The Democratic primary for governor of Illinois, to be held next Tuesday, February 2, is a two-way race. A Rasmussen poll shows State Comptroller Dan Hynes leading Governor Pat Quinn, 43% to 37%.
Hynes, a 41-year-old Chicagoan, has been comptroller since 1999. He finished a distant second to Barack Obama, in the Democratic Senate primary in 2004.
Quinn, 61, also from Chicago, was lieutenant governor from 2003 to 2009. He became governor when his predecessor, Rod Blagojevich, was removed from office via the impeachment process, one year ago. Quinn had previously served one four-year term as state treasurer.
Here is a Chicago Tribune report on a joint radio appearance by the two candidates. Further proof, if any were needed, that Chicago is one of those places where politics is a contact sport.