Paul Vallas tapped to be Quinn’s running mate

Nov 12, 2013 by

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn named former Chicago Public Schools chief Paul Vallas as his running mate Friday in a political stunner that mystified African-American politicians and angered union leaders who derided Vallas as the “wrong” choice for the job.

Vallas, a $1,200-a-day state consultant until last summer who ran the city’s schools from 1995 to 2001 and narrowly lost the 2002 Democratic primary for governor, was a little-known finalist on Quinn’s short list of running-mate possibilities.

That line up was stocked heavily with black officeholders such as state Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, City Treasurer Stephanie Neely and state Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, D-Peoria, whose names had recently circulated widely in political circles.

In settling on Vallas earlier this week, the governor touted his long ties to him and Vallas’ school-reform resume that stretches from Chicago to New Orleans to Philadelphia to Bridgeport, Ct., and to Haiti over the past two decades.

“I’ve known Paul Vallas for 30 years, and he’s never been shy about fighting for education, reform and opportunities for working people,” Quinn said in a statement announcing the choice.

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