Gov. Pat Quinn has announced his lieutenant governor running mate for the 2014 election.
According to reports, Quinn has chosen Paul Vallas as his running mate. Vallas, who ran an unsuccessful bid for governor in 2002, has courted controversy over the years, heading up school districts in Philadelphia, New Orleans and Chicago.
Nationally known for his success in improving some of America’s most troubled school systems, Vallas enters the campaign following nearly two years of service in Connecticut’s largest city as superintendent of the Bridgeport public schools. During his tenure, he eliminated a $12 million dollar budget deficit without closing a single school or laying off a single teacher. He instituted major reforms, modernized the curriculum and put laptops and smart boards in every high school classroom.
While Vallas has worked around the country running schools, his family has continued to live in Palos Heights and he has maintained a legal voting residence in that south Chicago suburb.