Gov. Bruce Rauner outlines his agenda after being sworn into office on Jan. 12, 2015, in Springfield, Illinois. Rauner is the first Republican governor in Illinois since 2003. (Credit: CBS)

Rauner Cancels Seven Executive Orders His Predecessor Issued On Way Out

A spokesman for Gov. Bruce Rauner says many of Quinn’s final actions were “to settle political scores” and not to benefit the public.


Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner faced off at a debate hosted by CBS 2, the Chicago Urban League and The Business Leadership Council on Oct. 14, 2014. (Credit: CBS)

Illinois Governor’s Race: Rauner Unseats Quinn

In a major win with national implications for Republicans, businessman Bruce Rauner declared victory over incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn, in one of the most bitterly fought elections in recent Illinois history.


Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner faced off at a debate hosted by CBS 2, the Chicago Urban League and The Business Leadership Council on Oct. 14, 2014. (Credit: CBS)

Candidates For Illinois Governor Focus On Jobs

Democrat Pat Quinn was in Chicago, while Republican Bruce Rauner was in the suburbs on Friday. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.



African American Voters Hold Key to Election in 2014 Illinois’ Governor Race

By Ed Marshall, CBS 2 Political Producer CHICAGO (CBS) — On Tuesday, voters will have a historic opportunity to gauge the top two candidates during the first-ever televised Illinois gubernatorial debate focusing primarily on issues of […]


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Rauner Disagrees Quinn Is Rebounding Amid New TV Push

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports on what some are calling Gov. Pat Quinn’s comeback.


Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)

Court Hears Arguments Over Walker-Related Probe

Wisconsin prosecutors on Tuesday tried to persuade a federal appeals court to let them to resume their investigation of Gov. Scott Walker’s recall election campaign, in a case that touches on broader issues about just what constitutes constitutionally-protected political activity.


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Judge: Indiana Governor Contradicted Himself On Same-Sex Marriage

U.S. District Judge Richard Young ruled Tuesday that Indiana must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, but he put the order on hold as a federal appeals court is taking up his earlier decisions on the issue. The state appealed the latest ruling Wednesday.


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Happy May Day! The Minimum Wage Still Hasn’t Been Raised… So Let’s Create A Maximum Wage!

If the government doesn’t raise the minimum wage soon, should they instead create a maximum wage for the rich? One writer thinks so…


Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner. (Credit: CBS)

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Tries To Explain Flip-Flop On Minimum Wage Hike

The issue of a minimum wage hike tripped up Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner on Thursday, as he declared his previous support for cutting Illinois’ minimum wage a “mistake” and said he would now do the opposite: support raising it.


Bill Daley, who is considering a run for governor, called life in politics 'brutal.' (CBS)

Daley Drops Out Of Governor’s Race

Daley was to square off against fellow Democrat Pat Quinn, the incumbent governor, in their party’s primary.


Former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley criticizes Gov. Pat Quinn and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan for what he calls a lack of leadership on reforming the state's pension systems. Daley has formally entered the race for governor against Quinn, and Madigan also is a potential candidate. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Bill Daley Makes Bid For Governor Official

The Democrat’s campaign on Monday unveiled a video online in which Daley says flatly, “There is no exploratory piece in this anymore.”


Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

Lisa Madigan Still Noncommittal On Potential Run For Governor

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan was at the women’s luncheon of the Rainbow/PUSH international convention today – where she was seated at the right hand of the Reverend Jesse Jackson.


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Lisa Madigan Still Undecided On Run For Governor

Illinois’ Attorney General says she hasn’t made her mind up yet about running for the job now held by Pat Quinn, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


Dan Rutherford announces his candidacy Sunday at Harry Caray's in Chicago with his mother (left) and sister (right). (Credit: Steve Miller)

Dan Rutherford Announces Candidacy For Illinois Governor

The 2014 governor’s race is off and running, with the first declared Republican candidate announcing today.


Dan Rutherford

Rutherford To Announce Gubernatorial Run This Weekend

For months, Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford has been hinting — at times not so subtly — that he wants the Republican nomination in the 2014 governor’s race. Come this weekend, he’ll finally make it official.


Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock (R-Peoria) at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. (Credit: CBS)

GOP Congressman Schock Won’t Run For Governor

Republican U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has decided to forgo a run for Illinois governor and instead seek re-election to Congress, the three-term congressman’s campaign manager said Thursday.


Illinois Gubernatorial Candidate Republican Bill Brady. (AP Photo)

State Sen. Bill Brady Likely To Run For Governor

Bloomington State Senator Bill Brady, who lost to Democrat Pat Quinn in the 2010 election, is all but declaring his candidacy for 2014, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.


Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan

If Lisa Madigan Runs For Governor, Will Her Dad Step Down As House Speaker?

As discussions swirl about who will run for governor next year, one big question is: should Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan choose to challenge Gov. Pat Quinn, will her father, House Speaker Mike Madigan, step down to avoid a possible conflict of interest?

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Bill Daley, who is considering a run for governor, called life in politics 'brutal.' (CBS)

Mulling Run For Governor, Bill Daley Calls Life In Politics ‘Brutal Job’

Bill Daley, who’s considering a run for governor, talked politics Tuesday at a donor breakfast at Misericordia House on Chicago’s North Side.


William Daley (Getty Images file)

Bill Daley Considering Run For Illinois Governor

Former White House chief of staff Bill Daley says he’s “seriously” thinking about running for Illinois governor.