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{{stategov}}{{tnr}}The '''Illinois gubernatorial election of 2010''' will be held on [[November 2, 2010 election results|November 2, 2010]] following a [[Primary election dates in 2010|primary election]] on February 2, 2010.<ref>[http://www.thegreenpapers.com/G10/gpaag.phtml ''The Green Papers'', "2010 Gubernatorial Primaries at a Glance"]</ref>
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The deadline for submission of nominating signatures to qualify for the primary ballot was November 2, 2009.
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In the '''Illinois gubernatorial election of 2010''', held on [[November 2, 2010 election results|November 2, 2010]], [[Democrat]] [[Pat Quinn]] defeated [[Republican]] [[Bill Brady]].  Quinn has been serving as the appointed incumbent [[Governor of Illinois|Governor]] since Rod Blagojevich was removed from office.
  
Democrat [[Pat Quinn]], the incumbent, fended off his primary challengers while the Republicans nominated [[Bill Brady]] to face him in November.
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Following the February 2, 2010  pr imary elections, Pat Quinn secured a narrow victory over Dan Hynes while Bill Brady faced a very competitive field with half a dozen contenders; he won the nomination by a tenth of a point.
  
Polls are open from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm, local time, on all election days.  Registration deadlines are 28 days prior to election day for both primary and general elections.<ref>[http://www.elections.il.gov/InfoForVoters.aspx ''Illinois State Board of Elections'', "Information for Voters", accessed July 7, 2010]</ref>
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Also in the race was [[Scott Lee Cohen]], who initially won the [[Democratic]] nomination for [[Lieutenant Governor of Illinois|Lieutenant Governor]] before disclosures about his personal life compelled him to leave the race.  A millionaire who owns a series of pawn shops, Cohen re-entered the race as a self-funded Independent candidate for the governorship.
  
The [[Congressional Quarterly Gubernatorial Race Tracker for 2010]] still ranks the race as "Leans Democratic" as of June 2010.<ref>[http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=ratings-governor ''CQ Politics'', "Race Ratings Chart 2010: Governor"]</ref>
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The race reached the zenith (or nadir) of silliness when Democrat Pat Quinn, struggling to make up ground, accused his Republican opponent of supporting a bill to kill puppies.<ref>[http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2010/oct/12/pat-quinn/pat-quinn-blasts-bill-brady-sponsoring-bill-pet-eu/ ''PolitiFact'', "Pat Quinn blasts Bill Brady for sponsoring bill on pet euthanasia in Illinois gubernatorial race", September 30, 2010]</ref> In fact, the bill regulated shelters' practices when they euthanize animals.
  
The [[Cook Political Report]] ranks the race as "Toss up" as of June 17.<ref>[http://www.cookpolitical.com/charts/governors/raceratings_2010-06-17_09-35-40.php ''Cook Political Report'', "Gubernatorial races 2010]</ref>
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==November 2, 2010 general election results==
  
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As of December 8, 2010, official results are available from the Secretary of State.<ref>[http://www.elections.il.gov/Downloads/ElectionInformation/VoteTotals/2010GEOfficialVote.pdf Illinois State Board of Elections'', "2010 General Election Official Vote Totals Book", december 8, 2010, accesed December 21, 2010]</ref>
  
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|candidate2 = [[Bill Brady]] & Jason Plummer
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|candidate3=[[Scott Lee Cohen]] & Baxter Swilley
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|candidate5=[[Lex Green]] & Ed Ruthledge
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==Inauguration and transition==
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! colspan="5" | The November Ballot – Who's Made It? [[Illinois]] Governor<ref>[http://www.elections.il.gov/ElectionInformation/CandList.aspx?SearchType=office&ListType=RESULTS%20OF%20SEARCH%20BY%20OFFICE&ElectionID=29&ElectionType=GE&ElectionDate=11/2/2010&QueryType=CANDIDATE&OfficeIDSearchType=Matches&OfficeID=5370&StatusSearchType=Matches&Status=AP&OrderBy=ORDER%20BY%20OfficeBallotGroup,%20OfficeSequence,%20PartySequence,%20BracketID,%20vwCandidates.ID ''Illinois State Board of Elections'', “Candidate List, General Election, 11/2/10”, accessed September 6, 2010]</ref>
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! colspan="2" style="width: 17em" |Nominee
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! style="width: 15em" |Affiliation
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| colspan="2" |[[Pat Quinn]], with Sheila Simon
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| align="right" |Democrat
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| colspan="2" |[[Bill Brady]], with Jason Plummer
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| align="right" |Republican
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| colspan="2" |[[Rich Whitney]], with Don W. Crawford
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| align="right" |Green
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| colspan="2" |[[Lex Green]], with Ed Rutledge
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| align="right" |Libertarian
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| colspan="2" |[[Scott Lee Cohen]], with Baxter B. Swilley
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| align="right" |Independent
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| colspan="6" |This lists candidates who won their state's primary or convention, or who were unopposed, and who have since been officially certified for the November ballot by their state's election authority.
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==Race ratings==
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===Inaugural date===
 
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See also: [[Gubernatorial elections, 2010 | Gubernatorial elections 2010, Race tracking]]
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! colspan="5" | 2010 Race Rankings [[Illinois]]
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! colspan="2" style="width: 17em" |Race Tracker
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| colspan="2" |The Cook Political Report<ref>[http://www.cookpolitical.com/governors#belowMap  '' The Cook Political'', “Governors: Race Ratings”]</ref>
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| align="right" |Toss-up
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| colspan="2" |Congressional Quarterly Politics<ref>[http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=ratings-governor ''CQ Politics'', “2010 Race Ratings: Governors”]</ref>
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| align="right" | Leans Democratic
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| colspan="2" | Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball<ref>[http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/category/2010-governor/  ''Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball''', “2010 Governor Ratings”]</ref>
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| align="right" | Leans Republican
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| colspan="2" | Rasmussen Reports Gubernatorial Scorecard<ref>[http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2010/election_2010_governor_elections/election_2010_gubernatorial_scorecard  ''Rasmussen Reports''', “Election 2010: Scorecard Ratings”]</ref>
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| align="right" | Leans Republican
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| colspan="2" |The Rothenberg Political Report<ref>[http://rothenbergpoliticalreport.com/ratings/governor/2010-gubernatorial-ratings-august-27-2010 ''Rothenberg Political Report'', “Governor Ratings”]</ref>
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| align="right" | Lean Republican
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| colspan="2" style="text-align: right; margin-right: 0.5em" | '''Overall Call'''
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| align="right"            | '''Republican'''
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4. Rasmussen moves race from "Solid Republican" to "Leans Republican" following October 6th polling.
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3. Rasmussen moves race from "Toss-up" to "Solid Republican" following September 12th poll.<ref>[http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2010/election_2010_governor_elections/election_2010_gubernatorial_scorecard ''Rasmussen Reports'', "Scorecard Ratings: Illinois Governor Moves From Toss-Up to Solid Republican ", September 13, 2010[</ref>
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2. Rasmussen moves race from "Leans GOP" back to "Toss-up" following August 22nd poll.
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1. Rasmussen moves race from "Toss-up" to "Leans GOP" following August 12th poll.
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==Race background==
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The gubernatorial race in Illinois in 2010 is one of the most analyzed and significant races of the year. In 2008, former Governor [[Rod Blagojevich]] was indicted and arrested on a host of corruption charges. Illinois has a storied past of corrupt politicians, and the Blagojevich incident both highlighted that past and undercut faith in government almost entirely in a state that had little enough to begin with.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1208/16391.html "Why Is Illinois So Corrupt?"]</ref> Blagojevich's ties to President Obama, former Illinois state senator as well as a former U.S. Senator from Illinois, further complicated the situation for the state.<ref>[http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/politics/story/A1D5D0A7E50A9929862576B900034B2F?OpenDocument "Illinois GOP hopes scandal leads to opportunity"]</ref>
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===Key issues===
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In 2010, voters top concerns include wasteful spending, trustworthy governance, fiscal responsibility, and ethics, due in large part to the Blagojevich scandal<ref>[http://www.sj-r.com/news/x1136814028/Gubernatorial-candidates-tout-ethics-reform Gubernatorial candidates tout ethics reform]</ref>. The incumbent, Governor Pat Quinn, was appointed to replace Blagojevich, having previously served as his Lt. Governor.
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Some specific campaign issues include the expansion of Chicago's O'Hare airport<ref>[http://www.chicagobusiness.com/cgi-bin/news.pl?id=36490]</ref>, a potential tax increase of up to 50% proposed by Governor Quinn<ref>[http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-quinn-tax-hike-13mar13,0,7352846.story]</ref>, and Illinois' economy<ref>[http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2010/01/21/states_financial_woes_take_center_stage_at_gop_gubernatorial_debate State's financial woes take center stage at GOP gubernatorial debate]</ref> and high unemployment<ref>[http://www.allgov.com/ViewNews/Half_of_US_States_Have_Run_Out_of_Money_for_Unemployment_Insurance_100121 Half of US States Have Run Out Of Money For Unemployment Insurance]</ref>.
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Historically, Illinois has shifted from strongly Democratic to strongly Republican more than once. Long considered a battleground state, it has been considered solidly blue for some years now. That trend may count against Republicans in the general election. However, some suggest anti-incumbent sentiment and continuing economic woes may prove beneficial to the GOP in 2010, as happened with the victory of [[Scott Brown]] in the [[U.S._Senate_special_election,_Massachusetts,_2010|Massachusetts special election]] in January, 2010.<ref>[http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/metro/massachusetts-win-could-have-illinois-effect Mass. GOP Win Could Have Illinois Effect]</ref>
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===Polling performance===
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While Quinn's struggles with the state's fiscal disarray are showing in his approval as governor, it is having far less impact on the coming election.  Fully a third of Illinois' citizens 'strongly disapprove' of the incumbent's job, yet he picks up 40% in the latest polls against Brady.<ref>[http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2010/election_2010_governor_elections/illinois/toplines/toplines_illinois_governor_july_7_2010 ''Rasmussen Reports'', "Toplines - Illinois Governor - July 7, 2010", July 7, 2010]</ref>  The same poll shows Republican Bill Brady holding a small lead at 43%, down four points from June.  Brady's decline and Quinn's gain mean the latter has made up more than three-fourths of the gap he faced just after Memorial Day and the start of the summer campaign season.
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Quinn's pick-up in the polls may be a response to his recent announcement of plans to trim $1 billion in state government spending in response to Illinois' fiscal crisis, one of the worst budget gaps in the nation.  Earlier in the summer, the legislature adjourned, leaving a $13 billion deficit for the governor to address.  It may also owe something to name recognition and the benefits of incumbency.  For better or worse, almost all potential voters have an opinion on Pat Quinn, while Rasmussen's July 7, 2010 polling found 15% had no definite opinion of Brady.
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On July 7, 2010, Rasmussen released numbers showing that while Democrat Pat Quinn has narrowed the gap, he was still behind the GOP's Bill Brady, suggesting that the fall-out from Blagojevich's impeachment and the former governor's recent return to the headlines may still be hurting Democratic hopes.  However, Brady's lead at this point was small, 43% to Quinn's 40%.<ref>[http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2010/election_2010_governor_elections/illinois/election_2010_illinois_governor ''Rasmussen Reports'', "Illinois Governor: Brady (R) 43%, Quinn (D) 40%", July 9, 2010]</ref>  Supporters of third party candidates and undecided voters may have significant impact at the November polls.
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Prior surveys of likely voters had found Quinn to be facing a much steeper deficit going back to early March, just after the primaries.<ref>[http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2010/election_2010_governor_elections/illinois/illinois_governor_brady_r_45_quinn_d_38 ''Rasmussen Reports'', "Illinois Governor: Brady (R) 45%, Quinn (D) 38%", April 30, 2010]</ref> <ref>[http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2010/election_2010_governor_elections/illinois/illinois_governor_brady_45_quinn_38 ''Rasmussen Reports'', "Illinois Governor: Brady 45%, Quinn 38%", April 8, 2010]</ref> <ref>[http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2010/election_2010_governor_elections/illinois/illinois_governor_brady_47_quinn_37 ''Rasmussen Reports'', "Illinois Governor: Brady 47%, Quinn 37%", March 9, 2010]</ref>  In June 2010, he was behind Brady 36% to 47%.<ref>[http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2010/election_2010_governor_elections/illinois/illinois_governor_brady_r_47_quinn_d_36 ''Rasmussen reports'', " Illinois Governor: Brady (R) 47%, Quinn (D) 36%", June 10, 2010]</ref>
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===Scott Lee Cohen as a potential spoiler===
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The re-emergence of a former Democratic nominee as an Independent candidate is threatening to siphon just enough votes from [[Pat Quinn | Pat Quinn's]] re-election bid to tip the election to Republican [[Bill Brady]].
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Scott Lee Cohen, a pawnbroker whose business has made him a millionaire, jumped into the race in August of 2009.  He was initially competing for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination before withdrawing to allow Pat Quinn to enjoy an uncontested field.  He refiled to run for the [[Illinois lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010 | lt. gubernatorial nomination]] and won that primary on February 2, 2010.
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He soon disclosed personal information relating to a marriage that ended in divorce and to a former girlfriend, which led to calls from fellow Illinois Democrats, including incumbent Governor [[Pat Quinn]], that he withdraw.<ref>[http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703894304575047614192114220.html ''Wall Street Journal'', "Illinois Democrats Pressure Nominee", February 6, 2010]</ref>  While Cohen was adamant that he would not withdraw when he spoke to media on February 4th, rumors were swirling that he was seeking a graceful exit and he officially resigned his nomination on February 7, 2010.<ref>[http://www.npr.org/blogs/politicaljunkie/2010/02/scott_lee_cohen_withdraws_as_d.html ''NPR'', "Scott Lee Cohen Withdraws As Dem LG Nominee In Illinois", February 8, 2010]</ref>
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However, in late April, he confirmed stories that he was exploring an independent gubernatorial bid and had paid a private polling firm to survey voters on their receptiveness to his potential candidacy.<ref>[http://wonkette.com/415027/scary-loser-scott-lee-cohen-will-be-governor-of-illinois ''Wonkette'', "Scary Loser Scott Lee Cohen Will Be Governor of Illinois", April 26, 2010]</ref>  He indeed filed to run as an Independent on May 3, 2010 and successfully submitted 130,000 signatures to petition onto the ballot.
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Third party analysts give Cohen very little chance of winning but his presence in the race where the two major party nominees are polling so closely and his personal fortune make him a prime candidate to play spoiler.<ref>[http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704216804575423690475446712.html?mod=djemPolitics_t ''Wall Street Journal'', "Pawnbroker Campaigns for Redemption
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Newly elected to a full term in his own right, [[Pat Quinn]] and running mate [[Sheila Simon]] began their term on January 12, 2011.
After Tearful Exit Under Pressure From Illinois Democrats, Cohen's New Bid Could Spoil Party's Chances in Governor's Race", August 19, 2010]</ref>
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Cohen admits to disappointment and anger over the pressure form Democrats for him to give up his nomination, but says his newest effort to win election is about Illinois' political culture's need for an outsider more than about vengeance.
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===Transition team===
  
As he told reporters, "I am not perfect, but I am honest. Illinois needs honesty more than perfection."
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Governor Quinn did not announce any major changes to his administration ahead of beginning his elected term.
  
 
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==Candidates==
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==Race ratings==
  
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See also: [[2010 gubernatorial race trackers | Gubernatorial elections 2010, Race tracking]]
  
The Illinois Secretary of State maintains a list of candidates.<ref>[http://www.elections.il.gov/ElectionInformation/CandList.aspx?SearchType=OfficeID&ElectionID=29&OfficeID=5370&OrderBy=ORDER%20BY%20OfficeBallotGroup,%20OfficeSequence,%20PartySequence,%20BracketID,%20vwCandidates.ID ''Illinois State Board of Elections'', "Candidate List: General Election 11/2/2010", accessed July 7, 2010]</ref>
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5. Rothenberg moved race from "Lean Republican" to "Toss-up Tilting Republican" on October 28th.
  
* [[Dan Hynes]], the current [[Illinois_Comptroller|Illinois State Comptroller]], conceded to Quinn on February 4, 2010.
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4. Rasmussen moved race from "Solid Republican" to "Leans Republican" following October 6th polling.
* Incumbent [[Pat Quinn]]
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'''Withdrawn'''
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3. Rasmussen moved race from "Toss-up" to "Solid Republican" following September 12th poll.<ref>[http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2010/election_2010_governor_elections/election_2010_gubernatorial_scorecard ''Rasmussen Reports'', "Scorecard Ratings: Illinois Governor Moves From Toss-Up to Solid Republican ", September 13, 2010]</ref>
  
* [[Scott Lee Cohen]] withdrew his Democratic candidacy on March 5, 2010, leaving Gov. Quinn unopposed for his party's nod.  Cohen has since refiled as an Independent candidate.
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* Attorney [[Ed Scanlan]]<ref>[http://www.scanlanforgov.com/news/thank-you/ Campaign announcement]</ref>
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* [[William "Dock" Walls]]<ref>[http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/clout_st/2009/12/two-democratic-governor-candidates-drop-out.html "Two Democratic governor candidates drop out"]</ref> (endorsed Dan Hynes)<ref>[http://www.swnewsherald.com/news_frontpage/2010/01/012010lb_hynes.php "Local Democrats Give Endorsements to Hynes"]</ref>  Walls has also since refiled to run as an Independent.
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* Businessman [[Adam Andrzejewski]]
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* [[Bill Brady]], an [[Illinois State Senate|Illinois State Senator]]
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* [[Kirk Dillard]], an [[Illinois State Senate|Illinois State Senator]]
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* [[Andy McKenna]], a former chairman of the Illinois Republican Party
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* Journalist [[Dan Proft]]
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* [[Jim Ryan]], a former [[Illinois Attorney General]]
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* [[Bob Schillerstrom]], chair of the DuPage County Board, exited the race in late January and endorsed Jim Ryan.  However, he remained on the ballot and drew a small percentage of primary votes. (endorsed Jim Ryan)<ref>[http://illinoishomepage.net/content/fulltext/?cid=128512 "Bob Schillerstrom Leaves IL Governor's Race, Endorses R."]</ref>
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===Constitution===
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===Green Party===
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* Attorney [[Rich Whitney]]<ref>[http://www.whitneyforgov.org/joomla/index.php campaign website]</ref>, a founding members of Illinois' Green Party
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===Independent===
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* [[Scott Lee Cohen]]
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* [[Greg Moore]]
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* [[William Walls,, III]]
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* [[Christopher Pedersen]], an attorney, has simultaneously filed to run for every office on the November ballot and is currently facing three pending objections to his candidacy.<ref>[http://www.elections.il.gov/ElectionInformation/CandDetail.aspx?CandidateID=16390&ElectionID=29 ''Illinois State Board of Elections'', "Christopher Pedersen, Candidate Detail", accessed July 7 2010]</ref>
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==Impact of Massachusetts Special Election==
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In January, 2010, the [[U.S._Senate_special_election,_Massachusetts,_2010|special election in Massachusetts]] to fill the seat formerly held by Ted Kennedy resulted in a win for the GOP. In the wake of the election of [[Scott Brown]], pundits and analysts discussed the impact of the win in terms of a possible political landscape shift for Democrats across the spectrum in 2010.
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The fallout of the GOP win in Massachusetts was predicted to be far-reaching. Massachusetts is widely regarded as the quintessential blue state, despite the majority of registered voters self-identifying as independents. Prior to December of 2009, conventional wisdom held that Republicans were unelectable to national office from the state. Post-election analysis, however, shows that Scott Brown's focus on national security, opposition to the closing of Guantanamo Bay, and theme of fiscal responsibility resonated with both independents and democrats across the state. Conditions in the 2010 governor's race in Illinois match up with the Massachusetts senate race on several levels. Both offices were formerly held by Democrats replaced mid-term. Both states have worsening unemployment numbers and economic troubles. Both states are dominated by the majority party and are experiencing incumbency fatigue.
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It has been suggested that with the GOP victory in Massachusetts, independent voters in states like Illinois may become energized.<ref>[http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/illinoisnews/story/8955000C1A4C46C2862576B20017583C?OpenDocument]</ref> Nationally, tea party activists and conservative movement organizations are capable of raising vast amounts of money for local or state races. In the general gubernatorial election, that nationwide enthusiasm for party change may translate into significant campaign money for the eventual GOP candidate.
+
  
 
==Polling==
 
==Polling==
  
Improbably even given the much-predicted GOP wave of 2010, the Republican are steadily polling ahead in Illinois' gubernatorial race.
+
===Four-way polling===
 
+
Illinois Dems may be wishing they'd moved differently in handling the complicated fall-out from former-Governor Blagojevich's ignominious exit from office.  Meanwhile, their Congressional counterparts may be rethinking the decision to mete out a comparatively mild punishment to Sen. Roland Burris, Barack Obama's replacement, over ethical questions about his own appointment to the Senate.
+
 
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Burris is not seeking election for a full term in his own right and the race for his seat as Illinois' junior Senator is tied between fellow Democrat Alexi Giannoulias and Republican Mark Kirk, spreading resources and attention thin for both parties.
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The Chicago Tribune's own polling shows that voters are unsure of Bill Brady, but deeply dissatisfied with Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn.  Quinn suffers especially on negative ratings, incurring the wrath of over half his constituents.<ref>[http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/elections/ct-met-tribune-poll-governor-20100903,0,2106516.story ''The Chicago Tribune'', "Brady holds slim lead over Quinn", September 3, 2010]</ref>
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! colspan="7" | 2010 Four-Way Race for Illinois Governor - Rasmussen Reports<ref>[http://www.rasmussenreports.com/state/Illinois ''Rasmussen Reports'', “State Profiles: Illinois”, accessed August 30, 2010]</ref>
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! colspan="8" | 2010 Four-Way Race for Illinois Governor - Rasmussen Reports<ref>[http://www.rasmussenreports.com/state/Illinois ''Rasmussen Reports'', “State Profiles: Illinois”, accessed August 30, 2010]</ref>
 
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| colspan="2" | October 20, 2010<ref>[http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2010/election_2010_governor_elections/illinois/election_2010_illinois_governor ''Rasmussen Reports'', “Election 2010: Illinois Governor: Brady (R) Still Leads Quinn (D) in Crowded Race”, October 21, 2010]</ref>
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| align="right" | 2%
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| align="right" | 6%
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| align="right" | 1%
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| align="right" | 8%
 
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| colspan="2" | October 12, 2010<ref>[http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2010/election_2010_governor_elections/illinois/election_2010_illinois_governor ''Rasmussen Reports'', “Election 2010: Illinois Governor: Brady (R) Still Ahead in Four-Way Race”, October 14, 2010]</ref>  
 
| colspan="2" | October 12, 2010<ref>[http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2010/election_2010_governor_elections/illinois/election_2010_illinois_governor ''Rasmussen Reports'', “Election 2010: Illinois Governor: Brady (R) Still Ahead in Four-Way Race”, October 14, 2010]</ref>  
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===Three-way polling===
 
===Three-way polling===
 
  
 
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===Two-way polling===
 
===Two-way polling===
 
 
  
 
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===Five-way polling===
 
===Five-way polling===
 
 
While national level pollsters have concentrated on a two way race between the major party candidates, at least one survey company has asked respondents about all five candidates who will officially appear on the ballot.  Both Brady and Quinn, the major party names in the race, see their vote share drop when voters are presented with additional options.  Legal troubles or not, Scott Lee Cohen has the personal wealth to finance a serious campaign.  Too, the Green Party's Richard Whitney is getting approximately 10% support.  Neither one of them may be set to take the race, but individually, they each represent spoiler potential. 
 
 
Together, they are taking 12% of the vote in Chicago, Pat Quinn's strongest area.  The "We Ask America" poll, taken on September 13, 2010, found more bad news for the Democrats in breaking down voter preferences by party affiliation.  Democrat Pat Quinn picks up just under 10% of Republicans, but his GOP challenger, Bill Brady, gets 15% support from registered Democrats.  All three third-party candidates draw more support from Dems than from Republicans.  The kicker might be that almost one-in-five Democratic voters reports being undecided, a number almost three times higher then the equivalent level of indecision among the GOP.  The bottom line of all this is that Quinn's campaign is suffering from incumbent fatigue, losing support to minor party candidates, and finding itself unable to convince a large chunk of Illinois' Democrats that he's the best choice.
 
 
  
 
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==Campaign finance==
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==Race background==
  
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The gubernatorial race in Illinois in 2010 was one of the most analyzed and significant races of the year. In 2008, former Governor [[Rod Blagojevich]] was indicted and arrested on a host of corruption charges. Illinois has a storied past of corrupt politicians, and the Blagojevich incident both highlighted that past and undercut faith in government almost entirely in a state that had little enough to begin with.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1208/16391.html "Why Is Illinois So Corrupt?"]</ref> Blagojevich's ties to President Obama, former Illinois state senator as well as a former U.S. Senator from Illinois, further complicated the situation for the state.<ref>[http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/politics/story/A1D5D0A7E50A9929862576B900034B2F?OpenDocument "Illinois GOP hopes scandal leads to opportunity"]</ref>
  
 +
===Key issues===
  
 +
In 2010, voters top concerns included wasteful spending, trustworthy governance, fiscal responsibility, and ethics, due in large part to the Blagojevich scandal<ref>[http://www.sj-r.com/news/x1136814028/Gubernatorial-candidates-tout-ethics-reform Gubernatorial candidates tout ethics reform]</ref>. The incumbent, Governor Pat Quinn, was appointed to replace Blagojevich, having previously served as his Lt. Governor.
  
The Illinois State Board of Elections makes PDFs of all reports and addenda for candidates available free and online at their "[http://www.elections.il.gov/ Elections]" site.
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Some specific campaign issues included the expansion of Chicago's O'Hare airport<ref>[http://www.chicagobusiness.com/cgi-bin/news.pl?id=36490]</ref>, a potential tax increase of up to 50% proposed by Governor Quinn<ref>[http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-quinn-tax-hike-13mar13,0,7352846.story]</ref>, and Illinois' economy<ref>[http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2010/01/21/states_financial_woes_take_center_stage_at_gop_gubernatorial_debate State's financial woes take center stage at GOP gubernatorial debate]</ref> and high unemployment<ref>[http://www.allgov.com/ViewNews/Half_of_US_States_Have_Run_Out_of_Money_for_Unemployment_Insurance_100121 Half of US States Have Run Out Of Money For Unemployment Insurance]</ref>.
  
Candidates for for 2010 are most easily searchable using the "[http://www.elections.il.gov/CampaignDisclosure/ContributionsSearchByCandidates.aspx Contributions Search - By Candidates page]"
+
Historically, Illinois has shifted from strongly Democratic to strongly Republican more than once. Long considered a battleground state, it has been considered solidly blue for some years now. That trend counted against Republicans in the general election. However, some suggested anti-incumbent sentiment and continuing economic woes would prove beneficial to the GOP in 2010, as happened with the victory of [[Scott Brown]] in the [[U.S._Senate_special_election,_Massachusetts,_2010|Massachusetts special election]] in January, 2010.<ref>[http://www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/news/metro/massachusetts-win-could-have-illinois-effect Mass. GOP Win Could Have Illinois Effect]</ref>
  
Additionally, information on campaign fiance disclosures is broken down into several useful metrics on "[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=IL&y=2010&f=G Follow the Money]."
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===Scott Lee Cohen as a potential spoiler===
  
===Reporting periods and due dates===
+
The re-emergence of a former Democratic nominee as an Independent candidate threatenined to siphon just enough votes from [[Pat Quinn | Pat Quinn's]] re-election bid to tip the election to Republican [[Bill Brady]].
  
 +
Scott Lee Cohen, a pawnbroker whose business has made him a millionaire, jumped into the race in August of 2009.  He was initially competing for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination before withdrawing to allow Pat Quinn to enjoy an uncontested field.  He refiled to run for the [[Illinois lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010 | lt. gubernatorial nomination]] and won that primary on February 2, 2010.
  
 +
Cohen soon disclosed personal information relating to a marriage that ended in divorce and to a former girlfriend, which led to calls from fellow Illinois Democrats, including incumbent Governor [[Pat Quinn]], that he withdraw.<ref>[http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703894304575047614192114220.html ''Wall Street Journal'', "Illinois Democrats Pressure Nominee", February 6, 2010]</ref>  While Cohen was adamant that he would not withdraw when he spoke to media on February 4, 2010 rumors were swirling that he was seeking a graceful exit and he officially resigned his nomination on February 7, 2010.<ref>[http://www.npr.org/blogs/politicaljunkie/2010/02/scott_lee_cohen_withdraws_as_d.html ''NPR'', "Scott Lee Cohen Withdraws As Dem LG Nominee In Illinois", February 8, 2010]</ref>
  
Reporting periods and due dates for statewide candidates for the November 2010 elections are as follows:
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However, in late April, he confirmed stories that he was exploring an independent gubernatorial bid and had paid a private polling firm to survey voters on their receptiveness to his potential candidacy.<ref>[http://wonkette.com/415027/scary-loser-scott-lee-cohen-will-be-governor-of-illinois ''Wonkette'', "Scary Loser Scott Lee Cohen Will Be Governor of Illinois", April 26, 2010]</ref>  He indeed filed to run as an Independent on May 3, 2010 and successfully submitted 130,000 signatures to petition onto the ballot.
  
 +
Third party analysts gave Cohen very little chance of winning but his presence in the race where the two major party nominees were polling so closely and his personal fortune made him a prime candidate to play spoiler, something that did not ultimately happen.<ref>[http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704216804575423690475446712.html?mod=djemPolitics_t ''Wall Street Journal'', "Pawnbroker Campaigns for Redemption After Tearful Exit Under Pressure From Illinois Democrats, Cohen's New Bid Could Spoil Party's Chances in Governor's Race", August 19, 2010]</ref>
  
 +
==Candidates==
  
* 1st Semi-Annual 2009 (January 1 - June 30, 2009): due July 20, 2009
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! colspan="5" | The November Ballot – Who's Made It? [[Illinois]] Governor<ref>[http://www.elections.il.gov/ElectionInformation/CandList.aspx?SearchType=office&ListType=RESULTS%20OF%20SEARCH%20BY%20OFFICE&ElectionID=29&ElectionType=GE&ElectionDate=11/2/2010&QueryType=CANDIDATE&OfficeIDSearchType=Matches&OfficeID=5370&StatusSearchType=Matches&Status=AP&OrderBy=ORDER%20BY%20OfficeBallotGroup,%20OfficeSequence,%20PartySequence,%20BracketID,%20vwCandidates.ID ''Illinois State Board of Elections'', “Candidate List, General Election, 11/2/10”, accessed September 6, 2010]</ref>
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! colspan="2" style="width: 17em" |Nominee
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! style="width: 15em" |Affiliation
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| colspan="2" |[[Pat Quinn]], with Sheila Simon
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| align="right" |Democrat
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| colspan="2" |[[Bill Brady]], with Jason Plummer
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| align="right" |Republican
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| colspan="2" |[[Rich Whitney]], with Don W. Crawford
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| align="right" |Green
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| colspan="2" |[[Lex Green]], with Ed Rutledge
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| align="right" |Libertarian
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! style="background-color:#FFA500; color: white;" |
 +
|-
 +
| colspan="2" |[[Scott Lee Cohen]], with Baxter B. Swilley
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| align="right" |Independent
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| colspan="6" |This lists candidates who won their state's primary or convention, or who were unopposed, and who have since been officially certified for the November ballot by their state's election authority.
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 +
The Illinois Secretary of State maintains a list of candidates.<ref>[http://www.elections.il.gov/ElectionInformation/CandList.aspx?SearchType=OfficeID&ElectionID=29&OfficeID=5370&OrderBy=ORDER%20BY%20OfficeBallotGroup,%20OfficeSequence,%20PartySequence,%20BracketID,%20vwCandidates.ID ''Illinois State Board of Elections'', "Candidate List: General Election 11/2/2010", accessed July 7, 2010]</ref>
  
 +
===Democratic===
  
 +
* [[Dan Hynes]], the current [[Illinois_Comptroller|Illinois State Comptroller]], conceded to Quinn on February 4, 2010.
 +
* Incumbent [[Pat Quinn]]
  
* 1st Semi-Annual 2010 (January 1 - June 30, 2010): due July 20, 2010
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'''Withdrawn'''
* 2nd Semi-Annual 2010 (July 1 - December 31, 2010): due January 20, 2011
+
  
 +
* [[Scott Lee Cohen]] withdrew his Democratic candidacy on March 5, 2010, leaving Gov. Quinn unopposed for his party's nod.  Cohen later refiled as an Independent candidate.
 +
* Attorney Ed Scanlan<ref>[http://www.scanlanforgov.com/news/thank-you/ Campaign announcement]</ref>
 +
* William "Dock" Walls<ref>[http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/clout_st/2009/12/two-democratic-governor-candidates-drop-out.html "Two Democratic governor candidates drop out"]</ref> (endorsed Dan Hynes)<ref>[http://www.swnewsherald.com/news_frontpage/2010/01/012010lb_hynes.php "Local Democrats Give Endorsements to Hynes"]</ref>  Walls refiled to run as an Independent.
  
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===Republican===
  
 +
* Businessman [[Adam Andrzejewski]]
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* [[Bill Brady]], an [[Illinois State Senate|Illinois State Senator]]
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* [[Kirk Dillard]], an [[Illinois State Senate|Illinois State Senator]]
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* [[Andy McKenna]], a former chairman of the Illinois Republican Party
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* Journalist [[Dan Proft]]
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* [[Jim Ryan]], a former [[Illinois Attorney General]]
  
===Bill Brady===
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'''Withdrawn'''
  
 +
* Bob Schillerstrom, chair of the DuPage County Board, exited the race in late January and endorsed Jim Ryan.  However, he remained on the ballot and drew a small percentage of primary votes. (endorsed Jim Ryan)<ref>[http://illinoishomepage.net/content/fulltext/?cid=128512 "Bob Schillerstrom Leaves IL Governor's Race, Endorses R."]</ref>
  
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===Constitution===
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 +
* Michael L. White
 +
 +
===Green Party===
 +
 +
* Attorney [[Rich Whitney]]<ref>[http://www.whitneyforgov.org/joomla/index.php campaign website]</ref>, a founding members of Illinois' Green Party
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===Independent===
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 +
* [[Scott Lee Cohen]]
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* Stephen F. Estill
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* Greg Moore
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* William Walls, III
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===Independent Conservative===
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* Christopher Pedersen, an attorney, simultaneously filed to run for every office on the November ballot and soon found himself facing three pending objections to his candidacy.<ref>[http://www.elections.il.gov/ElectionInformation/CandDetail.aspx?CandidateID=16390&ElectionID=29 ''Illinois State Board of Elections'', "Christopher Pedersen, Candidate Detail", accessed July 7 2010]</ref>
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===Libertarian===
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* [[Lex Green]]
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==Campaign finance==
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The Illinois State Board of Elections makes PDFs of all reports and addenda for candidates available free and online at their "[http://www.elections.il.gov/ Elections]" site.
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Candidates for 2010 are most easily searchable using the "[http://www.elections.il.gov/CampaignDisclosure/ContributionsSearchByCandidates.aspx Contributions Search - By Candidates page]"
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Additionally, information on campaign fiance disclosures is broken down into several useful metrics on "[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=IL&y=2010&f=G Follow the Money]."
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===Reporting periods and due dates===
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Reporting periods and due dates for statewide candidates for the November 2010 elections are as follows:
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* 1st Semi-Annual 2009 (January 1 - June 30, 2009): due July 20, 2009
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* 2nd Semi-Annual 2009 (July 1 - December 31, 2009): due January 20, 2010
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* 1st Semi-Annual 2010 (January 1 - June 30, 2010): due July 20, 2010
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* 2nd Semi-Annual 2010 (July 1 - December 31, 2010): due January 20, 2011
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===Bill Brady===
  
 
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==Impact of Massachusetts Special Election==
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In January, 2010, the [[U.S._Senate_special_election,_Massachusetts,_2010|special election in Massachusetts]] to fill the seat formerly held by Ted Kennedy resulted in a win for the GOP. In the wake of the election of [[Scott Brown]], pundits and analysts discussed the impact of the win in terms of a possible political landscape shift for Democrats across the spectrum in 2010.
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The fallout of the GOP win in Massachusetts was predicted to be far-reaching. Massachusetts is widely regarded as the quintessential blue state, despite the majority of registered voters self-identifying as independents. Prior to December of 2009, conventional wisdom held that Republicans were unelectable to national office from the state. Post-election analysis, however, shows that Scott Brown's focus on national security, opposition to the closing of Guantanamo Bay, and theme of fiscal responsibility resonated with both independents and democrats across the state. Conditions in the 2010 governor's race in Illinois match up with the Massachusetts senate race on several levels. Both offices were formerly held by Democrats replaced mid-term. Both states have worsening unemployment numbers and economic troubles. Both states are dominated by the majority party and are experiencing incumbency fatigue.
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It has been suggested that with the GOP victory in Massachusetts, independent voters in states like Illinois may become energized.<ref>[http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/illinoisnews/story/8955000C1A4C46C2862576B20017583C?OpenDocument]</ref> Nationally, tea party activists and conservative movement organizations are capable of raising vast amounts of money for local or state races. In the general gubernatorial election, that nationwide enthusiasm for party change may translate into significant campaign money for the eventual GOP candidate.
  
 
==Gubernatorial electoral history==
 
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In the Illinois gubernatorial election of 2010, held on November 2, 2010, Democrat Pat Quinn defeated Republican Bill Brady. Quinn has been serving as the appointed incumbent Governor since Rod Blagojevich was removed from office.

Following the February 2, 2010 pr imary elections, Pat Quinn secured a narrow victory over Dan Hynes while Bill Brady faced a very competitive field with half a dozen contenders; he won the nomination by a tenth of a point.

Also in the race was Scott Lee Cohen, who initially won the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor before disclosures about his personal life compelled him to leave the race. A millionaire who owns a series of pawn shops, Cohen re-entered the race as a self-funded Independent candidate for the governorship.

The race reached the zenith (or nadir) of silliness when Democrat Pat Quinn, struggling to make up ground, accused his Republican opponent of supporting a bill to kill puppies.[1] In fact, the bill regulated shelters' practices when they euthanize animals.

November 2, 2010 general election results

As of December 8, 2010, official results are available from the Secretary of State.[2]

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

Inauguration and transition

Inaugural date

Newly elected to a full term in his own right, Pat Quinn and running mate Sheila Simon began their term on January 12, 2011.

Transition team

Governor Quinn did not announce any major changes to his administration ahead of beginning his elected term.

February 2, 2010 primaries

The primary elections were held on February 2, 2010. Incumbent Governor Pat Quinn declared victory in the Democratic nomination over State Comptroller Dan Hynes in a close race. By February 3, Hynes had not conceded the race. Fewer than 6,000 votes separated the two, and the potential for recounts were discussed. On February 4, 2010, Hynes conceded the primary, making Pat Quinn the Democratic nominee.[3][4]

2010 Race for Governor - Democrat Primary [5]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Pat Quinn (D) 50.5%
Dan Hynes 49.5%
Total votes 915,726

On the Republican side, Illinois State Senators Bill Brady and Kirk Dillard shared the lead in a race too close to call initially, with Andy McKenna in third by a razor thin margin.[6]

2010 Race for Governor - Republican Primary [7]
Candidates Percentage
Adam Andrzekewski (R) 14.5%
Green check mark.jpg Bill Brady (R) 20.3%
Kirk Dillard (R) 20.2%
Andy McKenna (R) 19.3%
Dan Proft (R) 7.7%
Jim Ryan (R) 17.0%
Robert Schillerstorm (R) 1.0%
Total votes 767,485

Race ratings

See also: Gubernatorial elections 2010, Race tracking

2010 Race Rankings Illinois
Race Tracker Race Rating
The Cook Political Report[8] Toss-up
Congressional Quarterly Politics[9] Leans Democratic
Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball[10] Leans Republican
Rasmussen Reports Gubernatorial Scorecard[11] Leans Republican
The Rothenberg Political Report[12] Toss-up Tilting Republican
Overall Call Republican

Changes

5. Rothenberg moved race from "Lean Republican" to "Toss-up Tilting Republican" on October 28th.

4. Rasmussen moved race from "Solid Republican" to "Leans Republican" following October 6th polling.

3. Rasmussen moved race from "Toss-up" to "Solid Republican" following September 12th poll.[13]

2. Rasmussen moved race from "Leans GOP" back to "Toss-up" following August 22nd poll.

1. Rasmussen moved race from "Toss-up" to "Leans GOP" following August 12th poll.

Polling

Four-way polling

2010 Four-Way Race for Illinois Governor - Rasmussen Reports[14]
Date Reported Brady (R) Quinn (D) Whitney (G) Cohen (I) Other Don't Know
October 20, 2010[15] 45% 37% 2% 6% 1% 8%
October 12, 2010[16] 46% 40% 2% 4% 5% 3%
(Sample)[17] n=750 MoE=+/- 4.0% p=0.05

Three-way polling

2010 Three-Way Race for Illinois Governor - Rasmussen Reports[18]
Date Reported Brady (R) Quinn (D) Whitney (G) Other Don't Know
October 4, 2010[19] 46% 38% 4% 5% 8%
September 12, 2010[20] 50% 37% 4% 7% 3%
(Sample)[21] n=750 MoE=+/- 4.0% p=0.05

Two-way polling

2010 Two-Way Race for Illinois Governor - Rasmussen Reports[22]
Date Reported Brady (R) Quinn (D) Other Don't Know
August 23, 2010[23] 46% 37% 6% 11%
August 9, 2010[24] 48% 35% 6% 12%
July 26, 2010[25] 44% 37% 11% 9%
July 7, 2010[26] 43% 40% 9% 8%
June 7, 2010[27] 47% 36% 8% 10%
April 28, 2010[28] 45% 38% 7% 10%
April 5, 2010[29] 46% 45% 2% 7%
March 8, 2010[30] 47% 37% 6% 9%
(Sample)[31] n=500 MoE=+/- 4.5% p=0.05

Five-way polling

2010 Five-Way Race for Illinois Governor - We Ask America
Date Reported Brady (R) Quinn (D) Cohen (I) Whitney (G) Green (L) Uncertain
September 13, 2010[32] 41.95% 32.43% 5.06% 3.54% 1.65% 15.57%
(Sample) n=1,330 MoE=+/- 2.7% p=0.05
2010 Five-Way Race for Illinois Governor - Public Policy Polling
Date Reported Brady (R) Quinn (D) Cohen (I) Whitney (G) Green (L) Uncertain
September 23-26, 2010[33] 42% 35% 6% 2% 4% 11%
(Sample) n=470 MoE=+/- 4.5% p=0.05
2010 Five-Way Race for Illinois Governor - CNN/Time
Date Reported Brady (R) Quinn (D) Cohen (I) Whitney (G) Other Uncertain
September 24-28, 2010[34] 40% 38% 14% 4% 2% 2%
(Sample) n=828 MoE=+/- 3.5% p=0.05

Race background

The gubernatorial race in Illinois in 2010 was one of the most analyzed and significant races of the year. In 2008, former Governor Rod Blagojevich was indicted and arrested on a host of corruption charges. Illinois has a storied past of corrupt politicians, and the Blagojevich incident both highlighted that past and undercut faith in government almost entirely in a state that had little enough to begin with.[35] Blagojevich's ties to President Obama, former Illinois state senator as well as a former U.S. Senator from Illinois, further complicated the situation for the state.[36]

Key issues

In 2010, voters top concerns included wasteful spending, trustworthy governance, fiscal responsibility, and ethics, due in large part to the Blagojevich scandal[37]. The incumbent, Governor Pat Quinn, was appointed to replace Blagojevich, having previously served as his Lt. Governor.

Some specific campaign issues included the expansion of Chicago's O'Hare airport[38], a potential tax increase of up to 50% proposed by Governor Quinn[39], and Illinois' economy[40] and high unemployment[41].

Historically, Illinois has shifted from strongly Democratic to strongly Republican more than once. Long considered a battleground state, it has been considered solidly blue for some years now. That trend counted against Republicans in the general election. However, some suggested anti-incumbent sentiment and continuing economic woes would prove beneficial to the GOP in 2010, as happened with the victory of Scott Brown in the Massachusetts special election in January, 2010.[42]

Scott Lee Cohen as a potential spoiler

The re-emergence of a former Democratic nominee as an Independent candidate threatenined to siphon just enough votes from Pat Quinn's re-election bid to tip the election to Republican Bill Brady.

Scott Lee Cohen, a pawnbroker whose business has made him a millionaire, jumped into the race in August of 2009. He was initially competing for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination before withdrawing to allow Pat Quinn to enjoy an uncontested field. He refiled to run for the lt. gubernatorial nomination and won that primary on February 2, 2010.

Cohen soon disclosed personal information relating to a marriage that ended in divorce and to a former girlfriend, which led to calls from fellow Illinois Democrats, including incumbent Governor Pat Quinn, that he withdraw.[43] While Cohen was adamant that he would not withdraw when he spoke to media on February 4, 2010 rumors were swirling that he was seeking a graceful exit and he officially resigned his nomination on February 7, 2010.[44]

However, in late April, he confirmed stories that he was exploring an independent gubernatorial bid and had paid a private polling firm to survey voters on their receptiveness to his potential candidacy.[45] He indeed filed to run as an Independent on May 3, 2010 and successfully submitted 130,000 signatures to petition onto the ballot.

Third party analysts gave Cohen very little chance of winning but his presence in the race where the two major party nominees were polling so closely and his personal fortune made him a prime candidate to play spoiler, something that did not ultimately happen.[46]

Candidates

The November Ballot – Who's Made It? Illinois Governor[47]
Nominee Affiliation
Pat Quinn, with Sheila Simon Democrat
Bill Brady, with Jason Plummer Republican
Rich Whitney, with Don W. Crawford Green
Lex Green, with Ed Rutledge Libertarian
Scott Lee Cohen, with Baxter B. Swilley Independent
This lists candidates who won their state's primary or convention, or who were unopposed, and who have since been officially certified for the November ballot by their state's election authority.

The Illinois Secretary of State maintains a list of candidates.[48]

Democratic

Withdrawn

  • Scott Lee Cohen withdrew his Democratic candidacy on March 5, 2010, leaving Gov. Quinn unopposed for his party's nod. Cohen later refiled as an Independent candidate.
  • Attorney Ed Scanlan[49]
  • William "Dock" Walls[50] (endorsed Dan Hynes)[51] Walls refiled to run as an Independent.

Republican

Withdrawn

  • Bob Schillerstrom, chair of the DuPage County Board, exited the race in late January and endorsed Jim Ryan. However, he remained on the ballot and drew a small percentage of primary votes. (endorsed Jim Ryan)[52]

Constitution

  • Michael L. White

Green Party

Independent

Independent Conservative

  • Christopher Pedersen, an attorney, simultaneously filed to run for every office on the November ballot and soon found himself facing three pending objections to his candidacy.[54]

Libertarian

Campaign finance

The Illinois State Board of Elections makes PDFs of all reports and addenda for candidates available free and online at their "Elections" site.

Candidates for 2010 are most easily searchable using the "Contributions Search - By Candidates page"

Additionally, information on campaign fiance disclosures is broken down into several useful metrics on "Follow the Money."

Reporting periods and due dates

Reporting periods and due dates for statewide candidates for the November 2010 elections are as follows:

  • 1st Semi-Annual 2009 (January 1 - June 30, 2009): due July 20, 2009
  • 2nd Semi-Annual 2009 (July 1 - December 31, 2009): due January 20, 2010
  • 1st Semi-Annual 2010 (January 1 - June 30, 2010): due July 20, 2010
  • 2nd Semi-Annual 2010 (July 1 - December 31, 2010): due January 20, 2011

Bill Brady

Bill Brady Campaign Finance Reports (Committee ID 7537)
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Cash Contributions Transfers Other Receipts Loans Non-Monetary Contributions (Total Expenditures) Outstanding Debts and Obligations Cash on Hand
First Semi-Annual 2010[55] July 20, 2010 $189,991.35 $2,415,790.59 $1,153,060.00 $822.96 $50,000.00 $680,480.05 $(1,511,608.46) $375,715.00 $2,298,056.44
Second Semi-Annual 2009[56] January 20, 2010, amended July 20, 2010 $410,638.32 $317,252.95 $24,250.00 $0.00 $101,000.00 $15,502.67 $(663,249.92) $501,159.45 $189,991.35
First Semi-Annual 2009[57] July 20, 2009, amended November 20, 2009 $332,195.62 $224,721.68 $24,400 $594.97 $101,000.00 $7,252.85 $(272,273.95) $652,762.91 $410,638.32

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn Campaign Finance Reports (Committee ID 1212)
Report Date Filed Beginning Balance Cash Contributions Transfers Loans Non-Monetary Contributions (Total Expenditures) Outstanding Debts and Obligations Cash on Hand
First Semi-Annual 2010[58] July 20, 2010 $1,288,613.66 $1,221,083.86 $1,940,100.00 $735,000.00 $519,123.67 $(4,081,908.12) $766,000.00 $703,289.40
Second Semi-Annual 2009[59] January 20, 2010, amended May 4, 2010 $702,448.47 $1,478,757.10 $1,671,556.96 $0.00 $244,366.47 $(2,564,148.87) $31,000.00 $1,288,613.66
First Semi-Annual 2009[60] July 20, 2009 $82,512.22 $533,312.55 $327,100.00 $0.00 $26,780.13 $(240,476.30) $31,000.00 $702,448.47

Impact of Massachusetts Special Election

In January, 2010, the special election in Massachusetts to fill the seat formerly held by Ted Kennedy resulted in a win for the GOP. In the wake of the election of Scott Brown, pundits and analysts discussed the impact of the win in terms of a possible political landscape shift for Democrats across the spectrum in 2010.

The fallout of the GOP win in Massachusetts was predicted to be far-reaching. Massachusetts is widely regarded as the quintessential blue state, despite the majority of registered voters self-identifying as independents. Prior to December of 2009, conventional wisdom held that Republicans were unelectable to national office from the state. Post-election analysis, however, shows that Scott Brown's focus on national security, opposition to the closing of Guantanamo Bay, and theme of fiscal responsibility resonated with both independents and democrats across the state. Conditions in the 2010 governor's race in Illinois match up with the Massachusetts senate race on several levels. Both offices were formerly held by Democrats replaced mid-term. Both states have worsening unemployment numbers and economic troubles. Both states are dominated by the majority party and are experiencing incumbency fatigue.

It has been suggested that with the GOP victory in Massachusetts, independent voters in states like Illinois may become energized.[61] Nationally, tea party activists and conservative movement organizations are capable of raising vast amounts of money for local or state races. In the general gubernatorial election, that nationwide enthusiasm for party change may translate into significant campaign money for the eventual GOP candidate.

Gubernatorial electoral history

1998 Gubernatorial Results[62]
Candidates Percentage
Ryan (R) 51.03%
Porshard (D) 47.46%
Redmond (REF) 1.49%
Total votes 3,538,891
2002 Gubernatorial Results[63]
Candidates Percentage
Blagojevich (D) 52.19%
Ryan (R) 45.07%
Skinner (L) 2.09%
Brown (I) 0.65%
Total votes 3,538,891
2006 Gubernatorial Results[64]
Candidates Percentage
Blagojevich (D) 49.79%
Topinka (R) 39.26%
Whitney (G) 10.36%
Stufflebeam (I) 0.55%
Total votes 3,487,989

Presidential electoral history

2000 Presidential Results
Candidates Percentage
George W. Bush (R) 42.6%
Al Gore (D) 54.6%
2004 Presidential Results
Candidates Percentage
George W. Bush (R) 44.5%
John Kerry (D) 54.8%
2008 Presidential Results[65]
Candidates Percentage
John McCain (R) 36.7%
Barack Obama (D) 61.8%


1992 Presidential Results
Candidates Percentage
George H.W. Bush (R) 34.3%
Bill Clinton (D) 48.6%
1996 Presidential Results
Candidates Percentage
Bob Dole (R) 36.8%
Bill Clinton (D) 54.3%

See also

External links

Candidate pages

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