Quinn: Want to be my lt. gov.? Speak up now
Democrats in Illinois are getting a political do-over: the chance to pick a new lieutenant governor nominee themselves now that the primary winner dropped out of the race because of revelations about his checkered past.
Gov. Pat Quinn has the rare opportunity to help choose his running mate, but refused to say Monday who was on his short list of potential partners.
The politicking has begun in earnest, though, among would-be contenders who want a chance in November at the state's No. 2 job. The spot opened up when Scott Lee Cohen announced Sunday that he would leave the ticket over fears that he could cost Democrats the governor's race. Nominees for governor and lieutenant governor are chosen separately in the primary, but are linked together on the November ballot.