Democrat Pat Quinn was sworn in as the 41st governor of Illinois on Jan. 29, 2009. He won election to a full term on Nov. 2, 2010.

Gov. Quinn has signed an executive order establishing the Illinois Reform Commission to examine ethics rules and practices in state government. He worked with the General Assembly to pass a $31 billion capital construction jobs program to create and retain more than 436,000 jobs over six years.

He created the Illinois Innovation Council and is working to double state exports by 2015. For his work increasing Illinois’ economic, scientific and technological output,. Quinn was named the 2011 Governor of the Year by the Biotechnology Industry Organization.

Quinn was elected lieutenant governor in 2002 and re-elected in 2006, serving until his succession as governor in January 2009, and served one term as State Treasurer from 1991 to 1995. He also served as commissioner of the Cook County Board of (Property) Tax Appeals and as revenue director for the City of Chicago.

As lieutenant governor, Quinn created the Illinois Military Family Relief Act, which provides financial assistance to families of Illinois National Guard members and reservists called to active duty.

Quinn was born in Chicago and raised in Hinsdale and graduated from Northwestern University School of Law and Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He is the father of two sons.

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