November 4th, 2010
05:23 PM ET
4 years ago

BREAKING in Illinois: CNN projects Democratic Gov. win

(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.


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  1. K stgo

    Congrats QUINN. now i hope you keep your word on letting us homecare aides keep our jobs.

    November 4, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  2. Tom

    You have to keep in mind that, for the most part, democrats get their voter support from population centers where most of the dependency-class lives. Look at any map showing voting trends. Rural, farming and small communities do not tend to vote for democrats. The DNC is entirely aware of the origin and demographics attendant with their political support; thus, one cannot really be surprised at the laws that they tend to put forth. Not really a surprise here.

    November 4, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  3. jw

    central illinois is represented, there are plenty of people south of interstate 80 that voted for quinn

    November 4, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  4. Jason

    @Mike – I think your commented re: splitting Illinois into North and South is misguided. The split isn't "north/south" it is Cook/St. Clair county v. the rest of Illinois. Given that the population is divided an a similar way, the results are statistically representative of the state of Illinois. Brady may have had the right idea re: being financially conservative, but his social policies, as Corey pointed out, were archaic at best. I also feel that Quinn had to overcome the hurdle of his association with Blagojevich, which was a substantial hurdle to overcome. All in all, I'm happy with the outcome – Brady's positions were both 1) too extreme, and 2) too restrictive. While those may fly in the sparsely populated counties in rural Illinois, those policies clearly do not fly with the people in the more populated areas.

    November 4, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  5. Lisa

    I think it's time down-state Illinois seceded from Chicago! We are sick and tired of crooked Chicago politicians running this state into the ground. What a disgrace!

    November 4, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  6. David

    Illinois without Chicago is effectively another Iowa. And in Southern Illinois, you can hear the banjos tuning up to "Deliverance". Squeal like a piggie!

    November 4, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  7. Steve Williams

    Mike, you're saying that if I live in southern il and voted for Quinn my vote shouldn't count? Just because a majority of a county voted for Brady...doesn't mean everyone in the county did. This way my vote truly counts. Unlike the electora college where the candidate with the most votes can lose (Al Gore).

    November 4, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  8. Danno

    YAY!! I am SO SICK of small town central and southern Illinois, and I LIVE HERE! Brady is the largest non-union contractor in the state, against abortion even in cases of rape and incest, and overall a moron from the religious right that wants to set our state back a LONG TIME! I wish he would just man up and concede...

    November 4, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  9. roni

    I hear ya, Mike. Once again, our neighbors to the north voted early and often. Otherwise, Quinn would soon be just an ugly memory. Pity!

    November 4, 2010 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  10. American

    Excellent news for Illinois!!! What a relief! Now if the Central Illinois people would vote out Aaron Schock, we would be in a great situation.

    November 4, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  11. Heather

    It is SO unfortunate that Chicago controls the entire state. For an interesting look at the race, check out the map of Illinois that has the counties broken down by who they voted for. It's something ridiculous like 3 total counties voting for Quinn, yet he still wins because Chicago is in one of those counties. The rest of Illinois has to swallow Chicago's decision, yet again.

    November 4, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  12. Richard

    Wow! some good news. My head ache is starting to go away.

    November 4, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  13. Pete J

    As a proud resident of Cook County I cheer the victory of Pat Quinn. There were moderate republicans who probably would have beaten him, and I might have voted for. Instead they nominate Brady who attended Glen Beck's rally in Chicago, wanted to cut education significantly, and treated cops and firefighter pensions like some relic of the past. Illinois is not a far right or far left state, THANK GOD!

    November 4, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  14. Sean

    Yay, somebody I voted for actually won.

    November 4, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  15. Jack

    It was Brady's own fault, talking about stuff like ending abortion and constitutional amendments to ban gay marriage. We here in Chicago don't worry about that right wing nonsense. And for those of you in central and downstate Illinois, quit your whining! Without Chicago you'd be another Indiana!

    November 4, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  16. paul

    Quinn took Cook and Dupage counties (Chicago) and almost no other county in the state. The rest of IL needs to be able to secede since the Chicago Pols have no connection at all to the rest of the state.

    November 4, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  17. 5100

    The Illinois Governor has yet to be Determined & It could take Days. Pat Quinn (D) vs. Bill Brady (R) Election Vote

    November 4, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  18. Sue Phi

    funny to hear 'lower illinois' people talk about chicago being corrupt. i grew up in central illinois and i remember a college summer job in which they hired 3 summer workers to do the job of two people that were already getting paid to do those jobs. (total waste of taxpayer money in order to give family members and friends of people in politics jobs) and that was with republicans in charge. nepotism and favoritism have always been a part of ALL illinois politics.just because you are rural or not part of a huge metro area does not make you innocent by default.
    this is why i moved out of the state.

    November 4, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  19. Mr T

    It's really quite interesting looking at the electoral map. Quinn only had a "real" win in Cook county. The rest of them he won barely by a 1% and those were only 2 counties at that. Brady won every other county in the state with at least 10% and sometimes excess of 20% lead and yet Quinn still wins...

    Being from Illinois and even being a democrat by title at that, I did not want Quinn to win and I'm all in favor of splitting the state in 2.

    November 4, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  20. phil

    @J: the people of downstate need to realize that most of your roads, bridges, policemen, firemen, schools and everything that is provided to you is paid for by the "corrupt" politics of chicago. We provide the overwhelming majority of tax revenue to the state and pay for the services you receive. If there was no chicago your taxes would be outrageous and you wouldn't have snow removal and all of your children would attend school in a one room schoolhouse near the townsquare and they would walk there on dirt roads. Chicago floats this state so guess what, the way we vote should represent the state because its funded by us. You don't like it you can always move to missourri, ohio, iowa or kentucky. Take it or leave it buddy!

    November 4, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  21. Tony

    Brian Williams – Bravo. Absolutely right. Great post.

    November 4, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  22. swildwood

    Brady is a reactionary throwback. We dodged a bullet for sure!

    November 4, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Quinn is a complete putz...this is embarrassing. He is right that we need to improve our schools...as the voters are obviously stupid. The Dems in Illinois are bankrupting this state

    November 4, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  24. A

    In response to J: This is really great for us in Central Illinois. Brady would be great big business, but doesn't care anything about the working/middle class.

    November 4, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  25. mike

    Go Quinn. Gotta love all these whiny downstate Illinois people. @Mike, Southern Illinois is not effectively under-represented. Cook County has almost 45% of the total population of Illinois. They got more people, they get more votes, deal with it.
    @J, the only Illinois currently in prison is a republican, from central Illinois (kankakee). Get your facts straight.

    November 4, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
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