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|Candidates Line Up for Lieutenant Governor -- But Why?
|CHICAGO (AP) -- Imagine a job with no possibility for promotion unless your boss dies or gets fired. A job that at least one person has quit out of sheer boredom. A job that some people say should be abolished altogether.
You just imagined the Illinois lieutenant governor.
Why, then, are a whopping 13 candidates running for the post this year? For some, the answer is simple: Pat Quinn.
When Rod Blagojevich was impeached and booted from office last year, Quinn became the first Illinois lieutenant governor in more than 30 years to become governor. His ascendancy, candidates said, proves that the lieutenant governor is needed. Political observers say it also proves that promotion is possible.
Six Democrats, six Republicans and a Green Party candidate will be on the Feb. 2 primary ballot.
The 13 candidates on the ballot for Illinois lieutenant governor in the Feb. 2 primary are:
* Mike Boland, state representative from East Moline
* Thomas Castillo, an Elmhurst electrician
* Scott Lee Cohen, a Chicago businessman
* Rickey Hendon, state senator from Chicago
* Terry Link, state senator from Waukegan
* Arthur Turner, state representative from Chicago
* Brad Cole, mayor of Carbondale
* Jason Plummer, an Edwardsville businessman
* Don Tracy, a Springfield attorney
* Randy White, Hancock County commissioner
* Matt Murphy, state senator from Palatine
* Dennis Cook, president of a school board in the Chicago suburb of Orland Park
* Don Crawford, a teacher from St. Elmo
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