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Quinn brushing off potential Daley challenge

Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:11:52 CST
By: IPR's Amanda Vinicky

Governor Pat Quinn is waving off early indications that he may face competition in next year's primary election. IPR's Amanda Vinicky has more.

   

Even people outside Chicago know the "Daley" name. In this case, it's not former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. But his brother, Bill - onetime Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama. And potential challenger to Pat Quinn for the Democratic nomination for governor. Quinn's definitely running. Daley says he's mulling it. Quinn says people on the sidelines can point fingers...

"...but we need a governor in our state, and that's me who works every day on things like pension reform, banning assault weapons, I think it's important to have total emphasis on jobs and economic growth. That's what I work on . And I think that's must more productive for the people to have a governor who's focused on jobs than one who's focused on politics and the next campaign."

Despite making them top priorities, Quinn has been unable to get legislators to pass a pension overhaul or stricter gun control measures.

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