- Associated Press - Sunday, March 2, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Six candidates - four Republicans and two Democrats - are running to be the next lieutenant governor of Illinois. For the first time, they are running together with a candidate for governor, after an election reform following a scandal in the 2010 primary. Here’s a look at who could be the state’s next “light gov:”



Steve Kim of Northbrook, 43, attorney

RUNNING MATE: Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s and law degrees from Loyola University of Chicago. Former Northfield Township Trustee. Worked as a director at the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and a special assistant to former Gov. Jim Edgar.

FAMILY: Wife and son.

QUOTE: “I believe the problem is ineffective leadership in Springfield. As I travel throughout the world for work, I am disheartened when international business leaders speak of Illinois’ financial crisis and political corruption.”


Maria Rodriguez, 54, former village president of Long Grove.

RUNNING MATE: State Sen. Bill Brady

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois at Chicago. Former village clerk and trustee in Long Grove. Family runs an Alpaca farm.

FAMILY: Husband and three children.

QUOTE: “My local government experience as a suburban mayor and proven leadership skills complement (Brady’s) strengths and will enable me to actively support meaningful reform and economic growth in our state.”


Evelyn Sanguinetti, 43, city council member in Wheeling and attorney.

RUNNING MATE: Businessman Bruce Rauner

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s degree from Florida International University and law degree from John Marshall Law School. Assistant attorney general under former Attorney General Jim Ryan.

FAMILY: Husband and three children.

QUOTE: “As an outsider, I think we need a set of fresh eyes, people that are not a part of the entrenched political structure, to come in and shake things up.”


State Rep. Jil Tracy of Quincy, 58

RUNNING MATE: State Sen. Kirk Dillard

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s and law degrees from Southern Illinois University. Former Mt. Sterling Park District commissioner. Private practice attorney, assistant attorney general and director under former Attorney General Jim Ryan and current Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

FAMILY: Husband and four children.

QUOTE: “I’ve lived, worked, or traveled in all regions of Illinois. We could be the Midwest’s economic capitol, but there’s a sense of government gridlock despite a decade of single party control. We need accountable, ethical, well led, and bipartisan government.”



Brunell Donald, 38, Chicago attorney

RUNNING MATE: Tio Hardiman, anti-violence activist

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Law degree from John Marshall School of Law. Worked as public defender and motivational speaker.

FAMILY: Husband and three sons.

QUOTE: “I am disappointed in the leadership in Illinois who are controlled by machine politics. Too many of them have sold their souls and our state down the river with state contracts that enrich them and their friends on the backs of the working class of Illinois.”


Paul Vallas, 60, superintendent of schools in Bridgeport, Conn.

RUNNING MATE: Gov. Pat Quinn

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: A masters and bachelor degree from Western Illinois University. Former Chicago Public Schools CEO. Lost 2002 Democratic nomination for Illinois governor.

FAMILY: Wife and three sons.

QUOTE: “Our top priority is creating more jobs and driving more economic growth, and that’s what we’ll be fighting for every day.”


Source: AP candidate questionnaires and interviews.

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