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Tom Quinn - Governor Pat Quinn Project

Tom Quinn is the younger brother, by four years, of former Governor Pat Quinn. Even while Tom was attending college at Stanford University he began helping his older brother during the Dan Walker campaign for governor in 1972. While a law student, also at Stanford, Tom once again helped Pat with petition drives in 1976 and 1978. For the next forty years, while maintaining a thriving law practice in Chicago, Tom gladly helped Pat with a series of petition drives and election campaigns, highlighted by Pat's successful drive to reduce the size of the Illinois House known as the Cutback Amendment, his election as state Treasurer in 1990, as Lt. Governor in 2002 and 2006, and his elevation to become governor in January 2009 following the arrest and impeachment of Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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Quinn and Photo Booth


Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Early life, brother Pat’s petition drives, and Cutback Amendment

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Pat Quinn's career from 1982 through Lt. Gov. years to 2008

Interview Session 03 (Audio)

Pat Quinn’s governorship, and his life beyond the governor’s office


This photo appeared in the Springfield State Journal-Register commemorating Pat’s submittal of signed petitions to cut the size of the state House of Representatives in 1979. The petition appeared on the 1980 ballot, and the citizens of Illinois adopted the measure, effectively cutting the size of the Illinois House by one third.

Chicago, Illinois


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