's official. Bruce Rauner is the 42nd Governor of Illinois. What will be his first steps as governor and how will he begin to rein in the crippling debt the state has become known for? We discuss this and more with our panel.

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Rauner Announces Appointments

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Over the weekend, Bruce Rauner announced a series of cabinet secretary, agency director and boards and commission appointments.

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Rauner Faces Uphill Battle on Education, Finances

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November 20, 2014 - Rauner Faces Uphill Battle on Education

A new report says the state is falling behind in funding its public schools. But with finances a mess, where will incoming governor Bruce Rauner find the money?

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A Democrat’s Advice for Bruce Rauner

Newton Minow on his 10 Tips for the Governor-Elect

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November 10, 2014 - A Democrat’s Advice for Bruce Rauner

As a Democrat who voted for Republican Bruce Rauner, Newton Minow joins us to talk about his 10 tips for our new governor-elect to help make him an effective governor.

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Rauner Introduces Transition Team

Bill Daley & Rev. Meeks Among High-Profile Members

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November 6, 2014 - Rauner Introduces Transition Team

Governor-elect Bruce Rauner introduces high-profile Democrats and Republicans as part of his transition team.

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Quinn Concedes, Rauner Elected Governor

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November 5, 2014 - Quinn Concedes, Rauner Elected Governor

The most expensive gubernatorial race in Illinois history is now officially in the books. Gov. Pat Quinn conceded the race that was called late last night for Republican Bruce Rauner. Both the governor and governor-elect have announced transition plans, as multiple probes are opening into the controversy that caused several election judges in Chicago to not show up to their polling places.

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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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