Gov. Pat Quinn has chosen Paul Vallas to be his running mate in the 2014 election.
Vallas is the former head of the Chicago Public Schools as well as the school districts in New Orleans and Philadelphia. He was most recently the schools chief in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
"I've known Paul Vallas for 30 years and he's never been shy about fighting for education, reform and opportunities for working people," said Quinn in a statement. "We have made great progress these last few years, but serious challenges remain and our mission is not yet accomplished."
Vallas also ran for governor in 2002 against the now-imprisoned Rod Blagojevich.
“I am honored to join forces with the strongest reform governor in the country," said Vallas in a statement. "Unlike his predecessors, Gov. Quinn tackled the hard issues and has made the right decisions to get Illinois back on track. Together we will fight every day for working families and deliver the reform and change that Illinois deserves.”
Quinn's current lieutenant governor, Sheila Simon, is running for Illinois Comptroller.