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by Aricka Flowers
10:26pm
Sun Oct 19, 2014

Republicans Crow As Questions Swirl Surrounding Sun-Times' Rauner Endorsement

The Illinois Republican Party and Rauner campaign sent out manic messages to the media and supporters this weekend crowing about the Chicago Sun-Times' endorsement of the Republican gubernatorial candidate as questions swirl about the motivation behind the decision. 

After sitting out of the endorsement game for the last three years, the newspaper switched gears and enthusiastically endorsed Bruce Rauner for governor, announcing their sole endorsement in the upcoming election. The endorsement states that the catalyst behind the about face is due to the race being "simply too important to the future of Illinois for us to stay silent."

"It may well be the most important election in our state's modern history," reads the endorsement, which was posted online Saturday and published in the Sunday paper.

And although that may very well be true, there is much speculation that the endorsement had little to do with the high stakes of the race and much more to do with Rauner's relationship with the media company and Michael Ferro Jr., chairman of Wrapports LLC, the parent company of Sun-Times Media. Rauner previously owned 10 percent of Wrapports, selling his share to Ferro for $5 million shortly before announcing his gubernatorial run. 

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
6:29pm
Fri Oct 10, 2014

Election Preview: Foster, Senger Battle For The 11th Congressional District Seat

Progress Illinois previews the 11th congressional district race between incumbent Democrat Bill Foster and Republican challenger State Rep. Darlene Senger.

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
4:25pm
Thu Oct 2, 2014

Immigration Reform Activists Protest During Obama's Visit To Northwestern University (VIDEO)

While President Barack Obama spoke about the economy Thursday at Northwestern University, about two-dozen immigration reform advocates protested outside, calling the president the “deporter in-chief.”

“We need to remind the president of the pledge he took to stop deportations,” said Carlos Rosa, an organizer with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
5:12pm
Thu Sep 25, 2014

Illinois College Dems Call Rodney Davis Out For Ryan Budget Votes

While U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI,1) was in Bloomington Wednesday to campaign for U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL,13), college students and critics of the Illinois Republican took to Twitter to blast Davis for supporting the conservative Ryan budget.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
12:33pm
Mon Sep 22, 2014

Young Illinoisans Weigh In On The Governor's Race

Young Illinois Democrats and Republicans say a lot is at stake for them in the November gubernatorial election. Progress Illinois chats with younger Illinoisans about the governor's race and several policy issues on their radar.

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
4:03pm
Mon Sep 8, 2014

Gutierrez: Obama Administration 'Playing It Safe' On Immigration Reform (VIDEO)

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D, IL-4) and immigrant rights activists on Monday blasted President Barack Obama’s decision to delay executive action on immigration reform until after the November elections.

Gutierrez accused Obama and his administration of “playing it safe.”

“Playing it safe means that ‘We’re going to abandon our values and abandon a community that we said we were going to support and defend,'” he said during a press conference Monday morning at Casa Michoacan in the city’s Pilsen neighborhood.

“Playing it safe, maybe it wins elections, maybe it loses elections, but playing it safe rarely leads to fairness, rarely leads to justice and almost never leads to good public policy which you can be proud of,” Gutierrez said.

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