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State Week: In First Debate, Pritzker And Rauner Stay On Script

All four candidates for governor shared a stage this week for the first of three televised debates. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and his Democratic challenger, J.B. Pritzker, picked up right where their mudslinging TV ads left off.

State Week: Rauner Tries A 'Reset' While Pritzker Ducks A Debate

Gov. Bruce Rauner attempts to reset his campaign with a speech to a small group of supporters. Will it be enough to overcome the 14 percentage points that separate the Republican incumbent from his Democratic opponent, J.B. Pritzker?

State Week: Whole New Ballgame In Chicago Mayoral Race

A big surprise this week - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced he's dropping out of the upcoming election. Amanda Vinicky of Chicago's WTTW and A.D. Quig of The Daily Line join the panel.

State Week: Rauner Vetoes Quincy Vet Damages, Immigration Bills, Higher Tobacco Age

Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed several bills in the past week. One would have raised the cap on how much money people wronged by state government can recover — Illinois' relatively low cap of $100,000 came to light after the deaths of more than a dozen residents of the Illinois Veterans' Home in Quincy. Other vetoed bills would have raised the age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21, sought to improve relations between immigrant communities and the police, and set a minimum salary of $40,000

State Week: Rauner Vetoes Quincy Vet Damages, Immigration Bills, Higher Tobacco Age

State Week: Governor's Race Begins To Heat Up

A new poll shows J.B. Pritzker leading Bruce Rauner in the Illinois gubernatorial race. Also, there is uncertainty over the future of the Southern Illinois University system. WSIU Public Radio's Jennifer Fuller joins the panel.

State Week: Both Democrats and Republicans Assert Party Unity At State Fair

This week, political rhetoric at the Illinois State Fair.

State Week: Both Democrats and Republicans Assert Party Unity At State Fair

State Week: Rauner Pledges $1m to AG Candidate, Says She'll 'Prosecute Madigan'

Gov. Bruce Rauner pledged to contribute $1 million to Republican attorney general nominee Erika Harold so she "will prosecute (House Speaker Michael) Madigan." But when pressed by reporters, Rauner would not identify a crime with which he thinks Madigan should be charged. Did the governor cross a line?

State Week: Rauner Pledges $1m to AG Candidate, Says She'll 'Prosecute Madigan'

State Week: Lawmaker Resigns After Accusation Of Posting Ex's Photos

Freshman Rep. Nick Sauer, a Republican from Lake Barrington, resigned after being accused of posting a former girlfriend's nude photos online without her consent. Meanwhile, Local 150 of the International Union of Operating Engineers endorsed two candidates for Illinois governor: Democratic nominee J.B. Pritzker and Conservative Party candidate Sam McCann, a state senator from Plainview who until recently was a member of the Republican Party.

State Week: Trump Visits Illinois, Rauner At Wilson's Cash Handout, Pritzker's Rose Garden Campaign

President Trump makes his first presidential visit to Illinois , delivering a speech at U.S. Steel's Granite City Works, near St. Louis. Earlier in the week, Gov. Bruce Rauner had to answer questions about his appearance at a church service where Chicago mayoral candidate Willie Wilson was dispensing cash from a huge stack of bills. And after Rauner has had a number of bad weeks , is J.B. Pritzker getting sufficient scrutiny? Can someone who's not an incumbent really run a " Rose Garden strategy

State Week: Trump Visits Illinois, Rauner At Wilson's Cash Handout, Pritzker's Rose Garden Campaign

State Week: Russia Reactions, Gun Laws, Campaign Cash

Illinois politicians react to President Trump's varied statements on Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Gov. Rauner signs a pair of gun-control bills while promising to veto another. And the latest campaign finance numbers show the candidates for governor continuing to burn cash at an unprecedented rate.

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