Throughout his career Pat Quinn has fought to protect middle-class families. As a private citizen, Quinn founded the Citizens Utility Board that works to lower electricity rates and provide better service from the state’s investor-owned electric, gas, and telephone companies. It is now the largest consumer group in the state. Quinn also led the largest petition drive in Illinois history that stopped a century-old practice that allowed Illinois legislators to collect their entire annual salary on their first day in office.
When Quinn took the oath of office as Governor, Illinois was in the midst of a triple crisis of government corruption at the highest level, budget instability, and economic collapse caused by the deepest recession since the Great Depression. Quinn worked to create jobs and get the state budget back on track. Quinn signed into law important consumer protections and the strongest ethics laws in state history. Quinn worked to pass and signed laws expanding voting rights in Illinois.
Pat Quinn is running for Attorney General because Illinois needs a leader who will stand up to Donald Trump’s unconstitutional and hateful policies that hurt Illinois residents and families.
As Attorney General, Pat Quinn will forcefully defend the rights of all Illinois residents against Donald Trump and his shameful culture war.
Quinn will protect families from unfair utility rate hikes. He will crack down on corporate polluters, and fight on behalf of consumers against unfair corporate practices.
Quinn graduated from St. Isaac Jogues grammar school in Hinsdale and Fenwick High School in Oak Park. He received a degree in international economics from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law. He has practiced public interest law since 1980.
Pat Quinn was born in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago and grew up in Hinsdale. He is the son of Patrick and Eileen Quinn, who were married for 65 years. He has two brothers, Tom and John, and two sons, Patrick and David, and has lived on the West Side of Chicago for the past 34 years.