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More than Governor Quinn make pledges at inauguration event

12 Jan
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn delivers his inaugural address after taking the oath of office during inaugural ceremonies Monday, Jan. 10, 2011 in Springfield. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn delivers his inaugural address after taking the oath of office during inaugural ceremonies Monday, Jan. 10, 2011 in Springfield. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

By Associated Press

Gov. Pat Quinn wasn’t the only state official sworn in Monday in Springfield. Five other Illinois officials—a mix of rookies and veterans, Republicans and Democrats—took the oath of office, too. Here’s a look at them and highlights from their remarks:

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While Tea Party celebrated, Green Party seeks day in court

8 Nov

By Jennifer Schanz

While the Tea Party was tabulating the spoils of victory after the general election, the Green Party in Illinois was ready to go to court.

According to a party announcement, the Green’s gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney and U.S. Senate candidate LeAlan Jones filed suit against WTTW, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Public Broadcasting Service and its president and CEO, Daniel J. Schmidt, over their exclusion from debates prior to November’s elections.

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Illinois Governor’s race: Brady bunch to be wire-to-wire winner?

1 Nov

The Race:

Illinois Governor

The Job:

As the chief executive of the state, the governor of Illinois is responsible for enacting laws passed by the Illinois General Assembly. The governor resides in the state’s executive mansion in Springfield. Illinois currently has no gubernatorial term limit. With the state’s history of corruption in the gubernatorial seat and the current budget deficit, transparency and spending reform are on the top of all candidate’s list.

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Simon armed with Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, lucky charm

25 Oct

Sheila Simon—wearing her "lucky charm"—speaks to a DePaul University journalism class about her campaign as Lt. Governor of Illinois on Monday, October 18, 2010. (Photo by Kevin Sherman)

By Megan Ashley

They say everybody’s got a good luck charm and Sheila Simon, the Democratic candidate for Illinois Lt. Governor, wore hers around her neck when she spoke to students at DePaul University.

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‘Whitey-gate’ was nothing new to Green Party, says Whitney

22 Oct

By Jennifer Schanz

Rich Whitney is convinced the misspelling of his name as ‘Rich Whitey’ in 23 wards in Chicago is due to one of two things, “a deliberate act or gross negligence.” Either way, he says the Green Party is on familiar turf.

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Will Millennial voters make difference in the Illinois gubernatorial election?

18 Oct

By Lisa Klein

The youth vote did much to put Barack Obama in the White House in 2008, but the jury still may be out on their involvement in the next election, according to a DePaul University expert on the topic.

Whitney’s name recognition fight gets tougher with whitewashing

15 Oct

By Jennifer Schanz

Just when the Illinois Green Party figured it had been ostracized enough, its gubernatorial candidate, Rich Whitney, gets bumped from the ballot by his good friend Rich ‘Whitey.’

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