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 Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.

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