A look at Democrats running for Illinois governor

Posted Online: March 13, 2014, 2:12 pm
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CHICAGO (AP) Gov. Pat Quinn, a Chicago Democrat, is seeking re-election to a second full term. He faces one primary challenger, Tio Hardiman. Here's a look at both candidates:


NAME: Patrick Quinn of Chicago

AGE: 65

JOBS/EXPERIENCE: Illinois governor.

OFFICES HELD: Former lieutenant governor and state treasurer.

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and a law degree from Northwestern University

FAMILY: Divorced, two sons.

RUNNING MATE: Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas.

QUOTE: 'I want to be progressive and aggressive. And I'm not going to let the clock get turned back by a bunch of folks who have views that I think are extreme and do not reflect the common good of Illinois. That crowd is out there. They have a lot of money.'


NAME: Tio Hardiman of Hillside

AGE: 51

JOBS/EXPERIENCE: Activist, motivational speaker, former head of CeaseFire Chicago.

OFFICES HELD: First time seeking public office.

EDUCATION: Associate's degree from Harold Washington College and bachelor and master's degrees from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.

FAMILY: Married, four children and two stepchildren.

RUNNING MATE: Attorney Brunell Donald

QUOTE: 'All of the so-called experienced politicians are leading the state to bankruptcy and it's time for some serious changes in Illinois. I am not part of the status quo or machine politics.'


Local events heading

  Today is Saturday, July 26, the 207th day of 2014. There are 158 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: It is said that the ferry company has cleared about $10,000 since the burning of the railroad bridge. Couldn't the company now afford to pay that little bill it owes the city?
1889 -- 125 years ago: The sum of $4 million in cash in addition to supplies of immense value were forwarded to Jamestown, Pa., from all parts of the country for relief of the sufferers from the great flood.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Board of Education secured a site for the New Central Grammar School by purchasing additional property south of Irving School for $3,400.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The total number of workers employed at the Farmall Works of International Harvester Co. has reached a peak of 5,300, the largest payroll in Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Army engineers testified today that the water levels of Lakes Huron and Michigan are at a 104-year low. The condition is causing a multi-million dollar loss to commercial shipping.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Department of Revenue issued certification for a tax-increment- financing district Friday afternoon, opening one more door for developer Jim Massa to proceed through on his way to establishing an automobile raceway.

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