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If Illinois had political gravity, it could be said that all things orbit around Chicago. Gov. Bruce Rauner and his wife Diana vow to change all that by living in the mansion and running state government from Springfield.

  Some might find it surprising that a governor would need to make such a statement. The historic mansion, 150 years old and just a few blocks from the statehouse, is considered the official residence of the governor, but not all have made it their home.

WUIS Statehouse Bureau Chief joined the Takeaway's John Hockenberry to discuss the close Illinois Gubernatorial election.

Amanda Vinicky

Gov. Pat Quinn has been surpassed as the nation's least-liked governor, according to a new poll by Public Policy Polling. Pennsylvania's Pennsylvania's Republican Gov., Tom Corbett, can now claim that title. But the new poll shows Quinn could still have a hard time holding on to his seat.

It was about this time last year, that numbers from Public Policy Polling showed Democrat Pat Quinn as the most unpopular governor in the country.

Listen To State Week - November 15, 2013

Nov 19, 2013

More on Paul Vallas, the other gubernatorial candidates, a possible legislative session in December, and same sex marriages

Peggy Boyer Long
WUIS/Illinois Issues

Governors may have reason to remember the old adage on being careful about wishes.

The move to shift responsibility for social welfare programs from the federal government to the states has definitely picked up steam under President George W. Bush. 

Proponents of devolution, so called, promote it as a way to give the states flexibility to reinvent social policy, to tailor it to local needs. And that’s something state officials have devoutly wished for.