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  • Cherlynlavaughn Bradley, Amoco chemist, dies at 62

      Cherlynlavaughn Bradley, Amoco chemist, dies at 62
    While attending college in the mid-1970s, Cherlynlavaughn Bradley joined the American Chemical Society and began a lifelong commitment to encouraging young people, especially girls, to pursue careers in chemistry. Ms. Bradley, 62, who in 2002 won the...
  • Rain blamed for attendance drop at Illinois State Fair

     Rain blamed for attendance drop at Illinois State Fair
    Attendance was down 11 percent at this year's Illinois State Fair in Springfield, and organizers blame the rainy weather that showered the fair for eight out of its 11 days. This year's fair drew 847,000 people, down from last year's record attendance...
  • Unfair weather

    Unfair weather
    Dark clouds filled the sky last Thursday as I left my hotel room in Springfield to cover the preview day at the Illinois State Fair. Photographing something like the state fair is always a challenge for me. My natural inclinations are to want to walk...
  • Quinn wants Rauner running mate to apologize to cows for 'tipping' remark

    Quinn wants Rauner running mate to apologize to cows for 'tipping' remark
    SPRINGFIELD --- Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is milking an Upstate-Downstate kerfuffle with Republican Bruce Rauner's running mate over an udderly moooo-ving issue: Cow Tipping. Quinn suggested Republican lieutenant governor candidate Evelyn Sanguinetti...
  • Fat cat? Bruce Rauner is more of a clueless magician

     Fat cat? Bruce Rauner is more of a clueless magician
    Another dispatch from Somebody Nobody Asked™, America's pre-eminent unsolicited advice columnist. Dear Gov. Pat Quinn, The "Baron von Moneybags" character you rolled out Wednesday at the Illinois State Fair was no doubt a huge hit with your...
  • Rauner, GOP see 2014 as time to win in Illinois

    Rauner, GOP see 2014 as time to win in Illinois
    SPRINGFIELD — Governor candidate Bruce Rauner called on a boisterous Republican Day crowd at the Illinois State Fair on Thursday to help knock out Gov. Pat Quinn and the one-party Democrat rule that has run Illinois “into the ground.”...
  • Not breaking news: Bruce Rauner is wealthy

    Not breaking news: Bruce Rauner is wealthy
    Let's get one thing straight: Bruce Rauner is really rich. His income tax returns show he earned $108 million between 2010 and 2012. That's a lot of coin. We know about Rauner's $18 wristwatch and his 20-year-old camper van, but let's assume he owns...
  • Quinn hits Rauner on class warfare theme at state fair

    Quinn hits Rauner on class warfare theme at state fair
    SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn struck a class warfare theme Wednesday during a plea to Democratic Party faithful to turn out a big vote this fall to defeat Republicans with pockets as deep as “King Midas.” The re-election seeking Quinn...
  • Steer goes for record price at state fair

    Steer goes for record price at state fair
    For the first time in Illinois State Fair history, a prize-winning animal has sold for six figures. The record-breaker who sold for $100,000 is a 1,330-pound steer named Ted shown by 12-year-old Shaelye Varner, of Morris. Shaelye, who raised Ted on...
  • Republicans rip Quinn on new pot of social services money

    Republicans rip Quinn on new pot of social services money
    SPRINGFIELD — Republican legislative leaders on Tuesday accused Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn of tapping into a $20 million pot of cash to dangle in front of groups whose support he wants in the fall election, saying the effort “looks and smells&...
  • Fair food: All calories? All fat? Yes, please!

    Is there anything more American than the state fair? Small-town pride. Prize-winning bulls. Proud children showing off their favorite ponies and sheep. State fairs are so American, they even have a contest for the best apple pie. Some of us go for the...