Election 2014
9:31 pm
Sun September 22, 2013

With No Competition, Dems Endorse Quinn

Gov. Pat Quinn addresses Democratic Party leaders Sunday in Springfield. Although he’s running unopposed in next year’s primary, he sought and won the official Democratic endorsement for re-election.
Credit Brian Mackey/WUIS

Many of Illinois' top Democrats met in Springfield Sunday to pick a slate of statewide candidates. Although several politicians had considered challenging Gov. Pat Quinn in next year's primary, they all backed off by the time of Sunday's meeting.

Brian Mackey reports on the Democratic Party's slating of candidates for the 2014 election.

From the tone at Sunday's meeting, you'd never know a week before, Quinn was facing a tough primary fight. But then Bill Daley dropped out.

You'd also never know Quinn has spent months berating state lawmakers over guns and pensions.

You'd never know it because Quinn was unanimously endorsed for re-election.

House Speaker and Democratic Party Chairman Mike Madigan says that's because Democrats are like a family.

"In any family you have differences. And so what I've learned about Democrats is that where they have differences, they're able to work through the differences," Madigan says. "And when it's time for a General Election, they unite in opposition to the party of reaction and resistance."

All the other statewide Democrats were also endorsed, though, like Quinn, none have serious primary opponents.

Republicans, however, still have four men running for governor. They'll be battling each other while Quinn saves his campaign resources for the general election.