2014 election

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Governor-elect Bruce Rauner stopped in Rockford Friday during his statewide "thank you" tour. 

Republicans are in control of the governor's mansion in Illinois for the first time since 2003. But Democrat Pat Quinn isn't prepared to throw in the towel just yet. 

The two leading candidates for Illinois governor met Thursday night in Peoria for the first debate of the election season. Both men stuck closely to the ideas they’ve been honing for months on the campaign trail.

Democratic Governor Pat Quinn and his Republican challenger, Bruce Rauner, are running carefully scripted campaigns.

Quinn has a populist message: That he’s a friend of the working man, always looking out for the little guy.

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Wisconsin's state elections board asked for nearly $461,000 to pay for a statewide media campaign raising awareness on voter ID requirements.

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Wisconsin voters who received, or plan to use, an absentee ballot will need to show photo ID for their ballot to be counted.

Quinn, Rauner Agree To 3 Debates

Aug 20, 2014
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The Illinois candidates for governor have agreed to three debates, all of which will take place in October.

In 2010, political newcomer Adam Kinzinger defeated an incumbent Congresswoman, Debbie Halvorson, in the 11th Congressional District. Halvorson, a conservative Democrat, had high marks from the National Rifle Association. Kinzinger had the nascent Tea Party on his side.

What a difference four years makes.

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Whoever wins the Republican primary for U.S. Senate will have an uphill battle this fall, according to Matt Streb. The political scientist at Northern Illinois University says incumbent Democrat Dick Durbin has $5 million in the bank and is "very popular" in the state.

Durbin is unopposed in the March 18 primary. The men who would replace him are Jim Oberweis, a state Senator, and West Point graduate Doug Truax.

Six months ago, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's re-election campaign was in trouble. Attorney General Lisa Madigan was weighing a primary challenge and declared challenger Bill Daley blasted Quinn for failing to solve the state's pension problem.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Four Republicans running for governor already have received a fair amount of publicity.

There was a fifth hopeful … and he is among 22 candidates removed Thursday from the March primary ballot by the State Board of Elections.

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