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What Gov. Quinn means for the suburbs
Daily Herald Staff Report
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Published: 2/1/2009 12:04 AM

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Gov. Pat Quinn, a Hinsdale native and tax attorney, needs the suburbs and their future now partially rests with him. Here is a closer look:

What Quinn means for the suburbs

• Opposed toll increases and called for the tollway board to be elected instead of appointed by the governor.

• Supports a massive public works plan that will likely lead to road and transit construction in the Collar Counties.

• Opposed expansion of O'Hare International Airport in the past.

• Backed tax cap reform

What the suburbs mean to Quinn-

• Assuming Quinn faces a Democrat in a primary tied to the Chicago political machine, he will need to win the suburbs by healthy margins in 2010.

• The suburbs provide a huge chunk of the state's jobs and tax dollars. The success of his tenure will depend on the economic success of the towns ringing Chicago.