Governor Quinn chooses running mate for 2014 election

By WEEK Producer

November 8, 2013 Updated Nov 8, 2013 at 11:10 PM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill – Governor Pat Quinn announced his choice for running mate on Friday.

Quinn selected Paul Vallas, former chief of Chicago Public Schools.

Vallas had unsuccessfully ran for Governor in 2007 losing to Rod Blagojevich in the Democratic primary election.

He now serves as the superintendent for Bridgeport Public Schools in Connecticut.

Quinn is the last candidate to choose a lieutenant governor for the 2014 governor's race.

Vallas fills the vacancy on the ticket left when Sheila Simon decided to run for Illinois Comptroller.

Current lieutenant governor Sheila Simon announced earlier this year that she would not seek re-election to the position.

His selection may have been a surprise to Stephanie Neely, the Chicago City Treasurer who'd been interviewed for the job last week.

This is the first year the General Assembly required Illinois' gubernatorial candidates to run with their lieutenant governor picks.

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