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The major party candidates for Illinois governor are spending the final days of the campaign targeting African-Americans and women.

Chicago Democratic Congressman Danny Davis warned an African-American crowd against voting for Republican Bruce Rauner.

"I think it would be the same as a turkey voting for an early Thanksgiving."

Rauner spoke at churches made up of mostly black congregants. Meanwhile, Rauner’s wife--Diana--had a message for women.

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Gov. Pat Quinn ordered the Illinois Board of Education chairman to help both sides reach an agreement Wednesday in a four-week school district strike in Waukegan.  That's after the board abruptly adjourned a public meeting with members and parents shouting and booing.

Both parties say they reached a tentative contract agreement. Officials say schools plan to reopen Monday.

About 17,000 students have been out of school since the strike began on Oct. 2.

Rauner Trumps Quinn In Facebook 'Likes'

Oct 28, 2014 &

Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner may be neck and neck in the polls, but Rauner is winning by a landslide in Facebook activity.

DNA Info reports the Republican businessman's page has nearly 44,000 more likes than Quinn's.

Facebook says more than 11,000 people are "talking" about Rauner on the social media site. Just over a thousand are talking about Quinn. &

Polls are coming in at a rapid pace, from polling companies like Rasmussen Reports, newspapers like the Chicago Tribune, and interest groups like the state Chamber of Commerce. They vary in the number of likely voters contacted, the wording of the questions these people were asked, and, of course, their responses.

But they all agree: the race for Illinois governor is going to be close. Really close.

Illinois Gov. Candidates Cover Income Tax, Pension Law In Final Debate

Oct 21, 2014;

The candidates for Illinois governor made their case to voters in the third and final televised debate before the November election.

Monday's debate was sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Illinois.

One question involved the pension law, signed by Incumbent Pat Quinn. A panelist wanted to know what Quinn would do if the state Supreme Court overturns the law.

Quinn repeated a phrase he used often in his campaign, that he doesn't take an aspirin before he gets a headache.