The Madison County Record Nov. 7, 2014, 7:47am

Gov. Pat Quinn didn’t carry a single Illinois county except Cook County in the Nov. 3 election.

Unofficial results show the other 101 counties cast 1,349,805 votes for winner Bruce Rauner, 787,105 for Quinn, and 93,156 for Libertarian Chad Grimm.

That works out to 60.5 percent for Rauner, 35.3 percent for Quinn, and 4.2 percent for Grimm.

Cook County cast 822,047 votes for Quinn, 431,247 for Rauner, and 24,942 for Grimm.

That works out to 64.3 percent for Quinn, 33.7 for Rauner, and two percent for Grimm.

Quinn didn’t come close to a majority anywhere but Cook County. He managed 46 percent in Rock Island County, and 45 percent in Fulton County.

He scored below 25 percent in 32 counties, and failed to reach 20 percent in 11 of them.

He scored 11 percent in Wayne County, 14 percent in Edwards County, and 18 percent in Clinton and Washington counties.

In a vast swath of 49 rural counties south of Kankakee, west of Springfield, and down to Metropolis, Quinn scored 24 percent.

Voters in population centers liked him better, but not much.

Madison and St. Clair counties together gave him less than 40 percent.

Champaign and Peoria counties each gave him 41 percent.

Sangamon County, where much of the population works for Quinn, gave him 39 percent.

Winnebago County, home of Rockford, gave him 38 percent.

Macon County, home of Decatur, gave him 34 percent.

McLean County, home of Bloomington and Normal, gave him 33 percent.

Cook County’s neighbors rejected Quinn by wide margins.

He scored 41 percent in Will County, 40 percent in Lake County, 37 percent in Du Page County, 36 percent in Kane County, and 31 percent in McHenry County.

Media gathered at the Thompson Center the day after the election for a 3:30 pm press conference called by Quinn, during which he conceded the election.

During his speech, he pointed out the importance of counting every vote and turned his focus to raising the minimum wage in Illinois.

"When we closed last night, many votes hadn't been counted ... And many people, as you know, waited hours to vote ..." Quinn said. "I think we always should respect those who waited, persevered to cast their ballot. And I think before calling any election it's important to respect every single voter. That's how I felt last night and I feel the same today."

Quinn went on to say, while there were votes left to be counted, it was clear there would not be enough for him to win the election.

"But now the votes have been counted ... but it's clear that we do not have enough votes to win the election and therefore we respect the result, we respect what the voters did yesterday and I look forward to working with the new administration ... with respect to the transition," he said.

He then turned his focus on to the advisory referendum to raise the minimum wage, which passed Tuesday.

"The one issue I was very pleased to see yesterday, voted on by the people loud and clear, was raising the minimum wage in our state," he said. "... It's not enough for a mom, a dad, or anyone to raise a family on. And the people of Illinois, by more than two-thirds vote, voted in favor of raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour on Jan. 1 of next year. And I'm really looking forward to working with the legislature in the time I have left as governor to get that job done."

(Lesley Nickus of Illinois News Network contributed to this report).

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