Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot already faces a wide array of challengers in the upcoming mayoral election, but a familiar face could join that crowd as former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he’s thinking about a race.
Quinn, who served as governor after the impeachment of Rod Blagojevich and was defeated by Republican Bruce Rauner in 2014, says he will make his final decision in a few weeks as petitions begin to circulate for the candidates.
“I think Chicago needs someone who can step in and save our city,” he said.
Quinn says the polling data shows a strong showing if he were to get into the race.
“I did a poll earlier, just recently, and I had 42% and I think the incumbent mayor had 31%,” he said.
Volunteers are already circulating petitions for Quinn, even though he hasn’t made a formal decision on whether to run.
Quinn won several statewide positions, including his bid to become treasurer in 1990 and to become lieutenant governor in 2002.
After Blagojevich was removed from office in January 2009, Quinn took the reins and won re-election in a hotly contested battle with Republican Bill Brady.
Quinn would ultimately lose the governorship in 2014 to Rauner, and he later launched a failed bid to become Illinois attorney general after losing to Kwame Raoul in the 2018 primary race to replace Lisa Madigan in the role. .
The former governor says he is not intimidated by the number of candidates currently vying to replace Lightfoot.
“It’s a free country. Anyone can run,” he said. “I think it’s healthy to have competition.”
Aldus. Tom Tunney and Brian Hopkins are among the other suitors who are still debating whether to run. Paul Vallas, who ran for Quinn’s lieutenant governor when he lost the 2014 election, is officially in the running.