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 Friday, Sept. 19, the 262nd day of 2014. There are 103 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Charles M. Osborn of this city, a lawyer of prominence, who voted for Lincoln in 1860 is now out strong for McClellan and will take the stump for him.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The George Fleming company had begun its dried fruit packing in a branch plant on 16th Street, Rock Island, employing nearly a hundred workers.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The cornerstone of the new Eagles home was laid. Building committee members were John Kobeman, Fred Ehmke and Frank Wich.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Former Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile, is sad as the Nazis march with communists.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Ninety-two members of the acappella choir at Davenport's West High School today accepted an invitation to perform at the New York World's Fair on June 13, 1965.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A Rock Island woman is one of 50 winners of $10,000 in cash in the Illinois State Lottery's "Celebration "89" instant ticket game. Dawn Loeffler was the third winner to be chosen through daily drawings that began Aug. 28 and will run 50 consecutive days.

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