Democrat Quinn Wins Race for Governor of Illinois, AP Reports

By The Associated Press

Illinois Democrat Pat Quinn, who became governor when Rod Blagojevich was impeached and ousted in 2009, will remain the state’s chief executive, the Associated Press says.

Republican Bill Brady, a state senator, won’t be able to overcome Quinn’s 19,400-vote lead after the Nov. 2 election, the news service reported after analyzing absentee and other uncounted ballots.

Quinn led by 46.6 percent to 46.1 percent with all votes counted, according to AP. About 3.4 million votes were cast.

Illinois faces a projected $13 billion deficit in the current fiscal year, according to state Comptroller Daniel Hynes. By January, the estimated 2012 gap may be $15 billion, Hynes has said. Quinn, 61, a former lieutenant governor, has proposed boosting the state’s 3 percent income tax to 4 percent.

As Illinois faces its worst-ever fiscal crisis, the state’s unfunded pension liability is projected to reach at least $79 billion. Moody’s Investors Service gives Illinois general- obligation debt an A1 grade, ranking it with California as the lowest in the nation.