Quinn gets primary challenge in Illinois

Once Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced she wasn’t seeking higher office, the state’s Gov. Pat Quinn looked to be facing a smooth path to winning his party’s nomination in 2010.

Not so fast. The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Democratic state Comptroller Dan Hynes has told his supporters that he plans on entering the race, which would force the appointed governor into a competitive primary.

Hynes, who challenged Barack Obama in the 2004 Senate primary, starts with $3.5 million in his political purse — significantly more money than the $700,000 that Quinn currently has to spend on his election.

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