(CNN) - Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has narrowly won his bid for a full term in Illinois, CNN projects. He defeated Republican challenger Bill Brady and three other minor candidates. Quinn was lieutenant governor in 2009 when the Illniois state Senate removed then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office.
NOT sad for everyone in Central IL.. me, for example and the majority of my friends. Cook County IS part of Illinois like the rest of us, and the MAJORITY of IL residents voted for Quinn, so get over it. Brady should not drag this out, Quinn is the clear winner.
He'll steer them in the right direction.
I'm so relieved. Brady has done nothing, and his running mate is a "babe in the woods". That would have been scary.
How can this be? The absentee ballots haven't even been counted? There were supposedly enough outstanding to sway the results...
Too bad there was not a viable candidate among the lot. Worst slate of candidates I have ever witnessed.
Let's see um $100.00 for title of auto $100.00 for plates $40.00 for the drivers license. Now in January everyone will have to pay higher state taxes. Wow, 75 percent of the people voted for Brady except for Cook County and Chicago. And, now word has it that Quinn won. Hey I do not think so. Unless, someone is hiding the remaining votes somewhere. If Quinn stays then expect to pay more on everything for the next four years and say goodby to your jobs who will say enough is enough and leave our state and move somewhere else.
Quinn won only two counties in Illinois and only convincingly in one...CrOOK COUNTY. While he may have won the most votes, he certainly does not represent the entire state. His wining the office is like a playground bully getting his way because he is the strongest in the yard. Ironically, Quinn did not carry even one suburbian county.
Great. Continued corruption in my home state.
I'm glad that Quinn won. During the campaign, I sent a lot of emails telling people about Brady's extreme right wing positions. He is out of step with most of the people of Illinois. We don't need someone who would set back social progress.
Its a shame that a man can win more then 90% of the counties in Illinois but the numbers of one county make him the looser of the state. Chicago has voted and the state will suffer thru another term of corupt dems.
By the way, I'm from the St.Louis area 12th district, and the only thing keeping a republican away is the STL metro area, and I'm about 100% sure that my aunt's dog voted in cook county lol
Central Illinois says hooray. Bill Brady had no good ideas, all his ads were slurs and misleading. He reminds me of our local State rep who says he has conservative values yet holds 2 state jobs and his wife also holds a state job. 3 paychecks from a broke state for 1 family now thats consevative values, conserve as much of Illinois taxpayer money for himself as possible.
Great, Quinn is a tax and spend Democrat who thought nothing of giving out raises to his staff this year while IL is 13 Billion in debt. He's done nothing positive since becoming Governor. He was voted in by the welfare crowd in Chicago who he promised to continue to support so they don't have to work. Too many social services in IL being supported by the working taxpayers. We can't wait to bail out of this state. It's not a good state for business or hard workers. One of the most corrupt states in the nation.
J and Mike – corrupt? Unrepresented? Give me a break. Maybe it's time non-Chicagoans voted with their brains and not their emotions, religions, and hearts. How could you seriously vote for Brady? Did you read his platform and stances or did you just vote anti-Democrat because you were believing the lies and joining the fear Brady was spreading around? Take a look at the election map. Quinn got decent support across the entire state. Next time, maybe the rest of the state can find a candidate that isn't a blind, whiplash, extremist reactionary to throw up against the candidates with honesty and common sense. At least I voted for a man who had the guts to tell us that he would have to raise taxes. Brady just spewed out vague answers and false promises.
To the other Mike – I agree. Chicago should be a separate "state". Why should the rest of the state have to pay the pensions of the labor union patronage army? Quinn wants to borrow $4 billion to cover the pension shortfall. How about reforming pensions? We can't keep letting public sector unions extort money from the private sector.
It would have been nice to have a Republican Governor as a check against Madigan. One party rule has completely corrupted this state.
On the bright side, at least Mark Kirk won (although he is very liberal) Obama's old senate seat, and Robert Dold beat Dan Seals and Kinzinger beat Halverson.
The race is not called yet. CNN constantly tries to put people in office rather than waiting to see who actually got enough votes to win.
How does a state that is 95% red once again have blue representation in the governer's office?
It is apparent once again that there is "Chicago" and then there is... Illinois.
Thank God the lesser of two evils won...now we need real candidates!
Mike is right. Split this state in half. North of I80 and the rest of the state south of. We downstaters are being gang-raped by the Chicago machine at every election
Thank God Brady lost... Also, if Brady had won he was not going to do anything to improve illinois.. Just only help the rich like all republicans
How Ignorant.. Look at the exit polls. Quinn won not because of Chicago but because the rest of the state it was so close..... Those who think they are under represented need to look at the voters in your district first, then look at Chicago, besides without Chicago/suburbs and the tax it brings in, things like having one of the top public schools in the nation don't become possible. Nor does having one of the best Veterans School Grants in the country.
Congratulations Gov elect Pat Quinn........to hell with the republiCONServatives
Hooray! At least the State of Lincoln still has its commonsense intact, and didn't fall for the lies of the Party of No!
I completely agree with Mike...but it should be divided into chicago and the rest of the state. Quinn is just anlother chicago politician that doesn't give a rip about any other part of the state. I have lived in Illinois my whole life and have really been considering moving to another state because illinois is going down hill more and more every year...especially education.