CHICAGO - The blue state of Illinois moved towards purple Tuesday when the state's voters chose to oust incumbent Democrat Pat Quinn and elect Republican Bruce Rauner for governor. With 50.73% of the vote, Rauner easily surpassed Quinn's 45.89% and Libertarian Chad Quinn's 3%.
The last Republican governor elected in Illinois was George Ryan in 1998.
Rauner supporters celebrated at the Chicago Hilton Tuesday night, with U.S. Senator Mark Kirk announcing he plans to host a bi-partisan lunch for Illinois leaders.
“For the first time in a long time, I am optimistic about the future of Illinois," Kirk said. "In a show of unity, I will host Governor-Elect Rauner, Mayor Emanuel and Senator Durbin to lunch so we can immediately begin to work in coordination for our great state.”