Nine months after taking the reigns from ousted Governor Rod Blagojevich, Governor Pat Quinn says he wants to serve our state for at least a full term.
Quinn toured the state boasting his success in creating hundreds of thousands of jobs by passing the 31-billion dollar capital plan. He also discussed the firestorm of problems inherited, including a massive budget deficit and growing unemployment
"I think personally, he's done what's needed to be done. He's shown us the issues to the legislature, he's proposed a combination of tax increases and cuts in spending," says Rockford College Professor Jules Gleicher.
Which effects many of us in Rockford, especially layoffs and service fee increases. Opponents are using his plan to raise income taxes as ammunition, such as in candidate and Comptroller Dan Hynes' ad.
The Governor fires back in his own ad, promising tax cuts for middle class families.
Political science professors tell me Quinn's toughest primary opponent is Hynes. Yet they say republican candidates may have more luck this election due to ongoing battles in the democratically controlled legislature.
"The state legislature has been functioning by continuing resolutions and seem to be in a quandary about how to get that magical mix that will continue government services without increasing taxes and there's a reason they've been having trouble finding it, it doesn't exist," says Gleicher.
Professors say Quinn's decision last weekend to restore MAP grant funding helps shed him in a positive light. However that could all change when he'll be forced to make crucial decisions when it comes to balancing the state's budget.
A new Rasmussen poll finds 45 percent of Illinois voters approve of Quinn's job performance. He and the rest of the candidates file their intentions to run for office next week. The Illinois primary is February second.