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Thu October 18, 2012
Expert: Quinn Faces Tough Uphill Battle
Nearly three quarters of Illinois residents aren't happy with Governor Pat Quinn.
A recent Tribune company poll found people of all age groups and ethnic backgrounds are dissatisfied with the governor's performance.
University of Illinois Springfield Political Science professor Kent Redfield says about the only good news for Quinn is that he doesn't face re-election this year. Redfield says the Chicago Democrat could still turn things around - but it's a long shot.
"If two years from now, the economy's turned around, the budget's getting balanced, people think we're getting an handle on pensions, then he might look a lot better. I think the chances of the budget being balanced, the economy rebounding and us solving the pension problem, so that everybody says well that's off the table for the next 20 years, that's unlikely that's gonna happen before 2014."
A number of Democrats are already quietly preparing for the spring 2014 primary.
Redfield says Quinn could have a hard time getting the party's nomination and even if he does...the incumbent will be vulnerable to a strong Republican candidate.