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He may call himself the leader of Illinois' Republican Party, but Governor Bruce Rauner is continuing his refusal to weigh in on this year's biggest election.

A record-setting audience of roughly 80 million people tuned in to watch Monday's presidential debate.

The next day, a reporter asked Rauner if he did the same.  

"I did not," the governor responded.  

Which means Rauner didn't hear Donald Trump's comments about Illinois' largest city.

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The head of the Illinois Republican Party says he’d like to see Donald Trump criticize Hillary Clinton more at the next debate.

Tim Schneider says Trump can be rude.

But the candidate spent too much time reacting to Clinton’s answers at last night’s debate, and not bringing up things like Benghazi, or Clinton’s emails.

"So to me, it’s an easy choice," Schneider said.   "I choose rude over wrong."

Schneider’s trying to unite the state party behind Trump when the Republican governor and Republican U.S. Senator won’t commit to supporting the nominee.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says there are still serious issues facing the state, and he hopes a compromise can be reached so that Illinois can move forward soon.

Rauner reacted to a decision by the state's Teachers Retirement System to reassess the rate of return on pension investments. That reassessment means the state will have to pay $400 million more into the fund this year, and Rauner calls that devastating.

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Some Illinois delegates for Donald Trump say they’ll skip next week’s political convention in protest of their own state Republican Party.

Rich Nordstrom won election in the Republican primary to go to next week’s National Convention as a delegate and officially vote for Donald Trump to be the party’s nominee. But Nordstrom isn’t sure he’ll go, saying he’s bothered the top Illinois Republicans -- like Governor Bruce Rauner – are not going.

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Hillary Clinton returned to Illinois’s capital city today to give a speech focused on racial tensions and other divisions that she says hold back the nation. 

Clinton says recent turmoil has blacks questioning whether their lives matter, while economic turmoil has workers questioning whether America cares about their future. She says in times like this, the nation needs a President who can pull all sides together.

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