Queen for Mayor? Says he’ll make a decision by the end of the summer, looks like he’s already in.

Former Illinois Gov. Pete Quinn said Tuesday he will decide by the end of the summer whether to join the crowded field of candidates seeking to unseat Mayor Lori Lightfoot for a second term. But, it sure looks like he’s in.

“I served as governor for six years during a very difficult time for my state. [Rod] Blagojevich was removed from office. The national economy was really going down the drain. Our state budget was a mess,” Quinn told the Sun-Times.

“I’ve navigated my state through this and I think I can get my city through this crisis right now. You’re going to have people who know what they’re doing and the day-to-day of our city. Believe in the voters of … When it comes to saving Chicago, no one is left behind.

Quinn endorsed Lightfoot over County Board President Tony Preckinkle in the 2019 mayoral race.

He addressed the meeting of the Lightfoot campaign. He gave him a share of the campaign. He marked Lightfoot on the front lawn of his Galewood home.

But that was before Lightfoot reneged on his campaign promise to fight for and adhere to a two-term limit for Chicago mayor.

That forced Quinn to relaunch a failed campaign four years earlier — to get a binding referendum on the February ballot by introducing a citizens’ ordinance, imposing two-term limits on Chicago mayors.

Now, Quinn has called Lightfoot a huge disappointment, as it broke a “firm promise”.

“The 10 largest cities in America – each one has a two-term limit on mayors. Laurie Lightfoot campaigned on that. … I believed that. I actually ran a town a while ago. At the meeting he asked, ‘How is it? Let’s go.’ And he scoffed at it,” the former governor said.

“She’s kind of losing sight of who counts the most. It’s not the people in office, it’s the voters who were promised something, which is a reform.

Quinn compared Lightfoot’s broken term-limit promise to one he made and kept after replacing Blagojevich: to champion a constitutional amendment that would have allowed Illinois voters to recall their governor. can

“I voted for it in the House and Senate. I campaigned for it. And the voters passed the recall amendment. The mayor should have done it. If you’re the mayor or the governor or the president of the United States. So your personal reputation is very important,” he said.

That’s not Quinn’s only major beef with Lightfoot. So is his combative management style.

“You’ve got to bring people together — not divide people. It’s very important that we have everyone and nobody feels that way. That was my philosophy as governor. That’s the best philosophy for a mayor. And Often, many people feel left out,” he said.

A lifelong Chicagoan who has lived in the same West Side home for 39 years, Quinn also took aim at violent crime and perceptions that polls show are top of mind among voters.

“It’s important that everyone feels at home, that their personal safety is secure. And right now, so many people — hundreds of thousands of people every night in Chicago — are worried. That’s not acceptable. We have to have a mayor who Have the trust of the voters and trust the voters,” he said.

Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., both considered challenging Lightfoot, only to pass — even though polls for both showed the race winnable.

They may have been discouraged by the diminishing powers of the mayor’s office. They may have been overwhelmed by violent crime, education and the city’s unresolved pension crisis.

Then, why is a 73-year-old ex-governor undaunted by the same challenges?

“I played basketball last night at Union Park. A bunch of guys were playing with me. They saw me shooting. They said, ‘Gee, that guy’s making more than he’s worth,'” Quinn said. Said proudly.

“They didn’t ask how old I was. They asked if I could do this, put the ball in the basket.

Quinn scoffed at those who say it’s too late to enter the race.

Former Mayor Rahm Emanuel waited until September before opting for political retirement over an uphill battle for a third term. Former Mayor Richard M. Daley did the same before deciding not to seek a seventh term.

“That’s a lot of time to meet with more people. I’ve organized petition drives and campaigns for almost 50 years. I know how to organize people and movements to make a difference,” Quinn said. said

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