“It’s not an overstatement to say that Illinois is facing its greatest crisis in generations,” Hynes said in a statement that was e-mailed to supporters. “We need a governor who can provide strong and consistent leadership for smart budget policies that will put us on solid fiscal ground.”
Hynes was first elected comptroller in 1998 and was re-elected in 2002 and 2006. He ran for the U.S. Senate in 2004 and placed second in the Democratic primary to Barack Obama.
Quinn, a former lieutenant governor, has served as governor since January, when the Illinois legislature ousted Democratic Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich on corruption charges.