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Pat Quinn
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Governor of Illinois
Former officeholder
In office
January 29, 2009 - January 12, 2015
PredecessorRod Blagojevich
Base salary$177,412
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Campaign $$27,122,201
Term limitsNone
Prior offices
Lieutenant Governor of Illinois
January 13, 2003 – January 29, 2009
Illinois Treasurer
January 14, 1991 – January 9, 1995
High schoolFenwick High School
Bachelor'sGeorgetown University (1971) (International Economics)
J.D.Northwestern University (1980)
Date of birthDecember 16, 1948
Place of birthHinsdale, Illinois
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Patrick J. Quinn (b. December 16, 1948, in Hinsdale, Illinois) was the 41st Democratic Governor of Illinois. He served in this position 2009 to 2015. Quinn originally became governor in January 2009 to replace Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was impeached and thrown out of office. As the state's lieutenant governor at the time, Quinn was first in line to succeed Blagojevich. Quinn filled the seat for two years and won a full four-year term in the 2010 gubernatorial election.[1] His first term expired on January 12, 2015, and Republican Bruce Rauner was sworn in as the 42nd governor.

Quinn ran unsuccessfully for re-election in 2014 alongside running mate Paul Vallas. After being renominated in the March 18 Democratic primary, Quinn faced a formidable challenge from the Republican ticket led by businessman Bruce Rauner.[2] Polling data and multiple race ratings from Governing, The Cook Political Report and analyst Larry Sabato's "Crystal Ball," among others, flagged Quinn as one of the most vulnerable governors up for election in 2014.[3][4] These predictions were confirmed when Quinn was ousted by Republican businessman Bruce Rauner in the November 2014 general election.

Quinn's tenure was marred by steep, deeply unpopular budget cuts and tax increases stemming from long-term state debt. As lieutenant governor under Blagovevich, Quinn sought to expand the role beyond statutory bounds, dedicating the office's resources and limited powers to issues such as finding aid for families of military service members. Quinn was the fifth of the state’s 46 previous lieutenant governors to have ascended to the top job mid-term. Once in the governor's office, Quinn focused on improving the state government's ethical standards and protecting public-sector labor unions.

Before assuming Illinois' chief executive office, Quinn spent six years as lieutenant governor, having been elected twice, in 2002 and 2006. From 1991-1995, Quinn served as state treasurer for Illinois. Prior to entering politics, Quinn briefly made a living as a tax attorney.[1]

Quinn is the grandson of an Irish immigrant, who left a strong imprint of Catholicism on his family. Quinn's father is a public relations official in the Catholic archdiocese of Chicago, and Quinn has continued this legacy.[5]


Quinn, born in 1948, was the oldest of the three sons of P.J. and Eileen Quinn. He attended Catholic grade school, and then Fenwick High School in Oak Park. For college, Quinn attended Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1971 with a bachelor's degree in international economics. He went on to obtain his law degree from Northwestern University's School of Law in 1980.[1]

Before entering public service, Quinn was a tax attorney.

Early political career

He gained some early fame in the 1970s by leading an ultimately unsuccessful drive to amend, via a petition drive, the Illinois Constitution with the "Illinois Initiative." This amendment would have provided people from Illinois with the same power to enact statutes through the process of referendum that is used in other states, notably California. Though Quinn's petition drive was successful, his efforts were blocked by the Illinois Supreme Court that ruled that the Illinois Initiative was an "unconstitutional constitutional amendment," and it was never allowed to be placed before the voters.

He also led the charge in 1980 for the one initiated constitutional amendment that has ever qualified for the Illinois ballot: Illinois Ballot Question 1 (1980). This amendment reduced the number of members of the Illinois House of Representatives from 177 to 118. As the petition drive to put the measure on the ballot gained momentum, it also inspired the members of the state legislature to act to eliminate a practice whereby they paid themselves two years' advance pay at the start of each two-year legislative session.[6]

Quinn expressed his appreciation for the initiative process in his state as the campaign proceeded, saying, "Lawmaking by initiative is both practical and workable in Illinois. Other large industrial states like Michigan, Ohio, Massachusetts and California have found the initiative process to be an excellent way of directly involving average citizens in state government decision making. Average voters should not be looked upon as little children who need to be protected against themselves. They have common sense and good judgment for making responsible decisions on tough policy questions that affect their lives and pocket-books."[6]


  • Fenwick High School (1967)
  • B.A. in international economics - Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University (1971)
  • J.D. Northwestern University School of Law (1980)

Political career

Governor of Illinois (2009-2015)

Quinn was the 41st Illinois Governor. Quinn, formerly the lieutenant governor, ascended to the governorship on January 29, 2009, after the Illinois State Senate impeached former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Quinn won election to a full term on November 2, 2010, which he began serving on January 10, 2011. He lost his bid for re-election in 2014. Quinn's term ended January 12, 2015, and he was succeeded by Republican Bruce Rauner.


State of the State address

In January 2014, Quinn gave his State of the State address, outlining his agenda for the year. It included a building program for Illinois, new early childhood education initiatives and a higher minimum wage. Quinn’s address provoked criticism from state Senators Kirk Dillard and Bill Brady, both unsuccessful Republican candidates for governor in 2014, as well as Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Dillard criticized Quinn for not addressing the rate at which residents were leaving the state. Topinka responded that Quinn would have to give further detail on how to pay for his proposed programs; Brady said the speech failed to outline anything useful or new.[7]

Pension reform

During the July 2013 legislative session, Quinn announced that Illinois state lawmakers would not be receiving another paycheck until the legislature found a fix to the growing debt from the public employee pension plan. The day before Quinn's announcement, the Illinois General Assembly ignored a deadline put forth by Quinn to pass the bill on pension reform. At that time, the state's debt from the pension plan had reached $100 billion because of "high borrowing costs, low credit ratings, and money being squeezed from social services." Quinn used his line-item veto power on a budget bill to eliminate lawmakers' pay for August 1 from the budget. Quinn's veto would trim $13.8 million from the budget by eliminating salaries and stipends for state lawmakers. Quinn voluntarily suspended his own pay until a deal could be reached. Judy Baar Topinka, then the state comptroller, questioned the legality of Quinn's budget cut. She promised to complete a legal review on Quinn's action before the scheduled date that lawmakers were supposed to receive their paychecks. Rep. Mike Smiddy (D) and other lawmakers were not surprised by Quinn's action, and had known for weeks that this could happen if the legislature did not find a solution to the pension debt problem. Quinn expressed hope that this act would force state lawmakers to resolve the problem quickly.[8][9][10]

On July 30, Speaker of the House Michael Madigan (D) and President of the Senate John Cullerton responded by filing a lawsuit against the governor, arguing the denial of pay was unconstitutional as it undermined the separation of powers, and they sought an injunction that would force the state comptroller to issue paychecks with interest.[11][12][13] On September 26, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Neil Cohen ruled that Quinn had to reinstate lawmakers' pay immediately. The judge declared Quinn's act of withholding paychecks as unconstitutional.[14]

Proposal to eliminate office of Illinois Lieutenant Governor

On April 11, 2013, the Illinois House of Representatives approved a proposal seeking to eliminate the position of lieutenant governor by constitutional amendment. In order for the measure to be passed, it must win approval of both the State Senate and Illinois voters. If the proposal is approved in a statewide public vote, the office will remain intact for one final term following the 2014 election.[15] After the bill passed in the state House, Quinn spoke out in favor of preserving the office, which he previously held for six years until former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's impeachment caused him to ascend to the governorship. "I believe in that office, for sure," he said of the lieutenant governor, who is empowered to oversee the Illinois River Coordinating Council, the state’s Rural Affairs Council and the Illinois Main Street Program, in addition to being first in the line of succession to take over in the event there is a vacancy in the governor's office. Next in line after the lieutenant governor is the attorney general. When Quinn was lieutenant governor under Blagovevich, he stretched the role of lieutenant governors beyond statutory bounds; he dedicated the office's resources and limited powers to issues such as finding aid for families of military service members. Quinn was the fifth of the state’s 46 previous lieutenant governors to have succeeded to the top job mid-term.

“There are some issues that fall between the cracks, and somebody has to stand up for those issues,” he said, and cited his work helping veterans. “It’s good to have a backup quarterback.”[16]

Gun control

According to Quinn spokeswoman Brooke Anderson, in 2013, the governor "believed strongly" that restrictions on semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines should be passed.[17]

High speed rail

In November 2010, Quinn reached out to Wisconsin’s train manufacturers and tried to get some of the state's high speed rail federal money. At the time, his administration was openly courting Talgo Inc., which was slated to build Wisconsin’s high speed rail cars.

Illinois received $1.2 billion in federal stimulus dollars earlier in 2010 to install high speed rail-lines across the state. Instead, Illinois planned to use the money to improve the lines that run from Chicago to St. Louis and install lines from Chicago to Madison, Wisconsin. Missouri and Wisconsin also received federal funding for high-speed rail lines. These states were supposed to finish Illinois’ projects when they cross into their states. However, with the Wisconsin election of Republican Scott Walker, the state's commitment to the $810 million project became unclear.

Quinn said that Illinois would be happy to take the extra federal money if Wisconsin refused it. “I’ve already talked to the vice president about it, Vice President Biden,” Quinn said. “I told him that if some states, Ohio and Wisconsin turn back money on high speed rail, we’ve got our hand up right away. We want to make sure we use that money in Illinois.”[18]

On December 23, 2010, the several entities involved in making the decision came to an agreement about how to proceed with development. The Illinois Department of Transportation, Amtrak and Union Pacific Railroad agreed on a deal that allowed federal funds to start flowing to the state. IDOT would administer the funds and Amtrak would be responsible for the running the trains. Union Pacific Railroad owns the track that the trains would run on.

“We’re very proud that this agreement has been reached,” said Josh Kauffman, spokesman for IDOT. “The agreement allows Illinois to access $1.1 billion in (federal) stimulus funds in order to move high-speed rail forward.” Quinn praised the agreement. “It’s a wonderful day for Illinoisans as we celebrate a milestone achievement towards becoming the first state in the nation to bring high-speed rail to fruition," he said in a press release.[19]

Civil unions

Quinn promised to sign legislation to legalize civil unions as soon as it landed on his desk. The law went into effect on June 1, 2011.[20]

Quinn entered the chamber during lawmakers' closing speeches, and later declared the bill’s passage "right." “I think it is the right thing to do because it’s the right of conscience of people of our state that they should have this right,” Quinn said. “I think it is important that we respect the diversity that we have in our state and be a tolerant state of Illinois.”[21]

Tax increase

The Illinois State Senate passed a plan for a two point income tax hike, from 3 percent to 5 percent. At the start of the 2011 session, Quinn met with Democratic leaders to speak about passing tax hike legislation in the House. Quinn advocated for a hike of at least 1 percent.

Senate President John Cullerton said the House was going to have to act first. "We already passed an income tax out of the Senate," Cullerton said (dead link). "So they're talking about getting the vote to pass an income tax out of the House."

House Republicans hesitated to support any tax increase without concessions from Quinn and legislative Democrats. State Rep Jil Tracy said while there had been talk of Medicaid, workers' comp and education reform, talk wouldn't get many votes. "I only hope there's been a lot of real reform talked about that's going to be shown in legislation," she said. "I'm not sure." Tracy said Democrats only wanted GOP votes as a shield against angry voters.[22]

Concealed carry

In May 2011, Gov. Quinn announced that he would veto the concealed carry bill on which the Illinois Legislature had voted, if it landed on his desk. The bill would allow Illinois residents to carry concealed firearms in public. That threat held little water because the bill had a lot of support and might win through a supermajority (71 votes in the House and 36 votes in the Senate) of votes from both chambers.

Rep. Brandon W. Phelps said he was trying to find enough support in the House to move the plan over to the Senate. Phelps said he wanted to call House Bill 148 for a vote on May 5, regardless of Quinn's opposition. "I just think that (Quinn) is wrong," Phelps said. "And you agree to disagree. Sometimes people within your own party disagree with what they say. And I totally disagree with him today."

Under HB 148, Illinois residents 21 and older could apply for permits to carry concealed firearms in public, except for places like schools, churches and inside state government buildings. Applicants would need to pass a written exam, firearms training exercises and background checks. "About two-thirds of the citizens of our state are steadfastly and strongly opposed to allow private citizens to carry loaded, concealed handguns in public places," Quinn said.

Sen. Gary Forby said the opponents of concealed carry mostly live in and around Chicago and that people downstate, and in other states, supported the idea. "I think all we are doing now, we are really helping the state of Illinois with what they got to do to get a license and stuff," Forby said. "So all you are going to do is put guns in peoples' good hands."

Quinn said the plan could lead to more violence. "I don't think that's healthy, if you are going to the grocery store," Quinn said. "You bump into somebody accidentally, and they take offense, they can pull out a loaded, concealed handgun to assuage their anger."

Sen. Larry Bomke said the plan would deter violence, because potential burglars would be less likely rob homeowners with guns. "I can only hope that he changes his mind once the bill gets to his desk," Bomke said. "And I feel fairly confident it will. But it will be important that we have enough votes, a supermajority, to override his decision if he chooses to veto the bill." Rep. Jason Barickman said lawmakers worked carefully to craft the plan. “At the end of the day, we certainly would appreciate the governor's support,” Barickman said. “But with him making it clear that he opposes this right, this constitutional right, this right that a mass number of people support. I think that we just have to continue lining up our legislative votes and push forward."[23]

Tax money taken from charities

On June 26, 2011, the News-Gazette (Champaign-Urbana, IL) reported that Quinn's Office of Management and Budget took $1.18 million from charitable donations made on Illinois tax returns to help pay the state's bills during fiscal year 2011. The money came from 11 "tax checkoff funds," financed by the contributions of Illinois taxpayers who can check off a box on their tax returns to automatically donate to one of several charities. A government spokesperson claimed the state was borrowing the money temporarily and would repay it within several months, but some of the affected charities complained the funds were being misused. Tracy Smith, executive director of Feeding Illinois, which runs a network of food banks, claimed the organization had yet to receive any tax checkoff money from the past two years of tax returns.[24]

Healthcare reform

The day after the United States House of Representatives narrowly passed the Senate reconciliation bill on health care reform, Governor Quinn stated proudly that, unlike other states, he would not be instructing his state's top law enforcer to oppose the reform measure through litigative efforts. Instead, he added, Illinois would warmly embrace it. Though the new health care legislation would expand Medicaid, Quinn argued that he didn't "think adding participants to the Medicaid rolls would add to Illinois' deficit," which stood at $12.8 billion at the time.[25][26]

Job creation ranking

In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals which ranked 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation record, Quinn was ranked number 30. The five governors omitted from the analysis all assumed office in 2013. The ranking was based on a comparison of the annual private sector growth rate in all 50 states using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.[27][28]

Lieutenant Governor of Illinois (2002-2009)

Quinn was elected Illinois Lieutenant Governor in November 2002. After winning the Democratic primary in March of that year, he ran together with Democratic gubernatorial nominee Rod Blagojevich in the general election. In March 2006, Quinn again secured the Democratic nomination, this time running unopposed. He and Blagojevich won re-election to their respective offices on November 7, 2006.

Prior to 2014, candidates for Illinois Governor and Lieutenant Governor ran separately in the primary election, and were then joined together as a ticket in the general election. The rule changed, effective 2014, so that now candidates for governor and lieutenant governor run together in both the primary and general election.)

Illinois State Treasurer (1991-1995)

After serving one term as Illinois State Treasurer, Quinn ran for the office of Illinois Secretary of State in 1994, losing in the general election to the incumbent (and future Governor) George H. Ryan.

On The Issues Vote Match

Pat Quinn's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Quinn is a Moderate Liberal. Quinn received a score of 62 percent on social issues and 33 percent on economic issues.Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; refs with no content must have a name

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[29]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Opposes
Support & expand free trade Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Favors Expand the military Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Favors Stay out of Iran Unknown
Privatize Social Security Favors Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: June 23, 2014.[30] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.



See also: Illinois gubernatorial election, 2014

Quinn lost his bid for re-election as Illinois Governor in 2014.[31] He was rated one of the most vulnerable incumbents facing re-election in 2014 gubernatorial election cycle.[32][2] Quinn selected former Chicago Public Schools director Paul Vallas as his running mate. Quinn and Vallas overcame Tio Hardiman and Brunell Donald in the Democratic primary election on March 18, but were defeated by the Republican ticket of Bruce Rauner and Evelyn Sanguinetti in the general election. The Libertarian ticket of Chad Grimm and Alex Cummings were also on the ballot. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Primary election
Governor and Lt. Governor of Illinois, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPat Quinn & Paul Vallas Incumbent 71.9% 321,818
Tio Hardiman & Brunell Donald 28.1% 125,500
Total Votes 447,318
Election Results via Illinois State Board of Elections.
General election
Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBruce Rauner/Evelyn Sanguinetti 50.3% 1,823,627
     Democratic Pat Quinn/Paul Vallas Incumbent 46.3% 1,681,343
     Libertarian Chad Grimm/Alex Cummings 3.4% 121,534
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0% 1,186
Total Votes 3,627,690
Election Results via Illinois State Board of Elections.

Race background

Challenges for Gov. Quinn

Current incumbent Pat Quinn, a Democrat who went from lieutenant governor to governor following Rod Blagojevich's 2009 impeachment, won a full term in 2010 and lost his bid for re-election in 2014 to Republican Bruce Rauner. According to multiple outside ratings, Quinn was among the most vulnerable governors in the 2014 electoral cycle.[33]

Incumbent Lt. Gov Sheila Simon (D) announced in February 2013 that she would not run for re-election in 2014 alongside Quinn, her 2010 running mate. Simon said she wanted to seek a new office that would allow her to have a "greater impact," and later declared her candidacy for state comptroller.[34][35] Simon's thinly veiled swipe at the office's impact was followed shortly thereafter by the Illinois House of Representatives' approval of a proposal seeking to eliminate the position of lieutenant governor altogether by constitutional amendment, effective after the 2018 election. In order for the measure to be passed, it would need the approval of both the State Senate and Illinois voters.[36] Quinn said he wanted “a people person” to replace Simon, and ultimately settled on former Chicago public schools chief Paul Vallas.[37]

The 2014 electoral cycle marked the first time in Illinois history that candidates for the offices of governor and lieutenant governor ran on a single ticket in the primary election phase. Spurred by the 2010 election fiasco when Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor Scott Lee Cohen had to drop out of the race after being arrested on charges of steroid use and domestic battery, the new joint ticket rule intended to increase the importance of the lieutenant governor based on its partnership with the governor. In theory, allowing gubernatorial candidates to handpick their running mates for the primary would cause campaigns to "better define their priorities for voters and cover more ground as election season gets underway."[37]

As of March 2015, Illinois is one of 7 Democratic state government trifectas. In such a blue state, it was expected that Quinn's biggest threat in 2014 would come from a fellow Democrat. The potential primary challenges for Quinn included William "Bill" Daley, a past U.S. Commerce Secretary and White House chief of staff, and attorney general Lisa Madigan. Quinn dodged both bullets as both potential challengers removed themselves from contention by September 2013. Madigan dropped her long anticipated bid in June 2013 in order to seek another term as attorney general.[38][39][40] In September 2013, after a promising first stretch of campaigning, Daley abruptly ended his campaign for the Democratic nomination.[41][40] Called "a member of Chicago's first political family," for his relation to two of Chicago's longest-reigning mayors, Daley's departure in particular was a coup for Quinn, whose apparently bleak re-election prospects improved markedly in his absence.[42]

Quinn was the fifth out of a total of 46 previous Illinois lieutenant governors to have succeeded to the governorship mid-term. As governor, Quinn emphasized improving the state government's ethical standards and protecting public-sector labor unions. His tenure was marred by steep, deeply unpopular budget cuts and tax increases stemming from long-term state debt among other issues that contributed to his status among the least popular governors facing re-election in 2014.[43]


Bruce Rauner earned the endorsement of the Chicago Tribune prior to the general election.[44] The Chicago Tribune traditionally endorses Republican candidates for statewide and national office, with the notable exception of the paper's endorsement for Barack Obama (D) in the 2008 presidential election.[45]

Third-party candidates

Quinn and Rauner ran against Libertarian candidate Chad Grimm. There were three other third party tickets in race, led by Michael Oberline (Constitution) Scott Summers (Green) and Michael Hawkins (Independent), until an August 22 petition challenge ruling by the Illinois State Board of Elections disqualified their respective parties from appearing on the November 4 ballot. It was the first time in a decade that the Libertarian Party, which survived the signature challenge, was the only minor party to compete for Illinois statewide office in the general election.[46]

Primary review, cross-party vote phenomenon

On September 3, 2013, individuals aiming to qualify for a slot on the March 2014 primary ballot began gathering signatures. The filing period for major party primary candidates ended on December 2, 2013, with only one Democrat, Tio Hardiman, filing to go up against Quinn. On the Republican end, candidates included state Sens. Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard, state treasurer Dan Rutherford and venture capitalist Bruce Rauner. Early polls showed Rutherford as the front-runner for the GOP nomination, but Rauner rocketed ahead of the pack by November 2013 and maintained a 15-point average lead up to the March primary, which he won.[47]

A newcomer to politics, Rauner achieved the name recognition he needed to overcome his more established opponents with the help of massive campaign spending totaling nearly $14 million, including $6 million of his own money—the highest amount a candidate has ever spent on his own primary campaign for governor in Illinois.[48][49]

Unofficial results from the March 18 primaries revealed some steep deviations from typical voting behaviors recorded in past elections. Based on the breakdown of votes in the Republican and Democratic gubernatorial primaries provided by the Chicago Tribune on election night, Ballot Access News analyzed what appeared to be a spectacularly low turnout of Democratic voters (438,112 votes) in the party's nominally contested primary. They detected that hundreds of thousands of Democratic voters must have taken advantage of the state's mixed-hybrid primary system to vote the Republican ballot instead of their own. Under Illinois' primary rules, voters can change parties each year but must declare a party affiliation at the polls. Depending on which party is chosen, the voter will then be counted as registered for that party. Voters may change party affiliation at polls or caucus.[50]

The mass cross-over by Democrats was linked to one specific issue highlighted in this year's GOP governor's race: government employee unions. Most of the Democrats who participated in the Republican primary did so in order to ensure Kirk Dillard, who sided with the unions in the state senate, would lose to Bruce Rauner, who promised to curtail union influence.[51]

In Illinois, the last time more votes were cast in the Republican than the Democratic gubernatorial primary was 1986; not since the 1940s had so few votes been cast in a Democratic gubernatorial primary election. Compared to the last five Illinois gubernatorial elections, there was no significant spike in Republican votes in 2014, indicating the trend reversal was caused by a tremendous drop in Democratic gubernatorial primary votes cast.[51]


Debate media

October 9 debate
October 9 debate

Bruce Rauner (R) and Pat Quinn (D) shared barbs over past executive experiences during a debate hosted by the League of Women Voters of Illinois and WTVP. Quinn criticized Rauner as a political novice who had not been effective at turning around businesses as an equity investor. He cited bankruptcy proceedings for a nursing home operator run by Rauner's firm that was sued for wrongful deaths as signs of "businesses that went wrong" under the Republican candidate's watch. Rauner responded by pointing to poor state management of a $54.5 million anti-violence grant that has been under investigation by federal officials. The Republican candidate claimed that Quinn and state Democrats used the funds to shore up African American votes in the state, while Quinn argued that he eliminated the program when irregularities were brought to his attention.[52]

Quinn asserted that the state's economic fortunes improved in the past four years, with increases in jobs throughout the state and decreased unemployment. Rauner repeatedly used the term "failure" to describe Quinn's gubernatorial experience, claiming that "a small group of Chicago machine politicians" led the state down the wrong path.[52]


Quinn's 2014 re-election campaign is endorsed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel.[53]


See also: Illinois gubernatorial election, 2010

Quinn was elected on a ticket with Sheila Simon. The pair defeated Bill Brady/Jason Plummer (R), Rich Whitney/Don W. Crawford (G), Lex Green/Ed Rutledge (L) and Scott Lee Cohen/Baxter B. Swilley (I) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[54]

Quinn's competition in the February 2, 2010 Democratic Party primary was Illinois State Comptroller Dan Hynes.[55] After a long election night, Quinn emerged victorious over Hynes in the Democratic race. The two spoke a day or two after the vote about coming together for the November election[56].

Governor and Lt. Governor of Illinois, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPat Quinn & Sheila Simon Incumbent 46.8% 1,745,219
     Republican Bill Brady & Jason Plummer 45.9% 1,713,385
     Independent Scott Lee Cohen & Baxter Swilley 3.6% 135,705
     Green Rich Whitney & Don Crawford 2.7% 100,756
     Libertarian Lex Green & Ed Ruthledge 0.9% 34,681
     None Write-in 0% 243
Total Votes 3,729,989

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Quinn is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Quinn raised a total of $27,122,201 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 8, 2013.[57]

Pat Quinn (Former governor of Illinois)'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Governor of Illinois Not up for election $1,597,763
2010 Governor of Illinois Won $24,000,701
2008 Lieutenant Governor of Illinois Not up for election $386,851
2006 Lieutenant Governor of Illinois Won $238,161
2004 Lieutenant Governor of Illinois Not up for election $199,086
2002 Lieutenant Governor of Illinois Won $589,835
1998 Lieutenant Governor of Illinois Defeated $109,804
Grand Total Raised $27,122,201


Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Pat Quinn's donors each year.[58] Click [show] for more information.


Quinn owns a home in Chicago's Galewood neighborhood. He is the father of two grown sons, Patrick and David.[1]

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Office of the Governor
207 State House
Springfield, IL 62706
Phone: 217-782-0244
TTY: 888-261-3336

Office of the Governor
James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph, 16-100
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  18. "Quinn Tries to Get Wisconsin Jobs, Federal Money for Illinois," Illinois Statehouse News, November 11, 2010
  19. "High-speed rail agreement reached," Illinois Statehouse News, December 23, 2010
  20. "Civil unions to become law in summer — then what?" Illinois Statehouse News, December 1, 2010
  21. "Civil unions gain House passage; medical marijuana, death penalty on hold," Illinois Statehouse News, December 1, 2010
  22. "Dem leaders talk tax hike," Illinois Statehouse News, January 4, 2011
  23. "Gov’s threatened veto of concealed carry may not matter," Illinois Statehouse News, May 3, 2011
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Political offices
Preceded by
Rod Blagojevich (D)
Governor of Illinois
January 29, 2009 – January 12, 2015
Succeeded by
Bruce Rauner (R)