CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn enters the 2014 election year on the heels of several legislative feats, including his signing of landmark reforms addressing Illinois' $100 billion pension crisis and the legalization of same-sex marriage.
In a year-end interview with The Associated Press, the Chicago Democrat highlights those accomplishments as evidence of both Illinois' progress and his leadership, hinting at possible re-election themes and saying he isn't concerned about criticism from four Republicans gearing up to take him on.
The four have questioned his ability to get things done in Springfield. They are venture capitalist Bruce Rauner, state Sen. Bill Brady, state Sen. Kirk Dillard and Treasurer Dan Rutherford.
Quinn says he's ready to float another capital construction plan, supports a "progressive" income tax and is for closing corporate tax loopholes.