Gov. Pat Quinn has conceded to Republican Bruce Rauner in the Illinois governor's race.
Rauner has an almost 5 percent advantage over Quinn with 99 percent of precincts reporting.
Rauner released the following statement following Quinn's concession:
I thank Governor Quinn for his many years of service to Illinois and appreciate his commitment to making this a smooth transition. I look forward to getting to work to make Illinois the most compassionate and competitive state in the nation.
Illinois advocacy groups are already calling on Rauner to run the state in an inclusive manner. CEO of Equality Illinois Bernard Cherkasov issued the following statement this afternoon:
The people of Illinois have spoken, giving Bruce Rauner the chance to lead. As do all Illinoisans, we hope that as Bruce Rauner turns to governing he will recognize that he serves everyone in the state, including LGBT individuals and their families, and the clear majority of Illinoisans who support LGBT equality. As Mr. Rauner wraps up his political campaign, Equality Illinois will be ready to work with him to advance equal treatment and social justice for all in the Land of Lincoln. Equality Illinois also congratulates Governor Pat Quinn on running a campaign and an administration that embraced all Illinoisans. Under Pat Quinn's leadership, we advanced protections for students from bullying and violence in schools, we made history by recognizing marriage equality, and countless people got a job, a home, insurance, a mortgage, a business opportunity because of anti-discrimination vigilance by the Quinn administration. We made great strides toward fairness and equal treatment for all. We thank Governor Quinn for his years of service.
UPDATE1 (4:19 p.m.): Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel also issued a statement in response to Rauner's win in the governor's race:
Governor Quinn has been a great partner to the City of Chicago. I would like to thank him for the work he has done on behalf of our residents, and I will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with him as we fight to raise the minimum wage over the next two months. I would also like to congratulate Governor-elect Bruce Rauner. We must work together on behalf of all Chicagoans and put progress ahead of politics to move Chicago and Illinois forward.
UPDATE 2 (8:18 p.m.): President Obama reportedly called Rauner to congratulate him on his win and "wished him nothing but the best," according to the governor-elect's spokesman Mike Schrimpf.