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Does Pat Quinn Want to be Chicago Mayor?

Former Illinois governor polls doable 2023 bid and discusses metropolis points with WGN News

CHICAGO — For some time now, political operatives and metropolis corridor observes have speculated about extra veteran politicians exploring a run for mayor subsequent year.

Enter former governor Pat Quinn.

He’s polling a doable mayoral bid and he’s prepared to talk about metropolis points.

For Quinn, a savvy politician with many years of expertise, a Memorial Day cease on the Rhine VFW Post 2729 on the Southwest Side felt like testing the 2023 mayoral waters.

“I live in Chicago. I was born in Chicago. I’ve lived in the same house for 39 years. I’m concerned about our city,” he mentioned.

Concerned sufficient to conduct polling for a possible run for mayor. One reported question was “If the election for mayor was between Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Quinn which candidate would you support?”

Asked if he was going to run, Quinn mentioned, “I don’t know about that. I think the next couple of months I’m going to talk to a lot of people across Chicago and participate in events, including petitions drives and we’ll see.”

Quinn’s polling is finding out property taxes and different voter considerations.

“I think it’s important that we focus on some issues that have been overlooked in Illinois and several here in Chicago including safety,” Quinn mentioned. “But also making sure consumers and taxpayers are put first, not wait at the end of the line.”

Whether or not Quinn runs, the race for Chicago mayor is beginning to take form. Already within the 2023 waters: Alderman Raymond Lopez, businessman Willie Wilson and State Representative Kam Buckner. And Lightfoot will quickly formally launch her bid for a second time period.

Quinn has been a fixture of state politics for the reason that early Nineteen Seventies main petition drives to cut back the dimensions of the Illinois House and alter how lawmakers are paid. He served as State Treasurer, Lt. Governor and Governor.

Quinn hints his expertise may be helpful at City Hall. He payments himself as a fixer.

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“I was the governor of Illinois for six years. Illinois is a lot bigger than Chicago and I think I navigated our state through some very tough times, tough economic times, tough budget times,” he mentioned. “Definitely we had to clean things up after Blagojevich and George Ryan. So I know how to get the job done. And I want to do whatever I can to help the people of Chicago, my city, go forward.”

Quinn received’t say whether or not or not he thinks Mayor Lightfoot ought to get a second time period solely that he hopes she makes good on her promise to work to enact time period limits.

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