Gov. Pat Quinn is in a jubilant mood today, and with good reason. Moments ago, GOP gubernatorial nominee Bill Brady conceded the gubernatorial race to the Democrat. Watch a portion of his concession speech below, courtesy of ABC 7:
Quinn, who defied polling and pundit predictions to win the tight and expensive campaign in a decidedly Republican year, declared this morning that he was the "people's governor." It's a mantle he deserves, having out-hustled his Republican rival in the final days of the campaign.
Certainly, Illinois faces several daunting and unresolved challenges, the most important of which is state's budget crisis. Quinn, however, is an internal optimist. "I will go to work tomorrow as a new governor," he told the Sun-Times' Michael Sneed, "who is determined to get more people working; to bring companies to Illinois; to bring jobs to families in desperate need of them." We look forward to watching him try.