An “elated” Gov. Pat Quinn switched gears on Thursday from a man fighting to keep his job to one embracing another four years in office, saying it’s time for Illinois to move past a bitter campaign and come together.
The governor stopped just shy of saying he’d vanquished Republican rival Bill Brady, who wasn’t yet ready to call it quits despite a gap that remained above 19,000 votes as absentee ballots continue to be counted.
But in a victory lap Thursday, Quinn put out a gubernatorial vibe, talking in generalities about his agenda going forward. In a symbolic gesture of this change of pace, Quinn temporarily shelved the purple-and-navy striped tie he wore for good luck during the last few days of his battle against Brady. The governor sported a red and blue number as he greeted the lunchtime crowd at Manny’s Deli, a South Loop favorite for politician photo opportunities.