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Quinn Asks Duckworth to Think About Lieutenent Governor Nomination

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Quinn Asks Duckworth to Think About Lieutenent Governor Nomination

Quinn (left) Friday at a press conference with two lieutenant governor hopefuls, state Rep. Art Turner (center) and Sen. Rickey Hendon (right). (WBEZ/Sam Hudzik)

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he asked Tammy Duckworth to consider entering the Democratic sweepstakes for lieutenant governor. Duckworth is an Iraq War veteran who currently serves as a top official at the federal Department of Veterans Affairs.

Quinn is not saying the nomination is Duckworth’s if she wants it, but his description of an ideal candidate is telling.

QUINN: A strong voice for veterans, for service members, for their families. That’s what I have done over the last six years when I was lieutenant governor.

Quinn says he’s talked to Duckworth about the vacancy on the ticket.

QUINN: I said that I thought if she was interested, if she wanted to bring her name forward, she should let us know promptly.

The governor calls Duckworth an “All-American hero.” She lost both her legs in combat, and now works for the Obama Administration.

QUINN: She has a job right now, and she’s considering everything.

A message left for Duckworth has not been returned.

The decision ultimately lies with the 38 members of the Democratic State Central Committee, although its chairman - House Speaker Mike Madigan - says Quinn will help pick his running mate.

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