Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn will not run for Chicago mayor

Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced 2023 political election plans Thursday afternoon at a press conference.

Quinn announced he will not join the crowned race for Chicago mayor. Instead, Quinn spoke about ballot initiatives. He also spoke on the need for a taxpayer advocate in Chicago's city government. 

Quinn was governor from 2009 to 2015.

Prior to being governor, Quinn served as lieutenant governor, state treasurer and Commissioner of the Cook County Board of Appeals.


Quinn supported Lightfoot in the mayoral runoff in 2019.

When asked about his potential run, Mayor Lightfoot said she welcomes all challengers.

"What I care about is what voters think … that is the only thing that matters," said Lightfoot.

There are about a dozen potential challengers in the February primary.

Candidates have until Nov. 23 to file their petitions in order to get on the upcoming ballet.