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Well, it's nice to be writing about my home state of Illinois on here for the first time in a while since the dust from the Wisconsin recalls has settled down.

Incumbent Democratic Governor of Illinois Pat Quinn has not yet decided whether or not he will seek a second full term as Governor of Illinois. Quinn has low approval ratings, so I doubt that he will run for re-election, but he might.

List of Potential Candidates - Democrats

Pat Quinn - Governor
Sheila Simon - Lieutenant Governor
Lisa Madigan - Attorney General
Bill Daley - Former White House Chief of Staff
George Gaulrapp - Mayor of Freeport
Rahm Emanuel - Mayor of Chicago
Colleen Callahan - Former Agriculture Reporter, WMBD-TV and WCIA-TV
Mike Quigley - U.S. Representative, IL-5
Mike Frerichs - Illinois State Senator, SD-52
Dave Koehler - Illinois State Senator, SD-46
Jack Franks - Illinois State Representative, HD-63
Dennis Kucinich - U.S. Representative, OH-10

My thoughts: If Quinn faces a credible primary challenger, I would consider voting for whoever runs against Quinn in the Democratic primary, although that's no guarantee, as I wouldn't vote for Kucinich in a Democratic primary because I would consider him to be a carpetbagger, for example. We're not exactly fond of carpetbaggers here in Illinois, and we're consistent about it. If Quinn decides not to seek re-election, which is what I'm thinking he might do, there will be a wide-open primary, that's for sure.

List of Potential Candidates - Republicans

Bill Brady - Illinois State Senator, SD-44 and 2010 Republican Nominee for Governor
Jason Plummer - 2010 Republican Nominee for Lieutenant Governor
Dan Rutherford - Treasurer
Scott Eisenhauer - Mayor of Danville
Jim Oberweis - Buisinessman
Becky Doyle - Former Illinois Department of Agriculture Director
Randy Hultgren - U.S. Representative, IL-14
Aaron Schock - U.S. Representative, IL-18
Erica Harold - Miss America 2003
Adam Kinzinger - U.S. Representative, IL-11/IL-16
Mike Bost - Illinois State Representative, HD-115
Chad Hays - Illinois State Representative, HD-104

My thoughts: Brady came close in 2010, so he might give it another shot, Plummer is currently unopposed in IL-12 pending the selection of a Democratic replacement nominee, Rutherford rode the 2010 Republican wave, Eisenhauer and Hays have built a well-organized GOP machine in Vermilion County rivaling that of the Cook County Democratic Organization, Oberweis is currently running for state senate, Doyle and Harold ran for the IL-13 replacement nomination after Tim Johnson withdrew from the race after the primary, but lost, Schock and Kinzinger are rising stars within the Illinois GOP, and Bost garnered brief national attention during the pension reform debate with an now-infamous rant. Of course, I'm not going to vote for a Republican candidate for Governor in 2014. Expect a wide-open primary on the Republican side under any circumstances.

List of Potential Candidates - Other

Patrick Fitzgerald - Former U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Illinois
Rich Whitney - Civil Rights Attorney

Patrick Fitzgerald is a well-respected man in Illinois, having prosecuted George Ryan, Rod Blagojevich, and Scooter Libby, among other famous criminals. If Fitzgerald runs for Governor, he would probably do so as an independent, although he could run as a Republican or a Democrat, depending on his stances on social and fiscal issues, which are virtually unknown at this time. The Illinois Green Party no longer has major party status in Illinois, so Whitney or anyone else running under the Green banner would have a tougher time getting on the ballot in 2014 than they did in 2010.

Comments are welcome, as always.

Next State Featured: New Jersey

Originally posted to Aaron Camp on DailyKos on Sat Jun 09, 2012 at 06:04 PM PDT.

Also republished by Land of Lincoln Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    "We don't have government anymore, we have an auction." -Lori Compas

    by DownstateDemocrat on Sat Jun 09, 2012 at 06:04:48 PM PDT

  •  If Quinn steps down, my choices to run for IL-Gov: (3+ / 0-)
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    TomP, Odysseus, DownstateDemocrat

    Gov:
    1. Sheila Simon
    2. Lisa Madigan
    3. Dave Koehler
    4. Mike Frerichs

    No-nos: Kucinich, Emanuel

    Lt. Gov:
    1. Lisa Madigan
    2. Dave Koehler
    3. Mike Frerichs
    4. Sheila Simon
    5. Jack Franks

    My preferred GOP candidates to run against them: Brady, Oberweis, or some other far-right unelectable to the whole state knucklehead.

    Plummer is just a Southern Illinois/Downstate version of Jim Oberweis. If he loses to whoever the Dems nominate in IL-12 (likely Enyart or Callis) after our side had to replace Harriman and Costello, he's toast.

    Projected Matchup: Simon/L. Madigan (D) v. Brady/Bost (R).
    Rating: Likely D.

  •  Interesting. Why do you think Kucinich (1+ / 0-)
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    wdrath

    will run? He's not getting more than single digits in the primary and I assume he knows it. I'm sure there are some offices in Ohio he can run for.

    •  It's a joke, son. (1+ / 0-)
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      FG

      Kucinich was rumored to be interested in moving to WA to run in the newly created WA-10.  Thus he's likely to be listed as a potential candidate in every seat just for laughs.

      -7.75 -4.67

      "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

      There are no Christians in foxholes.

      by Odysseus on Sat Jun 09, 2012 at 07:53:06 PM PDT

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    •  Kucinich tried to carpetbag himself into WA-1 (1+ / 0-)
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      FG

      ...Kucinich tried to carpetbag himself into Washington state to run for a U.S. House seat there before abandoning that idea. He may try to carpetbag himself into another state to run for public office, and I have a feeling that he may pick Illinois, given the fact that Illinois and Washington state have roughly the same level of blue lean to them, although IL's PVI indices are out of kilter thanks to Obama's overperformance in IL in 2008, so IL is officially D+8, but more like a D+5 state in actuality, and WA is D+5 as well.

      "We don't have government anymore, we have an auction." -Lori Compas

      by DownstateDemocrat on Sat Jun 09, 2012 at 08:06:46 PM PDT

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  •  I think Uberweiss has finally realized (1+ / 0-)
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    that nobody likes him.  I see Madigan as a true star, but I worry her foes will use her father as a smear against her.

    The problem for the Republicans is that they can't get scientists to figure out how to get women to give birth to more old white guys.

    by jazzmaniac on Sat Jun 09, 2012 at 08:33:12 PM PDT

    •  I disagree. (1+ / 0-)
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      JGibson

      In my opinion, Lisa Madigan has made enough of a name for herself that the will be able to run quite credibly on her own merits.  Of course, she will need to play a similar game with her father as Al Gore did with Bill Clinton... keep him back in the shadows (which is where he usually is, anyway).  

      I don't think that Sheila Simon has done enough under her own name to run at the top of the ticket.  While her father was well respected in the State, especially downstate, she has yet to differentiate herself as a stand-alone candidate.

      Either of these women would be a far better choice than any of the Republicans you have on the list, especially Jim Oberweis.

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      by wordene on Sat Jun 09, 2012 at 09:04:53 PM PDT

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      •  Lisa Madigan is far more liked than her father (0+ / 0-)

        For one, I can't stand Mike Madigan and I believe that he has too much power over the Illinois House of Representatives (a VERY rare instance of me agreeing with Republican Mike Bost). Unlike Mike Bost, however, I actually have an idea to take care of the problem of Mike Madigan having too much power in IL politics: make the Illinois General Assembly a 236-seat, one-house legislature and have the Lieutenant Governor be the presiding officer and tie-breaking vote. Democrats have ideas, Republicans just talk a good game.

        Lisa Madigan, however, is well-liked downstate, in part because she's run three campaigns trying to distance herself from her father. I remember when, not too long after Petersburg in Menard County was hit by a tornado on New Year's Eve in 2010, Lisa sent out an official alert stating that people falsely claiming to be storm chasers were trying to scam tornado victims.

        "We don't have government anymore, we have an auction." -Lori Compas

        by DownstateDemocrat on Sat Jun 09, 2012 at 09:54:30 PM PDT

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    •  Oberweis running for state senate... (0+ / 0-)

      ...in SD-25. He might actually win an election in Illinois for once, given the fact that he's running in a conservative district consisting of areas north and west of Aurora. SD-25 is currently held by the retiring Chris Lautzen.

      Oberweis doesn't stand a prayer running in a statewide election. Oberweis is to the Collar Counties as Plummer is to Southern Illinois.

      "We don't have government anymore, we have an auction." -Lori Compas

      by DownstateDemocrat on Sat Jun 09, 2012 at 10:12:58 PM PDT

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  •  You think Kirk Dillard might give it another go? (1+ / 0-)
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    JGibson

    After all, he did come thisclose to getting the Republican nomination in 2010.

    Then again, he may be considered far too sane for the Republicans.

    I think Lisa Madigan would be a great candidate on our side. However, I don't think she'll do it if Quinn runs for re-election. It also depends if she has any interest in running for Senate in 2016.

    Yes we can! Yes we did! Yes we will!

    by Sister Havana on Sat Jun 09, 2012 at 11:47:41 PM PDT

  •  I'm not sure what to think of Kinzinger... (1+ / 0-)
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    Sister Havana

    And he's running unopposed, unless someone wants to give me some scratch to run a dog-and-pony write-in show.

    -We need Healthcare Reform... but i'm selfish, I Need Healthcare reform-

    by JPax on Sun Jun 10, 2012 at 12:32:32 AM PDT

    •  IL-16 Dems slated Wanda Rohl (3+ / 0-)
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      Sister Havana, allergywoman, JPax

      The Democratic organization in IL-16 slated Wanda Rohl to run against Adam Kinzinger, from what I've been told.

      In my congressional district, IL-15, the "Democrat" on the ballot is a fake Democrat, Angela Michael, who either ran or planned to run graphic anti-abortion ads in the St. Louis media market. Unless a write-in candidate who is anything to Republican John Shimkus's ideological left and/or pledges to caucus with the Democrats if elected files to run, I'll have to undervote in my U.S. House race.

      "We don't have government anymore, we have an auction." -Lori Compas

      by DownstateDemocrat on Sun Jun 10, 2012 at 01:10:07 AM PDT

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    •  Kinzinger is my representative and he is (1+ / 0-)
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      JPax

      extremely popular in this swing district (that he is being redistricted out of). Don't underestimate him. He is very personable, conservatives love him, yet he comes across as a moderate. He is probably the Republicans best chance to take the governorship and against Quinn he would probably win.

    •  No, he's not. (0+ / 0-)

      Wanda Rohl is mounting a campaign to get on the ballot to challenge him. I've met her. She's great, and the local Democratic Party is supporting her and canvassing to get her on the ballot.

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