Patrick Joseph "Pat" Quinn III (born December 16, 1948) is the 41st and current Governor of Illinois. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Previously elected three times to statewide office, Quinn was the sitting lieutenant governor and became governor on January 29, 2009, when the previous governor, Rod Blagojevich, was impeached and removed from office.
Pat Quinn was born in 1948 in Hinsdale, Illinois. He attended the local Catholic grade school, St. Isaac Jogues. He graduated in 1967 from Fenwick High School, a Catholic school in Oak Park, Illinois run by the Dominican Order of Priests. While a student at Fenwick, Quinn was the cross-country team captain and the sports editor of the school newspaper. Quinn went on to graduate Phi Beta Kappa from Georgetown University in 1971 with a bachelor's degree from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service where he was a student of Professor Jan Karski. After taking a few years off from education, he received a Juris Doctor degree from Northwestern University School of Law in 1980.Quinn is divorced and has two sons, Patrick IV and David, born on April 12, 1983, and December 16, 1984, respectively. Both sons, like their father, competed in scholastic sports, specializing in track and field events. Quinn was briefly a practicing tax attorney before his career in public office.
Governor of Illinois
On January 29, 2009 Rod Blagojevich was removed from office by a vote of 59-0 by the Illinois State Senate. Illinois State House of Representatives by Illinois Supreme Court Associate Justice Anne M. Burke at 5:40 p.m. Central Standard Time. Unlike Blagojevich, who continued to live in his Ravenswood, Chicago, home while commuting via state plane to Springfield and preferred to execute his gubernatorial duties from within his home and, less commonly, the governor's office in Chicago's Thompson Center, Quinn moved into the Illinois Executive Mansion in Springfield, saying it would be an honor to live "in the people's house". Quinn works primarily from his office in the Illinois State House.
Quinn was sworn in as Governor of Illinois, after earlier signing a written oath, at the chambers of the
In the Democratic primary, Quinn defeated State Comptroller Daniel Hynes with 50.4% of the vote.
On March 27, 2010, Illinois Democratic leaders selected Sheila Simon to replace Cohen as the lieutenant governor nominee.
With the state budget deficit projected to hit $15 billion in 2011, and debt continuing to grow, the Democrats who control the Legislature in early 2011 raised the personal income tax from 3% to 5%, and the corporation profits tax 4.8% to 7%. Governor Quinn's office projected the new taxes will generate $6.8 billion a year, enough to balance the annual budget and begin reducing the state's backlog of about $8.5 billion in unpaid bills.