SPRINGFIELD — Two days after delivering a campaign-style State of the State speech, Gov. Pat Quinn sent out his first widespread fundraising letter to kick off the 2014 election season.
Hoping to build on the attention he received during his Wednesday address, Quinn emphasized many of the same themes in a solicitation to potential donors.
In his speech and in his follow-up fundraising plea, Quinn called for banning military-style “assault weapons,” approving gay marriage and raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour, up from $8.25.
“This week, Gov. Quinn laid out a bold, progressive vision for Our Illinois,” the letter noted.
The Chicago Democrat is facing a potential primary challenge from Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who held a wide fundraising lead, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections.
Madigan had $3.6 million in her campaign war chest on Jan. 1, compared to Quinn’s $1 million.
A number of Republicans also are jockeying for position in what could become a crowded primary race. They include state Sens. Bill Brady of Bloomington and Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford of Chenoa, wealthy hedge fund manager Bruce Rauner of Wilmette and U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock of Peoria.