Miles south of Springfield, much less Chicago, the 59th district
state senate race at the southern tip of Illinois between incumbent
Democrat Gary Forby (pictured) and Republican challenger Mark Minor is often a
contest of who can best criticize Gov. Pat Quinn, the state’s Democratic
governor who hails from the Windy City.
“Beating up on Chicago is a time-honored tradition in southern Illinois,” says John Jackson a political
science professor at the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern
Illinois. “The Democrat is running against the governor as hard as the
Quinn is taking a beating for reasons that go beyond a general wariness of Chicago politicians.
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