Quinn Declares Victory, Plans to Meet Brady for Lunch
Democratic incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn said he and Republican opponent Bill Brady plan to have lunch soon discuss ways to "work together for the common good" of Illinois.
Quinn held a news conference Friday, hours after Brady conceded the extremely close race. Quinn said he hopes to meet with Brady at Manny's deli, an eatery popular with Chicago politicians. He said he was inspired by Senator-elect Mark Kirk and Alexi Giannoulias having a beer the day after their bitter race for the U.S. Senate.
Quinn won by less than 20,000 votes and says his campaign was "often underestimated."
The victory gives Quinn his first full term in office after replacing ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich nearly two years ago.