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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...
  • 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&...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.”...
  • 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...
  • Rainy forecast means no State Fair parade for Quinn, Rauner

    Rainy forecast means no State Fair parade for Quinn, Rauner
    SPRINGFIELD — After waves of TV ads, voters already may think Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican rival Bruce Rauner are all wet when it comes to their politics, but at least tonight it won’t be from marching in the rain. In a rare...
  • Quinn dumps Democratic state fair rally for second year in row

    Quinn dumps Democratic state fair rally for second year in row
    SPRINGFIELD — For the second year in a row, Democrat Pat Quinn decided his political party won’t hold the traditional all-out rally on Governor’s Day at the Illinois State Fair even though it’s a high-profile election year....