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Fresh off a double-digit victory, Democrat J.B. Pritzker appeared to back away from a previously-endorsed plan that would inch the state toward his long-term vision for linking tax rates to residents’ means.

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The billionaire Hyatt hotels heir handily defeated Republican incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday, closing out one of the most expensive statewide races in U.S. history. 

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The story of money in politics doesn't stop with spending on races for Congress. Illinois has the second most expensive race for governor on record at $210 million so far. 

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Bruce Rauner is sworn in as governor of Illinois on Jan. 12, 2015.

Those who know Gov. Bruce Rauner best describe him as stubborn – and smart. An intimate look at what shaped Rauner, and what that’s meant for Illinois as he tries for a second term.

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(Chris Potter / Flickr)

J.B. Pritzker is on track to spend his entire 2017 income on his gubernatorial campaign, while Bruce Rauner has spent roughly half his annual income on the race, tax forms show.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner and J.B. Pritzker appear on “Chicago Tonight” on Aug. 14, 2017 and March 14, 2018, respectively.

Democrats have been highly critical of the Rauner administration’s handling of the Legionnaire’s outbreaks, but the governor insisted during Thursday's debate that action was “immediately taken.”

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JB Pritzker, left, and Gov. Bruce Rauner appear in a debate before the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018.

The latest joint appearance by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic challenger JB Pritzker came Tuesday before the editorial board of the Chicago Sun-Times.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner

“This election isn't about Republican vs. Democrat. It’s about the people of Illinois vs. our corrupt political insiders,” says Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner. Learn more about this candidate.

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Democratic nominee for governor J.B. Pritzker answers questions from 70 Mikva Challenge high school students – some of whom will be first-time voters in November.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner and J.B. Pritzker appear on “Chicago Tonight” on Aug. 14, 2017 and March 14, 2018, respectively.

Illinois’ leading candidates for governor had to tackle fresh controversies as they faced off Wednesday night in a one-on-one debate.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner and J.B. Pritzker appear on “Chicago Tonight” on Aug. 14, 2017 and March 14, 2018, respectively.

Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker traded barbs Thursday evening in their first matchup heading into the Nov. 6 general election, some 6.5 weeks away.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner (Chicago Tonight file photo)

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday slammed Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker’s spending on political advertisements. “You know what? You can only put so much lipstick on a barrow,” Rauner said.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner: “I hope he’s been doing something illegal and I hope he gets prosecuted.”

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has long been a political target of Gov. Bruce Rauner, but the governor ratcheted it up a notch Monday.

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Willie Wilson speaks to Chicago Tonight in 2015. (Chicago Tonight file photo)

The Chicago mayoral candidate faces criticism after handing out nearly $300,000 in cash and checks at a charity event. “I haven’t done anything but give my own money away,” Wilson said of the cash controversy.

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“I want to commend members of the General Assembly for working on a bipartisan basis. They passed, and today I will sign, House Bill 2354,” Gov. Bruce Rauner said Monday, July 16, 2018. (Chicago Tonight)

Illinois police will be able to temporarily confiscate guns from individuals found by a court to present a danger to themselves or others, under a law signed Monday by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner weighs in on President Donald Trump’s controversial “zero tolerance” immigration policy.